The tranquil color and organic design of Soft Repose fabrics lend a refined style to this simple to sew clutch. Skill Level: Intermediate Crafting Time: 2 hours Finished Size: Unfolded: 14”x 14” [35.5 cm x 35.5cm] Folded: 14” wide x 10” [35.5 cm x 25.5 cm] SUPPLIES Fabric Requirements Fabrics from Soft Repose by Shell.. read more →

14 Jun 2017
June 14, 2017

Pretty Baby Carry-all

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  Make this Pretty Baby Carry-all to corral all the goodies that little one needs!  Keep them together so you can grab it and go, when the time comes to leave.  Pin weaving is used for the handle and top band, and simple patchwork using FreeSpirit  Pandas fabric collection by David Walker make this pretty.. read more →

07 Jun 2017
June 7, 2017

Man-size Work Apron

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Dad will love the roomy pockets on this large sized work apron. Hardware from Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements and prints from Correspondence by Tim Holtz give it a masculine appeal.   Designed by Melissa Peda Finished sized:  32″ wide x 34″ long SUPPLIES: Fabric by Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Collection for Coats: (A)Correspondence-Letter                        PWTH048.8NEUT       .. read more →

We welcome Shell Rummel as a fabric designer for Coats. Designer Shell Rummel has been a successful and established presence in the fine art, wedding and stationery markets for nearly 20 years.  Watercolors are the preferred medium for this award-winning artist, and the unpredictability of painting with water often results in surprising variations and subtle.. read more →

This mini wall hanging reminds you to follow your heart. Combine fabrics from Tim Holtz Dapper collection to form appliqués then add accents with hand and/or machine stitching using Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements threads. Skill Level: Beginner Crafting Time: Evening Finished Size: 8” x 9” (20.32cm x 22.86cm) Supplies • Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Coats® Cotton.. read more →

11 May 2017
May 11, 2017

Fold-over Dapper Bag

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A cross between a purse and messenger bag, this cross-body purse will quickly become your go-to bag. Eclectic Elements antique brass hardware adds vintage style. The bag features Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements threads and Hardware, and Tim Holtz Dapper fabric collection for Coats®. Skill Level: Beginner Crafting Time: Evening Finished Size: 16” x 12” (40.5cm x.. read more →

11 May 2017
May 11, 2017

Dapper Book Marks

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    Skill level: beginner Crafting time: Evening   Love to read “real” books? These vintage inspired bookmarks will hold your place. Patchwork and applique combine to create nostalgic reminder of where you left off. Tim Holtz Eclectic Element cotton and craft threads embellish fabrics from Tim’s Dapper collection for Coats. Fabric requirements from Tim.. read more →

Create this adorable Dapper Dress Mini Wall Hanging designed by Jennalee Anderson. Loose thread ends and raw edges add an eclectic quality to this dress cut out using Tim Holtz Dapper fabric collection and Eclectic Elements Coats Cotton threads. Skill Level: Beginner Crafting Time: Evening Finished Project Sizes: 6 ½” x 6” (16.5cm x 15cm)(height.. read more →

We have created a collection of pretty nursery projects for the new arrival. Individually, they make perfect gifts or make all of them to coordinate the nursery. We used fabrics from the delightful collection FreeSpirit Pandas by David Walker and incorporated fun techniques like pin weaving and tying a quilt by hand or machine.  .. read more →

How fun to decorate baby’s room with this cute framed letter!  The pin weaving creates a colorful background to place the baby’s initial on.  The fabric covered mat adds whimsy with Davis Walker Pandas Daisy Fabric! We have included all of the instructions for pin weaving in the free pattern download.   skill Level- Beginner.. read more →

03 May 2017
May 3, 2017

Panda Baby Quilt

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  Create this cute baby quilt quickly and easily from David Walkers Pandas collection fabrics!  You do not need to be an experienced quilter to make this quilt–no corners to match, quick to cut, sew and quilt!  Tying it “by machine” or by hand, makes it go quickly! Skill level: beginner Crafting time: 1 day.. read more →

