Summer 2015 Featured Fabric

FABRICS

Our Featured Fabric this summer is Challis:

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Challis is sometimes referred to as challie or chally, it is a lightweight woven fabric, originally a silk-and-wool blend, which can also be made from a single fibre, such as cotton, silk or wool, or from man-made fabrics such as rayon.

Apparel made of Challis should be loose fitting and comfortable; not body hugging. Items commonly made of Challis include dresses, loose or baggy pants, shorts and tops.

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Being that SAS Fabrics Superstore is located in the Sonoran desert it gets pretty damn hot making Challis a fabric of choice because of its lightweight and free flowing characteristics. Challis comes in many different colors and patterns.

We currently (July 2015) have colorful Challis for only available for $3.99/yard

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Click here to learn a little about many different fabrics.

There are many advertisements on the page so try to not let those distract you.

Take Care & Happy Sewing!

SAS Fabrics Superstore – Word Search Puzzle

SAS word searchThis post is just for the fun and challenge of it. I created this word search puzzle filled with at least 24 words that represent, in one way or another, products we sell.   See if you can find these words.

elastic                              rhinestones                              leather                                     lycra

beads                               sequins                                    upholstery                               fleece

lace                                  remnants                                 tie backs                                  foam

cotton                              fashion fabrics                        satin                                         tulle

taffeta                              zippers                                    wool                                         poplin

trims                                thread                                      faux fur                                    vinyl

 

 

 

Hidden Characteristics That can be Found in Fabrics

I was looking at the colorful, lacy, stretchy, crochet-like and somewhat hippie fabric we have in stock at SAS Fabrics Superstore this Spring of 2015.

April 2015

April 2015

As I was checking it out and brainstorming for ideas and ways to display this fabric in our storefront I discovered it has hidden character. I do not know if this is common with fabrics of its type or not. I do know, however, that I do see similar techniques used often in upholstery fabrics.

It is easy to see that the fabric has the obvious pattern of colors in a geometric theme that you see when you simply glance at it. These colors and patterns remind me of hippie apparel. I am not really sure if anyone else would relate the appearance to the 60’s hippie fashions but I do.geometric pattern

When you look at the fabric you see that it resembles crochet work as it has an open weave.   When you look closer you may even ask yourself if the holes (open weave) are an intentional character of the fabric or if maybe they were unintentional and caused by an insect of some type. Well, these are the things that went through my mind anyway.

As I was doing my brainstorming I thought maybe this fabric would benefit by being backlit. So, I held it up where it had some good backlighting (I had a piece of white satin behind it already) and what I saw took me by surprise. My reaction to what I saw was something like “What the heck, check that out?”

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I saw that those ‘holes’ in the fabric were not only intentional but they also created a paisley pattern. I have no clue what the fabric designer may have envisioned when incorporating  this character into the fabric but I can see that if used in the right application it could create a very unique result. IMG_8472

As you can see when you look at the fabric under these backlit conditions, the paisley pattern becomes almost more dominant than the colored geometric pattern.  Before I discovered this hidden character in the fabric I was thinking of using a shimmering fabric behind the lacy hippie fabric to create a long flowing skirt. It would look something like this.

with glittery base fabric

The fabric will work great in an application of this type. But, I am really curious what a professional may be able to do that would show-off the otherwise hidden paisley pattern.  For now I will just wonder and hope that one of the readers of this article will be inspired enough to run over to our store to pick up some of the fabric and create an item that brings out the paisley pattern then takes the time to share the results with us.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the hidden characters that can be found in fabrics.

Take care.  : )

Using Fabric as Wallpaper

fabric wallpaper

fabric wallpaper

 

Or should it be called “creating a new blog article by simply linking to someone else’s work”? Either way I thought some of you may enjoy this tutorial for using fabric as wallpaper. What a great way to add that special unique touch to you home. Instead of doing an entire room use fabric wallpaper on a single wall (or door) to really make it stand out. Click here for the tutorial.

Enjoy and Take Care

Holiday Gift Ideas that are Easy to Make

Happy Holidays SASsy Sewing Fans

Today I want to share some easy to make and very affordable gift ideas that are not only fun to make but fun to receive. Being that it is already December and we do not have much time left before Christmas day I browsed the wide world web for great gifts you can make in a jiffy.

Gift Idea #1

The first item is the amazing all zipper purse. If you have never seen one of these before it is definitely worth checking out. One way to make these purses even more fun is to use two different colored zippers of the same size and same size ‘teeth’ (I do not know if they call them teeth but you know the little guys that hold it closed). Buy at least 2 colors of the zippers that we have available by the foot at SAS Fabrics Superstore then unzip them all the way and take one of each color and zip them together so you have a zipper of two different colors. Then proceed to this great tutorial I found. Continuous Zipper Purse Tutorial  Enjoy!

