Life gets busy and hectic but making a sweet gift is easy and doesn’t have to be laborious to be cute. With just a few chocolate bars, a fabric scrap and some ribbon you can give something they’ll love. I can think of a lot of teachers who would love this Valentine’s Day gift. Serging
Making and sewing DIY clothes and accessories for school aged kids can be tricky. Most are no longer interested in frilly dresses with novelty prints. Choosing fabric and patterns can be tough and sometimes you sew for hours only to have a less than enthusiastic recipient. You can see my Top 10 Tips for Cho0sing
Choosing fabric for children’s clothing can be tricky. The fabrics available in many local stores lend themselves well to quilting and home decor but often not clothing, especially for children. Left with few option, most home sewists turn to quilting cotton. This can work great for structured dresses or ruffly skirts but not for other garments, especially pants and tops.
When looking for fabrics for children think about the drape and weight. When shopping online, check their suggestions for the fabric. If it says it suggests the fabric to be used for home decor, skip it.
Fabric shopping in Los Angeles is quite possibly the best kind of shopping. It has the largest textile district in the United States. Dozens and dozens (hundreds?) of stores selling everything from scraps to high end wool. You can find it all in L.A. So where do I shop? (note that Michael Levine and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores were sponsors of this event but my opinions are all my own!)
A few years ago I was talking with some blogging friends and randomly mentioned how fun it would be to have a weekend of fabric shopping with friends from around the country. I kept saying I’d organize it but life was busy. However, a whole weekend of shopping and relaxing just couldn’t be put off any longer. So I emailed a few friends. A few became about 22! And Fabric Weekend was born!