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Friday, July 20, 2012
A bias binding is a decorative finish of varying width that encases an edge.  French Bias Binding is also referred to as Double Sided Bias Tape.  The difference between the two bias treatments is that a single bias binding starts as a single layer of fabric and the French bias binding starts on the fold.  French Bias Binding is great for finishing of your quilt but it is also great for necklines and armhole edge. 

Today's tutorial will give you step by step instructions on how to cut and sew a French Bias Binding.  These clear and concise diagrams should be extremely helptful to you in following each step. 

Depending on how wide you want the finish width of your bias band to be, you have to cut the fabric 4 x the width.  For example, if your finish bias band is supposed to be 0.5 inches wide (great width for a neckline), then your fabric strips should be cut 2 inches wide. 

Let's get started. 

  • Place  your fabric on a large, flat surface with the RIGHT side up. 
  • Fold one selvage edge over to meet the cut edge forming a triangle shape. 
  • Press a crease on the fold. 
  • Open the fabric and cut along the crease.

  • Starting at one end of the bias edge, measure in by the distance needed. 
Note: If your finished bias band is supposed to be 1/2 inch side, you need to measure in 2 inches of distance from the bias edge. 
  • Mark another mark in the same distance on the opposite side. 
  • Match the two marks with your ruler and draw a line to create a bias strip. 
  • Continue these steps until  you have enough strips required and cut along the marked lines.

  • Attach the fabric strips into one long continuous piece by placing 2 strips perpendicular to each other.
  • With the RIGHT side of the fabric together, match the diagonal edge and pin them together. 
  • Stitch a 1/4 inch seam across the pinned edge and backstitch at each end. 
  • Press the seam allowance open and trim any fabric "tails" along the edge of the seam. 
  • Repeat these steps until you have attached all fabric strips into one long continuous strip. 

  • Fold the fabric strips in half lengthwise with the WRONG side together.  Press a crease along the fold. 
  • Beginning in the center of the front of your project, place the raw edge of the fabric strip and those of the project RIGHT sides together. 
  • Pin them in place and begin sewing a couple of inches in from the first end and stitch a 1/2 inch seam, stopping 1/2 inch from the first corner.
  • Remove your project from the sewing machine.  To form a neat mitered corner, fold the fabric strip / binding straight up, away from the corner froming a 45 degree angle. 
  • Now fold the fabric strip / binding straight down, even with the next edge to be sewn and pin it in place. 
  • Begin sewing with your sewing machine again at the corner; make sure to backstitch when beginning to sewing.
  • Continue to pin, sew and miter all remaining corners.

  • To finish the end of your binding, stop stitching about 4 inches from the first end of the binding. 
  • Cut the binding so it overlaps with the beginning by 1.5 inches. 
  • Fold end of the first end 1/2 inch back and press.
  • Place the other end over the first end and pin it in place.
  • Stitch a 1/2 inch seam across the unstitched edge and backstitch at end.  

  • To finish your project, flip the project over and flip the binding over as well. 
  • Line up the folded edge so it just covers the stitching line.
  • Adjust the mitered corners and pin them in place.
  • Slipstitch along the inner folded edge. 
  • Voila, you have given your a beautiful and clean French Bias Band edge.  

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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Want to create a nice romantic dinner setting or are you getting ready for the next cooking party?  You will be sure to wow your guests!  This easy to follow step by step tutorial will show you how. 

Standard size dinner napkins are 16 x 16, 18 x 18, 20 x 20 or 21 x 21.  The more formal the occasion, the larger the napkins.  So for small get together with friends and family, a 16 x 16 or 18 x 18 size napkin is perfect. 

For an even more special look, get yourself some nice fabric to makes these napkins.  A Fat Quarter which measures approximately 18 X 21 inches is a perfect fabric cut for this easy yet creative project. 

The tutorial features a Dena Fishbein fabric design called Tanaya Pink from her Kumari Garden Collection.

Step 1 - 3: Take a square napkin or square cut of fabric and fold in half to create a triangle as shown in step 1 and 2.  Next, fold the triangle again as shown in step 3. 

Step 4 - 6: Unfold your napkin / fabric square and  you should have the creased line as in figure 4.  Next fold the bottom corner as well as the two sides to meet in the center (figure 4 and 5) and you your napkin / fabric square should look like figure 6.  

Step 7 - 8: Fold the folded napkin / fabric square around.  Fold the lef and right side to meet in the center.  Your napkin / fabric square should look like figure 8 now. 

Final step: Turn your napkin / fabric square over and you have a pretty folded napkin / fabric square ready to welcome your dinner guests. Put your utensils in the folded pocket as shown in the last diagram.  Didn't I tell you this is an easy to follow tutorial?  Have fun hosting your next dinner party.  

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Japanese fabric designer Etsuko Furuya is known for her use of vibrant colors and animated graphics.  The Cockatiel fabric designs from her Echino Fall 2011 is no exception.  Just look at how adorable this print is.  It's like candy...eye-candy. 

