When having a fabric store
field trip here are some things to look at.
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Variety of Material
If you haven't taken a look at the variety of fabric
you can use, browse different textures and feel with your
hands. You'll see material that is for home décor. This material
is usually heavier and best for couches, curtains, etc. Cotton
material is great for quilting and comes in a lot of designs and
Seasonal fabrics are a lot of fun and most fabric stores,
now-a-days, have a section for the different upcoming holidays.
Fashion fabrics and silks are great for making prom dresses and
designer clothes. Character or novelty fabric includes famous
cartoon characters or fun kid type materials.
The list goes on with fleece, felt, knits (stretchy material)
and more. Go ahead and explore. It is a feast for your eyes and
hands. You will find a remnant and sale section too. Remants are
just what is left on a bolt of fabric. They are usually less
than a few yards. They take it off the bolt, fold it up and
place it in a basket.
Trims, Ribbon, Lace and Fringe.
All these items are used for fun, decorative flair. The projects
are limitless including finishing throw pillows, decorating
purses, adding to clothes and more.
This can be a lot of fun to see all the creations you can make.
There are drawers of patterns and pattern books to browse
through. For your first few projects I recommend a simple 1-2
piece pattern such as a elastic waist pajama or lounge pants or
an elastic shorts or skirt. As you learn more, harder patterns
will come easier but don't get too carried away and try
something really hard or you may never want to sew again!
Notions Notions include
buttons, zippers, bias tape, whatever you need to finish your
project. You'll find a list of what is needed on the back of
Interfacing and Batting Batting
is used for quilting. Fiberfill is used for making stuffed toys
or dolls. Interfacing is used for sewing clothes.
Fabric cutting table
The cutting table in the store is where you take your
material and ask them to cut the number of yards you
need. You'll need to check the back of your pattern to see
exactly what you need.
Now that you've taken your fabric store field trip, take me back to
Lessons 9 -Sewing with My First Pattern.