It's a rather stressful time of year. Taxes are due. The weather hasn't quite given way to the glorious sunshine and blue skies of summer. The kids are restless as the school year winds down. Sounds like time for our scented spa set! All three pieces are made out of super soft Cuddle from Shannon Fabrics. There’s a neck wrap to pull the stress from your shoulders, an eye pillow to soothe and calm, and a pretty headband to gently sweep your hair up and away in order to easily rest the neck wrap and eye pillow in place. Let's all say it together: ahhhhhhhhh ..... spaaaaaaaaaaa.
Wardrobe malfunctions tend to happen at the most inconvenient times. Just before making an important presentation, a strategic button falls off or a seam opens up. We're not even going to discuss how many stapler-and-Scotch-Tape repairs have been made in desperation. Instead, be ready for any small sewing emergency with a travel-size sewing kit that contains just what you need for a quick disaster fix. Better yet, all the necessities are contained in a cute felt kit with a built-in pincushion kitty. Just because you're prepared doesn't mean you can't also be adorable.
“Be veeeerrrrrryyyyy quiet… we’re making wabbits.” Our apologies to Mr. Elmer Fudd, and you are actually welcome to be just as noisy as you’d like when creating these Sweet, Soft, Stuffable Bunnies. Our classic stuffable critters are some of the most popular patterns here at Sew4Home. We're happy to introduce Lolly, Chester, and Flora – our trio of bunny pals – into the family. The same pattern was used to create all three, but each one has his/her own personality based on the type of Shannon Cuddle fleece used, the coordinating cotton for the ears and paws, and the bunny’s custom accessories. We’re particularly enamored of Chester’s bowtie.
Somewhere between paper and felt lives a versatile and interesting substrate called Kraft-Tex – a paper product that washes, cuts, and sews like fabric, but looks and feels like leather as it softens and wears. Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop carry a full range of it in vibrate colors as well as muted naturals. They were generous enough to send us a Designer Sampler Pack with which to experiment … and play. And play we did. This stuff is fun! These Mini Wallet Card Cases are a fast and easy project and a great introduction to working with Kraft-Tex.
Stuffed animals make me happy. They live on my desk at home and in the Sew4Home studio, so I can glance over at them when I'm having a bad day or when someone has shot down another one of my 'spectacular' ideas. There they sit. Always calm, always smiling. Funny Bunny is a super sweet softie who combines nubby cotton chenille with smooth, retro-inspired cotton for a soft vintage look.
We use traditional tassels often as a fun embellishment for linens, cushions, bags, and more. But in true Sew4Home fashion, we weren’t content to settle for traditional. So we have two unique tassel styles for you: the Broomstick Tassel with a sleek, floss-wrapped hanging loop, and the fantastical Yarn Chubbies, which we think look like fluffy little dancing dolls. It’s all part of our Fast Fridays series that is all about whipping up something wonderful in no time at all.
The number one category of goals for just about everyone seems to be "organization." Here's a great project that can help tidy up the area right next to your trusty sewing machine. We've designed a handy organizer to sit on an easel stand where it can hold a few important items as well as act as a clipboard for instructions or patterns you may need to refer to while sewing. Of course, you could easily adapt it for your home or work office as well. It's always nice to add a bit of softness and color into that hard-edged office environment!
It’s nudging towards warmer weather, which means it’s time to show a little leg! We have a flirty little fast and easy skirt that’s perfect for strolling along under blue and sunny skies. It features a waistband made from Dritz® Woven Jacquard Elastic that is so lovely, we created a unique construction for the top of the skirt. It allows the waistband to be fully exposed while keeping the fabric finished on all sides – all with a minimum of layering. Read on to get all the details.
What's the lifeblood of any wardrobe? Accessories! Why do we love accessories so much? Because they're a fast, economical way to jump start an old outfit. Throw on a belt, wrap up in a scarf, add a fabric flower pin... suddenly, it's a whole new look and feel. The small size of accessories also makes them a great way to try out new substrates, like the luxurious rayon we used for these long, beautiful scarves. There's an elastic channel through the middle, allowing you to ruche it up into a fun, ruffly shape secured at each end with a pretty little bow. We made two scarves, each one in two coordinating rayons. Wear them separately or together. For yourself or as a gift, these quick and easy accessories are a great way to brighten up anyone's wardrobe, adding a bright blast of color as you transition to Spring's lightweight outerwear.
This project definitely falls into the Great Gift Idea category. It also falls into the No Sew category! A personalized shadow box is a wonderful way to commemorate a special occasion. Our samples celebrate a new baby and a wedding. You could also create one for an anniversary, graduation, to memorialize a trip or to mark a milestone birthday. The featured element that makes our boxes unique is the stunning Dritz Campaign Hardware at each corner.