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Every year, the Pantone Color Institute announces a color of the year. Sometimes we go along with their choice, sometimes we’re taken aback. For 2020, we believe they are spot on! The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is Classic Blue (19-4052). We liked it so much, it was the inspiration for our Classic Blue
For sewing enthusiasts, getting through thick and thin has a whole different meaning, doesn’t it?! We have to be able to effectively stitch on a variety of fabric weights in order to take advantage of all the incredible project opportunities out there. For this gorgeous bucket duffle, we needed heavyweight power and precision, and we
For yourself or as a gift, this shoulder bag is the ideal blend of two cool weather wardrobe staples: soft plaid flannel and crisp denim. The bag’s slight teardrop shape and soft construction gives it a signature slouch that’s as everyday-comfortable as your favorite flannel shirt and jeans. Plaid continues as a hot fashion topic
The front of a bag is a bit like a blank slate. It’s a lovely flat surface that can evolve into any number of wonderful looks. We started with a gorgeous metallic linen blend from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, then added a quilted windowpane grid, and finally, arranged twelve tone-on-tone yo-yos as the perfect dimensional accent. It’s
These days, we rather disparagingly call it “snail mail.” And yet, I certainly perk up when I spy a handwritten envelope amongst the pile of bills and circulars. A real letter is a real treat, and brings back lovely memories of a time when communication, although much slower, was also more anticipated and thoughtful. This
Big bags and totes are great for big jobs, but sometimes when you're out and about, a compact purse is what you need. Something to sling it over your shoulder with enough room to hold the necessities, plus just a little extra. If things are too big and bulky, you can spend the entire outing
This modern canvas bucket bag has great slouchy style and tough construction details, making it a good choice for men or women. It's a serious shoulder tote that's ready to head out into the elements. Load it up for a weekend adventure, use it as a holdall for gym gear, or simply sling it crossbody
Simply. Stunning. Of course we love all our bags and totes here at Sew4Home, but every once in awhile, one of the designs turns out so fabulously, it becomes an instant all-star favorite. That’s the case with this Ribbon Wrapped Bucket Bag. If you’re a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we are big fans of
New Year’s Resolutions here we come, looking sleek and stylish as we tackle those fitness goals thanks to our S4H Fast and Easy Gym Tote! This bag opens wide to be able to carry a pair of shoes as well as a change of clothes and all the extras you need for your workout routine.
Got something to say? This bag lets you make a statement in style. It’s a messenger bag with a real message! We used Dritz® iron-on letters to create the FACT - FICTION phrase on our WordPlay Bag. Read on to see five other word pairings we thought were fun or brainstorm to come up with
This jaunty little bag actually falls into the "satchel" category, which makes it seem even more vintage and unique. Satchels sound as if they should be carried through the English countryside by a group of clever school chums, possibly on their way to Hogwarts. We took the sophisticated styling of an adult carryall and scaled it
The beauty of ribbons always makes a statement. When paired with solid color fabric, they get others talking as well. This smaller shoulder bag features an attention-getting ribbon flap created from seven gorgeous Jacquard ribbons by Renaissance Ribbons. They are stitched side-by-side to the plain side of a layer of fusible interfacing. When the front
Calming, cozy neutrals are the most accepted palette for winter. But when everything around you begins to feel like its blending into beige, a blast of rich color can be just what the doctor ordered. We turned to the bold prints of Waverly fabrics for this very stylish satchel. The fabric is called Ute Mountain,
When was the last time you wanted to give your handbag a hug? This faux fur bucket bag is a great combination of structure and softness in the perfect smaller size. Its easygoing style can be dressed up or down so you’ll look great on the way to an evening at the ballet or a
Our bold, full size messenger bag is a true show-stopper. We used a classic Pendleton® wool fabric, carefully fussy cutting the Native American motif for optimum dramatic effect. The dense softness of the wool creates a stable bag without any additional interfacing. The lining is tough canvas divided into two sections with multiple pockets so
