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How to use Elastic For Sewing Projects – Which One Should I Use?

Elastics For Sewing Projects

There are a few different common types of elastic for sewing projects, but do you know which one you should use when? If you are a beginner sewer, the range of products in a haberdashery can be quite overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to start.

So, in this blog, we’ll look at the 3 most common types of elastic for sewing use and give you some handy hints on when to use each one.

First, there is Flat Elastic or Flat Elastic Cord, which is also known as braided elastic. Flat or braided elastic has parallel ridges that run along the length of the elastic. The ridges provide extra grip. But one downside is that flat elastic has a tendency to become narrower as it is stretched.

Flat Elastic

You should also be aware that braided elastic also tends to roll more easily than woven or knitted elastics. If you sew through braided elastic, it can also lose its stretchiness. For these reasons braided elastic works best in sewing projects where the elastic is contained within a casing or hem rather than being sewn directly onto the fabric. Be careful of using braided elastic in waistbands though because of its tendency to roll up. It can work well on smaller areas such as cuffs where the rolling is less of an issue. You can purchase braided elastic in a variety of colours, although white or black elastic are most popular and naturally, it is available in a range of widths to suit your project. At Marent, we offer white and black flat elastic cord in 3 different widths.

Woven Elastic

If you are sewing a waistband for skirts or trousers, a woven elastic, also referred to as non-roll elastic is your best choice, especially if you are using heavy weight fabrics. This elastic does not lose width when stretched and is generally firmer, giving more structure to your garment. It can be sewn directly onto fabric or used in casings.

Woven elastic, like braided elastic, may fray if you cut it lengthwise, so it’s always best to buy the correct width of elastic for your sewing project. Our woven elastic is available in white and black and 6 widths between 19mm (3/4 in) to 75mm (3 in).

Knitted Elastic

Knitted elastic is a lighter, softer elastic than braided or woven elastic. It rolls more than woven elastic but less than braided and therefore does not work so well on heavy weight fabrics.  Like woven elastic, the knitted version does not lose its width when stretched. It works well for lingerie and pyjama sewing projects.

There are some other different types of elastic for sewing which you could use for different types of projects such as buttonhole elastic for adjustable waistbands, lace elastic for lingerie, round clear elastic for swimwear and stockings and you can even get plush backed elastic which is softer against the skin if you are making a garment for someone who has sensitive skin.

Whatever your project, whether large or small, a garment, a bag or perhaps a facemask, you can be certain that at Marent Crafts we will have an elastic to suit most needs.

We’d love to see example of projects you’ve made that use our elastic, so please do send us your pictures.

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Flat vs Woven Elastic

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How To Use Polyester Wadding – 5 Simple Christmas Projects

How To Use Polyester Wadding

Polyester wadding is a product which might not be at the forefront of your mind when you think about sewing. We tend to focus on the beautiful fabrics, trims and buttons – the elements that are on display. However, without the polyester wadding, sometimes also known as batting, there are quite a few projects which could not be completed. Here are just 4 simple projects that use this unsung product.

Coaster or Placemats

You can protect your surfaces from marking from hot cups or dishes by making coasters or pot rests which contain a layer of heat resistant polyester wadding. Why not get some festive fabric and create a whole set of coasters as a Christmas gift? We found a simple DIY pattern to make 4 coasters using just a few materials or make a larger oblong to create padded table placemats to brighten up your festive table. 

Padded Table Runner

Nothing sets a dinner table off better than a beautiful table runner – your Christmas Dinner table wouldn’t look the same without one. As you may be resting warm dishes on the runner, it’s a good idea to use a layer of wadding inside the runner. If you have a spare afternoon, you can create a bold and bright runner or something a little more subdued depending on your festive theme. Polyester wadding, as long as it is heat resistant would be a good option as it’s less expensive than cotton wadding. 

Padded Christmas Tree Decorations

Wadding can also be used to create padded Christmas tree decorations using felt squares or fat quarters which come in a wide range of designs. This upcycling design uses old jeans material, festive fabric and batting to create a different look for your tree.

Children’s quilt for Christmas Eve

If a child in your life is reluctant to go to bed on Christmas Eve, perhaps this sweet little project will encourage them. How exciting to have a quilt that only goes on the bed once a year! We go into more detail on our other blog on how to make a child’s quilt – you can choose some Christmassy fabric or even have the child choose their favourite festive fabric.

Padded Christmas Stocking

No blog on Christmas sewing projects using wadding would be complete without a padded Christmas stocking to hang on the mantlepiece in anticipation of a visit from Santa. Check out this simple Christmas stocking pattern which you can complete in a morning. If you have time, why not make one for every member of the family?

