The subtle raindrop design of Shell Rummel Soft Repose fabric is imitated with free-motion stitching using Coats Cotton thread in the grey triangle of this pillow. The soft palette will accent any décor.   Skill level: beginner Crafting time: ½ day Finished size: 12” x 16” (30.5cm x 41cm) Supplies: Coats Dual Duty XP all.. read more →

18 May 2017
May 18, 2017

Three Pretty Bins

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Use these pretty bins to organize a home office,bath or bedroom. The color and design of the Soft Repose by Shell Rummel creates a calming effect in any room. Skill Level: Confident Beginner Crafting Time: An evening* Finished Size: Small: 4” w x 4” h (10.2cm h x 10.2cm) Medium: 6” w x 6”h (15.3cm.. read more →

11 May 2017
May 11, 2017

Tri-fold Organizer

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Make any project portable with this organizer. Just stash thread, scissors and any other supplies in the handy pockets inside. Use Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements threads, Zippers, and his Dapper fabric collection for Coats® to add vintage charm. DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS read more →

04 May 2017
May 4, 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 David Walkers Panda Garden Party fabrics make this pretty as.. read more →

05 Apr 2017
April 5, 2017

Coats Denim Thread

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Coats Denim thread has a heather appearance that blends in with denim fabric making it a great choice for seams and topstitching. It also blends well when mending or repairing jeans. Use a size 11 or 14 machine needle or a 7 or 8 for hand sewing. Features: Goldenrod Snap Trap Spool Extra strong, polyester.. read more →

Create a reusable shopping bag to tote your goodies in style!  The attached swivel latch will keep your keys and store rewards tag handy!  Then embellish it with raw edge applique, using a vintage image from the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Correspondence collection, “Typo”!  We added initials from the print, to personalize it.   Featuring: Tim.. read more →

01 Feb 2017
February 1, 2017

Valentine Heart Sachet

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Designed by Linda Griepentrog Whether you use it as a decoration or hang it in your closet, this heart sachet is a beautiful gift for yourself or someone else.   Fill it with potporri for a fragrant sachet.  To use as a pincushion, fill with  ground walnut shells. They’re available at some quilt stores, as well as.. read more →

Never lose another button! Whether the button is on a garment you purchased or sewed yourself, it will stay on when you sew it with Coats Secura. It’s the end of lost buttons on shirts, trousers, children’s clothing, coats and jackets and more. Coats Secura is an innovative, heat activated polyester button thread that is.. read more →

It’s time to put it all together!  To finish our Quilt Along, Designer Cheryl Adam has instructions for adding the sashing and borders to the beautiful galaxy of paper pieced stars. It’s the LAST BLOCK in our Quilt Along and it is a beauty! Here’s Block 5: From designer Cheryl Adam: Our last block is.. read more →

It’s the LAST BLOCK in our Quilt Along and it is a beauty! Here’s Block 5: From designer Cheryl Adam: Our last block is the biggest and brightest star with many planets circling it, much like our own sun.  This may be the center of our new galaxy when our star dies.  Although it has.. read more →

Block 4 in our Milky Way Paper Piecing Quilt Along is a beauty with long points reaching out through the heavens. Cheryl describes Block 4 this way: This star throws long beams of light out into the universe as it travels through the not so dark night sky.  Don’t let the skinny pieces scare you. .. read more →

Block 3 in our Milky Way Quilt along has a new color palette and is more challenging. Here’s what Cheryl has to say about it: This is the most complicated looking block so it must be the big important star in the sky.  Although there are lots of pieces, it will go together easily as.. read more →

13 Sep 2016
September 13, 2016

Correspondence Air Mail Tote

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Tim’s latest fabric collection, Correspondence is inspired by the classic styling of vintage postage.Tim Holtz has now created a timeless palette of thread, zippers and antique finished hardware extending your creative possibilities. Download Air Mail Tote Instructions here. read more →

Tim Holtz has created a timeless palette of thread, zippers and antique finished hardware extending the creative possibilities when combined with his Eclectic Elements fabric collections for Coats. Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements by Coats consists of Cotton thread, Craft thread ™, Zippers and Hardware. Eclectic Elements Craft Thread ™ is a unique heavy 6 wt cotton.. read more →

