When there's a brand new little one in the family, the holidays are all about baby. Our adorable baby quilt, with its matching appliquéd bib, will make Baby's First Christmas extra special. The quilt is made of traditional nine-patch blocks, but we stretched four of the nine squares within each block into rectangles. The resulting design mimics the look of a little wrapped present. You make nine "present blocks" to create the perfect baby quilt gift. The matching bib uses a couple of larger motifs from the quilt's fabric as appliqués, and has super soft and absorbant chenille on the back.
Flying geese blocks, combined with the unique vintage motifs in the Eclectic Elements fabric collection, are what give this beautiful quilt its name. The variety involved is a quilter's dream. You can isolate and piece together these interesting little bits into a wonderful collage. All the great shapes are also an inspirational bonanza for the final quilting. Sew4Home seamstress team member, Michele Mishler really went to town on our sample, outlining the clock faces and butterflies, and doing some great free-motion stippling in the solid areas.
Part of the fun of our Fabulous Fall with Fabric.com series has been working with non-traditional fabrics to create wonderful new combinations. If you've always turned to quilting cottons or fleece to construct a throw, give today's linen and rayon beauty a try. Although often more closely associated with crisp summer suits, linen and linen blends are actually wonderfully soft and a dream to sew. When layered with smooth rayon, you get a lightweight yet warm throw with an absolutely amazing drape. We added a layer of low loft batting and our quilting stitches trace the bold floral motifs on the Amy Butler linen blend we selected from her Hapi collection. The finishing touch is the swing and sparkle of Chainette fringe along the top and bottom.
Ernest Hemingway once said, "I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?" Oh we know, Mr. Hemingway; we know! These pretty pillowcases are sure to invite the benefits of sleep to one and all. We've used the adorable new children's collection, Riddles & Rhymes by Tina Givens for FreeSpirit Fabrics, which makes our pillow pair perfect to encourage sweet dreams for the little ones. But the design itself, with its pretty ruffled ends and decorative ribbons, would be gorgeous for a power-napper of any age. To tell the truth, I love this fabric and want it for my grown-up self!
Technically, quilting is a subset of sewing. But if you're one of the thousands who've been bitten by the quilting bug, you're unlikely to let it take second position to anything. Here at Sew4Home, we don't claim to be part of the quilting elite, but we are very good at making things easy. So when we do quilts, we like to target quilters who are just getting started, giving you a design that looks great but is actually quite simple to do. Today's Sparkly Baby Quilt creates an intricate-looking pinwheel effect with just 12 cleverly rotated blocks made up of basic half square triangles. Plus, working with our Janome machines always makes things so much easier. As part of our Janome Monday series, today we're showing off their super-accurate Quarter Inch Seam foot, the great feeding system, and the Quilt Guide Bar for easy straight line quilting.
There's nothing quite like grabbing a delicious catnap in a swinging hammock to finish off sunny day. But this time of year, a regular blanket can be a bit too heavy. Why not whip up a summer-weight blanket in an incredibly soft sweatshirt knit? In fact, is there a certain someone you know who loves the nappin' life? Father's Day will be here soon, and a soothing, wrap-him-up blanket might be just the ticket. Our fast and easy project takes just a couple hours... he could be dozin' before you know it. We also show you how to make the personalized fabric tag shown in the bottom corner that tells Dad (or whomever is lucky enough to get the blanket) he's priceless.
Cotton sheets are crisp and clean and they launder beautifully, but they can also feel cool on baby's cheeks. We suggest switching up to a cuddly fleece that can help your little one drift off to dreamland in warm and cozy comfort. Our double-sided plush fleece is the same bold yellow and white polka dot featured on the Little Sunshine Support Pillow. Soft and pretty.
When you're searching for the fastest and easiest home décor project, most people would steer you toward a simple pillow. We don't disagree, but when it comes to instant gratification, close on the pillow's heels is the pillowcase! They take a bit more fabric than a standard pillow cover, but a crisp, new pillowcase immediately brightens up your bed linens. It's quick and fun to make special pillowcases for all kinds of special occasions. We've altered the traditional fold-and-stitch construction method with today's version: a reversible case. By stitching just one extra seam, you get twice the pretty possibilities.
Minky... it rhymes with pinky and is the softer, thicker cousin of fleece. When it first appeared on the market, Minky was the go-to option for the cushiest, cuddliest baby blankets ever. However, the rest of us soon realized babies shouldn't have all the fun, and Minky is now popular for any project that calls for a thick, plush feel with unparalleled warmth. That's exactly why we chose it for today's beautiful Valentine's throw, and we added a velvet binding to keep the extra softness going to very edge. There's also a secret corner pocket. Use it to stow a special card or tiny present when giving the throw as a gift. Once wrapped around its owner, the throw's pocket can keep the TV remote within reach or use it to stash a handful of tissues for a Valentine's Day rom-com movie marathon.
Fast and easy. Soft and cuddly. I think that's what we all want in a toasty holiday throw to ward off winter's chills. Our bound Minky blanket has you covered. In fact, this project went so quickly, we actually forgot to stop to take pictures! Instead, we've included some helpful illustrations of the simple steps, as well as links to our two detailed tutorials on bias binding. Minky fleece comes in an absolutely amazing array of colors and sculpted textures. We chose a rich steel gray Minky bound with a deep wine velveteen. But that's just the tip of the iceberg (nope... that sounds too harsh). But that's just the cusp of the cloud (ahhhh... much better). Check out our additional blanket and binding pairings that take you from bright and fun to subtle and elegant. We used single-sided Minky, but there are also many double-sided options for softness through and through. Fabric.com definitely has something for everyone.