Whatever your project, whether large or small, you can be certain that at Marent Crafts we will have wadding to suit most needs.
We’d love to see example of projects you’ve made that use our wadding, so please do send us your pictures. If you are into your Christmas sewing projects, why not also have a read of our other blog which gives you 14 more fun, yet straightforward suggestions.

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Learn more about 14 Christmas Sewing Projects Using A Sewing Machine

14 Christmas Sewing Projects

Check out our curated blog of some easy and not-so-easy Christmas sewing projects using a sewing machine. With all sewing projects we recommend that you use high quality thread which won’t snap, warp or degrade. There’s nothing worse than putting your heart and time into a project for it to quickly fall apart at the seams due to poor quality materials.

1. Cuffed Christmas Stockings

These cute Santa stockings make great mantlepiece decorations or are perfectly sized for classis small Christmas gifts such as satsumas or wrapped chocolates. The sewing is relatively straightforward and should take no more than an afternoon to complete.

https://www.positivelysplendid.com/christmas-stocking-pattern/

2. Advent Calendar Bunting

Gorgeous festive bunting can be re-used year after year – fill it with wrapped chocolates or small toys to make your kids happy in the run up to the big day.

https://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk/downloads/articles/Advent_Calender_Bunting.pdf

3. Christmas Tree Ornaments

These super little tree ornaments are straightforward for beginners or you can embellish them if you are a more advanced sewer. Using only 3 items – Christmassy fabric, batting and some ribbon, these trees are quick, simple but utterly delightful.

4. Reusable Gift Bags

Why send more rubbish to landfill, when you can create reusable gift bags which are a gift in themselves. Anyone who is eco-minded would love to receive their Christmas gift in one of these pretty bags.

https://www.positivelysplendid.com/make-reusable-gift-bags/

5. Felt Elf Hat

Using a simple design, these felt elf hats make great festive party favours. They are also great for costume parties. These hats are very straightforward, taking around 20 minutes to make. A good project to share with your child.

6. Christmas cushion

An extremely easy project taking only around 15-20 minutes– making a cushion from two Christmas placemats and some wadding – what could be easier?

7. Santa Tote Bag

This is a fun red bag that looks just like part of a Santa suit. Again, this is a relatively quick project and uses only 5 different materials. Don’t forget to use your coordinating threads on each area of the project to give it a professional finish.

8. Quilted Christmas Table Runner

This lovely quilted Christmas Table Runner is a little more complicated than some of the other Christmas sewing projects, uses more materials and will probably need a few hours of sewing time, but you’ll be impressed with the finished result. Marent crafts recommends our Fire Retardant Wadding for this project.

9. Santa Sack

This pattern is a very clear step-by-step guide to sewing your own Santa Sack for the big day. It uses appliqué to attach the star, but you could use the initial letters of your children’s names so there’s no question over whose sack is whose.

https://www.gathered.how/sewing-and-quilting/sewing/how-to-make-a-christmas-gift-sack/

10. Fabric ‘paper’ chains

Making Christmas paper chains used to be a common childhood activity. This fabric ‘paper’ chain project that would be good for showing your child how to use a sewing machine. A short chain for the mantlepiece or a long one that goes all the way around the house – you choose.

https://www.gathered.how/sewing-and-quilting/sewing/how-to-make-fabric-paper-chains

11. Fabric Cutlery Holder

Jazz up your Christmas lunch table with this lovely fabric cutlery holders. Using contrasting fabrics and interfacing these are straightforward and make your table look very elegant.

https://theseamanmom.com/diy-cutlery-holder/

12. Infinity Scarf

This scarf is very easy to sew but looks wonderful – anyone receiving one of these scarfs as a gift will be delighted. Don’t forget to use only the best quality fabric and thread.

13. Christmas Place Mat

Another easy Christmas sewing project which could be completed in an hour or two. This project also uses interfacing to give the place mat a bit of weight. You could use different fabrics on each side – one for Christmas, one for summer, perhaps?

14. Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

This fun Christmas tree design comes with detachable velcro shapes so children can decorate it and redecorate it to their hearts’ content. It has 24 miniature pockets for the countdown to Christmas and is quick to sew so you’ve still got time to whip up your own version before December.

https://www.gathered.how/sewing-and-quilting/sewing/easy-sew-christmas-tree-advent-calendar/

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What are 5 Simple Stitches For Perfect Sewing Right Now [Using Coats Moon Thread]?

Coats Moon Thread Blog

When learning how to sew, it’s important to get high quality sewing thread which won’t snap too easily. Coats Moon 120 Spun Polyester Sewing thread has a reputation for running smoothly in sewing machines, being of good durability and strength at a reasonable price. It is also great for hand-sewn projects and does not easily become tangled.

Coats Moon thread is available in 48 different colours from Marent Crafts. Enabling you to find the perfect matching or contrasting thread for your project. You can buy individual spools or if you are a more prolific sewer, you’ll love our Coats Moon Thread colours box because this box contains 24 spools of thread in different colours – choose from light or bright (standard).

