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Pretty Pleated Squares Table Runner

Friday, 16 February 2018 1:00

The beauty of this runner is in the texture of the pleated squares side by side with the plain squares. It looks best in a solid, which really shows off the definition. We chose a linen blend in crisp pear green – perfect for Spring. This tutorial also shows you a fun way to create mitered corners without using a separate binding strip. Our "binding" is actually the folded-over edges of the back panel; it's binding and back all in one! There's plenty o' pressing in this project, so having a great iron makes it fast and easy. Here in the Sew4Home studios, we use Oliso irons. Love them - especially their iTouch® technology: touch the handle and the iron lowers. Remove your hand and it lifts back up. No more scorching, and a much more stable base.

Colorful Placemats with Hand Stitch Accents

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 1:00

The serenity of a neutral palette is wonderfully cool and calming. But sometimes, you gotta shake things up with a burst... no, an explosion of color. This set of four mix-and-match placemats is designed to use up to nine different fabrics (eight for the two-part fronts and one for all the backs) in super bold colors and patterns. We chose riveting jewel tones, which are drop dead gorgeous, but this project is just begging for your own infusion of style. A hand running stitch in a thick floss across the bottom panels adds a subtle dash of handmade flair.

Panel Place Mats with Large Motif Fabric

Monday, 08 January 2018 1:00

By emphasizing a large motif and using a contrasting fabric for the borders, this place mat design creates the perfect frame for your favorite place setting. You’ll learn how to fussy cut to perfectly center the fabric’s motif, so whether you make two or twenty, each mat can be a perfect match. Our clever construction method starts as a tube, allowing a flatter finish with four lines of vertical topstitching.

Fast Fridays: Soup Bowl Cozy

Friday, 10 November 2017 1:00

We’ve all heard the waiter’s common admonition, “Careful! The plate is hot!” At which point, we instinctively reach out to touch the plate… because we just can’t help ourselves! Hot dishes happen at home as well, and there’s usually no waiters to warn you about them. Instead, use our soup bowl cozy to protect yourself. Made with all natural fibers, it can go right into the microwave. So, even though they (who are they?!) always tell us only the food should heat up in the micro, we know that is not always the case. Say goodbye to “too hot to handle” with our cute cozies. 

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Quilted Mug Rug with Napkin Pocket

Friday, 03 November 2017 1:00

"Snug as a mug on a rug." Just gotta say that and get it out of the way! Sometimes a placemat takes up too much real estate, and a coaster is too small to hold anything extra. A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat – just the right size at your desk, in the sewing room, or on a small end table in the living room or den. Our design adds a unique little pocket with its own napkin for truly self-contained snacking. We used leftover pre-cuts from our stash (Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection for Moda Fabrics) and framed it all with coordinating rick rack.  

Autumn Leaves Machine Cross Stitch Placemats & Napkins

Monday, 30 October 2017 1:00

Cross Stitch is one of the oldest styles of embroidery. According to several historians, it dates back as far as the Tang dynasty in China (618-906 AD). It is traditionally done by hand with hundreds to thousands of tiny cross-hatches forming each finished design. In many ways, it’s really a precursor to today’s pixelated digital designs. To create cross stitch by machine, you need a thread with a matte finish to replicate the traditional antique look, and it must be super fine in order to form the multitude of tiny crosses. We chose Aurifil 80wt thread, which succeeded beautifully on all levels, producing a soft, realistic heirloom finish. 

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Bound Jelly Roll Strip Placemats

Thursday, 26 October 2017 1:00

Today's fabric collections seem to get more gorgeous with each season's new arrivals. There are multiple colorways and a wonderful variety of motifs. And, of course, they all blend together beautifully. It can be hard to narrow down your choices, which is why we designed today's multi-fabric placemats. Each one uses seven different 2½" strips. It's perfect for pre-cut Jelly Rolls, but you could also cut your own strips from all your favorites. Decorative stitching ties the rows together, adds a bit of elegance, and holds all the layers in place.

Patchwork Trivets with Circular Quilting

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 1:00

I remember having a drawer full of trivets growing up. There were elaborate crocheted ones my grandmother had made as well as tacky souvenir versions from one or more family vacations. I inherited a few, but when I decided I wanted more, I discovered they must have fallen out of favor as a kitchen accessory because they were rather hard to find. Perhaps the hot pad is supposed to be a stand in, but their square shape and smaller size just isn't as functional. A generous round trivet is by far the winner when it comes to providing an easy, effective way to protect your table's finish from hot serving dishes or from cold dishes that can "sweat." This project is our personal mission to revive the terrific trivet! Ours is a pretty patchwork pattern with pie-shaped wedges in a full circle. We provide free downloadable patterns for the front wedges and the back circle.

Fast Fridays: Sparkling Napkin with Decorative Stitch Border

Friday, 18 August 2017 6:00

As the air conditioning blows softly on the back of your neck, let us be among the first to remind you that Summer is sneaking away and Fall and Winter will be here soon, bringing with them holiday celebrations. These pretty napkins are a fast and easy way to add a bit of sparkle to your table. We used a mid-weight metallic linen blend, which is not only lovely but is also a perfect weight for a more formal napkin. A wide band of continuous decorative stitching along one side adds a lovely finishing touch. We also give you a list of the various napkin sizing options. Who knew there were so many?! 

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Fast Fridays: Special Occasion Cutlery Pockets

Friday, 12 May 2017 1:00

A popular trend when planning party table settings is to corral your cutlery in their own little pockets. They hold everything you need in one handy unit and add a bit of flair to the overall look of the table décor. Because they're self-contained, you can use the pockets with placemats, tablecloths or simply line them up on the table buffet style. 

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