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Diamond Girl Apron

Thursday, 26 April 2018 1:00

The pretty points on the bib and skirt are what give our signature Sew4Home apron its name, but we also think it sparkles like a diamond thanks to all the beautiful details. We offer a free pattern download below that allows you to create the perfect angles of our sweet design. These patterns are a big job to produce in a way that works well for construction yet still allows you to output the pieces on your home printer. If you are brand new to working with PDF patterns, take a look at our tutorial that outlines helpful tips for printing success.

Bow Ties for Fashion and Fun: Dritz® Sewing Notions

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 1:00

The bow tie has long been the purview of over-dressed little boys, dapper accountants, and Bill Nye the Science Guy, but we're blasting out of that box. We used unique fabrics and custom designs to create three quirky, confident, and stylish ways to wear a bow tie. Our teen trio effortlessly pulled off each example of this unexpected fashion flair: Newsboy Button Down, Hipster Double Plaid, and Party Chic Velvet. With spring and summer gatherings and weddings on the horizon, as well as prom season right around the corner, a bow tie would be fun and fashionable accessory. Thanks to our friends at Dritz®, who sent us some of their cool Bow Tie Kits, we show you are fast they are to create. These inexpensive kits make creating an adjustable neck band easy – so you can concentrate your imagination on customizing your best bow.

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DIY Playhouse Tent or Lounge Cabana

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 1:00

When things turn hot-hot-hot in the great outdoors, it's "bring-your-own-shade" kind of weather. Our fun portable shade tent fits the bill. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read, and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering. This project was created a few seasons back, but quickly rose to the tip-top of our Most Popular lists across several social media outlets, and continues to maintain its position there. In Pinterest alone, our cabana has appeared nearly 22,000 times! We can see why: it's easy to make, fast to set-up, and rolls-up for travel or to store after the sun sets. 

Custom Zipper Pouch in Three Styles: Dritz® Labels

Monday, 23 April 2018 2:00

One of the top “Mother Skills” is the ability to carry all kinds of things at one time, expertly balancing everything in two hands without breaking a sweat. Perhaps it’s this inherent capability that leads to another one of her top talents: the ability to fall in love with all kinds of other “carryalls” – bags, pouches, and totes! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we have not one, not two, but three cute zippered pouches for Mom to use to transport life’s little necessities. We chose three specialty Dritz® Labels to customize each pouch, and we offer a free printable set of Mother’s Day Gift Tags as the finishing touch. 

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Fitted Crib Sheet in Cozy Fleece

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 1:00

Cotton sheets are crisp and clean and they launder beautifully, but they can also feel cool on baby's cheeks. We suggest switching up to a soft fleece that can help your little one drift off to dreamland in warm and cozy comfort. There are so many lovely fleece options out there today; you're sure to find something that will be a perfect fit for your nursery. One or more of these sheets would make a lovely new baby shower gift.

Banded Trio of Pencil Cups with Inner Lining

Thursday, 12 April 2018 1:00

Over the years, the constant on my desk has been the pencil cup my oldest daughter made for me in preschool from a soup can and construction paper. I'll never get rid of it, or the My Little Pony® pencil that came with it. But over the years, I have added some more elegant versions by its side, like this banded trio of pencil cups in three sizes. We selected the vintage designs of the Eclectic Elements fabric collection by Tim Holtz – a good choice since pencils and pens themselves seem to have become part of the vintage world in today's iPad® driven environment. 

Monogrammed Device Case: The Travel Trio

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 1:00

Handle with care! When you’re on-the-go and need your trusty laptop or tablet by your side, it’s important to keep it protected. The panels and pockets of our device case are layered with foam to create a soft yet study carrier. This folio is part of our Monogrammed Travel Trio (links are included below for all). Make one or make them all. It’s a great way to travel smart and stylish. 

Double Gauze Curtain Panel with Side Ruffles: Shannon Metallic Embrace® Double Gauze

Monday, 09 April 2018 1:00

One very gorgeous fabric makes one very gorgeous curtain! One of the best ways to re-fresh a room is with new curtains. They can instantly transform any space and are the perfect building blocks for other transformations, such as pillows, cushions or linens. This dreamy ruffled panel is a look that could work well in any room. The drape and lightweight movement of the Shannon Fabrics Metallic Embrace® Double Gauze is perfect for a full-length panel – with just a hint of sparkle and shine. The construction is fast and easy, and we give you all the formulas you need to adapt the design for your windows. 

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How to Make a Ribbon Cockade: Guest Tutorial by Elaine Schmidt

Thursday, 05 April 2018 1:00

We are in awe of Elaine Schmidt, secretly referring to her as "the ribbon whisperer" because we're so amazed by what she can get ribbon to do. The best part is, she's always ready, willing, and able to pass along her skills so the rest of us can tame our ribbon into beautiful trims, rosettes, sculptures, baubles, and more. Elaine's popular book, How to Make 100 Ribbon Embellishments is filled with amazing tutorials, one of which Elaine graciously agreed to share with us here at Sew4Home. She used some beautiful Amy Butler ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons to make a ribbon petal cockade... the same design featured on the cover of her book!

Lightweight Garment Covers in Border Print Cottons

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 1:00

Today's beautiful garment covers are a great way to keep clothes clean and dust-free in your closet. Many folks leave dry cleaning bags on their garments, but watch out... those plastic bags can cause fabrics to yellow and many emit unhealthy chemical fumes. Plus, they've long been known to be a hazard to children and pets. Our covers are reusable and washable. Each one finishes at approximately 32" long, but you could certainly extend or shorten the length of the bottom section to best match the items in your wardrobe. 

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