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School's out for summer! That means if you have young children, grandchildren, or siblings they probably looking for something to do. You may have already heard the dreaded phrase, "I'm bored!" This blog post is packed full of simple sewing tutorials to help you teach your favorite kids how to sew this summer.

First up, the basics are always an important place to start. This video from MADE Everyday is an excellent informational tool! Dana will walk you through all the basics you need to know, from how to use your machine, to various sewing techniques. It is a bit long, so start at 2:35 for machine basics, 8:00 for sewing basics, or 13:57 for stitch basics.

Next up, its great to start sewing by practicing straight lines until your child gets the hang of it. When first beginning you can even use paper to practice straight lines; either use plain copy paper and draw your own or use lined notebook paper to save extra prep time.

Once your child has mastered straight lines, you can move on to some simple projects. This is where your child really starts to feel like they are learning something fun because they get to see a finished product. Below are some simple projects that mostly use straight lines. Click the link above each photo to be taken to the tutorial site.

I tried to organize these with the most simple projects first and then progressively getting more challenging.

1. Simple Pillowcase Tutorial from MADE Everyday

2. DIY 5-Minute Cloth Napkin Tutorial from Viva Veltoro

3. 30 Minute Baby Blanket Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

4. DIY Microwavable Heating Pad from The Happy Housewife

5. Easy to Sew Skirt from Dabbles & Babbles

6. Cozy Pillow Bed from Dabbles & Babbles

7. iPad Stand Tutorial from Sewn Up

8. 30-Minute Drawstring Fabric Backpack from Hello Wonderful

9. Beach Towel Tote Bag from Dandee Designs

10. iPad Cover from Pat Bravo Design

Have you made other projects with kids that are simple and easy? Share them in the comments below!

May your bobbin always be full,


Summer Is About To Get A Whole Lot Better!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 10:40 AM

School may be out for the summer, but not at A Scarlet Thread! It's the perfect time to indulge in a little "me" time, and we'll help you do just that with our popular Class Pass Series beginning in July. 

Purchase of a Class Pass entitles you to take unlimited Class Pass classes during July and August. These are quick and easy classes (2-3 hours at most!) that we've selected to enhance your sewing and quilting skills or in some cases, just because they were too cute to resist! Our staff teachers are busily creating samples of the projects and techniques they'll be teaching, but we're not quite ready to reveal all just yet (soon, I promise!) In the meantime, here's just a little teaser to pique your interest.

We've planned a drop-in Open House for Saturday, July 1, 11:00am to 2:00pm, where we'll have all of the Class Pass project samples on display. You'll be able to purchase your Class Pass and make your selections for the classes you'd like to take. You're sure to find a class or two (or five or six!!!) to add to your calendar. Class sizes are limited, so don't wait if there's a "must make" project on your list.

Summertime is playtime, so grab a friend or two and make plans to enjoy a Girl's Day Out as often as you can! 

See you in the Stitch Lounge soon!


Cool Tool Tuesday - #1

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:54 PM

I don’t know about you, but I can look at something all the time, hear other people talk about, and still not have any interest until I actually use it for myself. That’s exactly what happened with the Hera Marker for me! We have carried this product in store for as long as I can remember, and we obviously sell them because I remember restocking them more than once. However, every time I saw it on the notions wall, or restocked it from the overstock drawer, I always thought “what in the heck does this thing do and why do people buy it?”

Well I am here to tell you today, that it is INCREDIBLE! The Hera Marker is a great alternative to chalk and other marking tools. It makes a very visible line that doesn’t smudge or accidentally rub off. You never have to “refill” it because it is simply a piece of white plastic.

Keep reading to see how I used the Hera Marker to mark quilting lines or click here to buy a Hera Marker now!

First, I began with a quilt sandwich (top layer, batting, bottom layer) that was trimmed to an even rectangle shape.


Next, I used the 45 degree line on my ruler to line up with the side edge of the fabric. Then I began marking my lines leaving 1 ¾” in between each line. All you have to do is use medium-firm pressure while gliding the Hera Marker across your fabric. Easy as pie!


Once all of my lines were marked in one direction, I simply turned the rectangle around, lined up the 45 degree line of my ruler with the other edge of the fabric and began marking intersecting lines. I made these lines the same width (1 ¾”) apart as the first set. So when I was done, the quilt sandwich had a very easy to see cross hatch pattern.