How did your first block turn out? Be sure to post and tag #Coatsquiltalong so we can see your progress!  Drumroll, please! Here is Block 2. Cheryl Adam, designer of the Milky Way quilt, describes her inspiration for Block 2 this way: This star is spinning through the universe trying to avoid collision with another space.. read more →

07 Sep 2016
September 7, 2016

Team Spirit Zippered Poncho

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Cheer on your favorite team and keep warm at fall football games in this cozy Zippered Fleece Poncho. A Coats Team Spirit Zipper coordinates with team or school colors. Lori Harder designed this poncho for us using one large rectangle of fabric, then adding style with a collar and zipper.  Pick a Team Spirit Zipper.. read more →

Join us for our Milky Way Wall Hanging Quilt Along featuring paper-piecing! Are you ready? Here is the first block!                               Cheryl Adam, designer of the Milky Way quilt, describes her inspiration for Block 1 this way: “I imagine this star.. read more →

Join us for our Milky Way Wall Hanging Quilt Along featuring paper-piecing. This colorful quilt was designed by Cheryl A. Adam. We asked Cheryl what was her inspiration for the design and why she selected paper piecing to create it. “I love to be in the country, away from all the city lights, and gaze.. read more →

15 Jul 2016
July 15, 2016

Monster Truck Floor Pillow

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It’s Monster Truck mania! Your kids will love lounging on this attractive machine appliquéd floor pillow.  Dual Duty XP all-purpose is the perfect thread for this applique using a blanket stitch. Designed by Lori Harder. Skill level: Intermediate Finished Project Size:  38” x 28” x 7” Supplies: Coats Dual Duty  XP® All Purpose Thread –.. read more →

Decorative coastal themed throw pillows are the perfect accent for any beach house, sofa, or bed in any room.  Reflect your personal style and wonders of the sea with these appliquéd designs. Pillows designed by Karen Schaphorst   Sand Dollar Pillow Finished Size 18” x 18” (46cm x 46cm) Supplies Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP.. read more →

14 Jun 2016
June 14, 2016

DIY Sea Shell Coasters

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  Create a coastal theme for your table with these attractive Sea Shell Coasters. The coasters are made by wrapping a clothesline with fabric strips and coiling the line into place. You may have made baskets using this technique.  Coats Jeans Topstitching thread holds the covered coiled clothesline in place and adds a pop of.. read more →

14 Jun 2016
June 14, 2016

Sand Sifter Beach Bag


Love the beach but hate the sand that seems to collect in everything? Leave the sand behind with the Sand Sifter Beach Bag! Screening is used for the body of the bag to allow the sand to fall through. The front panel has generous pockets for sunscreen and other items. An attached zipper pouch keeps.. read more →

27 Apr 2016
April 27, 2016

Zippered Cosmetic Case


  Add a little pizzazz to a zippered bag with contrasting zipper and topstitching. Two simple notions- thread and zipper – add style to a basic design. Coordinating a solid and print fabric adds to the look. The extended tabs on the zipper lets the bag open wide for easy access to what’s inside. Designed.. read more →

We love letters that help us keep our stuff organized. For our sewing studio at Coats & Clark we asked expert Rebecca Brent to create embroidered labels. We asked her to use  the “Make It Coats” theme and she came up with Sew It, Cut It, Press It, Quilt It, etc.  She wanted to embroider.. read more →

15 Dec 2015
December 15, 2015

Zip up a Christmas Zipper Wreath

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Create an unique zipper wreath to express your sewing passion! The zipper flowers shown here are made with Coats Fashion Zippers.  The multi-colored zipper was created by separating jeans zippers, then sewing the tape end to end to create a longer length to work with. Add a few buttons or baubles and you are done… read more →

12 Nov 2015
November 12, 2015

“Wow” Zipper Gown

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When we started planning the Coats & Clark booth for Fall Quilt Market in Houston, we wanted a “wow” focal point for the booth. We were envious of a beautiful red  gown made completely of zippers our Coats counterparts in Europe had created for one of their shows. We wanted something  that was as dramatic,.. read more →

10 Nov 2015
November 10, 2015

Christmas and Holiday Decor

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Add a little sparkle and holiday spirit to your decor with these projects to sew and quilt. Pretty Packages Place Setting             On-the-grid Holiday Pillow                 Winter Wonderland Pillow     read more →

