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.
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.
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.
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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.
Even though a crazy last blast o’ winter just covered much of the northeastern US in a blanket of white, Spring officially arrived this past Monday, and with it comes COLOR! It’s time to shake off the winter blues (and blacks and grays) and bust out some brights. The color gurus at Pantone have forecast their top ten seasonal picks, which break into five colors on the softer side of Spring, and five more vivid tones that can segue right into summer. Read on to plan your next palette.
This clever pillow looks complex with its intricate lattice front and peek-a-boo inset, but it is so easy! We love the splash of color behind the lattice strips, and had fun imagining this same design in a number of wonderful fabric combinations. It would be beautiful in silk and brocade as a wedding pillow. Or try it in fun and funky brights and polka dots for a kid's room. Our instructions are for a 16" square, but you could easily adapt the sizing smaller or larger.
In 2014, a team of Belgian scientists analyzed why humans are attracted to shiny objects. They theorized it is rooted in our desire not necessarily for the object itself, but because it reminds us of our need for water. Well, alright then – this stunning apron with its copper accents is making us very thirsty! Although not as shimmering as a polished brass or nickel, the new Copper finish available in popular Dritz® hardware is a metallic to fall in love with. We’ve paired it with a metallic linen blend fabric in a matching copper, then finished the design with a natural canvas and cotton webbing alongside a gorgeous printed cotton accent for the skirt. Go ahead and grab a glass of water, then read on for all the instructions.
As they say, sometimes the best things come in small packages. We love the itty-bitty adorableness of Mini Charm Squares. At just 2½” x 2½”, they are beautiful bite-size pieces that can be pieced together into colorful combinations. We used them to create double borders on a set of placemats. Each placemat uses 40 of the standard 42 squares that traditionally come in a Mini Charm Square pack, so there’s hardly any waste. And since they’re all cut from the same collection, it’s easy to mix and match. We used a Mini Charm Square bundle from the new Lulu Lane collection by Corey Yoder for Moda.
Adjusting stitch length isn't necessary for every project, but as you experiment with different types of fabrics and and start using stitches for embellishment as well as construction, a few quick tips will come in handy. When working with today's machines, which can zip along at up to 1000 stitches per minute, you can see how a little length goes a long way.