Coats Moon Thread Set Of 24

Before you embark on any sewing, it’s a great idea to have a practise of the most commonly used basic hand stitches. There are 5 simple hand-sewn stitches for the beginner sewer to master. Let’s take a look at them:

Running stitch

Running stitch is the simplest sewing stitch because it’s created by moving the needle in and out of the fabric at regular intervals. This is done so that each top stitch is the same length. Running stitch is often used to sew basic seams or hems and it is also used in quilting to hold the wadding in place.

Back Stitch

The purpose of back stitch is to create a strong bond between two layers of fabric and is achieved by doubling back with the needle to ensure no gap between the stitches. Great for hems and repairs an it is popular in embroidery projects to for outlining shapes and creating letters.

Basting Stitch

A long form of running stitch, this technique is used to temporarily hold two pieces of fabric together. Often done in a contrasting colour to the fabric, so that it is easy to spot when it comes to removing the stitches.

Whip Stitch

Whip stitch is used to join two pieces of fabric together and consists of bringing the needle up through both pieces of fabric from the bottom to the top with the thread wrapping around the edge of the fabric. It is commonly used for hemming.

Ladder Stitch (or slip stitch)

This stitch is used to join folded two edges together where the seam needs to be hidden. It is often used to sew stuffed toys, cushions, pillows or lined hems. The knot is hidden in the seam allowance and make a stitch on one side of the fabric, and then go across the seam and make a stitch on the other side of the fabric parallel to the edge. Keep moving across from one side to the other and the stitches will look like a ladder. Pull the thread tight to hide the stitches inside the seam.

Sewing machine threads

If you are progressing onto sewing machine projects, you may have a much larger range of stitches available to you. Depending on what your sewing machine offers. It is vital to ensure you use a high-quality sewing thread so the inferior thread can break easily. Because it can cause frustration and damage to your project or even your machine. Coats Moon thread will work just as well for your sewing machine projects as your hand-sewn ones. The thread comes in 1000 yard spools which is enough to make a queen size quilt.

Overlocking thread

We should not finish this basic sewing blog without a quick mention of overlocking. Overlocking sewing machines require a different type of sewing thread. Overlockers create a neat tidy edge which helps prevent the fabric from fraying. Overlocking thread tends to be rougher in feel and weaker than regular sewing thread. It may jam up your sewing machine, so we don’t recommend you use overlocking thread in a regular sewing machine. Available in 38 colours, you can get your overlocking thread from Marents Crafts in boxes of  10 cones or 100 cones, or of course, individually.

Overlocking Thread

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New Partnership – Bosal & Marent Crafts

New Partnership - Bosal & Marent Crafts

Announcement! We’ve partnered up with Bosal to become their new distributor across the UK and European markets.

Sharron Belcher, Bosal sales manager UK recently spoke about the partnership, their bestselling foam interlinings and the ups and downs of the COVID19 pandemic.

Tell us a little bit about the history
behind the company. Who started it
and when?

Located in Limerick, Maine, Bosal has been distributing American-made products for more than 60 years. Bosal Foam and Fibre offers the highest quality interfacings, stabilisers, foams and fibres to its customers. A family-owned business, Bosal strives to meet the needs of the consumer and stay up to date with the newest designs and exciting new projects. 

Bosal Foam and Fibre sells all the products directly to distributors, allowing the opportunity to find the product that works best for you. Bosal products are available at numerous retail stores and online sites throughout the US, Canada, Australia, Costa Rico, Spain, Portugal, Germany, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Panama, the United Kingdom and places in between.

How has the company evolved?

Bosal Foam and Fibre came about from the Owner Robert Harrisburg who wanted to find a hyper allergenic foam for a mattress for his wife Sarah Lee. Initially dealing in foams Bosal expanded into the polyester and fibres. Bosal then expanded the polyester and fibre products by bringing into the business Rolando Berdion a specialist in foams, fibres, and interfacings. Rolando developed a range of retail products for the sewing and the craft market. 

The company has evolved now into not only providing the best highest quality American Quilting Battings, interfacings and bag making foams and stabilisers, to providing handy pre-cut packs of all shapes and designs. Bosal work closely with a host of popular crafting designers and design bespoke packs to go along with the designer’s patterns. Two years ago, Bosal Foam and Fibre enlisted Sharron Belcher working in the UK to grow the business in the UK and Europe. Sharron has a wealth of experience in interfacings and the craft market in the UK. The company hopes to grow brand awareness and availability in the UK and Europe.

What do you specialise in and what’s your bestselling product?

