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Batik is a technique of applying wax to fabric in various patterns, which resists coloured dyes, producing beautifully designed fabrics. This technique originated in Indonesia. Watch the video below to see this fascinating process.

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Flannelette fabric is perfect for cool winter months and warm, fuzzy comfort year round. Always a favourite for pajamas, but it’s great for crafts too!

There are prints for everyone and every season … new prints include monsters, dinosaurs, pretty flowers and cute characters. There’s so much more in stores now!

An easy project and a perfect gift for new babies and kids alike is a simple blanket made using back-to-back flannelette with rick rack edging for a sweet finish.

Easy Baby Blanket

What You Need:
1.2m each of two fabrics
4.8m of 1/2″ or larger rick rack
thread

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric 110cm (43″) x 110cm (43″). Round corners, if desired.
  2. Sew rick rack to the right side of one the fabric pieces along the edge, stitching down the middle of the trim.
  3. Place fabric pieces right sides together and sew, using previous rick rack stitching line as a guide and leaving a small opening for turning.
  4. Turn right sides out and press.
  5. Topstitch close to the edge, being sure to close the opening used to turn right sides out.

With so many flannelette prints available, there’s no end to the fun you could have.

Whether you’re going out on the town or celebrating at home, make a statement and ring in the New Year wearing something luxurious or sparkly … or both!

Sequins, velvet and lace are go-to choices for fancy dresses and evening wear. Pick your favourite pattern and fabric and sew yourself something spectacular just in time to shout HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sequins

Tips For Sewing Sequins

Pick a simple pattern with as few seams as possible.

Identify the “nap” or the direction of the sequins and cut all pieces in the same direction. Cut your pattern pieces from the wrong side, and from a single layer of fabric.

For best results, remove any sequins from the seam allowance by hand before sewing pieces together; particularly if they are large and stiff. You may need to hand sew ‘extra’ sequins along the seam afterwards to cover any blank areas.

Use a needle that’s thin and sharp and keep plenty of extras on hand. A thicker or dull needle can get stuck in the sequins when sewing.

Don’t iron, but do press. Very low heat (remember sequins may melt at high heat), press from the wrong side of your fabric and use a presser cloth (such as a scrap piece of cotton) to protect your sequins. Remember to test on a scrap piece beforehand.

Sequined fabric should always be lined to avoid skin irritation.

Velvet

Tips For Sewing Velvet

Cut all patterns pieces in a single layer. Lay your fabric nap side down and place your pattern pieces on the back to minimize slipping and use a lot of pins.

You want to make sure your pattern pieces are secure and won’t shift when sewing. Again, use a lot of pins or hand baste in place before sewing.

Use only the sew-in type of interfacing if needed.

To press use a towel or scrap fabric to protect the right side of your fabric while you steam the wrong side. Hover with the iron rather than apply any pressure so the velvet isn’t crushed.

Lace

Tips For Sewing Lace

Check your lace fabric for any obvious right and wrong sides. Pay attention to the design elements of your lace and place the pattern pieces to take advantage of the design rather than trying to cut the lace straight across. Cut all patterns pieces in a single layer.

If pins don’t hold the lace pieces together, try small binder clips. Another option would be tailor tacks or a loose basting stitch which can be removed afterwards.

Use a narrow zig zag stitch for the seams. Use a strip of skin coloured fabric to bind the trimmed seam allowance; it will then be almost unnoticeable against your skin. Alternatively, use a French seam.

A traditional choice for nobility, velvet for fashion is more accessible than ever. Woven or knitted, this luxurious and super-soft fabric is the go-to fabric for party season, but is showing up in more casual outfits as well; with smoking jackets, tops and pants! And with it’s warm and cozy feel is perfect for any winter event.

Stretch velvets are particularly rewarding to sew and, although a little tricky to cut and sew without the pile shifting, are a little more forgiving than classic woven velvet.

