Quilting Fabric

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Fabric puckering can be extremely frustrating when sewing as it can make your project not look as professionally done as you would like it to. ZJ Humbach shares several tips on how to keep fabric from puckering while sewing and how to fix puckered fabric.

How to Keep Fabric from Puckering

Learn how to keep fabric from puckering when stitching, whether you are stitching on satin, cotton or heavier home decor fabric.

Most beginning quilters have one of two competing mindsets about fabric: either they want to be frugal (like our quilting ancestors) and plan to use the least expensive fabric they can find, or they want to create something that lasts centuries (like our quilting ancestors) so they use the most expensive fabric in the store. Both viewpoints are valid, but neither one should take hold of any quilter’s entire quilting career. It all depends on each quilt’s final destination.

Quilting Fabric Quality: Is More Expensive Always Better?

We discuss how making the right choice of quilting fabric depends mostly on your skills and the eventual destination for your quilted project.

Learn how to gather fabric by hand to create a fun textured surface for your next quilt- Heather Thomas shows you how.

How to Gather Fabric to Create Texture

Learn how to gather fabric by hand to create a fun raised surface along a block. Then see how to assemble, quilt and embellish the gathered blocks.

Whether you’ve just finished your first quilt or you’ve been quilting for years, you probably have some scraps leftover from past projects. In this tutorial, learn how to use fabric scraps to create larger units and then ultimately turn them into quilts — Toby Lischko shows you how. Leftover Fabric, Fabric Scraps, It Is Finished, Quilts, Learning, Sewing, Create, Projects, Log Projects

What to do With Your Leftover Fabric Scraps

If you are someone who saves little bits and pieces of fabric from past projects, learn how to use them up by making quilts from scraps.

Wander into any quilt store today and you’ll see aisles and aisles bursting with a rainbow of fabrics – and the hardest part will be deciding which prints to bring home. In the presence of so many amazing patterns and products, it’s hard to remember that quilting has a surprisingly thrifty background. Some of history’s most amazing quilts are rendered from the leftovers from other projects. Scrap, Rainbow, Quilts, Sewing, Fabric, Pattern, Projects, Crafts, Diy

6 Waste-Free Ways to Use Quilt Scraps

Wander into any quilt store today and you’ll see aisles and aisles bursting with a rainbow of fabrics – here's great ways to use quilt scraps.

How much of each color of fabric is needed to complete a design is generally given when you are working off of a purchased pattern. However, when designing your own quilt it can be difficult to know how much you will need. Heather Thomas shows you how to do basic fabric calculations to determine how much of each color or print of fabric you will need. Quilting Frames, Quilting Tools, Quilting Fabric, Quilting Tutorials, Quilting Ideas, Quilting Projects, Quilting Designs, Quilt Patterns, Easy Sewing Projects

Determining Fabric Calculations for Quilts

Learn how to complete basic fabric calculations to determine the amount of each color of fabric needed when designing a quilt.

To stop quilting fabric from bleeding in your finished quilt, be sure to machine wash your fabric (sorted with like colors) and dry before cutting. Yes, that does mean you will have to iron or press your quilting fabrics as well! Quilting Rulers, Quilting Fabric, Quilting Tips, Quilting Projects, Sewing Projects, Laundry Hacks, Hacks Diy, Quilt Tutorials, Household Tips

How to Prevent Fabric Bleed

Get quilting tips to prevent your quilting fabric from bleeding. It's an easy solution for a common problem.

Heather Thomas loves making her own fabric dye for her unique quilt creations, and in this video she shares with you her process for mixing and applying dyes. Follow along as she shows you the tools and materials you’ll need for the dyeing process, and then how to use them to make your own dye mixes to make beautiful dyed fabrics that are uniquely your own. Make sure to check out Heather’s other video to learn about some considerations before you begin the dyeing process. Sewing Basics, Sewing Tips, Sewing Hacks, Sewing Ideas, Sewing Crafts, Sewing Projects, Diy Projects, Batik Quilts, Quilting Fabric

How to Make Dye for Fabric Dyeing

Learn how to make dye to add your own color in your quilts. Follow along with this instructional quilting video.

Heather Thomas shows you several examples of quilts that utilize alternative fabrics, or fabrics that you don’t typically consider for quilting, including metals, silks and wools. By varying the fabrics that you use on your quilts, you’ll find that you can create fun pieces that are unique and eye-catching. Quilting Frames, Quilting Fabric, Quilting Tips, Quilting Tutorials, Craft Tutorials, Sewing Tips, Sewing Hacks, Patchwork Ideas, Heather Thomas

Quilting with Alternative Fabric

See how you can shake things up a bit by using an alternative fabric in your next quilt, fabrics you may not have thought to use before!

