20 minute tutu

By Hannah  

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My niece needed a tutu so I came to her rescue. 

4 yds tulle 

5/8 yd non-roll elastic

1 1/2 yds hand dyed gros grain

thread

scissors

Use the natural crease in the tulle and stitch a casing for the elastic.  

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Insert your elastic and then stitch together the short ends of the tutu so you are making the circle complete, BUT leave the casing open because you have to put your ribbon through.

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Insert your ribbon in the casing so the ribbon covers the elastic.

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Tie a bow for prettiness. This also serves as a drawstring so that you can tighten it. 

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Trim to whatever length or leave long. 

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Product Spotlight: Blockwallah Handcarved Block Printing Stamps

by Cameron

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If you haven't already seen these beauties in person or on instagram, I'm very pleased to introduce one of our newest products - Blockwallah block printing stamps! These high quality, handcarved wood stamps can be used to jazz up garments, napkins, pillowcases, lampshades - all sorts of textiles - but they are also beautiful objects and testaments to generations of skill and artistry.

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Blockwallah's stamps and mission are inspiring. They focus on hiring women in need of work and pay fair wages to all of their employees. Many block designs come from the long tradition of Indian block printing to honor the artisans and their heritage, but there are also some more modern designs available, which makes for a huge catalog of blocks for you to choose from.

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We've already been so inspired by the Blockwallah goods. We keep dreaming up new projects like hand stamped onesies or bibs, tea towels, tote bags, or even going all out on some linen yardage to create our own one-of-a-kind fabric. We hope they'll be just as inspiring for you and maybe help to break up those long summer days when paint dries quickly and you have lots of bored kids looking for something fun to do. We can't wait to see what you do!

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Slow Fashion: Mending Resources

by Cameron

It's been so exciting to see mending becoming a more and more common practice both in the online ether and in real life at Bolt. After all, the single most important thing we can do for the environment is to consume less. The longer we can make that favorite pair of jeans or that perfect tee last, the fewer clothes we buy in the long haul. As a bonus, we get to wear those treasured pieces that fit just right that you could never, ever replace for longer and to make them more personal and potentially more beautiful with each fix.

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We've just gotten in a couple of books full of information and mending inspiration. Fix Your Clothes, by Raleigh Briggs, is a short and sweet zine that's a perfect primer for someone who doesn't sew regularly and just needs the basics. It would be a great book to send to a recent graduate or that friend who's always asking you if you could just hem their pants or fix a zipper real fast.

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Mend It Better, by Kristin M. Roach, is a more comprehensive look at mending. There are lots of photos and projects to inspire you to tackle that mending pile in a creative way. All the basics are thoroughly covered and then some, like guidance on turning a prom dress into a dress-up dress for a little one.

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We have everything you need to get started on some repair work - fabric dye and paint to cover up stains, patches to shore up holes, darning needles, wash-away wonder tape, Heat-n-Bond Ultra to make your own fusible patches - and we love to help you figure out ways to extend the life of your textiles!