Reusable shopping bags are everywhere these days. In fact, in many towns and cities, plastic and even paper bags are simply no longer available in the check-out line. I love the sturdy fabric grocery totes you normally come across, and we've made a number of them here at Sew4Home (links are included below). The only problem with the larger, heavier bags is remembering to bring them with you to the store! As an alternative, we have this pair of foldaway bags in their own carrying case. It's compact enough (just 5" x 7" x 2") to throw in your purse or keep in the car's glove box. But it still holds two generously-sized shopping duffles that will carry an amazing amount of stuff! The carrying case even has a handy front pocket to hold a shopping list, cards, keys and more.
You've seen these awesome headbands everywhere. They're a go-to solution for yoga class, running, or just when it's a bad hair day. Now you can make your own. It's very easy, so easy in fact, we did two styles: one is accordion-pleated so you can adjust the pleats to wear it wide or narrow; the other is a turban style with a classic front knot. We tried both styles with a thin woven cotton as well as a lightweight knit. Both worked well during construction and looked great when done. It's a great ScrapBusters project.
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.
When working on our projects, we're always keeping an eye out in stores, magazines, and online for design elements that are the most stylish, the cutest, and have the best functionality. We want to make sure we're bringing you the kind of high-end features that take handmade to the next level – so your finished item looks as cool as what you'd find to buy. More cool in fact, because you've chosen the fabric, colors, and notions to best fit your personal style. This backpack borrows elements we've seen on boutique bags as well as the street trends spotted on our own local school and college campuses.
"Tick Tock, Cap'n... Tick, Tock... someone is coming!" I spent a good chunk of my childhood hoping, wishing, dreaming I could fly like Peter Pan. I never actually jumped off the roof of the garden shed, but... I climbed up there and thought about it! We've created a wonderfully sneaky stuffed crocodile, our homage to the creepy croc in Peter Pan who was forever stalking Captain Hook. Shannon Cuddle fleece is a fun dot and low nap fleece are the perfect pair for the top and bottom of Mr. Croc. Two widths of rick rack form his teeth and spine. And, we chose Fairfield's luxuriously silky Poly-Fil® Supreme Fiberfill as our stuffing. The texture of this fiber filling is wonderful for toys, plus it's washable and non-allergenic. Although he might look complex, our crocodile takes just a little while. He's playful rather than predatory, so there's no need to be afraid to give him a try. You'll find him extremely huggable with a great sense of humor... except when it comes to jokes involving pirates and lost boys.
The dishwasher is my friend. I put just about everything in that puppy and it magically reappears sparkling clean. The key phrase is, “just about.” There are some items that still require hand washing: crystal, fine china, and any flatware you want to keep looking new (sterling, silver-plate or even stainless). Hand washing means hand drying, and for the very best look for your very best tableware, hand drying should be done with a lightweight cotton cloth that can both dry and add a bit of finishing polish. These quick and easy drying towels are made from a single weight gauze bound with traditional quilting cotton. We used Swaddle Gauze by Cloud 9 Fabrics from their Tout Petit collection. It was the perfect weight, and big bonus: so pretty!
The original inspiration for this project came from our official Sew4Home You Asked 4 It list. When you send us a request or comment online about something you'd like to see, we add it to this list. Then, we refer to the list when we're creating new ideas. You wanted more aprons for guys, and your wish was fulfilled by our Pro Chef Half Apron accented with stunning ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons.
Babies like to suck on things, and today's orthodontically-correct pacifiers seem to be something the majority of us can agree on as little lifesavers... for both the baby and the parents. However, they also seem to be something that is never where you need it when you need it. We have two solutions: one) a lanyard that snaps onto the pacifier on one end and clips on to a baby's clothing, stroller or swing on the other end; and two) a cute little pouch that can hold two binkies (on their lanyards) with its own snap-on handle to attach the pouch to a diaper bag, stroller or wherever you might need to have it handy.
Did you know the paper napkin made its debut in 1887? While that's quite historically interesting, we still prefer the cloth napkin. This pretty floating rick rack technique allows you to fancy-up a standard cloth napkin for a gift, a party – or just for everyday. It’s fun and easy, and you may already have everything you need on hand to whip up a stack in no time.
Whip up these sweet treats for the sewers and crafters on your gift list... or better yet, make a set for them and one for yourself! Our stacked trio of pincushions is designed to look like a delicious three tier cake – complete with edge icing (aka: mini pom trim) and a cherry on top (aka: single cherry pink pom). Use the little cushions separately or as a terrific tower. It's nice to have several on hand so you can have a cushion by your machine, one in your cutting area, and another on your ironing board. Pins at the ready wherever you are. We show you how to insert washers into the base to weight them so they're more stable individually and as a stack o' three.