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Sew Essential! Tips, Tricks and Notions #1: Fold like a Pro {+ a giveaway!}

2013 July 12

Some of you on Facebook got a sneak preview of today’s post, but for the rest of you… (Cue drum roll and trumpets!) It’s Thread Riding Hood’s One Year Blogiversary today! I think that is cause for celebration and a BIG thank you to all of my followers! I was going to do a “year in review” and “thank you” post – but I covered off most of my (sentimental) thoughts in this post – Dear Wonderful Reader {that’s you} – I’d love it if you would read it, I mean every word. I can’t say enough how thankful I am for all of you that journey along with me as I am on this sewing adventure!

To start off the fun, I am giving away a fat quarter bundle that I picked up from Fabric Spot and am excited to pack it up with a little surprise so I can ship it to one lucky reader. (Entry details for the giveaway are at the end of this post. UPDATE: The giveaway is now over.) 

I would love to give the fabric to each of you, but since I can’t, I am going to give you the only thing I can – more posts! Today is the beginning of a two week series filled with 14 things that I love to use when I sew. I’ll be posting a new Tip, Trick or Notion every day until the end of the giveaway. I sincerely hope you find them useful.

All that done… on with the show!

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and when I see instructions to fold the edge of your fabric 1/4″ and then 1/4″ again to hem I go a bit crazy! I used to get out my sewing gauge and inch my iron along the fabric edge until the fold was perfect. Then I discovered the Scientific Seamstress! Carla thinks like me – and she has provided all of us with a really easy way to iron a perfectly measured fold. Head on over to her website and download her free Printable Folding Templates.

She has included a straight folding template and a curved folding template – for those pesky curves on dresses that we all hate hemming! The templates are included in a handy downloadable e-booklet that includes both templates + the instructions on how to use them. Now you can be so much more precise! Happy folding!

I LOVE Tula Pink’s fabric designs, and you’re supposed to gift what you would want to receive, so… here’s your chance to win some of my favorite fabric! I’m giving away one fat quarter bundle of The Birds and the Bees in the Sunset Colourway. This giveaway will run during the Sew Essential Series – from Friday July 12th (today!) to Thursday, July 25th at 10 pm. The winner will be posted on the Sew Essential Round-Up post. The giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide. UPDATE: The giveaway is now over.

Photo Credit: Fabric Spot

Here’s how to win: (Make sure to leave one comment per entry on this post so we can count them all properly.)

  1. Leave a comment  on this post. Let me know what you would be interested in seeing on Thread Riding Hood in the coming year.
  2. Optional Extra Entries: If you would like more chances to win, you can have one giveaway entry for each of the following: (1) Like Thread Riding Hood on Facebook and/or (2) Follow on Twitter and/or (3) Follow on Bloglovin’. Leave a comment on this post for each extra entry to say that you did.
  3. Free Entries: If you already like Thread Riding Hood on Facebook or follow on Twitter or Bloglovin’ you get one free entry for each! Please leave a comment for each way you follow to let me know.

Again, thanks for reading, without you, there would be no reason to blog. And, an extra big thanks to those who comment, here and on Facebook – You know who you are, I so appreciate the conversation! I’m super-excited to see what this next year will bring. See you tomorrow for Sew Essential #2!

Disclaimer: I am not being paid by Fabric Spot, I just really like her store!

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  1. Carmen permalink
    July 12, 2013

    Found your site a few days ago, already am following you on bloglovin’

  2. Janice Whitby permalink
    July 12, 2013

    The Straight Folding Template is the BEST idea ever! I hem and sew clothes ( and craft too much!) and this is very handy!

    • July 12, 2013

      Janice, I LOVE the templates too! So glad Scientific Seamstress thought of them. Perfect for hemming.

  3. July 12, 2013

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! Those templates seem very handy, thank you for sharing. I would keep up what you have been doing for next year, tutorials are always great and tips and tricks are helpful!
    Also, I followed you on twitter and liked you on facebook.

