1. Sharpen your thread snips or detail scissors.
2. Sharpen a sewing needle. What? Yes!
3. Smooth out rough spots on your cutting mat that tend to catch the fabric.
4. Distress fabric (like jeans or when you want a vintage hem edge) instead of sandpaper.
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Look! Fray Check! If you haven't used it before, Fray Check is an awesome way to keep the edges of ribbon or trim from... fraying. Obvious, right? But actually there are lots of ways to use it that aren't so obvious! You can put a bit on your serger tails to keep them from coming back apart, or put a line of it down a piece of twill tape or webbing before cutting, and once it's dry, cut right on your line and it'll cut cleanly and stay that way. This keeps you from needing to put tape on the area you want to cut and then cutting through the tape an trying to peel it off afterward! You can also use it to keep a buttonhole from fraying once you cut it open, or when doing applique. Check out the video below, from the Fat Quarter Shop.
This month, I've been working with some of my favorite designers to bring you special coupon codes only for Stitch Box Monthly! Hopefully, you will find the perfect pattern to use your chambray and yellow fabrics on, or even patterns for some fabric from your stash! And if you noticed in the title, this is Part 1 - so I'm publishing a couple of codes today, and I'll be back in a day or two with more codes!
First, Create Kids Couture has a code for us for 15% off any of their patterns! Check them out at www.createkidscouture.com and enter the code StitchBoxMonthly at checkout! They have several patterns that caught my eye to use my chambray on, like their Nova's dress pattern, or even the Avery's Ruffled Uniform Pants! This coupon is good through June 19, 2015, and they even offer women's and boys patterns! Maybe your little boy needs some chambray cargo shorts?!
Next up, is Simple Life Pattern Company, with their adorable and fresh designs! Our coupon code is for 15% off, and you'll type in LOVESBM at checkout on the site at www.thesimplelifecompany.com/patterns I love their Rayann's Retro Dress & Top, and will also definitely stitch up one of the Ayda's Peplum Tops for my daughter for the summer! You'll also find some really cool tutorials and extras on their blog (like how to use a shirt pattern to make a swim rashguard shirt!