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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!

Knit Baby Hats & Receiving Blankets

Thursday, 22 March 2018 1:00

Cute receiving blankets and cute little hats... it's a classic combo that never ceases to delight a new mama and daddy. Because, let's face it, when it comes to cute hats... they're really designed for adults to look at! Put an adorable hat on an even more adorable baby, and every adult in the room will immediately oooohhhh and aaahhhh. The baby will likely be less-impressed, but for him/her, we have our super softee, bound knit blankies. 

ScrapBusters: Mini Key Fobs

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 1:00

ScrapBusters is one of our most popular series here at Sew4Home. The idea is to come up with quick and easy projects that use up some of those special little fabric and trim leftovers in your stash bag. Today's mini key fobs are a perfect example: they're something useful for yourself or great as a gift, they use just a tiny bit of fabric and notions, and they're fast and fun. In fact they were so fun to make, we did FIVE samples. 

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Fabulous Fabric Wallet: Double Bill Pockets, Six Card Pockets & Zippered Coin Pocket

Monday, 12 March 2018 1:00

I’m privileged to have my dad’s wallet. It’s a wide fold-over style in soft brown leather with several pockets, his name embossed in gold along the top of one of them. I can remember him pulling a coin out of it to give to me. Even with all the digital options out there for transacting purchases on your smart phone, I still like to carry a wallet. Although leather is traditional, today’s wallets come in all shapes and sizes and substrates. We’ve created ours in a pair of gorgeous quilting cottons with lots of fully-finished pockets and a zippered coin pocket in case you come across a treat you need. Although, it’s likely to take more than just one coin these days! 

Fast Fridays: Vase Wraps with Felt Rose Accents

Friday, 09 March 2018 1:00

Clear glass vases… we all seem to end up with a cupboard full of them in various sizes. They can be quite lovely individually, but it can be difficult to use them in a grouping. In addition, because they are clear, you can see through to the floral arrangement’s stems and leaves, which may not be as pretty as you’d like for your table top. We have an easy answer: vase wraps. This is a Fast Fridays tutorial, so you know it will be quick and easy. And, even better, you’ll use just small cuts of fabric, interfacing, lining, and felt; also making it an excellent ScrapBusters project. 

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Soft Fleece Easter Eggs: Irresistible & Unbreakable!

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 1:00

The practice of decorating eggshells goes back much farther than the Christian traditions surrounding Easter. 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs with engraved decoration have been found in Africa. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, so using the egg as a symbol of new life is literally ancient history. We've put aside the marbled elegance and gold leaf of long ago, as well as the today's candy-colored dyes and crayons, opting instead for a basket of super-soft decorative eggs in bright, patterned fleece with ribbons, rick rack, mini-poms, and felt flower accents. They probably won't last 60,000 years, but they sure are cute right now!

The VersaWrap: A Stretchy Band for Head, Neck, Hair & Face

Friday, 26 January 2018 1:00

The VersaWrap is our version of the flexible head, neck, and face wraps popularized by the hiking community. Made of soft jersey knit as a simple tube, you can keep it around your neck as a lightweight scarf, pull it up over your nose and mouth to protect from wind and/or dust... or this time of year: germs, pull it all the way up over your head like a beanie, or scrunch it down into a headband. Quadruple the versatility in one simple project. 

Hearts on a String Sachets

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 1:00

With triple the heart-stopping cuteness, our Valentine sachets hang three in a row on a ribbon with a ring at the top and a button weight at the bottom. Use them to add a bit of scented sweetness anywhere you want. One or more strings can be slipped onto a hanger. Or, add a bit of extra ribbon and tie the upper ring onto a doorknob or drawer pull. We used 5" x 10" Jolly Bar pre-cuts, which are the perfect size from which to cut two hearts. Jolly Bars are a pre-cut exclusive from Fat Quarter Shop

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Sparkle & Shine Knit Infinity Scarf

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 1:00

Infinity scarves are one trend that just keeps going and growing. You can find them in everything from chunky knitted wools to smooth cashmere to sheer voiles. We wanted to revisit our earlier infinity scarf tutorial with an eye for how to utilize some of the lovely pre-embellished fabrics that are often available this time of year, although as shown below, florals and abstacts would also be lovely. For this scarf to work well, it's best to choose a fabric that comes in a very wide width (at least 58" - 60") and has a lovely soft drape. We opted for knit, a category that offers an amazing array of colors, patterns, and textures. We found a soft jersey knit in a dusty charcoal gray pre-embellished with pretty sparkles, giving our scarf day-into-evening appeal. We also changed-up our original cutting plan to make the best use of the fabric. By cutting and sewing together a number of strips on the diagonal, similar to how bias binding is sewn, you can hide the seams and get a nice bit of stretch so your finished circle is easy to twist and loop into just the look you want. 

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