    • July 12, 2013

      So glad you enjoy what you are seeing already – that makes my day! Thanks for the follow/like.

  4. Susan Nicol permalink
    July 12, 2013

    I enjoy the little tips and tricks – such as the zipper pull changes. All these types of ideas are great inspiration for projects.

  5. Susan Nicol permalink
    July 12, 2013

    I “like” your facebook page.

  6. Susan Nicol permalink
    July 12, 2013

    I follow your twitter feed.

  7. Susan Nicol permalink
    July 12, 2013

    I have not done the bloglovin’ thing yet. I do subscribe to the RSS feed. I am afraid of adding the bloglovin’ rabbithole to all the other rabbitholes… But it is probably inevitable…..

    • July 12, 2013

      Thanks so much for the follows and likes! RSS feed counts too! You are right :) It is not possible to subscribe to everything! Hope you enjoy this series – lots of tips and tricks for you!

  8. July 12, 2013

    Love all your ideas and articles. I have shared this on FB

  9. jonquil permalink
    July 12, 2013

    I follow you on Bloglovin. (although I haven’t figured out if my name on Bloglovin is Jonquil Alexia or Petoskystone ;)

  10. jonquil permalink
    July 12, 2013

    I follow you on Fb.

  11. jonquil permalink
    July 12, 2013

    I have 3 grandchildren. A tall 5yrold boy who adores neckties, but I have problems finding patterns in his size. Two granddaughters: the eldest is 7 with long legs & very slender while the youngest is tall by ‘husky’. Myself, my arms are long, shoulders considered broad, my hips are *always* a size larger than my waist, & I have a slope like Bob Hope’s nose on my butt. So *I* can always use tips & tutes on altering patterns ;)

    • July 12, 2013

      Long list! :) Great idea, I will be keeping that on my list for the next year. Thanks for the like and the follow.

  12. Laura permalink
    July 12, 2013

    Needless to say, I’m a fan and I fell in love with sewing all over again because of you! I love all your posts especially tutorials :)

    • July 12, 2013

      Hey Laura! I love providing tutorials – that is not a problem! :)

  13. Laura permalink
    July 12, 2013

    Oh and I already follow you on Facebook :)

  14. Annette Z permalink
    July 12, 2013

    Just found your site when I was looking for zipper pull ideas. I’ve been wanting to start my own blog for about a year now and haven’t taken the leap. You give me inspiration! Congrats on your anniversary!

    • July 12, 2013

      Thanks Annette! Starting a blog is an amazing idea, I LOVE doing this – from the sewing to the photography to the copy writing… it is so much fun! Be inspired, go for it! Let me know if you do, I’d love to see it.

  15. Annette Z permalink
    July 12, 2013

    Started following you on bloglovin’ too!

  16. Tara permalink
    July 12, 2013

    You rock with all your creative handy sewing ways! I love it all…I love creative gift ideas that are easy/fast to do en bulk…any thought for that wold be awesome!

    • July 12, 2013

      Hi Tara! Both comments count as entries into the contest! No worries :) Thanks for following on Facebook, that’s where I post most information, other than the blog!

  17. Tara permalink
    July 12, 2013

    I loved you on Facebook…but can’t keep track of the other stuff…sorry…does loving you on Facebook get two votes?

  18. Pam permalink
    July 13, 2013

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I love Tula Pink too. I would love to see some tutorials for quick-to-make gifts.

  19. Pam permalink
    July 13, 2013

    I already like you on Facebook! Congratulations on your Blogaversary!

  20. Pam permalink
    July 13, 2013

    I follow you on Twitter :)

  21. Pam permalink
    July 13, 2013

    And I subscribe to your blog via Bloglovin. (Can you tell that I really like your blog?)

    • July 13, 2013

      Pam! Thank you so much, you have made my day! I’m so glad you like the blog. I will put the quick gifts on the list for sure – what a great idea!

