We’ve done totes and we’ve done yoga mat carriers, but – until now – we hadn’t combined the two in such a stylish way. Collect all your gear into a generously sized tote, then use the handy wraparound straps to secure your mat to the front of the bag. All-in-one and ready to head to class and back again. Pulling it together for both fashion and function is 1½” Dritz Belting for the handles, accent straps, and wraparound straps.
As more and more stores boost their recycling commitment (some entire cities have banned plastic bags), it's becoming pretty common to bring your own shopping bags. Fabric bags are the go-to alternative and widely available, particularly the heavier, structured bags. Lightweight, flexible bags that would best replace plastic can be harder to come by. Luckily, you're a clever sewing person and can make your own... with a little help from your friends here at Sew4Home.
Start with a simple yet bold fabric, add some distinctive decorative stitching, and the result is a stunning table runner that's a perfect backdrop for any gathering or occasion that calls for a pretty table setting. Remember, "Life is short; use the good china!" We chose a canopy style striped fabric, which is easy to find in a myriad of colors. We offer two options from Premier Prints below. Thanks to our amazing Janome studio machines, we found the perfect stitch pattern, picked a strong contrasting thread color, and sewed our long lines of embellishment with perfect form and precision... even when running for over 100 inches! Industry-leading stitch quality is one of the main reasons we are so happy to be an exclusive Janome studio.
Two hearts are always better than one, and our heart shaped oven mitts are the perfect pair. They slip onto your hands to give you a protected yet flexible grip for hot pots and pans. Patterns are offered for both the full heart shape as well as the unique curved pockets. A diamond quilting pattern secures the insulating layers of fabric, thermal batting, and regular batting, but you could alter the quilting pattern to best suit your fabric's motif and your personal style.
I love watching old black and white re-runs of the original TV police series, Dragnet. The most famous "catchphrase" from this series is Detective Joe Friday's iconic line, "Just the facts, ma'am." But, here's your little-known-fact-of-the-day: he never actually uttered this line! Since old myths die hard, we'll continue the parody as the theme behind this cute little mini wallet. Sometimes you need, "Just the necessities, ma'am." When you're running out the door, you need a little pouch to hold the essentials, like cards, cash, and a shopping list. You could even toss one into a larger bag.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring has been bursting out all over. The flowers and trees are in full bloom with explosions of color around every corner. We took this floral inspiration to heart in our lovely new apron project. The fabric is from the new Bliss collection from Riley Blake, which features hints of sparkling metallic in many of the prints. Our apron’s front fabric has hints of glittering rose gold.
Sleep masks are more than beauty essentials. These small yet effective relaxation tools can help you get the light-free, restful sleep you deserve. This project is a three-in-one winner: quick and easy as part of our Fast Fridays series, an excellent ScrapBusters option, and a great gift idea for Mother’s Day, which will be here before you know it! Our masks combine pretty quilting cotton on the outside, with a sweet ruffle, and soothing Mulberry Silk Charmeuse on the inside.
On-the-go just got a whole lot prettier! This beautiful duffle is made for travel. Pack it on its own or use the sleeve on the back to slip it over the handle of a rolling suitcase. Dritz hardware pulls it all together, allowing the design to include carry handles as well as a fully adjustable and detachable shoulder strap. Plus, a magnetic snap keeps the generous front pocket closed.
The new AcuFeed™ Flex Professional Grade Foot (HP2) and its matching Professional Grade Needle Plate from Janome have been gaining quite a reputation for their precision stitching. Well alrighty then… it’s time we took the set for a little test drive. Follow along to see how we put this specialty set through its paces, testing it on a challenging quilting sample (Drunkard’s Path) as well as a compact barrel tote.
A straight line. It seems like the most basic thing you can do when sewing. But we’re amazed by the number of comments and questions we get from S4H visitors who want to know how to do it better, easier, and more consistently. We don’t have any magical powers to make our seams and topstitching look great. What we do know is that using the right foot for the job is the real secret to a beautifully straight line. Because we’re an exclusive Janome studio, our specialty presser feet suggestions are from the Janome selection of accessories. Your machine manufacturer may have similar options for your make and model. In either situation, the recommendation is the same: investing in a specifically designed presser foot is well worth it. It makes the process less frustrating, you can finish a task quicker, and the results are more professional.