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Sweet, Soft, Stuffable Bunnies: Shannon Fabrics Cuddle & Luxe Cuddle

Monday, 20 August 2018 1:00

“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. So when we started brainstorming with our friends at Shannon Fabrics about what projects to create for the fall and winter season, a new stuffed animal was at the top of the list. Introducing Lolly, Chester, and Flora – our trio of bunny pals. 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.

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ScrapBusters: Wallet Style Gift Card Case with Double Vinyl Pockets

Friday, 17 August 2018 1:00

Gift cards are an excellent option when shopping time is tight or you're struggling to figure out someone's correct size, individual style or unique taste. That said, a gift card stuffed into an envelope can seem a little... well... impersonal. Our pretty fold-over gift card case adds the personal touch that says, "I may not know if you prefer bohemian or Burberry, but I know you're special, and I've made this just for you." There are two 4¾" pockets to hold gift cards, cash and/or a handwritten note. We've even designed two sheets of ten, all-occasion gift tags you can print and cut (that's 20 total if you're doing the math). They're perfectly sized to fit in the inner pockets.

Upcycled Cardigans: Dritz Decorative Elastics & Closures

Monday, 30 July 2018 1:00

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. I’m just waiting to show up in People magazine’s “Who Wore it Best” column… probably not on the winning side. 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.

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How to do Elastic Shirring: Make a Top or Dress in an Afternoon!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 1:00

It’s shirr magic! Elastic shirring creates a wonderful stretchy texture and is the perfect warm weather technique. It occupies the space between the simplicity of gathering and the intricacy of hand-smocking. We’ve pulled together links to our full step-by-step tutorial plus three shirring projects: a flirty little top plus a full length sundress for both big and little girls. We think you’ll find it fun to learn and easy to do. 

Cooling Neck Wraps for Adults, Kids & Pets: Take it Outside!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 1:00

When the temperature rises, one of the very best quick-cooling spots on your body is your neck. This is because there are blood vessels very close to the surface of your skin. These are called pulse points. Applying a moist compress to these pulse points helps you cool down quickly and easily. That's the job of our Chill Out Neck Wraps, which use water absorbing crystals for cooling power. You may have seen versions of these online or in stores. They have become quite popular because they're comfy to wear, hold their chill for hours, and are fast and inexpensive to make. We've added our own S4H style with more functional, tube-like cooling pockets and a template for pretty rounded ends.

Lightweight Long Scarf with Boho Fringe

Monday, 04 June 2018 1:00

Wrap up with a bit of summertime softness in our beautiful, diaphanous scarf. You’ll start with a voile, batiste or similar, add a perfectly centered seam to give you enough length to wrap it like a lightweight shawl, then create a line of tiny, twisted floss cords along both ends. Yep... we have easy instructions for how to make those!

ScrapBusters: Stretchy Headbands in Pleated & Turban Styles

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 1:00

You've seen these awesome headbands everywhere. They're a go-to solution for yoga class, running, or just when it's a bad hair day. Now you can make your own. It's very easy, so easy in fact, we did two styles: one is accordion-pleated so you can adjust the pleats to wear it wide or narrow; the other is a turban style with a classic front knot. We tried both styles with a thin woven cotton as well as a lightweight knit. Both worked well during construction and looked great when done. It's a great ScrapBusters project. 

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ScrapBusters: Stacked Three-Tier Pincushion Set

Friday, 27 April 2018 1:00

Whip up these sweet treats for the sewers and crafters on your gift list... or better yet, make a set for them and one for yourself! Our stacked trio of pincushions is designed to look like a delicious three tier cake – complete with edge icing (aka: mini pom trim) and a cherry on top (aka: single cherry pink pom). Use the little cushions separately or as a terrific tower. It's nice to have several on hand so you can have a cushion by your machine, one in your cutting area, and another on your ironing board. Pins at the ready wherever you are. We show you how to insert washers into the base to weight them so they're more stable individually and as a stack o' three.

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Bow Ties for Fashion and Fun: Dritz® Sewing Notions

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 1:00

The bow tie has long been the purview of over-dressed little boys, dapper accountants, and Bill Nye the Science Guy, but we're blasting out of that box. We used unique fabrics and custom designs to create three quirky, confident, and stylish ways to wear a bow tie. Our teen trio effortlessly pulled off each example of this unexpected fashion flair: Newsboy Button Down, Hipster Double Plaid, and Party Chic Velvet. With spring and summer gatherings and weddings on the horizon, as well as prom season right around the corner, a bow tie would be fun and fashionable accessory. Thanks to our friends at Dritz®, who sent us some of their cool Bow Tie Kits, we show you are fast they are to create. These inexpensive kits make creating an adjustable neck band easy – so you can concentrate your imagination on customizing your best bow.

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How to Make a Ribbon Cockade: Guest Tutorial by Elaine Schmidt

Thursday, 05 April 2018 1:00

We are in awe of Elaine Schmidt, secretly referring to her as "the ribbon whisperer" because we're so amazed by what she can get ribbon to do. The best part is, she's always ready, willing, and able to pass along her skills so the rest of us can tame our ribbon into beautiful trims, rosettes, sculptures, baubles, and more. Elaine's popular book, How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments is filled with amazing tutorials, one of which Elaine graciously agreed to share with us here at Sew4Home. She used some beautiful Amy Butler ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons to make a ribbon petal cockade... the same design featured on the cover of her book!

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