The bow tie has long been the purview of over-dressed little boys, dapper accountants, and Bill Nye the Science Guy, but we're blasting out of that box. We used unique fabrics and custom designs to create three quirky, confident, and stylish ways to wear a bow tie. Our teen trio effortlessly pulled off each example of this unexpected fashion flair: Newsboy Button Down, Hipster Double Plaid, and Party Chic Velvet. What's the big deal with bow ties? It's all thanks to our friends at Dritz® who sent us their new Bow Tie Kit. These inexpensive kits make creating an adjustable neck band easy - so you can concentrate your imagination on customizing your best bow.
English Paper Piecing was a new technique for us, but one we can see becoming rather addicting. We tested the three sets of brand new Paper Piecing Shapes from Dritz® Quilting: two sizes of Diamonds, two sizes or Hexagons, and two sizes of Tumblers. If you too are new to paper piecing, the first thing to understand is that it's handwork, not machine stitching. Most people associate it with beautifully intricate quilt tops, but the precise, perfectly shaped pieces are wonderful for a variety of embellishing projects. We've used them as appliqués to create a pair of graphic pillows.
We love it when the delivery dude shows up with a box from Dritz® because great new products are likely to be inside! The clever minds at Dritz® are always working on new ways to make our sewing and crafting better, easier, and more fun. Today we're showcasing five new items we liked and think you will too. You can find Dritz® notions at in-store and online retailers everywhere.
Sometimes all it takes to spark an idea is one great element. For this modern bag, we started with a Dritz® Fashion Buckle as our feature and built outward from there. We used two different heavy faux leathers – one textured and one smooth. Of course, we've included lots of good tips and tricks for working with a vinyl substate to help you create the trendy look of our high-end boutique bag.
Shoes. Yep! We're gonna make some shoes! When we first starting talking with Dritz® about their new Espadrilles program, we admit to being a little skeptical. Sure, we're all about making over buying, but shoes?! Well, color us believers, because not only were the Dritz® Espadrilles totally fun to make, they were much easier than we thought. Dritz® provides all the elements you need, from the jute soles to the fabric and stabilizer to the needles and pins. We added our own unique touches with monograms, decorative stitching, ankle ties, and heel bows. Our clever Sew4Home fans are likely to come up with even more embellishment surprises, using trims, sequins, buttons, or embroidery designs. We can't wait to see what you create!
Ahhhh, the classic leather elbow patch... it can transform a rumpled guy in a tacky corduroy jacket into that suave and sophisticated history teacher you had a mega-crush on sophomore year. But... what else can it do? For our final day of "Did it with Dritz" week, we have a great fashion bag that pulls together not only two different Dritz Iron-On Patches, but also gives you a chance to try out The Speedy Stitcher we introduced this week.
We are big on bags here at Sew4Home, which means we're always on the lookout for cool bag accessories; such as closures, handles, hardware and more. One thing we've been wanting to try is the addition of leather and faux leather pre-drilled handles, medallions and patches. But, we hadn't pinpointed the right tool to make securing these add-ons easy enough for all levels of sewers. Thanks to our friends at Dritz, we now have our solution: The Speedy Stitcher® from Dritz Home, a sewing awl kit that makes attaching these kind of cool items, as well as many other tasks, fast and easy.
We certainly hope Sew4Home is one of your top stops for all things sewing-related. But today, we're giving your machine a rest. As part of our "Did it with Dritz" Week, we're taking a look at their huge selection of Clothing Patches. Of course 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, denim to corduroy and more. We spent some time patching our way through pillows, scarves, tees, and... of course, jeans. The Great Giveaway associated with this articled closed on 11/21/14. Thanks to everyone who participated.
I have to admit the first thing that drew me to this product was the name. How could you not want to learn more about something called Getta Grip?! Getta Grip® Sewing Clips are the brainchild of designer and fashion illustrator, Paul Gallo. They are now packaged and available from Dritz, which means they're affordable and easy to find just about anywhere. One thing you're always trying to do in sewing is "hold it together." Mentally - sure, there are days, but we're talking about keeping layers from shifting, forming flat fabric around a dimensional shape, or stopping specialty fabrics from slip, sliding away. These clips hold fast but won't damage the surface they're gripping.
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.