I’d like to introduce one of my newest sponsors, Fabricville. They have provided us with a discount today (scroll down for the code!) and I can’t wait to tell you what you can spend it on. For those of us in Canada, the logo will look very familiar – and their in-stock items are no different! Fabricville started in 1970, when Fabricland (similar to JoAnn Fabrics in the US) expanded into Quebec and Eastern Canada.
Their new, redesigned website (new this year) lets you order any of the items you’d normally get in-store – and ship them right to your door! So – all of you that live in rural areas and can’t get to a fabric store without a lot of trouble? I am pleased to introduce your new best friend! In addition to fashion fabrics, fleece and flannelettes – they stock drapery and upholstery fabrics – in fact they have the largest inventory of these items in Canada! I am most excited that you can get your notions, thread, zippers, buttons, elastic, needles, batting and more. I am part of an amazing Canadian group and have heard so many stories of people unable to easily purchase sewing supplies – now they can be shipped to you!
Here is a little bit from Fabricville about their chosen featured fabric:
Our fleece is available in a multitude of solid colors, patterns and textures (regular, anti-pill and micro chenille fleece). It is as great for craft projects as it is for clothing. Fabricville carries over a hundred printed options including Disney themes, animal prints, floral and children’s prints. Fleece is often used for beginner craft projects because once cut, the edges do not fray. Flannelette is most often used for sleepwear and bed sheets It is an easy to sew and easy to care for fabric, making it a good choice for many sewing projects.
So many options! (PS. They also stock needlework supplies.) Here are a few links they have highlighted to get you started:
Save 10% on your purchase at Fabricville by using the code “threadridinghood”. Use this code until January 31, 2014! Valid on any purchase over $20.
A few years ago my daughter’s school sent home a letter asking for donations to local charities instead of teacher gifts, and it got me thinking. I always have a hard time choosing fabrics and sewing for teachers. I’m never sure if they will use what I’ve made, or even if they will like it. So this year we did things a little differently. Still, with some sewing – because I HAVE to sew them something!
We gave each teacher a fabric envelope filled with a painted salt-dough ornament, a handmade card and a certificate saying we bought a World Vision gift in their name. The fabric envelopes are part of my Fabric Gift Bag Pattern, and I modified them by adding a button and leaving off the strap closure. The girls picked the fabric from my stash of fat quarters and I sewed them up yesterday – as per my “regular” last-minute rule!
The girls were already painting ornaments to give as gifts at the retirement home where we will be singing carols this year. So we made a few extras for their teachers as well. And they worked hard to make some cards for their teachers after school yesterday. My oldest is in French Immersion and I’m so amazed at how quickly she picked up another language! She made a card in each language – one for each teacher.
The World Vision gift we chose to give will donate books and literacy support to kids in need. It made me tear up when I bought it – but maybe it’s just a product of multiple late nights I’ve stayed up sewing? My kids love stories and reading. To think that we have a (small) part in helping other children to have that ability as well – it’s a great feeling! I printed each graphic straight from the e-card. Easy Peasy (and thankfully fast!)
Now we are almost ready for the holidays, I’ve just got to tackle the gift wrapping!
We’ve got a treat for you today – the 11th post in the Canadian Online Fabric Store series. I’m interviewing L’Oiseau – an Alberta-based shop with international shipping (and they are giving away fabric to one lucky winner!). I’ve known about L’Oiseau for a while now, but I did not know about their amazing collection of apparel fabrics!
(Before we get too far – L’Oiseau asked me to mention that they are having a HUGE Winter Clearance sale right now. Click over to take advantage of some amazing prices! – Ends Dec 21, 2014)
Here is a run-down of just some types of fabric they offer: Cotton Poplin, Jersey Knit, Sweatshirt, Denim, Corduroy, Organics (Hemp, Bamboo), Velour & French Terry. Not to forget the ribbon, iron on transfers, labels and patterns. They also have a Knitting Shoppe – in case you knit or crochet. How’s that for an introduction?
