Friday, December 17, 2010


We are starting a new monthly event at Sally's Fabrics.  I apologize if I have talked about it before, but there has been a slight change this holiday season in regards to this boutique.

Okay here we go......

Each month we are going to have what is called a "Girls Only Night."  It will be a fun evening, different most months, to provide V A R I T Y. I will always try to have some kind of "make -n- take," which I think is so fun.  And of course, there will always be delicious refreshments.  This Spring I want to start a new fun class called "Scrap-booking with fabric 90/10."  What this will be is a scrapbook compiled with up to 90% fabric and only 10% paper.  Many of the pages you won't even want to put in a binder, but frame because they are so beautiful.... Anyway, in January, I was thinking that it would be fun to actually come to our "Girls Only Night" and to make the first page - preferably for free... (That is my goal.)  I want to get our customers excited about this new class.

Also at "Girls Only Night," I will TRY to always have a boutique.  They items being sold are so cute.  Anyway the slight change I mentioned in the beginning is this:  We are leaving the boutique items from our Girls Only Night held on November 30 up through the holiday season.  I have included a few pictures to tempt you into coming into the store.  I have to say that each item is priced very reasonably, and would make a great handmade gift.  We have many hair accessories that are PERFECT for stocking stuffers.

Please note!  We only have 13 days left before Christmas.  Give the gift of fabric, a gift card, or a SEWING MACHINE. YEAH!!  Make it a Christmas they will never forget, and with each machine purchase, you will receive free sewing instruction, and 10% back on a gift card to use anywhere throughout the store. Our gift cards never expire.

Happy Holidays!!  We love our customers :)


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hoodie Towel

I thought it would be great to establish a pattern of putting "How to's" on the blog.  This particular towel is GREAT as a baby gift or can be made if you are having a baby yourself! (congrats...)  Anyway, the first thing I did was buy a towel - regular size, and a coordinating washcloth.  See the following pictures.
Now I bought the towel already sewn with flower embroidery; although, with my Pfaff embroidery machine I could have added the flowers EASILY....  I didn't have as much luck on the washcloth; so, I made sure I bought a washcloth with the same pile.  Because I couldn't just have a PLAIN white washcloth, (very boring) I added a small amount of coordinating Minky.
With the wash cloth you 1.) fold one side back approximately 3-31/2" and pin.  I then measured a minky scrap that fit the back 2/3rds of the washcloth and pinned in place.  2.) Next, I stitched the folded part of the washcloth in place.  My stitching is where you see the pins on the white part of the washcloth. 3.) At this point you will fold your washcloth right sides together, and stitch the back side of the washcloth (1/2" seam) turning right side out when done.  Your stitching line will be where the pins are placed on the pink minky (the pins going up and down) but, on the wrong side of the washcloth.

After you prepare your washcloth, you will get your towel ready.  1.) Fold your towel in half lengthwise, and place a pin marking the middle of your towel. I find it very handy to also pin the edges of your towel together so that when you are measuring your pleats, you end of with both sides of your towel being even. 2.) Starting on one side of the towel measure 5" and fold back a portion of your towel 2" to make your first pleat. To make your second pleat you will measure 3" and fold back a portion of your towel 2" to make your second pleat.  Repeat last step to make your third pleat.  3.) Repeat the entire step #2 on the other side of the towel, adjusting the third pleat if necessary to make sure your sides are even. 4.) Once the pleats are in place, baste over the pleats to keep in place, and remove pins.

To attach the washcloth to the towel you are going to pin the right side of the washcloth to the right side of the towel.  The back seam of the washcloth pins directly to the marked middle of the towel. Stitch through all layers.  When finished, I like to hand sew a white pom pom to the top of the hoodie - making the towel even cuter.


** Now, I have to say here that I like to buy fairly plush towels - they last longer.  In fact, I have two towels that my kids are still using today.  They are as good as ever!  When making these towels you will notice that you will be sewing through several layers of towel especially if you add minky like I did.  When I use my duel feed on my Pfaff machine, (not JUST a walking foot, mind you) I never brake a needle.