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Diamond Girl Apron

Thursday, 26 April 2018 1:00

The pretty points on the bib and skirt are what give our signature Sew4Home apron its name, but we also think it sparkles like a diamond thanks to all the beautiful details. We offer a free pattern download below that allows you to create the perfect angles of our sweet design. These patterns are a big job to produce in a way that works well for construction yet still allows you to output the pieces on your home printer. If you are brand new to working with PDF patterns, take a look at our tutorial that outlines helpful tips for printing success.

Bow Ties for Fashion and Fun: Dritz® Sewing Notions

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 1:00

The bow tie has long been the purview of over-dressed little boys, dapper accountants, and Bill Nye the Science Guy, but we're blasting out of that box. We used unique fabrics and custom designs to create three quirky, confident, and stylish ways to wear a bow tie. Our teen trio effortlessly pulled off each example of this unexpected fashion flair: Newsboy Button Down, Hipster Double Plaid, and Party Chic Velvet. With spring and summer gatherings and weddings on the horizon, as well as prom season right around the corner, a bow tie would be fun and fashionable accessory. Thanks to our friends at Dritz®, who sent us some of their cool Bow Tie Kits, we show you are fast they are to create. These inexpensive kits make creating an adjustable neck band easy – so you can concentrate your imagination on customizing your best bow.

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DIY Playhouse Tent or Lounge Cabana

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 1:00

When things turn hot-hot-hot in the great outdoors, it's "bring-your-own-shade" kind of weather. Our fun portable shade tent fits the bill. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read, and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering. This project was created a few seasons back, but quickly rose to the tip-top of our Most Popular lists across several social media outlets, and continues to maintain its position there. In Pinterest alone, our cabana has appeared nearly 22,000 times! We can see why: it's easy to make, fast to set-up, and rolls-up for travel or to store after the sun sets. 

Custom Zipper Pouch in Three Styles: Dritz® Labels

Monday, 23 April 2018 2:00

One of the top “Mother Skills” is the ability to carry all kinds of things at one time, expertly balancing everything in two hands without breaking a sweat. Perhaps it’s this inherent capability that leads to another one of her top talents: the ability to fall in love with all kinds of other “carryalls” – bags, pouches, and totes! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we have not one, not two, but three cute zippered pouches for Mom to use to transport life’s little necessities. We chose three specialty Dritz® Labels to customize each pouch, and we offer a free printable set of Mother’s Day Gift Tags as the finishing touch. 

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Full Cheat Card Set Now Available in Our Etsy Shop

Friday, 20 April 2018 1:00

One of the most popular series of 2017 was our Cheat Cards. Each card covered an important, need-to-know sewing tip or technique in a handy business card size: 2” wide x 3½” high. That’s small enough to tuck into your wallet or tack up on the bulletin board in your sewing room. All the individual Cheat Cards are still available on the site, but we’d gotten numerous requests to offer a full set of six. So that’s just what we did. You can download your set instantly from our Sew4HomeShop on Etsy

How to Make a Cover Hem with a Serger

Thursday, 19 April 2018 1:00

A cover hem is a professional-style "serged" hem that traditionally has two to three lines of parallel stitching on the right side and a looper stitch which covers the raw edge of the fabric on the back side. It's the type of hem commonly found on most ready-to-wear knit garments (and many woven RTW items as well) as it has plenty of stretch and so will not distort the hem. It's also very fast and clean! We have a short lesson showing how easy it is to make a cover hem as well as our thoughts as to why a specialty cover hem machine may just be the coolest machine to add to your sewing space.

Decorative Stitch Webbing: Instant Embellishment for Bag Straps, Belts & More

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 1:00

We like webbing… not necessarily like the monster from the black lagoon’s hands, but the cool cotton kind for bags and such. However, it can be hard to find in other than the most basic colors of white, natural, navy, and black. Bust out your decorative stitches and some colorful thread! This fast and easy embellishment can inject a little WOW into your webbing. 

Fitted Crib Sheet in Cozy Fleece

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 1:00

Cotton sheets are crisp and clean and they launder beautifully, but they can also feel cool on baby's cheeks. We suggest switching up to a soft fleece that can help your little one drift off to dreamland in warm and cozy comfort. There are so many lovely fleece options out there today; you're sure to find something that will be a perfect fit for your nursery. One or more of these sheets would make a lovely new baby shower gift.

The S4H Maker’s Club - Exclusively at your Janome Dealer - Birds on a Wire Appliqué Pillow

Monday, 16 April 2018 1:00

Spring is in the air and it has sent some fine feathered friends to celebrate. As they alight on a pair of delicate wires, we like to imagine they’re talking about how much they’re enjoying the Sew4Home Maker’s Club. This exciting new Club kicked off last November at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. From bags to baskets to linens and more, Maker’s Club members are creating clever projects and learning pro techniques. Club Project #3 is an adorable appliquéd pillow with a set of very “sweet tweets”! 

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Peppermint Lane Block of the Month from It’s Sew Emma: Book Review

Friday, 13 April 2018 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 04/27/18. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

Holiday DIY planning often starts early, such as the Christmas in July celebrations when new holiday fabric collections traditionally hit in-store and virtual shelves. But we know our Sew4Home visitors are super organized, with many of you having started your 2018 holiday sewing as soon as that last box of 2017 directions was stashed in the attic. For you, and anyone who is ready for a super cute novelty quilt, we’re excited to bring you a review of the Peppermint Lane Block of the Month book from It’s Sew Emma. Read on to find out more, and to enter to win your very own copy. 

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