When my son was a toddler and celebrating one of his first Fourth of July fireworks experiences, he was – as most kids are – mesmerized by the sparklers. So much so that as fast as a speeding bullet (a speed only bullets and toddlers can attain), his chubby little hand darted out and grabbed for the glowing stick before I could pull it away. A shriek pierced the night and the sparkler fell to the ground, still sputtering. I felt like the worst mother on the planet as I examined the barbecue grill marks across his fingers and palm.
Who won what? Inquiring minds want to know! This latest group of lucky winners came from around the corner to around the world. It’s always fun to see how far and wide the Sew4Home inspiration reaches. As always, thanks to everyone who entered. Our visitors are like a big extended family to us, and we wish we could send prizes out to everyone. Instead, we’ll continue to do our best to provide you with the coolest projects that are the easiest and most fun to make! Read on to find out a little bit about our most recent Five Fabulous Winners.
Quilt Market is the quilting and sewing world's time to shine. New fabric collections debut, innovative products launch, and industry "rock stars" are out to meet and greet. You may have heard of the Quilt Market and Quilt Festival shows that happen every October in Houston, Texas. Awesome for sure, but did you know that each spring there's another Market that lands in a different city? This spring, it rolled into our neck of the woods: Portland, Oregon. Join us for a photo tour of a few highlights.
The school year is wrapping up. Soon the books will be closed and the desks will be empty, but the impact on students’ hearts and minds is forever stamped. Great inventors and leaders are not born. They are motivated and inspired by all the amazing teachers who stand up and stand out every single day. We chose five projects you can make to say, “Thank you so much!” Our selection has a relaxation theme, because we simply cannot think of any group more deserving of a bit of R&R. Each option also includes an idea for how to bundle the project into a complete gift package. And, we put together another great S4H printable: a unique set of Thank You Teacher Gift Tags.
There is a lot of sitting involved in sewing, which can lead to aches and pains not to mention a few extra pounds due to inactivity. It’s a widespread problem and a hot topic on many fronts since anyone who works at a computer for long periods of time is also likely to suffer. Obviously, investing in ergonomic chairs and amazing sewing stations can work wonders, but that isn’t in everyone’s budget. Instead, we took a look at 10 ways to Keep Fit While You Sit, using what you already have… most importantly – your own body!
Mother’s Day is a week and a half away. But you knew that, right? Maybe you were waiting for a burst of inspiration? Well, that’s our job! We pulled five fun projects you can easily make in a single afternoon. The fabric and supply requirements are minimal; you may already have the perfect options in your stash. From cooking to traveling to looking good, these five favorites are sure to please the mom, stepmom, grandmom, and you’re-like-a-mom-to-me women in your life. To make your gift extra special, we have a new set of free printable “Mom Said! Gift Tags” to thank Mom for all her advice. They celebrate all those words of wisdom you ignored at the time but now wish you’d paid attention to because they make so much sense now! Thanks, Mom!
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”!
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 04/27/18. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
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.
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.