Sew a fun potholder decked out with some new kitchen goodies and a recipe for your favorite treat!  The hearts are outline quilted with Coats Bold Hand Quilting thread to accent the tone on tone hot rose colored cottons from FreeSpirit Fabrics. We’ve included a coordinating printable recipe card.     Featuring:  Coats Bold Hand.. read more →

03 Mar 2017
March 3, 2017

Lunch to Go Bag

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  Create this easy, Zakka style inspired lunch bag to go! The piecing is easy breezy with no corners to match up!  Big stitch quilting highlights the patchwork. Finished size: 9” (23cm) x 8”(21cm)x 4” (11cm) Supplies: Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose sewing thread Coats Bold Hand Quilting Thread Fabric required: 1/2 yard (.30m) Linen (Fabric.. read more →

21 Feb 2017
February 21, 2017

Zipper Bound Journal

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  Make your own journal with steampunk styling to record your journeys – fantastic or terrestrial.  Eclectic Elements zippers and hardware blend with the collaged fabric print for perfect retro appeal. Finished Size: 9″ x 5 3/4″(23cm x 14.7cm) Fabric Requirements from Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz,  Correspondence Collection: Correspondence-Royal Mail        .. read more →

20 Feb 2017
February 20, 2017

Correspondence Dopp Bag

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The boxy styling of this zippered dopp bag makes it a perfect travel companion. The bag combines thread, zippers and hardware and with Correspondence fabric from Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements for style and practicality.     Finished sized:  9″ wide x 4″ high x 4″ deep SUPPLIES: Cotton thread, Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements collection for Coats.. read more →

05 Jan 2017
January 5, 2017

Mug & Snack Mats

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Make these fun, mug & snack mats to warm up a cold winter afternoon! A mug of hot chocolate and a warm cookie, and you will forget all about the snow falling outside!  Our’s are embellished with hand stitching, using Coats Cotton Covered® Bold Hand Quilting Thread, but you could just as easily use machine decorative.. read more →

Create these fun eclectic embellished towels featuring Tim Holtz Correspondence fabrics and handstitched detail using Eclectic Elements by Coats Craft Thread.  Each towel is easy to do in an evening, using purchased “blank” towels. Fabrics from Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements for Coats Correspondence collection: Correspondence Tailored 8BLUE         1/4 yard (10.16cm) Correspondence Jet Setter 8REDX        1/8.. read more →

DIY Fashion

  Hi everybody! I’m super excited for fall but here in California we’ve been in a heat wave of 100 degrees and above. Crazy huh, in the beginning of October? I created this matching set with a sweet off-shoulder-top and high waisted shorts for the last of warm weather.     The fabric is the.. read more →

We are so delighted to be working with Angela Lan! This young fashion designer will be blogging monthly on our blog using our Coats & Clark threads & zippers and FreeSpirit fabrics in her educational series for young readers! She brings a youthful approach to sewing education with her trendy fashion sense and her easy.. read more →

No blossoms in your garden? No problem! Create fabric flowers! Easy to make tulips announce that spring has sprung and the flowers are in bloom. This is a great way to use leftover prints from your fabric stash. Designed by: Lori Harder Crafting Time: Evening   Supplies: Coats Dual Duty XP All Purpose Thread –.. read more →

02 Apr 2016
April 2, 2016

Pick-a-Pocket Apron


Our Pick-a-Pocket apron was designed by a member of our Graphics team at Coats & Clark, Tracy Bynum. His motivation to learn to sew is an interesting story so we asked him to share. How I got started sewing: I few years back, Beth (my wife) came home with an ever so slightly, used sewing.. read more →

02 Apr 2016
April 2, 2016

Garden Bucket Tote

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It doesn’t take a green thumb to make a handy, multi-pocketed garden bucket tote! This insert fits inside a 5 gallon bucket.  Keep all of your gardening tools and supplies close at hand as you move from place to place. Designed By:  Joy McKeon Crafting Time: An evening Skill level: Intermediate Finished Project Size: Custom.. read more →

01 Apr 2016
April 1, 2016

April “Spools”

