Cotton...It's Not Just For Quilting (And Neither is The Quilter's Trunk)

Raise your hand if your mother or grandmother had a red tomato pincushion. Both of our hands are up.  We all have fond memories of wearing clothes lovingly made by our mothers and grandmothers. This art form took a backseat as apparel became mass-produced. Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in home sewing which is evident on websites like Etsy and Pinterest.

We’ve been inspired by the plethora of independent pattern designers we have met.  These designers are creating exciting patterns for dresses, tops, aprons, children’s clothing and bags of all varieties, mostly using supplies you can find at a well stocked quilt shop. And who doesn’t love wearing something unique that they have made themselves?

Here are some ideas for apparel and accessories that we are working on.

The beautiful floral dress is made with shirting weight cotton that has a soft drape. It would work equally as well with quilting cotton. This designer has included several ways to customize the pattern.

The variety of kids patterns is endless. There are as many great patterns for boy’s clothes as for girls. And, the fabric choices available are terrific. The girl’s dress is so sweet and fun, while the boy’s skater shirt is the essence of cool.

Embroidery has come a long way. Any home sewist can achieve professional looking results. Our models, Jack, Fiona and the baby Declan, are ready for St. Patrick’s Day in their Irish tees.

Who doesn’t need a good bag, or 2 or 3 or…? Bags are super projects that can be whipped up in a weekend and run the gamut from totes to diaper bags to travel bags.  They can freshen up a wardrobe, and are treasured gifts.  Next to the bags, our model is wearing an infinity scarf made from delicious animal print minky. 

Our heirloom quality cottons can be used in a variety of ways. In addition, The Quilter’s Trunk will carry other types of fabric for creating apparel and accessories. Imagine a vest made out of denim embroidered with a custom design. Or a robe made from indulgent two-sided minky fabric. We also have a collection of soft rayon batik prints that are fabulous for tops, skirts or scarves.

Of course, the real star player in apparel and accessory making is a good sewing machine.  Baby Lock has a range of machines that make sewing and embroidery a snap. Many models feature one-step buttonhole stitches. Most come with multiple decorative stitches to easily embellish any project. Machine embroidery is available on several different models and the technology is mind-boggling, yet intuitive to learn. And, let’s not forget about Baby Lock’s world famous sergers, with Jet-Air Threading. You really have to see it to believe it. Sergers can be intimidating, but with the simplified threading available in Baby Locks, you will see that they are actually really fun. A serger is a great addition to a sewing studio. 

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