Makers Home by Natalie Barnes for Windham
So many options for projects with this collection! We have a beautiful quilt sample in store, but I can also see many of these prints making beautiful bags and purses and accessories!
Come check it out in person or it can be found online HERE!
Join us this October for a new class at Stitch Studio! Guest instructor Nancy Zeutenhorst will be showing you how to turn your t-shirts into an amazing memory quilt! This class is geared towards confident beginner sewists. Some quilting experience is helpful. Nancy is an accomplished quilter and has taught t-shirt quilts in NW Iowa for many years through NCC.
Classes will be held over 2 sessions and there will be some "homework" required between sessions. The first session will be held on Wednesday, October 11th from 6-9 pm and will focus on preparing and cutting your t-shirts and fabric. The second session will be Wednesday, October 25th from 6-9pm and will focus assembling your quilt top. At the end of the class, the hope is that you would have a completed quilt top ready to be finished. We will also discuss different quilt finishing methods. Cost of the class is $60 plus supplies. All class participants receive 10% off supplies purchased at Stitch Studio for classes. This class is geared towards the confident beginner sewist.
Let us know if you'd like to reserve a spot for this class! You can call us at 712-737-9800 or send us a message via facebook or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are excitedly looking forward to a new class being offered in February! If you are anything like me, your body is not the exact measurements of a sample size and you've been frustrated with making a piece of clothing and it not fitting correctly. *Insert Big Sigh of Frustration* I've been there... Enter guest instructor, Mariah Oliver. Mariah is a seamstress and knitter extrordinaire and friend of Stitch Studio. You can find some of her work on her Instagram feed @knitmo.
During this class we will make the Emery Dress by Christine Haynes. As the pattern writer explains:"The Emery Dress is a classic vintage-inspired dress that fits every body type and nearly every situation perfectly.
There are two views, and both versions have a fitted bodice that is shaped with bust darts, waist darts in the front and the back, and darts at the back of the neck. The gathered skirt on both versions is a full a-line skirt that hits around the knee, and features in-seam pockets that are sewn into the waist so they aren't flopping around under your skirt. Both versions have a fully lined bodice, invisible zipper up the center back seam, and a fat 2" hand sewn hem.
View A has short set-in sleeves and a flat 1960's style bow at the center waist. View B has 3/4 length set-in sleeves and a vintage-inspired flat pointed collar.
The Emery Dress is sized from 0–18 and all sizes are included in one envelope with an instruction booklet and printed tissue paper pattern.
This pattern's difficulty is rated at "three spools" which is perfect for an intermediate sewer!"
During Class 1:
Discuss what makes a good fit?
What are common adjustments and how to make them?
Take measurements and figure out what size to cut and what pattern adjustments are required.
Make pattern adjustments.
Get started on making a test muslin, which will need to be finished before the next class.
During Class 2:
Finish up any muslin adjustment and have time to sew the dress in class.
If you'd like to see some Emery Dress examples that other people have made, you can search #emerydress on Instagram or click HERE! Below are a few of my favorites!
A little info about Mariah:
Mariah Oliver is a self-taught dressmaker who decided in 2012 that life is too short to wear clothes that make you feel bad. From that moment, Oliver has used books, blogs and internet sewing communities to build her skill set and allow her to sew the majority of her wardrobe. In the process she has embraced body positivity and the Toddler Grandma Fashion style -- wearing what you love in the colors you love. Outside the sewing room, Oliver is a grant writer, mother of three, wife and operates a small fiber farm in rural Paullina.
Join us next week, Wednesday through Saturday for some Hot Apple Cider, snacks, and SALES! We'll also have some great gift ideas for the quilter, yarn enthusiast, or crafter in your life! The weekend also brings an opportunity to come to a FREE class at Stitch Studio! We will be offering an infinity scarf class on Saturday at 10 am and again at 1pm. Class is free, you just need to choose and purchase the fabric needed! This is such a simple project that even beginners can do, and depending on how wide you like your scarf, it's possible to get 2 scarves out of your fabric, so you can make one for a gift as well! Spaces are limited in each class so be sure to give us a call to sign up asap! (712-737-9800, or send us a message on facebook!) The scarf below is made with some of our super soft and warm Mammoth Flannel, but you could choose from a thinner woven or knit for a more drapey scarf too! So many options!
You can also fill out a Christmas Wish List any time that we will keep on file. We send a card or two home with you saying you filled out a wish list so that your loved ones don't have to guess at what to get you for Christmas this year! A win-win for everyone!
