Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Get Ready for Fall with this Great Jacket Pattern Giveaway!

Hello Everyone!

Get Ready for Fall Weather with this Great Giveaway!!

We are so pleased to announce we have 3 Amy Butler Sewing Patterns ready to fly off to 3 lucky winners, very kindly donated by Amy Butler herself!

We just adore these Raincoats!

And of course a mini me version for your little ones!

Personally, I’d love to make a little girl’s raincoat out of
this darling Erin McMorris Oilcloth.

And finally, a fun floor length jacket made to display your
favorite fabrics!


To enter, simply tell us what styles of sewing patterns
you’d like to see us carry in the future. For example,
would you like to see more children’s patterns, patterns for boys, patterns for moms? The list goes on and on!

A winner will be chosen by on Tuesday October 5th at 9am PST.

Thank You and Good Luck,

The Fabricworm Girls

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fall is here so it might be time for a Cowl/Tube Scarf Sewing Project!

Hi There Fabricworms!

Fall is upon us and the chills are breezing through our studio!  So for a little lunch break pick me up, our very own Fabricworm Staffer Bre, came up with this super quick and easy Tube Scarf!  It literally takes 10-15 minutes to cut out and sew together.  And it only takes a yard of fabric!  These are the kind of projects we love. Cute, simple, fast, and ready to wear now!

I can’t wait to make one in Anna Maria Horner’s new Innocent Crush Voile.  I want to make one for me in this:

And one for my husband in completely this:

Of course these are the Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush Voiles, so you'll have to wait a bit longer for these!

 It looks fantastic in a cowl drape too!

Here’s how we made it.

You need a ½ yard of each print.

1.  Cut your half yards into quarter yards (9”x44”). 
2.  Sew your shell fabric together at the short ends making one long piece (about 9”x88”).  Do this again with your lining fabric.
3.   Sew your two long pieces together, right sides facing eachother, leaving the short sides open on each side. 
4.  Turn right side out. 
5.  Press. 
6.  Slip one open end of the scarf into the other open end about 1 inch (this will make the scarf into a loop).  Tuck the outer raw edge under a ½ inch and pin in place. 
7.  Finally, top stitch your tube scarf shut. Voila! 

This scarf would make fabulous Christmas presents for all your friends!

Yours In Sewing,


Monday, September 20, 2010

What's Cookin'? Apron and A-Line Skirt Sewing Classes at Birch Fabrics

Come to Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles and learn to make these great patterns!

View the class schedule here: http://birchfabrics.com/class

Using Alexander Henry Farmdale and Michael Miller Honey Bee fabrics

What’s Cookin’ Apron 
Learn how to sew a fun and charming apron, a perfect gift that can be 
made in an afternoon. Basic sewing skills required. 
October 9, 2010  12:00 pm – 3:00, $45

Using Anthology Fabrics Orbs Orange

Everyday A-Line Skirt 
Learn how to sew this versatile and fabulous A-Line skirt, a staple for 
every woman’s wardrobe. Basic sewing skills required. 
October 16, 2010 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, $45

These fabrics and many more available the day of the class, or you can buy ahead of time @ fabricworm.com

Birch Fabrics
1244 Pine Street, Ste. D
Paso Robles, CA  93446

Please contact Melissa Lunden for more information: melissa.lunden@gmail.com


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Patternless Messenger Bag Tutorial

Just in time for school, here is a patternless messenger bag for you to make for your favorite scholar. I used Echino Spring 2010 Ni-co Camera Gold since it is cool, hip and can work for the fellas or the ladies. I lined it with Jennifer Moore/Monaluna Mingle Steel for a more masculine look. The gold and steel combination look fantastic together.
Echino Cameras Gold @ fabricworm.com

Monaluna Squares Steel @ fabricworm.com
This bag measures 19" wide and 12 1/2" deep. The size of the bag can easily be adjusted so consider my measurement as guidelines.

