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Compact Messenger Bag with Inset Zipper

Monday, 05 March 2018 2:00

We work mostly in fabric here at Sew4Home, but we also work with words, and we enjoy bringing not only clarity but also a bit of levity to our project introductions as well as our instructions. When I first saw the title of this new bag (Compact Messenger Bag), I immediately envisioned a very small person delivering equally small pieces of mail. Although a delightfully amusing image, it is not really the true mission of this tote. Instead, you have a chance to make a great messenger brief in a slightly smaller size: 15" wide x 10" high with a 2" base. There’s an inset zipper top, a front zippered pocket, and standard pockets along the back and in the lining. Lots of excellent options for storage … for tiny pieces of mail, and so much more!

Flat Bench Cushion with Buttons & Piping

Friday, 02 March 2018 1:00

A bench cushion is one of the top projects new sewers list as the decorating puzzle that finally got them thinking about making something on their own rather than buying. Standard bench cushions are certainly available in stores, but I think we can all agree that they never, ever, ever fit right. The piping and buttons are optional, but they add the professional finishing touches that make all the difference... and impress all those who will soon be sitting on your new bench cushion. 

Kid's Nine Pocket Closet Caddy

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 1:00

Little socks, little shirts, little shoes. Kid accoutrements have a way of turning into a meandering trail across the floor, making a mess and making it hard to find what you need when it’s time to get dressed. Our closet door caddy has nine 6” pockets to hold lots of little stuff. We can’t guarantee that some items won’t still escape, but we can promise super-cute organization that makes it more fun to tidy up.

Seatbelt Pillow: Passenger Comfort On The Go

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 1:00

In today’s world of never-ending product disclaimers (I once bought a beach ball on which one quarter of the sphere was covered with warnings of everything I should not attempt with the ball), we feel compelled to tell you that this seatbelt pillow is not for the driver. However, your passengers are allowed to doze off, and this adjustable pillow lets them do that in comfort. No more banging their heads against the window or risking a neck cramp just to get a little shut-eye on the road.

Half Round Hanging Basket

Monday, 26 February 2018 1:00

We’ve done lots of fabric baskets, because everyone loves to organize. But a standard basket needs a flat surface on which to sit, and countertop real estate can often be at a premium. What to do, what to do? You can open up additional space by lifting your storage solution up and off the counter with our cute hanging, half-round baskets. With a flat back and curved front, the basket lays flush against the wall, keeping it handy without encroaching into your space. The rope loop that ties onto the hanging dowel can be short or long to best fit your needs: hang it high and out of the way or keep it low and right at hand.

Romantic Floral Pillowcase with Decorative Pleated Cuff

Friday, 23 February 2018 1:00

We searched online to see if anyone had ever done a sleep study comparing the prettiness of your pillowcases to the vividness of your dreams. Amazingly, not a one! If you decide to go ahead with this important research, we get a cut of your Genius Grant. Until then, we’re firmly convinced there is a connection, and suggest you make a new set of our romantic pillowcases for every bedroom to encourage blissful dreams all around. 

Kitties-To-Go Handbag

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 1:00

Tabby Road is a classic collection from Tula Pink that debuted well over a year ago, but has continued to be so popular that re-runs were done and it is still available from many online and in-store retailers. Snap some up soon to make our clever Kitties-To-Go Handbag. It’s the purrrrfect design to flaunt your feline love. There's a free pattern download offered below to give your bag the unique curved shape with a flat bottom. We call it the “sittin’ kitten” shape.

Quick & Easy Bound Oilcloth Aprons in Two Sizes

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 1:00

If you want a truly hardworking apron, it’s hard to beat oilcloth. It’s durable, easy to clean (great when kids are involved), and the bold designs and bright colors are fun for any occasion  – many with a retro feel. As we roll into Spring, you should be able to spot great selections of oilcloth at your favorite online or in-store retailer. The binding, ties, and pocket lining are made from standard quilting cotton in coordinating petitie prints.

Asymmetrical Crossbody Bag: Dritz Hardware

Monday, 19 February 2018 1:00

Asymmetrical means having two sides or halves that are not the same. I like to think that – really – most of the world is asymmetrical. Even Mother Nature knows matchy-matchy and even-steven can be too boring. Throwing in an interesting angle or a unique texture can take your project to the next level. The design of this bag started with an idea for the cool asymmetrical fold-over closure. From there, we worked with the wide selection of Dritz® Hardware to pull it altogether, adding Swivel Hooks and D-Rings along with a fully adjustable shoulder strap. You’ll also love the clever full-width zippered pocket across the back of the bag. 

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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.

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