Posts Tagged ‘fabric’

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The Use It Up Fabric Challenge Update

It’s been five months since I started my No-New-Fabric-Purchases-For-A-Year challenge. The rule is simple; use as much of the 256 pieces of fabric in my stash. To make all those things I intended to make when I bought the fabric or make something else. It’s time to stop consuming and start creating. So far, I […] Read more…

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The Use-It-Up Fabric Challenge

A funny thing happened at the fabric store; I was put under an enchanted spell in which I believed I had unlimited time to sew anything I dreamt up. And in that magical place, with all the colors of fabric and organized buttons and notions you didn’t even know you needed, I dreamt up a lot […] Read more…

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Stop Buying. Start sewing.

We’ve all heard jokes about uncontrollable fabric shopping and overflowing fabric stashes. We’ve laughed at them with a knowing cringe for certainly all of us are guilty of buying fabric we didn’t have a need for just because we loved it. And almost as certainly all of us have done it more than once. The […] Read more…

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Fringing Fabric

My daughter needed a skirt but it’s never that simple, is it? She needed a skirt that covered her knees, was lightweight enough for humid summer weather and, of course, it had to be a style she would wear. I thought if I took her to the mall that finding the skirt would just be […] Read more…

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Getting Fabric Straight

Why does it matter if the fabric you’re about to cut is lined up or trued or squared? And wait, what does that even mean? Fabric is made of threads and woven fabric (as opposed to knit fabric) is woven from threads. The looms are set up with lengthwise threads (the warp) and thread is […] Read more…

Hand Stitching the Pockets On

I couldn’t believe the difficulty I had with these patch pockets. Patch pockets, right? Easiest pockets there are but not this time. Here are my four stumbling blocks; First, I lost motivation. I had to stop sewing completely for a week as we went away for the holiday. Second, placement of the pockets was difficult […] Read more…

Fabric mart

Fabric Mart, Honolulu, Hawaii

When you go on vacation, even just a weekend away, do you do what you love to do. If you love sewing do you bring your mending pile with you? I will pack a knitting project, and I’m no knitter, but I don’t see my sewing as portable. This is a bummer because aren’t you […] Read more…

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