No matter if you use this fabric to make a pillow, small coin purse or an iPhone case, the result is guaranteed to be stunning.  If you have time, try to use this designer fabric for your next creative project.  Otherwise, pick up one of these beautiful handmade products created with care by these wonderful artisans for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. 

{1. Pillow by ModDiva 2. Tiny Coin Purse by Ms Nizbit 3. iPhone Case by Chick Chick Handmade}

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Heather Ross imparts her third installment of fairy tale inspired fabric designs for Kokka. Named Far Far Away III, it features stunning patterns while the whole theme tells enthralling and captivating moments. 

Heather Ross is a famous fabric designer native of Vermont. His father is a writer while her mom is a painter, no wonder why Heather Ross loves to tell her art in the form of drawing. With her latest fabric collection, the magical sensation continuous to grow and shines even better.

The fabric featured here today is called "Wildflowers" and it is a great representation of the entire beauty of the Far Far Away III fabric collection.  The floral print is delicate, romantic and there is just something about just got to love it. 

Look at these beautiful products created by some awesomely talented artisans using the Wildflowers fabric.  If you don't have time to make something out of this beautiful fabric, make sure to pick it up at one of the great artisans. 

{1. Vintage Bag by Paula Mills 2. Business Card Holder by Brooklyn Love Designs 3. Zippered Pouch by Linda Kleijer}

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Monday, July 9, 2012
Personalized your next gift even more by putting it in a unique, re-usable eco-friendly gift box.  It's like a gift in a gift.  Who would not love that? 

The tutorial will show you step by step instructions on how to make a gift box that has a finished size of 3 inches x three inches. 

What you need for the outside box:

Sturdy card stock measuring 10.5 inches x 3 1/8 inches
Fabric measuring 10.5 inches x 3 1/8 inches

What you need for the inside box:

Study card stock measuring 6 inches x 6 inches
Small magnetic snap

To make the outside box, clue the fabric of your choice on to the sturdy card stock measuring 10.5 inches x 3 1/8 inches.  In this example, I use the Dena Design fabric called Tara Stone from her Kumari Garden Collection. 

Once adhesive is dry, score the fabric covered card stock at 1.5 inches, 1.4 inches, 6 inches and 9 inches so you can fold it as shown below:

Now take your card stock that measures 6 inches x 6 inches.  Score your card stock at 1.5 inches in on all four sides.  Now fold two sides to meet in the middle as shown here:

 Score the four corners in a diagonal as shown here:
Now take the fabric covered card stock and lay it flat with the fabric side down.  Take the smaller 6x6 scored card stock, place and glue it onto to the fabric covered card stock.  The scored lines on both card stock should match up perfectly. 

Apply glue to the outer four corners only in diagram below.  Close in the edges to adhere well.

Glue the magnet closure in between the glued corners and one to the top flap.  

Now you are ready to fill the box with a little bit of tissue paper and close up the flap.  Your gift box will look like this when you put the flap down.

If you are ramping up for the next holiday season and making your gift boxed in advance, don't worry about having it take up too much space as you can lay these gift boxes flat until you are ready to use them:
Beautiful little gifts become even more stunning if presented in this personalized and handmade gift box.  How about some nice earrings and a matching necklace?  Or ask your husband to put in the keys to your dream car in this box :)  Have fun with this.  This would also be a great craft idea to do with your kids. 

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Etsuko Furuya is a very well known Japanese fabric designer recognized for her blissful works of arts that uses vibrant colors and animated graphics for it to look stunning and indeed exceptional.

The Box Car fabrics from the Echino Nico 2011 Collection is no exception.  The graphics and the vibrant colors make this fabric line a must for your next creative project. 

Enjoy the beautiful products below that were made by absolutely talented artisans all using the Etsuko Furuya Box Car fabric.

{1. Lamp by Whimsy Home 2. Messenger Bag by Madoki Arts 3. Zippered Pouch by Pink Lady Designs}

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
All of our fabrics is sold by the yard, half yard or as a Fat Quarter.  So, to make it as easy as possible for my international customers to convert from inches / yards to mm / cm, I have taken the time to create the tables below that provide conversion from/to metric and imperial and US measurement systems. 

This conversion chart is intended to assist all international customers in calculating the appropriate yardage needed before ordering. 

Behind yardage conversion questions, the second most common question would be "What is a Fat Quarter.  Make sure to visit my "What is a Fat Quarter" tutorial for detailed explanation. 

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Weekends fabric collection by Erin McMorris designs inspired by sunny relaxing days, with time to garden, bike or picnic in the park. Combining hand-drawn flowers with precise patterns and dots create designs that are summery and modern. The palettes, with butter yellow, tomato red, lavender and leaf green will take you from dawn to dusk. Enjoy your Weekends!
If you like the fabric designs but don't have time to work on your next project, consider these beautiful products made by some very talented artisans. 

{1. Lunch Bag by Ginger & Juniper 2. Zippered Pouch by Pine Hill Forest 3. iPad Sleeve by Maya's Kalupi}


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