July 2015 Featured Customer – the Sew Spot

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Clutch Purse

by: The Sew Spot

By the Sew Spot

Clutch Purse by:         the Sew Spot

SAS Fabrics Superstore’s

July 2015 Featured Customer

The Sew Spot

Currently featured in

SAS Fabrics Superstore’s Customer Window

is an adorable Clutch Purse

created by our loyal customer: The Sew Spot

If you would like to know more or try to make one for yourself  CLICK HERE  for the tutorial.

Thank you Kim Glenn of The Sew Spot for being a part of our Customer Window program

and for providing this wonderful tutorial, we are proud to be your fabric store of choice.

We hope you enjoy this tutorial.

Take Care & Happy Sewing

En Español:

bolso de embrague

por: The Sew Spot

By the Sew Spot

Bolso de embrague por: la Cosa punto
SAS Fabrics Superstore

07 2015 Cliente destacado

The Sew Spot

Actualmente aparece en

SAS Fabrics Superstore’s Customer Window

es un bolso de embrague adorable

creado por nuestro cliente fiel : The Sew Spot

Si desea saber más o tratar de hacer uno por sí mismo hacer clic aquí para el tutorial .

Gracias Kim Glenn de The Sew Spot por ser parte de nuestro programa propaganda trabajode al Cliente

y para proporcionar este maravilloso tutorial, nos sentimos orgullosos de ser tu tienda de telas de elección.

Esperamos que disfrute de este tutorial.

Cuídate y feliz de coser

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?”

backlit

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.

vehicle trash bag

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.

 moccasins

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

upholstery 01

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!  : )

How to Make a Button Elf Doll

Button Elf Dolls by Laura D’Angelico

These little guys are not only cute as a button they are also really quite easy to make.

What you will need:

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1. a pretty good collection of 1/4″ – 1/2″ diameter buttons* (maybe 40-50 per doll).

2. small piece of fabric*. One 12 inch square piece of fabric is plenty.

3. Strong thread* and a needle*. Make sure the needle will fit through the button holes.

4. a small foam ball for each doll head. I used 2 inch diameter. Dollar Store or Hobby Lobby & similar stores

5. beans and a small amount of soft material to fill the body and booties of the doll.

6. paint to create the facial features.

7. 3 small jingle bells*.

8. glue*

For the booties simply cut fabric in the shape of a bootie and stitch all around except the top where the leg goes in. Set aside.

Next separate your buttons to create two legs of equal length. I matched the buttons so that the legs matched in size & length. Repeat the process for the arms. The arms should be shorter than the legs much like those on us humans.

Thread the buttons using a needle and thread. Use a strong thread, ribbon, wire or fishing line and thread through from top of leg to the bottom and back up to the top so that at the bottom of the leg you do not have any ties or thread ends. Just as you would sew a button onto a shirt. Tie the thread at the top of the leg so the buttons cannot come apart.

Repeat the process for the arms.

Next make the hat. Simply cut a piece of fabric big enough to fit on the Styrofoam head. Don’t forget to add for the stitch allowance. The fabric will be pie shaped just like a Santa hat. Sew the fabric to create the hat.

Cut a rectangular piece of fabric for the body. It should be about 3.5 inches by +/- 6 inches long. Fold in half so the finished sides are not visible. The finished faces will be face to face and you will sew it inside out so it is about 3.5 by half of the longer side. Sew the longest side and most of one shorter sides. Turn it right side out and sew on the legs so that none of the loose threads are exposed. Fill the body 3/4 full with beans and the rest with soft material and/or scrap fabric. When you sew it closed sew in the arms so they are well attached.

sew except where dashed

Next you will paint a face on the Styrofoam head. When it is dry you will glue on the hat. Then attach the head to the body and if you wish throw a scarf on around the neck. Sew on the booties and finish it off with a little bell sewn on the tip of each bootie and the tip top of the hat.

Elf Button Doll 1

Elf Button Dolls

ALL DONE.