Woman wearing a lace topped velvet evening dress made using Burda pattern 6483

Item #3387158 Stretch Velvet Solids | 88% polyester 12% spandex | 148cm

Woman wearing a velvet wrap dress made using Vogue patern 9350

Item #3387558 Ice Crushed Velvet | 92% polyester 8% spandex | 153cm

Woman wearing a crushed velvet, ruched dress made using Vogue pattern 1632

Velvet isn’t just for grown-ups… mixed with a matching satin, velvet looks sweet for little ones too.

little girl in a crushed velvet and satin dress using McCalls pattern 7648

Along with solid or crushed stretch velvet, there are additional opulent choices such as burnout, glitter or even embellished with pearls! Be sure to check out the entire selection in stores now.

Item #3136600 Burnout Velvet | 95% polyester 5% spandex | 150cm

While you’re planning your party dress, why not get a head start on gift making for the holidays? This DIY Fringe Scarf, using an assortment of stretch velvet, is an easy, elegant project that all will love.

Trends from the 80’s are back with a 2019 twist. The old rules of bright colours in the summer and dark colours in the winter no longer apply.

We are seeing a refreshing return to brighter colours used as accents to the deeper more typical shades of autumn.

Bright yellow, fuchsia, sapphire blue, kelly green, orange, red, purple and peacock teal are showing up in over-sized coats and sweaters. These brighter colours are also appearing in prints as accented pops of colour, working with rich autumn shades and earthy browns.

Look out for: Bold colour. Strong shoulders. Colour blocking. Geometric prints. Over-sized outerwear. Puffy Sleeves. Clashing prints. Athletic inspired fashion. Ruffles. Leather.

Cozy comfortable silhouettes combining print, colour and texture with patchwork prints; including paisley, foulard, geometric, wallpaper floral and calico at the forefront.

Keep watch for: Artisan stripes and geometric prints. Scarf prints. Equestrian prints. Fair Isle sweaters. Faux fur. Aztec motifs. Denim. Suede. Corduroy. Leather. Sherpa. Melange knits. Ruffled dresses. Western style shirts.

Faux leather & fur are making a comeback; looking more realistic than ever before.

Typical autumn colours in handcrafted looks with a western edge. Mustard, orange, olive, rust, cognac, brick, plum, chocolate, teal and camel.

Top designers are showing soft leather dresses in vibrant colours. Porcelain blue, butterscotch, cognac, deep red, mustard, olive, purple and black. The leather trench coat also headed down the runways.

Fur is equally important for the season. Colourful sherpa, shearling and long hair fur in jackets and coats, as well as accents for collars and cuffs. Vinyl & plasticized trench coats are also trending this Fall.

What to watch for: Clear vinyl for rain wear. Printed vinyl. Shiny Vinyl in bold colours. Sherpa. Shearling. Leather dresses. Printed leather. Bonded leather to fur. Printed fur. Camouflage. Trench coats. Vests. Patchwork suede and sherpa. Faux fur.

Head back to the future with silver metallic!

Special Occasion dressing is looking icy cool with: Chunky sequin dresses. Sweater knits with silver lurex. Chiffon prints and solids with silver lurex stripes. Stretch faux leather knit activewear in silver grey. Silver grey lace. Silver satin. Silver lame. Sequined striped suiting. Silver on black brocade prints. Iridescent hologram. Ruffles in silver grey knit. Crinkled silver texture. Silver embroidered florals. Silver faux leather.

Making this origami crossbody bag is easy and fun and oh-so-rewarding. Mix bag and lining fabrics to match all your outfits and add your own strap styles and embellishments to create extra personal touches.

It’s easy to adjust the size to make smaller as an evening bag or bigger for shopping … just be sure the rectangle size is length is 3 times longer than the width.

