Every few decades, the choker returns to make us all hold our heads a littler higher! These simple ribbon necklaces are a striking accent that can be dressed up or down. The choker is trending again right now as a statement accessory, according to high-profile style watchers from Elle to Vogue to MarieClaire and all across the Pinterest universe. We show you how to make no-sew chokers, using beautiful ribbon and some standard jewelry findings.
Paper envelopes were originally developed in China, where paper itself was invented prior to the second century BCE. Up until 1845, all envelopes were handmade, each individually cut to the appropriate shape out of a single rectangular sheet of paper. Makes you kind of impressed by the ol’ envelope doesn’t it?! In today’s digital world, the envelope is used less and less, but its functionality is hard to ignore. In honor of Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner, we’ve created a clever, and very pretty, fabric envelope. It ties shut with a bow and can hold any number of magical missives. Plus, it can be used over and over again, which makes it a green gift alternative. We tucked in a package of flower seeds along with a special card. You can download a bouquet of eight different full-color cards – each with a unique Valentine… or any time, sentiment.
How many of you loop a tape measure around your neck while you’re sewing? I’m pretty sure there are a lot of hands up out there! This cute little concept is designed to capitalize on that habit by turning the measuring tape into its own mini caddy with scissors on one end and a pincushion on the other. All the basics will be close at hand. Wouldn’t this make a great gift for all your sewing pals?!
The name is due to its similarity to the wide, ornate straps musicians have always used to hold their guitars. By changing how the ends attach, they are now also a fun way to update any bag that uses a removable strap. We created ours to show off the decorative stitch package on our Janome Skyline S7. We love pretty stitching, and are always on the lookout for reasons to use it. At a full 40” in length, this strap provides the perfect long, straight platform. To amp up the texture, we stitched with Aurifil 28wt 100% cotton thread in two solid colors and one variegated. The heavier weight of this thread really makes the stitches pop and it worked great in both the top and bobbin, flowing through without a hitch.
Everyone needs a tissue now and then to dab away a tear, capture a sneeze or wipe up a mess. And in the colder weather, it’s always good to have tissues at-the-ready when you’re out and about. Pretty-up those handy tissues with our adorable tissue covers. The S4H Fast Fridays series is all about whipping up something wonderful in no time at all, and you can put together several covers in a single afternoon with just small squares of fabric. Do you hear your scrap basket calling?
Did you have a diary as a kid? I did. I just wasn't ever very good at it: "Dear Diary, School was boring today. When I got home, I ate crackers and watched TV. It was a good day." Yep, pretty scintillating stuff. However, if I'd had something as lovely as this Classic Fabric Journal Cover in which to pen my deepest thoughts, I'm sure it would have been much better: "Dearest Diary, Today was an educational minefield. When at last I made it back to the safety of hearth and home, I was able to relax with both sustenance and entertainment at the ready. Stupendous all around." Try it for yourself. Turn a plain spiral notebook into your own inspiring journal with our step-by-step instructions. The notebook is removeable so you can fill it up with plans and dreams, then easily slip a refill into the pretty cover – because plans and dreams must be able to continue!
We love the look and creativity of handmade, but that doesn’t mean we never buy off the rack. There are so many great deals and styles, and since we have yet to figure out how to jam several more hours into a day, the speed of retail shopping is always appealing. The main drawback: no individuality. Thanks to some fun new products from our friends at Dritz®, we found a fast and easy way to customize an off-the-rack cardigan with decorative elastics and fasteners. You could embellish a simple sweater with a bit of bling for a New Year's Eve gathering.
One week and counting… it’s officially the Festival of the Last Minute. We’re right there with you and have put together a set of four nearly-no-sew projects that use Dritz hardware and tools to make the steps easy and the results outstanding. We worked with two layers of craft weight glitter vinyl to fashion a journal pencil pouch, tasseled bookmark, wrist loop key fob, and two sizes of cord wraps. As we put together the set, we’ve been referring to them in-house as: Sparkly Things… and really, that’s exactly what they are. Truth be told, we can all use a bit more sparkle in our lives – dontcha think?!
Bundle up a few folks on your gift list with one of our warm and wonderful flannel and faux sherpa scarves. Sherpa is the “it” fabric this season, and today’s faux fur and fleece sherpa options make it both easy and economical to add this thick and bundle-y texture to your winter warm-up projects. We paired our sherpa fleece with another perennial winter favorite: plaid flannel. The bouncy finishing touch are the jumbo poms at each end of the scarf, because fluffy pom poms make everything a little bit happier. Best of all – this is a Sew4Home Fast Fridays project. Our Fast Fridays series is all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all, and you can put together one of these scarves in just a couple hours from first cut to last stitch.
Holiday themed batik quilting cottons have become a very popular seasonal fabric. A number of manufacturers are now coming out with special collections each year. The motifs are a bit larger and the colors a bit bolder than what you might traditionally expect in a batik. It's a fun and festive look, and was the perfect choice for the crazy patch treatment on our luxurious tree skirt. This is an easy project – there's still time to whip one up for this year!