We recently ran a Great Giveaway in which we asked our S4H friends and fans to come up with unique ways to use Moda's toweling: 16" wide, pre-hemmed panels in 100% cotton. There were some really fun ideas from kitchen linens to totes to garments, and it got our own wheels turning. We pushed our thinking out of the box and dreamed BIG. What if we looked at the toweling as long finished panels rather than little, bitty cuts? Bingo! We designed a twin duvet cover and bed skirt combo that makes full use of those wonderful pre-hemmed sides. If you're a regular visitor to Sew4Home you might be surprised by our all-natural color theme. We needed the neutral palette so the duvet and skirt could act as a backdrop for piles of pillows and stacks of throws as we got my home studio ready for a photo shoot with Where Women Create magazine!
Organic cottons have come a long way over the last several years, and one of the companies leading the pack has been Cloud9. We discovered them a couple years ago, and have watched with delight as their new designs emerged. If you believe organic fabric means dull, drab or coarse... meet Cloud9 co-founders Michelle Engel Bencsko and Gina Pantastico. They have infused their lines with happy colors and delightful patterns from the rich tones of Nature Walk to the forthy fun of My Happy Nursery. And they've done it all using 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of their base cloths and eco-responsible low impact dyes. Two of their newest collections are featured today in our Beautiful Baby Quilt: Maman and Nursery Basics. This fabric was an absolute delight to work with. The base fabric is a premium 200 count organic cotton sheeting with an amazing feel that is both crisp and silky soft.
The baby blanket is, in my mind, the perfect gift for new parents. It's thoughtful, practical and, with the right mix of fabric, cuter than a pile of kittens. Our version gives you plenty of real estate for one cute fabric on the front, another on the back plus a third accent fabric as a dense ruffle all around. Our original project design was done up in Pillow & Maxfield's Pretty Bird collection for Michael Miller Fabrics, which gave the blanket a sophisticated splash of color and a chic artistic flair. When we selected this project as one of our R&R opportunities, we decided to dial up the cute factor with three fabrics from David Walker's Get Together collection for Free Spirit Fabrics. What's R&R you ask? "Re-imagine & Renovate," we answer. We took a classic project and re-made it in a new fabric to create an entirely different look and feel. We chose David Walker's bears and birds in blues and greens, and absolutely love how his designs look like little paper cut-outs dancing across the fabric. This is a blanket with a story to tell, "Once upon a time there was a bear, who jumped up high into the air, higher than the pair of marshmallow trees..."
This plush throw is framed with patchwork and pom poms. Even if you've never done any patchworking, you can make this project. The fun part is picking all the squares: 72 of them in this case. It's like coloring with fabric; you mix and match, combining colors and patterns from square to square. The Heather Bailey Pop Garden & Bijoux fabrics we used create a vibrant border, but you could shuffle your choices to be more subdued or even more zany. The jumbo pom pom trims adds a playful touch, and the center of the throw is super-soft, double-sided Minky. Colorful, cute and cuddly in one great project!
Recently, movie star and trendsetter, Nicole Kidman was photographed holding baby Faith wrapped in a plush pink baby blanket with a lush satin ruffle. Dozens of commenters on the photo demanded to know where she got that adorable blanket. Nicole's not telling, but no worries because we have an even cuter design you can make yourself. It's part of our new S4H Series sponsored by Fabric.com: the lush-est, plushest, most trendy fabrics for Fall and Winter. Mar Bella Minky and rich satin combine today for this double-sided beauty!
Do you remember your childhood bedspread? Most people do. Maybe it's because we always felt so safe and cuddly under those covers. And we all know when you pull the bedspread over your head, you are instantly protected from any monsters who might be trying to get you! Moving from a crib to a 'big boy bed' is a momentous occasion in a toddler's world, and deserving of a special bedcover. Our twin size patchwork quilt tutorial fits the bill. The Gang fabric within the Lil' Rascals collection by Chloe's Closet for Moda Fabrics is a fantastic easy quilting pick because the design already includes a four-patch motif, making your finished quilt look like you're quite the piecing professional.
The contest for the kit ended 10/7/11. Even if you didn't win, you can still make the cover with Bari J's terrific tutorial...
Yay! Bari J. is back with another adorable sewing pattern. After everything your sewing machine has done for you, isn't it time you surprise it with a chic evening cover-up with flirty pom-pom fringe?! You could not find a more perfect fabric collection for this sewing machine cover than Bari's magnifique Paris Apartment collection, her first for Lecien. Merci, Bari, for providing our Sew4Home friends with such a delightful free project, plus the chance for one lucky person to win a kit to make their own Paris Apartment sewing machine cover.
It's the world's greatest protective shield... from things that go bump in the night, chilly morning air or the I-miss-my-mommy blues. 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 creamy white polar fleece. We personalized the project with our lil' boy's name embroidered in the corner. Even with this extra embellishment, the steps are fast and easy. Today's bound blanket is just one of the eight projects in our new Storybook Lil' Boy's Room Series sponsored by Moda Fabrics and featuring the nostalgic Lil' Rascals collection by Chloe's Closet. From a chubby-cheeked cowboy to a bespectacled pug dog to a mischievous monkey... the characters of Lil' Rascals are all up to something.
Vintage, Retro, Old School... or simply, "Hey, I remember that!" Designs with a nostalgic flavor go by many names, but are universally appealing. We start a new tutorial series today called Storybook Bedroom. It's sponsored by our creative friends at Moda Fabrics and features Lil' Rascals by Chloe's Closet. From a chubby-cheeked cowboy to a bespectacled pug dog to a mischievous monkey... the characters of Lil' Rascals are all up to something. Don't know about you, but I want to collect my graham crackers and milk, find my favorite picture book, and settle down for a much-needed afternoon nap. Over the next few weeks, we'll unveil eight tutorials to outfit a toddler's bedroom. We envisioned a boy's room, but this collection's soft color palette and playful designs would work for any lil' rascal in your life. Today's project: easy pillowcases sure to make everyone look forward to slipping into the land of nod.