We have been really, really busy here at the store. Pauline was busy shopping with the fabric reps for 2017 arrivals. I must say there are some fantastic fabrics and programs to look forward to in the new year (sneak peek below).
We recently participated in the Chilliwack Christmas Craft Crawl, a four day event which just happened to fall during our Black Friday sale, can you say double whammy? We also have our Warehouse Clearance Sale which is still happening so be sure to check that out. I think we have done a fine job staying on top of filling orders while simultaneously serving our valued in store customers.
Right as we were catching our breath, this past weekend was our monthly Super Stitcher Weekend Sale which is busy no matter the time of year. As people were stocking up for Christmas sewing the December Super Stitcher seemed a little more exceptional than usual.
We have also been busy adding hundreds of new fabrics to the website which were spilling off the shelves and onto the floor of the storage room. You can always find our newest additions to the website under “New Arrivals” on the left sidebar of the website.
Right when we were beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel we got a BIG shipment. A trailer arrived with FOUR skids of fabric late last week. It was like Christmas arrived early, could you hear us squealing?
Needless to say we are going to continue to be busy for the remainder of the year but in a good way, because touching fabric all day long can never be a bad thing.
Today’s Thrifty Thursday item is Rachel’s Garden Brights Gemfives pack by Shania Sunga for Cantik Batiks.
Rachel’s Garden Brights Gemfives package includes 20 – 100 % cotton pre-cut 5″ x 44″ strips,1 strip of each colour. Our regular price is $54.98. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $29.98. Click HERE to order yours today!
Today’s Thrifty Thursday item is our Angel of Joy Quilt Kit. Angel of Joy is perfect to decorate your home for the holidays or all year long.
This mini quilt measures 6″ x 23″ and includes includes fabric, batting, floss, quilt hanger & pattern. Our regular price is $29.98. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $19.98. Click Angel of Joy to order yours today!
We have Bosal foam in pre-shaped packages as well as on the bolt here at the store. It makes a really great middle layer to placemats, table runners, bags and more. I experimented with it as a filler for some new placemats and here are a few tips we want to show based on the manufacturer’s instructions.
First you can choose your shape. We have various precut forms available or you can custom shape your own with a piece of foam from the bolt like I did. The form plays an integral part to the project and becomes your template. Once the foam is cut, then I proceeded to trace out a placemat exactly like the size of the form I had chosen. I created one placemat front and one placemat back using a making pen on the wrong side of the fabrics. A co-worker advises that it’s helpful to prewash/pre-shrink your fabrics before beginning your project because later with future washing the foam will remain original size, but some cotton fabrics can shrink in the laundering process.
After tracing out the shape of the placemat, I now had a line to sew on. Pin a front and a back fabric right sides together and cut out fabric approx 1/2″ away from the sewing line.
Sew all the way around your placemat, leaving about a 4″ opening to turn right sides out. Trim seam allowances to a scant 1/4″ and clip curves before turning right side out. At this point a pressing with the iron helps create a smooth shaped placemat. Really important to push out those curves and/or corners.
Now for the Bosal foam! Fold your foam into thirds so that you can insert it into your placemat to give body and stability. This part of the process can involve some wiggling to get it right into place.
Finally, just as you get the form inside the placemat as you want it to be, tuck in the seam allowances on your opening and press. Take a bit of time to allow your iron to melt the adhesive on the Bosal foam and adhere to the wrong side of the fabric. Ten seconds or so for each placement of your iron will do the trick before moving your iron to the next spot on your placemat. Be careful to prevent unwanted puckers, pleats, etc. Once the top side of your placemat is pressed to the Bosal foam, then turn over the placemat and press the other side taking the time to allow the adhesive to melt.
After all your pressing is done and the Bosal foam is installed, you can add stitching around the edges and/or put in some decorative quilting lines if you desire. I found that the edge stitching seemed to be enough to complete my placemats. Enjoy your project with Bosal foam!
Today’s Thrifty Thursday is a selection of NO SEW Fleece Throw kits. Each kit includes cozy 100% polyester microfleece for both the front and back of the blanket so you have nearly everything to complete the project, all you need are scissors. These are sure to be a Christmas gift giving hit for the little ones!
This throw makes for quick gifts, a great beginner project or a child’s first project (under adult supervision of course).
The regular retail price is $19.98. Today’s Thrifty Thursday price is only $9.99. Click Here to order one or more today!