Are you totally confused when you stand in front of the zipper display? Don’t be! the first thing you need to know is that there are different types of zippers and most can be divided into closed bottom like those used in dresses and skirts and separating for jackets and coats. From there they are.. read more →

  Keep notes and reminders close at hand with these Hoop Note Holders.  Coordinating fabrics secured in Susan Bates Hoop-La Embroidery hoops add a decorative touch to your home office or message center. Pocket Note Holder Supplies & Tools: 1 Susan Bates Hoop la Embroidery Hoop, white, 10” 1 Coats Dual Duty All-purpose thread, 1.. read more →

08 Dec 2014
December 8, 2014

Zipper Cuffs


Zipper Cuffs are quick and easy to create.  If you have a 7″ zipper, cute button and a needle and thread– you have everything you need to make this stylish zipper cuff  that is fun to wear or give to a friend. Coats Fashion zippers give you many options to choose from when making zipper.. read more →

15 Oct 2014
October 15, 2014

Halloween Fun: Skull Banner

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Colorful  Skulls create a little scary fun for your Halloween party decorations. Phoomph makes it a great kid’s project. No hot glue or fusing with an iron- just cover, peel and stick. Designed by Iliana McGrath Supplies: Phoomph for fabric, stiff -4 sheets White Felt -4 sheets Assorted colors felt- 5 sheets Scissors Pinking shears.. read more →

A new look for Halloween, this colorful wreath is a collage of Halloween themed cut-outs. It’s so easy when you use Phoomph. Designed by Iliana McGrath Supplies: Phoomph for fabric, stiff,-5 sheets \ Black felt- 2 sheets 9″ x 12″ 1/2yd Black and White chevron fabric 3 Assorted print fabrics Felt in assorted colors 12.. read more →

08 Aug 2014
August 8, 2014

Create Fabric Book Covers


Fabric book covers can serve a very functional purpose– protecting books from wear and tear, but they are also a lot of fun.  Cover books for a decorative accent on a book shelf or stacked casually on an coffee table or chest. It’s also just fun to read a book and glance at pretty fabric cover… read more →

Go Fish! The fish are biting! Use Phoomph and fabric scraps to make a rainbow assortment of fish just waiting to be caught! To play: Place fish in pail. “Catch” as many fish as possible from an imaginary pond with the magnet rod.  Or see how many fish you can get out of the fish.. read more →

Add a “wow” factor to your LBD with a Neon Leopard print Zipper. We have an entire collection of prints in our Coats Fashion Zippers!         We have the animal print collection in 7″ closed bottom style: Zebra, Tiger, Giraffe, and Snow Leopard.  Leopard prints and neons are huge fashion trends so we combined.. read more →

08 Feb 2014
February 8, 2014

Pillowcase Fun


Pillowcases are possibly the most fun you can have with a yard of fabric. They make wonderful gifts; after all, everyone has a pillow, right? While a yard of 45″-wide quilting cotton is just the right size for making a standard pillowcase, there’s so much more fun to be had by embellishing the pillowcase with.. read more →

07 Feb 2014
February 7, 2014

Vintage Rag Dolls


“Made to be Loved” was a leaflet published by Coats & Clark in 1955. We thought it would be a great “Then and Now” project for February as we are celebrating “Make It for Others”. These soft durable dolls could be donated to shelters, hospitals or law enforcement agencies that provide stuffed toys to children in traumatic.. read more →

We want to continue to share the progress in our new Sewing Lab at Coats & Clark. So far we have added a few accessories and now we are trying to get organized. ” A place for everything and everything in its place” is our goal, so we decided to add labels as reminders of.. read more →

24 Jan 2014
January 24, 2014

Quilt Along 2014- Leaf Quilt


Join us in making this beautiful quilt this year. Start now and it will be completed when the fall leaves begin to turn. Each block is a leaf design. This quilt combines applique, free motion embroidery, decorative stitches, paper piecing and more. Links to each Block pattern are listed below.   We challenged quilt designer.. read more →

13 Jan 2014
January 13, 2014

Brighten your Sewing Room

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  Did you resolve to sew more in 2014?  Brighten your sewing space with our Sewing Machine Cover. The front pockets are great for holding machine accessories or keeping items needed for your current project together. Sewing Machine Cover Instructions Keeping your sewing tools handy eliminates the frustration of having to stop and look for.. read more →

