Sewing and Stitching

New Fabric Alert – Faux Suede by Spoonflower

IMG_2877Spoonflower have recently added a new fabric to their repertoire and it’s going to be a hit, let me tell you! Their new faux suede is an upholstery weight, 54″ wide, napped fabric with a stain-resistant finish. Basically that means it is the ideal choice for covering chairs, cushions, stools, ottomans, benches and any other upholstery project you can think of. Not only that, it has proved a success for making beautiful bags and totes and even clothing, giving projects a luxurious and tactile finish. I used it to whip up this quick Kindle case, and with a little of Pellon’s Fusible Fleece between the layers, it’s extremely padded and protective.

Of course, it’s also the perfect fabric to test out your Fiskars Amplify Fabric Shears!IMG_2903

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Let’s Sew Together – Super Happy Slippers – and a giveaway

IMG_3219Tegenn has been desperate to make some slippers for quite some time, so she was quick to jump on the Super Happy Slippers project from Let’s Sew Together by Rubyellen Bratcher.  They’re on the cover – she spotted them immediately!

She loved using fabric markers to draw pictures on the tops of the slippers – she thinks that drawing on fabric is much more fun than drawing on paper, and I’m inclined to agree with her.Slipper collage 2

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Let’s Sew Together – Ship Shape Fabric Necklaces

Last week I shared an interview with Rubyellen Bratcher, author of the new book Let’s Sew Together and this week I’m sharing a few projects that my kids and I have been inspired to make.necklace CollageI honestly can’t think of a nicer family activity than sitting and creating something with my children. With a few simple tools, supplies, a little inspiration and suddenly all is calm and productive, fun and focussed. The kids appreciate this creative down time as much as I do.IMG_2929

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Birch Fabrics ~ Part 2 ~ and a giveaway!

I shared a post earlier in the week showcasing the Ipanema Collection by Birch Fabrics and here’s another project I made using fabric from that same collection, this time Bossa Ukes in the orange colorway. Of course, I just HAD to make a case for our ukelele. The fabric was just too perfect for it!IMG_3478 As well as a grey cotton solid and white piping around the edge to create a contrast, I used Pellon’s Fusible Fleece on both the bag outer and bag lining, so that it is pretty padded and offers some protection to the instrument. I added an extra long metal zipper (the longest I could find!) that stretches almost the entire way around the case for easy access.

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Birch Fabrics ~ Part 1

Romper collage 3 I had the very good fortune to work with some beautiful cotton prints by Birch Organic Fabric recently and I’m excited to share this first creation with you today. This print is called Rio Geo and is part of the Ipanema Collection, which is very apt if you are following the soccer World Cup taking place in Brazil!

If you haven’t already checked out Birch Fabric, I highly encourage you to do so. Their collections are overflowing with fun, whimsical designs, are printed on 100% organic cotton and produced in an environmentally conscience way. Check their website here for a full list of where to buy.

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