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Decorative Stitch Designer Pillow with Embroidery Accents & Tassels: Janome Sewing Machines

Monday, 05 November 2018 1:00

We’re always on the lookout for designer trends in retail shops, online, magazines, and more. It was during a recent search that we spotted a number of pillows with dense panels of decorative stitching, as well as many featuring embroidery accents and tassels. It was a style that had a bit of a boho feel but with a more elegant spin. Thanks to the power, precision, and flexibility of our Janome studio machines, we knew we could pull together all these trends into one fabulous pillow.

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ScrapBusters: Trixie's Easy Patchwork Pillow

Thursday, 01 November 2018 1:00

One easy way to use up odd-sized scraps of pretty fabric is to patchwork them together into an interesting pillow. This pretty pillow is an example of one made using a grid. The design is the same on both the front and back, however, we turned one grid panel 90º to create an interesting effect when the pillow is viewed from the side. We originally dove into our scrap stash and pulled out a Kate Spain layer cake bundle from her old Central Park collection for Moda Fabrics, because we loved the huge variety of bright colors and bold graphics, but the concept will work with any pile of scraps you think look good together. Just goes to show there is almost no cute little scrap without a future in one of your creations. 

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Animal Appliqué Pillows: Baby Shower Power Gift

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 1:00

Sometimes it seems like invitations for baby showers come in waves, and continuing to come up with clever and popular gift ideas can be tough. This adorable pillow pair is one of our "Baby Shower Power Gifts." The basic piped pillow pattern is fast and simple and the animal appliqués are super cute. It's a design that will stay a favorite long past nursery days. With a nod to Laura Elizabeth Richards, we have to share the poem that inspired our cute appliqué shapes. It's one my sister and I have had firmly stuck in our heads for years: "Once there was an elephant, who tried to use the telephant. No! No! I mean an elephone, who tried to use the telephone." Click to read the full Eletelephony poem. HA! Now it will be stuck in your head for years.

Easy Ragged Edge Toss Pillows

Thursday, 04 October 2018 1:00

One of the reasons Sew4Home came into existence was our desire to get new people interested in sewing. We wanted to prove sewing was within anyone's reach, even if you'd never even turned on a sewing machine before. It's why we're so focused on providing detailed instructions with helpful photos and make-no-assumptions steps. It's also why we make it a point to showcase the wonderful world of fabric, so you can see how easy it is to dip in and pull out one trendy look after another. You (and I do mean YOU) can create projects that are just as cool... if not more so, than what you find in those high end catalogs and über expensive stores. Just remember one word: confidence. These cute little ragged edge pillows are super easy and a guaranteed confidence builder. "Ragging" is seen most often in quilts and throws. In general, it means the fabric panels are sewn together so the seams show on the outside rather than being hidden on the inside. After washing and drying, the seams gently fray or rag, producing a softly distressed look and feel. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Body Pillow: Happy Halloween

Thursday, 27 September 2018 1:00

Looking for a Halloween pillow pal? How about a full-size body pillow with a nearly full size skeleton that glows in the dark?! Extra tall body pillows are popular for crashing on the family room floor, relaxing while texting… I mean studying, and are well known for providing sleep support for pregnant moms. And, if you could have one with great fabric that glows in dark, wouldn’t you want to keep it around for Halloween and beyond?! Bet you never thought a skeleton could be soft and cuddly. 

Louise our Lovable Ladybug Pillow

Friday, 21 September 2018 1:00

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Our huggable ladybug pillow is so cute, you won't want her to fly away. Rather than traditional round spots on her wings, Louise the Ladybug sports ten pretty appliquéd white hearts. We also amped up the color by switching out the standard ladybug red for a jazzy hot pink. And, there's a hidden heart on her chest, proving she's filled with love through and through. Actually, she's filled with a 12 oz bag of Poly-Fil® Ultra Plush Polyester Fiber Fill, making her squeezably soft. You'll love our trick for making cord-filled tubes to create her sweet pom-tipped antennae. Louise originally appeared on Sew4Home in January 2014, and she continues to be one of our most popular toy pillow patterns.

Decorator Pillows with English Paper Piecing Accents

Thursday, 13 September 2018 1:00

English Paper Piecing was a new technique for us when we designed these pretty pillows, but we can now understand how it can quickly become rather addicting. We tested three sets of the Paper Piecing Shapes from Dritz® Quilting: two sizes of Diamonds, two sizes or Hexagons, and two sizes of Tumblers. If you too are new to paper piecing, the first thing to understand is that it's handwork, not machine stitching. Most people associate it with beautifully intricate quilt tops, but the precise, perfectly shaped pieces are wonderful for a variety of embellishing projects. We've used them as appliqués to create a pair of graphic pillows. 

Microwavable Rice Filled Heating Pads

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 1:00

We love the simple clean lines of these microwavable neck and lap/back heating pads. After under a minute in the microwave, you'll get up to an hour of safe, warm heat without the dangers inherent in electric heating pads: burns, fires, and electrical shock. Electric heating pad cautions actually read: Never use in a situation where you could fall asleep. Hmmm... often falling asleep is my goal. These pads are not difficult to make and are a useful gift for most any adult. They're good for muscle aches or when you feel a chill and don't want to turn up the thermostat. You can also freeze them for a pleasant cooling effect. Although, just typing that made me shiver. Add a drop of essential oil if you'd like a little aromatherapy.

Patchwork Pillow Trio in Tula Pink's De La Luna

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 1:00

Fussy. Cut. We love to have our way with fabric, manipulating it to best showcase motifs and colors. Clever fussy cutting allows you to tell a story with your project. And when you’re working with fabric as amazingly detailed as De La Luna by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics, the options are endless. We’ve created a trio of patchwork pillows that bring the Halloween spirit of this collection to life. Full cutting and piecing instructions are given below for our square, rectangle, and hexagonal set. We worked with fat quarters, but you could also easily start with regular yardage cuts. 

Elegant Patchwork Pillow Trio

Thursday, 09 August 2018 1:00

Update your pillow-scape with three pretty pillows in a cornucopia of color and pattern. We started with a full Fat Quarter Bundle, selecting 13 pieces to blend together into three different pillow shapes: one square, one rectangle, and one bolster. That means we still had 27 fat quarters left to play with when done. Combining different sizes and shapes is a great way to add instant interest to your décor. And with so many beautiful quilting cotton collections out there, this trio gives you a wonderful way to use some of your favorites in one easy patchworking project. 

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