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Fresh Linens: Braided Jelly Roll Pillow

Friday, 02 July 2010 9:00

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When I was a teenager, I figured out how to French braid my hair all by myself behind my head. For those of you who've never attempted this, it's a little like weaving linguini with a blindfold on. But, once mastered, the interlacing rows are quite stunning. So it is with our Braided Jelly Roll pillow. The braiding technique takes a bit of brain power to keep track of the strips, but the result is still... quite stunning. And, there are no bobby pins or hairspray required.

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Fresh Linens: Restful Rose-Banded Pillowcases with Honey Bun Accents

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 9:00

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"She used to say she could taste sleep and that it was as delicious as a BLT on fresh French bread." I love that quote. It's from Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. I'm a good sleeper, and I firmly believe there's nothing better than nodding off on a new, freshly laundered pillowcase. Our pretty pair of pillowcases is a great beginner project. So fast and easy, you can start at noon and be napping by 3:00.

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Baby Gifts: Pretty Bird Ruffled-Edge Blanket

Monday, 28 June 2010 9:00

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Babies need blankets. When my kids were small, I liked to think of my blanket collection as little baby drop cloths. Because, just like painters, babies are often in need of their own little piece of clean real estate, which they can then destroy as they choose. In my mind, a cute baby blanket is always the perfect gift. Our adorable design is super fast and easy to make, especially if you have a ruffler attachment.

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Fresh Linens: Layer Cake Dresser Cloth with Button Accents

Friday, 25 June 2010 9:00

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My grandmother, an immigrant from Lithuania, was an unbelievably talented seamstress. She did everything by hand, including free-hand embroidery, tatting, and crocheting. She never needed a pattern; you could just sketch something and she would create it. It was the sewing equivalent of the musician's 'hum a few bars.' Her vividly artistic creations seemed to flow from her fingers like water from a pitcher. In fact, as a young child, I thought everyone had handmade and hand-embroidered sheets and pillowcases and dresser cloths and curtains, and, and, and... I was shocked the first time I slept over at a friend's house and saw her sheets were (gasp!) plain white. My grandmother's influence is likely a big part of why I love the idea of antique linens, and why I steadfastly refuse to give up my dresser cloth.

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Baby Gifts: Pretty Bird Travel Changing Pad

Thursday, 24 June 2010 9:00

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Go, baby, go! Diaper bags are great, but sometimes seem so big and bulky. When you're on-the-go and need a clean, soft surface for a quick change, this travel pad is perfect. The center panel, where baby's buns go, is a heavy, quality polar fleece. It resists water (for quick mop up) and is super soft. Works like a charm without being bulky. The entire pad folds and wraps up small enough to pop into a shoulder bag... or keep it in the car for travel emergencies.

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Fresh Linens: Layer Cake Round Wedge Pillow

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 9:00

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We provide a pattern download that gives you the perfect wedge shape to create the pinwheel design of this pillow. You can easily cut two wedges from each 10" x 10" Layer Cake square, which means you'll use just six Layer Cake squares for this project. Or... spread your creativity around to friends and family, and make SEVEN pretty pillows from the 42 squares in a standard Layer Cake pack. I'd say that's quite enough for a grand scale pillow fight.

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Fresh Linens: Patchwork Euro Pillow Shams Using Charm Pack Squares

Monday, 21 June 2010 10:00

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One of the best ways to add both height and drama to your bed linens is with pillow shams. They sit in front and cover up the more ordinary pillows. Just like in real life... the pretty ones are always in the front row! There are two traditional shapes, regular and Euro. A regular full size sham usually measures around 20" x 26", a regular king approximately 20" x 36", whereas the Euro sham is square, usually about 26" x 26". Our Fresh Linens Euro Shams feature an easy yet elegant patchwork center made from a Charm Pack, plus a lovely flange in a coordinating solid.

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Father's Day: Pendleton Wool Spirit of the Peoples Messenger Bag

Monday, 14 June 2010 9:00

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Do you have a dapper-dad-on-the-go? Then he'll love this wool messenger bag made from the classic Pendleton Indian design: Spirit of the Peoples. There are tons of messenger bags and casual briefcases out there, but we bet none are as unique or fashionable as this one. Besides, we have it on good authority that if you get him another tie this year, he's writing you out of the will! This project is more complex that most of the tutorials here at Sew4Home. But don't let it scare you away. We've written very detailed instructions and included lots of great pictures. I'm confident YOU are up to the task, but one word of warning: make sure your machine is up to the task as well.

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Whimsy: EZ Pre-Quilted Baby Blanket

Friday, 11 June 2010 9:00

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Love, love, love this double-faced, pre-quilted fabric from Joanna Figueroa's Whimsy collection for Moda Fabrics. There are two, reversible patterns to choose from. We selected the option with Whimsy Vintage Flash Cards in Milk on the front and Whimsy Dot in Milk on the back. Then we trimmed the whole thing with coordinating Whimsy Ric Rac Stitching in Multi. I used a fancy decorative stitch to attach my binding, which takes a little longer to stitch, but adds an extra-special touch. Since all you do for the center of the blanket is cut a square, and the binding is a faux-mitered technique, this blanket is SO easy, I even simplified the name to: EZ!

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Father's Day: Pendleton Wool Chinook Stadium Blanket with Canvas Tote

Monday, 07 June 2010 9:00

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Dad will love this big, warm Pendleton wool blanket with its own handy canvas tote. It's the perfect compact companion to take to his favorite sporting event. The Chinook pattern is a Pendleton classic, an authentic Indian design adapted from petroglyphs found in the Columbia Gorge. When the weather breaks or the game is over, roll up the blanket, wrap it and latch it, and he's good to go. Dad could even use it to wave over his head when celebrating a touchdown or goal... in the event he's left his giant foam finger at home.

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