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Video: How to Choose the Right Fabrics for Your Sewing Project

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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    saifonanaya | | #1

    I think it kinda cool thank you :)

  2. LaurieDiane | | #2

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

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    Kayle9 | | #3

    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".

  4. yrm1649 | | #4

    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.

  5. Thewallinna | | #5

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

  6. marilyn1954 | | #6

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

  7. KelleyHighway | | #7

    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!

  8. KelleyHighway | | #8

    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. grandmagail | | #9

    Beautiful array of colors and textures
    Great presentation

    Thank you

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    dovebar | | #10

    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!

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    hvnlyhost | | #11

    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.

  12. marydinkel | | #12

    Doesnt work on ipad? Other videos show up. Hmmmm

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    VictoriaNorth | | #13

    This should be working on ipad now.

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    Scheri | | #14

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

  15. user-1132947 | | #15

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

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