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There’s more to thread spools than simply holding thread for our sewing adventures. These colorful carriers can become the base for some clever little flower bouquets. Add some cute clips to the stems and you have perfect memo reminder, photo holder or a great way to check up on your daily to-do list. There are.. read more →

31 Mar 2016
March 31, 2016

Fabric Flower Pots

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Fabric Flower Pot Covers are easy to make and freshen up a room with lively fabrics. These planters have a clear vinyl bottom liner and a removable vinyl sleeve to protect surfaces Designed by: Lori Harder Skill level: Beginner/Easy Crafting time: An Evening Finished Project Size: Designed to fit a 4”, 6” and 8” flower.. read more →

In her book, Vintage Notions, Amy Barickman, owner of Indygo Junction, shared a small piece of history of her muse Mary Brooks Picken, and the school she founded, The Women’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences. Mary Brooks Picken is special to us at Coats & Clark, because she was the author of some of.. read more →

29 Feb 2016
February 29, 2016

Sewcial Sewing Retreat

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Sewing is fun! That’s no surprise to anyone reading this, but do you know what is more fun? Sewing with your friends. Okay, that’s not a surprise either, but we all know sewing isn’t an activity that allows us to do that very easily. It sounds like a great idea until you are lugging your.. read more →

24 Feb 2016
February 24, 2016

Two Baskets for Easter

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We have two fun basket projects for Easter. A cute little bunny and a versatile woven basket. Putting all your eggs in one basket is quite fun when there’s a cute bunny face on the front of it. This fabric basket is ideal for anyone’s Easter holiday goodies and makes a cheerful decoration for the.. read more →

23 Feb 2016
February 23, 2016

Sewing & Stitchery Expo

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The Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA is the oldest and largest consumer sewing show in the US and probably the world AND it is this weekend. A few weeks ago, blogger Annette Millard gave you some tips to help you get the most out of the show. Watch for Annette’s posts from the.. read more →

This weekend at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington, Coats & Clark will be sponsoring Quilter’s Night Out.  We are particularly excited that Mary Fons will be the speaker for the evening. Her topic, “You call THAT a quilt” promises to be entertaining and educational. Here is a message from Mary. We are.. read more →

09 Feb 2016
February 9, 2016

Love Letters to Sew


Do you love letters? Sew them! Words and quotes can be sewn to personalize, organize or accessorize. Embroidery and applique are two techniques that can be used to create letters in your sewing projects.     Express yourself with colorful crazy quilt appliqués. Create a grouping for your wall with fabric covered canvases. Decorative stitches.. read more →

27 Jan 2016
January 27, 2016

Valentine Table Runner

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Set a pretty table for your Valentine with this quilted table runner. It looks complicated but the secret is experimenting with your machine’s decorative stitches on a striped fabric using Coats Trilobal Machine Embroidery thread. If you’re looking for an opportunity to play with the decorative stitches in your machine, here’s the perfect venue. Pick.. read more →

19 Jan 2016
January 19, 2016

Sew Spa projects

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It’s time to pamper yourself. You spent the holidays shopping for gifts, baking and decorating to make sure it was a special time for everyone. Now it is your turn. Sew these luxurious projects and create your own spa experience. Spa Mask Shut out the world and take a moment for yourself. This pretty mask.. read more →

QuiltCon2016 Pasadena

FreeSpirit and Coats are excited to be Platinum Sponsors of QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena, California. Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind featuring hundreds of modern quilts, dozens of lectures and workshops by leading modern quilters, shopping and more! FreeSpirit brings together a global portfolio of.. read more →

We are so excited to share with you Amy’s new video tutorial – Create A Zipper Pull Necklace! – See more at Create a Zipper Pull Necklace Amy has always loved using sewing notions in unique ways. We have many different patterns that use zippers, snaps, hooks & eyes and buttons to make brooches, necklaces,.. read more →

“I too believe creativity is not in the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found . . . “ —Tim Holtz From the needle of your sewing machine to the tip of your thimble finger, this statement from creative master Tim Holtz most likely resonates through your mind.. read more →

