Are you ready to learn some more diverse sewing skills?

Then check out our Applique Class coming up next week! It is a two session class on Tues June 5th &12th and in the class you will learn all sorts of different techniques for applique, all using your sewing machine! You can applique on pretty much anything you can sew-on! Quilts, clothing, accessories, and more. Jazz up an old skirt or cover a hole in your favorite blouse using applique techniques! Our favorite applique activity though, is quilting!


Appliqueing on a quilt gives you unlimited possibilities for different shapes and designs where other techniques have many frustrating and difficult limitations. Make circles, triangles, skinning lines, waving lines, flowers, leaves,  anything you can imagine!! Not to mention the amazing effect of dimension you can get when appliqueing.

Don’ forget that you can use these applique techniques in fashion too! Add amazing details and accents by appliqueing over a solid fabric! Create patches and other details to make your garments unique!

Danielle is the teacher for this applique class as well as all the other quilting classes we offer here at Harts! She is an excellent teacher with years of quilting experience and mountains of knowledge which is is ready to share with you. So come check it out! Call us for a supply list to be prepared.

 Here is a little extra inspiration!


Flea Market Fancy is finally at Harts!

Flea Market Fancy baby quilt by Film in the Fridge

These days everyone is getting fancy with Flea Market… Flea Market Fancy that is! This new Legacy Collection is actually a reprint of Denyse Schmidt’s popular line, featuring refreshed colors and a re-invigorated modern sensibility. This collection is an absolute has been credited by many quilters for helping to light the fire under the modern quilting movement.

This collection was extremely popular during pre-orders, but we are happy to say that we now have plenty in-store, both online and at our Santa Cruz location, just in case you missed our initial sale.

We love this collection for the way it combines sweet vintage motifs with rich, contemporary hues. And we LOVE seeing all of the wonderful projects being made with these gorgeous fabrics, these quilts featured on the modern quilting blog Film in the Fridge, are especially inspiring.

Signs of Spring by Film in the Fridge


Flea market Fancy for the Bed by Film in the Fridge

Schmidt recently released two gorgeous quilt patterns, Point Me and Flower Chain that both feature Flea Market fancy in traditionally inspired modern designs.

Of course, as quilting cottons, these cute prints are extremely versatile! A grocery tote like the New Leaf Tote by Heather Bailey for our farmer’s markets would look great made out of these fresh fabrics. The cheerful Flea Market florals lend themselves well to summer dresses like the Sunny Day Dress from Jamie Christina. And we know that a vintage style apron, such as the Lola and Lolita aprons from Sew Liberated would look especially sweet in this collection

Everyone here at Harts has their favorite print from this line, and we can’t wait to finish our own “fancy” Flea Market projects! What will you make with yours?

Sizzling Summer Swimsuits!

So June is right around the corner and swimsuit season is here! Are you ready for the beach or the pool? Well if not don’t fret! Hart’s is here to help you in your time of need. We just received a large shipment of adorable swimwear fabric and it super simple to make a swimsuit made especially to fit you.
The easiest way to make a new swimsuit is to just trace one that you have that already fits well sew it up and Valhalla! A new suit for this year that you know will fit your right.
Now you can also find a swim pattern like these here:

The other dilemma is choosing the fabric and we have such a large selection that it might be difficult to choose just one.

You can always try to make your own pattern and get inspired from other cute suits you’ve seen this season, plus by making your own you can save a pretty penny. Swimsuits can get expensive. (I don’t know why… there’s not much fabric to them!) here’s a selection that I’ve come across that are $80+ that you can make for under $40.

Summer School: Reviewing the Schoolhouse Tunic

It’s no secret that Harts LOVES the Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated. Katrina’s last Schoolhouse was made from an imported cotton/linen fabric, making it perfect for cooler weather. This time around, she used our other big obsession… Rayon!!! Rayon is the perfect fabric for summer. It’s light and comfortable, and all of the hot prints that we carry will keep you cool in the warm sun. This gorgeous ikat print reminds us of exotic beach getaways, warm sand and cool tropical drinks. Use it as a swimsuit cover-up and pair it with gladiator sandals and a wide-brimmed hat for an effortless, g-to look this summer!

New Sewaholic Patterns

Sewaholic patterns are becoming very popular very fast!  They came out of nowhere and now I see more and more people blogging and making Sewaholic patterns. I am very excited about this!  It is inspiring to see a young women start a business doing something she loves and then become successful at it.   How cool is that?

Tasia who is the owner/creator of Sewaholic patterns did just that.  She started a small independent pattern company based out of Canada and features a pattern line of wardrobe essentials for the pear-shaped woman.  Her most recent pattern is the called the Cambie dress, which is named after a street in Vancouver.  From work to weekend, this dress has you covered! The Cambie Dress is a fitted, fully lined dress with a gorgeous sweetheart neckline and flattering built-in cap sleeves. Great when you want the coverage of a sleeve but the comfort of a sleeveless dress!   It has two skirt options; a full skirt with inseam pockets and a classic a-line.  Having two skirt options with one bodice is time-saving (if you plan to make both dresses) because you’ll only need to fit the bodice once.

This pattern works with a variety of fabrics, from cotton voile to wool blends. A grey silk herringbone wool blend says professional, while a tomato colored cotton Swiss dot is ready for fun. The softer the fabric, the better it will work for the gathered skirt. Fabrics with more body look better sewn up into the A-line skirt version.

Summer Costuming!

