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“My Favorite Things” Monday’s

Blogging.  After sewing, photographing, editing, posting, bidding, cleaning, and creating, there isn’t really time for blogging.  But, I want to.  I know a need to, right?  I sat down this weekend and tried to develop a blogging plan (Hey, wake up!  You can’t be bored yet!).  My blogging plan will go something like this:

  • My Favorite Things Mondays – I get to tell you about my favorite sewing things!  How I use them and where I find them.
  • Tuesday’s Tools – An overview of tools of the sewing/crafting trade, and mini-tutorial.
  • Wednesday’s Weekly Question – Where I (try to) answer your questions, about sewing, a specific tool or technique, my Cloth & Clutch business, real estate…you get the picture, just about anything (keep it PG people).
  • Thursday’s Tips – Don’t learn it the hard way, like I did.
  • Fabric Friday’s (and sometimes Freebie Fridays!) – Discussions about different fabrics, their uses, history, origin, etc.  It’ll be more fun than it sounds (I hope).

Here it goes!  These are a few of my favorite things……

Blanket binding!

Blanket binding

Blanket bindings are one of my favorite things.  Perfectly packaged, shiny and silky.  Add it to almost anything for a lovely finish.  Blanket binding, is just that.  Satin that is pre-folded in lengths that are suitable for attaching to the edges of a blanket for a silky finish.

But it has sooo many other uses!

Such as on the edges and waistbands of dresses, as ties, made into bows, you name it.

Puffball skirt with blanket binding waist

Binding on a blanket

Satin blanket binding trim

Another baby blanket with binding

Binding edge variance

The best part of blanket binding is that one folded side is ever-so-slightly longer than the other, so when you are sewing it on, you sew on the shorter side, and are almost guaranteed (usually) to ‘catch’ the other side of the binding in the stitch.

That means you don’t have to have it perfectly aligned in order to sew both edges on at the same time  I always put the short side of the binding on the finished or pretty side.  You usually want to sew as close to the edge as possible for a clean look.  Here are some basic directions for sewing on blanket binding.  These photos are all of products I make, usually custom, so check us out on Facebook, My Etsy Shop, or my website!  TODAY ONLY, B1G150% (mix n’ match) on all items with Blanket Bindings, including custom items (maternity/hospital gowns, puffball skirts, baby blankets of all sizes, ruffle leg pants).  Must be ordered and paid by 11:59pm tonight, 2/14/11!  kara@clothandclutch.com Happy Valentine’s Day!

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12 Days of Christmas at Cloth & Clutch (freebies, giveaways, and DEALS)

I am celebrating 12 Days of Christmas a bit early at Cloth & Clutch!  Tune in to our Facebook Page (and “like us”) to keep up with the latest offers and giveaway’s!  Here’s the 411:

November 12-23, 2010 is our 12 Days of Christmas Sale and giveaway, so get your orders in NOW!  We will be doing Flash Giveaways, have Trivia, and some Fan Challenges.  And in return you get FREE STUFF and Fabulous Black Friday priced Deals!

Cuddle Sack Infant Gowns: Reg. price $28.00 NOW- Buy One Get One 50% off! One will be given away on Facebook!

Your choiuce of fabric/colors

Jammies! Nightgown Reg Price: $22.50, Kimono Reg. Price: $27.50  BOTH are B1G1 50% off! One of each will be given away on Facebook!

Hair Bows, Clippies, and Infant Headbands: Buy One Get One Free Priced $3.50-$18.00.  Several giveaways on Facebook!

Ears Hat:  Reg. Price $20.00. Buy One Get one Free! You choose colors!  One hat will be given away on Facebook!

Preeclampsia Awareness Ribbons and Hair Clippies: $7.00 each (clippies are set of 2), with 50% of proceeds going to the Preeclampsia FoundationOne ribbon/hair clippee will be given away Each Day!


Minkee Blankee (boys straight satin edge, girls ruffle satin edge):  Prices from $30-$65.  A 12×12 Mini Minkee Blanket will be included with every order!

Capelet:  Reg. Price $55. Sale pric: $42.50

Scarves: Reg Price: $25 Buy One Get One 50% off! Two scarves will be in the giveaway!

Jewelry Box: $30Free Shipping.  Two will be in the giveaway on Facebook

Puffball Skirt & Appliqued ShirtReg. Price $55. Buy skirt for $35, get shirt for FREE!

Join us on Facebook for the daily details!!  We are looking forward to making a very special, custom gift for that special someone in your life!  We also make clothing for adults, just ask!  We will also be giving away Gift Certificates!

Making of a Hospital Gown Part 2

If you missed part 1 you may read about it here.

