Tuesday Tip: Sew Clean Spot and Stain Remover

“Sew Clean” is an all natural fabric spot and stain remover. It uses nature’s now citrus extract with a fresh orange scent to remove stains–the all natural way!

Whether your priceless quilt was made by you or someone else, pamper it with Sew Clean. It is great for quilts, wall hangings and wearables. This all natural cleaner is biodegradable, non-toxic and has not butyl or harsh alkalies.

Sew Clean removes ballpoint pen ink, pencil and crayon marks, lipstick and makeup, fingerprints, blood, grass stains, oil and grease, rust stains, coffee and soft drinks, chewing gum… and a lot more!

Use Sew Clean in your crafting area and around the house. It cleans glass, ceramic tile, plastics, painted surfaces, synthetic countertops, vinyl wall coverings, carpet, fibreglass and much more. It also removes adhesive gums!

Directions for use:

Spot & Stain Remover: Spray the stain and use a dampened cloth to gently blot out the stain. If water stain appears, machine or hand wash the entire garment or project. Use a cotton swab dipped in Sew Clean for tiny spots or delicate fabrics.

Laundry pre-spotter: Spray the stain and let set 2 to 3 minutes. Place in washer or hand wash.

Household stains: Just spray it on and wipe it off! On tough stains, let stand 2 to 3 minutes.

Always test the colourfastness of the item in an inconspicuous area before using Sew Clean.

Caution: May irritate eyes. In case of contact, flush with cool water for at least 15 minutes. Keep out of reach of children.

Tuesday Tip: Fine Crochet Hook for Stray Threads

Have you ever discovered a dark thread showing through a light section on your quilt top? After your quilt has been sandwiched and stitched together, it can seem almost impossible to remove a stray unwanted thread from inside of your quilt. The thread might show up like an unsightly varicose vein.

Well there’s a tool that can fix this issue without invasive surgery on your beloved quilt. It’s called a Bohin Fine Crochet Hook for Repairs. This tool has a very fine end to it and can be inserted through your fabric or a seam and help you with the extraction of random threads. 

Here, check out this video that demonstrates how the Bohin Fine Crochet Hook performs:

Now wouldn’t this Bohin Fine Crochet Hook be handy? We are also thinking that this hook would also be useful for repairing snags in sweaters and other knitted garments. Check out this Bohin Fine Crochet Hook in our store or via our website.

Happy stitching!

 

 

Tuesday Tip: Sew a “Village” Quilt

Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.

Helen Keller knew about challenges, and how to overcome them.  With the uncertainty that is now part of our daily lives, we are coming together to draw strength from each other, and to find comfort in knowing we are not alone.  

Carrie Nelson designed this quilt and she works for Moda Fabrics. She is sharing one of her popular quilt patterns called “Village”. It is available as a free PDF download for all of us to access. It can be made using your scraps or check out our website to order Moda Charm packs.  

One quilter made a dramatic version with a dark background depicting a Village at night. 

We hope you will enjoy sewing your own Village as you stay in good health at home. Send us pictures of your project using this pattern and let us know how your Village is looking. 

 

 

Tuesday Tip: What is a Precut Honey Bun?

Recently, Moda Fabrics has been releasing their new collections not only in fat quarter bundles, layer cakes and charm squares, but also in a Honey Bun format. These 1.5″ strips are a jelly roll’s slimmer brother. 

In a Honey Bun precut, Moda gives you 40 strips that are cut as wide as 1.5″ each. Strips are cut from selvedge to selvedge measuring 45″. Although narrower than a jelly roll strip that’s 2.5″, the Honey Bun precut is not to be overlooked or seen as less than desirable; not at all. A Honey Bun equates to approximately 1.5 metres of fabric.

IMPORTANT NOTE – please DON’T “prewash” these strips or any other Moda precut. You will destroy your strip and have a big disaster if you insist on washing the strips before sewing them into your project! There is no need to prewash, just open the roll and start your project.

What can you create with a Honey Bun after you get this little roll home?

Here’s our Top Ten ideas for a Honey Bun:

  1. Make a log cabin quilt that you have always dreamed about and yet were not excited about finding and cutting lots of little strips.

2.  Mini nine patch blocks are great from Honey Bun strips. They measure 3″ when you’ve finished sewing them into your project. Very darling!

3. Rail fence – this pattern is a timeless classic and looks great modern or traditional!

4. String quilts – open up a Honey Bun (or two) and voila, you have all the strips you need to start making string blocks. Very stress releasing!

5. – Converting any project requirement for a 2.5″ strip into using a 1.5″ Honey Bun strip. This will hardly take any time really to convert. You will end up with a smaller block and/or a overall smaller project but that’s ok. Think about how much quicker it is to finish a smaller project and even do the quilting yourself! 

6.  Narrow sashing – Honey Bun strips are precisely 1.5″ and can frame your blocks nicely!

7. Take a strip or two from a Honey Bun and use them to add as trim on a pillow or pillowcase.

8. Small projects – Try using a Honey Bun to make a book cover, a small bag, or even a pillow cover.

9.  Rectangles – cut strips into rectangles or bricks for a sophisticated one patch look!

10. Get creative and design your own quilt project using the strips. They all coordinate together and will look great no matter how you combine the strips together!

Browse our selection of honey buns HERE and let us see what your next project using this precut!

Tuesday Tip: Creative Grids 60 Degree Ruler

Currently we have a few Creative Grids’ 60 Degree Rulers in stock at our retail storefront available thru our website for shipping or curbside pickup. This versatile ruler can cut 30 and 60 degree angles up to a finished height of 12in. This 60 degree equilateral triangle features easy to read black and white markings. A 1/4in dashed line is printed on each side of the center vertical line so you can cut 30 degree triangles that include the seam allowance. Think about some fun patterns that need fabric cut on this 60 degree angle…

                   

This 60 degree ruler comes with fully illustrated step by step instructions or scan the QR Code printed on the ruler to view a video demonstration of these features.

The ruler slides easily over the fabric until pressure is applied. Then, our exclusive gripper holds the fabric in place while cutting, eliminating slipping and miss-cuts!

Total Size – 12-1/2in x 14-3/4in

Check out this video below to see what you can do with a ruler like this:

Happy stitching!