I also used the Hera Marker to draw some other free-hand lines, including a wavy line, a zig-zag line, and a cross hatch line. The possibilities are truly endless with this tool! You could draw all kinds of free motion quilting designs, use with a paper pattern to transfer on your fabric, and so much more!


May your bobbin always be full,

BRAND NEW Webstore!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:21 AM

If you haven’t heard by now, we recently launched a BRAND NEW webstore! That means you can shop from A Scarlet Thread anytime your heart desires. When you’re laying in bed at night and think of a quilt idea you have to buy fabric for right that second. When you’re working on a project and you cut something wrong, or run out of fabric with one block left. We are always open online!

What’s special about our website? We have more than just fabric, including notions, patterns, gift cards, and more! Every week we are adding new products and new services. Coming soon, we will be offering Class Registration online and Mail-In Long Arm Quilting Services! Before these were things you could only take advantage of if you lived near us and came in store, but now you can choose your quilting designs, plan your next quilt, and shop new arrivals all from the comfort of your home! 

For our local customers, we haven’t forgotten about you! We offer a full page called, “Hey Locals!” that is home to all of our in-store events and club details. We also give you the option to select “in-store pickup” when you place your order. That means you don’t have to pay shipping and when you come in the store to pick-up your order everything is already cut and ready to go!

Lastly, we love to see your projects! One of the best things about working in a quilt store is to see a customer bring in a finished project that you helped them with from the beginning. We also love to see our online customer’s projects too! At anytime, you can send us pictures of your finished projects or tag us on social media and we just might feature you in our “Customer Projects” section!

We hope to see you shopping online! 


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Let's Move!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3:44 PM

There are many health benefits to quilting. It reduces stress and brings about a state of well-being, and most of us find it to be a relaxing hobby. While you may not think so, quilting is also a very physically demanding hobby. As quilters, we often put excessive demands on our bodies without being conscious of doing so; how many times have you continued working even though your hands are aching and your eyes can barely focus? It's not unusual to continue working through discomfort when your focus is on finishing an important project. Sooner or later, though, you will find yourself feeling the effects of pushing your body to the limit - maybe you can't quilt as much as you would like because your body is sore, or you begin to limit the size of your projects and their complexity because you physically can't do more. Think about the last marathon quilting session you had - did your back hurt, or your hands feel tight, or maybe you developed a splitting headache. What's the answer? Get up and move!

I'm not advocating a strenuous exercise program (although if you don't exercise regularly I do encourage you to start!), but it's important to learn to listen to your body.

Any time you hold or repeat a position for an extended period of time you are going to feel it. Varying your position will help prevent aches and pains. I know many quilters who set up their sewing area with everything within easy reach so they never have to get up - they just swivel one way to press and the other way to cut and trim. I deliberately have my ironing board set up in another room, which forces me to stand up and move often. If I'm dug in for a marathon sewing session, I will set a kitchen timer for 20 minutes and I'll get up and walk downstairs to the opposite end of the house and back. I've even been known to do 15 or 20 jumping jacks if I'm really feeling stiff! The point is to take frequent breaks and throw in some sort of activity to get the blood flowing.

Stretching enables our muscles to work effectively and decreases the risk of injuries. If you are doing a lot of cutting or handwork, hand and wrist exercises are crucial.  As little as two minutes every couple of hours using these simple exercises will help reduce the pain and stiffness caused by overuse of hands and wrists.

Good posture is important while you're sewing, and I'm sure I don't have to tell you what a difference the right chair and table height can make. Even so, often we feel tension in our neck and shoulders first. Here's a simple stretching exercise you can do right at your machine. Slowly turn your head to the left and then to the right several times. Lower your head slowly to your chest and then return to normal position several times; finish by shrugging your shoulders several times. Don't strain, just stretch s-l-o-w-l-y.

If stretching exercises are new to you, just do a Google search for basic stretches to find what works for you. I love yoga for staying limber, and some of my favorite stretches can be found at this link Yoga Stretches at Your Desk, and they can all be done from the comfort of your chair.

It's easy to fall into bad habits when we have a chance to indulge our love of quilting. Being mindful of how important good habits are for our body, and moving and stretching will just make the experience more enjoyable in the long run. So next time you're quilting remember to get up and move!


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