We just received the mother load of fantastic and phenomenal costuming fabrics and right in the nick of time because so many fun summer costume events are right around the corner. So, in life there is the stipulation that you are only allowed to wear costumes once a year, well my fiends, this is simply just not true. In the teens of the 21st century we have come to realize that there are many events that costumes are required that have nothing to do with Halloween, plus costumes are fun!

Here in California there are several events that transpire in spring and summer that are costume worthy. The First being Bay To Breakers in San Francisco. This is a race that takes place in May every year and it starts near the Bay Bridge and ends at Ocean Beach (breakers). This year is the 101st Bay to Breakers race and San Francisco always adds great flare and color to this race with colorful and creative costumes. The race starts at 8:00 am on Sunday May 20th so hurry up and get your costumes… like… yesterday! So if you don’t make bay to breakers this year there is also the Wharf  to Wharf race that is right here in Santa Cruz, it’s a little tamer then bay to breakers but you still see some great costumes!

Comic-con is July 12th to 15th in San Diego and if there is a place to bring out your inner super hero or comic icon it’s there! This is a great place to show off your awesome costuming skills while appreciating the art of comics and just a fun place to people watch. Here is a taste of just some of the amazing costumes you’ll see.

Burning Man is also right around the corner! Burning man is August 27th through September 3rd so you’ve only got three months to plan everything! Including making your costumes! Burning man is a place to let your inner freak flag fly so hoist it high and be proud of your inner goddess, or god…. or guy in a fur coat…. or chick with awesome wings!

If you can’t make it to any of these events you can always dress super patriotic for the 4th of July or throw a costume party for you and your friends just because you can. Have fun with life and make a costume for every occasion!

Tips and Tricks for Patterns!

These days there are great new independent pattern companies everywhere! From Colette to Sewaholic you will find the cutest and most user-friendly patterns around but, over are the days when you can buy a pattern for a few bucks. That’s is why its important to learn different techniques for preserving your patterns so you can use them over and over again. After all, wouldn’t you love to pass on your retro Decades of Style Patterns to your little sewers when they grow up!

There are so many different ways to help you preserve your patterns so we have compiled a list of great techniques and blogs to look at! Choose the best one for you or try them all!


Have a particular pattern that fits just right. You can use that pattern as a base for many other designs by tracing it on stiff Manila paper and cutting it out.

We saw an awesome tip on Colette’s blog about how you can use freezer paper to cut out your patterns! It’s a really great idea and would work wonderfully for light weight fabrics that move around a lot. Check out more about that  here.

Make a marker! Marker paper is a great tool to use on fabrics that have lines or checks that you want to match up and perfect for bias cut patterns. Trace your pattern pieces onto the marker in the exact layout you will use to cut your fabric. Marker Paper coming soon to Hart’s Fabric so keep your eye out for it.

Iron a lightweight interfacing to your tissue paper pattern pieces so they don’t rip or wrinkle so much over time.

Trace your pattern pieces on clear vinyl. Make sure you transfer all markings including darts and grain lines. This technique works awesome when you want to match strips and checks because your can see the fabric under the pattern piece!

There are many ways of tracing pattern pieces. You can use tracing paper, butcher paper, pattern paper or you can trace directly onto the fabric using chalk! Here are some great tutorials illustrating these ideas.

How to Trace a Pattern

Tracing Patterns & Cutting Fabric

Tracing Patterns

Here are some helpful tools you might need!


Good Luck with your pattern endeavors!

Dana’s Organic Nappies

Multi-talented Harts employee Dana has been making oodles of adorable baby accessories for her expecting friend, and the latest of the bunch are these uber-cute nappies, or diapers made using organic fabrics and a Favorite Things nappy pattern. These cloth diapers are machine washable and reusable, making them an Earth friendly alternative to disposable diapers. However, for those who prefer the convenience of disposable options, Dana says that just the outer portion of these nappies make a totally cute and comfortable cover for generic store-bought diapers.

Dana chose organic fabrics to match the eco-friendly theme of reusable diapers. Her choices included the Lorax stripe in Earth, Across the Pond English Plantain fabric, a bamboo and cotton striped knit, and a print from Circa 53. Each of these nappies features a removable, washable liner made of diaper flannel, elastic leg holes and adjustable Velco closures.

These little guys have been getting a lot of attention in the store, and there has been talk of making a class for these nappies and other baby items. Are you interested in a class for these cuties? Stop by the store, or leave us a comment. We’d love to hear your opinion!

Jamie Christina

We started carrying Jamie Christina patterns a couple months ago and they are already very popular at our store.  Julia made the Honey pattern both ways, as a dress and a top. You can check out that blog post here.  Also, Dana will be teaching a two-part summer dress class using the Honey pattern.  For more info on the class click here.
Jamie Christina sewing patterns are written in such a way so that both the experienced and beginning sewer can enjoy the process and end product. Each pattern is written with concise instructions, detailed illustrations, and practical engineering for the home sewist.
Nothing is assumed by Jamie when designing her patterns, which is why a glossary of terms defining techniques and words accompanies every pattern. Jamie Christina patterns are a tool for the fashion enthusiast to express their creative artistry through sewing.

     When asked in an interview with Sewing World Mag to describe her style and target audience she answered, “The style of my patterns ranges from vintage/retro to bohemian.  I make my sewing patterns for the emerging sewer who doesn’t want to wear what everyone else is wearing.  She also doesn’t want to spend days working on the pattern.  She wants the pattern to be basic and straightforward with amazing results.  She wants to make clothes for herself but wants others to think that she purchased it from a clothing boutique.  When people ask where she purchased her clothing, she enjoys telling them that she made it herself.”
Hope this inspires you to make your own version of a Jamie Christina pattern.  Happy weekend everybody!!!