Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials [Paperback]

Sewing is a great outlet for creativity, and by nature a way to be eco-efficient. Betz White gives us great insight on how to be eco-innovators in our hobby genre with her new book, Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials. Eco-innovation is to sustain what we have and give back with a lesser impact upon our environment. Betz’s book is filled with tidbits of eco-innovation throughout each chapter as she also provides inspired projects that use “repurposed” materials such as pillowcases, t-shirts, felt, sweaters, tablecloths and so on. Thrift stores and second hand shops are full of these eco-friendly materials and Betz gives you the detailed instruction and guidance on how to create each individual project with success and ease. There are tips for preserving your “antique” materials and applying your common sense of recycling the old into the new. To give you just a glimpse, the re-usable sandwich wraps and the shirt cuff wallet are very ingenious and savvy. Put this one on your to read list and enjoy!

To purchase you may visit: http://www.amazon.com/Sewing-Green-Projects-Repurposed-Materials/dp/1584797584

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The “Eddie Cap” Captures Vintage Inspiration

Looking for a great re-do? This vintage inspired railroad engineer’s cap is absolutely adorable on young Eddie. Not just for boys, this pattern can be made in a fun vibrant color for girls. Irene posted this detailed tutorial on Mushroom Villagers blogspot. Easy for any beginner as well as the novice, this fun project requires a few simple supplies and little bit of creativity. Don’t miss the very first post to this blog by Lisa, (The Domestic Diva). She suggests a quick tip that may save a little time and add to the quality of the finished piece.

Don’t forget HTC-Retail provides the highest quality interfacings. Depending on how stiff you want the brim of your hat, choose your interfacing. Form-Flex-All-Purpose Fusible is durable press, fusible woven interfacing for firm support and stability and is 100% cotton. Fusi-Form Lightweight is fusible, non-woven interfacing with crosswise give for soft controlled shaping and is 90% Polyester / 10% Rayon. Both products can be found at http://www.htc-retail.com/index.php

Create a Festive Snowman Holiday Towel

Sew this cute Holiday Kitchen Towel with a free pattern from Brother Home Sewing and Embroidery Machines. We found this on FaveCrafts.com just in time for the holidays. For detailed instructions visit: http://www.favecrafts.com/Sewing-for-Christmas/Snowman-Holiday-Towel-from-Brother/ct/1.

Supplies include one white cotton hand towel, two contrasting holiday fabrics, two 5 inch white squares for the snowman, fusible gems, metallic thread, fusible gems, water soluble stabilizer, and tear away stabilizer.

HTC-Retail offers H20 Gone, 100% Water soluble stabilizer stronger than any film. Completely dissolves without residue. H20 Gone is made without formaldehyde and with a significant percentage of post-consumer recycled fibers in the manufacturing process making this product more environmentally friendly than traditional stabilizers. Also available from HTC-Retail is Tear Away, non-woven, tear away stabilizer to create embroidery and appliqué designs on knit, napped, quilted, light and dark fabric. Both products are available at http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid35.html.

Creative Quilter’s Fabric Club Offers Free Quilting Guide

Creative Quilter’s Fabric Club is offering an online quilting guide for free. But there is more to this offer than just quilting. You have the opportunity to also receive articles on crocheting, knitting, beading, sewing, cooking, children’s projects, stories from yester years, and more. Simply fill out the registration form and submit. You even get a sneak peak of what you will be receiving. How easy and fun this will be! Visit http://www.freequiltingguide.com/ and enjoy!

Embroidered Snowflake Ornament Adds Sparkle To Any Tree

The holidays are fast approaching and so are all the annual events that go along with them. Consider using these charming snowflakes strung together as a garland, as gift tags, or as festive holiday dinner table place cards. Or brighten up your front window or mantel with a Happy Hanukah or Let it Snow garland.

Courtesy of FaveCrafts.com, June Mellinger created this enchanting craft for home sewing and embroidery machines. This idea comes complete with a free download of the snowflake embroidery design. All you need is bridal tulle or organza, white or gold thread, water-soluble stabilizer, and your free downloadable design. To find how to make this project visit: http://www.favecrafts.com/Sewing-for-Christmas/Embroidered-Snowflake-Ornament-from-Brother/ct/1
H2O Gone is a water-soluble stabilizer available through HTC-Retail. This product is stronger than any film and completely dissolves without residue. It is perfect for this project as well as appliques, lace, or emblems. This versatile material provides a stable non-stretch foundation for stitch-dense designs, but can be completely removed once the sewing is done. To find this product simply visit: http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid32.html

Tips To Help Organize Your Sewing Room or Work Space

When starting a project, the first step is to gather all the supplies. Many people find this task overwhelming because of a disorganized sewing room. This is where I personally give up and move on to something else.
But don’t give up yet! AllPeopleQuilt.com offers 24 tips to organize and store your fabric and notions. Ideas include creative use of pegboards, magazine wall holders, kitchen islands, stacking wire kitchen baskets and more to help you put everything in its proper place. Now when you are ready to quilt or sew that last-minute project, finding whatever you need will be a cinch. To view this article visit:
http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/decorating/organize-your-sewing-room_ss1.html

Quilted Door Santa Welcomes In The Holidays

Twenty years ago Debbie Mumm started with seven unique quilt designs and a vision. Today she is the author of more than 50 quilting books, CEO and Creative Director of her own company and a nationwide phenomenon. Her beloved quilt designs bring cheer and inspiration to so many in the world of quilting, sewing and crafting. Her love and dedication to the consumer has given us numerous patterns, project ideas and more.

What a fun way to experience a little Christmas nostalgia by creating this magical Santa Door Banner for either yourself, a teacher or a neighbor. This project requires different fabrics, backing, batting, buttons and binding. Finish this banner off with a little hand or machine quilting, and you have a Christmas keepsake to treasure. To view the instructions visit: http://www.debbiemumm.com/Projects/Quilting/2006/12/

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Quilt-Fuse, Fun Dation and Easy Stitch are a few of your choices. To find these and all HTC-Retail products visit: http://www.htc-retail.com/product-list.php?pg1-cid5.html