I happen to know about a little something that is under our Christmas tree (ahem*cough*hint*serger!*cough) so I was especially excited about owner Michelle’s collection of knit fabrics. I’m hoping to make good use of my stash and then start ordering from her!
I’ve included a few favorite fabrics here – but you have to know that I have spent more time browsing this shop than I have for any other interview post to date. There is just so much goodness! Every page on her site has something I’d like to sew with and there is a great variety, lots of solids and some stripes too.
Here’s a little bit more about L’Oiseau via a little bio Michelle wrote up for me:
We started our shop April, 2013 and as a result of my endless search for great fabric. We focused on Euro fabrics and products because I had been personally so inspired by their fun, playful attitude toward sewing. And their quality, colour saturation, and functionality is unparalleled. We wanted to offer these great fabrics to Canadians and beyond!
Thread Riding Hood: Why did you decide to start L’Oiseau Fabrics?
Michelle: I wanted the Euro fabrics for myself! I loved their quality and the certifications that came along with them and I spend so much of my time and resources scoping out the fabrics that one day my husband implied maybe I should just open a store. He may have been joking but I thought, “What a great idea!” And here we are.
Thread Riding Hood: What is your favorite type of sewing project?
Michelle: Kids clothing; hands down. Colour, texture, applique, ribbons; you can do it all and really your only limitation is your imagination. And they love it…what’s more rewarding than that?
Thread Riding Hood: What is something coming up in the near future that you are especially excited about?
Michelle: We are simplifying and I am excited about that. We are going to focus on more of the great quality, basic apparel fabrics because they always work and are a sort of launching pad for amazing things.
Thanks Michelle! I love what she says about sewing clothing for kids. It’s so true!
Michelle has generously given us a “Choose Your Own Adventure” giveaway today! One very fortunate winner will get to choose 1 metre of any fabric from the L’Oiseau Fabric Shoppe!
This giveaway is open to everyone, internationally from today until midnight on Tuesday evening, December 23, 2014. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address. There’s a “click to enter” no social media login entry too!
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Last page folks – truly and for real! Thisis the last of the Quiet Book pages. Now all we need is the cover and all will be right with the world…. except I need to start sewing my other Christmas gifts… hmmm!
This page is the size of 3 regular sized pages in this book, since it opens up to become a full sized race track. This page is significantly different from the original book – so much so that I haven’t included the original photos. If you need a reference point you can refer back to the original quiet book photos in this post.
The shopping list for this page looks daunting… but in the end it’s worth it! Not too bad, just lots of little pieces that go together quickly once they are cut. Here is a layout to refer to when placing items on your page.
You will need:
- Background Fabric (Grass): 1 piece quilting cotton 18″ wide x 9″ high (behind racetrack) + 1 piece quilting cotton 9″ wide x 6″ high (behind mechanic)
- Page Interfacing: 1 piece 18″x9″ + 1 piece 9″x9″ square, medium weight fusible interfacing (you will have this from your Week 1 shopping list)
- Mechanic Garage: 1 piece 9″ high x 6.5″ wide orange quilting cotton
- Mechanic Symbol: Black Fabric Paint, Freezer Paper (for stencil)
- Mechanic’s “Door”: 1 piece 4 1/2″ wide x 2 3/4″ tall clear plastic (6 or 8 gauge recommended)
- Mechanic Parking Lot: 1 piece 9″ wide by 3 3/4″ high black quilting cotton
- Parking Lot lines: 2 pieces 1/4″ silver ribbon 2 1/2″ long
- Race Track: 7″ x 18″ black quilting cotton
- Pit Stop: 1 1/2″ x 4″ black quilting cotton
- Pit Stop Yellow Lines: aprox. 11″ 3/8″ wide yellow ribbon
- Bridge Guard Rails: 4 pieces 1/4″ silver ribbon 3 1/4″ long
- Cars: Scraps of faux vinyl in car colours and wheel colour
- Cars: attachment strings, 3 pcs 20″ long 1/4″ wide grosgrain ribbon (not pictured below)
- River: 1 piece blue quilting cotton 6″ wide x 10″ high
- Black Velcro Fastener: 1″ long x 1/2″ wide (TIP: cut a regular piece of velcro in half widthwise)
- Fusible Web (I use Steam-A-Seam)
- Craft Knife: to cut freezer paper stencil
- Ribbon Tab: 3 1/2″ long for the side tab
- Matching Thread for Satin Stitching and Top-stitching
- Leather needle
- School Glue Stick
- Small Safety Pin
- Race Track Pattern Pieces -> Click here to download
Before we begin/Important Notes:
- Print out the pattern pieces pdf on letter size (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper. Important: Do not select “fit to page” when printing, make sure you print at the original size. Once you have printed the pages, measure the 1″ test square to ensure the pattern is the correct size.
