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Multi-Print Framed Patchwork Baby Quilt with Monogram

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 1:00

The gateway drug of quilting is the baby quilt tutorial. Once you try one of these easy, itty-bitty marvels, you'll be hooked, and small pieces of fabric will begin stacking up all over your house. This handsome quilt is made up of bright, bold geometrics in a gender neutral citron yellow and warm gray color palette. We added a custom monogram to the bottom right corner square, which personalizes the project and makes it a cherished keepsake. However, first it has to be dragged around the house for a few years, cried into, and cuddled with; only then can it be a real keepsake.

Animal Appliqué Pillows: Baby Shower Power Gift

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 1:00

Sometimes it seems like invitations for baby showers come in waves, and continuing to come up with clever and popular gift ideas can be tough. This adorable pillow pair is one of our "Baby Shower Power Gifts." The basic piped pillow pattern is fast and simple and the animal appliqués are super cute. It's a design that will stay a favorite long past nursery days. With a nod to Laura Elizabeth Richards, we have to share the poem that inspired our cute appliqué shapes. It's one my sister and I have had firmly stuck in our heads for years: "Once there was an elephant, who tried to use the telephant. No! No! I mean an elephone, who tried to use the telephone." Click to read the full Eletelephony poem. HA! Now it will be stuck in your head for years.

Classic Full Flap Messenger Bag in Wool with Divided, Multi-Pocket Lining

Thursday, 18 October 2018 1:00


Our bold, full size messenger bag is a true show-stopper. We used a classic Pendleton® wool fabric, carefully fussy cutting the Native American motif for optimum dramatic effect. The dense softness of the wool creates a stable bag without any additional interfacing. The lining is tough canvas divided into two sections with multiple pockets so you can keep all your papers, devices, and accessories expertly organized – there's even a handy swivel hook to capture your keys. The bag closes with a full, foldover flap that securely snaps at the bottom with a sturdy pair of side release buckles. 

Crazy Patch Witch Capelet: Sew4Home Halloween Fave

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 1:00


No self-respecting Halloween witch would be caught out under the moon without three important items: a flying broom, a pointy hat, and a kookie cape. Turns out flying brooms are rather hard to come by, but we have you covered on the other fronts. Check one: the cape. Ours is a stylishly short Capelet made of witchy wedges cut from Fat Quarters, lined with Green Slime satin, and tied 'round the neck with Spider Black velvet ribbons. The matching hat is linked below. A ghoulish yet glamorous get-up.

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The Dead Roses Witch Hat: Sew4Home Halloween Fave

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 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!

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Ribbons in a Row Horizontal Zipper Pouch

Monday, 15 October 2018 1:00

Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red, and is often associated with royalty, luxury, and power. We picked it as the featured color for our long and narrow zipper pouch, using it as a rich background for complimentary accent colors, like tangerine and kiwi, as well as familiar blenders, like pink and navy. One of the best ways to add a splash of multiple colors to a project is with ribbon. This cute pouch has a row of ribbons plus a ribbon wrist loop. Need more convincing on the power of purple? Here are a couple interesting facts to impress your friends: 1) Purple was the color of the first man-made dye. It was formulated in 1856 out of coal tar and called “Mauveine.” 2) Purple is the color of the highest denomination poker chip, worth $5,000. 

Compact Barrel Tote with Ribbon Accents

Thursday, 11 October 2018 1:00

Our designer barrel tote, with its detachable strap, uses beautiful Jacquard ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons to their best advantage: as focal point embellishments against a solid base fabric. They add just the right dash of drama. But don’t go overboard - too many ribbons is like too much whipped cream... sounds like a good idea at the time, then it smothers the taste of everything. Use them to accent not overwhelm. 

Pretty Teapot Cozy: ScrapBusters

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 1:00

It's time for a spot of tea. Did you know to properly brew a pot o' tea, you should first warm the teapot by swooshing a bit of boiling water inside it. Then, pour the water into your teacups to warm them. Add teabags for your preferred strength (from two to four for a standard four-cup pot). Fill the pot with boiling water, stir, and let the tea steep for about 4-5 minutes. It's during this steeping time when you can run into trouble with the tea cooling too fast. So, pop on a cozy to keep things toasty while the tea is steeping. It will also help keep your tea warm between cups. We offer free pattern downloads for the cozy itself as well as the cute teapot appliqué. 

Sew Soft Cuddle® Strip Blankets: Shannon Fabrics

Monday, 08 October 2018 3:00

Strip piecing is a fast and easy mainstay in the quilting cotton world, and it has become just as popular for other substates. We’ve used the technique for these bundle-y Cuddle® blankets. But rather than using only one-directional strips, we added our own S4H spin by mixing horizontal insets within the main vertical strips. Then, because Shannon Fabrics Cuddle comes in so many colors, textures, and naps, we kicked up the concept another notch by combining smooth and embossed Cuddle® fabrics so the blankets have a unique mixture of textures that make them extra cozy. 

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Stylish Monogrammed Weekender Tote

Friday, 05 October 2018 1:00

This large weekender tote combines some of our favorite fabric types: natural, nubby twill, soft faux suede, and happy gingham for a pop of color and pattern. It also has the perfect soft feel, which makes it extremely packable. Not so soft and slouchy that it puddles on the floor, but also not so stiff that it seems to stand at attention if you set it down. Fill it up for a weekend getaway. Take it with you on your weekend shopping excursions. Or use it to carry your sewing and craft projects. 

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