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Summer Sewing with Burda


We have a few issues of the June Burda Style left and it is full of patterns to get some summer sewing motivation. The cover dress is cute, but check it out in plaid:

Right? It's on the list.

This tunic would be perfect in a linen blend (we still have some Jenaveve from Valorie Wells) or voile.

Okay. So I will not be sewing any bikini tops (will you? It's pretty cute.) but those shorts are darling and hey-- an adult bubble dress!

This top is also on the list. I may even start one tomorrow. Do you take all major holidays as an excuse to sew? I do. We'll be closed tomorrow (as we always are on Mondays), but we'll be back on Tuesday with the winners from all our giveaways from the last few weeks and piles of new fabric.

Product of the Month! Solid Charm Packs

Charm Packs

We're going to run a regular feature of super handy, sometimes overlooked or just plain quirky products that we carry at Bolt. First up is April's pick: Kona Solid Charm Packs!

Charm packs are (generally) 5" square packs of fabric perfect for quilting and small craft projects. Often fabric manufacturers will build entire patterns around charm packs and their cousins-- jelly rolls, layer cakes, fat 1/8s, etc. They make building half square triangles a snap and can be sliced and diced quickly for coin quilts, square patchwork, and any number of traditional blocks. They are economical and cute (two big advantages in my book).

But there's more! Try some of these out for size:

Kid art-- set your small people up with a stack of squares (use masking tape to fasten them to your table and to tape off a seam allowance) and a bunch of fabric pens. You can sew up their finished product into a wall hanging or pillow. They would also make fantastic tiles for an on-the-go version of Memory.

Bunting-- I love any kind of bunting or party flags. Leave them square, cut them into a triangle or rectangle and enclose the edges in a length of folded bias tape with fabric glue or your sewing machine.

Community Giving-- Pass them out to crafty friends before a shower or party and ask them to come up with a sewn block or mini embroidery. Assemble them before hand (or at the party!) and you will give a memorable and meaningful gift.

Do you buy charm packs? What is your favourite thing to use them for?

Another Giveaway!


Hello! Thank you all for commenting this last week and a half. The winners are being notified via email. We (I) have had some technical issues the last few days, but we are back with another opportunity to win something really fantastic: a tune-up and oil (100 dollar value) on your personal sewing machine from the talented techs at Modern Domestic

When was your maintenance? My poor Janome is in dire need of a good sweep through and oil and Tony and Michelle are just the sort of people to do it. It is amazing how a basic maintenance can change the efficiency and effective of your machine. If you're heading out on the road this summer, make plans to drop your sewing machine (they are a full service shop) off before you leave. I suspect you will return home to a much happier sewing experience.

So, leave us a comment letting us know what sort of machine you have and we'll pull a number after the long weekend. If you follow either Bolt or Modern Domestic on facebook, let us know and we'll enter you twice! This offer is good for those of you within driving distance to MD.

And if that wasn't enough, get the details on how to win a Bernina 215 (you have three ways to enter) AND!! Don't forget that you have one more day to take advantage of Bernina's free gift with purchase offer as well (details)!