How to Make Fabric Flowers

By: Laura D’Angelico

Have you ever finished a sewing project and had left over fabric that you just do not want to toss in the trash? Wondered what you could do with the left over fabric, besides making a quilt? Well you may want to consider making a bouquet of fabric flowers like these.

           

They are very easy to make, look great and are “so SASsy“.

First you will cut your fabric into circles (like shown below). Cut to a size about twice as large as you want your flowers to be. I used circles that ranged in size from 6 to 12 inches in diameter. It looks best if you use different sizes & colors of fabric.  Next you will thread a needle with plenty of thread (like 2 times as long as the diameter of your circle). Tie a knot at the end big enough so that it will not pull through the fabric. Now you will weave the needle & thread from back side of circle to front using long stitches (about 1/2 inch long) all the way around your circle about 3/8 inch in from outer edge. You may want to lightly draw a guideline to help you stay at a consistent distance from the edge. See image below.

Once you are all the way around you simply pull on the thread and the circle will begin to close up. Before you close it you will want to stuff it with fiber fill, scraps of fabric, old nylons or whatever works for you. Once you stuff it to your liking then you pull the thread tight and tie it so it stays closed. See below image of gather fabric closure. Use embroidery thread or multiple strands of regular thread to define the pedals. Make as many pedals as it takes to get a look you like. Add a button or other material in the center if desired.

Next you will make the leaves. To do this green fabric is best but anything goes. It is all up to what you want. Once you have decided on the fabric fold it and cut out a leaf shape. Picture below shows the cut out leaf.

To make your flower stem use a coat hanger. Unwind & straighten the hanger as you would to toast a marshmallow over a campfire. Using a wire cutter cut the hanger to the desired length plus about 2 or 3 inches. The extra few inches will work like the roots to help your flower stand up.

Now fold your leaves over the hanger and secure it using glue. I gave the leaves a little extra character by using a needle & thread to ‘draw’ veins on them. The veins (shown below) are optional.

To finish your project find a container to display your flowers in. Cut some floral foam to fit snuggly in your container and press into place. Put your flower onto your stem by inserting the hanger into the gathered fabric closure and place by stabbing the ‘roots’ into the foam.All done. I hope you enjoy your fabric flowers. : )Take care, hope to see or hear from you soon.Laura : )

About SAS Fabrics Superstore’s History

By: Laura D’Angelico Blog 2   September 13, 2012

 

I feel as if I forgot something. Thinking about SASsy Sewing blog I realized that I never really introduced my readers to our store.

SAS Fabrics Superstore is a discount fabric and sewing craft store located at 9840 N 19th Ave in Phoenix, AZ 85021. SAS started out as a ma & pa (mostly ma) shop with one location in 1964. With hard work and dedication ma & pa were able to grow their business and eventually they grew to 3 stores in 2 states. There were 2 other SAS stores in Arizona created by one of their children The founders of SAS (ma & pa) have since passed away leaving one store to each of their children. Today each SAS store is individually owned and operated but still offer their customers great bargains and a large selection.

This blog belongs to the 19th Ave store which is now known as SAS Fabrics Superstore. It is a “super store” worth the drive from anywhere in the valley. But, when you can’t travel to North Phoenix another SAS is your next best choice.

We at SAS Fabrics Superstore look forward to creating a lasting relationship with each of our customers and this blog is one way we can communicate with our clientele and exchange tips, knowledge and ideas. We are also working on being more involved with the community in general so please feel free to post information about local businesses, events, sewing & craft classes and super bargains.

So come on in to SAS Fabrics Superstore and check out our amazing deals on fabrics for upholstery, drapery, apparel, costumes and more. We have a bridal section filled with sequins, lace, satins, notions and such. We have a good selection of tiaras, rings, hair accessories, flowers, belts and other bling-bling. We also carry peacock feathers and belly dancer’s belts.

Take care & thanks for reading my blog.

Laura : )