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Decorative Stitch Color Pop Pillows

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 1:00

I still remember the first sewing machine I bought with a full compliment of decorative stitches. I was in seventh heaven. It felt like the same unbridled choice as when you opened a fresh box of 64 crayons. Variety unleashed! But we often get so busy with the construction process, we forget about all those great stitches. Not today! Most machines have at least some decorative stitches, many of them, like our wonderful Janome studio machines, have hundreds! This pillow project gives you three different decorative stitching options to try, and we've included three template downloads to re-create our exact designs. There are random intersecting lines, which allow you to mix and match a variety of stitches. Our starburst showcases the option to program stitches, creating what appears to be individual dots. And finally, we give you the steps to stitch a spiral, using a padded satin stitch in variegated thread. It's all to encourage you to take advantage of your patiently-waiting decorative stitches... or maybe it's time to look for a new model with even more selection!

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Learn How to Turn a Corner with a Decorative Stitch

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 1:00

Did you ever have one of those cute little wind-up toys? It's so fun to watch as it tick-tock walks across the floor. But what happens when it comes to a wall? Can it turn left or right or even stop? No! It just keeps going, ka-wonking its little toy head against the wall over and over and over. It's a little like the decorative stitch. As long as you're going straight, all is well. The pattern is pretty, the thread is colorful, it's adding an amazing accent to your project. Then the corner approaches. If making a turn with a decorative stitch has you ka-wonking your own little head against the wall, we're here to help with three ways to take a turn for the better.

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Special Occasion Tablecloth with Deep Double Ruffles: Embrace Double Gauze by Shannon Fabrics

Monday, 03 April 2017 2:00

Spring has sprung, which means special occasions will soon be filling up your calendar. We have a beautiful tablecloth you can create to dress up your next event. It would be perfect as a wedding guest book table! When the festivities are over, move it inside as an elegant side table with a shabby chic flair. The lovely drape of the tablecloth along with its lusciously deep ruffles are thanks to Embrace Double Gauze by Shannon Fabrics. Soft and light as a cloud, Embrace Double Gauze has the colors and texture to create just the right mood for your special occasion. Truth be told, wouldn’t you just love to have a skirt with ruffles like this?! The twirl potential is off the charts! 

The Retro Diner Bucket Bag

Friday, 31 March 2017 1:00

It's a fabulous fifties flashback with a modern twist. Our Diner Bucket Bag is retro cool but with current features that make it easier to construct and stylish to carry - even without the perfect sweater set and pearls. The bag has a great structured shape thanks to the Pellon: Flex-Foam™ behind the classic sparkle vinyl exterior.  

Metallic Zipper Pouches: Getting Creative with Oly*Fun

Thursday, 30 March 2017 1:00

Shine on! These adorable little zippered pouches are made with Oly*Fun™ Metallic and good ol’ felt. Oly*Fun™ is a flexible, synthetic material from Fairfield that doesn’t tear or fade. You can sew it, glue it, staple it, pin it or tie it. And because it doesn’t fray, there’s no need for hemming. We layered it with felt, which can also maintain a cut edge without raveling, to create an easy zippered pouch. It’s just the right size to hold a few necessities when you’re out, or drop it inside a larger tote to keep small things tidy. 

Canvas Slim Bag with Elbow Patch Corners

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 1:00

Ahhhh, the classic leather elbow patch... it can transform a rumpled guy in a tacky corduroy jacket into that suave and sophisticated history teacher you had a mega-crush on sophomore year. But... what else can it do? It can become a unique accent for a slim style bag. We cut one leather elbow patch in half to fashion corner accents, then put a denim style patch through a die-cut machine to create a set of interesting iron-on embellishments. The Dritz Home Speedy Stitcher tool is what's used for the heavy-duty stitching on both the corner patches and the bag's handle.

How to Use The Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 1:00

We are big on bags here at Sew4Home, which means we're always on the lookout for cool bag accessories; such as closures, handles, hardware, and more. One look we love is the addition of leather and faux leather handles (both pre-drilled and un-drilled), as well as medallions and patches. But, we hadn't pinpointed the right tool to make securing these add-ons easy enough for all levels of sewers. Thanks to our friends at Dritz®, we have our solution: The Speedy Stitcher® from Dritz Home, a sewing awl kit that makes attaching these kind of cool items, as well as many other tasks, fast and easy. 

Kitties-To-Go Handbag: Featuring Tula Pink’s Tabby Road from FreeSpirit Fabrics

Monday, 27 March 2017 12:00

We first spied Tula Pink’s Tabby Road collection way back in October when it debuted at Fall Quilt Market in the FreeSpirit Fabrics booth, and we’ve been patiently (well kind of anxiously actually) waiting for it to be readily available through online and in-store outlets. It’s here, and has already been flying off the shelves. So, snap some up soon to make our brand new Kitties-To-Go Handbag. It’s the purrrrfect design to flaunt your feline love. 

What Would You Like? Enter Our You Asked 4 It Survey!

Friday, 24 March 2017 1:00

THIS SURVEY IS CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. 

The more we know about our audience, the better we can tailor our projects, product reviews, and technique tutorials. We have just a few short multiple-choice questions, which should take you about five minutes to complete. We promise there will be no math story problems or trick questions about who exactly is buried in Grant’s tomb. If you include your email at the completion of the survey, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a mystery grab bag of cool fabric cuts direct from the S4H Stash. It's an easy way to let us know what you would be the most interested in seeing right here on Sew4Home. 

Travel Tote with Handy Wraparound Pockets

Thursday, 23 March 2017 1:00

When you're on the road, doesn't it always seems to be the ordinary, everyday things you are suddenly in desperate need of: gum, nail clippers, your headphones? I get a little panicky, certain I've left behind the most obvious items... as if perhaps I'm on an arctic expedition and won't see civilization for weeks. But the opportunity for replenishment doesn't matter; I want my stuff close at hand. That's the theory behind our handsome travel tote: plenty o' pockets to stash all your stuff. There are four big outside pockets that wrap front and back plus a deep inside compartment (exactly deep enough for a magazine, I might add!) with its own generous interior pocket. I'm still likely to forget something, which is why after my current travels, I now own five pairs of sunglasses and eight tubes of lip balm.

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