Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Skinny on Substrates: Setting You Straight on Substrates

If you are new to fabric or to the sewing community, have no fear, we've got your back. We're here to answer your substrate questions! First things first: what is a substrate? A substrate is the type of fabric being used. This not only refers to the fiber content, but also the weave and the weight of the fabric.

Almost all the fabrics listed on our site are a woven, quilt-weight cotton unless otherwise specified. Quilt-weight cottons can be used for much more than quilting, such as curtains, clothing, placemats, etc. 

Double gauze consists of two thin and loosely woven layers of cotton that are tacked together with tiny, barely visible stitches at regular intervals. It is very soft to the touch as well as light and airy. Double gauze is wonderful for making baby blankets, clothes, and even quilts.

Knit fabrics are much more distinct from woven fabric because they have stretch. The flexibility/stretch of the fabric will depend on the fabric content. The only difference you'll find between knits is that some will be labeled as 100% cotton knit in the description vs. knits that are usually cotton with a small percent of spandex in them. Knits with spandex have a two way stretch while the 100% cotton knit has a one way stretch, making the 100% cotton knit less stretchy and more stable. Knits are perfect for shirts, dresses, baby clothes, etc. 

Durable tightly woven fabric that can be used for bottom weight projects and in other more structured garment pieces. Also great for home decor sewing, bags, and can even be nice in a quilt for a little extra body. 

Minky is a plush, fluffy, luxurious-feeling microfiber fabric. It is often used to make blankets and quilt backings.

A plain woven fabric that can be made from cotton, silk, or manufactured fibers, but is most commonly cotton. It incorporates a colored warp (often blue) and white filling yarns.

Cotton lawn is a 100% cotton fabric made from very fine and thin high thread count yarns, yielding a smooth, crisp, untextured surface. Lawns are great for making lightweight apparel and quilts. 

Voiles are a soft, thin, semitransparent fabric than can vary in fabric content. This lightweight and smooth fabric is perfect for apparel, quilts, 


Rayon is a textile made from regenerated cellulose (viscose) or in other words, a plant based fabric. It is a versatile fabric with a wonderful drape perfect for gowns, flowing garments, blouses, etc.

Have a wonderful day!

-Fabricworm Team


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Simple and Easy Pillow Cover Tutorial!

Hello, Fabricworms! Now that summer is quickly approaching, you might find some time in your busy schedule to spruce up the decor. One incredibly easy way to do that is to sew up some easy pillow covers. Let's get started!

Step 1.

First, measure your pillow! My pillow just so happen to be 17" x 17". Add 1" to the width of the pillow, and for the length, multiply the length by 2 and then add 6 more inches.  After you've measured, cut off the excess fabric.

Step 2.

Sew both of the 18" wide sides of your pillow.

Step 3. 

Place pillow in the middle of the fabric and fold one edge over the other. 

Step 3. 

Make sure the pillow is nice and snug, then pin the two fabric flaps together. 

Step 4.

Slide the pillow out, pin the edges, and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance.

Step 5.

Once you've finished sewing the edges, turn right sides out. Make sure to push the corners out!

And it's done!

Have a great rest of your week!

-The Fabricworm Team


Friday, April 28, 2017

Need a Getaway? Collage Quilt Retreat Here We Come!

There are times in life where we all just need to recharge our batteries. For some of you, crafting is the best way to get this done. If you're in need of some much needed sewing time, then look no further than the Collage Quilt Retreat in beautiful wine country!

We hope to see you there!

-The Fabricworm Team


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Instagram Celebration! Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

Our Instagram now has 25k followers thanks to our Fabricworms! To celebrate we are going to be doing a special giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to get yourself some of those fabrics you've had your eye on! Enter now for a chance to win!

Use the Gleam widget below to enter the giveaway.

This giveaway ends on Sunday 4/16 @11 PM PST.  The winner will be contacted shortly after by email.  The winner will be chosen randomly by Gleam.

-The Fabricworm Team


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Free Bow Collar Tutorial from Marte of Compagnie M!

Hello Fabricworms!

Today's guest blogger is Marte, the owner of Compagnie M. sewing patterns and all around creative gal. Enjoy!

Hi, I’m Marte and I adore special details in sewing patterns; that’s why I started my own pattern brand: Compagnie M. Whenever I make a design, I try to add my signature style. Pockets and collars are my favorite details to play with.

Today I’m sharing two things: first of all, I’ve written a tutorial on how to make a bow collar that fits on any dress pattern with a regular front neckline. You can find the tutorial and the free pattern pieces at the end of this blog post.

Secondly, I started designing a new dress pattern while taking pictures of the collar and the good news is I’m sharing it for free on my website! So hop over to Compagnie M. if you wish to sew this absolutely adorable dress. The free Judith dress pattern is available for girls from 1 – 10yo, includes a version with or without seam allowance, and is accompanied with detailed step-by-step photo instructions. Hooray!

