Laminated Cotton Vs Oilcloth (plus an easy tablecloth tutorial!)

Laminated cotton tablecloth

Hi everyone! Alexis here, and today I want to talk a bit about laminated cotton! Over the years working at Harts one of the questions I have been frequently asked is “what is the difference between laminated cotton and oilcloth?” Since I was just about to make myself a laminated cotton tablecloth for my new apartment (pictured above!), I thought this would be a fine time to break it down for everyone! (Plus a quick tablecloth tutorial! Yay!)

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Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Hello all you crafty peeps!  Fall is finally here and it’s getting dark early!  And you know what that means?!  Time to start decorating for Thanksgiving!  I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately and have found some really cute festive Thanksgiving decorations.  My only problem is deciding which ones to make!  Here is a collection of some of my favs this season….  Enjoy!

Easy Fall table decor idea using materials you already have on hand.:

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Keeping It Classy for Halloween!

So, from my experience in the time I have been on this planet, I’ve noticed that the costumes for ladies have gotten a bit more… risqué every year. In my college days I worked for a company that sold packaged costumes and we were required to wear a costume that we sold to work every day in October.  The choices for ladies were, in my opinion, not work appropriate. I usually ended up wearing a men’s costume or a headband with ears. I feel like the options for ladies (and young girls) have just been limited to “Sexy” whatever: Sexy Nurse, Sexy Cheerleader, Sexy Coloring Crayon, Sexy Banana… You name it: there’s a “sexy” version. Now, just to be clear, if you can rock a “Sexy Carrot” costume, the more power to you! You go girl! It’s just that those costumes may not be appropriate for work or your child’s school costume carnival and here’s some ideas for a bit more modest costume.

Halloween Shopping for Girls

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Sew Your Hart Out September Final Week Garment Parade!


windham-colette-janomeThis is it you guys! Sew Your Hart Out September 2015 has come to an end! We have had so much fun this month! There have been an incredible amount of project photos that have been shared with us, thank you all so much! Be sure to check out all of the customer project photos over on our Facebook page!

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Colette Patterns 101


windham-colette-janomeColette Patterns is the powerhouse of the indie pattern community. Started by Sarai Mitnick in 2009, whose previous jobs include working for giants YouTube and Google, both Colette’s blog and patterns have become massively popular. Currently based in Portland, Oregon, the creative minds behind Colette are constantly expanding their business ventures, including the recently added Seamwork Magazine and a brand spanking new sewing podcast!

colette-hawthorn-dress-patternColette’s Hawthorn
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Windham Fabrics 101


windham-colette-janomeBaum textile mills, the mother company of Windham fabrics, has been a family run business since 1955. As a producer of the finest quality fabrics for the home sewing industry, Baum has built their reputation for producing some of the finest fleeces and flannels on the market.

In the mid 1990s, after recognizing a need for more quality quilting and crafting fabrics, Baum decided to add quilting cottons to its collections and watched as they became immensely popular! In response to this growing market, Baum decided to focus its efforts on the needs of the independent quilt shops and introduced a new division, Windham Fabrics!

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Quilt made from fabrics from Kelly Ventura’s Flora collection.

Working extensively with quilt historians, industry experts, an in-house design studio, and well-known designers, including Harts Fabric favorites Lotta Jansdotter and Heather Ross, Windham Fabrics has become a staple in the quality fabrics marketplace. Known for its authentic reproductions of antique fabrics, Windham also offers florals, textures, retro and many more fabric collections!


Quilt made from Heather Ross’ Tiger Lily collection.

IMG_5518A picture from 2015’s Quilt Market featuring more Tiger Lily from Heather Ross!

I always love visiting the Heather Ross booth at Quilt Market! Heather has been a favorite designer and friend of Harts Fabric for years! Heather has even visited the store for events and collection releases! Her booth is always so cute and inspirational! We recently received our shipment of her new collection Tiger Lily, and we just adore it!

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More of the Lucky collection!

Lotta Jansdotter is a Scandinavian designer known for her modern and clean designs. Her works have graced all sorts of items from dishware, rugs, home decor and, you guessed it, fabric! We at Harts really love her new Stella collection! With its soft pastel colors and sweet prints, it really lends itself well to baby and nursery projects!


Projects made from Carrie Bloomston’s Story collection!

In addition to all these wonderful fabric collections from both up-and-coming and established designers, Windham also offers free patterns for projects such as quilts and pillows on their website!

Happy Sewing!


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Sew Your Hart Out September FINAL WEEK!!



Wow! Is it just me or has this month just flown by! Now we are all thinking about Halloween costumes and all of the fun fall flannel shirts we are going to make… but before we can even get into that we need to have our grand finally of September sponsored by Windham Fabric and Colette Patterns! So excited!! So here’s whats happening this week:

Tuesday: Amy is going to show us a fun pattern hack for the Laurel pattern from Colette Patterns. She added a fun button placket to the back of the top version giving it a fun new look! Great tutorial so be on the look out for that.




tuesday giveawayPlus a Give Away! Tuesday we are giving away 3 Colette patterns, 2 fat quarter packs from Lotta Jansdotter, One 10 pack of Aurifil thread and a lawn charm pack from Heather Ross’s Tiger Lily collection. (And a partridge in a pear treeeee… haha)




Image result for windham fabrics lotta jansdotter  Wednesday: We are going to give you a virtual tour of Windham Fabrics and tell you about their designers and how   they make their fabrics. Great post on the inside workings of a large fabrics manufacturer. 


beauty-05Thursday: We are so excited to share with you a pattern hack and tutorial directly from Haley at Colette Patterns. She will be showing you how to alter the  Akita from September’s issue of Seamwork into a cute dress! (A photo of the dress is on our homepage right now if you want a sneak peak!!)




thursday giveawayPlus a Give Away!! Thursday we are giving away 3 Colette patterns, 2 fat quarter packs from Lotta Jansdotter, One 10 pack of Aurifil thread and a lawn charm pack from Heather Ross’s Tiger Lily collection AND a 6 month subscription to Seamwork!! (That’s like 12 additional patterns!!)





Friday: On the blog there will be an awesome post about Colette Patterns, and basically why you need every one of their patterns in your wardrobe 😉




sew-your-hart-out-3Friday: We will give away a $200 Gift Card to the store and….. we will also be giving away the serger and the sewing machine from Janome today!! The drawing will happen at 3pm and the winners will be announced on our Facebook page!


customer-projectsSaturday: Our last Project Parade!! Be sure to check out all of the awesome projects that came through all September long! You can see them all on our Facebook page too!!




And That’s All FOLKS!! We hoped you enjoyed Sew Your Hart Out September, congratulations to the winners!!

-Dani X<3

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Grainline Studio Patterns

copy-grainline_logojenGrainline Studios began as the personal sewing and project blog of Jen Beeman, designer and patternmaker behind the company. Having studied fashion design at Columbia College where she focused on patternmaking and technical design, Jen enjoyed inspiring people with her projects and sharing tips and tricks she learned from school, and friends. People began responding very positively to the clothing that Jen was drafting for herself and they began requesting the patterns. Jen made PDF downloads of her patterns available online and with their popularity, the rest was history!

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Sew Your Hart Out September Week Three Garment Parade!

horzontal-logoart-gallery-and-decades-of-styleWe have been busy bees here at the store this week! Everyone has been sewing up a storm, employees and customers alike! We have seen some really cool projects and we love being able to share them with you! Here are just a few of the awesome projects we’ve seen this week:

week 3 photosBe sure to check out out facebook page for the rest of your photos!

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