Category Archives: Thrifty Thursday

Thrifty Thursday….28wt Aurifil Thread Packs


Aurifil Assortments
Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is an assortment of 28wt Aurifil thread packs.  Colours are selected by Hamel’s staff to make up an assortment of 4 spool thread packs. These popular threads are 100% Long Staple Mercerized Egyptian Cotton and are great for Machine Embroidery, Machine Quilting and Machine Applique.  Each pack contains four – 750 metre spools of 28 weight thread.  Our regular price is $72.00 Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $19.99 Click Here to order yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.

Stabilizing T-Shirts with Presto Interfacing


There seems to be a strong interest in t-shirt quilts these days and everyone seems to have a stash of favourite t-shirts chronicling their childhood, depicting a hobby or special interest. As time goes on, we all seem to have a drawerful of old t-shirts we can’t seem to part with or t-shirts we have been commissioned with to make a quilt for someone. At the store we have seen competitive runners gather all the t-shirts from all the races they’ve competed in, or t-shirts collected in a favourite theme (like Fido Dido character on t-shirts from the 1980’s).

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Whatever your collection of special shirts is comprised of or the shopping bags you’ve been given to create a t-shirt quilt, how do you begin?

Well step one is to make sure the t-shirts are laundered and folded flat. The second step is to cut off the sleeves, cuffs and collars and get focused on the graphics you want to work with and set into blocks for your quilt. Consider incorporating the back of the t-shirts too that have significant wording or a crest.

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Step three, the most transformative step, is to “stabilize” the wrong side of the t-shirts. Keeping the t-shirt piece larger than the block you think you will create is the key. (eg. cut t-shirt 16″ or so and resize it later to 12″ or whatever size you decide on) T-shirt fabric is, by nature, stretchy and without a lot of substance on its own if you want to make quilt blocks. We like to recommend “Presto Interfacing” to stabilize the back of all your t-shirts going into a quilt. Presto Interfacing is a 100% cotton pre-shrunk 22″ wide single-sided fusible interfacing available in white. For $6.98 per metre, this product is not going to add a lot of bulk to the t-shirts but will stabilize the t-shirt and transform the stretchy knit into a format you can square up or cut to size for blocks.

So fusing Presto Sheer onto the back of the t-shirt fabric before you sew you blocks together will make the t-shirts a breeze to sew with. Presto Sheer comes off the bolt here at Hamels by the metre and fusing a piece of this to the back of your t-shirts with a medium hot iron is going to set you on your way to a wonderful finish. Take your time pressing on the presto sheer interfacing to insure that the glue adhesive melts onto the back of the t-shirt. I found that cutting it down to block size after stabilizing it with Presto Sheer worked well. Once the t-shirts are “stabilized” you can proceed to laying out your blocks in whatever arrangement you decide.

Thrifty Thursday…Moda Mini Charm Packs


Mini Charm Tower

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is a select assortment of Mini Charms. These fabric packs by Moda each contain forty two – 2 1/2″ squares.   Our regular price is $4.50 – $5.98. Our Thrifty Thursday price is $2.00 eachClick Here to order yours today!  SOLD OUT

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.TT MC 650

Thrifty Thursday….Hopechest


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Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is the ‘Hopechest‘ pattern from Crabapple Hill Designs.

Refined and elegant images from the past when every woman filled her hope chest with monogrammed linens to fill her future home. All of the letters of the alphabet are included so you can choose your favorites for the quilt. I can think of so many other ways to use these monograms! Embellish hand towels, pillowcases, and tablecloths in blackwork, brownwork, whitework or full color…it’s up to you! Think about using other colorways! Redwork, Pink or Greenwork, or using many different colors. Any would be just beautiful!

This finished quilt measures 68 1/4″ x 68 1/4″.  Our regular price is $36.45. Our Thrifty Thursday price is $9.00. Click HOPECHEST to orders yours today!

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.

Thrifty Thursday….Aurifil Holiday Thread Pack


Holiday Pack

Today’s *Thrifty Thursday item is an Aurifil thread pack.  Colours were selected by Pauline to make up this Holiday coloured thread pack. These popular threads are 100% Long Staple Mercerized Egyptian Cotton and are great for Machine Embroidery, Quilting and Serging.  Each pack contains three spools of 40 weight thread with one 1000m metre spool each of Medium Spruce, Ped Peony and Light Juniper. Click Here to order yours today!  SOLD OUT! 

*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.