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Summer Weights and Double Gauze


*Reminder:  The store is closed Sunday for the holiday and Monday as usual.  Plan to stop in soon though, the amount of new inventory is nearly overwhelming! 

Next time you're in the store PUH-lease take special notice of the 6 bins of fabric on rolls/tubes. These bins have been one of the best parts of watching Bolt grow the last few years and right now they are stuffed with all manor of new silk, linen, cotton and knits (and new oil cloth!).  As a customer, and especially one who likes to sew clothes, this is great news.  Many of these fabrics are very reasonably priced (between 10 and 15 dollars/yard at 54" plus) and perfect for summer apparel.  There are several new madras and madras patchwork rolls as well as some lightweight denim-- I am a sucker for both things and have my eyes set on matching wide length pants for my boys. 


Excuse me while I get all gooey over the new Nani Iro by Naomi Ito.  I'm not sure why more storefronts don't carry the double gauze, but I'm super happy Bolt does.  It is luxury fabric, for sure-- lovely for quilts and apparel.  The new spotted bias tape is crazy-good, too (that's some ruffly ric rac in blue. I know.).  There are so many new Japanese imports from Kokka, Treffle and Lecien ranging from linen blends to quilt weight.  

The Weekend Project is going up next week (more like a Happy Tuesday Project), as I'm hoping to show you something finished!  We'll also have a preview on the new knits, trims and quilt weight prints.  Have a wonderful weekend. 

New Beauties and Laura Gunn at Modern Domestic

by Gina.


This is a bit of a tease.  We just opened a box from Italy with beautiful, dramatic buttons and other cool closures, and this really fun cotton webbing.  Here's the teasing part, we are working hard to receive all the many things that have arrived in the last two days and these beauties may not be ready for sale for a few more days (while we translate the invoice)....

Other things that have arrived and are ready for you to snatch up: sweet sateens in platinum grey and creamy coffee prints, more of Lizzy House's Castle Peeps, more of the Liberty Art prints from Kaffe Fassett, butterfly flannels, dish toweling, new Michael Miller knits...

Poppy Patterns from Laura Gunn arrived with the Michael Miller shipment.  I am a big fan of Laura's fabric and am quite excited about her patterns.  More exciting news--Laura will be giving a talk at Modern Domestic next week!  That's right.  Mark your calendars.  It will be the evening of Thursday, July 8th, 7-8:30.  You'll have a chance to hear about her process of designing fabric and be able to ask those questions you've often wondered.  And, there will be give aways and refreshments!  Come join us, say hello, if you haven't been down to MD yet, it will be a great time to see the classrooms, class samples, machines for sale and use.  

Envelope It (a tutorial)

K<br/><p>I make fabric envelopes for a lot of things.  Most recently I needed one to keep track of index cards, which are great for organizing info, but a annoying to keep track of.  They are quick to make, totally customizable (business card holder, receipt organizer, sappy document holder), and a great use for scraps or fat quarters.  </p></p><p><p>For the purposes of this How-To, I'll break it down for an 4 by 6

By Melissa

I make envelopes for lots of things (why go paper when you can sew?!).  They are quick, fully customizable (great for keeping track of reciepts, index cards, or sappy documentation) and cute.  The latter being the most important, right?  For the purpose of this tutorial, we'll be going smaller-- somewhere around note card size and adding elastic so you can attach it easily to a notebook or organizer.  You could also flip the dimensions (making the opening on the short side) or leave out the elastic all together. 

Keep it Safe (and pretty) Envelope


  • Two pieces of fabric that will accommodate your rectangle dimensions (1/4 yards or scraps will work)

  • Snap, button or velcro

  • 7" of skinny elastic or FOE (Fold Over Elastic-- bolt has bins of it!)

  • Optional interfacing/interlining

Cut one rectangle out of each piece of fabric 6 1/2" by 4 1/2" (front)

Cut one rectangle out of each piece of fabric 6 1/2" by 7" (back)

Trace an existing envelope flap or use the following diagram as a guide, draw a cut line onto the wrong side of the skinny end of A.  Cut guide

2.  Sew

Make the interior and exterior envelopes separately.  With right sides together and bottom edges matching, sew front to back around the three sides of interior.  Use a 1/4" seam allowance.  Pin elastic across the right side of exterior back. You might also try interfacing or other interlining on the wrong side of your exterior envelope, for extra stiffness.

Construction guide

You need to decide how you would like to close your envelope and attach it to the sewn exterior.  I used a snap for this one, but I like velcro/hook and loop tape better.  A loop and button would be pretty, too (pin loop to top curve exterior, facing inward on right side and sew the button to the front after the envelope is completely assembled.)

For final construction, place your interior and exterior inside of one another, right sides facing.  Begin sewing along front edge and around top, leaving a 1 1/2" gap in your stitching line (along front).  Turn envelope right side out through small gap.  Top stitch gap closed and around entire top edge.