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration with Rowan fabric, Coats is having a fantastic contest to bring out the best of Kaffe Fassett and his beautiful fabrics. We want to see your best “Fassett-nator” for a chance to win from more than 50 prizes including 20 bolts of The Kaffe Fassett Collective fabric or.. read more →

Just in time for Halloween, these four fun frightful Halloween projects are quick and easy to sew. Halloween Dress Monster Treat Banner Halloween Countdown Trio of Halloween Pillows read more →

Designed by Iliana McGrath Up-cycle plastic soda bottles into these cute zipper animal containers. Prepare the bottles and ahead of time and let the kids decorate them with bits of felt and googly eyes. SUPPLIES & TOOLS: Coats Polyester All-purpose Zippers, 12” or longer Plastic bottles Felt, assorted colors Googly eyes Spray paint Stiff cardboard,.. read more →

  Presents are not just under the tree. These pretty packages are appliqued using Dual Duty XP all purpose thread and prints from the FreeSpirit Winter Miarcle collection by Marjolein Bastin. FS0446MB Winter Miracle Pretty Packages Place mat and Napkin   read more →

01 Jun 2015
June 1, 2015

DIY Beach Towel Tote


    Sew up a convertible Beach towel and Tote. The front pockets hold sun lotions, magazines and books. A zipper pouch keeps small items together and protected from the sand. It all folds and conveniently zips together for carrying. Designed by Pam Hastings You Will Need: 1 Beach towel or Bath Sheet 1 24”.. read more →

Create a variety of simple pillows using outdoor fabrics for a swing, bench or chair. Select outdoor fabrics that are sun and weather resistant. Sew with Coats Outdoor thread. A knife edge pillow is the simplest style of pillow.  You may use these instructions to sew the pillow any size or shape you desire.  .. read more →

Please note: we have made adjustments to the original post. Changes are in red. This stylish carryall will hold all of your picnic supplies. Create in outdoor fabrics for durability and easy care. Designed by Pam Hastings Finished Size: 16 1/2″ x 12″ x 7″. You Will Need: 54 – 60 Wide Indoor/outdoor fabric or.. read more →

06 May 2015
May 6, 2015

Outdoor Cube DIY


A cube or pouf is a fun and easy project to sew for your outdoor living space. They make great floor cushions and room accents. Select outdoor fabrics that are designed to resist sunlight fading and are stain resistant. Some have special antimicrobial properties and resist mold and mildew. Along with outdoor fabric, we recommend.. read more →

21 Apr 2015
April 21, 2015

Add Zippers to a T

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Zipper Shoulder T-shirt Turn a simple fitted T-shirt into a “cold shoulder” top by adding Coats Fashion Zippers. SUPPLIES & TOOLS: Coats Dual Duty XP(R) All Purpose thread 2 Coats Fashion Zippers, 7″ Purchased T-shirt 1/4 yd. light weight fusible stabilizer 1/4 yd light weight fabric (example: batiste or organza) Sewing machine Zipper foot Chalk.. read more →

09 Dec 2014
December 9, 2014

Joyful Wreath


Celebrate the joy of the season with this Joyful Wreath.  Phoomph for Fabric makes it quick & easy to do.  Creating the Joyful Wreath is as simple as peel, cover and cut with Phoomph. There is no glue or fusing required. Designed by Kezia Whitteker SUPPLIES & TOOLS: 10 pkgs. Phoomph (TM) for Fabric, soft.. read more →

17 Nov 2014
November 17, 2014

Joyful Wreath

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Joyful Wreath Courtesy of Coats & Clark, designed by Kezia Whitteker SUPPLIES & TOOLS: 10 pkgs. Phoomph (TM) for Fabric, soft Styrofoam wreath form, 14” 1 1/2 yd. Holiday fabric Chipboard letters J-O-Y Contrasting holiday fabric scraps to cover letters 2 Felt sheets, white Glue gun and glue sticks DIRECTIONS: Cut fabric into 9 x.. read more →

