Profile for MaryRay - Threads
MaryRayBanner Elk, NC, US
craft interests: quilting, sewing
Member Since: 12/09/2008
Try this easy and eco-friendly technique to personalize your fabric with spectacular surface design. It requires little working space and minimal supplies and equipment.
Excellent fusible products make underlining a breeze and give your fabric and garments a boost.
A good selvage is like a bonus with your fabric purchase. Learn nine clever and creative ways to use fabric edges.
Although one of my favorite parts of sewing is creating interesting surface design, I’m well aware that it’s the underpinning steps in the process that make a garment truly successful and wearable.
Combine a knit fabric with a knitted scarf to make a sweater using a sewing machine and hand-sewing needle.
Create a fabulous openwork fabric.
Use slot seams creatively for surface design.
Looking at vintage garments can inspire your sewing and can be a great teaching tool.
Create a stir with garments that combine textures, prints, fibers, and weaves.
Here's a way to make a garment from pieces of home textiles and preserve some memories at the same time.
Take a straight skirt from plain to fabulous with a little inspiration.
Although beautiful fabric can always stand alone, sometimes it’s fun to play with it and create an entirely new surface.
This bohemian-style vest is cute, comfortable, and super quick to make.
It’s a great way to add a creative and decorative finish to any edge.
You can use this trick when you’re making something from scratch or when you want to alter an existing garment.
A deep ruffle at the bottom of a skirt keeps the fullness away from the hips. Replace gathers with pintucks for a flounce that's less fussy.
The inside edges of facings might be for your eyes only, but you still want them to look clean and pretty.
Create soft, supple, lightweight, and shapely garments in which the quilting lines serve as embellishment and detail.
Here are some tips for choosing matching your batting to your project.
Here are a couple of simple and efficient ways to beautifully finish seams.
Lightweight fabrics require light finishes. Here are some you’ll want to try.
For beautifully faced edges, you need to eliminate bulk. It’s not glamorous, but a few simple steps produce amazing results.
Sometimes it’s best to let the fabric do the talking and with just a little help it can turn into a stunning oration.
Finishing touches, both inside and out, will take your quilted garment to the next level.
Here’s a way to eliminate the bulk and accentuate the detail when you make a quilted jacket.
When large snaps are called for, covering them with fabric takes your project to another level.
When you want to add a little zing to the surface of your project, sometimes the simplest stitch gives the best results.
If you love precise, crisp edges – this technique is for you.
Waechters is not only a great resource for fabrics, buttons, patterns, and more – it’s fabulous eye candy and a wonderful place to go for inspiration and education.
Threads tries to cover all the bases, but if you have a question about anything sewing related and would like help from the experts -- here's your chance.