Take your pet walking in a winter wonderland in style this year! Beautiful ribbon, hardware, webbing, a couple of hours; and you can make your very own boutique-style dog collar and leash. This is such a fun and easy project, you'll be offering to make them for all your canine friends. We chose Renaissance Ribbons for the ultra-stylish ribbon on both our sets. We added a couple cute embellishments to each of our samples. There's a slip-on bow tie for the dapper dog, and a set of poms and jingle bells for the party animal.
Documentation of the first snowman is unclear. According to Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman (yes... someone actually wrote a history of the snowman!), there are artistic depictions of snowmen dating back to medieval times. The earliest documentation he found was a marginal illustration from a 1380 work titled, Book of Hours found in the National Library of the Netherlands. Our little catnip snowmen are much more modern and designed as the perfect little pet toys to keep your kitties busy while you're outside building a real "jolly, happy soul."
Across the US, winter seems to be hanging on tighter than the waistband of your favorite jeans after a few too many holiday treats! This warm-you-up neck cowl will get you through the wicked weather in style. It’s like a mini scarf that buttons around your neck. Ours is smooth flannel on the outside and soft luxury fleece on the inside. Toasty times two!
Napkins are a great project for beginning sewers and an excellent way for anyone to practice hemming. Adding a simple fabric border kicks them up a notch. We used the same trim on all our napkins, but it would make a fun mix-and-match table setting to use a different, coordinating trim on each guest's napkin. Our wide fabric napkin ties are a cute alternative to place cards with letter beads spelling out each name. At the end of the meal, everyone can detach their beads and use them as bookmarks, bracelets or hang them from a keychain.
This project is designed to throw you a few curves. No worries though, we’re talking about beautifully curving circles and semi-circles, and we’re using a great sewing machine attachment to make it super easy to go round and round: the Janome Circular Sewing Attachment.
These little bow-tie shaped neck pillows are super for proppin' up your noggin as you watch TV or read in bed... or do a little browsing on your favorite device. They're also great for supporting your neck while sleeping. This is one of our original designs and remains a perennial favorite. They have the perfect contour and softness to cradle your head and neck in comfort. In fact, this project comes with a warning: once you make one and share it with friends and family, you'll be on the hook to make many, many more. Good thing you can finish one in under an hour.
Here's a fast and inexpensive way to create a wonderfully calming gift - your own soothing spa-style eye pillows. Each one uses just small amounts of pretty fabrics plus a bit of trim. We opted for fun, colorful combinations, pulling our prints from a Jolly Bar bundle from Fat Quarter Shop - a perfectly sized precut for this project at 5" x 10". You could certainly also go with luxury fabrics such as satin and silk. A lightly scented filling of rice and flax seeds gives them the perfect weight and aroma.
This apron is a Sew4Home design original, complete with a downloadable pattern that allows you to cut the main front and back of the apron as a single piece, which is what makes it reversible. You'll love the sweetheart neckline and matching mini-sweet pockets. And its kicky bottom flounce will have you skipping around your kitchen, just like when you used to twirl in your big-girl-fancy-party-dress... oh, don't even try to tell me you didn't do that! Did you know most scholars show "apron" as coming from the French word "naperon," meaning a small tablecloth? That seems a little undignified, but it's your bit of interesting garment history for the week!
Fast and easy. Soft and cuddly. Isn't that what we all want in a toasty holiday throw to ward off winter's chills?! Our bound luxury plush blanket has you covered. In fact, this project went so quickly, we actually forgot to stop to take pictures! Instead, we've included some helpful illustrations of the simple steps, as well as links to our two detailed tutorials on bias binding. We chose an embossed luxury plush but you could also use a solid color without texture. The binding is a velvet, which allows you to take the rich softness all the way to the edge.
For tiny treasures, holiday treats, gift cards, and more, our Vinyl Pouch Trio is a wonderful “green gift wrap” solution. Use them now to add some handmade cachet to this year’s gift giving. Recipients can re-use them later to hold business cards, as a mini wallet or turn the Large pouch into a travel toiletry bag. Dritz snaps and D-Rings make them extra flexible. The Large pouch finishes at 8” x 6” with a gusseted bottom. The Medium and Small pouches fold flat to 6” x 4” and 4” x 3”.