10 Nov 2014
November 10, 2014

Perfect Poinsettia Wreath

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Courtesy of Coats & Clark, designed by Kezia Whitteker SUPPLIES & TOOLS: Phoomph (TM) for Fabric, soft, 2 pkg. Grapevine wreath form in desired size 1/4 yd. Muslin 1/4 yd. Burlap Strips of burlap fabric or burlap ribbon, brown Jingle bells, various sizes and colors Craft wire, thin gauge 2 yds. Grosgrain ribbon, blue or.. read more →

“Trick or Treat” Bag A new twist on the traditional pumpkin makes this trick or treat bag a sure winner. Phoomph makes it easy. Designed by Iliana McGrath Supplies: Phoomph for Fabric, soft- 3 sheets 1 black canvas tote (approx. 14”x18”) Variety of Halloween print fabrics 1 sheet glitter foam Ribbon Scissors Trick or Treat.. read more →

“Haunted House” trick or treat bag This trick or treat bag is so stylish, you may just want to use it as a tote! Phoomph makes it easy to add Halloween motifs to a purchased bag. Designed by Iliana McGrath Supplies: Phoomph for fabric, stiff – 2 sheets Variety of felts or fabrics Black Ribbon.. read more →

Who says scary can’t be stylish?  Add a touch of style to Halloween decor with this Chevron and burlap wreath. Project by Iliana McGrath Supplies: Phoomph for Fabric, soft- 5 sheets Phoomph for Fabric , stiff, 1 sheet 1/2yd Chevron print Fabric Variety (5 to 10) of  Coordinating fabrics, 9″ x 12″ Burlap:  2 Strips- .. read more →

14 Oct 2014
October 14, 2014

Halloween Fun: Boo Banner

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Perfect for your door, this vertical banner will welcome, not scare your guests. Phoomph makes it quick and easy. Designed by Iliana McGrath Supplies Phoomph for fabric, stiff- 7 sheets Orange felt -5 sheets 9”x12” Black felt- 2 sheets 9″ x 12″ Ivory felt- 1/4 sheet Fabric- 5 rectangles  9”x12” 4 brads Scissors Small hole.. read more →

There are spiders on the table!!! Not to worry, these will delight not scare you. A sparkly web and spiders dangling by a thread embellish this table runner. Designed by Iliana McGrath Supplies: Phoomph for Fabric, Soft- 3 sheets Orange Felt- 12″ x 48″ Shiny black fabric Thick black yarn (Red Heart Grande) Grey print.. read more →

    Create a celebration with this  “Spooky” banner. It can adorn a refreshment table, mantle or doorway. Designed by Iliana McGrath Supplies: Phoomph for Fabric, stiff – 10 sheets Two coordinating fabrics -1/2 yd each two fabrics Burlap- 1/2yd Black Felt 1 sheet,  9”x12” Black ribbon 1.5” wide, 5 yds Scissors Flag and letter.. read more →

13 Oct 2014
October 13, 2014

Halloween Fun: Bat Mobile

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It’s a play on words, but this Bat Mobile will can hang right-side up from a door way or light fixture. Project designed by Iliana McGrath Supplies: Phoomph for Fabric, Stiff, 2 sheets 1/4 yard Black fabric 1/4 yard Halloween novelty print fabric Embroidery floss Embroidery needle Small hole punch Scissors Ribbon Pen Bat Mobile Pattern.. read more →

04 Aug 2014
August 4, 2014

2 Yarn Crafts!

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Hey everyone! Tanner Bell here again, sharing another fun DIY video tutorial! We’re doing some awesome Yarn Crafts. When you think of yarn, don’t you think of knitting? Today we’re going to do some Home Decor/ Room Decor! You can find so many different types of yarn in the marketplace, but I really love Red.. read more →

23 Jun 2014
June 23, 2014

DIY Phoomph Coasters

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Hey everyone! Tanner Bell here, I’m so excited to be on the Coats and Clark blog today sharing a fun DIY video. We’re featuring some of the amazing Phoomph. It’s a amazing product that is perfect for all you DIYiers that love fabric. This is double sided adhesive material fabric bonding sheets that lets you.. read more →