When it comes to buying fabric there are many options. You can purchase any length of fabric you want from off a bolt or you can buy pre cut pieces or bundles of fabric. One of the more popular pre-cut pieces of fabric available today is a fat quarter. ZJ Humbach teaches you what is a fat quarter, exactly how much fabric it is and how it is different from a quarter yard of fabric. Quilting Frames, Quilting Tips, Quilting Tutorials, Quilting Projects, Sewing Tutorials, Sewing Projects, Quilting Fabric, Fabric Yarn, Buy Fabric

What is a Fat Quarter vs. a Quarter Yard of Fabric?

What is a fat quarter - understand how much fabric it is and how it is different from a quarter yard of fabric.

Heather Thomas talks about a hot new technique called image transferring. Learn to take a photograph or image and transfer it to fabrics, papers, or mediums that are washable. Discover different techniques that allow you to be creative with your quilting such as a cotton fabric with paper backing, lutradur, SewPaintable, Inktense, and digital ground medium. Free Motion Quilting, Quilting Tips, Quilting Tutorials, Quilting Projects, Quilting Designs, Sewing Tutorials, Sewing Projects, Sewing Lessons, Sewing Hacks

How to Transfer Images to Fabric

Learn to take a photograph and transfer images to fabric for your quilting project.

Quilting fabric can be purchased off of a bolt in lengths of anything from a few inches to a few yards. While the length of the fabric you purchase can differ drastically the width is generally consistent- anywhere from 42″ to 44″. Fabric is folded when it is stored on a bolt so when it is being cut the width of fabric you see is around 21″, folded in half. A quarter yard of fabric is 9″, making the total size of fabric purchased when getting a quarter yard 9″ x the width of fabric… Quilting Tutorials, Quilting Ideas, Quilting Projects, Quilt Patterns, Craft Projects, Sewing Projects, Projects To Try, Quilting Room, Quilting Fabric

What is a Fat Quarter vs. a Quarter Yard of Fabric?

What is a fat quarter - understand how much fabric it is and how it is different from a quarter yard of fabric.

Most beginning quilters have one of two competing mindsets about fabric: either they want to be frugal (like our quilting ancestors) and plan to use the least expensive fabric they can find, or they want to create something that lasts centuries (like our quilting ancestors) so they use the most expensive fabric in the store. Both viewpoints are valid, but neither one should take hold of any quilter’s entire quilting career. It all depends on each quilt’s final destination. Quilting Fabric, Quilting Tutorials, Quilt Making, Frugal, Sewing Projects, Fiber, Career, Felt, Quilts

Quilting Fabric Quality: Is More Expensive Always Better?

We discuss how making the right choice of quilting fabric depends mostly on your skills and the eventual destination for your quilted project.

To stop quilting fabric from bleeding in your finished quilt, be sure to machine wash your fabric (sorted with like colors) and dry before cutting. Yes, that does mean you will have to iron or press your quilting fabrics as well! I tend to be that person who never washes their fabric before I begin a quilt. That is to say, I never used to be a person who pre-washed fabrics. I once had an incident in my home where water started leaking through an air conditioning vent in a rain storm. Quilting Fabric, Quilting Tips, Quilting Tutorials, Quilting Projects, Sewing Projects, Different Types Of Fabric, Rain Storm, Organization Hacks, Conditioning

How to Prevent Fabric Bleed

Get quilting tips to prevent your quilting fabric from bleeding. It's an easy solution for a common problem.

Sewing with leather takes some special consideration. Real leather is created from the skin of animals – primarily cattle – though other animals are sometimes used including goat or sheep, or even exotic animals like ostrich and alligator. There are also very nice and realistic faux leathers available that are great to sew with, though real leather often has that supple and luxurious feel most people strive for, not to mention the smell! Sewing Basics, Sewing Hacks, Sewing Tutorials, Sewing Patterns, Sewing Tips, Tatting Patterns, Sewing Ideas, Sewing Leather, Leather Craft

Tips for Sewing with Leather

Sewing with leather takes some special consideration. Check out this article for some basic tips on sewing and using leather fabrics.

Beth Bradley presents beneficial tips and techniques to successfully sew with sheer fabrics. Learn the different types of sheer fabrics such as sheer crystal and sheer soft fabrics. Find out what tools work best and the proper threads to purchase when sewing with sheer. Use these tips to make beautiful sheer products that shine and are made to perfection. Fabric Yarn, Fabric Crafts, Sewing Crafts, Sewing Projects, Vinyl Fabric, Quilting Fabric, Sewing Basics, Sewing Hacks, Sewing Tutorials

How to Sew Sheer Fabric

Tips and techniques to successfully sew with sheer fabrics. Find out what tools work best and the proper threads to purchase when sewing with sheer.