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Here at S4H, we believe one of the best ways to be happier is to surround yourself with home décor that makes you smile. Why are you smiling? Because you made it yourself! This colorful mini bolster is a great start to your happiness project. It looks quite fancy with its ruched center panel, piping
This custom felt appliqué pillow features more twists and turns than a James Patterson mystery. We created a beautiful abstract flower design with a bit of a whimsical feel – perfect to render in the soft texture of a quality wool blend felt. If you are a beginner when it comes to appliqué, felt is
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa. We are welcoming 2020 with a gorgeous set of Peace Pillows. Our custom embroidery designs highlight the amazing stitch precision of the new Janome Memory Craft 550E embroidery-only machine, and they are offered below as
Star Light, Star Bright. Make your wish upon these pretty stars of the holiday season. Our decorative pillows come in three sizes and three mix-and-match styles. Each size comes with a free pattern download. They look great as a set but would also be striking as the featured "shaped" pillow against more traditional squares and
The humble bow is actually a clever kind of knot. We learn about it early in order to keep our shoes on our feet. From there, it begins to shed its utilitarian beginnings, becoming fashionable as a hair ornament or impressive as a package topper. Today, we’ve kicked it up another notch, creating a luxurious
Proudly display your passion with our set of clever appliquéd pillows. They break down the craft into three easy steps: Pin, Cut, Sew! Gee... maybe our instructions are way too detailed!  We chose a soft faux suede for the main fabric; it's a great surface for appliqué. We recommend using the same fabric for all
Fussy. Cut. We love to have our way with fabric, manipulating it to best showcase motifs and colors. Clever fussy cutting allows you to tell a story with your project. And when you’re working with fabric as amazingly detailed as De La Luna by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics, the options are endless. We’ve created
Sometimes a project has a distinct front and back. Other times, you want it to be pretty from all sides. This set of elegant pillows features wraparound cording for a unique, all-around-gorgeous result. We selected two coordinated home décor prints within a single colorway to create a trio of pillows in three distinct shapes: hexagon,

Real starfish belong in tide pools. Our starfish pillow belongs on your sofa… or your bed or chair or bench or… This quick and easy project has a full pattern and is the perfect way to add a splash of nautical fun to freshen-up your décor for summer and beyond.

What makes a great pillowscape? Gorgeous fabric, an interesting shape or two, and a few special bits of embellishment are good places to start. We combined all these attributes to create a fabulous 50" bolster with two matching round pillows. Make one or create the entire trio to pump up the pillow power on your
Embroidery turned a simple round, white pillow into a stunning statement. Our friends at Janome America sponsored this beautiful custom embroidery design, allowing us to offer it to you as a free download in the six major embroidery machine formats. The ascending and descending triangles simulate a rosy sunrise reflected in a cool mountain lake.

For our Featured section, we’ve been focusing on projects that can use smaller pieces from your fabric stash. This lumbar pillow uses skinny cuts to create pretty strip patchwork. Wavy line free-motion quilting finishes the front.

