We’ve designed traveling cases for make-up and toiletries before, but never with a full zipper that allows the top to open up completely, giving you easy access to all your necessities. We used a fun Team Spirit zipper from Coats. At 26”, with separating plastic teeth, and in a dozen team color combinations, these zips are long enough, water-resistant enough, and bold enough to fit the bill. Open wide, fill to the brim, zip it up, and go!
A fox, a squirrel, and a hedgehog walk into a kitchen. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s actually the beginning of a great project featuring three custom embroidery designs. This is the seventh project in our S4H Maker’s Club, available exclusively at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. From bags to baskets to linens and more, S4H Maker’s Club members are creating clever projects and learning pro techniques.
Sweets for your sweets look even more delicious in these beautiful baskets. Yes, I realize our photos do not feature homemade goodies, but I don't want to hear any grief about that... no one says sewing and culinary creativity must go hand-in-hand. Extra wide and just the right depth for cookies and candy (and more!); they are not too thick, not too thin... deep dish, like a good Chicago pizza. Our design ties with a big, pretty bow so there's no need for separate gift wrap.
Cuteness alert! These fast and easy baby bibs are pretty and practical. The front is made from Jelly Roll strips. The back is absorbent terry cloth. And it’s all held together with an easy binding that turns into the tails that tie the bib in place. Download our free Baby's First Christmas gift tags to create an adorable holiday bundle.
I used to spend hours on gift wrapping, channeling Martha Stewart to get the perfect artisan look with fresh greens and layered papers. Or maybe I dreamed that. Yep, I’m almost certain that was just a dream. I may not be able to live up to the magic elves that inhabit Pinterest, but thanks to this super cute gift bag pattern, I can hold my own. Our simple yet clever design results in a beautifully finished bag inside and out – no exposed seams, no elves needed. Plus, because you can use them over and over, they’re a green alternative to gift wrap.
Soft and warm – the two just go together. So that's just what we did! Our double-sided infinity loop scarf is super fast and fun. And, with so many great options in both fleece and faux fur, you can bundle up everyone. We used two printed, super cuddly fleece fabrics for one scarf. On the other, we combined a printed fleece with a faux fur that mimics curly llama. Both pairings are silky soft with a fluid drape that begs to be wrapped up tight.
Do you have family and friends staying at your home for the holidays? Yes! Do you have time and money to make all new holiday bed linens for your guest room? No! Then simply change out the pillowcases. It's a super fast, easy, inexpensive way to add a little holiday cheer. Our instructions show you how to make two standard size pillowcases using just 1½ yards of main fabric and ½ yard of contrasting trim fabric. There's also a free download for two cute mini placards you can use to welcome your guests to their rooms.
Can't you picture Harrison Ford slinging this amazing duffle over his shoulder as Indiana Jones?! We blended heavy cotton canvas and faux leather with webbing and brass zipper accents for the dashing exterior. Inside is a tough rip-stop nylon lining. Even if you're not a world-renowned archeologist and adventurer, this bag is is great way to pack your stuff, whether you're heading across town to the gym or getting away for the weekend. It is a Sew4Home Classic Bag – one of our most popular! The holidays are coming up, and this would make a very nice gift for your personal action hero. The combination of fabrics, colors and textures has the perfect feel – a little bit retro and a whole lot cool.
As a writer and editor, I’m a bit of a “word geek.” I love all the crazy intricacies, like the subtle but important difference between further and farther, fewer and less or lie and lay. Yes, I am one of those annoying people… and a devastating opponent in Scrabble. There are a couple terms in sewing that get tossed about interchangeably: topstitching and edgestitching. They are similar but different animals, each with its own distinct purposes. The images above of our Five-Pocket Canvas Bag feature a variety of beautiful and precise topstitching and edgestitching.
This lovely quilted runner finishes at just 16" wide x 30" long. It's almost more like a jumbo placemat, but a great size for smaller tables or breakfast bars, and perfect as the center décor on a larger table. The pretty patchwork center features four 'flying geese' blocks. If you're new to quilting, each of these blocks is made from one rectangle and two squares. When sewn, the pieces are transformed into a pattern of three triangles whose finished shape resembles the flying 'V' of migrating birds. The good thing is, the quilting version of flying geese is much, much quieter than the real version. Take it from someone who lived in the flight path of hundreds of Canadian geese.