Scanning the list of materials for your next project tutorial, you suddenly come across a term or two that causes you to stop and scratch your head: Fat Quarters, Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes. Have you accidentally clicked from a sewing site to a recipe site? All these items sound delicious, but what the heck do they have to do with sewing? They are the names of various types of fabric pre-cuts. And though not edible, they are great time and money savers, and the perfect way to play with all the pretty pieces from your favorite quilting cotton collections.
There's always a certain amount of hemming and hawing about having to hem. Just about every project you do includes some sort of a hem, and there are so many techniques from which to choose. There is the simple double-turn hem, blind hem, faced hem, covered hem, taped hem, curved hem, single hem, narrow hem, cuffed hem, and bias hem. Then there are all the special hemming techniques for certain fabric types, such as leather, fur or lace, as well as projects with scalloped edges or pleats. Whew! But even with all these choices, there is one particular type of hem we receive more questions about than any of the others: the rolled hem. Since it's at the top of our You Asked 4 It list, let's get rollin'.
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.
We certainly hope Sew4Home is one of your top stops for all things machine-sewing-related. But today, we're giving your hardworking machine a rest. Instead, we're taking a look at the huge selection of Dritz® Clothing Patches. These fusible wonders are awesome for their definitive use: fixing a hole in junior's jeans. But, that's just the start of the inspiration and fun. Dritz offers a huge selection of colors as well as sizes and textures: from twill to nylon to denim to corduroy and more. We spent some time patching our way through pillows, scarves, tees, and... of course, jeans.
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.
We use traditional tassels often as a fun embellishment for linens, cushions, bags, and more. But in true Sew4Home fashion, we weren’t content to settle for traditional. We have two unique tassel styles today: the Broomstick Tassel with a sleek, floss wrapped hanging loop, and the fantastical Yarn Chubbies, which we think look like fluffy little dancing dolls. It’s all part of our Fast Fridays series that is all about whipping up something wonderful in no time at all.
For apparel, bags, athletic gear, etc., the go-to grommet style are the ubiquitous metal circles with some type of rope or cording woven through at a closure point. These metal classics are a go-to here at Sew4Home as well, but they're not the only option. For some applications, especially those that need a rather large grommeted opening, we like the Dritz® Home Snap-On Plastic Curtain Grommets. Although they are traditionally associated with curtains, they are a great solution for a variety of projects. We outline the easy installation steps for the plastic grommets and have collected links for a number of our tutorials that feature them.
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!
One of the most popular series of 2017 was our Cheat Cards. Each card covered an important, need-to-know sewing tip or technique in a handy business card size: 2” wide x 3½” high. That’s small enough to tuck into your wallet or tack up on the bulletin board in your sewing room. All the individual Cheat Cards are still available on the site, but we’d gotten numerous requests to offer a full set of six. So that’s just what we did. You can download your set instantly from our Sew4HomeShop on Etsy.