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Video: How to Choose the Right Fabrics

Apr 06, 2012

Victoria North

Expert Tips for Selecting the Right Fabric

While on the road at the American Sewing Guild conference we caught up with Threads author and former contributing editor Mary Ray. Mary was nice enough to take some time out of her busy teaching schedule to share some tips for choosing the right fabrics for a project. 

Simply put fabrics in piles to see how well they go together, and you can mix colors, patterns, and textures to make your design have the most impact. Get out your scraps and follow your imagination with tips and inspiration from Mary Ray.

Check out our other videos from the ASG conference:

How to Attach Hooks, Eyes & Snaps
How to Sew a Thread Bar
How to Sew a Thread Chain
Two Techniques for Edges

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  1. user-1132947 February 26th

    Really enjoyed this video on fabrics,. I have made a small baby blanket doing similar differences. Enjoyed doing this.

  2. User avater Scheri April 12th

    Thank you you combinations made me think about what I can do for future projects. Video is fine on Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1

  3. User avater VictoriaNorth April 12th

    This should be working on ipad now.

  4. marydinkel April 11th

    Doesnt work on ipad? Other videos show up. Hmmmm

  5. user-1117980 April 11th

    I thought the video was absolutely wonderful since I have such a large amount of scrap fabric I just didn't want to part with. Now I know just what to do with it, make some wonderful bags using your technic.

  6. User avater Dovebar April 11th

    I enjoyed the video very much. Mary Ray really knows how to make the most of fabrics. Now I want to know how she made the two items she presented at the end of the video. Fabulous pieces!

  7. grandmagail April 10th

    Beautiful array of colors and textures
    Great presentation

    Thank you
    grandmagail

  8. KelleyHighway April 10th

    I, too, was mislead by the title. "How to Play with Fabrics" might've been a clearer one.

    However, I was thrillingly inspired by the video, the ideas, the creativity! Thank you!

  9. KelleyHighway April 10th

    I, too, was mislead by the title. "How to Play with Fabrics" might've been a clearer one.

    However, I was thrillingly inspired by the video, the ideas, the creativity! Thank you!

  10. User avater Marilyn1954 April 10th

    I too was disappointed. thought this would be about the appropriate fabric for particular projects and how they behave, drape, hold shape, etc.

  11. Thewallinna April 10th

    Agree with Kayle9, the title was misleading and similar expectations ;(

  12. yrm1649 April 10th

    I really liked all of the fabric combinations shown. I would have never thought to put some of those together, but they all worked marvelously. Fun! Thanks.

  13. User avater Kayle9 April 10th

    While a interesting piece, the headline was misleading. This was a tour of her fabric stash, not all what I had hoped for from a video titled "How to Choose the Right Fabrics". I was expecting more of a discussion of how to choose a fabric for a given project. A discussion that involved hand, knits versus woven, and the like. If I had to title this video, it would be, "Selecting the Best Color Combination of Fabrics".

  14. LaurieDiane April 10th

    Thanks, Useful tip to read at breaktime. I wish I had such pretty fabric for my palette.

  15. User avater saifonanaya April 7th

    I think it kinda cool thank you :)

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