• Sewing,  Tutorials

    How Much Fabric Do I Need To Buy for Cutting Out Rectangles?

    I’m trying something new on the blog.  I get a lot of questions from readers that I answer privately, but they are often very similar to each other.  I’m going to start answering questions that are not private in nature publicly on the blog so that everyone can learn from the answers.  Let’s share the wealth! Have a question?  Come ask me over on my contact page. Today’s question comes from DJ: HELP!!!! how much fabric would I need for 20 squares that measure 15″ x 16 1/2″? THANK YOU How Much Fabric Do I Need to Buy to Cut These Rectangles? The way I calculate this is very similar to the…

  • News

    Grow Your Fabric Collection with Yard Sales

    I love having fabric on hand to choose from for impromptu projects.  Sometimes inspiration comes at unexpected times so having at least a few prints available in a rainbow of colours makes it easy to jump into a new project quickly without losing that motivated feeling. I originally grew my fabric stash by always buying “a little extra.”  Not only does this grow the stash, but it allows for cutting mistakes in desperate situations. Additionally, I went through a phase of online shopping a few years ago, waiting for the best deals to pick up off-season fabrics on the cheap.  I don’t do this as much now due to budgeting constraints. This…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Designing a Quilt Using Microsoft Word

    I designed a yoga quilt for my best friend using Microsoft Word for planning. Usually I just doodle a design idea on a napkin, estimate yardage, and go for it, but in this case, wanted to visualize the sashing and figure out how much of each fabric I would need to purchase exactly. This method of quilt planning will work for quilts with simple square blocks. Open Microsoft Word.  I’m using Microsoft Word 2007, so keep in mind the menus might be slightly different if you are using a different version.  Insert a table with the number columns and rows you would like to to have in your quilt.  Insert…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Repeating Pattern for Spoonflower

    Creating a repeating pattern that doesn’t look obvious may seem like an arduous task, but it is not as complicated as it looks. With Photoshop and a little patience, you can turn a drawing into a repeating pattern to turn into a fabric on Spoonflower or even a website repeating background image. What you need: Drawing Photoshop Scanner Creativity Remember to save your progress often! First, you’ll need to create a base drawing for your repeating background. I drew these little pink squids for my fabric design. The key is to make sure that nothing touches the edge of the paper. I’m not great at colouring on paper, so I…

  • Community,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

    What’s in That Fabric Stash?

    I’m guilty of not always remembering what fabrics I have in my collection. It’s wasteful, I know, to come home from the fabric store with an armful of white flannelette when I have almost a meter of it sitting on the top shelf of the craft room closet. If this is you too, it may just be the time to pull out the contents of your fabric stash and take stock of what you have. If you’ve read this Taming Craft Room Chaos column before, you may have seen my craft supply closet tour. I use clear plastic bins to organize the bulk of my fabrics, and while originally I…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Calculate How Much Fabric You Need for a Simple Quilt

    When I used to work at a fabric store, the most common question I received was this: “I’m making X, so how much do I need?” If you’re not following a pattern, you can get overwhelmed with the fabric measurements and either over buy or shortchange yourself. Either way, it’s unhappy for your bank account and your sanity. This article will guide you through the process of calculating how much fabric you will require for a quilt made with easy square blocks. How big is your quilt going to be? Crib size? Lap quilt? Table topper? California King? There are no rules when it comes to how large you want…

  • Home Decor,  Tutorials

    Fabric Box Lid Canvas

    I always have weird fabric bits laying around in patterns I wouldn’t necessarily make into a garment. Which is why I like this project, I can display my interesting fabric finds as great decor. What you’ll need: Shoe box or scrap box lid Scrap fabric Scissors Stapler 1. Cut your fabric to fit the box lid with a bit of excess. 2.  Staple the fabric to both of the first opposing sides of the lid. Ensure that the fabric is pulled tightly so it looks smooth across the lid. 3. Staple the remaining sides tucking the corners how you would wrap a present ensuring the fabric is still pulled tightly…