They’re back! This hairstyle mainstay of the 80s is one of the top trends this year for pulling up your pony. Scrunchies are super fast and fun and take just a tiny bit of fabric and elastic, which makes them a great fit for our Fast Fridays series – projects that are all about creating something wonderful in no time at all. Our scrunchies are done with a unique double-turn method that eliminates the hard center seam found is many other styles. The traditional construction method has a bulky overlapped seam that leaves a flat spot in the scrunchie, and who wants their scrunchie-ness interrupted with that?! Read on to learn our technique for a smooth, stretchy circle.
The most basic of box bottom bags becomes a top-notch Halloween Treat Bag thanks to three Frightful Faces made from Dritz Products and Notions as well as a few bits and pieces from your own scrap stash. Iron-on Lettering personalizes each bag and a sturdy 1” Dritz Belting handle means your little ghosts and goblins can load them up with lots o’ loot.
A little wicked glamour and a wicked little spider come together to make a spellbinding Halloween mask. It's what the most beguiling witches are wearing this season; combining spider web construction with a practical soft fleece backing. Your jeweled spider continues to weave its web while you bewitch those who dare to cross your path.
We believe zombies actually enjoy being pincushions! It’s a nice way for them to relax; being the walking dead is kind of hard work. However, our zombie pair is friendly and not dangerous at all as they hold pins for you at your sewing or cutting table. You can tell by their tattered pink hearts that they aren’t out to do any harm! We worked with some plain cotton scraps from our stash, choosing the excellent Halloween colors of Mummy Wrap White for Zombie Odilia and Ghoulish Gravestone Gray for Zombie Cornelius. With just a few bits of floss, felt, and button accents, you can give your zombies their own unique personalities.
One of my favorite characters in the Warner Bros.® series of cartoons was Witch Hazel, who debuted in the 1954 short, "Bewitched Bunny." Disney® had previously created a Witch Hazel, and she was kind of cool too, but not nearly as sarcastic or quite as much the fashion victim as the Hazel created by Warner Bros. animator, Chuck Jones. A major part of his Hazel's signature style included a wonderfully crumpled black hat. We think she would approve of our classic Dead Roses Halloween Witch Hat with its scrunched top, wilting flowers, and stowaway spider. Hauntingly hideous haute couture and one of our most popular Halloween projects ever! We love to bring it back every year.
A "pouf" is a marshmallow-like ottoman. They've been the rage in decorating for a few years now, bringing unexpected color, shape, texture, and fun into a room. We have a full-size, extra cushy square pouf project you can try for your own trendy decorating statement, but in the meantime, we miniaturized one as a clever pincushion. Ours uses Layer Cake squares as an easy way to gather a wonderful mixture of perfectly coordinating color and pattern, but the pieces needed are quite tiny – so bring out your scrap bag and dive in for all your favorites!
We’ve done a few yoga mat totes here on Sew4Home (links are included below), but sometimes you don’t need or want a full bag. You’re dressed and ready, and your minimalist spirit says all you really need is to sling your mat over your shoulder and go. This style of mat wrap is easy to find on retail shelves, but we’re willing to bet none of them are as lovely (or as clever) as ours. We’ve used gorgeous jacquard ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons on one side with standard polyester webbing on the other. All the brain-twisting, wrapping, turning, and securing challenges have been figured out, so you can put it together in a snap.
Make A Snake – I think that should be a bumper sticker. Our baby snakes are too silly to be scary, and they're filled with catnip to make them wonderful little toys for your playful puddy tats. We've done a number of kitty toys here at Sew4Home mostly because we have a number of kitties wandering the various S4H studios, and it's a good way to keep them occupied rather than watching all our thread spools disappear under the sewing cabinets.
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!