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Picnic blanket with Carry Wrap & Wind Spike Grommets

Monday, 24 June 2019 1:00

This double layer blanket is so fast and easy, you could start it after lunch and be using it to dine al fresco by dinner. And, because this is Sew4Home, you know we’d never be satisfied with just a blanket! Ours features reinforced corners with grommets. Use these to spike the blanket into the ground to keep it from blowing away. Plus, there are instructions for an optional carry handle.

Summer Solstice “Measure Up” Great Giveaway

Friday, 21 June 2019 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 07/21/19. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. 

How do you Measure Up? In our eyes, all Sew4Home visitors are the coolest, but in this case, we actually mean Measure Up as in rulers and tapes! In honor of the Summer Solstice, which begins today and kicks off the measurement of days left until winter, our friends at Dritz® have provided three great tools that can cover the long and short of all your measuring tasks. TWO lucky Sew4Home visitors will each receive a set of these three Dritz Home® Measuring Tools. 

How to Make a Blind Hem on Your Sewing Machine

Thursday, 20 June 2019 1:00


A blind hem is exactly what it sounds like: a hem with stitches you can barely see. It's perfect for window coverings, the hem at the bottom of a garment, or anywhere you want a clean finished edge. When I first started sewing, attaining a perfect blind hem was like finding the Holy Grail. And then a funny thing happened, I practiced it a few times, and realized it was really easy. It's sort of like learning to use chopsticks – at first it seems so awkward and difficult and then, suddenly, it's second nature. Try a blind hem and you'll never drop a wad of sticky rice in your lap again. This is one of our most popular techniques ever on Sew4Home; so much so, we try to re-run it at least once a year in order to stamp out the fear of blind hems for both new and returning visitors. 

Mountain Sunrise Embroidery Design and Pillow

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 1:00

Embroidery turned a simple round, white pillow into a stunning statement. Our friends at Janome America sponsored this beautiful custom embroidery design, allowing us to offer it to you as a free download in the six major embroidery machine formats. The ascending and descending triangles simulate a rosy sunrise reflected in a cool mountain lake. We used the Horizon Quilt Maker Memory Craft 15000 for our sample and also tested the design on the Memory Craft 9900. Both models stitched out the design with the incredible precision for which Janome is famous. 

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Button Quilted Layer Cake Throw

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 1:00

Thanks to the pre-cut 10" squares of a pretty layer cake bundle, we whipped-up this cute and cozy lap blanket in a single afternoon. If you are brand new to sewing or are teaching someone to sew and/or quilt, this is a very beginner-friendly project. The patchwork is about as basic as you can get, and the quilting is done with hand-sewn buttons. 

Backpack Diaper Bag: New Etsy Shop Pattern

Monday, 17 June 2019 1:00

This great out-and-about bag is a brand new pattern available in our Etsy Shop. You know how busy little ones can be; so it makes sense to free up your hands with a diaper bag that can also be worn as a backpack! Originally released as part of the exclusive Sew4Home Maker’s Club, this popular pattern is now available for purchase by all our Sew4Home fans and followers. 

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Fast Fridays: Rope Handle Summer Box Tote

Friday, 14 June 2019 1:00

A tropical print exterior and natural rope handles give this small box tote its beachy beauty. Perfect for sunny day outings and easy enough to make in a single summer afternoon. It finishes at just 12” x 9” x 5” – not too big, not too tiny, just right to carry over the shoulder, over the arm, or by hand.

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ScrapBusters: Triangle Pencil (and more) Pouch

Thursday, 13 June 2019 1:00

The pencil. Do you think it has nightmares about being chased by digital keyboards? There are so many convenient electronic ways to jot a quick note, send a message, or write down your innermost thoughts. But I still love my pencils. And, recent studies have shown the act of handwriting, instead of typing on a keyboard, is actually better for your brain. It activates a unique neural circuit, which makes learning easier. So, if you needed an excuse other than “extreme cuteness” to give our Triangle Pencil Case a try, you can now put it down as a brain booster. 

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Tall, Round Jumbo Storage Tote

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 1:00

I think we can all agree little things tend to be pretty dang cute: babies, puppies, kittens, Barbie® shoes... but let's face it, sometimes you need BIG to take care of business. This fun storage bin lives up to its jumbo name. It's a large-and-in-charge fabric basket that's ready to take on your bigger storage tasks. From books to blankets to balls of yarn, if you have a lot to keep track of, this project is for you. We chose two bold fabrics: the exterior is a mid-weight canvas, the interior a standard quilting weight cotton. And what is that dynamite looking "rope" ringing the top and creating the handles? Piping cord! Inexpensive yet just the right soft and strong combo. 

Half Apron & Napkin Set in Cotton Toweling

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 1:00

Need a last mintue gift? How about a super simple project for a beginning sewer? This kitchen linens classic gives you two projects in one: a set of napkins and a matching half apron in 100% cotton toweling. Pretty and popular! Toweling is a vintage style fabric that is usually pre-hemmed along the selvedge, so two of your seams are already done. That’s a darn good start to “super simple.”

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