Hey, gang! So we are all really pumped on the new Star Wars movie! If you haven’t seen it yet I promise there’ll be no spoilers in this post! 😉 We just got some really awesome new Star Wars Fabric in before the Holidays and I knew I wanted to do something with them but I was having a hard time deciding what. I wanted a quick easy project that would show my love of the Star Wars fandom but wouldn’t be too over the top (even though I’m probably going to make a full dress out of this one here because I’m in love with it! I haven’t decided on a pattern yet, though so if you have any ideas for me please leave me a comment!) Okay, so I landed on a a simple infinity scarf for an easy project that I could rock on a daily basis, not just at a Star Wars event of some sort! Continue Reading →
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!)
Hey gang! So today I’m going to show you a fun thing to do with the new Alison Glass Knit Fabrics. A Midi Length Circle Skirt! Midi length skirts are going to be big for fall and winter so here is a quick and easy project that will get you ready for fall. So lets get right to it with supplies: Continue Reading →
Hey Gang! So today I’m going to show you a super easy tutorial on how to make a capelet that is really a versatile item for lots of Halloween costumes! You can make a version for an Anna from Frozen costume, a red one for Little Red Riding Hood or just accent the costume you already have going for some warmth on those chilly Halloween nights.
Alright let’s discuss supplies:
Everyone 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!
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.
I 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.
Here is what you’ll need: Continue Reading →
Hello! I’m Tanya from the sewing blog Mrs. Hughes, a NorCal gal who has an undying love for the ESP dress! The ESP dress is such a simple and satisfying make from Decades of Style Patterns and their microline of patterns – Decades Everyday. This dress has an early 1960’s vibe and can be made in so many different fabrics. I’ve made so many ESP dresses that I’m probably borderline obsessed with it and once you make one, you’ll probably want to sew up another! My favorite fabrics to use for this pattern are quilting cottons with vibrant colors and kitschy prints. I really can’t get enough of them to tell you the truth! I was certainly excited to choose this gorgeous print from the Art Gallery Succulence collection by Bonnie Christine.
In this tutorial, I’m going to share a simple method I use to resize a sewing pattern using the ESP dress, so let’s jump in!
Hey Gang! Make sure you take a deep breath and keep sewing! We haven’t even scraped the tip of the iceburg when it comes to fun stuff coming up! We love seeing all of your projects so keep them coming, we can’t tell you how impressed we are will all of your amazing sewing skills This week we have a super amazing sponsor: Freespirit Fabrics. We will be specifically focusing in on Tula Pink’s new collection Eden. This collection is classic Tula but has some awesome fun twists. We LOVE all of the Tiger Motifs that are really apparent or even hidden in the collection. You should check it out its really cool.
So here’s what we have scheduled this week:
Tuesday (Tomorrow): I made a fun tutorial on how to make a Tula Pink Toddler Dress from 1 Yard of fabric. It’s pretty cute (If I do say so myself) so visit our blog for that. We will also be announcing the winner of the goodies that we will be giving away. We will show you all of that tomorrow.
Wednesday: We will be giving you a virtual tour of Freespirit Fabrics. From their house designer to new collections and fun things that are actually in our store from Tula Pink herself. You heard right… we have QUILTS IN THE STORE MADE BY TULA PINK! We are a just little bit excited about this. Make sure you stop by the store to see get you hands on some of her new collection and see these wonderful quilts (and other tidbits too) from her trunk show.
Friday: We are introducing our new pattern line that we are carrying called Sew Sweetness. This is a great collection of patterns that are all very versatile hand bags and other kinds of cute things you carry (like camera bags and even lunch bags.) We also have some of these bags made up in the store out of the Eden collection that Sara Lawson (The designer of Sew Sweetness) sewed herself. They’re so freaking cute. I’m personally making the camera bag when I get the chance! Today we are giving away the $200 Gift Certificate to our shop generously donated by Freespirit! Check our Facebook page to see if you won!
Saturday: We will be showing off all of the great stuff you guys made and sent us pictures of! This is really our favorite day because we get to show case how talented you all are! (Seriously good job Ladies and Gentlemen!)
All in all its going to be a great week! We are so excited for all of the prizes and special surprises we have coming this week so stay tuned!!
Hi everyone! Tina here again to show you all how I made a really fun quilt made from Cotton + Steel lawn fabrics. For those unfamiliar with what cotton lawn is, the feel is light and crisp. Compared with a voile, it has more body, but is similar in its fine smoothness. Lawn has a high thread count and is very soft. Traditionally, lawn is used in garment construction, and makes lovely lightweight dresses and blouses. Compared with a quilting cotton, it is thinner and smoother.
Here are some of the fabrics I used:
So, I decided to gather up as many beautiful Cotton + Steel lawns as I could find in the store and started cutting wide strips measuring 4.5″x20.5″ and I made several large blocks using 5 strips pieced together, and one horizontal strip, across the top.
What’s so nice about piecing with lawn is how crisp and flat the fabric stays. In piecing a quilt, it’s always good to have your seams lie flat and stay flat, which results in a square and flat quilt. Also, I press open my seams to keep the block flat. Here’s a picture of the back…
The seams just stay put, which is what you want.
Here’s the layout of the block – 5 across and one on top, horizontal. For my quilt, I made 5 blocks and twisted and rotated them up until I liked how it looked and then filled in with single strips. There are an infinite number of ways you could make this quilt.
What I didn’t expect was the overall feel of the quilt – it’s dreamier than I thought possible! The quilting has made this quilt incredibly luxe – like a duvet!! I also used Aurifil thread to sew together the entire project, from piecing to the actual quilting. Aurifil thread in the long run is actually more cost effective than buying regular spools of thread. It has almost 4 times the amount of thread on a regular spool and it sews so smoothly in the machine. What I’m trying to say is that Aurifil is awesome and you should defiantly try sewing with it if you haven’t already!
I made a loopy quilting design within each strip – simple but staying with the whimsical nature of the prints. I also used bamboo batting which has only added to the lovely drape of this quilt. I wish you all could feel it! I make many quilts throughout the year, but none of my quilts have the feel of this one.
Cotton + Steel are thoughtful in their selection of substrates – not only do they make all their fun and original quilting cottons and lightweight canvas, but they also make great rayons which are perfect for garment sewing and their lawns – perfect for garments AND quilts! And like all their designs, the prints go together beautifully. Here at Harts, we have a large selection of Cotton + Steel lawns for you to turn into your own beautiful creations!
Thanks for reading my tutorial!