- Cut out all fabric that uses a pattern piece. Cut as indicated on the pattern piece, the racetrack is cut on a fold. Cut Fusible Web using the Race Track & River pattern pieces. Also cut one piece 1 1/2″ x 4″ for the Pit Stop.
- When you are sewing this book it is good to remember that some of the edges will be covered after the book is completed and sewn together. 1/2″ on the top edge of your page and 3/4″ on each side edge will not show in the final project. * This is especially important for this page *
- Remember to use your iron liberally when you are sewing this book. It is going to be a work of art when you are done! Since it is thick and some of the pages will not be iron-able once you are finished with them it is advisable to take all of the care you can to remove wrinkles so they are not accidentally permanent in your final book.
Here we go:
- Glue the end of an attachment string 1″ onto the wrong side of the “back” of one side of each car piece. (Glue is used in lieu of pins, to prevent permanent holes.)
- Glue the two car pieces wrong sides together with the ribbon in between the layers.
- Place and glue the tires in place – two on each side of the car. Only glue the part of the tire that is touching the car body shape. Let the glue dry to securely hold the pieces together.
- Top-stitch around the edge of the car, and over the tires, to hold everything in place. Backstitch-stitch over the tires and ribbon as you sew, for extra security. * You may need to use a leather needle to sew through all of the layers *
- Fold the orange garage fabric in half wrong sides together to create a 6 1/2″ wide x 4 1/2″ high rectangle with a fold along the top. Draw a 4″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle in the centre of the bottom raw edges.
- Stitch the open sides of the rectangle with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Also stitch along the lines of the rectangle you just drew.
- Trim the inside of the rectangle to 1/4″ and clip into the corners. Clip the top corners of the side seams as well.
- Turn the rectangle right side out through one of the bottom openings. It’s a bit of a tight squeeze, but take your time, it will work.
- Use a chopstick or pencil to push out the corners and sides. Press the shape flat.
- Cut a 4″ x 6″ piece of freezer paper. Trace and cut out the mechanic symbol to make a freezer paper stencil. Apply the stencil, paint the symbol black and let it dry. If you have not used a freezer paper stencil before these are good instructions.
- Stitch several straight lines through the piece of vinyl, to represent the frames in the panes of glass usually found on a mechanic’s garage doors. Use this trick if your presser foot sticks to the plastic.
- Place the plastic behind the garage door opening. Secure it with pins inside the seam allowance (to avoid permanent holes).
- Top-stitch along the sides and top of the opening to secure the plastic. Top-stitch along the top edge of the garage – this will be the opening for the pocket.
Finishing the Mechanic Page
- Fold the end of each 2 1/2″ silver ribbon under by 1/4″. Place the centre of each ribbon 3 1/4″ in from each side of the black “parking lot” rectangle. Stitch from the bottom to the top to secure.
- Place the garage at the centre bottom of the 9″ x 6″ background fabric. Top-stitch the sides only to secure and create the pocket.
- Thread the car attachment ribbons through the pocket and out at the bottom centre. Stitch them in place with a scant 1/4″ seam.
- Match the top edge of the parking lot with the bottom edge of the background, wrong sides together. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam. Press the seam open – being careful not to press the vinyl.
