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French Mattress Edge Cushions

Thursday, 19 October 2017 1:00

This is a You Asked 4 It project that was on our list for quite awhile. We finally found the perfect fabric to make it happen: a home décor Jacquard by Waverly Fabrics. It's soft yet stable in a great neutral with a subtle texture. The French Mattress Edge is actually a hand-stitching technique. It's not at all difficult, but you do need a longer, stronger needle and heavy-duty upholstery thread for the very best results. As you'll see below, we also recommend quilting gloves to give yourself a good grip as you stitch. 

Yoga Mat Strap Wrap

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 1:00

We’ve done several yoga mat totes here on Sew4Home (links are included below), but sometimes you don’t need or want a full bag. You’re dressed and ready, and your minimalist spirit says all you really need is to sling your mat over your shoulder and go. This style of mat wrap is easy to find on retail shelves, but we’re willing to bet none of them are as lovely (or as clever) as ours. We’ve used gorgeous jacquard ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons on one side with standard polyester webbing on the other. All the brain-twisting wrapping, turning, and securing challenges have been figured out, so you can put it together in a snap. 

Roll-up Brush Organizer with Zippered Pocket: Wallflower & Correspondence by Tim Holtz for Coats

Thursday, 12 October 2017 1:00

Keep your makeup brushes (or any other tall, thin tools) organized, clean, and tidy with this pretty roll-up pouch. We added a full size zippered pocket on the inside to keep smaller items securely tucked away. The lining of the case and the pocket is a ripstop nylon that provides a wipe clean, water resistant surface. There’s also a inner flap to protect the delicate brush tops. We chose fat quarters to make our sample, pulling together four fabrics from two different Tim Holtz fabric collections: Wallflower and Correspondence. Working with pre-cuts from a collection is an excellent way to get lots of perfectly coordinated fabrics. 

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Tailor’s Apron and Oven Mitt: Dapper by Tim Holtz for Coats

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 1:00

While working on this gorgeous apron, I admit to humming that old nursery rhyme under my breath, “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Sailor….” We absolutely love the vintage tailoring motifs that run through the Dapper collection by Tim Holtz for Coats. We took the theme and ran with it, designing an apron with subtle hints of bespoke couture. Along the bottom hem is a pleated accent panel that mimics the front of a tuxedo shirt – complete with five shirt buttons. Add to that, beautiful faux suede corner patches, echoing the elbow patches on a English Earl’s day jacket. A very cool double pocket graces the front, and leather lacing ties everything altogether. There’s even a matching oven mitt.

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Lace Up Zip Up Reversible Banded Pillow: Dapper by Tim Holtz for Coats

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 1:00

Where would you like to go today? Forget Google Maps and the ever-present GPS, give me a real map and I’ll follow you anywhere… bonus points if it might be a treasure map! The amazing Street Maps fabric from the Dapper collection by Tim Holtz for Coats is a vintage wonderland of intricate detail. We used two large panels to create our clever reversible pillow. Each side has its own unique closure. And we all need closure, right?! 

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Air Mail Shoulder Sling Satchel: Correspondence by Tim Holtz for Coats

Monday, 09 October 2017 1:00

These days, we rather disparagingly call it “snail mail.” And yet, I certainly perk up when I spy a handwritten envelope amongst the pile of bills and circulars. A real letter is a real treat, and brings back lovely memories of a time when communication, although much slower, was also more anticipated and thoughtful. This nostalgia is part and parcel of the Correspondence collection by Tim Holtz for Coats. From collages of envelopes, stickers, and special delivery stamps to vintage airplanes and subtle textures; the fabrics within this collection make you want to write your own story, seal it up, and send it on its way. We created a unique satchel with the feel of a mail carrier’s bag.

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Protective Pet Throws for Furniture

Thursday, 05 October 2017 1:00

If you share your space with a pet or two (or three...), you also share a certain amount of fur, dirt, and other messes we won't go into here. Fluffy and Fido know they're supposed to stay off the special chair, but that's only when you're watching. Thanks to YouTube, we know what really goes on when we leave the room. Protect your favorite furniture with an easy-to-launder pet throw. Yes, of course you could use an old sheet, but you sew and fabric companies make adorable pet prints. Shield your surfaces in style. 

Accent Rug with Little Sunshine Appliqué

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 1:00

The majority of nurseries we reviewed for our original Little Sunshine series opted for wall-to-wall carpeting to keep things soft and help muffle sounds, such as mom and dad trying to sneak out of the room and back to bed. Whether you have hardwood or carpet, an accent rug adds a great splash of color and helps protect the floor in the high-traffic, spill-zone directly in front of the crib. We feature the same pretty sunshine appliqué as is featured on our Little Sunshine Hanging Diaper Stacker, but in a jumbo size.

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The Dead Roses Witch Hat: Sew4Home Halloween Classic

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 1:00

One of my favorite characters in the Warner Bros.® series of cartoons was Witch Hazel, who debuted in the 1954 short, "Bewitched Bunny." Disney® had previously created a Witch Hazel, and she was kind of cool too, but not nearly as sarcastic or quite as much the fashion victim as the Hazel created by Warner Bros. animator, Chuck Jones. A major part of his Hazel's signature style included a wonderfully crumpled black hat. We think she would approve of our Dead Roses Halloween Witch Hat with its scrunched top, wilting flowers, and stowaway spider. Hauntingly hideous haute couture and one of our most popular Halloween projects ever – a true Sew4Home Classic!

Plaid Flannel, Double-Sided Fringed Scarves

Monday, 02 October 2017 1:00

There's power in plaid! It's a fashion staple that never goes out of style. Dress it up or dress it down - it's fabulous in every way. We used a double layer of cozy plaid flannel for our classic fringed scarves. It's a great alternative to wool plaids, which can be itchy to wear around your face and neck. Here's a bit of fun flannel history: it was originally made of carded wool or worsted yarn. Today, the coziness comes from cotton. 100% cotton flannel is super soft; with two layers, it's super-duper soft. We picked out our flannels from Fabric Depot where there are enough choices to put together dozens of powerful plaid pairs. 

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