  Reminiscent of Egyptian design, these leaves are appliqued to a machine-embroidered stem.  Select one of the decorative stitches on your machine for the veins in the leaves.  Need a refresher on how to applique? Read our post, Applique, more than Satin Stitching? Click here for the Block instructions for EgyptianTempleLeaves-Block_2 Ginkgo Leaf Block 1 This.. read more →

04 Mar 2014
March 4, 2014

Phoomph Flower Wand

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                      These cute flower wands are fun favors for a kid’s birthday party or create a sunny window garden to brighten a room. Phoomph makes it easy to use fabric to create simple craft projects.  Simply peel the protective backing paper away, adhere Phoomph to the.. read more →

31 Oct 2013
October 31, 2013

Phoomph Giveaway


Post your Holiday home décor Phoomph project with #Phoomphyourholidays to the Coats and Clark Facebook page for a chance to win a $100 prize package. Our favorite entries will be featured on our Sewing Secrets blog as well as our Facebook Page. One winner will be picked at random to receive a $100 prize package.. read more →

As of late, there seems to be so many natural disasters which leave people with literally the shirts on their backs. Earthquakes, floods and hurricanes occupy the news and give us reason to pause. Sewers, generous by nature, love to share their abilities with others by using this wonderful lifeskill to give back. Such was.. read more →

09 Mar 2010
March 9, 2010

It’s Prom Time

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For a girl, prom is a time to dress like a princess. Up dos, manicures, pedicures, corsages and picture taking galore, it is a magical time in a teenager’s life. Even in today’s economic climate, a girl can still dream big, thanks to an organization called Donate My Dress. Donate My Dress is the first.. read more →

If you were given 5 yards of random FreeSpirit or Westminster cotton fabric, 4 yards of trim from Wrights and 18 hours to design and sew a garment, could you “Make it work?” That is what 30 sophomore, junior and senior design students at Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion.. read more →

This weekend, in the blustery corner of the world called Kent, OH, Coats & Clark will sponsor the second annual Project Runway type Design Challenge at the Kent State Univeristy Shannon Rodgers & Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design. Initiated by Coats & Clark, the scholarship program brings the world of sewing and the pressures.. read more →

Happy New Year! With the start of a new decade, comes many new opportunities to involve those in the world of sewing with our thread. One such, is the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. This year, Coats & Clark is sponsoring the Best Handmade Handbag category. What is so exciting about this opportunity is Coats &.. read more →

Inspire your creativity. Don’t let the prospect of using your sewing machine to create quilt art scare you. The truth of the matter is, the key to beautiful colorful thread painting is all in the thread. Here , in a video featured on, Terry White, thread lover and author of Thread Painting Made Easy,.. read more →

15 Sep 2009
September 15, 2009

Choose the Right Thread

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When it comes to sewing and quilting, choosing the right thread for your fabric, project and technique is an essential ingredient to success. Our friends at Better Homes & Gardens American Patchwork & Quilting help take the mystery out selecting thread in a new video featured on Watch and let us know what you.. read more →

“Dear Wendy, I had a great time sewing my jean bag. I loved the dangly trims. I want a sewing machine too. Love Sammy.” Now that is what we like to hear. One child at a time, learning the lifeskill of sewing, building self-confidence and having fun, too. Such is what happens at a small.. read more →

21 Jul 2009
July 21, 2009

Thread as Art

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Have you ever considered all those beautiful colors of thread as something more than a fiber, fed through the eye of a needle, precisely joining two pieces of fabric together? Artist Devorah Sperber relies on colorful spools of thread as one of her mediums to convey amazing beauty to the world studying how art, technology.. read more →

06 Jul 2009
July 6, 2009

How Thread is Made!

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Questions like this plague mankind. Not really, but if you sew or quilt, you might have considered a time or two just how does that small spool of thread, so humble, make it to the store shelf? When I started working at Coats & Clark over a year ago, I was sent on a whirlwind.. read more →

19 May 2009
May 19, 2009

Spring Quilt Market

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We are just back from Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, PA. Quilt Market is a show for the sewing and quilting industry where shop owners come to see what’s new and purchase fabric, notions, thread, patterns, sewing machines and so on. Each Spring Quilt Market is held in a different city. While Pittsburgh is generally.. read more →