Jelly Roll | Sewing Term

This post contains affiliate links to products that I own, use and love.  Jelly Roll unit of fabric A jelly roll is a pre-cut bundle of fabric, available at any fabric or craft store. Jelly rolls vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but for the most part they’re composed of 42 strips of fabric, cut 2.5 inches by the width of fabric (usually 44-45 inches). These strips are so convenient … [Read more...]

Fat Eighth Unit of Measured Fabric

Do you know what a fat eighth is?  Well, I had an idea but really wanted to learn more. So, I turned to our community and posted on The Sewing Loft’s Facebook page: “I buy fat quarters all the time but I'm wondering.... does anyone buy fat eighths?”. And just as I suspected, you did not disappoint.  Some of the responses really made me think and wonder, why am I not buying more of these from my … [Read more...]

Mercerization | Sewing Term

Mercerization - verb   to treat (cotton yarns or fabric) with caustic alkali under tension, in order to increase strength, luster, and affinity for dye.   You might sometimes hear the term, “mercerized cotton.” Mercerization is a process performed on cotton materials such as fabric and thread. The fibers are treated with a strong caustic soda solution. The solution only … [Read more...]

Just One Little Minute | Sewing Humor

Just one little minute Dear..... No self respecting fabric hoarder ever said when entering the fabric store. Enjoy the weekend!   PS- Click here for a slew of sewing funnies!      Hello! Are you new here? Do you want to learn more about sewing? If so, be sure to sign up for our newsletter HERE and never miss a stitch! Daily Sewing Tips, Everyday Projects … [Read more...]

Scrappy Sewing with The Littlest Thistle

Katy from The Littlest Thistle is here today to share with us some of her favorite scrappy sewing projects. I know you'll be inspired by Katy's projects to try some of your own! TSL: Katy, what do you like to do with your scraps? Where do you get your scraps from? K: I'm mad enough to buy other people's scraps to make crazy patchwork type bags from, such as Karen Lewis Textiles and … [Read more...]

Fabric Selvage – Sewing Term

Selvedge, selvege, selvage noun a specially woven edge that prevents cloth from raveling edge of a woven fabric, where the weft threads run around the warp threads, creating a finished edge. any edge of fabric finished so as to prevent from raveling   In basic terms, this area runs along the fabric edges and is considered waste. Most manufactures place special markings for … [Read more...]

Burlap Fabric – Sewing Term

Burlap- noun a plain-woven, coarse fabric of jute, hemp, or the like; gunny. a lightweight fabric made in imitation of this. Burlap is also known as Hessian cloth. It is an awesome fabric that gives a nice natural, classic, or rustic appeal to any sewing project. This rustic fabric is super affordable, available in a variety of prints and readily easy to find.  However this loosely woven … [Read more...]

Sewing with Tulle – Easy Tips

Tulle fabric is a light and airy, netting like fabric that was named after the city of Tulle in France where it was first manufactured. It is commonly used for making wedding dresses and bridal veils. " alt="alt description." /> There are different variations and quality of tulle. Some are thick and stiff, while others are soft and flowy. Each has a purpose in sewing, so … [Read more...]

Tulle Fabric – Sewing Term

Tulle- noun A lightweight, very fine netting which is often starched. It can be made in various fibers including silk, nylon and rayon.   This light and airy fabric is most commonly used for making bridal veils, wedding gowns and ballet tutus. It can be tricky to work with and can snag easily. Tulle does not fray and does not require a hem.     Click photos to learn how … [Read more...]