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 work with and look great when installed. Our fabric choice for this project was a classic cabana stripe canvas, and we added a pretty monogram on the front pocket to both personalize as well as identify… an important feature when your belongings get piled with other’s during a day at the beach or park. Read on for all the step-by-step instructions, including the cool reverse box riveted corners.
For apparel, bags, athletic gear, etc., the go-to grommet style are the ubiquitous metal circles with some type of rope or cording woven through at a closure point. These metal classics are a go-to here at Sew4Home as well, but they're not the only option. For some applications, especially those that need a rather large grommeted opening, we like the Dritz® Home Snap-On Plastic Curtain Grommets. Although they are traditionally associated with curtains, they are a great solution for a variety of projects. We outline the easy installation steps for the plastic grommets and have collected links for a number of our tutorials that feature them.
The bow tie has long been the purview of over-dressed little boys, dapper accountants, and Bill Nye the Science Guy, but we're blasting out of that box. We used unique fabrics and custom designs to create three quirky, confident, and stylish ways to wear a bow tie. Our teen trio effortlessly pulled off each example of this unexpected fashion flair: Newsboy Button Down, Hipster Double Plaid, and Party Chic Velvet. With spring and summer gatherings and weddings on the horizon, as well as prom season right around the corner, a bow tie would be fun and fashionable accessory. Thanks to our friends at Dritz®, who sent us some of their cool Bow Tie Kits, we show you are fast they are to create. These inexpensive kits make creating an adjustable neck band easy – so you can concentrate your imagination on customizing your best bow.
One of the top “Mother Skills” is the ability to carry all kinds of things at one time, expertly balancing everything in two hands without breaking a sweat. Perhaps it’s this inherent capability that leads to another one of her top talents: the ability to fall in love with all kinds of other “carryalls” – bags, pouches, and totes! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we have not one, not two, but three cute zippered pouches for Mom to use to transport life’s little necessities. We chose three specialty Dritz® Labels to customize each pouch, and we offer a free printable set of Mother’s Day Gift Tags as the finishing touch.
I’ve always loved overalls. When my kids were small, they were my rough-and-tumble choice for play clothes. But, they’re a personal favorite as well because they have such a comfy, loose fit. We often look to clothing items as initial inspiration for our apron projects, and knowing that Dritz® had a great set of Overall Buckles and Buttons (a no-sew hardware product) made the choice clear. With its classic fabric combination and the tough Dritz® hardware, this apron has an industrial-strength look and feel serious cooks will love.
Asymmetrical means having two sides or halves that are not the same. I like to think that – really – most of the world is asymmetrical. Even Mother Nature knows matchy-matchy and even-steven can be too boring. Throwing in an interesting angle or a unique texture can take your project to the next level. The design of this bag started with an idea for the cool asymmetrical fold-over closure. From there, we worked with the wide selection of Dritz® Hardware to pull it altogether, adding Swivel Hooks and D-Rings along with a fully adjustable shoulder strap. You’ll also love the clever full-width zippered pocket across the back of the bag.
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 buttons attached by magic?!” Nope. No magic, just clever upholstery notions from Dritz®. Read on to see how a set of Dritz® extra long Upholstery Needles, their heavy Waxed Thread, and Cover Button Kits make it easy. And there’s “nothing up our sleeves” – we promise!
If you’re a Sew4Home regular, you know we don’t traditionally present a lot of projects in the wearables category. Of course, there are all our super popular aprons and a few other easy items, but in terms of fitted garments, we tend to leave those to other experts. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t love to make things for ourselves in our spare time. And, yes, a) we do make things for ourselves (now and then) and b) we do have spare time (a wee bit), which is why we were excited to play with the My Double Deluxe Dressform by Dritz®. These beauties actually arrived at our studios a couple months ago, and we’ve been putting them through their paces, but saved our article until now in order to suggest that a Dritz® dress form just might be the perfect holiday gift for your favorite garment sewer – or yourself!
Eyes on the road! Municipalities are cracking down on distracted drivers, making it a perfect time to create a caddy for your car that can keep important items within reach yet enough out of the way so they don’t interfere with the task at hand: driving! We used a clever combination of Dritz® hardware and elastic for ease and flexibility. This would be a great organizer for anyone who spends a lot of time in the car. Add a few of auto safety products to make it an even smarter gift idea.
Traditional chenille is created with a soft, feathery yarn and adds a wonderfully fluffy texture and dimension to a project. Thanks to Dritz® Quilting, now you can add the look of chenille to your next project with a minimum of prep time on your part. Dritz® Make Your Own Chenille is a ⅝” wide, 100% cotton fabric, cut on the bias. The looser weave of the fabric and its raw edges allow you to stitch it on, then simply wash-fluff-and dry to create the fuzzy feel of chenille. We added six looping rows of scallops across across a snuggly lap blanket. And here’s your interesting fact for the day: the name comes from the French word for caterpillar.