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Ribbon Flap Shoulder Bag

Thursday, 27 December 2018 1:00

The beauty of ribbons always makes a statement. When paired with solid color fabric, they get others talking as well. This smaller shoulder bag features an attention-getting ribbon flap created from seven gorgeous Jacquard ribbons by Renaissance Ribbons. They are stitched side-by-side to the plain side of a layer of fusible interfacing. When the front and back are assembled and pressed, it activates the fusing and creates a tight, smooth bond. True stability (and true beauty) with fewer layers. Read on for how to make your own statement.

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Upcycle a Cardigan with Dritz Decorative Elastics & Closures

Wednesday, 26 December 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. 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. You could embellish a simple sweater with a bit of bling for a New Year's Eve gathering.

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Industrial Style Quilted Oven Mitts

Friday, 21 December 2018 1:00

“Industrial style” in the world of interior design has been on a steady upward path in popularity over the last several decades. It is so cutting-edge now, you can find its stripped-down functionality in both the trendiest creative work space or a multimillion-dollar NYC condo. The hallmarks are clean lines, simple patterns, and bold machine-inspired accents. We translated the style into this pair of tough oven mitts. 

Vintage Style Bolsters

Thursday, 20 December 2018 1:00


The round bolster is a great way to add a new and interesting shape to your pile o' decorator pillows. We chose a 6" x 16" cylinder, which is a classic size to pair up with a 16" or 20" square pillow. Or, make a pair of bolsters as we did and display them on their own. Cording accents and gathered ends are elegant touches that add true designer style yet are so very easy to accomplish.

Sparkling Holiday Table Runner with Four Corner Tassels

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 1:00


Although I have no proof, I feel certain that somewhere in my past there is an ancestor of regal bearing. Perhaps a Baltic princess or a brooding prince from the moors of Scotland. I have a deep affection for well-appointed luxury. For a formal occasion, I love the look of a table runner with place mats. The rich dark wood of the dining table sets off the fabric, and the individual linens act like beautiful little frames for the china and silver. This very elegant table runner in a sparkling platinum damask with rich mahogany accents is certainly fit for a king or a queen or... for your own royal family this holiday season.

Rocky Mountain Classic Satchel

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 1:00

Calming, cozy neutrals are the most accepted palette for winter. But when everything around you begins to feel like its blending into beige, a blast of rich color can be just what the doctor ordered. We turned to the bold prints of Waverly fabrics for this very stylish satchel. The fabric is called Ute Mountain, and the colorway is Cove. The fabric's design is an homage to the Ute Indians of the Rocky Mountain area of Colorado and Utah. The deep navy of the fabric is highlighted with avocado, turquoise, and amber. With its stair-stepping diamonds and two different medallions, this design begged for a project that would bring these motifs to the forefront. Our five-star classic satchel has the features to do just that: precise fussy cutting and pattern matching, a unique inset zipper, bias cut handles plus a detachable strap, and many more professional details.

Great Glittering Gift Ideas: Fast and Easy with Dritz Hardware

Monday, 17 December 2018 1:00

One week and counting… it’s officially the Festival of the Last Minute. We’re right there with you and have put together a set of four nearly-no-sew projects that use Dritz hardware and tools to make the steps easy and the results outstanding. We worked with two layers of craft weight glitter vinyl to fashion a journal pencil pouch, tasseled bookmark, wrist loop key fob, and two sizes of cord wraps. As we put together the set, we’ve been referring to them in-house as: Sparkly Things… and really, that’s exactly what they are. Truth be told, we can all use a bit more sparkle in our lives – dontcha think?! 

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Fast Fridays: Cozy Flannel and Sherpa Wraparound Scarf with Biggie Poms

Friday, 14 December 2018 1:00

Bundle up a few folks on your gift list with one of our warm and wonderful flannel and faux sherpa scarves. Sherpa is the “it” fabric this season, and today’s faux fur and fleece sherpa options make it both easy and economical to add this thick and bundle-y texture to your winter warm-up projects. We paired our sherpa fleece with another perennial winter favorite: plaid flannel. The bouncy finishing touch are the jumbo poms at each end of the scarf, because fluffy pom poms make everything a little bit happier. Best of all – this is a Sew4Home Fast Fridays project. Our Fast Fridays series is all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all, and you can put together one of these scarves in just a couple hours from first cut to last stitch.

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Batik & Velvet Crazy Patch Tree Skirt

Thursday, 13 December 2018 1:00

Holiday themed batik quilting cottons have become a very popular seasonal fabric. A number of manufacturers are now coming out with special collections each year. The motifs are a bit larger and the colors a bit bolder than what you might traditionally expect in a batik. It's a fun and festive look, and was the perfect choice for the crazy patch treatment on our luxurious tree skirt. This is an easy project – there's still time to whip one up for this year!

Laminated Toiletries Case with Wraparound Zipper

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 1:00

We’ve designed traveling cases for make-up and toiletries before, but never with a full zipper that allows the top to open up completely, giving you easy access to all your necessities. We used a fun Team Spirit zipper from Coats. At 26”, with separating plastic teeth, and in a dozen team color combinations, these zips are long enough, water-resistant enough, and bold enough to fit the bill. Open wide, fill to the brim, zip it up, and go! 

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