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Entries in Ruby Star Wrapping (3)

Quick Pick Gifts

 By April

Still looking for a great gift?

The Gingher featherweight thread snips are by far one of my favorite tools.  I would recommend gifting these to a sewer, of any skill level. They are lightweight and portable (they come with a cap). The snips are always in the open position and spring loaded for ease and quickness. The super fine tip enables one to get those pesky loose threads snipped closely.

 These buttons are handmade by Portland local Elizabeth of Ebet’s buttons.  We have a nice selection of her one of a kind buttons.  These would make a lovely gift for an already existing project that needs a beautiful finishing piece, or inspiration to create something wonderful.  

Take home some holiday and winter fat quarter packs for wrapping up gifts.  If we were to reuse fabric instead of paper for the holidays (even just for a few gifts) imagine how much paper going to the landfill would be spared.

Here is a post from a previous holiday season with a gift bag tutorial and other helpful tips.

Recently we took part in a blog tour for the Ruby Star Wrapping Book. Check out this wonderful post by Heather on gifting with fabric.


Ruby Star Wrap-Along

—By Heather

Welcome to the Bolt stop on the Ruby Star Wrap-Along tour! This book, Ruby Star Wrapping, by Melody Miller and Alison Tannery is full of fun ideas for gift wrapping that can be re-used. Essentially, it’s wrapping a gift in a gift. Brilliant!

Some of you may relate to this: I am always grabbing a bottle of wine as a last-minute hostess gift. While this a fine offering, I often present it feeling a little uncreative and slightly apologetic for the lack of thought that went into it. The Perfect Wine Wrap solves this problem for you! It’s a wrap and a tea-towel in one!

These two Perfect Wine Wraps are made with Robert Kaufman’s Essex linen blend on the inside and these beautiful linen dots on the outside. I changed the wrapping technique a bit at the end. Instead of tying a second ribbon around the excess fabric at the bottom of the bottle (picture a piece of wrapped candy), I simply folded the tea-towel up around the bottom of the bottle like a cuff, tucking over the corner to make it secure. I like it better if the bottle can stand, rather than lie on it’s side (and potentially roll off my host’s counter and break). Either way, you’ll end up with a very cute finished product and sweet looking gift that your host can enjoy using long after the bottle has been emptied.

This project comes together very quickly so you can make up a nice stash of them to have at the ready any time you’re heading out the door with a bottle of wine or bubbly for your hosts—or stopping at the store on your way for said bottle. Wink. With lots of holiday parties on the calendar, the timing of this project is just right.

You can see other projects from this book in the Ruby Star wrap-along Flickr pool.

Read a good book lately?

by Gina

We just opened a box of some wonderful books!  Some are new to the store, some are ol’ favs.  Either way, there’s something you’re bound to fall for and want on your holiday list.  Here’s a run-down:

Melody Miller’s  and Allison Tannery’s new book, Ruby Star Wrapping has all sorts of clever decorative ideas for wrapping goodies, making gift giving a whole lot nicer for the recipient and the Earth.  We will be participating in a “wrap-a-long” along with a collection of other great folks out there.  Here are more details on that.  Like what you see?  Swing by and pick up a book and wrap-a-long with us!  It’s getting started this week!  The other fun book on the right is The Cuter Book, by Aranzi Aronzo.  This is an adorable and terribly amusing little creature book.  This would be a perfect book for the younger sewist in your world to either do on their own or with a helping hand.

These two titles we’ve carried in the past and have really enjoyed them. The Party Dress is a delight for the eyes and imagination.  There are stunning designs in it, sure to get your ready for holiday parties!  The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is choke full of great ideas on alterations.  They start with a few select designs of a top, a dress, a coat and a skirt.  But, it definitely doesn’t end there.  There are loads of variations presented from members of the BurdaStyle community. 

Want to create your own look entirely?  We currently have two titles on pattern making and custom clothing design.  Many of you have voiced your desire to learn to draft patterns, your woe of not finding clothing that fits just right, or knowing exactly how to alter a pattern to get it the way you want it.  Here’s a good place to start.  If you’re one to learn better in a class check out the class lists at Modern Domestic and Portland Sewing.  They both offer great pattern drafting courses.

These final two titles include a variety of projects.  A lot of times when customers ask for advice on a good book, part of my suggestion includes the idea that the style of the projects should speak to them so they’re motivated to do the projects.  Simple Sewing with a French Twist is one of those books for me.  I love the romantic, somewhat urban, European style of the designs and the way they’re presented.  Not all of the projects are sewing ones, for example, one is a button covered chair back.  For the novice out there, Simple Sewing in a Straight Line is a great book with a variety of projects, including apparel and accessories.  Again, if you find you’re one to do better with a class—Modern Domestic has been using this book for some of their beginner oriented courses.

Our shelves are stocked with a slew of titles to help you in whatever way you want—instruction, inspiration, reference.  And, when you spend $30 or more on books, you receive 30 Supportland points from us!  How fantastic is that?!  Happy Sewing!