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ScrapBusters: The Mini Pouf Patchwork Pincushion

Thursday, 26 September 2019 1:00

A "pouf" is a marshmallow-like ottoman. They've been the rage in decorating for a few years now, bringing unexpected color, shape, texture, and fun into a room. We have a full-size, extra cushy square pouf project you can try for your own trendy decorating statement, but in the meantime, we miniaturized one as a clever pincushion. Ours uses Layer Cake squares as an easy way to gather a wonderful mixture of perfectly coordinating color and pattern, but the pieces needed are quite tiny – so bring out your scrap bag and dive in for all your favorites!

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Products We Love: The New Embroidery-Only Janome Memory Craft 550E

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 1:00

When you focus on one thing, you get pretty darn good at it. One summer during childhood, my pal, Marilyn and I spent every day going around in circles. We were laser-focused on one thing: learning to ride a bike with no hands (ahhhh… life before smart phones, right?). Our dedication paid off and within a couple weeks, we rode away with arms held high, balanced and beaming. It’s the same with the new Janome Memory Craft 550E. It’s a stand-alone, embroidery-only machine that is very, very good at its one main focus: gorgeous embroidery. 

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Asymmetrical Crossbody Bag

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 1:00

Asymmetrical means having two sides or halves that are not the same. I like to think that – really – most of the world is asymmetrical. Even Mother Nature knows matchy-matchy and even-steven can be too boring. Throwing in an interesting angle or a unique texture can take your project to the next level. The design of this bag started with an idea for the cool asymmetrical fold-over closure. From there, we worked with the wide selection of Dritz® Hardware to pull it altogether, adding swivel hooks and D-rings along with a fully adjustable shoulder strap. You’ll also love the clever full-width zippered pocket across the back of the bag. 

Multi-Pocket Table Top Sewing Caddy: Dritz Belting, Notions and Tools

Monday, 23 September 2019 1:00

September is National Sewing Month, so we are celebrating all the things that make sewing great. A lot of those "things" are the fantastic notions and tools that make our project construction fast, easy, and fun. But there are so many… everywhere… all over my work space. Time for a bit of tidying up with our Multi-Pocket Table Top Sewing Caddy. Our sample caddy is not only filled with incredible Dritz® notions, tools, and more; you’ll see within our instructions below how we used many of them.

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Products We Love: The New Janome Continental M7 Professional

Friday, 20 September 2019 1:00

Hearing about new sewing machines is always exciting, but when you hear about a model that has been specifically designed with the comfort and needs of the power sewing enthusiast in mind… well that’s not just exciting; that’s spine-tingling, inspiring, electrifying news. Too dramatic you say? Take a look our Top Five Favorite Features on the new Janome Continental M7 Professional, including three “industry firsts.” 

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Aurifil Thread Box and Sewing Kit Carrying Case

Thursday, 19 September 2019 1:00

Hold it together! On particularly busy days, I mutter this under my breath repeatedly. And on those days, sometimes it seems like the only thing keeping everything together is spit and baling wire. Thank goodness we can rely on Auriful thread to keep our sewing projects together, which means we should always have it at hand. Solution: this adorable carry case, perfectly sized for Aurifil's 12-spool Designer Thread Box and including a custom fold-up flap with pockets to hold your most important on-the-go sewing tools.  

Penny Saved Suspender Strap Apron

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 1:00

Unisex in style, tone, and fit, this apron welcomes the rosy mornings of the season with a vintage, slightly distressed palette that echoes the warm browns, taupes, and reds of a gorgeous fall sunrise. Our final measurements are shown below, but it's easy to size the pattern up or down since the main panels start as simple rectangles. We provide the armhole template as a free download. Wouldn't this apron make a wonderful host/hostess gift wrapped up with some natural wooden spoons, handsome metal skewers or even a vintage cookbook find?! 

Round Six-Pocket Bath Caddy

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 1:00

Thanks to the tiny house movement as well as more efficient living spaces overall, bathroom storage can feel like it has shrunk to the bare minimum. And then, there are the communal living challenges, like dorms or other situations where lots of folks are competing for one bath. Our great looking, super functional round caddy keeps bath necessities together in one handy organizer that's easy to tote back and forth. We selected a mid-weight oxford cloth in a fun dot pattern; it reminded us of happy little soap bubbles. The pretty exterior is paired with a water repellent rip stop nylon for the lining.

Tufted Patchwork Floor Cushions: New Etsy Shop Pattern

Monday, 16 September 2019 1:00

The boxed floor cushion – it’s a home décor classic. Put your feet up, use them as extra floor seating for your next gathering of family and friends, place one in the corner of a generous sofa as a bold, bright accent. At a compact 18” x 18” x 4”, they’re similar in size to a larger throw pillow. Originally released as part of the Sew4Home Maker’s Club; this cushion pattern is now available exclusively in the S4H Etsy Shop

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Toby the Terrific Turtle with a Hidden PJ Pocket

Friday, 13 September 2019 1:00

Turtles get a bad rap. They are the go-to metaphor for all things sluggish and slow. Cartoons depict them as dull-witted and sleepy. But as one of the animal kingdom's oldest species, they deserve a lot of respect. We're proud to share our favorite turtle, Toby. He's not only as cute as they come with his shy smile (made with darts!), he also has a job: holding his owner's PJs in a hidden pocket on his bottom shell. Thanks, Toby!

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