  22. Jennifer permalink
    July 13, 2013

    I’ve been following TRH almost from the very begining so I wouldn’t want to steer you away from what you are already doing so well. I’ve enjoyed the tutorials, the Canadian online fabric shop features and the tips and tricks. Still considered a novice sewer – I am really looking forward to the rest of the Sew Essential series. Keep up the great work and Happy Blogiversary!

    • July 13, 2013

      Hmmm… for a novice sewer your stuff looks pretty amazing! :) You might have to bump that up to at least an intermediate! Glad you enjoy everything. Thanks for all of the follows and likes!

  23. Jennifer permalink
    July 13, 2013

    Already following you on Facebook

  24. Jennifer permalink
    July 13, 2013

    Also following on Twitter

  25. Jennifer permalink
    July 13, 2013

    And yes, I am following you on Bloglovin too :)

  26. July 13, 2013

    Love those fabrics! And love to see some more technical tips
    Thanks x

    • July 13, 2013

      Thanks for the idea Jane. Glad you like the Tula Pink – she’s amazing!

  27. Tammie permalink
    July 14, 2013

    I like kids sewing and knits. That’s how I found your shorts pattern tutorial.

    • July 14, 2013

      Great! I’m glad – I have two kids that I love to post tutorials for :) If you make the shorts it would be fun to see them!

  28. Jennifer permalink
    July 14, 2013

    I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago, follow you on Bloglovin!

    • July 15, 2013

      Thanks for the follow Jennifer! Glad you like what’s going on – There will be more women/kid tutorials coming up for sure!

  29. Jennifer permalink
    July 14, 2013

    I love your tutorials for easy sewing for women and kids :)

  30. hueisei permalink
    July 14, 2013

    I like girls sewing like clothing

    • July 15, 2013

      Hi Hueisei! I’m glad you like sewing for girls – that works well for me! :) Thanks for the likes and follows.

  31. hueisei permalink
    July 14, 2013

    I liked your page on FB

  32. hueisei permalink
    July 14, 2013

    I follow via twitter

  33. hueisei permalink
    July 14, 2013

    I follow you on bloglovin

  34. July 15, 2013

    I found your blog some weeks ago and started folowing it, via RSS. I like your clear writing style and especially the articles about sewing for kids, sewing for (wo)men and your tips & tricks. I’m looking forward to the next sewing essential articles.

    • July 15, 2013

      Thanks so much for the kind words Mirjam! I’m glad you are enjoying the current topics. Thanks for following!

  35. Rachel permalink
    July 16, 2013

    All the little “secrets” you are sharing are great so far! I’m sure the rest will be just as great. The folding guide is definitely going to come in handy. Thanks for the giveaway, it is a beautiful bundle!

  36. Rachel permalink
    July 16, 2013

    And I “like” you on FB.
    Keep up the great work:)

  37. Leanne permalink
    July 16, 2013

    Already following you on Bloglovin!

  38. Leanne permalink
    July 16, 2013

    I like you on Facebook:)

  39. Leanne permalink
    July 16, 2013

    I love the variety on your blog!!

  40. mom permalink
    July 17, 2013

    Can’t remember if I entered one here, but I do love those fabrics! Really sweet! I love seeing the things you come up with! …and receiving them!

  41. mom permalink
    July 17, 2013

    I follow you on Bloglovin. I love tips that make sewing easier! I love new gift ideas for giving students here who are getting married – simple things like your refrigerator towel one.

  42. mom permalink
    July 17, 2013

    I follow you on Twitter = and facebook! So…all said, I really follow you! Love reading your very readable stuff and making use of your ideas.

  43. Faye Nettles permalink
    July 20, 2013

    I love seeing new sewing notions that really work and make sewing easier.

    • July 20, 2013

      Great! I’m glad you are here for this series! Thanks for following along.

  44. Faye Nettles permalink
    July 20, 2013

    I follow Thread Riding hood on FB

  45. Faye Nettles permalink
    July 20, 2013

    I also follow on Blog lovin.

  46. Tricia Shaver permalink
    July 20, 2013

    I follow you on Bloglovin, thank you for all of the wonderful tips!

