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Elves Are Keeping Me Up – or, Why I Secretly Love the Last Minute Fever of Christmas Eve

Monday, 24 December 2018 1:00

Before it’s Christmas Eve, it’s Christmas Eve Day…. arguably the busiest day of year for many people, me included. Taking procrastination to the highest of heights, there is most likely: 1) a bulging bag of presents to wrap, 2) numerous sweet treats to finish but for which more butter is required (there is never, ever enough butter), 3) calls to make and emails to send to atone for the lack of, yet again, a clever Christmas card full of chatty news from 2018, and of course, 4) presents to buy since the other stuff already ordered will not arrive on time (is it just me, or does the Amazon Prime delivery window seem to be a moving target?). It’s busy, crazy, and nerve-racking… but, I actually kind of love it.

Draw and Measure a Circle Without a Pattern

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 1:00

The circle is, in my humble opinion, the Queen of the geometric shapes. Don't get me wrong; I like all those squares, rectangles, triangles, octagons, and whatnot; but the circle is the coolest of the bunch: smooth and pretty and endlessly useful. However, trying to draw a perfect circle without a pattern is a challenge, and figuring out the proper size of an opening into which a circle can be inserted requires working with Pi (or π), which is not the delicious kind you can eat with a bit of ice cream. We're here today to help you with the steps you've forgotten since high school geometry class (or maybe never learned because you were too busy passing notes with Susan Ellery!). We'll show you the parts of a circle, how wide to cut fabric to fit a circle, and how to draw a circle without a pattern. We've also included a handy conversion from decimals to inches, which is necessary when working with Pi.

Topstitching versus Edgestitching: A Sewing Basics Quick Tip

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 1:00

As a writer and editor, I’m a bit of a “word geek.” I love all the crazy intricacies, like the subtle but important difference between further and farther, fewer and less or lie and lay. Yes, I am one of those annoying people… and a devastating opponent in Scrabble. There are a couple terms in sewing that get tossed about interchangeably: topstitching and edgestitching. They are similar but different animals, each with its own distinct purposes. The images above of our Five-Pocket Canvas Bag feature a variety of beautiful and precise topstitching and edgestitching.

Organic Fillers For Warming Pads: Rice, Corn and Flaxseed Compared

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 1:00

Microwavable heating pads with organic fillers are a wonderful way to soothe sore muscles or just warm up on a cold day. Their combination of toasty warmth and good smell are a natural remedy you can enjoy every day without side effects. The rice-filled warming pad project we did here at Sew4Home is one of the most popular gift items ever featured. Most likely, it's because they're not only functional, they're also really easy to make. Everybody who makes them seems to have a favorite filler. So we thought we'd do a little testing to see if we could find out which one is best.

Learn to Insert a Flat Circle Into a Tube

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 1:00

This is not one of those square-peg-in-a-round-hole situations. But, if the idea of sewing a two-dimensional item (a flat circle) into a three-dimensional item (a tube) sounds like something from another dimension altogether, read on. We've broken it down into a simple step-by-step process and even show you two different methods. 

Congratulations to NINE New Great Giveaway Winners

Friday, 26 October 2018 1:00

Nine is fine! We just concluded two Great Giveaways with our largest groups of winners ever. We were thrilled to be able to randomly select four and five winners respectively for two great prizes. Read on to find out who won what. And as always, thanks to everyone who entered. We’re already planning our next prize packages and will post about them soon! In the meantime, we’ll continue to do our best to provide you with the coolest projects that are the easiest and most fun to make! 

How to Insert a Magnetic Snap

Friday, 19 October 2018 1:00

The magnetic snap is indispensable to the construction of purses, totes, and bags. We've used them on dozens of Sew4Home projects and decided it was high time the technique had its very own tutorial. As with many notions and tools that add a unique professional finish, the steps for their use are themselves not necessarily difficult. The secrets are taking the time and patience to go through the instructions in the correct order, and using extra precision in your marking and measuring. 

Dritz Lookbooks: Clever Ideas that Inspire You to Take Action

Friday, 12 October 2018 1:00

Here at Sew4Home, we’re all about inspiration. And because we all respond to different visions, styles, colors, and embellishments.… the more ideas the better! We recently visited with our friends from Dritz Sewing at their headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina. There was inspiration around every corner, but we were especially excited to learn more about their Dritz® Lookbook series that debuted earlier this year and has already built to four fun issues. Each online magazine is chockfull of inspiring project concepts as well as great tips and innovative ways to use Dritz hardware. Read on to get a sneak peek inside our favorites, then use the handy links to click through to all the Books. They’re free! 

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How to Quickly and Easily Cut Large Fabric Panels

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 1:00

There are a lot of home décor projects that require cutting large panels of fabrics, such as curtains, throws, and tablecloths. When you're short on space, this can be a bit of a challenge. So here's a little folding-and-cutting trick to make it easier, faster, more compact ... and actually, more precise. Remember making paper snowflakes as a kid? You fold, fold, fold, and then cut, cut, cut. Same basic concept, but without the swiss cheese effect. Grab your rotary cutter and mat and let's slice!

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