Zipper Purse

Continuous Zipper Purse

Gift Idea #2

The next item I think you may like is the trash bag for your car. Sounds pretty easy to make. Customize it to match the vehicle or to compliment the personality of the one you wish to give it.

Click on this link to go to the instructions Vehicle Trash Bag Tutorial.

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Trash Bag for your Vehicle

Gift Idea #3

Okay, this is the last one for today. It is going to take more time to make than the other items here but I believe it will be worth the effort. This link takes you to a YouTube video that shows you how to make comfy warm moccasins or booties. You can find a great selection of faux fur at SAS Fabrics Superstore that would be perfect for this project. We also have a nice selection of leather if you are a brave adventurous creator. In fact we carry everything you need to do all of these projects.

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Make Someone’s Feet Happy with these Booties

Be sure to visit SASsy Sewing for other Holiday gift ideas and Christmas Decoration tutorials.

Enjoy your Holidays!

Take Care

: )

All kids want to be Frozen this Halloween

frozenIt is time to start working on your child’s Halloween costume. That is true for many of us anyway, others may not have to worry about it until the days just before.

For those of you with children who want to be one of the character’s from the movie Frozen I found this tutorial that includes images of and instructions for making your own Frozen costumes. I hope you find it helpful.

http://www.laptopstolullabies.com/2014/03/sew-your-own-frozen-costumes-for-10-each.html

Take Care & Happy Sewing  : )

Reupholstering – a “green” project

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upholstery 02upholstery 03Since we currently have all upholstery and home decor fabrics on SALE for 25% OFF I decided to do a little homework for our customers. I researched tutorials, tips and other information related to reupholstering to assist you with your project. Remember our 25% off sale only lasts until July 31st, 2014 so now is the time to get started. It is too darn hot outside to do anything outdoors so the time is right for a project like reupholstering a sofa. By reupholstering you are helping our earth. Go green!First take a look at this short article describing the basic steps of reupholstering a sofa to determine if you think this is a project you are prepared to tackle.  At the bottom of that article was this link to more in depth information. If you feel you are up for the challenge keep reading.

I also found some helpful tips from professionals and even more tips.

I found this video to be quite informative for refinishing the back of the sofa without having any staples show. I liked that the video for finishing the back of the sofa because it was brief but packed full of good information so I am providing a link to her Youtube channel where you will find her other videos. Be sure to check out her video for finishing the arms of the sofa too.

Okay, before you begin you may want to know a bit about the fabric choices out there. Make sure you pick a heavy duty durable fabric for your upholstery project. Before you run off to SAS to get your fabric check out this yardage chart. Make sure you buy enough fabric to finish your project because you may not be able to find the exact same fabric at a later date. It is better to have too much than not enough.

If you get started and then realize you bit off more than you can chew check out the bulletin board and customer window at the store to see if you can find a professional to give you a hand.

Once you are done with your project, please post before and after photos on our Facebook page to show off all your hard work.

Best of luck to you. Happy reupholstering.

 

Take care!  : )

4th of July Decorating Ideas

Are you going to be celebrating this 4th of July holiday? Celebrating or not it is easy and fun to show your love for our beautiful country, USA. I found some fun and simple projects you may want to check them out. I kept it to only 2 links that have nice decorating ideas. I know there are many, many more projects out there but did not want to overwhelm you guys.

Before we go to the links let me show you some of the patriotic fabrics currently (June 2014) in stock at SAS Fabrics Superstore located at 9840 N 19th Ave. in Phoenix, Arizona 85021. Phone: 602-943-7777

Photos are of some of the patriotic print fabrics currently in store. We also have patriotic ribbons, trims, cords and more.

This link is represented by the image below.  Pretty cool looking don’t you think?

http://www.finecraftguild.com/10-gorgeous-4th-of-july-wreaths/

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The next link is for burlap covered candle jars but I live in Phoenix and I can’t imagine wanting a burning candle on the 4th of July.  So for the next tutorial I suggest using clear plastic cups (smallest you can find – like shot glass small) and wrap them with burlap & decorate with fabric shapes, like shown in the link, then mount the cups over the bulbs in a string of Christmas lights.

http://www.craftsunleashed.com/seasonal/summer-projects-seasonal/4th-of-july-crafts-candle-wraps/

 

Enjoy your 4th of July holiday and be safe.

Take Care. : )