July ’17 News and Updates!

Welcome to July!

I hope your holiday was a Blast. I just love the festivities of our country’s birthday with all the red, white, and blue, parades, and fireworks. For me, July is also when I start thinking about which sewing projects I need to get started now so they’re all done by Christmas. But first, back to July! Thanks for stopping by, Debbi

Fabric.com…Sew Something!

Have some fun! Shop online at Fabric.Com! Then show us your work.

School of Sewing

July is full of great Cool Stitches sewing options. First, we are doing the Zippered Pouch for our July 16th School of Sewing workshop. You’ll find installing zippers comes easier once you successfully complete your Zippered Pouch. It is a staple project for every sewist and will surely be in steady use around your house, in a suitcase, pocketbook, and sewing cabinet. It’s also a perfect gift (Christmas in July!) to hold cosmetics, pencils, trinkets, jewelry for example. Register by July 11th to reserve your seat! 

The Zippered Pouch is a staple project for every sewist and will surely be in steady use around your house, suitcase, pocketbook, and sewing cabinet. It’s also a perfect gift to hold cosmetics, pencils, trinkets, jewelry for example. We’ll demonstrate key tips for getting perfect points at your zipper ends for the look of a project by a pro.

You’ll find installing zippers comes easier once you successfully complete your Zippered Pouch. While your creativity will lead you to experiment with many fabrics, you can choose home dec or quilting cotton for exterior use, and quilting cotton for interior. As extra credit, we will show you how to do free motion quilting and how to use iron on vinyl to make trendy candy wrapper pouches.

SKILLS FOCUS: Sewing with a zipper, topstitching, boxed corners, using interfacing. Appliqué is optional and will be explored during extra sewing hours.

All classes include a kit for your projects. Please bring along your sewing machine and a basic sewing kit. It typically includes shears, snips, pins, pin cushion, seam ripper, gauge or small ruler. Good add-ons are threads, machine and hand sewing needles. We’ll have extras in case you find you’re missing something along the way. We’ll be using a zipper presser foot. If you have one with your machine, be sure to bring it along.

Classes are 3 hours each followed by open sewing periods ranging from 3 – 5 hours with an instructor available for guidance (that’s me!).

Sewing Labs

We are starting  NEW Workshops! The Sewing Labs  with August dates coming soon. These are self-paced workshops where you can bring your own sewing project and receive guidance, tips, and enjoy good company from us to help you complete your project with less stress and more success! I have a couple patterns selected for those who don’t know where they want to go next; a simple summer dress, a child’s sundress, and this great single pattern piece for shorts! Sign up by July 15th.

This workshop is designed for developing your sewing confidence and answering your sewing questions in a hands on format through personalized projects and professional guidance. You choose your project – one you’ve always wanted to tackle or tried to tackle and got stuck; bring your machine and materials to accomplish the project.

Key features of our Sewing Labs are your one on one consultation and ongoing guidance with 9 hrs of class time to work through project steps so you CAN finish a project of your choice whether it’s your first garment project, or a more complex one than you’ve done before. We have tables for sewing, cutting, and collaborating. We also have ironing stations, a serger, a notions store, and library.


Tips worth sharing:

Want to hear about a great way to manage your fabric stash? Check out My Favorite Tips from Threads Magazine. Here’s a good one:

Using a template as a guide, cut 10-inch-wide by 12-inch-long (or the depth of your shelving) templates made from stiff plastic with rounded corners. Fold fabric around the template to create folded fabric lengths that are all the same width, with crisp folds that are easy to stack. Remove and re-use the template to both fold and easily add or remove a length from the middle of a stack without disturbing the other fabrics. -Trish Mansfield-Devine, Saint-Siméon, France. Originally featured in Threads #174 (August/September 2014). Let me know if you give it a try and how it works out for you!

Open Sewing Invitation

Open sewing is scheduled to follow our School of Sewing workshop on July 16th and runs from 6:30 to about 9:00, or when everyone is finished for the night. Please consider joining us for dinner too. We order from Panera’s. This is a great time to finish your project, start another, or catch up on your mending. Details here.

What better way to spend a couple hours than sewing with friends. To promote this, we are hosting our Open Sewing hours at no additional charge. Typically, our Open Sewing will be for approximately 3 hours following our classes, and we’ll announce the times with each class. We have tables for sewing, cutting, and collaborating as well as ironing stations, our notions store, library, coffee/tea/hot chocolate and a featured snack. It’s such a good time to complete your U.F.O.s (UnFinished Objects) while catching up with friends, new and old. Pass it on, and plan to join us on July 16th at 6:30 for a couple hours. Let me know if you plan to join us, and if you’re adding to our Panera order!

What do you know about Kenneth D. King’s designs?

Join us for an inspiring weekend featuring Kenneth D. King, a contributing editor at Threads Magazine, couture fashion designer, author and popular professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Registration is OPEN for this Special Event!

10/7 –  Cocktails
10/8 – Embellishments Lecture and Workshop
10/9 – Unique workshop(s) while Kenneth’s ideas are still in mind.

Where did that tomato pin cushion come from?     

Everyone who walks into the realm of sewing knows this little icon. The red tomato with the dangling strawberry. You probably know that the tomato holds your pins, and that the strawberry is for sharpening them, but do you know where it originated?

In early European folklore, we learn the tomato was a symbol of success and good fortune. They were given as gifts and displayed in the home, typically on the hearth. Because tomatoes were seasonal and don’t last, it became common practice to make them from cloth and string, stuffed with sawdust. Can you imagine the homemakers then using them to collect their pins in while sitting and working on their hand sewing during the days. Over time, the prestigious tomato took on the role of pin cushion on purpose. Now you know that your tomato is a wonderful symbol of good fortune and can hold a place of prominence in your home – or at least your sewing space!

PALERMO, Sara. Copyright © 2016 Penny Rose.


We are delighted you have an interest in what’s going on with Cool Stitches. Learn more and check out our future events online.

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