Spring is in the air and it has sent some fine feathered friends to celebrate. As they alight on a pair of delicate wires, we like to imagine they’re talking about how much they’re enjoying the Sew4Home Maker’s Club. This exciting new Club kicked off last November at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. From bags to baskets to linens and more, Maker’s Club members are creating clever projects and learning pro techniques. Club Project #3 is an adorable appliquéd pillow with a set of very “sweet tweets”!
Holiday DIY planning often starts early, such as the Christmas in July celebrations when new holiday fabric collections traditionally hit in-store and virtual shelves. But we know our Sew4Home visitors are super organized, with many of you having started your 2018 holiday sewing as soon as that last box of 2017 directions was stashed in the attic. For you, and anyone who is ready for a super cute novelty quilt, we’re excited to bring you a review of the Peppermint Lane Block of the Month book from It’s Sew Emma. Read on to find out more, and to enter to win your very own copy.
What’s soft and sparkly, lightweight and luminous, beautiful and billowy? Metallic Embrace® Double Gauze from Shannon Fabrics! From wearables to home décor, Embrace® Double Gauze is a wonderful fabric with which to work. Did you see yesterday’s Ruffled Metallic Double Gauze Curtain Panel? It’s an easy project to makeover any window in your home. We really enjoyed working with the Metallic Embrace®, and … now it’s your turn. Our friends at Shannon Fabrics sent us FOUR 4-yard cuts of some of their most popular Metallic Embrace® motifs. Four lucky Sew4Home visitors will be “embracing” their creativity.
Our unique Sew4Home Maker’s Club celebrates Valentine’s month with the second of seven project packages: a super sweet Quilted Machine Mat & Caddy. This exciting new Club kicked off last November at participating Janome Dealers across the US and Canada. From bags to baskets to linens and more, Sew4Home Maker’s Club members create clever projects and learn pro techniques. Club Project #2 helps cushion the work surface for your machine and keeps your favorite notions and tools handy… and it does all of that while looking cute as the proverbial button! These projects are exclusive to Janome America dealers, but we introduce each one right here on the website to keep you up-to-date on all the inspiration. Reach out to your local Janome dealer for more information on how you can sign up.
Social media outlets are constantly evolving, which means what you see in your various feeds is also changing. You may have read reports from early January detailing Facebook’s new ranking system that will boost person-to-person engagement while throttling the visibility of pages, such as our own Sew4Home page. Even if you’ve chosen to follow a favorite business or publisher, that doesn’t mean their posts will regularly show up in your feed. We know this sounds rather “techy" and convoluted, but we also know Facebook is just the leading edge of similar shifts within other social media platforms. Our goal is to do our best to stay connected with our amazing S4H fans and followers. Read on to find our top three suggestions for keeping in touch.
If you’re a regular visitor to Sew4Home, you’re probably familiar with our Re-imagine & Renovate series. It’s where we show you how new fabric can completely change the look of a design; the same way a fresh coat of paint can transform a room. The theory works just as well with the ten projects in our popular Sew4Home Bags and Totes book. We selected one of our favorites from within its pages: the Kid's Vintage Book Bag, and gave it a floral makeover.
The latest of Fat Quarter Shop’s amazing charitable quilt alongs kicked off this month and runs through July of 2018. That’s seven months of beautiful blocks that will become a gorgeous quilt, and it’s all to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 2018 Clementine Quilt Along quilt features beautiful bright prints from the Mama’s Cottage collection by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics. In addition to bringing you all the info you need to participate in this wonderful Quilt Along, we also want to introduce you to the new It’s Sew Emma Stash ’n’ Store. We love using this innovative holder right next to our machine for instant access to our favorite notions.
It’s time for our annual re-cap. Our task is to go through the past year and add up all the traffic counts, the likes/loves/pins/shares/etc./etc, and read through the comments again. Of course, we love all our projects, so it’s always hard to limit the number. But, no one is probably interested in a Top 200 list to wade through! That’s what our Project Index is for. Hard as it was, narrow it down we did, and we invite you to take a trip down memory lane to see them all. Each and every one is linked, so you can jump over to the project page to make sure you’ve added new favorites to your must-make list… just in case you missed them the first time around.
Goals. Resolutions. Promises to keep. Whatever you call them, and whether they’re tacked to the front of the fridge or simply rolling around in one corner of your brain… it’s the time of year when we’re expected to take stock and make plans. Here at Sew4Home, we have a slightly different suggestion for 2018… at least when it comes to your sewing resolutions, but maybe for your other passions as well. Before forging ahead with the next big thing, stop for just a moment to think back to the beginnings of your sewing experience and remember why. Why do you love sewing “truly, madly, deeply”? Because once you remember why, the who, what, when, and where of that next adventure start to come into sharper focus.
As we roll into the final days before Christmas, we’re taking a moment to step away from our sewing machines to bring you something a little different – something we hope might become a new tradition for the holidays. We wrote a little story and designed a pretty book to go along with the adorable illustrations from Lil' Rascals by Chole's Closet – a 2011 fabric collection from Moda that we used a number of years back for a Storybook Bedroom project series (project links below). We offer the book below as a free download. Reading with the children in your life is one of the very best experiences you can give them… and yourself! We hope you enjoy sharing the adventures of Lil' Benny, who loses his blanket but finds some very special friends.