Today I am going to discuss a topic mentioned in my Welcome post, sewing apparel with quilting cotton. My DIY quilted jacket is probably my most successful venture sewing with quilting cotton. Coletterie has a great post about cotton in her fabric series where she talks about sewing with quilting cotton. Tilly and the Buttons also has very good tips on using quilting cotton in apparel.
I was first inspired by this DIY quilted jacket post from Mimi G. I finished this jacket in 2013 so I also used quilted jackets sold at the time at J.Crew, Anthropologie, and Zara for my inspiration.
My DIY version
Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures as I sewed this jacket because it was before I started this blog. I will mention a few things I learned if you want to attempt your own DIY version.
The walking foot with a quilt guide like the one I bought from Amazon here was invaluable when quilting evenly spaced lines to form the quilted pattern on my jacket.
The 1″ bias tape maker like this one was a must to create the binding I used to sew around the jacket seams around the collar, sleeve, and hem. This tutorial shows how to make continous bias tape to make the most of my fabric. If you find it too tedious to cut along the lines like me consider trying this method that uses a rotary cutter to create continuous bias tape.
Here are my handy sewing supplies. One item I’d like to mention is my Pilot FriXion Ball Erasable Gel Pen. The ink will disappear when exposed to heat like an iron or the dryer. Make sure to test it on your fabric first because it does leave a white line sometimes on your fabric. I use it to mark lines on my batting like I showed in my Liberty scrap quilted pouch tutorial. This ink is way easier to see than the disappearing fabric markers out there.
Pattern and Materials
I used Warm and Natural quilt batting which may have been a little too dense for the jacket. I would suggest looking for a softer quilt batting. Also note the shrinkage after washing. Mine said 3% shrinkage so take that into account when deciding on the pattern size to use for your jacket.
The sewing pattern I used was Simplicity 1699 view C but you can choose any pattern you prefer. Mine did not have princess seams because I wasn’t sure how to sew the quilted pieces together without it looking very bulky. I extended the front pieces of my jacket to include a zipper because the Simplicity pattern didn’t have any closures but I wanted to be able to zip my jacket for warmth.
Make a muslin first of your pattern because you do not want to spend so much time quilting and have it not fit. I remember countless hours spent with my walking foot quilting lines on the fabric pieces alone!
Use spray adhesive or a simple glue stick to tack down your batting and fabric pieces to keep them from shifting when you quilt.
Keep the jacket length short. Otherwise the stiffness of the jacket will cause it to look boxy.
I combined several prints of quilting cotton in the same color family because I wanted to create visual interest with the jacket. If you prefer to use one overall print or several prints I suggest using muted or neutral colors and prints so it can easily pair with other clothing in your wardrobe.
I hope these tips are helpful if you decide to sew your own DIY quilted jacket. I have another Liberty fabric scrap project in the works so keep a look out in upcoming posts. Happy “mad” sewing!
Today’s post is another fabric scrap project using the free mannequin pin cushion pattern from DIY Dish. I am using my beloved Liberty fabric scraps but this can be done using any fabric scraps you have on hand. This project is a good way to use up your fabric scraps and have a functional and decorative item in your sewing area. Also check out my other fabric scrap projects here.
DIY Dish has a great video on how to sew together the pattern here. I am going to review a few things that differ from the instructional video when I made my pin cushion.
I had these lovely scraps I purchased from Alice Caroline Supply mentioned in my Liberty fabric source guide post. Interesting enough they were all cut offs from hexagons. I wanted to mention this to show that even oddly shaped scraps can be used for this project.
UPDATE 4/2/2015: I’ve have Liberty scrap packs in my Etsy shop so you can buy some lovely scraps to make your own Liberty pin cushion.
I cut up the fabric into squares or triangles where I could and started sewing them together. As I pieced them together I put the pattern over my scrap piece to see if was big enough. After I had enough scrap pieces sewn together I cut out the pattern per the video instructions.
Another modification I made was to add a skirt ruffle to showcase my Liberty Hello Kitty fabric mentioned in an earlier post . I cut roughly a 2 inch high by 17 inch wide strip of fabric and then gathered the strip (great gathering tutorial here). I folded up the bottom of the mannequin hem by 1 inch and sewed the gathered strip to to the bottom. Here is the view of the pattern sewn together on the inside and the outside with the ruffle.