 Whether you use a thread rack, a special storage case or a drawer, our color coded spools and color numbering system make it easy to organize your thread into color families.   We’ve made it easy– if you simply line up the threads with the color numbers in order, the spools will automatically be grouped by color families. The.. read more →

09 Jan 2014
January 9, 2014

New Sewing Lab at Coats


Our education department here at Coats & Clark is so lucky!! Our office renovation included a new sewing lab–or maybe we should get fancy and call it a Sewing Studio.  It is small but it is packed with cabinets and work surfaces.  Take a look:    We’ve contacted our friends at Dritz, USA and June.. read more →

The annual “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks” Special Issue is something we look forward to every year! 100 blocks from today’s top designers is something you do not want to miss and you can win a Collector’s Edition by commenting here! Enter for a chance to win a copy of “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol.8” and a special.. read more →

Hey everyone! I’m Jennifer Mathis, a pattern designer, modern sewist and blogger at Ellison Lane. I’m delighted to be guest blogging today at Sewing Secrets sharing all about my recent trip to Houston for International Quilt Market. It was my first trip to market and boy what a whirlwind! Quilt Market is a total burst.. read more →

22 Oct 2013
October 22, 2013

Fun times at Sewing Summit

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This past Sewing Summit was filled with lots of fun, new faces, wonderful classes, inspiration, and non-stop sewing, of course! It took place in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Little America hotel from September 19-21, 2013. Coats and Clark was proud to be the official thread sponsor this year.  We also launched our instagram.. read more →

Phoomph is fantastic for creating seasonal décor. Create  a Fall table scape or Halloween party decorations with these projects.  Our  Halloween Hoot Owl majestically supervises the scene from his perch on the Crow Table Runner. Drape a mantle or door way with the leaf garland made of fall colored prints and twine. Pumpkins created with Phoomph and a newsprint.. read more →

We  want to help you with your Sewing Month projects, and you have 5 chances to win! Visit the fantastic blogs listed below.  One lucky reader each day will win a Coats and Clark Anniversary Tin filled with sewing goodies like fabric, zippers and thread. 1) To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on the.. read more →

We look forward to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge  from the folks at American Patchwork & Quilting. The great thing about this challenge is that it benefits so many local causes. We have had an opportunity to see just how much these pillowcases mean to children who receive them through our involvement with Mary Bridge’s.. read more →

Much like the name of our blog, Sewing Secrets, we do have a secret that we have been keeping for quite some time. We are more than excited to share with you a new adventure for Coats, one that promises to take you on a journey with your sewing, quilting and crafting. So, if you.. read more →

With the arrival of spring and Mother’s Day just around the corner, we want to help you celebrate with a big crafty giveaway. Enter the Spring Into May Giveaway for your chance to win one of six HUGE prize packs. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,200! Janome Magnolia 7325 Sewing.. read more →

by Rebecca Kemp Brent for Coats & Clark Modern sewing machines are packed with decorative stitches that tend to be under-utilized. Put a new spin on your machine’s fancy stitches by using them for construction tasks. The stitches are both functional and fun, and can add a couture touch to your sewing.   Rather than.. read more →

Hi! I’m Rachel, and my blog is Family Ever After. I am a country girl at heart… my 4 sisters and I grew up in South   Dakota. I’ve know my husband since we were 12, he grew up there too! I   went to college at BYU, where I learned how to sew, and majored in .. read more →

Sew South was a BIG success!   Lots of sewing, creating, laughing and FUN!  Want to see for yourself? Take a look a this video to get a feel for what Sew South is all about.      Sew South has some very gracious sponsors and friends that sent some FABULOUS swag and today I’m.. read more →

Would you like to win this gorgeous bundle of Michael Miller Gingham fat quarters from Westwood Acres? How about a this amazing little set of jewelry tools from Whimseybox? You can also win a Storybook Set of Coats and Clark thread! One lucky winner will win all three of these prizes! But hurry, because you.. read more →

Brighten your table with these cute Bunny Napkin Rings. They only take minutes to create with Phoomph, making them the perfect last-minute addition to your celebration.  Creating seasonal decorations is fast and easy with Phoomph.  Cover Phoomph with pastel fabric or Easter prints, cut out and stick to a background of felt—instant decoration. Need to.. read more →

