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 and time-consuming! Many sewists will do just about anything to avoid adding gathers (or ruffles) into their projects, whether by hand or machine. We believe all gathering should be fun and easy, and today, we 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!"
THIS GIVEAWAY ENDED 11/16/2012. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.
We hope you've enjoyed the Oh Baby! series, sponsored by our good friends at Fabric.com. From classic snap-on bibs to sleek bottle carriers to our most stylish diaper bag ever, it's been two weeks of big fun for little folks. We realized once we got done, many of the projects were a two-in-one bonus, featuring a main item with a coordinating carrying case. We had a great time shopping for this series at Fabric.com. With all the amazing fabric choices these days, you're no longer restricted to traditional bunnies and duckies (although, we do still love bunnies and duckies). It's a wide open world of fabric mixing and matching, and Fabric.com is a wonderful resource for everything you need. To emphasize that point: one lucky Sew4Home fan will be going on a dream shopping spree. Fabric.com has provided us with a $250 gift certificate. It's the perfect prize... just in time for holiday shopping!
Today's popular laminated cottons start out as basic woven 100% cottons, which are then coated with a Phthalate-free laminate. They're ideal for any project where you want some waterproofing or the ability to wipe the finished item clean with a damp cloth. Think baby bibs, changing pads, raincoats, outdoor tablecloths, reusable shopping bags, and more. Many of your favorite fabric designers are adding laminate choices to their collections, giving you dozens and dozens of very pretty options to choose from. But sometimes, there's a specific print you can't find as a laminate; such as when you're using a very specific set of fabrics and want everything to match exactly. There's an easy way to make your own laminated fabric with iron-on vinyl. The most widely used product of this type, and the one we're using for today's tutorial, is Heat 'n' Bond by Therm O Web from Fabric.com.
Although hugely popular in ready-to-wear and more, knit fabrics tend to have a bad reputation among home sewing enthusiasts. Poor little knits! All too often, that bad rap comes from false information, or a complete lack of knowledge about the category. We promised our knit friends we’d tell their story and help clear their names. To know knits is to love them! Plus, our current Oh Baby! series with Fabric.com uses a number of pretty knits, because soft knits and soft babies are a natural pair.
Sometimes, you cross something off your "give-it-a-go" list simply because it looks too hard. But once you give it a try, maybe with someone’s help the first time out, you often discover it wasn’t at all as hard as you thought! Such is the case with the phobia many sewers have when it comes to inserting metal grommets. Since these are usually installed with large machines or grommet presses in commercial production, people think they can’t replicate the look at home. It's one of those sewing applications many simply refuse to attempt. Whether it’s the actual installation process, getting the spacing just right, cutting the holes in the fabric to the exact size, or all of the above, we're here to prove you can do this by yourself. We’ve installed a grommet or two here in the Sew4Home studios and will share with you all we learned. Besides... getting to use a hammer in the sewing process can be very therapeutic!
Knowing the 'tricks of the trade' helps smooth out the bumps when you're learning to sew. After you get rollin', these tips and techniques are what make projects go faster and easier. They are also the secrets to having things turn out prettier and more professional in the end. There's a whole category of Tips & Resources to browse through here at Sew4Home, but in the interest of making things easy on you, we've pulled together NINETY of our most helpful tutorials. Yep... 90! That's a whole lot of knowledge just waiting for you to drink it all in.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED ON OCTOBER 10, 2012. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.
Quilt Sticks are one of those products that when you see them, your first reaction is, "These are so great!" Then, your second reaction is, "Why didn't I think of that?!" If you do a lot of strip cutting, for quilting, binding, sashing and more, you'll love Quilt Sticks. These innovative measuring and cutting tools were brought to our attention by our friends at Moda, and they've been generous enough to provide us with an extra 7-piece set to give away!
Sewing is an continually evolving art. Learning new and interesting techniques is one of the best ways to build upon your current knowledge. It keeps your skills fresh and your ideas lively. Last week, we brought you up-to-speed with Bias Binding: figuring yardage, cutting, making and attaching. Today, we're continuing our journey down the binding path to a "sub-set" technique called: continuous bias binding. This is a little bit like another ancient art: origami. You start out with a flat square (or rectangle), and after a few folds and flips here and there, you have something completely different and very dimensional.
One-Two-Three lucky winners! We congratulate the winners of the two treasures chests of FreeSpirit and Rowan fabrics from our Romantic Bedroom Retreat series as well as the winner of the Fabric.com Weekend Wonders bundle-o-fun. Our thanks to everyone who entered, plus an even bigger thanks to all our friends and sponsors for making it possible!