Today I want to share my Liberty London fabric source guide of online sites and stores for those of you looking to start your own Liberty fabric collection. These sites are primarily located in the United States with a few international ones that ship to the US.
If a seller lists Liberty lawn fabric by weight, I’ve confirmed from multiple sources that 1 yard of Liberty lawn fabric weighs about 100 grams or 3.6 ounces. Based on this, you can calculate how much you are paying per yard of fabric.
I have an overflowing stash of Liberty fabric so check out the listings in my Etsy shop as well.
If you know of another source, please send me a comment and share your experience if you have purchased from them.
Check out my projects here to see how I’ve used my Liberty London fabric.
US Brick and Mortar
B&J Fabric – This store is located in New York City and they have an online shop www.bandjfabrics.com. They have a HUGE selection of Liberty lawn fabric and also sell other Liberty fabric types including knits, poplin, silk, and chambray. 1 yard of Liberty lawn is $36.95 and shipping is free on domestic orders in the United States. I have ordered from them a few times and each time I get a little more than a yard of fabric so they are fairly generous with their cuts. You can buy in half yard increments and request samples for $1.50 per piece.
Purl Soho – This store is also located in New York City and they have an online shop www.purlsoho.com. They also have a warehouse located in Southern California. The warehouse has a majority of Liberty fabrics they sell online including the quilting cotton Liberty Lifestyle collection. 1 yard of Liberty lawn is $36.52. Shipping is a flat rate of $9.95 in the United States and free for orders over $110. Check out Yelp for their warehouse location and hours. The warehouse occasionally sells remnants and fabric scrap packs including Liberty scraps that are not offered online.
I love Liberty London fabric but Liberty and Hello Kitty combined cannot be expressed in words. I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.
I purchased these small pieces on Etsy from Kate at Little Birt and Black Cat Fabric. She’s a wonderful Etsy seller and was nice enough to include sample pieces of other Liberty Hello Kitty fabrics I was interested in. Definitely check out her store if you are interested in acquiring some of this loveliness for your own.
My Liberty scrap quilted pouch combines a couple of sneak peak topics mentioned in my welcome post – first, my love of Liberty London fabric and second, what to do with fabric scraps. This project can be done with any small fabric scraps you have on hand. This is not a full tutorial post as I do not cover how to sew the pouch because there are so many wonderful tutorials out there here and here. Also check out my other fabric scrap projects here.
I started off with some Liberty lawn fabric scraps.
A majority of the pieces were already cut into strips so I randomly picked different prints and sewed them together on a piece of muslin using a zigzag stitch. I used Scotch glue stick to temporarily stick the scraps on my muslin before sewing so I didn’t have to use pins. You can also use spray adhesive or fusible web although I’ve not tried using either of these products.
After sewing all the strips I cut a piece of Warm & Natural batting the size of my muslin and used my glue stick to keep the muslin and batting from shifting during quilting. My batting was leftover from another project but you can use any quilt batting. I used my walking foot with a quilt guide to sew a diamond pattern. If you don’t have a walking foot, you can draw the diamond pattern on the batting but it is much easier to sew with one.
Welcome to Mad For Fabric! For my first post, I’d like to give a sneak peak at a few of the topics I’ll be covering in the future.
Fabric scrap projects – Sometimes you don’t have enough fabric or it’s left over from other projects so don’t let them go to waste. Stay tuned for upcoming posts where I share some of my project ideas on what to do with fabric scraps.
Sewing apparel using quilting cotton – There are debates in the sewing community about using quilting cotton for clothing because the fabric tends to be stiff so it does not drape well on the body. I’ll go over some the projects I’ve tried with quilting cotton with my feedback on what worked and didn’t work so well.
Fabric, Fabric, Fabric – This blog is not complete without talking about my obsession with fabric, especially Liberty London ( aka Liberty Art ) fabrics. Keep a lookout for posts where I talk about working with this lovely fabric. In my posts, I will try to list out the sources where I’ve bought my fabric. Note that I do not receive any compensation for my recommendations so this is purely to share my fabric buying experiences.