It’s always exciting to begin a new sewing project. We’re eager to get started, and test stitching can feel like a roadblock to the creativity to come. However, ripping out a bad seam or ruining an expensive piece of fabric with a gnarl of thread is an even greater roadblock. Taking just a few minutes at the beginning of every project to test your stitches is another Quick Tip that leads to a pro finish.
Our recent Basic Shapes Cheat Card #1 brought you fun facts about the smooth curves of The Circle. Time to straighten up and fly right with the most common of the angular geometric shapes. Are these all of them? Not at all, but they are the ones you are likely to come across in your sewing projects and patterns. If you wanted to know more about obtuse angles, rhomboids, and parallelograms… you should have paid better attention in Mr. Crutchfield's math class. Oh he saw you passing notes, yes he did.
Whether you make your own binding tape or purchase packaged bias tape, a cleanly bound edge is the perfect finish for so many projects. It’s definitely one of our favorites. However, getting a smooth and even edge along a skinny binding can be challenging. And we all know, the first thing that will keep you up at night is wavy topstitching. Well, there are probably other things keeping you up at night, but we’re kind of obsessed with straight seams. Hallelujah, there’s a new specialty presser foot from Janome that is letting us get a bit more shut eye: the Taping Guide Foot!
Double gauze is super soft, making it the top choice for layette swaddling blankets and other baby bundling. But it has lots of potential outside the nursery, especially when you apply a crinkling effect, sometimes called “contortion” pleating. We really like how this crinkling gives the double gauze an edgy, more modern feel. We’re working with Embrace Double Gauze from Shannon Fabrics, industry experts in all things soft. In particular, we selected one of their brand new Cotton Metallic Double Gauze options for a bit of extra holiday shimmer. We spotted a similar long scarf to ours at Barney’s selling for $270! Learn how easy it is to do it yourself – and create a look that’s unique to you and your wardrobe.
We all love fabric. The eye-catching color and amazing designs are what suck us in and keep our shelves sagging under the weight of our stash. That’s all well and good, but the unsung hero of your sewing projects is: the thread! Once you finally cut into some of that gorgeous fabric to create your next project, it’s the thread that will be holding all the beauty together. Isn’t that nice of it?! In honor of Aurifil Thread’s 10th anniversary in the USA, Fat Quarter Shop took us on a tour of their huge selection, which is truly one of the very best anywhere. Read on to find out more, and join our eNewsletter list to enter to win a Ten-Spool 10th Anniversary Aurifil Thread Bundle, courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop and Sew4Home. The spools are even packed in an awesome Fat Quarter Shop collectible storage tin.
THE GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE CLOSED 10/20/17. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
There are lots of straight lines in sewing, but we love the circle. In fact, in my humble opinion, the circle is 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. Our latest sewing Cheat Card explains the parts of a circle and why you need Pi (not pie).
We were going to call this tutorial: Bias Binding: Basics & Beyond, however, we decided to forgo the clever alliteration and instead focus on the key words we hear whenever we receive questions about this topic: "How do you figure out how much fabric you need?" "How do you cut all the strips?" "How do you sew all the strips together?" "How do you put it on your project so it looks smooth and pretty?" "Why is the sky blue?" It's time to collect all the scattered tips and information into one updated article. We'll address all four of the most common questions: yardage, cutting, making, and attaching. You're on your own for the blue skies!
It’s that usually very exciting and fun last-official-weekend-of-summer. But this year, we’ve found it hard to be in a full celebratory mood. Instead, we find ourselves concentrating on all the work that needs to be done to help the people devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the surrounding areas. The flood waters have begun to recede, but now the real work begins. We’ve searched through the news online and have come up with a short list of organizations who could use our help… your help… everyone’s help. #HoustonStrong.
Fluffy poms are great for any number of projects. We've used them to add extra whimsy to an already fun project, as well as to juxtapose a bit of casualness against the elegance of fine cotton or velvet - kind of like wearing Converse® high-tops with a tuxedo. A little bit of levity can add just the right touch. Whether you need one great pom or dozens, a Clover Pom Pom Maker simplifies the task, and each one will be as perfectly puffy as the next. Find some yarn and get ready to get fluffy.
Want to know the long and the short of it?! Making an adjustable strap can seem like a magic rope trick with all the weaving and threading this way and that. But, it’s really quite an easy technique and makes the strap so much more useful. Lengthen to wear cross body, shorten for a shoulder strap or to hand carry. The technique also works great for instrument straps. We show you the easy steps, using handy Dritz® hardware.