I wouldn’t consider myslef much of a homemaker. I’d rather be out walking in the rain or shine. But then I got a serious bee in my bonnet and wanted to recover our couch (more on that later) and haven’t stopped rethinking our space and how to make it more efficient and cozy without spending my life savings.
I have a serious rug obsession. I wish I knew where it came from because it’s becoming a pretty serious addiction. I realized it shopping with my best gal the other week and she asked what I was looking for. “Rugs.” “Hannah, when are you not looking for rugs?” We both laughed and I then I realized, the whole time I was pregnant my nesting consisted of rug shopping and I’m still looking for them. I want to turn them into things and combine multiple to make one large rug that I’ve never seen before. I love how they are different for every culture and the authentic ones are handcrafted.
OK, so here’s the beginning of my braided rug for our living room. The middle is leftover from the couch I just finished, there’s some of our lovely recycled hemp/organic cotton, and silk that I dyed for Anna Maria Horner’s carpet bag a few years ago. More to come on how to make this so stay tuned and start collecting your fabric!
This may be a bit taboo to say, however, I (and maybe most of you) have a confession to make. Sometimes I just don’t want to sew! Don’t get me wrong, sewing is my second nature, but it can take up a lot of free time and energy. With my stash of fabric outweighing my time for projects I’ve been turning to some alternative, quick, and easy no-sew-fabric projects. These few projects I will highlight here can be done at all levels (maybe some supervision is necessary for children) can be done anywhere, and require minimal supplies. These are great projects for interior decorating, presents, weekend projects, and showcasing great fabric finds.
The photo above is a fun project you can do to spice up a bare wall in your house or studio. Simply stretch and staple your fabric to a wood frame. Frames can be found at most art projects stores, such as our friends down the street Collage, Michael’s, Blick, etc. Staples and staple guns can be found at some of these stores too, or your neighborhood hardware store.
An even simpler no-sew fabric project is seen here. Take an embroidery hoop and frame a sweet fabric in it! You can get creative with this project as hoops come in all kinds of sizes. Maybe just frame a small section of a fabric print in a 4” hoop, or show it off in a 14” hoop. This is a great project for fabric scraps and fat quarters and all you need is an embroidery hoop.
A fun project to spruce up your outdoor patio is this banner here. Cut up some pieces of oil cloth, staple it to a cord or clothing line and hang it up between some trees!
The easiest no-sew project ever is this scarf idea here. We’ve got some delicate and sweet fabrics, such as this handwoven cloth here, that come in narrow widths; 36-40” wide. These fabrics are great for a scarf or shawl. You can simply fray check the cut edge, or pull a few threads to get a little fringe going and voila! An easy peasy way to show off a great find.
We love hearing about and seeing what you lovely customers do with our fabrics, so let us know what kinds of projects you like to do or recommend that don’t require sewing.
See you soon!
If you follow us on Instagram (and I totally recommend you do for up to the minute sewing news! We’re @boltfabricpdx), you might have noticed that we’ve added some new pattern lines to our arsenal.
We have a selection of Named Patterns from Finland, including a great pair of overalls and stylish bomber jacket.
Bonjour Teaspoon offers cute, but not too sweet, styles for tweens. They’re versatile, simple, and contemporary. They also offer some great accesories including two hat patterns!
Liesl & Co. have been offering great patterns for kids (you might know the as Oliver & S) and adults, and we’re so happy to be caring her printed patterns now. We have the ever popular Everyday Skirt - a simple gathered skirt for, you guessed it, everyday wear. We’re also carrying a knit top, a lovely tunic/dress pattern, and a short wrap skirt.
We also have new patterns from Grainline and Thread Theory. Stay tuned for some menswear samples on the blog and in the store!
If you’ve been admiring the lovely pajama sample in our window, we have more of the organic fox print flannel, plus elephants and multiple color ways, in stock now. Come by before it all flies off the shelves!