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Love That Fabric: Hello Luscious! by BasicGrey for Moda

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 9:00

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We were all instantly charmed by this truly gorgeous and stylish collection. We received a layer cake to review and had so much fun mixing the prints for seemingly endless variations and always-beautiful results. We had idea after idea for what we could make with this fabric. From quilts and throws, to pillows and apparel for girls of any age, to aprons, adorable summer bags and totes... see for yourself.

Love That Fabric: Pretty Pre-Cuts

Friday, 27 January 2012 9:00

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Often, when I first get up in the morning, I like to enjoy my coffee while browsing fabric at some of my favorite online sources. Seeing what's new and what's coming gives me inspiration for future Sew4Home projects. Sometimes, I have a design in mind and search for the perfect fabric. Sometimes I see fabric and it spurs a project idea. A few weeks ago, we made a wonderful and amazingly easy patchwork throw from Circa 1934 by BasicGrey for Moda using a layer cake containing forty-two 10-inch squares. It went together so quickly, I thought I would make up a few for three upcoming gift-giving events. I have one I keep by my computer. It keeps me warm and I don't feel a need to notch up the heat to overcome the morning chill. I'm sure that throw has more than paid for itself in reduced heat bills! Today, I'll show you what I've picked for my three easy-to-make gift throws while browsing at Fat Quarter Shop. This is a frequent stop for me, and a fabulous source for pre-cuts.

Love That Fabric: Retro Hip Kokka

Friday, 23 December 2011 9:00

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I've long been attracted to the fabric collections from Japanese manufacturer Kokka, and have learned not to wait when I see a Kokka print I love. Several times I've had my eye on something, come back the next day to buy, only to learn it had sold out while I was thinking about it.

The other day, while exploring Fabric.com for linen to whip up few holiday gifts, I came across some of the very prints I had missed out on from Kokka and knew I had to stash it. This fabric is what I'd describe as retro hip. With large prints and repeats, many of which are cotton-linen and cotton canvas, they are ideal for simple pillow covers, aprons, totes, bags and more. The prints themselves are so unique and eye-catching, they quickly become conversation starters. Take a look at some of the cool prints I found.

Holiday Gift Ideas: The Mighty Bright Lighted & Magnified Seam Ripper

Friday, 09 December 2011 9:00

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This terrific tool qualifies as the perfect stocking stuffer for the sewing enthusiast on your list: a seam ripper with a built-in magnifier and light. The Mighty Bright Lighted Seam Ripper comes from the same clever folks who bring us those cool little book lights and wallet magnifier lights. Even if you aren't yet in the, "where the heck are my reading glasses?!" category, ripping out tiny seams or tone-on-tone topstitching is a strain on anyone's eyes and patience. This cool tool is a lifesaver.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Fiskars Fingertip Rotary Cutter

Friday, 02 December 2011 9:00

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This holiday season we are concentrating on bringing you fast and easy gift ideas. You may have already noticed our green "Holiday Gift Idea" button on recent tutorials. In addition, we've found a number of inexpensive notions, which we think would be perfect for the sewing and crafting folks on your list. Today's example is this dandy fingertip rotary cutter from Fiskars®. If you can point, you can use this little devil.

Love That Fabric: Boho by Annette Tatum for Free Spirit

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 9:00

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By Annette Tatum for Free Spirit Fabrics, Boho is worldly and color-rich, adding a sophisticated bohemian flair to home décor. With twenty-eight prints in three colorways, the options for mixing in interesting ways are both great and wonderful. Designed with the flavor of the exotic and well-traveled, like a caravan of color, the blend of deep hues and richly layered patterns fills the Boho collection. A passport of possibilities abounds in spicy colors, sunny rich jewel tones and earthy hues. A sensory overload of inspiration from far away lands. Boho is brand new this month and just beginning to show up in fabric shops.

Lush & Plush Trends from Fabric.com: Bobbin Winders Review

Thursday, 10 November 2011 9:00

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One of the more tedious sewing tasks is winding bobbins. I'll be the first to admit it is my least favorite part of preparing to start a new project. I think my dislike dates back to an old sewing machine that had the worst bobbin winder ever; four times out of five my bobbins looked like big globs of thread. Today, most sewing machines have great built-in bobbin winders. Some higher-end models even have separate bobbin winding motors, allowing you to wind a bobbin while sewing. And there are pre-wound bobbins you can buy, but usually only in black and white. As part of our Lush & Plush Series, Fabric.com asked us to test and write about the two bobbin winders they carry. Both are from Simplicity: the SideWinder Portable Bobbin Winder and the SideWinder Deluxe. I took them both for a spin and recorded my results.


Lush & Plush Trends from Fabric.com: Pillow Insert Comparison

Thursday, 03 November 2011 9:00

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Pillow inserts give your pillows their plump shape, and allow them to do their job: provide soft support or cushy comfort. A pillow insert, also known as a pillow form, is simply a plain-covered pillow designed to be used with a decorative outer pillow cover (those things we love to design here at S4H!). Put another way, covers are your pillow insert's wardrobe. For our Lush & Plush Series, Fabric.com provided us with samples to try of the two types of pillow inserts they stock: polyester and feather/down. Although tempted to shirk our duty and simply take a little nap on the pretty pillow inserts, we managed to stay awake long enough to write our review.


Love That Fabric: The Spa Collection from Michael Miller Fabrics

Thursday, 20 October 2011 9:00

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The new Spa Collection from Michael Miller Fabrics is so tranquil and soothing, it will take your stress away. Why is that? Blue, especially when infused with a little green to create water hues, is the most popular color in the world for both men and women. When toned down, as in this collection, to create a "softer" color, it becomes increasingly pleasing to the eye; complex, subtle yet sophisticated. Add cool, calming earth colors for the quintessential relaxation combo. Studies have shown that sleeping in a room in these colors can actually lower your blood pressure. Since nearly everyone reacts positively to these colors, they are ideal choices when sewing gifts. See our ideas for using the Spa Collection to make gifts anyone would love to receive.

Love That Fabric: Curio by BasicGrey for Moda

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 9:00

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I've been wating to get my hands on Curio since I first saw a sneak peak. It's like opening an old trunk and finding the mother lode of amazing fabric. With thirty-six prints in four remarkably mixable colorways, Curio can go easily from fabric bolt to pretty pillows, dreamy quilts, boho bags, chic apparel and more with ideas to spare.