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Inspiration Friday: Great Uses For Fabric Fringe

Sometimes everyone needs a little inspiration, Am I right? Well yesterday I was in my sewing room checking out my personal stash of fabric trims (and as you can image- I do have quite the stash).  I stumbled across this gorgeous piece of tassel fringe that I’d purchased  years ago, on a whim at a close-out sale and still haven’t used.

At the time they only had a small amount of yardage so I figured I’d just save it until I found a potential project which would give me the inspiration to use it. Well I’ve been waiting  for that inspiration for over 2 years (ugggh).

So after I properly chastised myself for letting this great bit of fabric trim sit unused in by sewing room for so long, I began searching for the perfect sewing project which would showcase this trims beauty.

Are you like me? Do you have beautiful bits of fabric or trims sitting in your closet gathering dust?  Well take a look below for a really amazing way you can put it to use.

Make your own curtains or drapes

Heavier weight Tassel fringes are perfect for applying to upholstery fabrics for custom draperies and Swags.  To achieve this look, simply machine sew your tassel fringe 1″ from the edge of your finished project making sure to keep the sewing stitch very straight.

When selecting a fringe  for a home dec project be sure to choose a color that complements your fabric but still has enough contrast add a splash of drama to the finished project. In the image to the left note how the gold in the tassel picks up the gold in the fabric. One might think that there is too little contrast here, but by using a large heavy weight tassel fringe the designer was able to create a classic look.  And of course the overall effect is spectacular. We carry a similar Blue Tassel fringe in our store. Take a look.

Hint: You don’t have to be a master seamstress to get this custom look. You can also achieve this same feel by using ready made curtains. Yes this is cheating a bit, but I promise only you and I will know.


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Book Review: One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!

Years ago in Framingham, Ma there was this great sewing store called “Fabric Place”. Many days I would spend my entire lunch break searching through their 1 yard remnants table and dreaming about all of the ways I’d use up these gems of fabric.  So when I stumbled upon this book a couple of days ago I had (yes I had) to buy it.  Finally someone who could appreciate the ways of the thrifty shopper.

So what can you do with just 1 yard of fabric? Well it turns out you can make Allot! The book includes patterns and/or directions for making a variety of things using just one yard of fabric. For example you can make a  Newborn Flyaway Jacket , a pleated Girly Skirt , and a Toddler Pinafore Smock. Who knew you could do so much with just one yard!

The Best Sewing & Quilting Books

Unless you plan on using your sewing machine only for occasional mending or simple sewing tasks, the best way to get inspired and make full use of this remarkable tool is to learn something new. Sewing home decor items, clothing or quilts can be very rewarding- not to mention it can save you tons of cash. But ensuring that your completed project has a professional look requires a little bit of know how and that’s where a good resource manual comes in.

Discount sewing trims at murraythemonsterstore.comBut with thousands of sewing books on store shelves today, how do you know which one to choose? Well we’ve done the  hard work for you. We’ve just added a new sewing books & sewing supplies section to our store. We’ve carefully handpicked the TOP sewing books available in the market today. So whether you’re just learning how to sew or if you’re a seasoned sewer looking to learn a new sewing technique you’ll find what you’re looking for at Murray the Monster