Time to prepare for the Modified Style Fabric Drive!

Bolt's own Sarah, rockin' her design in the 2017 MSP fashion show. Photo credit: Tien Austin

Bolt's own Sarah, rockin' her design in the 2017 MSP fashion show. Photo credit: Tien Austin

Oh yeah, we're doing it again! Time to do some spring cleaning of your fabric stash and give to a good cause. Modified Style Portland (MSP) is a non-profit focused on promoting sustainable fashion and reducing the harmful effects of the fashion industry. Their annual charity fashion show is a super fun event, showcasing designers of all skill levels and using reclaimed, donated materials. This is where we all come in. Bolt will be holding a fabric drive for MSP through the month of March. They are able to accept any and all clean apparel fabric of at least a yard in size. Last year's show was in large part made from all of your donations! That's pretty darn amazing. Let's see what we can get them this year. To say a little thank you from us, you'll receive a 20% off coupon when you bring in a grocery bag size donation.


Scrappy Projects Presents: A Needle Book

By Sarah


A needle book serves as a home for all your favorite hand sewing needles and doubles as a travel case for trips that may lend themselves to a bit of hand-stitching bliss. I whipped this one up real quick using some old fabric scraps that were collecting under my cutting table. To make: Along with a few scraps of woven fabric you will need felt for the pages, interfacing (depending on the stiffness of your scraps) and closure of some sort.  


The cover of this one was cut at 8.5" x 5". Of this size cut one outer and one lining piece. Interface if necessary, to make the cover nice and sturdy.  The felt pages were cut a 6" x 3.75". Cut as many as you think you will want or need. Then make a tab to accommodate your chosen closure. Sew the cover just like you were to sew a pillow (with right sides together) except you will insert the tab into the appropriate side seam and leave an unsewn section of about 3" somewhere along the perimeter. Clip your corners and turn the cover right side out through the opening and give it a press. Stitch up the opening by hand. Then stack up the felt pages in the middle of the cover and stitch down the middle. Sew your button/closure on. (The process may change depending on the closure system you decide on) That's it! It would make a great easy gift. Or expand upon this cloth book idea and make a soft book for baby with appliquéd felt letters or animals inside, and make it a little bigger, of course.  


If you wish to carry some small scissors with your needles then add some sort of sheath (I used a piece of vinyl) or holder to encase your particular style of snips.   


Vintage lion button, from my button stash. Happy stitching, y'all! 

New Books!

By Sarah


We got in all these wonderful books at once and man are they making our creative glands salivate. Themes range from applique, collage and embroidery with each author using color in such a beautiful, vibrant way. Making Faces in Fabric, by Melissa Averinos, teaches you how to draw a face focusing on facial proportions then moves on to talk about cutting fabric pieces to make a face and different ways to go about stitching them onto the background. The book includes a few project ideas complete with instruction and a gallery of her student's work. It's a gem of a book. 


Juliet van der Heijden's Animal Quilts teaches you how to paper piece and includes a CD that includes all the full sized pattern pieces you will need to construct her various animals such as an owl, tiger or panda. The book is absolutely stunning and she used several quilting cotton prints that we have carried and do carry, so it's right up our alley. 


Joyful Stitching, by Laura Wasilowski, shows the reader how to let loose through improvisation by changing up the provided designs, swapping out colors and trying new stitch combinations. The beginning of the book teaches us several different ways to transfer designs to be embroidered which, believe it or not, isn't as straight forward as one might think. The book includes templates for stitching up the projects featured in the book as well as wonderful pictures to help you brush up on your embroidery stitches.


Embroidery is making a huge comeback and Tula Pink is a master at the art, go figure. Coloring with Thread includes 17 motifs from Tula's best-selling fabric collections on a CD-rom for you to customize the size and print from. The book also includes instructions for over 20 embroidery stitches. Everything is so gorgeous in this book. I want to do it all! Happy stitchin y'all.