Wrapped in Fabrique

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fallfabriquea.jpgWrapped in Fabrique! I love this techinque of making decorative fabrics and scenes from free motion, applique and decorative stitches. In the 1990’s the book “Wrapped in Fabrique” was inspirational. The book is long out of print but the technique has grown, especially on Pinterest. I collected a few of my favorite ideas in this blog. I also shared with you some of my own creations.

Years ago I purchased a fun book on fabric texturing and have decided to revisit this creative topic. The book is no longer published but the techniques are still current. To create a brand new textured fabric, use  decorative threads, free motion stippling, decorative stitches, twin needle sewing, and the cording foot.  Creation of your own fabric art is easy and lots of fun.  If you would like to copy my project you can. The technique looks great on a vest, gown bodice, purse or pillow.

To start your creative design you will need to collect applique fabrics and prints to complement the base fabric. you will need fusable web plus decorative and couching threads. tex3.jpgYou will need to purchase a base fabric and a fusible knit interfacing to add body. I used bengaline or silk dupioni. I suggest a mid weight fabric. You can also use suede twill or quilted denim. Purchase fuse knit and fuse it to the wrong side of your main garment pieces before you cut. Rough cut the main garment pieces so they can be embellished and then the base fabric can be cut to the pattern shape. Allow at least 2″ all around the basic garment shapes. 

Step1- Lets free motion stipple to gather or pucker fabrics to use in the applique’. Use straight stitch and free motion.

Step 2- Let’s twin needle. Use a 2.5 needle and remember to keep the width of any decorative stitch below 2.5 or if you have a safety switch put it on. Twin needle pieces of applique fabric to cut out later. Twin needle the base fabric in a random design. You can use 2 spools of gold metallic or even matching thread. The twin needle will pucker the base fabric to create a texture effect. 

Step 3- Use decorative stitches to give a base to the custom design on your project fabric. Switch to an open toe applique foot so you can see the stitching. 

Step 4- Use the braiding and the cording foot to couch metallic cords to the base fabric.

Step 5-Bond wondetex1.jpgr under to the wrong side of your applique fabric, If the “flower is 3-D bond a piece of backing to the underside of the flower and free motion your applique’ edges and then cut The flower out to apply on top of another applique. Apply the flower to the base applique with free motion tack down stitches in the center of the flower. After all the surface textures have been applied lets cut out and construct the sewing project to create your fabrique.

Let’s look at the cording foot. It is a great accessory to apply decorative threads with.

See a video of the use of the cording foot and you can also purchase a cording foot at out web site.

You may also need a twin needle. Here is a link. 

More ideas on Pinterest!

blue vest


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Create Decorative Stitches

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This post is to show off some of the creative decorative stitch projects I have collected from on-line ideas and my own pictures. I love decorative stitches and how they can create fabric and wonderful borders and trims. The Singer S 18 has 400 built in decorative stitches to try.  Here is my slide show .

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Sewing Classes for the holiday season and New Year

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD has recently updated the sewing class schedule.  You have to check out the “free demonstrations” available for you. If you would like to stop and see our free demonstrations at Hancock just send an email to jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com . One of the “free” demonstrations is Serger Heirloom sewing and sewing machine heirloom sewing. I will demo techniques and accessory and show you how to make a christening baby bonnet without a pattern.

Another brand new addition to our schedule is the Embroidery Club.  I am including some inspiration photos so you get an idea of the club themes.  Each class will be announced on line when ready to purchase if you are getting the information on line or you can enroll locally at Hancock.

Other features of our new schedule include classes in quilting , beginner sewing, serger basics, sewing machine instruction and more.

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Heirloom techniques using your sewing machine

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Heirloom sewing requires straight stitch and zig-zag stitch. The techniques involved with heirloom sewing are very easy and can create lovely fabrics, which are then cut and fashioned to create inserts, yokes, sleeves, bodices, bonnets, pockets, shirts and more. The main fabric used is a lightweight batiste.  I like the easy care of the polyester and cotton blend but the 100% cotton is the preferred choice.

When picking a lace, the choice is 100% cotton. Only 100% cotton can be shaped and steamed in place. The width of your lace is a personal choice. The varieties include edgings and insertions.

