Spring is upon us, and summer is waiting in the wings, ready to jump into action. It’s the time of year my family calls, “biggin’ out.” Stormy days are good for puttering around with little projects, but this is the season for biggin’ out with makeovers, home and yard remodels, wardrobe updates, and décor freshening. If you’re tackling a sizable project, you need a terrific tote. This amazing Feed Sack Big Bag is here to help. We turned once again to the wonderful new 1½” Belting and Hardware from our friends at Dritz to fashion a versatile carryall with room to spare. We took some inspiration from the heavy duty feed sack fabric of the early 1900s to create a look that’s nostalgically trendy and eye-catching but in a hardworking modern canvas substate.
Is there an avid environmentalist on your gift list? Or, do you just want to celebrate Earth Day as every day? Then this Tree Hugger pillow is a must have. It's ever so much better than hugging an actual tree, which tends to be not only scratchy, but annoying to the woodland creatures living in the branches. Read on for the easy, breezy instructions.
Lay it down for a clean, soft play area. Roll it up to tote to your next destination. Our quick and easy play mat is perfect for the baby or toddler on the go. We combine the snugly texture of chenille with two pretty quilting cottons. Although our exact sample fabrics are no longer readily available, we offer new options below from some of the latest designer collections.
Say hello to our Sweet Softies friend, Eggy Pop. We dare you to look at Eggy for any length of time without smiling. Nubby chenille combines with smooth, retro-inspired cotton for a sweet and soft vintage look, like a treasured stuffed toy you might discover in Grandma's attic. Darling Eggy is irresistibly squeezable for Easter or any time you need an egg-ceptionally sweet stuffable.
It's a rather stressful time of year. Taxes are due. The weather hasn't quite given way to the glorious sunshine and blue skies of summer. The kids are restless as the school year winds down. Sounds like time for our scented spa set! All three pieces are made out of super soft Cuddle from Shannon Fabrics. There’s a neck wrap to pull the stress from your shoulders, an eye pillow to soothe and calm, and a pretty headband to gently sweep your hair up and away in order to easily rest the neck wrap and eye pillow in place. Let's all say it together: ahhhhhhhhh ..... spaaaaaaaaaaa.
You could go buy one of those cellophane wrapped, plastic filled, neon colored Easter baskets. It’s easy, right? Just grab and go. But, you know how to sew. Plus, you know the power of handmade to create a lasting memory. And, wouldn’t you rather have a beautiful basket to fill and refill long after the chocolate eggs and marshmallow Peeps® are gone? Our fabric Easter Basket is still easy, which is why it fits into our Fast Fridays series, but it’s also prettier, sturdier, and endlessly reusable.
Wardrobe malfunctions tend to happen at the most inconvenient times. Just before making an important presentation, a strategic button falls off or a seam opens up. We're not even going to discuss how many stapler-and-Scotch-Tape repairs have been made in desperation. Instead, be ready for any small sewing emergency with a travel-size sewing kit that contains just what you need for a quick disaster fix. Better yet, all the necessities are contained in a cute felt kit with a built-in pincushion kitty. Just because you're prepared doesn't mean you can't also be adorable.
“Be veeeerrrrrryyyyy quiet… we’re making wabbits.” Our apologies to Mr. Elmer Fudd, and you are actually welcome to be just as noisy as you’d like when creating these Sweet, Soft, Stuffable Bunnies. Our classic stuffable critters are some of the most popular patterns here at Sew4Home. We're happy to introduce Lolly, Chester, and Flora – our trio of bunny pals – into the family. The same pattern was used to create all three, but each one has his/her own personality based on the type of Shannon Cuddle fleece used, the coordinating cotton for the ears and paws, and the bunny’s custom accessories. We’re particularly enamored of Chester’s bowtie.
Somewhere between paper and felt lives a versatile and interesting substrate called Kraft-Tex – a paper product that washes, cuts, and sews like fabric, but looks and feels like leather as it softens and wears. Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop carry a full range of it in vibrate colors as well as muted naturals. They were generous enough to send us a Designer Sampler Pack with which to experiment … and play. And play we did. This stuff is fun! These Mini Wallet Card Cases are a fast and easy project and a great introduction to working with Kraft-Tex.
Stuffed animals make me happy. They live on my desk at home and in the Sew4Home studio, so I can glance over at them when I'm having a bad day or when someone has shot down another one of my 'spectacular' ideas. There they sit. Always calm, always smiling. Funny Bunny is a super sweet softie who combines nubby cotton chenille with smooth, retro-inspired cotton for a soft vintage look.