Here at Hart’s, we love sharing our sewing knowledge with our customers and each other. The other day, I brought in a quilt I had just finished to display in our store. In the last year, I’ve become a huge fan of Aurifil thread and share my enthusiasm to anyone who will listen!
While I do sew garments from time to time, primarily I am a quilter, and so I prefer using 100% cotton in my quilts for piecing as well as quilting. Aurifil is made from the best, extra long-staple Egyptian cotton available. What does that mean to you? It’s incredibly smooth and glides through the eye of your needle with ease! Also, it means a minimum of fluff in and around your bobbin. Other threads leave much more lint in my bobbin case, which means I’m cleaning and brushing it out more often than I’d like. Long-staple cotton thread also means that Aurifil thread is stable, strong and dependable. And Aurifil is strong, but the 50 weight thread that Hart’s sells is a fine thread. This means that if you’re piecing a quilt block, the Aurifil thread isn’t thick, and won’t add to your seam allowance. It’s strong, without bulk – a perfect combination. Also, since it’s thin, you get more thread on your bobbin, which means you’ll be refilling your bobbin a lot less often. Sweet!
Let’s talk about economics for a minute. If you look at a spool of Aurifil thread vs another spool of thread you notice something right away.
The Aurifil has 13 times the amount of thread that our most popular spool of thread has. Specifically, Aurifil thread has 1300 meters of thread per spool, that’s over 1400 yards of thread vs. 100 meters on a typical spool of thread. If you were to purchase that other thread, and bought the amount that was on one spool of Aurifil, it would cost nearly $24, which is basically double the cost of the Aurifil thread. So, let’s recap: more thread per spool, and yard per yard, or meter per meter, you are getting a bargain for an incredible product.
Here’s a picture of one of the many quilts I have pieced and quilted using Aurifil:
I’m a big fan of straight-line quilting using my walking foot. Aurifil is my go-to fabric for both straight-line quilting as well as free-motion quilting. The Aurifil Hart’s Fabric carries can be found HERE.Tweet
It’s already that time again, Halloween is right around the corner! This weeks tutorial shows how to make cute and easy Halloween decor. This is a great project to do with kids or friends!
- 1 Embroidery Hoop (I used a 10” hoop)
- 1 bottle of Tacky Glue (Dries white) or Fabric Tac (dries clear)
- 1 spool of embroidery thread (I picked black)
- 1/4 yd. Black Felt OR 5 felt squares ( 5 squares makes 6 large & 7 small bats)
- 1 accent color felt square for the eyes
- 1 yd. accent trim (I used orange sequin trim)
- 1 hand sewing needle
- Simple bat cut out of paper for a template
***ONE HOOP CAN MAKE TWO MOBILES! So, get double the amount of felt and trim to do two! Think of other mobiles you can make: Skulls, tombstones, witches, pumpkins, etc, Get Creative!!***
First we must cut out our bats. For a 10″ hoop, 6 large bats and 7 small bats is a good amount of bats. However, for the bats to be sturdy and hang well, we need to double that. So, cut out 12 large bats and 14 small bats. Keep in mind, you can have however many bats you want at whatever size you would like them!
After all the bats are cut out, we must now glue pairs of them together. So, glue the bats together in pairs and you will have 6 large and 7 small.
Next, we can cut out our eyes! Cut little triangles and glue them down where you like the eyes to be. Want a mutant bat?! Then go ahead and add more eyes! Personally, I only put 2 eyes on my bats, but only a few of them got eyes. Some have no eyes.
Now we will have to set up our hoop. You will want to measure the circumference, and for a 10″ hoop it is about 32″. We have 13 bats to hang, so divide 32 by 13, and our number is 2.45, which we will just round to 2.5. Mark every 2.5″ on your hoop so we know where to hang the bats.
Now that your hoop and bats are all set, time to cut the strings that they will hang on. To make a spiraled descending mobile like this one, you will need to keep track of your strings. Start at 18″ length for your shortest string – it will be doubled so once it is on the hoop, it will only be 9″ long. From there, increase 2″ per cut, so finished lengths will be at a 1″ increase. Also, in the mobile pictured, I started with a small bat and alternated sizes. If you cut all your strings first, make sure to keep them with the correct bats! OR, just cut the string per bat as you knot them onto your hoop.
With your needle and thread, string the bat, from the top of the head, onto the thread. Even out the thread so the bat is at the middle of the length, tie an overhand knot. Now, you can just overhand knot the bat string onto your hoop. When all your bats are on, it should look a bit like this:
Next, glue the strings onto your hoop to secure them down.
Now you can cut out strips of felt that are 1/2″ wide and 32″ in length. Double this is you want to cover the inside of your hoop too. Glue the strips on to the inside and outside of your hoop.
*If you don’t want to do strips, you can either glue on 1/2″ ribbon or just skip this step.
Next, cut some string to hang your mobile with. I cut two 30″ strings. Tie the strings on across from eachother and adjust to make the mobile hang even. If you see the image below, you can knot these strings together to make it more stable.
Now you can glue your fun trim onto the mobile.
Lastly, hang up your mobile!
What kinds of mobiles did you make?
Happy Halloween! XOXO
This is it guys! The last week of Sew Your Hart Out September!! Thank you so much to everyone who sent in their project photos! we have had such a fun time sewing and sharing our projects with you, we hope that you have enjoyed the month as well!
So let’s get to it, check out these awesome project photos…