    • July 20, 2013

      Thanks for the follow Tricia! I’m glad you are enjoying the series. :)

  47. July 23, 2013

    I LOVE the fold like a pro! I’m new a this and am excited to be included.

    • July 23, 2013

      Hi Elizabeth, I’m glad you like it! Hope you enjoy following along :)

  48. Ashley permalink
    July 23, 2013

    Another great giveaway! I don’t think I’ll be as lucky this time bu fingers crossed :) I love browsing upcycling/repurposing tutorials so I would love to see some more of them!

    • July 24, 2013

      Hi Ashley! :) Thanks for the follows – I love Bloglovin’, hope it works for you too. Thanks for the upcycle idea. I have quite a few projects on my list that would work for this one.

  49. Ashley permalink
    July 23, 2013

    I also follow you on Facebook.

  50. Ashley permalink
    July 23, 2013

    Just checked out bloglovin’ for the first time and signed up so I follow you there too now!

  51. Ellie permalink
    July 25, 2013

    I’d love to see more fabric store reviews. I live in Toronto and it’d be fun to take day trips to other places (or even downtown) solely for fabric! I wasn’t even aware that Hamilton had all these awesome fabric stores that you wrote about.

    • July 25, 2013

      Great idea Ellie. I am hoping to get to Toronto to check out some stores there soon as well. I’ll be sure to do a write-up on them. You really have to check out Hamilton – especially a place called Needlework (www.iloveneedlework.com) super-cute little quilt shop I just found. I’m headed there this coming Wednesday night for their evening Craft Night. :)

  52. Ellie permalink
    July 25, 2013

    I now follow you on Bloglovin :)

  53. Ellie permalink
    July 25, 2013

    I already follow you on facebook :)

  54. July 25, 2013

    I just found your page and I’ve just spent the past half hour exploring your site! I’m so excited about all your Sew Essential Tips, Tricks and Notions posts – this is so helpful!

    Thanks!
    Erin || Sewbon.com recently posted… Summer Shift Dress | Colette Patterns Laurel DressMy Profile

    • July 25, 2013

      Hi Erin, Glad you could check out my site! :) I love yours, found it through the Sewing Rabbit – the photography is amazing! All your photos look like a breath of fresh air – ok, I know that sounds cheesy – but they look so relaxing! I will definitely be back.

  55. Janice Whitby permalink
    July 25, 2013

    Okay, back to my sewing machine again LOL

  56. July 25, 2013

    Love tula pink

  57. Jennifer permalink
    July 25, 2013

    I personally LOVE the straight hemming method. It’s made my sewing life SOOOO much easier as a beginner! I wish my sewing teacher in intermediate told us this trick. It would’ve saved me SOO much crooked stitching! :)

    • July 25, 2013

      Hi Jennifer – Glad you like it! I hope you only have straight hemming in your future :)

  58. Donna Dueck permalink
    July 25, 2013

    I already follow you on facebook

  59. Donna Dueck permalink
    July 25, 2013

    I follow you on twitter

  60. Donna Dueck permalink
    July 25, 2013

    I have just started sewing again after a very long (Years) break. I would love to see some tutorials on sewing specialty fabrics, like knits, shear and the many “slippery” fabrics out there. Maybe some kind of sew along or sewing challenge would be fun :) )

    • July 25, 2013

      Hi Donna! Good idea – if you have anything you’d want to do a sew along about let me know and we’ll see if everyone is interested. That sounds like a lot of fun! I’ll keep the slippery fabrics in mind for a tutorial – I’ll have to do some brushing up on my skills there before I should teach anyone else! :)

  61. Faye Nettles permalink
    July 25, 2013

    Tula Pink is my favorite designer right now.

    • July 25, 2013

      Faye – so glad you like Tula Pink! She is a very talented designer. I’m excited to try to get some of her Acacia – coming out soon I think?

  62. Faye Nettles permalink
    July 25, 2013

    I follow you on Facebook

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