The Artistic Edge Digital Cutter makes it easy to get creative with your sewing projects in ways that simply weren't possible before. If you look just at what it does in appliqué – one of its many capabilities – you're going to think of dozens... maybe hundreds of ways to use it. That's not an exaggeration. We've been immersing ourselves in everything this updated cutter can do, and it's almost overwhelming. If you have an embroidery machine, you're going to want to take a serious look at how the Edge can expand what you can do. If you don't have an embroidery machine, the Edge may just make you want to get one – immediately.
Rivets are everywhere. Airliners have rivets. The pockets of your Levis® have rivets. Frogs make the sound, "rrriiiiiivvvet." That last example probably isn't applicable, but it kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it? Not only are rivets ubiquitous, they look super professional when used on a sewing project. Rivets also have a very logical purpose: they hold lots of thick layers together at points where it would be impossible to stitch with a sewing machine.
Ponchos are a classic trend that pop back up every five to ten years, and why not? They allow you to go outside wrapped in a soft, cozy blanket and no one thinks you're crazy... in fact, they compliment you on your chic fashion sense. We're down with that! Give our Bound Wool Poncho a try. It's easy and fun.
A little wicked glamour and a wicked little spider come together to make a spellbinding Halloween mask. It's what the most beguiling witches are wearing this season; combining spider web construction with a practical soft fleece backing. Your jeweled spider continues to weave its web while you bewitch those who dare to cross your path.
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.
Growing up, we reused our wrapping paper. We were trained from a young age to never tear into our presents. Instead, we were to carefully remove the tape and gently pull away the wrap. The pretty paper was then smoothed, folded, and stored for its next use. I guess this means we were recycling long before it was cool. We had one particular piece of Christmas wrap that made an appearance every year for as long as I can remember. It got a little smaller with each use, but we were always anxious to see who's present would be wrapped in the pretty blue Silent Night paper.
You might have heard the term, "fabric grain." It sounds like it could be a breakfast cereal just for sewists. But in reality, it's a technical term that describes the direction your fabric has been woven. It's important to know which way the grain is running, because fabric that is off-grain when you are cutting pattern pieces can cause your completed project to stretch out of shape. We're here to give you a better understanding of fabric grain and some tips on how to straighten it.
Quintessential: representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class. We may be blowin' our own horn a bit here, but we absolutely love this plaid tote, and we really believe it has all the traits needed to rocket to the top of the charts for cool and classic totes. We found our perfect plaid at Fabric.com. It's reminiscent of a vintage Pendleton® "49'er" jacket. We also show you its companion plaid in shades of pink. Precision cutting – both straight and on the bias, piping accents, and corded handles are just a few of the styling particulars that give our tote its iconic appeal.
Finding great gift ideas for guys is tough, starting with the search for the perfect fabric, which can be challenging in a world that seems populated solely by pretty posies and polka dots, but it is possible! The right fabric makes all the difference in how a project turns out; it can even spin something that might have originally been designed with a feminine appeal into a completely different, more masculine look. What's your guy's favorite color, hobby, or sports team? The fabric choices are wide and varied, so you can search for and find the perfect combination of colors and textures. This sleek device carrier can hold an iPad® and cell phone for Techie Guy or file folders and homework to correct for Teacher Guy or art paper and drawing tools for Artist Guy.
Cast a creative spell over all the little trick-or-treaters with this fashionable Halloween apron in a great combination of fabrics from the Spooktacular collection. When we first met with our friends at Fabric Depot about a Halloween project, we were almost overwhelmed by the variety of seasonal fabric options. We finally settled on the vintage look of Spooktacular from Blend fabrics. For those of you watching the witchy fashion blogs, you know there is both an original Spooktacular and a Spooktacular Too. We used elements from each. We also show you some of our other favorites from Fabric Depot's entirely enchanting Halloween selection.