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Friendly Stuffed Crocodile

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 1:00

"Tick Tock, Cap'n... Tick, Tock... someone is coming!" I spent a good chunk of my childhood hoping, wishing, dreaming I could fly like Peter Pan. I never actually jumped off the roof of the garden shed, but... I climbed up there and thought about it! We've created a wonderfully sneaky stuffed crocodile, our homage to the creepy croc in Peter Pan who was forever stalking Captain Hook. Shannon Cuddle fleece is a fun dot and low nap fleece are the perfect pair for the top and bottom of Mr. Croc. Two widths of rick rack form his teeth and spine. And, we chose Fairfield's luxuriously silky Poly-Fil® Supreme Fiberfill as our stuffing. The texture of this fiber filling is wonderful for toys, plus it's washable and non-allergenic. Although he might look complex, our crocodile takes just a little while. He's playful rather than predatory, so there's no need to be afraid to give him a try. You'll find him extremely huggable with a great sense of humor... except when it comes to jokes involving pirates and lost boys. 

Bound Gauze Towels for Drying Crystal, China & Flatware

Monday, 07 May 2018 1:30

The dishwasher is my friend. I put just about everything in that puppy and it magically reappears sparkling clean. The key phrase is, “just about.” There are some items that still require hand washing: crystal, fine china, and any flatware you want to keep looking new (sterling, silver-plate or even stainless). Hand washing means hand drying, and for the very best look for your very best tableware, hand drying should be done with a lightweight cotton cloth that can both dry and add a bit of finishing polish. These quick and easy drying towels are made from a single weight gauze bound with traditional quilting cotton. We used Swaddle Gauze by Cloud 9 Fabrics from their Tout Petit collection. It was the perfect weight, and big bonus: so pretty

Pro Chef Half Apron with Ribbon Trim

Thursday, 03 May 2018 1:00

The original inspiration for this project came from our official Sew4Home You Asked 4 It list. When you send us a request or comment online about something you'd like to see, we add it to this list. Then, we refer to the list when we're creating new ideas. You wanted more aprons for guys, and your wish was fulfilled by our Pro Chef Half Apron accented with stunning ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons

ScrapBusters: Pacifier Lanyard and Carrying Pouch

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 1:00

Babies like to suck on things, and today's orthodontically-correct pacifiers seem to be something the majority of us can agree on as little lifesavers... for both the baby and the parents. However, they also seem to be something that is never where you need it when you need it. We have two solutions: one) a lanyard that snaps onto the pacifier on one end and clips on to a baby's clothing, stroller or swing on the other end; and two) a cute little pouch that can hold two binkies (on their lanyards) with its own snap-on handle to attach the pouch to a diaper bag, stroller or wherever you might need to have it handy. 

Floating Rick Rack Napkins

Monday, 30 April 2018 1:00

Did you know the paper napkin made its debut in 1887? While that's quite historically interesting, we still prefer the cloth napkin. This pretty floating rick rack technique allows you to fancy-up a standard cloth napkin for a gift, a party – or just for everyday. It’s fun and easy, and you may already have everything you need on hand to whip up a stack in no time. 

ScrapBusters: Stacked Three-Tier Pincushion Set

Friday, 27 April 2018 1:00

Whip up these sweet treats for the sewers and crafters on your gift list... or better yet, make a set for them and one for yourself! Our stacked trio of pincushions is designed to look like a delicious three tier cake – complete with edge icing (aka: mini pom trim) and a cherry on top (aka: single cherry pink pom). Use the little cushions separately or as a terrific tower. It's nice to have several on hand so you can have a cushion by your machine, one in your cutting area, and another on your ironing board. Pins at the ready wherever you are. We show you how to insert washers into the base to weight them so they're more stable individually and as a stack o' three.

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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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