What You Need:
.3m of 150cm boiled wool fabric (or similar weight)
.3m of lining fabric (any width)
1.2m faux leather or other trim for the strap
2x triangle rings
2x swivel hooks

STEP 1:
Cut 1 piece each of the wool and the lining 36×12”. With right sides together, sew around all edges leaving a small opening.

STEP 2:
Turn right side out, press flat and edge stitch around the entire rectangle. Mark 14” on top and bottom edge as diagram and fold as shown.

STEP 3:
Fold sides towards the center along top and bottom points and pin. Machine stitch in place as far as possible along edgestitch end as shown. Hand stitch remaining opening to the point.

STEP 4:
Flip over and repeat. It will be trickier to sew the flap to the body on the 2nd side. Sew as far as you can and hand stitch remaining opening closed.

STEP 5:
Fold top of the bag tips over triangle ring bar and stitch in place as shown. Cut the strap to your preferred length, fold ends over swivel hooks as shown and stitch.

STEP 6:
Attach handle and add embellishments such as tassels or appliqués to personalize.

With the swivel hooks, it’s easy to make multiple straps to suit your mood or for an extra-easy version, just sew the strap trim directly to the corners of the bag.

Download your own instructions PDF here.

A versatile addition to your wardrobe, a kimono is great for an evening event or a daytime outing. Plus, with breezy, sheer fabrics, kimonos also make a beautiful cover-up to wear at the pool or beach. Use our DIY how-to and make your own; a great piece for your upcoming Summer vacation!

TIP: If using a fabric that frays easily add some bias binding along the front and neckline edges instead of turning under for added strength.

Download printable step-by-step PDF here.

Download printable neck hole template here.

There are so many fabrics to choose from … here are some new examples.

Item #3495 658 Chiffon Dot | 100% polyester | 147cm
Item #3495 659 Decidedly Digital Chiffon Prints | 100% polyester | 150cm

With rising temperatures and sunny days ahead, these featured new fashion fabrics are a great choice for your summer sewing projects.

Crisp cotton-blend shirting in classic stripes are accented with delicate print designs for a clean, fresh look.

Cotton blend shirting fabric stripes with small florals used in Vogue 8810 dress pattern
Item #3639886 Novel Nautical Prints| 55% polyester 45% cotton | 147cm

Sophisticated & feminine prints that make a seamless transition from day to evening. A little added stretch provides comfort, but is stable enough for easy sewing.

Rose floral stretch fabric featured with Burda pattern and colour swatches
Item #3510358 Aristocrat Prints | 88% polyester 12% spandex | 147cm

A collection of freshly picked floral prints in an assortment of patterns and colours. Ideal for romantic flowy dresses & breezy boho blouses.

Flowy polyester fabric floral prints used in McCalls 7898 dress pattern
Item #3479558 Marnie Prints | 100% polyester | 147cm

Elegant jacquard fabrics in soft summer hues are sure to make a statement. Perfect for your next special occasion dress, skirt or jacket.

Large floral jacquard fabric used in Butterick 6131 dress pattern with fabric swatches in colours rose, purple and blue
Item #3289658 Amore Jacquard | 100% polyester | 147cm

After a cold, grey Winter there’s nothing better than colour splashed into your wardrobe. Warmth and sunshine, beach weather, day trips and being outdoors. Enjoy the new seasons and enjoy all the colour!

Soft and luxurious faux fur is ideal for vests, coats, fashion accessories, cozy blankets, crafts and more and comes in so many styles.

Rich and glamorous…

Sophisticated black, white and grey…

And fun and casual. Something for everyone.

Winter chic scarves are easy-to-make when paired with elegant brocade backings. With so much choice, last minutes gifts are easy for everyone on your list.

Get the instructions by here.

Fancy Faux Fur Scarves

Item #3271888000R Quentin Luxury Faux Fur | pile: 100% modacrylic back: 100% polyester | 150cm

Item #3289404000R, 3289400000D, 3289403000D Bouffant Brocades | 100% polyester | 150cm

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