Do you have a little bit of time you’re wondering what to do with? Are you staring at a sofa or chair that needs a springtime makeover? Have you been dying to pass on the petite prints and go bold and bright? Check. Check. Check. From buying the fabric to plopping the pillow into place,
In the whirlwind of today's designer quilting cottons with their amazing coordinated collections of prints and solids, it's easy to forget about the classics of the fabric world. We used our imagination to apply some old-fashioned goodness in a new way, creating a set of pillow covers wrapped in the Southern charm of candy-colored seersucker.
Set this pretty kitty on your sofa to keep watch over the rest of your pillows. The bold silhouette with its sweet dimensional bow is truly the Cat’s Meow. Our original design was created to show off the amazing appliqué capabilities of the Janome machines, which have amazingly precise stitch quality, from the top-of-the-line sewing
One half is cool cotton, the other half soft faux fur. When placed side-by-side and back-to-back, you get a pillow with plenty of personality. Mixing textures like this is a fun way to create a unique look. We dare you not to smile at these happy polka dots. So fast and easy, these pillows can
The round bolster is a great way to add a new and interesting shape to your pile o' decorator pillows. We chose a 6" x 16" cylinder, which is a classic size to pair up with a 16" or 20" square pillow. Or, make a pair of bolsters as we did and display them on
We’re always on the lookout for designer trends in retail shops, online, magazines, and more. It was during a recent search that we spotted a number of pillows with dense panels of decorative stitching, as well as many featuring embroidery accents and tassels. It was a style that had a bit of a boho feel
One easy way to use up odd-sized scraps of pretty fabric is to patchwork them together into an interesting pillow. This pretty pillow is an example of one made using a grid. The design is the same on both the front and back, however, we turned one grid panel 90º to create an interesting effect
One of the reasons Sew4Home came into existence was our desire to get new people interested in sewing. We wanted to prove sewing was within anyone's reach, even if you'd never even turned on a sewing machine before. It's why we're so focused on providing detailed instructions with helpful photos and make-no-assumptions steps. It's also
Looking for a Halloween pillow pal? How about a full-size body pillow with a nearly full size skeleton that glows in the dark?! Extra tall body pillows are popular for crashing on the family room floor, relaxing while texting… I mean studying, and are well known for providing sleep support for pregnant moms. And, if
Cute toss pillows in interesting shapes are a great way to interject a bit of playful zest into children's décor (although, we will allow you to make this for grown-up types as well). Our ukulele pillow tutorial certainly qualifies as an interesting shape, and we include a free downloadable pattern for it.  Can’t you just

Freshen up for spring with new additions to the pillowscape on your bed or sofa. We used Fat Quarters, selecting 13 coordinating prints to blend together with simple patchwork techniques into three different pillow shapes: one square, one rectangle, and one bolster.

We’ve all seen those long foam pool noodles. They’re the fun and colorful floats in the world of water. We’ve invited them inside with our exclusive Land Noodles™. Thin, soft, and flexible, they're made with rolled batting wrapped in cozy Cuddle luxury plush fleece from Shannon Fabrics. We picked five combinations in a variety of prints and
Oilcloth, that classic shiny fabric from grandma’s kitchen, is back in a big way. The bold designs and super bright colors are a perfect combo to add a blast o' happy to any room. How could you look at giant red chili peppers against a field of sunshine yellow and not smile?! Plus, because oilcloth
Round things that make me smile: baby thighs, ice scream scoops, rolling hills, tufted cushions. Creating undulating curves across a flat surface is a wonderful way to add dimensional interest to a plain cushion. For our tufting projects, we prefer the home décor tools from Dritz® to make the job easier and provide the most
We are always a little startled by how expensive simple pillows can be to purchase. Browsing online or in stores for style and embellishment options is a great way to grab an idea you can make your own! For this bold beauty, we delved into the category of Word Pillows... a perennial favorite at the
To ‘bolster' means to uphold or add support, as in, "They bolstered morale by serving large pieces of free cake to everyone." The etymology originates in the world of pillows (a very, cushy world), where a bolster is a long, narrow pillow, often used to support the back or neck. Our black, white, and linen
Zippers are one of the trusty workhorses of the sewing world. They normally go about their jobs, opening and closing without much fanfare. But recently, it's become quite trendy to let them out from between the seams to shine on their own. Today's fancy and fashionable pillow does just that, featuring zippers on both the
The bolster is one of our favorite shaped pillows, especially the classic style with closed, button-tufted ends. As much as we love the look, we’ve also heard from many followers that they shy away from attempting this type of bolster because of the mystery of how it all comes together. “There’s no opening! Are those
Working with pre-cuts often makes me hungry... the names are so tantalizing: Jelly Rolls, Honey Buns, Layer Cakes. Thankfully, pre-cuts have zero calories and it's fun to come up with creative ways to turn them into what we like to call "new fabric." For today's project, we used Jelly Roll strips from one collection and
The weather is getting dreary, and the world outside seems to be nothing but varying shades of gloom. Now is the very best time for a color infusion! Our eye popping Gumdrop Pillows are created in multiple colors of Candy Shag Faux Fur from Shannon Fabrics. The luxuriously long nap of the Candy Shag starts
We love sewing by machine! It's fast, it's easy, and when you have great machines like the Janome models in our S4H studios, it's almost effortless. But it doesn't mean you can't whip out the hand needle and thread now and then. A few well-placed hand-stitched accents add a unique decorative touch. Today's lovely lumbar
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