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How to Choose the Right Fabrics

Video Length: 2:47
Produced by: Victoria North

While on the road at the American Sewing Guild conference we caught up with Threads 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

ThreadsMagazine Threads Magazine, editor
Posted on Apr 6th, 2012 in design, fabric, tips & tricks, All Videos

Comments (15)

user-1132947 user-1132947 writes: Really enjoyed this video on fabrics,. I have made a small baby blanket doing similar differences. Enjoyed doing this.
Posted: 1:59 pm on February 26th

Scheri Scheri writes: Thank you you combinations made me think about what I can do for future projects. Video is fine on Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1
Posted: 4:16 pm on April 12th

VictoriaNorth VictoriaNorth writes: This should be working on ipad now.
Posted: 9:04 am on April 12th

marydinkel marydinkel writes: Doesnt work on ipad? Other videos show up. Hmmmm
Posted: 4:11 pm on April 11th

hvnlyhost hvnlyhost writes: 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.
Posted: 1:05 pm on April 11th

Dovebar Dovebar writes: 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!

Posted: 4:58 am on April 11th

grandmagail grandmagail writes: Beautiful array of colors and textures
Great presentation

Thank you
grandmagail
Posted: 11:29 pm on April 10th

KelleyHighway KelleyHighway writes: 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!
Posted: 10:46 pm on April 10th

KelleyHighway KelleyHighway writes: 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!
Posted: 10:46 pm on April 10th

Marilyn1954 Marilyn1954 writes: I too was disappointed. thought this would be about the appropriate fabric for particular projects and how they behave, drape, hold shape, etc.
Posted: 10:31 pm on April 10th

Thewallinna Thewallinna writes: Agree with Kayle9, the title was misleading and similar expectations ;(
Posted: 7:59 pm on April 10th

yrm1649 yrm1649 writes: 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.
Posted: 7:52 pm on April 10th

Kayle9 Kayle9 writes: 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".
Posted: 7:09 pm on April 10th

LaurieDiane LaurieDiane writes: Thanks, Useful tip to read at breaktime. I wish I had such pretty fabric for my palette.
Posted: 2:51 pm on April 10th

saifonanaya saifonanaya writes: I think it kinda cool thank you :)
Posted: 12:33 pm on April 7th

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