Did you ever wonder where "Christmas In July" came from? It turns out this summer celebration of Yuletide has been around for years. In the early 1940s, relief groups planning to send presents to soldiers or missionaries overseas, would gather everything together in July in order to have it ready to ship it off in time to arrive before Christmas. Then, in 1942, director Preston Sturges released a comedy titled "Christmas In July” and the popular film did much to make the term fashionable. In the 1950s, retailers started having Christmas In July sales as a way to lure in shoppers during the long stretch between Father's Day and Back-To-School. Although not as common any longer for general retail, in the sewing world, Christmas In July promotions continue to be successful because they actually make sense. If you're sewing Christmas gifts, you really should be getting your patterns and fabric ready in the summer. Otherwise, at the big family gift-opening, you face the humbling experience of giving half finished projects and then quickly taking them back with promises to return them by Valentine's Day... or thereabouts. In honor of Christmas in July 2019, we have the quintessential holiday project: stockings to hang by the chimney with care.
It might seem too hot outside to be dreaming of woolen mittens, snowmen, and twinkling lights, but if you're a planner – now is the time to start your holiday décor and gift sewing. You still have plenty of time to finish without working 'round the clock (the normal option when the woolen mittens, snowmen, and twinkling lights are actually here!) and it's also the time of year when fabric manufacturers debut their new holiday collections. So selection is at its best. Starting today, we have four of our favorite holiday projects plus a fabric giveaway at week's end. Crank up the AC and put Frosty the Snowman on repeat, it's time for Christmas in July. Let's start things off with a tree skirt! Our color wheel design features a vibrant patchwork of fabrics set off with bold binding and bows. Plus, the triangle wedges secretly remind us of pie, and we love pie. In fact, now that we've mentioned it, perhaps it's time for a slice of pie. But first... a project!
Gift card, credit card, business card; this three-pocket mini wallet holds them all. We used pre-cuts, highlighted with stunning Renaissance Ribbons. You can create multiple cases with a single one-yard length, mixing and matching with fabric scraps or pre-cuts you have on hand. They are a fun and easy project for a lazy summer afternoon and a gorgeous gift idea.
Now's the time to stock up on cute summer tees. They're on sale nearly everywhere. We hit the local Target and Old Navy in our area and didn't spend over $6.99 for any of our shirt samples. Once you have a pile of T-shirts, now what? It's time for a fast fashion update! Our goal today is to show you how fun and easy it is to use your sewing machine to turn standard off-the-rack items into something special. We pulled together a handful of fave fabric scraps to add pockets to some of the shirts and a few lengths of gorgeous lace to alter the others with inset panels and cropping.
One of the top searches recently on Pinterest is for passport covers. We’ve also seen several versions for sale on Flash Sites and at other popular retailers. Everyone must be on the go! For something this popular, there needs to be a quick and easy Sew4Home version. We have you (and your passport) covered. Using faux leather for the outside and quilting cotton for the inside, our little folders protect your passport from dirt and keep it flat. Two interior pockets hold it open to the appropriate page, and a stretchy elastic band keeps it shut. It's a great gift for Dads who travel!
Oh! is for Ollie and Olivia Owl. This adorable stuffed pair is wondering, "Whoooooo wants a hug?" We provide all the pattern pieces you need to make one, two or an entire parliament. Yep... a group of owls is called a parliament. They must be wise indeed. These owl pals are a generous size for easy squeezing, and well as for laying your head for a little sleepy time nap. Each is approximately 18" tall x 16" wide, excluding ears, wings and feet. We especially love their big, bright eyes – they're staying wide awake so you can doze safe and sound. Originally making their debut on the site in 2014, this precious pair has continued to be one of our top stuffed toy projects.
One wedding accessory that has remained popular over the last several years is the bridal gown sash. We found them as a recommendation in wedding planning articles as well as for sale on a variety of sites, from high-end bridal specialty boutiques to Etsy. However, the price of this popularity was steep: $200-$600 and up! With a few small cuts of luxury fabrics, such as lace, tulle, satin, and organza, along with some beautiful pearl or crystal beads, you can create your own custom wedding sash for much, much less. Plus, it will be perfect for your colors and your wedding. The key to creating a beautiful look, such as you see on our sample, is to experiment with color and texture, as well as with the placement of the flowers, beads, and other embellishments until you get a look that's just right for the bride-to-be.
Sleep masks are more than beauty essentials. These small yet effective relaxation tools can help you get the light-free, restful sleep you deserve. This project is a three-in-one winner: quick and easy as part of our Fast Fridays series, an excellent ScrapBusters option, and a great gift idea for Mother’s Day, which will be here before you know it! Our masks combine pretty quilting cotton on the outside, with a sweet ruffle, and soothing Mulberry Silk Charmeuse on the inside.
Say hello to our Sweet Softies friend, Eggy Pop. We dare you to look at Eggy for any length of time without smiling. Nubby chenille combines with smooth, retro-inspired cotton for a sweet and soft vintage look, like a treasured stuffed toy you might discover in Grandma's attic. Darling Eggy is irresistibly squeezable for Easter or any time you need an egg-ceptionally sweet stuffable.