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Clear View Vinyl Tote for Events and More: Dritz Metal Hardware & Plastic Snaps

Monday, 25 June 2018 1:00

I can see right through you! Did you know that many venues no longer allow closed totes and bags to be brought in? If you want to carry in a larger bag, they require it to be see-through. Sew4Home – and Dritz® – have come to the rescue for your summer events and festivals with this fashionable and functional Clear View Vinyl Tote. It’s fully finished inside and out with a removable pocket and base insert that allow the tote to be either semi or completely transparent. There’s also a detachable shoulder/crossbody strap.

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Toddler's Art Project Apron in Laminated Cotton

Friday, 22 June 2018 1:00

Keep your tots tidy with this adorable apron for art projects and more. We used laminated cotton for a easy, wipe-clean finish. We give you some tips for sewing with it (it's really easy), and a full toddler-sized pattern is free to download below. Depending on the child's build, it's meant to fit a toddler up to about a 4T to 5T. Whip one up, then whip out those poster paints.

Patchwork Zipper Pouches with Floss Tassels

Thursday, 21 June 2018 2:30

Cuteness alert! These pretty little pouches are a super ScrapBusters project. Use them for pencils, make-up, and more…just zip and go. This is a great project to feature a decorative zipper. Coats makes several interesting options you can easily find in-store or online, such as the black and white polka dot option we used on our pink pouch. We also show you how to make a kicky double-tier tassel as a fun zipper pull. 

Sewing Machine Cover with Decorative Stitch Embellishment

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 1:00

A cover keeps your machine protected from dust and sun exposure when not in use, and a custom sewn cover can be a very pretty alternative to what may have come with your machine. Decorative stitching in multiple colors plus button accents add a bit of flair to our design. Have fun with your fabric selections to best match your décor; we recommend coordinating two prints with one solid – a solid is the best background for the decorative stitching. Read on to see how we measured out Janome Skyline machine to determine our cuts. There's also a pattern download provided for the curved side panels. Your trusty machine works so hard for you, doesn't it deserve a brand new outfit?! 

Reversible Summer Apron – Two Great Looks

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 1:00

I think more things in life should be reversible. Having a string of bad luck? Flip it over, and win the lottery. Say something stupid to your best friend? Turn it inside out, and it never happened. Wake up to gray and rainy day for your family picnic? Reverse it to blue skies and sunshine. Sounds good, don't you think? Although I can't promise these awesome life swaps, I can guarantee you'll love this reversible apron. 

Gardening Apron with Comfortable Split Skirt: Take it Outside!

Friday, 15 June 2018 1:00

It's time to plunge your hands into fresh dirt! If you're like us, you're excited about prepping the beds for vegetable starts and planting annual flowers. Now you can make your own custom Gardening Apron to help with the tough outdoor tasks. Our design features a unique, split-skirt that allows you to more easily move through all your chores. You can squat, bend, sit or stand without stretching, pulling or binding. We chose two tough denims to make the apron a true workhorse, then added bold lines of topstitching, rivets, and adjustable ties for fashion and function.

Outdoor Roll-n-Go Cushion: Take it Outside!

Thursday, 14 June 2018 1:00

Around these parts, Summer and early Fall are prime time for outdoor concerts. Seating for these events is usually just the grassy slopes of a natural amphitheater. You gotta have something to sit on. A blanket is often too big and rather bulky to pack in. Instead, try this lightly padded, roll-up cushion in two great outdoor fabrics. It's filled with foam, which your bottom will like, and the outdoor fabric is weather and water resistant, which your pretty white summer pants will like.

Cooling Neck Wraps for Adults, Kids & Pets: Take it Outside!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 1:00

When the temperature rises, one of the very best quick-cooling spots on your body is your neck. This is because there are blood vessels very close to the surface of your skin. These are called pulse points. Applying a moist compress to these pulse points helps you cool down quickly and easily. That's the job of our Chill Out Neck Wraps, which use water absorbing crystals for cooling power. You may have seen versions of these online or in stores. They have become quite popular because they're comfy to wear, hold their chill for hours, and are fast and inexpensive to make. We've added our own S4H style with more functional, tube-like cooling pockets and a template for pretty rounded ends.

Pyramid Bean Bag Chair: Take it Outside!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 1:00

The classic bean bag chair has always been round, kind of like sinking into a giant squishy beachball. But if you wanted to make your own, it really demanded a pattern (a very large pattern) in order to get a true spherical shape. Never ones to be daunted by geometry, we turned instead to the latest trend in slouchy sitting: the pyramid bean bag chair. This little lounger is made from simple rectangles – no pattern needed. We shopped to find a print and solid in tough outdoor fabric so the chair could be used outside on the patio as well as inside in a bedroom or family room. Our sample is sized for kids, but we also give you dimensions to up-size for adults.

Outdoor Mini Mats with Pockets: Take it Outside!

Monday, 11 June 2018 1:00

The indoor variety of this project if often called a "mug rug." It's simply a small placemat to hold just a few items, such as a mug of tea and a biscuit. Since we're kicking off the season to dine al fresco, we felt there needed to be an outdoor version of the mug rug. Using a couple small cuts from outdoor fabrics, we designed a cute Mini Mat that sports a handy, full-width pocket and a grommet for hanging.  

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