My Favorite Places to Buy Knit Fabric + a Bimaa Pattern Review

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me where to buy knit fabric for boys, I could sew exclusively in Euro imports! I have had several friends get into sewing recently and ask about knits – I’ve hunted around and I think this post from One Little Minute does a great job of covering a bunch of different kinds and their usages. I find that interlocks and heavier jerseys are easier to sew with – in the above picture you can see ribbed knit on the cuffs, and thicker jerseys in the hoodie’s lining & main fabric, and then a thinner, drapier jersey for the harem pants.

Common problems with knits are that they are too thin, too flimsy, or they pill up and look faded after a few washes. This is a list of my favorite shops for knits and several that I have heard recommended time and time again. I also have a pattern review for LouBee Clothing’s Bimaa pattern – it’s super popular online and for good reason!

There will most likely be lots of Black Friday sales from these shops, so be sure to bookmark & click over to stock up this weekend!

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12 Gift Ideas for the Creative Maker

Looking for gifts to give your creative friend, family member, or put on your own wish list? Look no further! I’ve been bookmarking ideas all year when something piques my interest and I decided it was time to share. Kits are especially fun to gift  if someone focuses on one thing; I don’t make jewelry and it would be a pain to round up all the supplies just to try one project, so a kit is the perfect solution!

I’m not a huge fan of gifting cash or gift cards, but I did include some other non-tangible ideas below.

I also have a 10% coupon code for Dropcloth Samplers – I’ve seen these kits in person and they’re so pretty!

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Friday Favorites – 11.21.2014

This is the last week Friday Favorites will be posted on the blog! I will be sharing the same social sewing calendar updates & fun links, just in a weekly Friday newsletter! Sign up for the newsletter here; this week it will be a repeat of this post, but going forward the content will only be in the newsletter.

Social Sewing Calendar at SwoodsonSays.com

 

This week I added: Mystery Quilt alongLe Challenge: InkSee Kate Sew Icon Coat Sew AlongFox Quilt along  — ModKid Dapper & Riley Sew Along (prizes!)  to the social sewing calendar!

Read - Shop - See - Etc from Swoodson Says

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Indie Sewing Patterns to Gift {for Neighbors, Ladies, Men, Kids, & Babies!}

It’s that time of year! That time of year when I hustle hustle hustle to finish handmade gifts I should’ve been working on months ago. I wanted to share some PDF pattern ideas to be used as giftables – I am guessing if your friends & family are anything like mine, they have enough infinity scarves and zipper pouches to last them a lifetime.

Don’t forget that I have two patterns that would make great gifts too! The Little Artist Palette soft toy & puzzle as well as the Toy Superhero Cape (free!).

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