Calico fabric provides a natural, blank canvas, perfect for mocking up patterns, marking down adjustments whilst on the form, draping and even as a base natural textile for printing on. This versatile fabric is cheap and easy to work with, meaning that you can perfect your designs before cutting into an expensive or rare fabric!Continue reading “Calico fabric: What exactly is it?”
Bamboo is one of the most sustainable sources on the planet, but did you know that it can be used to produce a soft, strong and eco-friendly textile that is perfect for keeping cosy, mopping up spills and a variety of re-usable projects?!
Non? Well! In this guide we’ll be talking aaalllll about bamboo towelling fabric, sharing how this super-fabric is made and giving you 13 sewing tips for handling this fluffy little fella of a fabric…Continue reading “13 Tips For Sewing With Bamboo Towelling Fabric”
Look at our amazing Chalk Cloth it is so much fun to stitch with.
It works exactly like a traditional chalk board but it is a fabric. You can write on it, draw on it and the great thing is, it’s wipe clean, so that you can use it again and again.
So here you have it, a comprehensive guide to sewing with Chalk Cloth.Continue reading “10 Tips For Sewing With Chalk Cloth Fabric”
Say cheers at a table filled with gorgeous luxury table place settings this year! We have lots of ideas and inspiration for your Christmas 2021 table decor.
The kit has been designed with the busy Seam-Star in mind.
Not only is this a simple project each element comes together FAST! We reckon you can sew the whole kit in around 4 hours!Continue reading “Have the best dressed table this Christmas!”
Hello! It’s Earth Day this coming Wednesday so we thought we’d celebrate some of our more eco-conscious products & have an Eco-Week! We’re kicking off sharing share some information about one of the more eco-friendly fabric out there, Bamboo Fabric.Continue reading “Fabric Guide – Using Eco Bamboo Fabrics”
I just love cotton lawn… Have you sewn with it? It’s divine!
What is cotton lawn?
Well as the name suggests, cotton lawn is made from 100% cotton!
Cotton lawn originates from a place called Laon in France and has a smooth, polished feel.
The Ultimate At-A-Glance Guide to Vilene/ Vlieseline Products
Interfacings and interlinings are some of the most useful products to have in your sewing room.
Vlieseline offer a vast range of products which can add shape and structure to your fabric but there are so many choose from so how do you know which you need for your project?
First off, let’s talk about Vlieseline.
If you’re based in Europe and have been sewing for a while you’ll probably be familiar with the brand Vilene.
Vilene became Vlieseline in the summer of 2016, different name, but the products are all the same and of exceptional quality.
For more than 60 years Vilene (now Vlieseline) has been the essential interlining for all kinds of applications.
Vlieseline products are the most famous and prestigious interlinings for those with a passion for sewing, for studios and for professional tailors/dressmakers!
Did you know that Vlieseline do more than just interlinings?
The Creative Range is the perfect range of stabilisers for all sorts of projects including patchwork, bags, home decoration, or accessories.
Did you know that Vlieseline also offer a great range of waddings/ battings?
Suitable for projects that need a little volume of padding, there are also some flame retardant choices, perfect to offer peace of mind for baby projects.
With the help of Vlieseline we’ve put together a handy at-a-glance guide which will easily help you select the right product for the right project.
As well as the basic weights we’ve included laundry instructions, fabric suitability and properties, a quick guide to how to apply the product.
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Vlieseline/ Vilene & Pellon Equivalent products
Isn’t it annoying when you find the perfect project online, only to discover you don’t recognise the suggested stability option?
If you’re based in the USA you’re probably familiar with Pellon, and here in Europe and Australia the most popular brand is Vlieseline.
We’ve provided Pellon suggestions for Vlieseline products where possible, although we always recommend testing an interlining on scrap fabric first to make sure you’re happy with the result.
Vlieseline have an extensive YouTube channel which you must check out. It has oodles of video how-to tutorials on how to get the best from the range.
We hope you find this guide helpful! Drop us a message and let us know how you get along, we love to see all your amazing makes.
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I’d hazard a guess that most people have used felt at some point in their lives.
Who remembers Fuzzy Felt?!
I used to love putting together Fuzzy Felt scenes when I was small.
Felt comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and quality, here’s a guide on choosing the right felt for your project and some handling tips.Continue reading “A Fabric Guide: Felt Fabric”
Halloween is just around the corner and what better fabric to create a statement with your costumes this year than dress net? We get asked a lot about both tulle and dress net and there seems to be some confusion about this family of fabrics and whether tulle and dress net are actually the same thing (they’re similar, but not the same). We thought we’d put together a fabric guide to help you decide which type of net is best for your project, along with some tips on how to handle this fun and holey cloth! Continue reading “What the Tulle? A guide to Tulle And Net fabric”