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Embrace Double Gauze Ruffled Scarves: Fabric Depot & Shannon Fabrics

Monday, 14 March 2016 1:00

Soft and light as a cloud, our double gauze scarves are the perfect accessory for the warmer weather headed our way. Their deep ruffled ends add just the right bit of flounce without too much bulk. In fact, the design is so lightweight, you can twist two scarves together for a beautiful blend of color and pattern. And because they’re super fast and easy, you’ll definitely want to make two or four or even more! Some for you and some for gifts… or all for you; we’ll never tell. We used the Embrace Double Gauze by Shannon Fabrics from Fabric Depot. There are brand new designs and colors in stock and ready to be part of your wardrobe. 

Decorative Stitched Striped Table Runner

Thursday, 10 March 2016 1:00

Start with a simple yet bold fabric, add some distinctive decorative stitching, and the result is a stunning table runner that's a perfect backdrop for an upcoming Easter gathering or any occasion that calls for a pretty table setting. Remember, "Life is short; use the good china!" We chose a canopy style striped fabric, which is easy to find in a myriad of colors. The Wave Runner collection from Fabric Depot is an excellent option. Thanks to our amazing Janome studio machines, we found the perfect stitch pattern, picked a strong contrasting thread color, and sewed our long lines of embellishment with perfect form and precision... even when running for over 100 inches! Industry-leading stitch quality is one of the main reasons we are so happy to be an exclusive Janome studio.

Quick Tip: Topstitching versus Edgestitching

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 1:00

As a writer and editor, I’m a bit of a “word geek.” I love all the crazy intricacies, like the subtle but important difference between further and farther, fewer and less or lie and lay. Yes, I am one of those annoying people… and a devastating opponent in Scrabble. There are a couple terms in sewing that get tossed about interchangeably: topstitching and edgestitching. They are similar but different animals, each with its own distinct purposes. The images above of our Five-Pocket Canvas Bag feature a variety of beautiful and precise topstitching and edgestitching.

Soft Fleece Easter Eggs: Unbreakable & Irresistible

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 1:00

The practice of decorating eggshells goes back much farther than the Christian traditions surrounding Easter. 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs with engraved decoration have been found in Africa. The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, so using the egg as a symbol of new life is literally ancient history. We've put aside the marbled elegance and gold leaf of long ago, as well as the today's candy-colored dyes and crayons, opting instead for a basket of super-soft Easter eggs in bright, patterned fleece with ribbons, rick rack, mini-poms, and felt flower accents. They probably won't last 60,000 years, but they sure are cute right now!

The Top Five Reasons to Add a Serger to Your Sewing Room

Monday, 07 March 2016 1:00

One of things we are asked about on a regular basis is sergers. For many people, even seasoned sewers, they are equal parts tantalizing and terrifying. They can do so many cool things at once: seam, trim, and finish – all at lightning speed. But to make it happen, there are a lot of threads working together and… knives! Luckily, the benefits should outweigh your apprehensions. Adding a serger to your sewing room arsenal is a great way to save time and give your seams a professional quality finish. We put together our top five reasons for making a serger your sewing machine’s newest companion.

Fabric Journal Cover

Friday, 04 March 2016 1:00

Did you have a diary as a kid? I did. I just wasn't ever very good at it: "Dear Diary, School was boring today. When I got home, I ate crackers and watched TV. It was a good day." Yep, pretty scintillating stuff. However, if I'd had something as lovely as this Fabric Journal Cover in which to pen my deepest thoughts, I'm sure it would have been much better: "Dearest Diary, Today was an educational minefield. When at last I made it back to the safety of hearth and home, I was able to relax with both sustenance and entertainment at the ready. Stupendous all around." Try it for yourself. Turn a plain spiral notebook into your own inspiring journal with our step-by-step instructions. The notebook is removeable so you can fill it up with your plans and dreams, then easily slip a refill into your pretty cover – becuase plans and dreams must be able to continue!

How to Cut Large Fabric Panels in One Fell Swoop

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 1:00

There are a lot of home décor projects that require cutting large panels of fabrics, such as curtains, throws, and tablecloths. When you're short on space, this can be a bit of a challenge. So here's a little folding-and-cutting trick to make it easier, faster, more compact ... and actually, more precise. Remember making paper snowflakes as a kid? You fold, fold, fold, and then cut, cut, cut. Same basic concept, but without the swiss cheese effect. Grab your rotary cutter and mat and let's slice!

ScrapBusters: Necessities On The Go Mini Clutch

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 1:00

I love watching old black and white re-runs of the original TV police series, Dragnet. The most famous "catchphrase" from this series is Detective Joe Friday's iconic line, "Just the facts, ma'am." But, here's your little-known-fact-of-the-day: he never actually uttered this line! Since old myths die hard, we'll continue the parody as the theme behind this cute little mini clutch. Sometimes you need, "Just the necessities, ma'am." When you're running out the door, you need a little purse to hold the essentials, like cards, cash, and a shopping list. You could even use one as a mini wallet to toss into a larger bag. 

Nesting Baskets in Loomstate & Yarn Dyed Cotton: Fabric Depot

Monday, 29 February 2016 1:00

This is some of the most interesting and beautiful fabric we’ve ever worked with! When our friends at Fabric Depot brought it to our attention, we were immediately drawn to the gorgeous woven stripes and saturated colors. Then we touched it! The texture and drape is amazing. Loomstate fabric is completely untreated; it is woven fabric exactly as it comes off the loom: unsinged (singeing fabric is burning off protruding fiber ends from the surface of the fabric), unsanforized (sanforizing fabric is a multi-step mechanical process of shrinking and fixing woven cloth), and unskewed (skewing fabric twists the weft and warp yarns to flatten and finish). It is truly fabric “in the raw.” The first denims were traditionally loomstate fabric, but for years, it’s been obscure and nearly unavailable due to its unusual properties. Recently, loomstate has begun to show up again as people look for more natural and organic options in sewing. Our thanks to Fabric Depot for providing the fabric, and for introducing lots of new words into our sewing vocabulary.

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