Just when you think you're the reigning Queen or King of Green – reusing and recycling your way through the day, someone rains on your parade. Stories have hit the media in recent years about everyone's favorite green choice: the reusable store grocery bag. Turns out we should be washing those things regularly or they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Problem: if you've ever tried washing the ones you often get at the market, they start to fall apart or go as limp as week-old lettuce. Great. Then, more stories pop up that show many of these bags are coming from overseas, containing potentially unsafe levels of lead. Great x2. Time to make your own: prettier, safer, and sturdier. Reclaim your throne, Queen or King of Green! And thank you for helping to keep single-use plastics out of the world's oceans.
This plush throw is framed with patchwork and pom poms. Even if you've never done any patchwork, you can make this beautiful blanket. The fun part is picking all the squares: 72 of them in this case. It's like coloring with fabric; you mix and match, combining colors and patterns from square to square. We selected bright, bold options to create a super vibrant border, but you could vary your own choices to create a more subdued outcome... or even more colorful! The jumbo pom pom trim adds a playful touch, and the center of the throw is super-soft, double-sided luxury plush fleece. Colorful, cute, and cuddly in one great project!
The cloth napkin; you simply can't ask for an easier home décor project. If you are just getting started in sewing or teaching someone new, napkins are an instant-gratification winner. If you're already a pro, they're a fast and fun project. And this time of year, when the holidays are almost upon us, they're a perfect host/hostess gift to whip out in an afternoon before your evening festivities. We kick ours up a notch with beautiful decorative stitching all around the edge and a coordinating fabric napkin ring that "ties" them altogether.
We’re always on the lookout for designer trends in retail shops, online, magazines, and more. It was during a recent search that we spotted a number of pillows with dense panels of decorative stitching, as well as many featuring embroidery accents and tassels. It was a style that had a bit of a boho feel but with a more elegant spin. Thanks to the power, precision, and flexibility of our Janome studio machines, we knew we could pull together all these trends into one fabulous pillow.
This Ribbon Wallet is so beautiful, you'll want to carry it by itself – not hide it away in a handbag. We've used the technique of assembling a number of ribbons side-by-side to create our own "ribbon fabric." The ribbons used in our sample are some of the breathtaking Jacquard ribbons for which Renaissance Ribbons is famous. They are intricately woven with brilliant color. Because of this detail in the weaving, the ribbons have wonderful substance that makes them gorgeous to work with.
One easy way to use up odd-sized scraps of pretty fabric is to patchwork them together into an interesting pillow. This pretty pillow is an example of one made using a grid. The design is the same on both the front and back, however, we turned one grid panel 90º to create an interesting effect when the pillow is viewed from the side. We originally dove into our scrap stash and pulled out a Kate Spain layer cake bundle from her old Central Park collection for Moda Fabrics, because we loved the huge variety of bright colors and bold graphics, but the concept will work with any pile of scraps you think look good together. Just goes to show there is almost no cute little scrap without a future in one of your creations.
These terrific totes are as much of a present as the gifts they can carry inside. We've done gift bag projects before, but decided to really kick it up a notch, making generously-sized gift bag totes for the whole family in small, medium, and large. These totes are done in bold, heavy weight fabrics that will look great from the holiday season right through to spring and summer. We picked strong graphics in colors outside traditional holiday reds and greens yet that blend with these classic tones beautifully. A sparkling bow or embellishment adds just the right touch of holiday pizzazz under the tree; remove the bow and you have a tote that's good to go for everyday use.
"The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful." Problem is, you can only sing that song if you have enough wood to keep the fire burning bright. That's where our sturdy and stylin' firewood tote comes in... literally. Use it to haul in a generous load of wood. We used a double layer of indoor/outdoor fabric, which is not only tough, but also stain and water resistant. And those dowel-pocket handles look fancy, but are super easy to sew. This would be a great gift for all the lumberjacks on your list.
Stash it. Store it. Hide it away! Storage solutions are a favorite project category here at Sew4Home, because we all love to get organized… or at least we love to have pretty boxes, baskets, and bins that allow us to dream about how organized we could be. Our new, gorgeous fabric boxes are a generous 13” square, which means they can organize a lot! We were excited to be able to add the cool Faux Leather Handles from Dritz® Home Décor to make them extra easy to use – acting like a drawer pull when the boxes are used in a storage unit or along a shelf.
If you're a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we love aprons. And, we know you love aprons. This Kitchen Confections classic is a special favorite of ours that combines two pretty prints and two coordinating solids. It has a very vintage feel – especially with the sweet florals and pretty rick rack edging. Other fabulous details include form-flattering waist pleats and a quilted accent along the top of the bodice. Even the pockets have box pleat details, and by tilting them at an angle, they give the skirt a pretty pop of color.