oh Hello, New Year.

I hope you have all been well since last time we chatted. It has been so long because nothing has really grabbed my attention enough to want to share. Summer vacation turned into home school and then flowed back into the neighborhood public school after just a couple of months. Once we were back in the school routine the holidays were here; Halloween quickly followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas. All of which were very special, thanks for asking. 😉

 

So that brings me and Vintage Fabric Studio right into the new year of 2018. Boy do I love a new year. Nothing is as fresh, inspiring, and renewing as turning the calendar over to January. Do you like that feeling? This year I figured out why I love it so much and it is because it feels in perfect balance with the excited and sometimes chaotic feelings of the holidays.

I can’t think of a better way to move from the lots, lots, lots of everything in December to simpler, simpler, simpler wishes for the next moment of January.

I am bringing that simpler approach to Vintage Fabric Studio as well. I have made the shop easier to navigate on the home page by grouping my products into categories and adding a right side bar navigation in the shop pages. I hope you will find what you are looking for a bit easier that way.

I am also adding to the vintage fabric yardage section in the coming weeks and listing ALL my current stock. We are so close to 50 vintage fabric choices!

The vintage sheet selection is going to change in the coming months too. Fat quarter bundles will still be available but the selection will change so if you have been eyeing a custom bundle grab it before it’s gone. No worries though because I am playing around with all the new stock I have for you and I think you will really like the new ways to shop here coming March 2018.

I am still having fun in the studio and in the thrift shops bringing you the best vintage sheets and fabrics I can find. Together we are creating a cleaner world and making vintage a part of our every day life, one piece of fabric at a time.

 

Vintage Sheets: How to Rip a Fat Quarter

Hello vintage sheet sewing & Sew Thrifted friends! Today’s blog post is all about getting a manageable piece of fabric from a vintage sheet. In the video I show you how to rip and fat quarter sized piece of fabric out of this queen sized sheet. So let’s get right into the video (with a little pop in by James my son) and then I want to talk a little bit more about the grain and why I think ripping is best.

As you can see in the video the grain of the fabric is not perfectly lined up with the hemmed edges. By ripping the top and bottom hems off the body of the sheet we start with an edge that is on-grain and is therefore the most stable edge to sew with.

Just a note about the bias edge. The bias is at a 45 degree angle from selvage and it is stretchy, not the ideal for sewing quilt blocks from small pieces. Bias is great for sewing curves, for making bias tape & is an important part of garment sewing.

Thanks for watching my videos and playing along during Sew Thrifted (check out my first Q&A blog post here) Please leave me any questions, comments or tips you have about sewing with vintage sheets.