Make plans to come visit us next week! Hope to see you then!
Most of the kids in town here are heading back to school in about a week, so for our kids sewing class this month we decided to make some reusable snack bags that they can use to pack lunches! I use these at home and really love that it's saving me from using hundreds of plastic bags each school year when I pack the kids lunches. Or, to be honest, when the kids pack their own lunches...that's the rule around our house. So I thought I'd pass on this quick, simple project that is super useful! A couple things to note: we used cotton fabric for ours since that was what we had. Totally works,* but I also like using ripstop nylon for the lining because you can turn them inside out and wipe them down quick and reuse them easier that way instead of feeling like you need to wash them in between each use. Just something to consider! Also, I would either prewash all of the fabrics you are using or wash the bags before use. So lets get started, shall we!
*1/4 yard fabric for the outside of the bags, more if using a directional print
* 1/4 yard lining fabric (we are using a natural muslin in this tutorial)*
* rotary cutter and mat or scissors and ruler
* sewing machine, scissors, thread, etc...
Fabric shown in this tutorial is from the Burly Beavers collection from Robert Kaufman and is available in store or online HERE!
We are making 3 different sizes. The largest bag fits a sandwich nicely.
Step 1: Cut 1 piece from the lining fabric and and 1 piece from the outside fabric of each size:
Large: 16" x 9"
Medium: 12" x 7"
Small: 10" x 5"
* If your fabric has a specific direction to it, make sure to pay attention to that when cutting!
Step 2: Layer your main fabric and your lining fabric Right Sides Together (RST) and pin in place.
Step 3: Using a 3/8" seam, sew around the outside of your fabric, leaving a small hole in your fabric on one long side for turning.
Step 4: Clip your corners to reduce bulk (Pic.1), making sure that you don't cut too close to your stitching. Then turn your fabric Right Side Out through the hole and push out your corners and press your fabric, making sure that you fold in your open edges where you left your hole (Pic. 2). Don't worry about stitching this hole closed as it will get closed in a later step. )Pic. 3)
Step 5: To give your snack bags a nice finished look, I like to topstitch along the two short ends.
Step 6: Lay your snack bag in front of you with the lining side facing up. Fold your bottom short side up leaving 1-2 inches (amount depends on which size bag you are working on) of the lining exposed (Pic. 1). Then fold the remaining top part down over the part you just folded up and pin in place (Pic. 2). Again, if your fabric has a definite direction, pay attention at this step so your print isn't upside down!
Step 7: Take your pinned bag to the sewing machine and using about an 1/8" seam, sew along the sides that you pinned, backstitching at the top and bottom (Pic. 1). Repeat with other side (Pic. 2) and you are DONE! To put snacks into your bag, simply fold the top flap back and insert snacks and then fold top flap back over to secure (Pic. 3)
Pretty simple, right?! You can easily adjust the size of these to make them fit your needs. I also played around with the design a little because I don't normally like to see exposed seams, but found that I like it best with fewer seams on the inside so that there is more room for the food and also less places for crumbs to get caught. So go make yourself or your kiddos or grandkids some of these super simple snack bags, and if you do, tag us on Facebook or Instagram (#stitchstudiooc) - we'd love to see them!
Row by Row 2016 is in full swing and we have already gotten to meet many of you that have stopped in for a pattern, kit, and/or license plates! It sounds like the theme for this year, "Home Sweet Home" is resonating with many of you. Because we are located in such a unique town, we wanted to focus on Stitch Studio's home of Orange City for our row this year. Orange City is a quaint, little town that is big on Dutch heritage. When you drive through town, you may notice that most of our downtown businesses have Dutch storefronts and our park has a beautiful collection of windmills for you to check out. Feeding off of that Dutch heritage, we took a basic pinwheel block and made it 3-dimensional to mimic the look of windmills. Our fabric is a selection from Moda's V & Co Simply Color collection in oranges, and we called our pattern Windmolen, which is the Dutch word for windmill.
We also have TWO selections for license plates this year! We went with our motto at Stitch Studio "Happy Place" for one and then our second plate says "1 Stitch 2 Sips" for a little extra sass! ;) You can pick up a license plate in store, or we do have them in our Etsy shop for those far away who might be wanting one. You can find them HERE!
