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Lace-up Apron in Denim

Thursday, 15 February 2018 1:00

This hardworking denim cook’s apron is full of clever surprises. The most striking is its cool lace-up front, featuring bold Dritz® eyelets woven through with a tough boot lace. But there’s also a hanging pocket that moves the way you move, and a bright pop of color on the lining. We used Dritz Eyelet and Eyelet Pliers, which made the installation fast and easy. You’ll love the clever way we came up with for creating a bib opening that’s beautifully finished from all sides. 

Water Bottle Sling Carrier

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 1:00

The Northwest is a walking, running, and biking mecca. We love to get out and about, even in the drizzle for which we are famous. But I must admit, when I see these people clutching their water bottles, it seems rather uncomfortable. There are so many other things to do with your hands: carry a pair of binoculars, hold a loved one's hand, push a stroller, grab a cup of coffee. Our easy-to-make, shoulder sling water bottle carrier is a great option for hands-free hydration. The inside is lined with fleece for a bit of hot/cold protection and to help absorb condensation. The shoulder strap is super long so you can wear it cross-body: keep the carrier at hand when you need it; sweep it out of the way when you don't. We also added a tiny pocket on the front, fussy cut to be nearly invisible, and just big enough for some cards, cash, and keys, giving you a great all-on-one carrier. 

Fancy Felt Flower Appliqué Pillow: Janome America

Monday, 12 February 2018 1:00

We have a new machine in our Sew4Home studios: the Janome Memory Craft 6700 Professional. We put it through its power and precision paces with this custom felt appliqué pillow that features more twists and turns than a James Patterson mystery. We created a beautiful abstract flower design with a bit of a whimsical feel – perfect to render in the soft texture of a quality wool blend felt. If you are a beginner when it comes to appliqué, felt is the most forgiving of substrates. It’s easier to cut out, easier to place and fuse, and easier to stitch in place…. especially with the MC6900P.

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Fast Fridays: Hot Handle Sleeve

Friday, 09 February 2018 1:00

Hot pads and oven mitts are great, but sometimes can be overkill when all you need is to protect your hand when holding a hot pan or pot handle while cooking. Time to downsize with a slip-on hot handle sleeve. Ours finishes, when bound, at approximately 3¼” x 6¼”, with the opening itself 2⅜” x 5¾”, which is designed to fit most standard cookware handles and is the same size as the options we found available from retail outlets. As always, we recommend testing the pattern against your handle of choice and increasing and decreasing as needed for your best fit.

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Zip Zap Mini Zipper Pouch

Thursday, 08 February 2018 1:00

Sometimes extra-cute is exactly what you need to get your sewing creativity flowing. This adorable zippered pouch is just the ticket. Don't you love that striking center zipper? But... are you a little afraid of zippers, especially cool metal zippers? Like the scary monster under your bed, most zipper phobias are totally unfounded. In fact, a zipper down the middle like this one is a very easy option. Give it a try; conquer your fear! Then... peek under your bed. Nothing to worry about there either, except those adorable dust bunnies.

Double Zipper Pillow with Decorative Stitching

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 1:00

Zippers are one of the trusty workhorses of the sewing world. They normally go about their jobs, opening and closing without much fanfare. But recently, it's become quite trendy to let them out from between the seams to shine on their own. Today's fancy and fashionable pillow does just that, featuring zippers on both the front and back. The back zipper is the official opening to insert the pillow form. The front zipper is fully functioning, but is there as embellishment only; it opens onto an inset placket. You can show off the pillow from either side. Both zippers are highlighted with parallel strips of decorative stitching, and that eye-candy front zipper also has a long tassel for extra appeal. The pillow can even be displayed with the front zipper partially open to adjust the placement of the tassel. 

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.

Wear ’n’ Wipe Kitchen Towel Scarf

Monday, 05 February 2018 1:00

What happens when you combine the wearable feature of an apron with the wipe-able feature of a towel? You get our Wear ’n’ Wipe Kitchen Towel Scarf. It’s fabric on the top so you can loop it around your neck, but at the ends of that fabric loop are absorbent towels. No more soggy dish rag slung over your shoulder – these towels sit right at your waist, where you need them most. Wipe your hands, wipe the counter, even grab a warm pan or dish. We added an optional button at the center to keep the scarf more secure. As you move around the kitchen, never again be without a towel when you need it!

Scrappy Patchwork Border Dish Towels

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 1:00

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to do a better job using up the fabric you have on hand, this project is right up your alley. We collected a few leftover jelly roll strips from two FreeSpirit True Colors collections: some from Anna Maria Horner’s set and some from Joel Dewberry’s set, proving you can move out of your comfort zone to mix and match across collections and designers! We show you how to make a patchwork panel from which you’ll sub-cut horizontal accent bands to jazz up a store-bought flour sack towel (or two or three). 

The Lydia Bag, featuring 2018 Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Monday, 29 January 2018 1:00

Sometimes you just need something simple! This beautiful bag is definitely a weekend wonder. Make it in an afternoon – wear it out the same night. The construction is fast and easy, but without sacrificing any style. We used shades of the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet. It’s a gorgeous purple that’s warmer than traditional jewel tones but with the same rich intensity. We paired a solid ultra violet with a colorful butterfly motif from the Beauty Shop collection from Cotton + Steel Fabrics. The half-and-half design is a striking statement. 

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