Our designer barrel tote, with its detachable strap, uses beautiful Jacquard ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons to their best advantage: as focal point embellishments against a solid base fabric. They add just the right dash of drama. But don’t go overboard - too many ribbons is like too much whipped cream... sounds like a good idea
Channel your inner Boy or Girl Scout. Our round, canteen-style bag has a great retro look in a classic fall fabric combination: plaid flannel, denim, and corduroy. We even added appliquéd patches on the front. Bold metal hardware for the zipper and the strap adds the professional finish. This time of year there are great
High-end boutique style you can make yourself! Our French Market Tote will make a bold fashion statement as you stroll the open air markets of Provence, France or the aisles of your local farmer's market and specialty grocer. Load it up with fresh baguettes and bouquets of bright flowers. The pièce de résistance is the
Cinch, sling, and go. Our trendy sling bag is the perfect way to pack necessities for summer adventures large and small. There’s a drawcord top plus two exterior zippered pockets, so you’ll have plenty of room for all your adventuring supplies. A single broad strap at the center back makes it fast and easy to
This cute tall and narrow tote is named after my very favorite Angela, my oldest daughter. She designed the bag with a bit o' help from her very favorite aunt. Together they created a simple yet stylish shoulder bag, using Angela's own stash of fave fabric scraps and cotton webbing for the strap. We thought
The quintessential bandana. It can be a head scarf or a neck tie. It can protect your nose and mouth in a dust storm. It can decorate a straw hat. And now… it can be a pretty sack-style shoulder bag! This fast and easy project is excellent for young kids or anyone just learning to
Summer is out-and-about time. Time for traveling near and far. Time for a tote that can stand up to all the adventures. Our Super Study Summer Tote is ready to roll. We love working with the Dritz® Double Cap Rivets to add strength to a bag’s straps and other stress points. They are easy to
When you first saw the beautiful fabric we used for these totes, how many of you shouted, “My grandma had curtains from fabric just like that!”? You’re right; this is the classic tropical print barkcloth that was all the rage in home furnishings from the late 1940s through the 1960s. It’s still hugely popular for
The seventies hippie style didn't go away, it just came back as "boho." Rich color, mixed-media, wonderful textures, and a loose, unstructured feel are hallmarks of "bohemian fashion." Today's little shoulder bags fit right in. The focal point is the stack of five gorgeous ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons. They provide the artistry and beautifully divide
The closer. In sales, it’s the high-powered whiz kid they bring in to seal the deal. In police work, it’s the special interrogator who solves the case. In sewing bags and totes, it’s the hardware that keeps a flap in place. They’re probably not planning a movie or TV series any time soon about bag
We work mostly in fabric here at Sew4Home, but we also work with words, and we enjoy bringing not only clarity but also a bit of levity to our project introductions as well as our instructions. When I first saw the title of this new bag (Compact Messenger Bag), I immediately envisioned a very small
Sometimes extra-cute is exactly what you need to get your sewing creativity flowing. This adorable zippered pouch is just the ticket. Don't you love that striking center zipper? But... are you a little afraid of zippers, especially cool metal zippers? Like the scary monster under your bed, most zipper phobias are totally unfounded. In fact,
Sometimes you just need something simple! This beautiful bag is definitely a weekend wonder. Make it in an afternoon – wear it out the same night. The construction is fast and easy, but without sacrificing any style. We used shades of the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet. It’s a gorgeous purple that’s
This slouchy shoulder bag is fast and easy but with a very stylish finish. We spotted the adorable corduroy pear print from our friends at Cloud9 Fabrics and knew it would be perfect for a casual tote. A mid-weight canvas in a coordinating solid adds extra stability for the base and strap, and the smooth
If you're brand new to sewing, you might think a purse is too advanced of a project to tackle. Nope! With some clever cutting and careful stitching, this ribbon-accented bag is super cute and super easy. There are no complicated corners or closures. And, the main body of the purse is a heavy felt, one
If you’re sewin’ and you know it… clap your hands. Show your sewing pride with these fun machine embroidery patches. We created two custom designs to show how lovely the stitching turns out using Sulky’s 30wt cotton thread. Most folks don’t turn to cotton thread for machine embroidery, relying instead on the polyesters and rayons
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