Halloween Table Runner

Hi All,

Just a quick tutorial today.  I know you are looking for a way to jazz up your table for Halloween.  This table runner actually requires NO SEWING.  You’re just going to need your iron and scissors.

This is so easy because I used burlap.  We have some great colored burlap here at Harts.  I chose orange because, well duh, Halloween.  I have been eyeing this Alexander Henry Crafty Calaveras for a while thinking, “What can I use this for?”

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I took 1/2 yard of the burlap and 1/2 yard of the Calaveras.  I wanted to make sure that I had enough of the cool jack o’ lanterns to be able to put on my table runner.

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Cute and Quick! Halloween Ghost Tutorial!

Tulle Halloween Ghost Tutorial FinishedEveryone at Harts is getting super excited for Halloween! Creative costumes, tasty treats, and of course fun decorations!! I just adore adorably spooky Halloween crafts! Some of my favorite motifs are ghost, bats, skulls, and pumpkins! Tulle is always a great choice for quick and easy decor and costumes – you just gotta love no-sew projects!

Ok! Let’s get started! You can bust these cute little guys out in about 30 minuets, so they are perfect for sprucing up your place right before your Halloween party!

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Safety Trick Or Treat Bag Tutorial!

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With all of these kiddos running around in spooky costumes at the end of the month, knocking on your door for candy, you want to make sure that yours is visible even in the dark– especially if your little one is dressed in a dark costume! This is a simple tutorial on how to make a cute Trick or Treat Bag that will be visible to cars!

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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.

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Costume 101 – The Tabard

I’ve made some pretty fancy costumes over the years.  (They don’t call me Mother of Dragons for nothing!)  But sometimes that’s not what is called for. Sometimes you need something simple.  I love making costumes, but I don’t love dressing up.  So every year my friends try to come up with a theme that I can live with.  My favorite was Clue.  They all dressed up as Professor Plum and Miss Scarlett, et al. I put a toe tag and a black plastic bag on and went as the dead body.  No fuss, no muss.  You may need a little more than that.  In comes the Tabard.

The Tabard isn’t just for Knights you know.  It is the perfect piece of fabric that can turn anyone into a pumpkin, a greek philosopher, a robot, or even a furry little animal.  Most costumes just need to create the illusion of your character.  These can be just as convincing and creative as the perfect Elsa or Batman you buy at the store.  Plus, they allow for more freedom.  And, they are the perfect project for your first foray into costume making.

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Sew Your Hart Out September Final Week Garment Parade!

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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

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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!

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Akita Pattern Hack From Haley at Colette Patterns

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beauty-04I love patterns. This is a statement that is probably not a surprise coming from a sewing enthusiast, but it is true. Vintage and modern alike, some of my favorite things in my stash are patterns. I think this can be attributed to the fact that I learned to sew and make patterns simultaneously. I had been sewing for almost 5 years before I ever used a sewing pattern.

The day I first used a commercial sewing pattern the clouds parted and angels sang. Since then I have been hooked. I like to think of commercial sewing patterns as a really great pre-made template. I love choosing a silhouette or style that I like, and then making small adjustments until it feels crafted just for me. My favorite adjustment to make to any top is lengthening into a dress. It’s like I am getting two patterns for the price of one. When I laid eyes on the first sample of Seamwork’s Akita I knew instantly that an Akita Dress was in my near future.

The best part is, Akita is a one piece pattern, this makes it seriously easy to whip up in one hour. No joke, I made this sample in less than 60 minutes.

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Windham Fabrics 101

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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!

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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!

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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!

-Amy

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“Laurel Hack” with buttons all down the back!

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This was a fun and simple hack I would love to share with you!  As you can see from my “jazz hands” in the pic above I was excited about how it turned out and it didn’t take too long to finish either!  Everyone knows that I LOVE buttons so any chance I get to add buttons on anything is a bonus for me!

Ok, let’s get started…

Supplies:

-Colette’s Laurel Pattern (I made the shirt version 4, but this idea would be cute on the dress versions too!)

-Fabric of your choice (I picked a Lotta Jansdotter fabric from her new Lucky collection.  Remember yardage depends on version choice and your size!)

-Buttons of choice (I used 5 large buttons for the top.  If you pick smaller buttons you may need more.)

-1/4 yard Iron on Shape-Flex Interfacing (My Favorite!  It’s made out of cotton instead of paper.)

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-You will also need all the sewing essentials such as thread, scissors, a seam ripper, marking pencil, pins and, of course, chocolate!

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