Yesterday was the first day of Standard Time across most of North America. We got an extra hour of sleep, but in exchange for this bonus snooze time, we are now faced with several months of ever-encroaching darkness. It's the perfect time for a bag with built-in reflective capabilities, which kicks off our new "Did it with Dritz" week. This high-visibility mini-tote is great for kids who are often headed to school and back home in the dark. See how we used four different nifty notions from Dritz.
A zippered pouch is our favorite carryall when little things need to travel. Today we've mixed Dritz® elastic with cotton and pet screen to create a sporty pouch you can take across the country on vacation or across town to the gym. The open mesh of the pet screen allows you to see what's inside; it's also great when you need to sift out sand after a day at the beach or shake out crumbs from on-the-go snacks. We used two different Dritz® elastics for heft and flexibility rather than stretch. Our bold fabric is from Denyse Schmidt's Florence collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics, brand new this month.
People often use elastic to create a gathered or ruffled effect. But what if the elastic itself had ruffles? I'm no math expert, but I think that might be ruffles-squared. The new Dritz® Ruffle Elastic is a fun way to add both texture and color with the extra bonus of functional stretchability. We used this pretty new elastic to create a easy ruched effect on a pillow front. "Ruched" means the gathers are secured on both ends. Our pillow fabric is from the brand new Amy Butler Organic Forest collection for Rowan, coming out this October. Ruching is traditionally done with a gathering stitch on your machine. We're using elastic to do the work instead, creating the same effect but with the addition of an eye-catching trim. A little trick to stitching down the elastic along both edges and still keeping a perfectly centered motif: a zipper foot! It fits perfectly down the center of the elastic. Stitch once with the needle to the left, stitch again with the needle to the right. "Why, yes... we do show a picture."
One of the things we love about Dritz® Fold-Over Elastic (FOE) is the ability to use it as a binding. There's a built-in crease line down the center that allows easy and accurate folding. You get three benefits in one: color, stretch and finish. Today's casual bag features two generous pleated pockets bound with FOE. They not only look great, they're also super functional – with expandable tops that make dropping in items one-handed-easy. In addition, the entire top of the bag is also finished with FOE, using it as a flat binding. We picked two prints from the brand new Amy Butler Organic Forest collection for Rowan, coming out this October. Amy's fabrics always feature the trendiest colors and most alluring graphics, but we had no problem finding a Dritz® Fold-Over Elastic that blended beautifully. There are 10 solid colors and 12 patterned options from which to choose. The patterns are woven in, not printed on, plus they're fade resistant and colorfast. These good looks will last!
Used to be, you had to cover elastic with fabric to get fashionable suspenders. No more! With Dritz® FOE (Fold-Over Elastic – NOT Fraternal Order of Eagles) a stylin' pair of 'penders is a whip-it-up project you can do in under an hour. In fact, these are so easy and inexpensive, you could make a pair for nearly every outfit in the closet in nothing flat. There are 10 solid colors and 12 patterned options of Dritz® Fold-Over Elastic. From brights to pastels, colorful to classic. Something for any occasion or outfit.
Today we welcome Dritz® as a new sponsor of Sew4Home. "Oh! The red tomato pincushion people!" Well, yes, they are famous for that classic pincushion, but they also have about a gazillion other tools and notions to help your projects go faster and easier. We can't cover all gazillion here, but we can bring you some of our favorites. This week, we're going to strrrrreeeeetch your knowledge of: elastics! Long the wallflower of the notions world, hidden inside waistbands, cuffs and underwear; the new Dritz® Fashion Elastics snapped onto the scene this year in bold colors, patterns, even ruffles! It's a style makeover we haven't seen since shoelaces went from white to wild. We have five project tutorials this week featuring the new Ruffle Elastic, Fold-Over Elastic, and Colored Knit Elastic. Don't try to keep this elastic out of sight inside a casing, it's begging to be the featured star. Today's little girl twirly skirts use bright knit elastic as a colorful, no-roll waistband. With nine fashion colors to choose from, you can make a rainbow of fashion statements.