- Fuse the 9″ x 9″ interfacing to the back of the mechanic page. Be careful not to melt the vinyl! It is best to avoid fusing the centre of the page, just fuse the edges enough to hold it on.
- Fuse the interfacing to the back of the 18″ x 9″ rectangle.
- Fuse the river to the background – the top right hand corner is 2 3/4″ over from the top right corner of the background.
- Satin stitch the edges with matching thread.
- Fuse the pit stop rectangle to the background – the top left hand corner is 4 3/4″” over from the top left corner of the background, and 1″ down from the top edge.
- Fuse the race track to the background. It is centred left to right, and 2.25″ down from the top edge of the background. It overlaps the pit stop by about 1/4″.
- Satin stitch all edges of the racetrack and pit stop with matching thread.
- Fold under both edges of the guard rail ribbons. Centre them over the places the racetrack and river meet. Stitch them down.
- Stitch the yellow pit stop ribbon in a rectangle centred on the pit stop. Fold ends under and mitre each corner before stitching.
- Stitch one side of the Velcro centred at one end of the racetrack.
- Fold the page in half to find the placement for the other piece. Stitch it in place. It should be centred at the other end of the racetrack. This will keep the page closed when the book is in use.
A while ago I wrote about wanting to make a difference with my sewing, and how Fridays Off Fabric Shop happened to contact me about how they had become a drop off location for Conkerr Cancer pillowcases.
I was so excited when my sewing group decided to take a night to sew up a bunch of these pillowcases. We were especially fortunate to be able to use my friend Laura‘s winnings (from a contest with Stay Home Fabrics) to augment our fabric supply for the project. Each of us brought enough for two pillowcases, and Laura kindly donated enough to make 7 or 8 more! In the end we made 14 pillowcases. That’s 14 more kids in our city’s children’s hospital that will soon be sleeping on a colourful pillow, and hopefully 14 smiles to go along with them!
I decided to try this as a little sewing project that my kids could be involved in. Something simple to make that will help them to think about someone else, someone who doesn’t have it as easy as they do. We took a trip out to Sew Etc, one of my local fabric shops, and they were amazingly helpful. The kids picked out two fabrics each – no help from me. I love seeing what they pick when I have no influence over their choice!
I sewed up my oldest’s pillowcase for her – since she’s not as excited about sewing and I don’t want to force her to love it. My youngest however, is trying to be a little seamstress and insisted that she could sew her own “all by herself”. I did my best to help as little as possible. I love the note she wrote to go with her pillowcase. I hope we can make so many more!
There is much more information about ConKerr Cancer available on their site and so many inspiring photos. They have chapters located throughout the US, Canada, South Africa and the UK. I would urge you – especially with Christmas right around the corner – to take a little time and consider ConKerr Cancer as a great place to give to! The pillowcases are simple enough that a beginner can sew one easily – and they make such a difference to a child in the hospital.
There is talk of another pillowcase sewing night with my sewing group already! And I’m hoping to make more every so often with my kids as well. It’s a great way to use our sewing skills to make a difference.
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This is it. Your perfect Christmas gift. (or Birthday, or Any-excuse-will-do-day!) I cannot tell you how excited I am to be a part of this amazing fabric subscription program put together by my sponsor, Fabric Spark.
They have teamed up with some amazing bloggers to offer a specially-curated fat quarter bundle every month! I don’t know about you… but I get a tad giddy at the thought of owning something one of my favorite bloggers has chosen. It’s like a little celebrity-crush and I get to own something they have put their mark on. Now… as I write this I realize that it sounds a little stuck-up, and please forgive me for it, because while I was writing I forgot that I am of those bloggers! Eeeek! It makes me so thankful for all of you who are reading this. Thank you so, so much for following along!
