Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gathering: Cabrio Tote Sew along Closed

If you have not signed up yet for the Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along you really should! We are starting to share photos and discussions about the gathering process. Here are some questions I have already answered in emails but I wanted to share them with you.If you have more suggestions for our readers please share and post a comment!
Question #1
“The fabric shop is so overwhelming! There are so many options and with eye candy all over the place, I usually come out with none of the things I need in the first place. Please help!”
First, write a list of your sewing needs before you head out to the store. The best place to write your list is in your sewing space, so you can see what color thread to have or need to buy. It can be hard to remember at the shop.
Second, Take the sewing pattern you wish to make with you, if you have a Smart Phone download your epattern to your phone.
Third, ask the shop keeper for help. In most fabric shops people seem to be very friendly and helpful.
Question #2
“The pattern calls for "Interfacing: 1.5 yards of Pellon® craft fuse 809" .  At the store I found Pellon 809, but it is DECOR fuse (heavier than the Pellon 808 CRAFT fuse).  Also, the 808 was not as wide as the 809.  Just wondering which Pellon interfacing we should use?
I have used both and either will work for this project. A good rule of thumb is, The smaller the bag the thinner the interfacing, the larger the bag the sturdier (or thicker) the interfacing.
If you use 808, you will need to buy 3 yards because of the width.
Question #3
“Where do I find fold over elastic binding? Why did you make the pockets with elastic at the tops?”
I buy all of my fold over elastic binding at Sewz Anne’s Fabrics. The price and service is fantastic! She has so many colors to choose from! However, you do not have to use fold over elastic. You can zig zag stitch over regular elastic or shirr the pocket. I will show you all 3 techniques for the sew along.
The elastic pockets allow you to see down into the bottom of the tote. If you do not use elastic, the pockets do not cling to the sides of the Cabrio Tote and when you open the bag you will only see the open pockets.
If you have any more suggestions please feel free to share them by posting a comment! If you have not sign up, join us at Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote Sew Along Flickr group. It is also a great way to promote your blog and/ or shop. When you post your pictures add your blog’s address to the description and if I use your photo I will link to your blog!
Grab a Cabrio Tote Sew Along button too located on the sidebar.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I think it's a great idea to share questions/answers on your blog for the sew along. Makes it easy if we all have similar questions to see the answers here.

Thanks for sharing my fabric pics... can you tell I'm itching to get started? :)

Here's my blog where I linked to this sew-along & will be posting my progress as well: http://so-simply-stephanie.blogspot.com/