When we parted last, I was off to preshrink the yummy paisley fabric   that will soon be our maternity hospital gown. 

Washed and dryed= preshrunk fabric.  TADAAA!  Preshrinking is a very easy, yet important part of the garment making process.  Cloth & Clutch garments are preshrunk and then washed and dried a second time after construction and before we ship it to you.  Why, you ask?  It’s part of our quality control and assurance process.  We want to make sure all seams are sewn properly, that stray threads are removed, and that the garment washes well. And then we iron it, again!!  See how much we love you?!

We’ve ALL purchased something that wasn’t preshrunk only to have it shrink up a couple of inches the first time you wash it!  AACKK!  No one likes high water pants or a too tight top.  A quality garment will be made with high quality materials  that are properly processed, including preshrinking!  Besides preshrinking the fabric, there are often other elements of a garment that need preshrinking.  For this maternity gown, we must also preshrink the Snap tape.

After preshrinking comes my LEAST favorite part of the whole process…..

Ironing!  Another very important part of the process, even if I don’t enjoy it. 😉  Ironing isn’t only to de-wrinkle the material after it comes out of the dryer.  We must iron throughout the entire garment construction.  It assists in making seams and hems even and flat, and corners sharp.  I am hoping the birthday elves bring me a “mini iron” for this year for working on small dress pieces, and other small projects.

But I digress….and it’s late, so we will pick this back up tomorrow:  Patterns, fabric scissors, and my favorite part….cutting the fabric.  See you soon!

Cloth & Clutch announces Fundraiser to benefit the Preeclampsia Foundation

Cloth & Clutch has designed and crafted a selection of Preeclampsia awareness ribbons, bows, and jewelry to benefit the Preeclampsia Foundation.  50% of proceeds from the ribbons, bows, and jewelry will go to the Preeclampsia Foundation from September 3, 2010 to October 3, 2010.  Additionally, 25% of the proceeds from sales of Birthweight Baby dolls and Beautiful Birth maternity hospital gowns will benefit the Preeclampsia Foundation.

Purchase 5 Preeclampsia Awareness ribbons or hair clippies sets, get a 6th for free and FREE SHIPPING ( to one address) until October 3, 2010.
Check us out on Facebook (see our FB link on the right) for Labor Day specials!

Making of a Hospital Gown

People who don’t sew are always curious about how a piece of fabric and some thread can be turned into a wearable creation.  I think of it as a construction project using fabric and thread and a sewing machine instead of wood, concrete and a nail gun!  So, I thought I’d blog through a current project I’m working on; a hospital gown! These gowns can be made for women, men and children.  And they are completely your creation.  You get to choose the fabric (unless you leave the decision to me), as well as the trim.  For the maternity gown (and kids gowns) I can make a matching minkee baby blanket – perfect for those first pictures.

This particular gown is being made for an expectant mother in my town – a maternity gown.  She has chosen this BEAUTIFUL Paisley woven cotton/rayon blend made by Springs Creative Products Group, LLC.


Trim color is “Ice Mint” – a very pale mint color that grounds the busy paisley. but does not take away from it.  As always, I only use high quality materials, like this German thread from Gutterman. And trims from Wright’s.

Trim will include a 2″ satin hemline, and a soft cotton neckline in “Ice Mint”.

I’ll be washing and preshrinking the fabric today, and getting the scissors out!!  My favorite part….cutting the fabric! Check back in for the next post!

Giveaway’s and coupons!

Cloth & Clutch gave away a beautiful boutique hair bow with an interchangeable crocheted headband today at MOM’s group at StoneGate.  It was an honor to provide a hard working, fellow mom with a cute gift for her daughter.

All the other moms in attendance received a $5.00 off coupon!  Hope all you Midland/Odessa moms can make it to MOP’s Friday as there might be a surprise for you too!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our website, on our Facebook site (see widget tot he right), and you can also subscribe to this blog for future coupons, giveaways and new merchandise!

Cloth & Clutch supports Promise Walk for Preeclampsia in Dallas, TX & Madison, WI

Cloth & Clutch donated $25 gift certificates each to the Dallas, TX and Madison, WI Promise Walk for Preeclampsia.

Trish J. is the winner of the Dallas gift certificate.  The Madison walk is being held Saturday, May 22, 2010.

Additionally, all proceeds from the purchases associated with these gift cards will be donated to the Promise Walk in each location.

Preeclampsia, a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, kills more women each year than breast cancer.  76,000 women die – 3 a week in the U.S. alone – and 500,000 babies every year.

My daughter and I survived the disorder in 2005, and we are proud to give back!  For more information on Preeclampsia visit the Preeclampsia Foundation.