I am thrilled to be included in this amazing group. I’ve been following Maureen Cracknell Handmade – one of my most favorite blogs ever – and Very Shannon - Go Canada! – around the web for quite a few years now. Daryl (Fabric Spark’s owner) has recently introduced me to Fresh Lemons, Blue Elephant Stitches (also Canadian!), Modern Sewciety (amazing podcasts!) and the Tattooed Quilter. Each month, starting in January 2015, you will receive a bundle of 12 fat quarters, specially chosen by one of these great bloggers.
The winners of the Thread Riding Hood kits from Fabric Spark are posted as well! The giveaway was for three kits – one TRH Reusable Lunch Bag Pattern kit and two TRH Fabric Gift Bag Pattern Kits. I was excited to be able to email the winners earlier today. And even more excited to receive their lovely emails back – best part of my job! Congratulations to Anita, Jackie & Michele! I hope you enjoy using the kits (and please send photos when you are done?!).
Have a lovely Friday and a great weekend everyone!
First… the bad news? I didn’t finish the Quiet Book Sew-Along on time. I am not sure if anyone is sewing along? (Not to make anyone feel bad in any way. I’m pretty excited to finish it up and be able to offer a pdf download for the whole thing!) Instead of finishing the Sew-Along, I took the weekend off. It has been a very long time since I “ignored” the blog and it felt amazing to do some home stuff – so, thank you! We did a bunch of family stuff and got some baking done instead. Yum!
If you are sewing along and have need of the last two installments please let me know and I will finish up right away. I want to finish it up, but the last page takes a bit longer than the others and I’m not feeling inspired quite yet. I do have all of the materials, pattern pieces and a bit of the instructions finished, so it will be soon! Promise!
In the meantime, I’ve got tons of fun stuff on the go – a mini version of the Forest Glen Satchel will be sent to testers in the week or so (I hope!). I’ve also got a fun project I worked on with Cloud9 Fabrics (eeeek!) that I’ll share once it comes out on their site. The bark cloth was fun to work with and the line is a new-and-coming-soon collection called Time Warp from Jessica Jones. I’ve also gotten my Christmas gifts started – but no photos until after the holidays for those!
By way of admin, the winners of the Forest Glen Satchel pattern and the $50 Gift Certificate from Duncan & Kate have been announced on their respective posts for a week or so now. You can follow the links to their posts to see who won. If you have won and haven’t received an email or prize, please let me know and I’ll take care of it right away. Congratulations to Debbie, Katherine, Kelsey and Megan!
The 10% discount from Duncan & Kate Fabrics is still going! Use the code “THREADRIDINGHOOD10″ to get 10% off your purchase. This discount is valid until December 10th, 2014.
The real reason I started writing this post is because I made a super-cute bag a few weeks ago and wanted to share it! I’ve hung onto the free Tutu Bag pattern from Ric Rac for quite a while now. I don’t remember how I found it, but I knew it would be useful someday. Wouldn’t you know it, a tutu-loving girl came up on our birthday party list. This bag makes such a great handmade gift, and it doesn’t take too long to make, or a lot of fabric – so it’s perfect!
I ended up changing two things from the original bag. I chose to add one handle instead of two. Since I thought it might be easier to carry around that way. I also made the bag substantially smaller from the original – about 130% size instead of 200% as indicated in the pattern. The original bag would be great to carrying gear to ballet class, this one is easier to use for playing. Apparently this was the birthday girl’s favorite gift – hooray!
The girls decided to make their own gifts as well – to go with it. My youngest and I collaborated to make a baby doll blanket using some Ann Kelle – Girlfriends I got from Double Decker Fabric a while ago. It’s quilted with an “A”, for the birthday girls’ first initial. The frog fabric was a Fabricland purchase from a few years ago when I made tote-able towels as a birthday giveaway. (If you click over, just ignore the pre-practice photography!)
My oldest was inspired to write a book for our friend, a dictionary detailing the differences between dresses and tutus. This after hearing that she likes dress-up and tutus, of course! We printed out her text and she drew the pictures. The book is put together with some jewellery findings, washi tape and ribbon – because all good books need ribbon. I’m pretty proud of her for being so inventive!