Here are some heirloom techniques to try.

Twin needle sewing creates pin tucks. I usually use a 2.5mm needle with straight stitch. You can also use a spacer called a pin tuck foot. When stitching the rows of pin tucks, I use the width of my presser foot as a guide.  I usually make lots of pin tuck fabric at one time to use later as inserts in the heirloom fabric. Here is a video of the pin tucking technique. Here is the link to the pin tuck foot.

Puffing are strips of gathered batiste. I use the gathering foot along the edges of the strip. I have included a link to the instructions on how to use the gathering foot. Jenny’s Sewing Studio has links to gathering feet for all machines. Here is the low shank gathering foot link.

Decorative stitch inserts add a nice touch to heirloom projects I have included a link to a past blog article on decorative stitch sewing machine inserts.

Pintuck fabric and gathered strips of fabrics is usually joined together with entrudeux. Entrudeux means space in between and helps to join panels nicely. You usually can buy entrudeux as a yardage of narrow trim. You can also make your own using a wing needle and organdy with a ladder stitch and cord.

Create your heirloom project by joining your decorative strips together to form fabric. Here is where the zig-zag stitch and lace are used.  Using a width of 2.5mm and a length of 2.5mm you can roll the edge of the batiste fabric and lace together.

I hope you enjoy creating with heirloom sewing.


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serger ruffler purse by Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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I was inspired by Vera Bradley. Vera has a purse named “Cha Cha”. I saw this purse and fell in love with the design and thought it was perfect for construction using my serger. I had all the materials.  Below are the instructions and pictures of my creation. Continue reading

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Baby Lock Ellegante seminar featuring the border hoop !

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jacket.pngJenny’s Sewing Studio will be teaching a seminar on the Baby Lock Ellegante this Spring. Learn to use the border hoop (update 3), use the tack feature, edit embroidery, do lettering and sharpen your embroidery knowledge using the Babylock. Expand your knowledge of the using the built-in stitches and some of the accessories available. We will build a lovely border that you can apply to our Vogue fashion garment.   Our colors will be black and white so the garment will be perfect for summer. We will post the garment when completed.

Sizes will fit most sewers. Fee is $ 99.95 for the 2 day class. Please enroll at least 2 weeks before class to allow for ordering. Fee includes fabric and pattern. Students will receive a supply list. Jenny’s will need bust, hip and waist measurements at time of enrollment.

 We suggest you update your Ellegante to version 3 which includes the border hoop before class. The upgrade can be ordered from us. Please upgrade before the seminar session.  You may also wish to purchase the Ellegante workbook as we will be following some of the lessons in our class outline. Saturday and Sunday June 21st and 22nd.

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio offers Magnolia jacket class

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magnolia.jpgJenny’s Sewing Studio has created an exclusive magnolia jacket from the new magnolia fabric line of Blanks Fabric. If you would like to join our class on the magnolia jacket we have scheduled it for  March 26th from 10-5pm for $29.95.

Magnolia sweatshirt jacket class includes materials to make the jacket as displayed. Each student will need a black sweatshirt to fit, black thread, gold metallic thread and sewing supplies. Machines supplied . 

If you wish to purchase the Magnolia fabrics we offer them in 1/2 yard cuts.

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Hoop it all makes it easy to embroider

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POP_artsie_500.jpgAt Jenny’s Sewing Studio we just received our new copy of “Designs in Machine embroidery’s” Contemporary Machine embroidered accessories. After reviewing the book it was decided the  extra long “hoop it all” would make the job of embroidering purse straps a very easy process.

First we openned our embroidery machine software and combined the designs that were needed to complete the project. Next we printed off a template for one hooping. Actually we printed off 3 templates and taped them together. Three templates will fit in one extra long hoop it all as pictured below. Mark the centers of each hooping by cutting the center dot with an awl. Next draw a center line on the sticky paper that fit the long hoop. Using the template mark the dot positions on the sticky paper. Next mark the design center dots on the fabric. Align the fabric in the hoop by matching up the dots. Start at the first dot because it is the center of the first design sequence.

To see how the pocess is done use the pictures below and have fun making a new purse using your long hoop. To take a class on this embroidered purse enroll here.










































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