For my Judith dress I got the opportunity to try the brand new Charley Harper fabric, Western birds in perch rose. I think you can officially state that I entered a pink stage and obviously my girls (I have twins) don’t mind at all. I did add a touch of mustard yellow. Just enough so the bow can attract attention.
**Western Birds will be released in April!**

But just when you think this is it, you discover that the back is rather special too. I had never tried an open back before but I love how it turned out. Nore didn’t want to put her cardigan on after the photo shoot. Can I blame her?

In combination with a pleated skirt, the Judith is the perfect party dress! The twirl proves that right? But did you know that my patterns are interchangeable? So you might as well add the gathered skirt from the Lotta dress or the (half) circular skirt from the Ileana dress. They all fit. Check my blog post for more mix & match options. They seem endless!

Now let's talk about the tutorial. If you like my bow collar, you can use the tutorial below on a dress, blouse, t-shirt or maybe even a sweater. Please be sure to share your creation with me by using the hashtag: #compagniembowcollar. I'd love to see what you've made!

Cut the pattern pieces as indicated on the pattern.

Fold the bow collar pattern piece in half (on the fold line) and place it on top of the bodice front. Match the center front lines. The upper corners (A on the drawing) match with the neckline.

Cut away the yellow part from the bow collar piece. This is the result.

Fold the collar in half on the fold line. Right sides together. Sew both side seams at 1cm (3/8 in) from the edge.

Turn right sides out, press and clip the corners.

Press the extra bow piece like bias tape.

Fold in half and topstitch both sides 2mm from the edge.

Place the bias tape in the middle of the neckline as shown below.

Pin the collar on top of it.

Baste stitch within the seam allowance to the keep the bow and bias tape in place.

Fold the tape around the collar to make a bow. Baste stitch the top of the tape again within the seam allowance.

Now finish the dress following the instructions of the pattern. When you’re ready, add a blind stitch to the lower corners of the bow to keep it in place.

I hope you like both my bow tutorial and the new Judith dress pattern. Enjoy sewing!

Have a wonderful week!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fabricworm Giveaway: TWO YARDS of Trans-Pacific Knit

Hello, Fabricworms! If you haven't heard yet, Birch Fabrics' latest collection, Trans-Pacific, has been released! Not only is it available for all our fabricworms out there, but it is also this week's giveaway. We will be giving away TWO YARDS of Trans-Pacific Knit fabric to one lucky winner! Enter to win now!

Take a commuter’s view of the Pacific Ocean off of Highway 1 with “Trans-Pacific” by Jay-Cyn Designs. We’ve got retro California covered from muscle cars to commuter city scapes. City and Country folk alike join in on the hustle and the bustle of city life in Trans-Pacific.

Use the Gleam widget below to enter the giveaway.

This giveaway ends on Sunday 3/26 @11 PM PST.  The winner will be contacted shortly after by email.  The winner will be chosen randomly by Gleam.

-The Fabricworm Team


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fabricworm Giveaway: Fat Quarter Bundle of Birch Fabrics' Trans-Pacific

Hello, Fabricworms! It's been quite a while since we've had a giveaway and it's about time for a fantastic one! As many of you know, Birch Organic Fabrics is about to release their latest collection, Trans-Pacific, later this month. To celebrate its release, we will be giving away a free fat quarter bundle before the collection has even released! Say it ain't so! Enter into the giveaway for a chance to win! 

Take a commuter’s view of the Pacific Ocean off of Highway 1 with “Trans-Pacific” by Jay-Cyn Designs. We’ve got retro California covered from muscle cars to commuter city scapes. City and Country folk alike join in on the hustle and the bustle of city life in Trans-Pacific.

Use the Gleam widget below to enter the giveaway.

This giveaway ends on Sunday 3/12 @11 PM PST.  The winner will be contacted shortly after by email.  The winner will be chosen randomly by Gleam.

-The Fabricworm Team


Monday, January 2, 2017

Instagram Giveaway with SuzyQuilts!

Hello, Fabricworms! To celebrate the New Year, we have teamed up with our favorite quilter, Suzy Quilts, to bring you a truly wonderful prize. Visit our Instagram for a chance to win a Stars Hollow Quilt Kit from us AND a one of a kind framed Mini Quilt from Suzy! Good luck!

Instagram Giveaway!

This giveaway ends on Friday, January 2nd at 3PM EST.  The winner will be contacted shortly after on Instagram.

-The Fabricworm Team


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

We hope that you all had as great a holiday weekend as we did! Now that we are well rested, we are back in the swing of things and already cutting your orders and responding to your inquiries. We do have another little sale to entice you since some, well hopefully lots, of you have gift certificates to use!!
This beauty sold out in a jiff the first time around so we went ahead and re-stocked them for anyone who missed out! Get yours now!!
Check out our Coming Soon section as we have added quite a few fun new collections for you to ogle. Don't forget to put your email in the for the prints you love so you can be contacted as soon as it arrives!
Thanks for reading our newsletter, and don't forget to post your projects using #fabricworm when you display your new projects on Instagram and Facebook. We love to see what our Fabricworms have been busy doing!
Have a fabulous week! 
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