Early last year we had this crazy idea for a sewing event. We'd invite some Sew4Home friends to meet up in person at a series of mini sewing retreats around the country. We'd learn to sew some cool projects, get to know each other, and have a lot of fun. The more we thought about it, the more it seemed like a great idea.
In our 2016 Sewing resolutions, we teased you a little bit about this new adventure. Our number one resolution was: To connect with YOU in even more ways. Today, we're pleased to announce one of the most exciting ways we'll be doing just that this year: the Sew4Home Sewing Escape sewing retreat. We've partnered with Janome America as well as some of our favorite providers of notions, fabric, and sewing tools to bring the Sew4Home experience directly to you in fun-filled, multi-day events.
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O-ver-whelm-ing / adjective / to have a strong emotional effect. See also: dumbfounded, bowled over, left speechless. We've been to Quilt Markets in the past, but mostly the Spring Market that moves around the country to various venues. It had been quite a number of years since we'd been able to attend the big dog: the International Quilt Market, which takes place each October in Houston, Texas. We got to preview the latest fabric collections, try new products, reconnect with old friends, and meet new creative powerhouses. We've put together a quick tour-in-pictures of some highlights from our Three Days of O-ver-whelm-ing.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again, "We have the best sponsors ever!" They are forever generous with fabric and notions for projects, giveaways, and more. When you support them, you support us, and everybody wins! Today, we're delighted to introduce you to brand new sponsor, Dinkydoo Fabrics. Not only do they have an adorable name, they also have a great site - especially for pre-cuts. We visited with owner, Alicia to learn a little bit about how it all started, what makes their shop unique, and why science-fiction aids in creativity.
If you or someone you know is heading back to school, the biggest must-have item is something to carry all the stuff you need. Books, electronics, supplies, lunch, and more - it all has to get from point A to point B. We picked a few of our favorite bag and tote projects to give you ten great ways to look cool for back-to-school.
We have a whole new batch of ideas to add to our official You Asked 4 It list thanks to our recent Great Giveaway request for the projects and techniques you'd like to see on Sew4Home. We also realized there are A LOT of existing articles many of our visitors, maybe even you, are looking for that we actually already have. It's time for a little re-cap tour of our Project Index – a reminder of where to find some of our most asked-for tutorials. It might be exactly what you're looking for, very similar, or perhaps a new idea you love even more!
We are thrilled to bring you news of a very clever way to "audition" fabric for a quilt or other pattern before making a final decision to buy and cut. It's online, it's very easy and intuitive, and the process of designing is free. Emily Taylor is with us today for a guest editorial to give you an overview of the how PatterJam.com works. "How great would it be to see fabric in a quilt pattern before investing time and money into the project?" Emily asked herself. "I knew there had to be a better way to visualize what a sewing project is going to look like before it's made." We were so impressed with Emily's idea and the tools she developed to make creating more flexible and more fun.
From me to you! The best gifts are the ones with an extra helping of handmade love. This top-five list was the hardest to put together because there are so many great ways to show how much you care for the little ones in your life. Use our choices from today, as well as the rest of the week, to create the ultimate "shower power" gift packages. They're as much fun to make as they are to give!
For babies and toddlers, is there anything better than fun and games? From peek-a-boo to picture books to paints, the world's their playground and your job is to help the good times roll. We picked five of our favorite playtime projects; each one is a great reason to break out the super-cute and colorful fabrics that bring on the smiles: orange monkeys, sure; rainbow gumdrops, of course!