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.
We are very proud to once again be featured in the Handmade for the Home Kitchen column of Where Women Cook! We designed a brand new apron expressly for their readers. Tough canvas on the front with pretty cotton accents on the back, this classic cook’s apron has the style and substance to be at home in any hardworking kitchen. It is also the very first product in our brand new Sew4HomeShop on Etsy.
Did anyone ever try to teach you origami? If so, a paper crane was likely your first, and maybe your only, project. So here's your little known fact for the day: origami is Japanese paper folding; its predecessor is the Chinese paper art called zhe zhi. The graceful crane is revered in China as the symbol for longevity. Although often depicted in flight, the cascading pleats on both the front and back of our Standing Crane Pillow simulate the beautiful folded wings of a crane at rest. Silk dupioni gives the pillow its shimmering finish.
Natural fabrics are amazing and beautiful. But sometimes… you need an option that has a few more “super powers” to help it perform in non-traditional situations. This is the first of a series of projects we’ve developed using Oly*Fun™ from Fairfield World. The fibers of this woven synthetic have been fused to create a flexible, multi-purpose material. It doesn’t fray, tear or fade. There’s no white core; it’s the same bright color on both sides. It’s even water repellant. You can sew it, glue it, staple it, pin it or tie it. (We’re wondering if it can leap tall buildings in a single bound!) Since there’s no need for hemming, we used it to make a set of very narrow, double-sided pockets. Clip them together as the perfect gift set for manicure or sewing tools.
The "fanny pack" is back. It's showing up alongside other flashback fashions from the seventies and eighties at Forever 21, Old Navy, and H&M. Of course, we felt a slightly new spin was in order for this favorite on-the-go storage solution. Our Mini Waist Pack version has been jazzed up with cool colors and a contrasting zipper, and it's slimmed down for a sleek look and feel. We offer a pattern download so you can get the perfect bottom curve.
A cover keeps your machine protected from dust and sun exposure when not in use, and a custom sewn cover can be a very pretty alternative to what may have come with your machine. Decorative stitching accents in multiple colors plus button embellishment adds a bit of flair to our design. Have fun with your fabric selections to best match your décor; we recommend coordinating two prints with one solid – a solid is the best background for the decorative stitching. Read on to see how we measured out Janome Skyline machine to determine our cuts. There's also a pattern download provided for the curved side panels. Your trusty machine works so hard for you, doesn't it deserve a brand new outfit?!
These kitchen towel Ruffle Bunnies are ready to hop-to-it and help with your dish drying. Download our free appliqué templates to make a set for yourself as well as all your friends. As you know, bunnies have many friends and relations, so they like to have lots of company. We used a Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Bar bundle to cut out our cute bunny trio. These 5” x 10” pre-cuts are a FQS exclusive and were the perfect size for all three designs. You’re going to love the unique way we came up with to create the double ruffle, which is finished on all sides and doesn’t leave a visible seam allowance. It’s like magic, you might say a bit like pulling a rabbit out of a hat… if you aren’t too tired of the bun-bun metaphor yet!
Keep all your keys contained with one of these versatile key fobs. One end has a traditional split key ring; the other end is a swivel hook. You’ll combine just a small piece of thin faux leather with a short length of gorgeous ribbon. Layer, stitch, clamp, and you’re done! Our Fast Fridays projects are all about whipping up something wonderful in no time at all.
I am a coupon clipper; I even keep the ones that spit out like some sort of crazy jackpot with my grocery receipt. They all end up in a kitchen drawer, which is usually where they are when I really need them. If I do manage to remember to bring them to the store, it's so hard to find the one I need, I often just give up. Our solution is this pretty Coupon Organizer & Wallet. It has seven pockets so you can sort coupons, frequent shopper punch cards, gift cards, and more into specific sections. Now they will be easy to find, and therefore, easy to use. Never pay full price again!
Floral on the floor! Who says tables and counters get to have all the fun when it comes to gorgeous bouquets of blooms. We used nine floral prints from Amy Butler's Violette collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics to create a beautiful patchwork floor cushion for your seat or feet, giving new meaning to "tiptoe through the tulips!" We offer pattern downloads for all the patchwork pieces so you don't have to blow a gasket trying to turn squares and rectangles into a perfect circle; we did all the math for you.