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When you imagine a duffle style tote, the picture in your mind probably conjures something made out of a heavy duty fabric in classic tones of tan or brown. We have a couple projects right here on S4H that match the traditional view. But for this stand-out-from-the-crowd barrel bag, we took a different path, using
Staying active, fit, and flexible is a top goal across all age groups. Consistency is key for building exercise habits and seeing results, but staying motivated can be tough, especially if you’ve been inactive for a period of time. We think surrounding yourself with cute and clever gear can help keep things on track, starting
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
Gather 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
Finishing at just 7½” high, this scaled-down stocking is an ideal addition to your holiday decorating. Use it as table décor, a napkin + utensil holder, an elegant place card or to adorn a gift box.  It’s a real stocking, which makes it easy to slip a few trinkets, sprigs or blossoms into the open
The call of the wild! This adorable pillow pair features a Gregarious Gator and an Amiable Elephant. You’ll find all the steps below to place them on 20” x 12” lumbar pillows using three different appliqué techniques: outline and stitch, raw edge, and reverse. Thanks to our sponsorship from Janome America, all the templates are

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 with
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. The stunning fabric is the new Fluent collection by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics.  S4H
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 in 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. More often than not, you’re working with layers, folds, and dimensional edges – especially in one of our favorite categories: Bags + Totes. The Janome Bi-Level Foot is precisely engineered to allow you to sew at a consistent width from the fold of a fabric.  The foot is split into

Wide wale corduroy is a top trend. Although it’s most often a choice in the garment category, we knew it would also make a gorgeous tote. We chose 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
If you’ve been following along on our SIY-Sew It Yourself!™ adventures, you know there’s a lot going on behind the pretty pictures and easy instructions: from the fabric designers’ stories about how their collections come to be – to the careful steps we walk through here with the S4H team. Our goal has always been
It seems we’re always being told to, “Look at the big picture.” Solid advice, but sometimes… it’s the little stuff that’s more fun. As part of our S4H Tiny Trends of ’22, we took a look at some great little products available right now from our friends at Fat Quarter Shop. FQS truly has some

Whimsical Tula Pink fabric and eye-popping Tula webbing is paired with a solid faux suede for the upper trim and the clever front flap that covers deep, double front pockets. The lightly quilted texture keeps it fashionably fabulous.

Being able to clearly see what you’re working on is critical in sewing… truth be told, I think we can agree it’s critical to just about everything! Studies have shown good light is essential to overall well-being. If you or someone you know suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or clinical light deprivation, you understand
We’re very excited to be working with Jaftex, their four quilt-shop-only brands, and over 350 retailers across the U.S. and Canada as part of the SIY-Sew It Yourself!™ program. It’s all about creating beginner-friendly projects to keep new and returning sewers inspired and motivated. For us, one of the most unique opportunities about this program

We love the vintage vibe of this great back-to-school, dual carry tote. Thicker fabric + topstitching detail work together to provide a perfect blend of softness and stability, and to show off the power and precision of Janome machines.

Detailed fussy cutting and precise stitching create an apron that is truly one of a kind, taking full advantage of the amazing Curiouser and Curiouser collection by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics, based on Alice and all her Adventures.

Our Love That Fabric series has been on a bit of a hiatus, but we’re back… and it’s better than ever because the return of the series features an amazing giveaway of samples from all three featured collections. If you’re a S4H fan, you know we are the ultimate fabric enthusiasts. There are so many
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