Stitch these cute heart designs on our iPhone4 Silicone Stitchery iPhone Cover for someone special. Every time they look at their phone, they will think of you!! What could be better than that?  Use the color blocked chart as a guide for selecting your floss colors. The designs can be stitched all over or just.. read more →

Fabric Flowers Join us on the Indygo Junction Fabric Flower blog tour and make a flower everyday plus enter for a chance to win the Kanzashi Flower Maker from Clover and the book, ” Fabric Flowers”. The Kanzashi  tool makes it really easy to make the pointed petals– don’t be tempted to skip using it just.. read more →

We have a new product for fabric crafting that is so fun and easy to use– you will love it! It’s called Phoomph for Fabric. The first question everyone asks is “How do you pronounce it?”  Okay– Say “oomph” now put an ‘F’ sound in front of it. That’s it! Phoomph makes adding fabric to.. read more →

08 Jan 2013
January 8, 2013

DIY Bow Belt Tutorial

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Hi all! I’m Sunni Standing from A Fashionable Stitch. I’m dropping in with a quick tutorial on how to make a bow belt! Beltmaking can be such a gratifying, fun and crafty process and here is but one way to jump into a little sartorial accessory making. For more on beltmaking, especially vintage style beltmaking,.. read more →

07 Jan 2013
January 7, 2013

Love Your Quilt Shop Day

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Show Your Love for Local Quilt & Fabric Shops in Exciting New Fan Photo Contest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram  Grand Prize is a Brother Sewing Machine and $500 Shopping Spree*  VANCOUVER, Wash., November 27, 2012— Quilters and sewing enthusiasts now have even more reason to visit their favorite local, independent quilt and fabric shops.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Baby shoes can be pretty expensive, especially considering they’ll be worn so few times, for such a short span of time. We love how they look, but they only stay little for so long! Check out this super simple tutorial for how to make your own leather moccasins for your babies and toddlers using.. read more →

We’re thrilled to announce our Coats and Clark holiday guest blogging and pinning series. Some of your favorite sewing experts, designers, and bloggers will be sharing and inspiring us with holiday themed articles and amazing pins. We begin with Liesl Gibson, the designer and author behind the oh so loved brand Oliver + S. She’ll.. read more →

06 Dec 2012
December 6, 2012

Spool Quilt Along Wrap Up


Are you ready to complete this beautiful Quilt? This month we have posted the last installment- creating the sashing, joining the blocks and putting the quilt together. We appreciate all of you who have quilted along through this process. Sashing and Assembly Instructions Wouldn’t it be great to see a gallery of all of the.. read more →

By Gretchen  Hirsch   Tailor’s tacks are thread marks used to indicate a pattern’s markings on your fabric. It’s one of those skills you see all the time in vintage sewing patterns and books, but few modern seamstresses use them. But now is the perfect time to learn! With winter sewing upon us, I’m using.. read more →

Coats and Clark introduces Silicone Stitchery! The latest trend in DIY crafts is counted cross stitch iPhone covers.  Teens and young adults are picking up a needle and floss to customize their iPhone covers.  These silicone based covers are perforated that allows creative stitchery patterns to be added to the back of the cover. Do a quick.. read more →

WINNER: DIANE H. !! CONGRATULATIONS!! We are big fans of Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch’s popular sewing blog, Gertie’s New Blog For Better Sewing.  Gretchen has a talent for making what might seem like intimidating sewing techniques to the novice easy to understand with her step by step tutorials. You have seen her tutorials here on Sewing Secrets. Now.. read more →

08 Nov 2012
November 8, 2012

Tailor Tack Tutorial by Gertie

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By Gretchen  Hirsch   Tailor’s tacks are thread marks used to indicate a pattern’s markings on your fabric. It’s one of those skills you see all the time in vintage sewing patterns and books, but few modern seamstresses use them. But now is the perfect time to learn! With winter sewing upon us, I’m using.. read more →

Many Sandy victims in New York City and surrounding areas are living without power, desperately trying to keep warm. Reports from the hardest-hit areas are that folks are in need of warm garments to make it through–and making matters worse, temperatures in the area have dropped this week. It is really starting to feel like.. read more →

