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Rustic Rag Quilt: Go Back-to-School in Style

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 1:00

On the "Quilting Easy-ness Scale," the rag quilt ranks right at the top. It's sewn with the seams exposed, and the whole idea is to create a softly rumpled, very cuddly, wrap-me-up-now result. If you have someone heading off to school, this is a wonderful blanket to send along to remind them of the warm hugs waiting back at home. Since the ragging gives this quilt an inherent rustic look, we wanted a fabric that echoed that handmade feel. We found it in the Handcrafted collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Very different from most traditional quilting cottons, it's created entirely by hand. The process is a new interpretation of the ancient wax resist, fabric dying art form of batik. We felt the result had the look of hand silk-screened fabrics: looser, more free-form and with deeply saturated pigments. It was absolutely spot-on for a colorful rag quilt.

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Ruched Bolster Pillow

Friday, 20 May 2016 1:00

The popular R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is our way to show you how combining different fabrics in a project can produce an almost unlimited number of beautiful end results. These pretty round pillows were originally done it a bright floral that completely lived up to the collection’s name: Happy Land by Jennifer Paganelli for FreeSpirit Fabric. We switched the palette to a deep navy, wedgwood blue, and cream with gold metallic accents to give this new R&R version a more sleek and elegant styling.

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Re-imagine & Renovate: ScrapBusters Travel Size Tissue Covers

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 1:00

Stocking stuffer alert! These adorable tissue covers are super fast and easy to make, and everyone needs a tissue now and then to dab away a tear, capture a sneeze or wipe up a mess. The ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate Series is our way to show you how easy it is to put a new spin on a fave design. Different fabric and notions can completely change the look of a project. For each of our three samples, we used two 10" x 10" Layer Cake squares, making this a great ScrapBusters project. 

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Ironing Board Caddy, Thread Catcher & More

Friday, 10 July 2015 1:00

Your trusty ironing board – you spend almost as much time there as you do in front of your sewing machine! If you find yourself traipsing back and forth to grab a pin or pressing cloth or seam gauge or, or, or... you'll love our handy caddy. It's designed to loop over the wide end of the board to hold tools, catch threads, and act as a pincushion. We gave this classic sewing room must-have a new look as part of our popular Re-imagine & Renovate series.

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Re-imagine & Renovate: ScrapBuster Heart Sachets

Friday, 09 January 2015 1:00

Just like a fresh coat of paint can transform a room, brand new fabric can completely change the look of a project. These adorable heart sachets were originally done in sweet quilting cottons, using the traditional soft pinks, reds and greens of dainty Valentine prints. 5" x 5" charm pack squares made it very easy to mix and match each beautiful blend. For our R&R version, we decided on a rustic theme, using a collection of heavier scraps in linen, ticking, muslin and twill. Maybe the S4H super-fans out there can ID the past projects from which the scraps came! Faux mother-of-pearl buttons centered on wool felt flowers add just the right texture as the sachet's center embellishment. 

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Heart & Ruffle Apron

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 1:00

Some projects debut in such pretty fabric combinations, it can be a quite awhile before we come across another option we think can give the original a run for its money. But that's the whole idea behind our ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate series: to bring forward a favorite classic project for another look, in new fabric and with a new spin. Today we went from a bold damask in bright orange sherbet and candy pink to a delicate, lacy design in soft, chalky pastels. Recollection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics is an eclectic collection with hints of artisanal techniques, like lacework, embroidery, stenciling, and tapestry. 

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Rustic Rag Quilt

Monday, 05 January 2015 1:00

On the quilting "Easy-ness Scale," the rag quilt ranks right at the top. It's sewn with the seams exposed, and the whole idea is to create a softly rumpled, very cuddly, wrap-me-up-now result. There are several rag quilts in our archives, but for this Re-imagine & Renovate version, we chose a full size, 60" x 60" version. We found a perfect fabric to create the rustic look of a traditional rag quilt: the Handcrafted collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Very different from most traditional quilting cottons, it's created entirely by hand. The process is a new interpretation of the ancient wax resist, fabric dying art form of batik. We felt the result gave the fabric the look of hand silk-screened fabrics: looser, more free-form and with deeply saturated pigments. It was absolutely spot-on for a colorful rag quilt.

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Clean and Simple Clutch

Thursday, 16 October 2014 1:00

The trees are changing into their Fall colors, so we decided to follow suit with today's pretty clutch design. Originally created as a ScrapBusters project, we held partially true to this plan. Rather than diving into our own scrap basket, we shopped the remnant bin in the home décor section at our local fabric store. Home décor fabrics make great remnants because they're so wonderfully wide. Even a small cut (our remnants were just ½ yard each) will yield a generous cut from which you could make several clutches. Why would you want several? Holiday gift giving is right around the corner!

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Microwavable Rice Pads

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 1:00

If you've explored our Project Index lately, you know there are hundreds of Sew4Home articles and projects. It can be easy for some of the older entries to slip from memory. That's why we love the Re-imagine & Renovate series; it brings forward some of our favorite classic projects for another look. These microwavable neck and lap/back heating pads with organic fillers fit the bill, being one of our most popular projects ever in both the Gift and Special Use Pillows categories. After under a minute in the microwave, you'll get up to an hour of safe, warm heat.

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Re-imagine & Renovate: Renaissance Ribbons' Metro Bag (and Giveaway)

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 1:00

THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 07/11/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.

Our trendy Metro Bag debuted last fall, just in time for back-to-school. Originally created with "guy-friendly" color and design, our friends at Renaissance Ribbons changed things up a bit to create a more feminine feel. What's cool is how they stayed within the same fabric and ribbon collection, proving you don't have to go far to create an original spin.

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