Thanks for finishing up such a random post! Lots to cover and fun stuff going on. See you again soon! (PS. Don’t forget to enter the Fabric Spark giveaway! You can enter to win 1 of 3 Thread Riding Hood pattern kits, ends Tuesday Dec 2nd!)
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I have decided to join spontaneously join the Black Friday – Cyber Monday madness going on around me and put Thread Riding Hood patterns on sale for 50% off! The sale prices will be available this weekend, ending Dec 1 at midnight. Prices are as marked below. Thanks so much for your support. Have a great weekend!
PS – All of my sponsors (over there -> on the right sidebar!) are having sales this weekend as well! Have fun shopping!
Forest Glen Satchel PDF Pattern
Reusable Lunch Bag PDF Pattern
Fabric Gift Bag PDF Pattern
Three post in one day later, I just released two new pdf patterns! The Fabric Gift Bag Pattern and a Reusable Lunch Bag Pattern. Both were made with beginners in mind, and the construction methods make them simple to stitch up with a professional finish. I am so fortunate to have worked with Daryl from Fabric Spark (one of this blog’s amazing sponsors) to create these two patterns and she is generously giving away three kits today! (PS. I dare you not to sing the title of this post for the rest of today, you’re welcome!)
I’m really excited that these kits will remain on sale at Fabric Spark – so you can get everything you need to make one of these projects quickly and easily. Daryl includes a paper version of the pattern, perfectly packed, so these kits make a great Birthday or Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for a fellow sewist! You can get the Lunch Bag Kit here and the Gift Bag Kit here.
Find out more about each pattern by clicking on the photos below…
Fabric Spark has provided three prizes for this giveaway so three different people can win! Yippee! You can enter to win one of the following prizes:
(1) Reusable Lunch Bag Pattern Kit in Tula Pink Meteor Shower (Olive colourway, as pictured above)
OR (1) Red-themed Fabric Gift Bag Pattern Kit
OR (1) Green-themed Fabric Gift Bag Pattern Kit
This giveaway is open to Canadians & US residents from today until midnight next Tuesday evening, December 2, 2014. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address. There’s a “click to enter”, no social media login entry too!
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Of course Fabric Spark doesn’t just sell kits for my patterns. (ha!) Daryl stocks has a wonderful selection of well curated bright-and-colourful-mixed-with-happy fabrics to “spark your imagination”. Check out her shop!
This is the second of two patterns I’ve created in partnership with Fabric Spark. They were sold as kits at the Fall Creativ Festival this year and now I am releasing the pdf version to be sold in my pattern shop as well!
This Reusable Lunch Bag Pattern was created as a beginner-friendly pattern. It’s paper-sack shape is reminiscent of school days and skipping ropes. Sturdier than a paper sack however, this lunch bag is made from laminated cotton. Fully lined, fully wipe-able and easy to clean. The pattern includes lots of Tips and Tricks for sewing laminated cotton in case you need them. Each instruction is well written, with minimal cutting and simple construction. This lunch bag is just the right size to fit a lunch bag, drink and side dish or dessert. It would make a great stocking stuffer or party give-away goodie bag. Fill it with snacks for a road trip or walk to the park.
Here is what you can expect when you purchase the instant PDF Pattern download:
- A 6 page PDF pattern e-book with instructions and lots of photos to help you through each step.
- Simple, detailed instructions and a glossary to help with sewing terms.
- Over 21 full colour photos to illustrate the step-by-step process.
- Granny’s Sewing Basket – highlights Notes and Tips to make sewing this lunch bag faster and easier! (introduction to Granny)
- Large seam allowance icons throughout, no more searching when you forget.
- Check boxes in all lists and for each step, for those of you who love to keep track of your progress!
- This pattern includes a limited production seller’s license.
- 1/2 yard/metre or 1 piece exactly 14″ x 41″
- 3″ length of hook and loop tape
- matching thread
- paperclips (to hold fabric in lieu of pins)
If you would like to purchase a kit to compete your project,
please visit Fabric Spark to see available laminate options.