Archive for August, 2011

Download a Chapter for Free

August 28, 2011 2 comments

If you haven’t bought 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips (compiled by and would like a sneak peek, you can download a chapter of the book for free!

Chapter 2: Set Up Your Sewing Room (PDF)

Free book chapter

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Laminated Cotton Sewing Tips

August 19, 2011 1 comment

I stumbled on this post while looking up what oilcloth is, and I thought it was interesting. The article compares to laminated cotton to oilcloth, describes some of the characteristics of laminated cotton, and gives some sewing tips. I wonder if I can find this stuff locally? If laminated cotton is sturdy and doesn’t ravel, I think it might make a good substitute for ultra suede (which is ultra $$$) in the Martha Stewart shopping bag (remember that from the July meeting?).*

Laminated Cotton Sewing Tips

*Thanks to Ruth and Valerie for leading me to this by suggesting oilcloth!

Snippets from Colette Patterns

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Colette Patterns is a nice site with patterns, tutorials, a blog, and a forum. The patterns seem pretty popular in the various sewing blogs that I’ve read (I haven’t tried any myself), and they have a charming vintage vibe to them. But the topic of this post is Snippets, their weekly email of sewing tips. I signed up for it relatively recently, and I like it — the emails are helpful little nuggets of information. Here are some of the Snippets that I’ve received:

  • Sewing with plaids
  • How to sew velvet (and other napped fabrics)
  • 6 ways to get more out of your fabric stash
  • Before you start
  • 3 ways to improve your lighting

To learn more about Snippets and see a sample email, visit the Snippets subscription page.