Monthly Archives: February 2013

This super cute faux fur collar is an easy project that sews up quickly! Faux fur is a fun way to spice up any outfit – plus, all of your friends will surely be jealous of your sewing skills and killer style!


Here is what you will need for this project: faux fur – I used an 18″x30″ fur fat quarter, 1/3 yard lining fabric, 1 yard of ribbon, thread, and scissors.

For my pattern, I traced the removable collar off a cardigan I already had – but you can draft your collar to any size you like.


To start, cut your faux fur on the fold.


Cut your lining on the fold.


Pin your pieces with right sides together.


Pin you ribbon at the closure of the collar with the ribbon ties sandwiched between the fur and the lining.


Sew it up!


Be sure to leave a couple inch gap at the inner curve of the collar, this is where you will turn the collar right side out.


After you turn your collar right side out, use a small brush to comb any trapped fibers out of the seams.


Stitch up your gap in the lining

Now your collar is basically finished, however, I though it would be fun to add a couple of pom poms to the ends of my ribbon ties! It’s an easy extra step, and it’s super cute!


Cut out two circles of fur. Mine have a 2″ diameter.


Next, run a basting stitch around the circumference of the circle


Pull the basting stitch tight cinching the circle into a ball. Insert the end of your ribbon into the opening and securely stitch in place!


All finished!

Happy sewing!!


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One of the most common upholstery projects that we get coming through our store is the box cushion. Box cushions are the perfect way to add some padding to benches, chests and stools to make them comfortable and cute to sit on. Our new class taught by upholstery pro, Becky Carter, will teach you how to make this versatile project.

In this two-session class, you will be learning how to sew “boxed” cushions for upholstery. Step by step, we will be cutting foam to fit, patterning the fabric, learning how to integrate piping or custom details, and sewing in a zipper. Learn how to make cushions of all shapes and sizes, including using the right materials for the job. Materials included, but you must bring your own machine! Basic machine sewing skills necessary.


This class begins on February 25th and is offered again beginning March 20th.  Space is limited in these classes so sign up today in-store, online or over the phone.

We recently received some wonderful leather hides of all shapes and sizes and I have been dying to get my hands on some to play around with. What better way to start experimenting with a new material then a little clutch purse?

Materials Needed:IMG_6480

Leather scrap (size depends on the purse frame you use)

Purse Frame (I used the 8 1/2″ frame)

Lining fabric

E6000 Glue

scissors, measuring tape, rotary cutter

Some tips to sewing with leather:

I had the best luck using the heaviest universal needle I had on hand. Make sure it is a new one because it needs to be sharp. I used gutterman polyester thread and a half inch seam allowance.


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Take your leather piece and cut a straight line along one side. Square off that cut to create three sides of a perfect square. The longer your rectangle the longer the clutch will be.

Measure your purse frame from hinge to hinge and add 1 and 1/8th inches. (My purse frame is 8 1/2″ so my measurement came to 9 5/8″)

Cut the fourth edge of the leather to that measurement. (The total dimensions for my piece of leather cam out to 12″ by 9 5/8″) Cut your lining to the same dimensions.

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Measure the depth of the hinge on your purse frame. (2 1/2″ on mine). Then on your lining and your leather sew from the bottom up stopping before that measurement.



Referencing the photo above, put the lining and leather right sides together and sew the remaining distance on the side seam to the top. (2.5″ for mine)

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Turn the lining to the inside. It should look like the photo to the left. Sew along the top of the purse to join the leather to the lining.

Next take your glue and run it along the top of the clutch. Insert into the purse frame.


Here are some problems I came across while dealing with the glue and the solution I found.


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I cut a skinny piece of leather the length of the frame and insert it to the inside of the frame to make the leather fit more snugly inside.


Glue got all over the place!


Let it dry and then you will be able to peel it off. Be patient, it’s a headache, but it will all come off.

PLease feel free to leave any comments if you come across any problems too!

ANNIE      Hello! My name is Annie Geranios and I love fashion and teaching! I started sewing on my own when I was 13 and always loved making my own clothes. I also have an obsession with vintage clothing and  styles. After graduating high school at San Lorenzo High, I decided to go to West Valley College in Saratoga, to learn all that I could about fashion design and construction.  After three years of college I started working at Hart’s Fabric and wanted to teach crafty individuals how to sew and make clothing.

For my first class I will be teaching Intro to Zippers,  starting on  Sunday February 17th from 12-3. So get ready to Sew and have fun!


Intro to Upholstery

Time to change out the worn-out fabric on that beloved antique? This four-week course with Becky Carter covers the fundamentals of upholstery, including what tools to use, stretching and stapling fabric, making and using piping, picking the right materials for the job, tufting, and sewing for upholstery. Leaving the class, you will feel confident to practice simple-to-moderate upholstery projects yourself at home. You will start out by practicing making a basic slip seat on the first day, and then spend the remaining classes working on your own simple re-upholstery project with the tutelage and close guidance of the instructor. Materials are included for the slip seat project (in the first session), but not for your personal re-upholstery piece. Class capacity is limited to 5.

Sign up today online, in-store or by phone. This class begins February 20th, and space is limited, so don’t delay!