We love to gather with friends and family to share good food and conversation. We enjoy gathering with like-minded folks to attend concerts and other events. In these contexts, gathering is fun and easy. By comparison, in sewing... gathering is often known as daunting or simply too time-consuming! We believe all gathering should be fun and easy and aim to change the perception of gathering with a sewing machine. After reading this tutorial, we bet you’ll be inviting your sewing friends over to convince them just how easy it is to gather fabric. If you do this, we think you should call it "gatherers gathering on gathers!"
Your project instructions call for two yards of 60" wide fabric, but the fabric you want to use is 45" wide. Hmmm... attempting to dredge up that old math lesson in proportions is probably not going to happen on the fly. Instead, print out our handy conversion chart for those times you don't have a pattern envelope with a yardage conversion table.
You never know when or where you'll be when a nap needs to happen. Our clever portable sleep set is a great way to always be ready. We've created a lightweight drawstring bag that holds a bound fleece blanket and a matching pillow. Toss the bag in the car for longer road trips. Send it off to pre-school for daily rest time. Keep one at Grandma's for napping emergencies. Better still... make one for yourself, because we all know naps are wasted on the young!
When browsing for great fabric for a seasonal table runner, we kept returning to the home décor category because of the bold designs and striking colors you can find there. These traditionally heavier fabrics are where most people turn for larger projects, such as curtain panels or upholstered items, so the motifs tend to be bigger and the tones more dramatic. Not only is it beautiful fabric, it's also often thicker, tougher, and more durable. Batting is usually necessary with runners made of standard cottons in order to protect the tabletop from hot or wet dishes. But with this fabric, two simple layers provided plenty of protection... unless, of course, you plan on serving sizzling fajitas at the table for your holiday dinner!
Where has the year gone?! Thanks to the debut of our new book, as well as all the exciting Sewing Escape events, 2016 has buzzed by in a blur. Meanwhile, our lucky Great Giveaway Winners have been patiently waiting for their much-deserved recognition and hearty congratulations. So without further ado, a roll call of nearly two dozen folks with very winning ways.
Gather up your favorite scraps of fabric and trim, leftover buttons or beads, and some new sheets of craft felt. Then, get ready to fire up your imagination for some ornament fun. While we used a simple hand stitch on our samples, you can also sew these up quickly on your machine. The key is to use what you have on hand and let your creativity run wild. This is a fantastic project to introduce children to sewing, and a wonderful way to keep them busy over the holiday break. Kids old enough to use a needle and thread will have fun picking and choosing their favorite bits and pieces, then cutting whatever shapes they dream up. They'll be beautiful however they turn out.
Elegant but with just a touch of whimsy, our cinched evening bag miniaturizes the classic bucket shape. We shopped with our friends at Fabric Depot to select two of the most popular special occasion fabrics: velvet and silk. In particular: Triple Velvet, which is a nylon and acetate combination that creates a gorgeous drape with absolutely no stretch; and Silk Dupioni with its wonderfully crisp, slightly textured finish. We use ribbon as both a bright accent on the exterior and a striking drawcord to create the softly gathered top.
I call this a "flat top" zipper. I've also heard it referred to as a set-in zipper and a recessed zipper. You can make up your very own name; the Penelope Zipper would be one option. You've undoubtedly seen this type of zipper on loads of handbags and totes. It sits below the top of the bag, running flat across the top (thus the vote for my name), featuring tabs at either end (making it easy to zip open and shut), and is secured to the bag's lining with a simple facing (which is what allows it to be recessed). When you want a professional look plus the security of a full closure, you can't go wrong with the inset-flat top-set-in-recessed-Penelope zipper. Read on to see how easy it can be.
This hardworking denim cook’s apron is full of clever surprises. The most striking is its cool lace-up front, featuring bold Dritz® eyelets woven through with a tough boot lace. But there’s also a hanging pocket that moves the way you move, and a bright pop of color on the lining. Our thanks to Dritz® for providing the inspiration for the lacing in the form of their new Eyelet Pliers. You’ll love the easy way we came up with for creating an opening that’s beautifully finished from all sides.
String style backpacks are a year-'round, on-the-go mainstay. They're compact and lightweight but can still hold plenty. You can find them for almost everything, from ripstop athletic gear to high-end leather bags. Ours is made in brightly colored cotton. And to give the design even more functionality, we added unique front crossover pockets, which create four individual sections to hold smaller items.