Pillowcases are fast and fun, and they make a great beginner project. We have lots of easy options in the Sew4Home Project Index, several of which we've linked to below, but we've also gotten a number of requests to demonstrate a construction technique known as "burrito style." It creates nicely finished seams inside and out with an easy roll-and-turn method. This project is another great topic we pulled from our You Asked 4 It list. We always welcome your emails with future suggestions.
Will you be my buddy? These adorable blankets are simply begging for hugs. Made with a double layer of super soft Cuddle luxury fleece from Shannon Fabrics, and sporting a lightly stuffed animal head and ears in one corner, who could resist giving them a loving squeeze?! Our little model wasn’t going to let go of our samples until we promised her they’d both come back soon for visit and more hugs. At just 15” square when finished, they are the perfect “Goldilocks size” – not too small and not too big, just right for a young child to carry about.
With most of our projects, we’re always emphasizing how you should pay attention to finishing your seams – how you want the inside to look as nice as the outside. With a rag quilt, there’s no need. You actually want your seams to sew. A rag quilt is sewn together so the seams show on the outside. After washing and drying, the seams gently fray or ‘rag,' producing a very soft and cuddly feel. Our design features scalloped outer edges, also ragged, which creates a unique shape. All the adorable fabric comes from our friends at Fat Quarter Shop, and is in stock and ready to ship out to your sewing space.
Babies need blankets. When my kids were small, I liked to think of our blanket collection as little baby drop cloths. Because, just like painters, babies are often in need of their own little piece of clean real estate, which they can then destroy as they choose. In my mind, a cute blanket is always the perfect baby gift. Our adorable design is super fast and easy to make, especially if you have a ruffler attachment.
Toasty. That’s what this big blanket is all about. We combined a plush Sherpa style faux fur with a rich faux suede: soft on one side, smooth on the other, and bound all around with the suede. The natural tones and classic Berber check give it the rustic look of a lumberjack jacket. But the only hard work ahead for this throw is keeping you toasty by the fire. Fabric Depot has a wonderful selection of both the sherpa and the faux suede. Check out the alternate combinations we put together for each of the Berber Check colors.
You never know when or where you'll be when a nap needs to happen. Our clever portable sleep set is a great way to always be ready. We've created a lightweight drawstring bag that holds a bound fleece blanket and a matching pillow. Toss the bag in the car for longer road trips. Send it off to pre-school for daily rest time. Keep one at Grandma's for napping emergencies. Better still... make one for yourself, because we all know naps are wasted on the young!
If you’re looking for bold color and design, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more dramatic than the fabrics by Kaffe Fassett. His latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics is Artisan, and it more than lives up to his colorful reputation. Artisan is an eclectic mixture that borrows from the traditional stripes of hand-woven Indian textiles as well as the mod splashes of abstract art we associate with sixties-era fashion. Kaffe is a master at blending and understands that opposites can indeed attract. He’s combined an explosion of pattern into a cohesive collection that includes painterly prints, ikat, batik, and more. We’ve used it for a bohemian throw with a patchwork front that is bound and backed in super soft sherpa-style fleece.
There's nothing like a thick, snuggly blanket to make everything better. And, there's nothing easier than our blanket tutorial. A handsome binding in alternating fabrics is set against a field of soft, double-sided fleece. We personalized our project with a name embroidered in one corner. Even if you're brand new to sewing, you can create this blanket in just a couple hours. As we move into the holiday season, it makes our list of the best fast and easy gift ideas. We show the blanket above along with one of our popular Neck Pillows.
Ahhhhh, the sleepover. If there was ever an misnomer, this would be it, since the amount of sleeping that usually happens at such an event is minimal at best. The whole idea is to pile everyone together into one room and laugh until the wee hours. Our sleepover sack is a perfect choice for however much dozing gets done. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to select cozy flannel in two bright prints along with a coordinating cotton. Make a matching pillowcase to complete the sleepover set. We also added a cute, wraparound harness so the bag can be rolled and secured with a built-in handle to carry it to its destination.
On the "Quilting Easy-ness Scale," the rag quilt ranks right at the top. It's sewn with the seams exposed, and the whole idea is to create a softly rumpled, very cuddly, wrap-me-up-now result. If you have someone heading off to school, this is a wonderful blanket to send along to remind them of the warm hugs waiting back at home. Since the ragging gives this quilt an inherent rustic look, we wanted a fabric that echoed that handmade feel. We found it in the Handcrafted collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Very different from most traditional quilting cottons, it's created entirely by hand. The process is a new interpretation of the ancient wax resist, fabric dying art form of batik. We felt the result had the look of hand silk-screened fabrics: looser, more free-form and with deeply saturated pigments. It was absolutely spot-on for a colorful rag quilt.