Here is what you will need:
1 yard of Echino Ni-co Camera Gold or other heavy weight fabric for exterior
1 yard of Jennifer Moore/Monaluna Mingle Steel or other light weight cotton for lining
1 yard of heavy weight fusible interfacing
1 yard of light weight fusible interfacing
Coordinating thread
2/3 yard of velcro
2 rings for the strap - see Step 8 for an example
Heavy duty or denim needle

1. Cut one piece of the exterior fabric and one piece of the lining 20" wide and 36" long.

2. Apply the heavy weight fusible interfacing to the exterior fabric according the manufacturer's instructions. Do the same with the light weight interfacing and the lining. Have the pieces of interfacing be slightly larger than the exterior and lining pieces. Be patient with your iron and take your time to really fuse the interfacing to the fabric. Trim the excess interfacing when you are finished.

3. To make the body of the bag, fold one end of the bag over 12 1/2". Finger press the seam flat.

4. To create the flat bottom of the bag, make the following marks:
a. Mark 1 1/2/" on the bottom.
b. Mark 2 1/2" on the side.
c. Mark 1 1/4" up from mark a.

Connect mark b to mark c as in the picture below.
Cut out along the lines.

5. Sew the fuzzy side of the velcro across the front of the bag.

6. Sew up the sides using a 1/2" seam allowance and then pin the bottom openings together and stitch closed.

7. Turn the bag right-side out and admire your handiwork.

8. Cut two pieces 2" wide and 4" long. Fold over sides and top stitch.

9. Insert tab through the ring and stitch to the side of the bag one inch below the top of the bag. Be sure to reinforce these stitches because the tabs are going to get a lot of wear.

10. To shape the front flap of the bag, mark one inch from the top. Using a ruler, draw a line from the mark to the seam at the body of the bag. Cut along this line. This will create a better shape for the front of the bag. If the flap hangs too long over the body of the bag, you can also trim the top a little. Just be sure to cut the same amount off the lining.

11. Repeat the above steps for the lining by sewing up the side seams, creating the cut out for the flat bottom and sewing one of the bottom seams closed. Leave the other one open for later.

12. To create the interior pocket, cut a piece of the lining 7" x 14". Fold in half and sew along the sides and part of the bottom as in the picture below. Clip the corners, turn inside out and press.

Center the pocket on the back side of the bag (or anywhere you want it), pin in place and sew along the sides and bottom. You will sew the opening closed when you sew the pocket to the bag. It is hard to tell because of the print, but the pocket is sewn in the lining in the picture below.

13. Cut two pieces of the teeth side of the velcro and sew into the lining. By sewing the teeth side vertically and the fuzzy side horizontally, your bag will still close no matter how full it is.

14. Place the exterior of the bag inside of the lining. Be sure that the lining is wrong-side out (so you can see the interfacing) and the exterior is right-side out. Pin in place. Sew across the front of the bag and along the flap with a 1/2" seam allowance using a heavy duty needle. There are a lot of layers at the seams. Go slowly around the side seams and maintain the 1/2" seam allowance.
This is what the corners are going to look like when you are done sewing.

14. Clip the corners as close to the seam as possible. This is going to reduce the bulk from so many layers of fabric.

15. Clip the corners at the top of the bag too.

16. Gently pull the exterior of the bag through the opening in the lining. Straighten the bag out, and press.
17. Sew up the opening in the lining. Top stitch along the front of the bag and along the flap.

18. To make the strap, measure how long you want the strap. The strap for this bag is 90 inches long. Cut the strap 2 1/2" wide. Fold in the sides and press. Then thread the strap through the rings and sew the ends together, creating a big loop. Pin the sides in place and top stitch them together along both sides and across the wide of the ring.

Congratulations! You are all done.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Winner of Fabricworm's Mascot Linus' Favorite stack of scraps is....

Congratulations to Deana: comment #453 chosen by random integer at random.org

Blogger Deana said...

I'm loving all things whimsical...owls, birds, swirls...in fun, funky colors!

Deana, please email me, I don't have your email. fabricworm@gmail.com

Thanks for playing everyone!
The Fabricworm Team


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Linus, The Fabricworm Mascot, is offering up his favorite set of Scraps to a lucky winner!

While deciding one day that our Mascot Linus needed his own pretty set of fabrics to perch upon, 

I went straight to my home stash and picked out a bundle of some of my all time favorites! 

I've decided now that Linus is ready for a new stack of inspiration, and thought how fun it would

be to share Linus' favorites with 1 lucky reader! 

We will be picking a winner through Random Integers on Tuesday 9/7 at 9am PST

To enter simply name a theme in which you'd love to see made into a collection of fabrics!

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