A new feature of the Row by Row this year is the 9th Row. The 9th Row is a bonus row that is a way for us as quilters to "give back". The 9th Row pattern is free with the purchase of a 9th Row Kit, and 20% of the proceeds of these kits will be donated to The Bridge, a local transitional housing shelter for women and children. Here is a look at our 9th Row, at the bottom of the picture:
We hope if you are in the area that you will stop in and grab a pattern and kit. We'd love to meet you! If you are looking for lists of all the shops in Iowa participating as well as pictures of their rows and plates, you can find it all HERE!
The All Iowa Shop Hop has started and will run through the entire month of June! We've already had a slew of hoppers in the shop and it's been great to meet them all! My morning was made right off the bat today when I went to open the front door and a group of ladies were waiting on a bench and started cheering when they saw me! Since this is our first year in the All Iowa Shop Hop, we never had the experience of meeting the Shop Hop Sisters and they were lovely! So full of energy and joy! They requested a picture in front of our "This is My Happy Place" chalkboard:
And when they left our shop, they left this nugget for us:
This is one of the reasons we love Shop Hops! We get to meet fantastic people with so much enthusiasm for the hobby that they love. And what better excuse to get together with some friends and visit a ton of fabric shops?!
If you are doing any travelling during the month, stop in and get your magazine and passport. All participants in the All Iowa Shop Hop receive a 6 inch square of Christmas fabric in each shop they stop into and there are prizes awarded also! For more information on all of that, you can check out the All Iowa Shop Hop website HERE. The theme for 2016 is "Come Home to Iowa" and the exclusive All Iowa Shop Hop Fabric is a Christmas theme! We have all 5 prints/blenders in stock!
Even if you can only catch a few shops this month, don't miss out on this opportunity for a little quilty fun!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new Sew Social Club at Stitch Studio (extra points for alliteration!)!
A few FAQ's regarding this program:
What is Sew Social?
Sew Social is a new sewing "club" at Stitch Studio where you can learn about new color and fabric trends, try new notions, see what is fresh and exciting at the store, and meet people who share the passions of fabric, needle and thread.
Why should I join?
Each month, members will have the opportunity to show what you are working on and get ideas from others on questions of design or fabric choices. You can find out about new classes and events and tell us what you would like to learn. We will be participating in a Sew-a-long and hope to have lots of people join us. And most of all it is a chance to be with people who have similar interests and love sewing.
When do you meet?
Sew Social will meet on the Second Thursday of each month, starting April 14. There are two times when you can join us, 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. The meetings will last about an hour. All ages and experience levels are welcome!
How much does it cost?
Nothing!!! There are no dues, and no fees. We would like to have you register for a time you prefer to come so we can plan ahead (read: make sure we have snacks!). Just give us a call or send an email or contact us through Facebook.
We really do hope you'll join us! We look forward to this being a wonderful opportunity to learn from one another and for us to learn more about our customers so we can serve your needs better!
Hello, Friends! We are very excited to share our newest Block of the Month program that will be starting in April! We will be working our way through the mini quilt patterns by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts!
We are calling it the "Mystery Mini Block of the Month" because each mini will be using different fabric (fabrics shown in pictures are from the pattern covers...we might use similar colors, but not likely the same!). We love the idea of pushing you out of your comfort zone a bit when it comes to quilting and sewing, so one month we might use solids, and the next we might use batiks...or maybe a really modern print, or a dark background, etc. Not only is it a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, but block of the month's are also a great way to expand your skills!
Some popular uses for Mini Quilts:
*Wall decor in your home or office
*Use as a table topper/placemat
*Add a back to it and make a pillow
*Great for doll quilts for the "littles" in your life
*Great for gifting!
They Mystery Mini Block of the Month will be $24.99/month and will include:
*Mini Quilt Pattern by Jaybird Quilts
*Fabric to complete your quilt top
*Shipping for out of town participants
Batting is NOT included.
When you sign up for the Mystery Mini BOM, you will recieve a FREE mini Hex-n-More ruler ($6.99 Value) AND a FREE Sidekick Ruler ($18.99 value!). Both rulers are used in various patterns throughout the year.
To sign up for the Mystery Mini Block of the Month, fill out of the form below and be sure to check if you would like In Store Pick up for your BOM or if you would like it shipped each month. BOM pick ups will continue to be the 2nd Saturday of the Month, and we will ship them out around that same time frame. If you choose to have it shipped, we will contact you for a credit card to be billed monthly. Please understand that when you sign up for this Block of the Month, you are committing to the full 12 months at $24.99/month. We hope you will join us!
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