Saturday Sewing – Finding Inspiration!

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been posting “Saturday Sewing” blogs; little projects which are quick and easy to do, with materials you likely already have at home. They have proved very popular, so, even with COVID restrictions loosening; lockdowns lifting in many parts of the country, it’s definitely something we intend to continue. We’re just going to cut it back to twice a month for the summer since so many of us are outside tending to our gardens, enjoying the beautiful weather, and can travel more. Be sure to Follow us so you don’t miss a post!

Today’s post is about where to find even MORE fun; MORE creative inspiration; MORE projects to help keep you sewing and getting the most from your machines. No need to hunt and scroll through several browsers and websites to find it all, it’s all easily accessible at your fingertips at Janome.CA, our Janome Canada website!

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The Inspire tab on the main page will open up a treasure trove of inspiration and information on a variety of projects to keep you sewing for many Saturdays to come!

You’ll find the beginner-friendly, and very practical Market Tote by Janome America Maker, Jessica VanDenburgh of Sew Many Creations, for example. Download the PDF pattern and watch Janome America’s You Tube video for more instruction along the way.

You don’t have to have an embroidery machine to make this super-useful tote!

Janome Canada’s Tania Denyer designed this fun and fresh Orange Slice Garland, which is a great scrap-buster project to practice free-motion quilting. The instructions are in English and in French! Tania demoed her techniques in a Facebook Live on the Janome Sewing Machines Facebook page, which is also available to view on the Janome HQ You Tube channel.

Use as inspiration and try making a pumpkin garland for Halloween, or holly berries for Christmas!

A terrific project which combines embroidery, piecing and quilting is the Peacock and Lotus Flower quilt designed and created by the Janome Canada team. There’s many techniques involved, but use your creative inspiration to adapt and alter however you wish to accommodate your machines, your time and experience level. The JEF embroidery designs are available as a FREE download on the Janome.CA website. Instead of on a quilt, maybe you’ll use the peacock design on your Market Tote bag, or on the back of denim jacket, for example. Use the instructions as a springboard for your unique creations, which we would LOVE to see, so please share your photos and tag us #janomecanada, @janomecanada to share more of the Janome love!

The Janome Embroidery Files JEF are available for FREE download on the Janome.CA website

You’ll find MANY other FREE embroidery designs in the Embroidery section on the Inspire page, AND another treasure trove of projects from our friends at Sew4Home by clicking on the Sew4Home tab. There you will find a variety of exclusive Janome Canada projects for every experience level, every type of machine; lots of tips and tricks to help improve your techniques, so everyone can share in the fun.

There’s projects, tips and tricks for every sewist under the Sew4Home tab on the Janome.CA website

JUST added this month, this stylish monogrammed zipper pouch was designed with the Janome Skyline S9 in mind, using the SQ14a 5.5″x5.5″ hoop, but any machine with the same size hoop or larger can also embroider the monogram. Don’t have an embroidery machine? No problem, perhaps you could use a fussy cut of fabric, or a photo transfer image instead! Full instructions are on the Janome.CA website!

NEW Monogrammed Zipper Pouch project with full instructions in English and in French

Of course, I could go on, but it’s Saturday and I now have even more sewing to do, lol!

Happy Sewing!

About janomeman

As Janome Canada's National Consumer Education Manager, I'm SEW excited to share my love of sewing, quilting and all things creative with everyone at our fabulous new Janome Sewing and Learning Centre in Oakville, ON. Have an idea for a class, or to be put onto our mailing list, E-mail me at
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