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Puffer jackets and coats have been around for awhile, known not only for their wonderful warmth, but also as a style choice of fashion leaders from sports to Hollywood to the concert stage. Recently, eagle-eyed S4H trend-spotters saw the look starting to show up on high-end shoulder bags. We knew we wanted to lead the
Ragging. Slang defines it as, “Picking on someone in an annoying way.” Well that’s not very pleasant. We prefer the sewing definition, which is: assembling a project so your seam allowances are visible on the outside and left to gently fray or “rag.” That sounds so much nicer! We’re done several ragged edge projects (Woolies
Raise your hand if you made some classic New Year’s resolutions – exercising, getting lots of rest, drinking more water. All these intentions are worthy, but let’s look beyond the standard list to some Sewing Self Improvement Goals. We’re excited to join a new series from Janome: Sew Smarter. Whether you’re a beginner or a
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER, CAROL FRALEY OF JOSEPH CITY, ARIZONA! Our theme for the final week of December 2023 is, “You Say Goodbye… I say Hello!” With a tip of the hat to all the Beatles fans out there, this theme is our way of saying we’re looking  forward to more projects,
These nostalgic designs are based on actual ornaments from the personal collections of the S4H Design Team. Each year, we lovingly unwrap our favorite glass ornaments, each one seemingly more fragile than the next, and we breathe a little sigh of relief that they’ve made it through another year stored in tissue. As the ornaments
Sharing a meal is a wonderful way to connect with friends and family. It needn’t be a big production; a bowl of homemade soup on a cold day can be just as rewarding as a holiday extravaganza. But on that extravaganza side… I do have to admit how fun it is to set a big,

Cuddle up with a snuggly hand-tied blanket and matching closed-end pillowcase. Both elements are beginner friendly with useful techniques to learn, like how to hand-tie and how to create the overlapping ends of a pillowcase.

The boxy shape of a classic duffle provides plenty of “real estate” for a dramatic fabric choice as well as professional finishes; like piping, decorative layering, and unique zipper choices. We check all the boxes with this bold bag.

Who’s a good boy?! Make sure your favorite walkabout companion is sporting the latest style in leash and collar sets. Our design has sturdy webbing as a base, gorgeous ribbon for flair, and tough hardware to keep it all secure. We chose Renaissance Ribbons for our accents. Their jacquard ribbon is expertly woven for a

Soft and light with no added interfacing, allowing it to wrap and tie for a super comfy fit. If you’re just starting out, an apron is a great introduction to a number of techniques that translate well to future garment sewing.

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER: SHERRY NOLAN OF WETUMPKA, ALABAMA. The sun is shining, and we’re all ready for summer adventures. However, just because road trips and pool dips may be in your future, that doesn’t mean you should turn your back on your trusty sewing
When shopping recently for some pretty plants, we noticed most garden centers offered their inventory in round plastic pots… rather unattractive round plastic pots. Time for a S4H solution! Each of our small, medium, and large cuffed fabric baskets are designed to cover a standard plastic pot sitting on a drainage saucer. No need to

Any time is a good time for a cat nap. Our pet bed design is not only super soft, it’s also in a fun shape with cute kitty ears and rounded kitty cheeks. One side is cool cotton; the flip side is cozy faux sherpa style fleece.

This must-have travel accessory is a strap to secure a tote or backpack on top of your rolling suitcase. Our design is a fully adjustable loop that is easier to make and more secure when buckled. Sounds like a travel win-win.

If the mention of “scallops” has you dreaming of a tasty seafood dinner, you’re in for another type of treat. Our scallops run around the perimeter of a placemat and are finished with a padded satin stitch. There’s also a companion project available to create matching napkins. Make one or make both.     The

Color Blocking is the art of mixing solid color squares and rectangles into a bold design with inherent simplicity and inspired color. It lends itself especially well to patchwork, since the blocks of color are arranged on a grid.

In cooking, sometimes it takes just a pinch of this and a dash of that to bring a dish to its full flavor. It’s similar in sewing, where a splash of embellishment can be the finishing touch to make your project shine. For this classic single-layer apron, we used the Janome 3-Way Cording foot to
Find some colorful fabric and program a gorgeous machine embroidery design, and you can create your own fabric gift bags. Go with a seasonal theme, pick a motif to match the recipient’s favorite hobby or hint at what’s inside the bag, or simply pull out a few of your favorite scraps or leftover pre-cuts and
Take your laptop or other electronic device on-the-go in this stylish Quilted Slimline Device Case. It’s fashionable on the outside; smartly padded on the inside, so your devices are stored safely, protected from scratches and dust, and can be easily shuttled from here to there. It’s available now in our S4H Etsy Shop – make

Great for smaller surfaces! At 12” x 5” x 6”, this cool caddy can be sitting pretty anywhere you need a little organizational help. The pocket panel wraps all the way around and is divided into eight sections in a variety of sizes.

Applying initials to something to identify it as undeniably yours dates back as far as the signet rings of the ancient Romans. Although often pictorial in nature that long ago, featuring crests and coats of arms, engraved initials were also common, and as time wore on, actually became the more typical mark. We’ve all watched
When you are first learning to sew, everything is flat and straight. Easy peasy. As your skills evolve, you add in curves and corners, layers of different fabric and stabilizer options, and finally – you’re ready to enter another dimension. Don’t be afraid, it’s not the Twilight Zone® - we’re simply Sewing in 3D. Ready

Color coming your way! Our dramatic duffle has a soft, round shape and an easy going, shoulder sling style. Boho patchwork and ribbons adorn the outside, and we haven’t forgotten to add plenty of handy pockets on the inside.

Whatever you’re sewing, there are a lot of seams, edges, and layers happening in the background. If they haven’t been properly pressed along the way, your finished item will never have the crisp, smooth appearance that marks it as a professional looking project.  What’s the difference between pressing and ironing? They are often used interchangeably

With a slim silhouette and two deep pockets, this pouch is the go-to accessory that can go-anywhere. We used waterproof canvas bound with fold-over elastic. Brand new to sewing? This project can add to your sewing skills.

Keeping things on the straight and narrow just got a whole lot easier. The Janome Narrow Piping Foot is designed for piping with a cord diameter of about 3mm or less. It can be used to create beautiful narrow piping tape in your choice of custom fabric as well as to then attach that tape
A flat felled seam (also known as a welted seam) is a fabulous finish that looks good from both the front and back. The traditional way of creating this type of seam involves some rather precise trimming, folding, and pressing - picky work that can sometimes result in your fingertips getting awfully close to a

Sewing is rarely completely flat. You’re usually working with layers, folds, and dimensional edges. This handy specialty presser foot is precisely engineered to allow you to sew at a consistent width from the fold of a fabric

Wide wale corduroy is a top trend. Although it’s most often seen in the garment category, we knew it would also make a gorgeous tote. Our choice: a solid ice white corduroy with bright cotton for the lining and striking webbing.

THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED AS OF 5/20/22. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. OUR LUCKY WINNER WAS: LUCILLE B. FROM FLORIDA  As a fitting complement to 2022, we recently rolled over to 22,000+ followers on Instagram! Adding this milestone to our already established Facebook and Pinterest platforms, then mixing in a growing YouTube channel, we’re feeling like
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