Structure is the secret ingredient of a successful tote bag, and that means that the most important element of success is what you don’t see on the outside of the finished product – interfacing.
While many of Craft Critique’s readers are familiar with my papercrafting work from Scrapbook Update, you may not know that I also have been sewing since I was in elementary school. Sewing runs strong through my family. I was taught to sew by my mother, and for a long time my paternal grandmother and aunt owned a quilt shop together in my hometown. I grew up wearing handmade garments and surrounded by fabric and sewing machines.
This week, I’ll be sharing a series of articles detailing my latest sewing projects, a pair of tote bags:
The Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips have proven to be the essential tool for many of my crafting needs. These nifty little clips can be used for so many different crafting, sewing, knitting, and jewelry making activities. I am over the moon with them! When I first was sent the package by our editor Nancy, I thought at first “what the heck do I use these for?” Needless to say, once I started playing with them, I realized their potential! Continue Reading →
At the CHA Mega Show 2015 Hot Products event, Fabric Editions launched Fabric Elements mixed media and fiber art kits with mixed media artist Rebekah Meier. (Fabric Elements was later announced as the winner of the Fabric & Needlecrafts category of the 2015 CHA Hot Products awards.)
Meier is well-known for her ability to create beautiful mixed media collages and fiber art pieces. Continue Reading →
This year at the CHA Mega Show 2015 Hot Products event, the Folk It! Company was displaying their new Folk It! painting kits.
Folk It! believes that almost everyone has artistic abilities. So they have come up with a way to teach crafters some basic folk art painting skills through five different design kits that they have available. Continue Reading →
Let’s take a close-up look at the “True Stories Paper Line” designed by Shimelle Laine for American Crafts, which was unveiled at the CHA Mega Show 2015! The collection will ship to stores in April 2015.
True Stories paper packs are available in 6×6 size as well as the traditional 12×12 size. Continue Reading →
The Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Show is always a big draw at the CHA Mega Show. It takes place right on the CHA show floor, in a part of the Lion Brand Yarn booth, and is hosted by Vanna White.
Vanna was introduced this year by Lion Brand CEO David Blumenthal, before the show began.
This year’s show was themed “You Can Do It!” and showcased items that were from easy to intermediate difficulty, and based on square and rectangle shapes for easy of construction. Continue Reading →