Bosal Foam and Fibre specialises in quilting, dressmaking and crafting battings, interfacings, and stabilisers. Bosal’s bestselling lines are In-R-Form® a foam interlining used for bag making, table runners, storage, and quilting. In the quilting world Bosal’s 100 per cent Organic, Cotton Pre-Shrunk is a go-to product for quilters, as it offers beautiful handle, no pre-washing and sustainability. Bosal’s bestselling interfacing I Fashion

Fuse which is a 100 per cent Woven Fusible Cotton Interfacing. Which can be used for dressmaking, patchwork, bag making, face coverings and memory quilting.

What sets you apart from your competitors?

Bosal Foam and Fibre can collaborate quickly and creatively with designers to make new products. Bosal can adapt the current product range to support new ideas in the crafting market. The company also have many different products to what UK competitors offer making it exciting for the UK consumer.

How would you advise a retailer who is interested in stocking
your products?

Retailers can find products in the UK through our UK distributors. We’re pleased to announce our new distributor Marent Crafts. Who will have a wider variety of Bosal products in stock from December. Bosal Foam and Fibre in the UK can support any retailer with product knowledge, education, images, sourcing, social media content, sampling, and brand awareness. Bosal also helps support retailers at consumer craft shows.

What can we expect from you in the future?

Since March 2020, none of the trade shows or consumer shows have been able to go ahead. However, Bosal during this challenging time has continued to ship globally. Going forward watch out for our collaborations with Beyond Knit and Stitch and Facebook Live demonstrations. 

Bosal is also extremely excited to be working with Marent Crafts as a new wholesaler and we look forward to having many more of the amazing projects and fabrics available in the UK.

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Learn more about sewing with an Easy Informative Guide To Sewing Products [2021 Edition]

An Informative Guide To Sewing Products

Sewing is a very popular pastime, but it is quite technical and can be a bit daunting for beginners. It’s a very therapeutic activity though and is well worth spending some time finding your way around all the different items you might need when completing a sewing project. We don’t have time to do a full A-Z here. But let’s demystify some of the sewing products that are commonly used.

What is wadding?

Wadding, also known as batting in the US, is often made from polyester fibres and is used as a layer of insulation between fabrics. Polyester wadding is often used in quilt making and helps you to produce a quilt that is soft, comfortable and warm. Quilt wadding may also be made from natural fibres such as bamboo, silk or cotton. These tend to flatten more than made-made fibres such as polyester. Natural fibres are more breathable whereas man-made tend to wash better. Bamboo wadding is becoming more popular as an eco-friendly alternative for quilting.

Wadding

Wadding is sold in different weights, commonly 2oz, 4oz and 6oz and can usually be purchased by the metre or half-metre. It may come scrim-coated which means there is a light net-like covering which holds the fibres together. As well as prevents the wadding from being pulled apart. Wadding without scrim-coating is softer, but not as durable. Marent crafts also offers a Fire-Retardant wadding in 5 different weights.

What is interfacing and interlining?

The terms interlining and interfacing are often used interchangeably in sewing. The primary function of interfacing is to provide strength, shape and stability around different parts of a garment such as collars, cuffs and buttonholes. Interlining comes in a variety of weights and may be sew-on or fusible (that is they stick to the outer fabric by heating). As these products are non-woven fabric, they will not fray so you can trim them after sewing. This includes bonding if necessary. The trade name in the UK is Vilene/Vliesilene. The weight you require depends on exactly where you are using the interlining in your garment. Bondaweb is another fusible interfacing which is suitable for fancy appliques and repairs.

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What is bias binding tape?

Bias binding tape, or sometimes known as bias tape or simply bias binding, is used for binding seams, creating piping. For example on the edges of cushions or for finishing raw edges and detail on garments. Such as across pocket tops or around armholes or the neckline. It comes in a variety of colours and is may also be used to create button loops or drawstrings for bags. Bias binding is a highly versatile product and Marent Crafts offers a choice of 10 colours in a 12.5mm width. 

Bias Binding

What is Texacro?

You’ve most likely heard of Velcro which is an adhesive product that uses a repositionable hook and loop system to enable you to stick two pieces of fabric together. It’s also used to fasten and undo the Velcro many times over the lifetime of the product. Texacro is also made by Velcro, but is a lower quality, less expensive version which lasts for around 1,000 cycles of put together-pull apart. Compared to the premium Velcro product which lasts up to 10,000 cycles on average.

Velcro and Texacro are made from nylon and polyester. They come either black or white and in a range of widths to suit a variety of projects. Velcro is often used instead of zips, buttons or laces. It was made famous by NASA in the 1960s when it was used to fasten down pens and other items during Apollo missions. Here at Marent we offer both Velcro and its less expensive cousin Texacro.

So, there are you have it, a quick tour around some commonly used sewing products. We recommend Stitchless TV, a YouTube channel which takes you right from the basics of learning how to sew.

Next time, we’ll take a look at the wonderful world of sewing machines and how to create fancy stitches.

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