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 new Sew4Home Bags and Totes book. We selected one of our favorites: the Kid's Vintage Book Bag, and gave it a floral makeover.
Buttons are among the most basic methods of fastening one thing to another. They also make a pretty embellishment all on their own. We love them lots… until they come off. And, they almost always come off, especially from store-bought items, which often seem to be sewn with some kind of “quick release thread.” If you’re tired of buttons coming loose or popping off, you are going to love the new Secura Button Thread from Coats. It sews like regular thread, but the secret comes when you’re done sewing. Steam the sewn button from the back for just a few seconds and the heat activates the thread’s coating, allowing it to stick to itself. It doesn’t stick to the fabric or the button – just to itself.
How many times have you said it, possibly shouted it? “I can’t do that!” “I’m not good enough.” “This does not look like the picture!” We’re all guilty of the critical eye, especially when it comes to our own work. But here’s the real story: anytime you make something with your own two hands, it’s a success! Passion and creativity do not live in the same space as perfection and criticism. In fact, they’re not even friends. As you make your list of resolutions, we’d like to suggest our Top Five Things to Remember for 2017 (and beyond). You may want to write them on a post-it note to stick to your forehead.
There are lots of ways to find what you're looking for at Sew4Home. Scroll through the home page teasers. Browse and click the main navigation tabs. Look in our Project Index. Or simply search by key word. But sometimes, it's nice to simply have one handy list of links to refer to in a specific category. We've pulled together our top ten articles that show a variety of ways you can keep things closed.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 01/02/17. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
Starting today, the hours of daylight get a few minutes longer with each rotation around the sun. Although we admit to admiring the blanket of white softening the world outside, we'll also ‘fess up to humming Here Comes The Sun under our breath. To help keep you busy, and happily humming, during these chilly inside days, we have three Moda Designer Rolls of layer cake squares along with spools of Aurifil’s brand new 80wt cotton thread to give away to three lucky Sew4Home visitors.
We love to gather with friends and family to share good food and conversation. We enjoy gathering with like-minded folks to attend concerts and other events. In these contexts, gathering is fun and easy. By comparison, in sewing... gathering is often known as daunting or simply too time-consuming! We believe all gathering should be fun and easy and aim to change the perception of gathering with a sewing machine. After reading this tutorial, we bet you’ll be inviting your sewing friends over to convince them just how easy it is to gather fabric. If you do this, we think you should call it "gatherers gathering on gathers!"
Your project instructions call for two yards of 60" wide fabric, but the fabric you want to use is 45" wide. Hmmm... attempting to dredge up that old math lesson in proportions is probably not going to happen on the fly. Instead, print out our handy conversion chart for those times you don't have a pattern envelope with a yardage conversion table.
Where has the year gone?! Thanks to the debut of our new book, as well as all the exciting Sewing Escape events, 2016 has buzzed by in a blur. Meanwhile, our lucky Great Giveaway Winners have been patiently waiting for their much-deserved recognition and hearty congratulations. So without further ado, a roll call of nearly two dozen folks with very winning ways.
I call this a "flat top" zipper. I've also heard it referred to as a set-in zipper and a recessed zipper. You can make up your very own name; the Penelope Zipper would be one option. You've undoubtedly seen this type of zipper on loads of handbags and totes. It sits below the top of the bag, running flat across the top (thus the vote for my name), featuring tabs at either end (making it easy to zip open and shut), and is secured to the bag's lining with a simple facing (which is what allows it to be recessed). When you want a professional look plus the security of a full closure, you can't go wrong with the inset-flat top-set-in-recessed-Penelope zipper. Read on to see how easy it can be.