Do you love the look and style of pocket zippers, but are not sure you are ready to tackle installing a welt pocket? Gertie of the New Blog for Better Sewing demonstrates step by step in the attached video. Her best advice is to do a practice run. What is different about pocket zippers? An all-purpose zipper.. read more →

02 Nov 2012
November 2, 2012

Embroidered Corduroy Scarf

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designed by Heather Jones for Coats and Clark   This easy project is made with super soft corduroy which makes the perfect fall scarf. The scarf is sewn by machine, and then embellished with some simple hand embroidery stitches using a variety of Coats and  Clark threads for a great finishing touch. Please read through.. read more →

We are so excited that our Fashion Zippers are going to be featured in the class “Restyling with Exposed Zippers” on Pattern! Here’s how Angela describes the class: “Exposed zippers are such a hot trend right now and in this video class I am going to show you how to use some of the.. read more →

Angela Wolf shares her secret for sewing professional designer looking topstitching.  She uses two spools of our Dual Duty XP general purpose thread on the machine with both threads through the needle.  Watch as  Angela Wolf shares a few tips for topstitching that can be used to sew jeans and jackets. Angela Wolf is an internationally renowned.. read more →

by handmadeCharlotte Check out this incredibly cool elastic waistband tutorial.  hit a crafting home run when they dreamed up this awesome tutorial. This could be used in so many different ways. I was thrilled to pieces when I ran across this super original DIY. Check out all of the instructions and more by visiting.. read more →

24 Oct 2012
October 24, 2012

Sewing Summit Round-Up

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  Last week we had so much fun at Sewing Summit. We met sewing and quilting bloggers face-to-face that we knew “on-line”. It’s so much fun to see what other’s have made. We snapped a picture of this great tote belonging to one of the attendees.  It sums up three big trends that we saw–Hexagons, hand.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte   Alex Girard is one of my favorite artists. My husband and I recently purchased his mammoth coffee table book at the MOMA book store and can’t get enough. Bumping along the Internet I ran into Tried and True and this fun floor cushion tutorial. I had to share with you ASAP… read more →

18 Oct 2012
October 18, 2012

Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt

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Even though it’s almost Halloween, you don’t have to dress like a pirate to hunt this treasure! The Nov/Dec issue (paper or digital) of Quiltmaker Magazine is your map.  Each ad by a sponsor will help lead you to the Treasure Hunt button on the sponsor’s website. Enter Quiltmaker’s biggest contest ever for a chance to win.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte  Blue Eyed Freckle has the cutest simple sewing tutorials.We picked our super favs! I was attracted to the fun color and easy tutorials. She provides step by step instructions for projects you could probably whip-up in about an hour. Have fun with all of her projects for the home, kitchen, and your.. read more →

04 Oct 2012
October 4, 2012

Around the World Quilt


by Heather Jones This is my brand new quilt called Around the World that I designed and made for Coats and Clark. You may be seeing it a lot this fall so I wanted to share some details on how I constructed it, using Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP, Cotton Covered Quilting and Piecing,.. read more →

Introducing the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Girls Night Out Blogger Get Together! We are co-sponsoring this event that will bring together some of our favorite sewing bloggers and you have an opportunity to join in the fun.  Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Girl’s Night Out is an event where bloggers will gather to unite the on-line.. read more →

by handmade Charlotte Take a look at the wonderful world of Noodlehead. We’ve shown you her tutorials in the past and wanted to give you a bigger picture. Her tutorials are modern and super classic all at the same time. Noodlehead walks you through each step with nice photography and well laid out instructions. Have.. read more →

24 Sep 2012
September 24, 2012

We have a new Banner!!

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by Rebecca Kemp Brent   It’s a banner day at my house! I’ve been asked to stitch a new banner for Sewing Secrets. With colorful fabrics on hand and zakka style inspirations – and lots of wonderful threads to choose from – I’m ready to go.   First we chose a font. Digitizing software provides.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Everything is cuter when it’s tiny. The smaller the better especially when it comes to sewing crafts. I love a project that you can finish in less than 60 minutes, but what about sewing up 3 or 4 projects in that time? When you sew small the “done” pile grows quickly. We.. read more →

18 Sep 2012
September 18, 2012

Shadow Applique Reticule


 by Rebecca Kemp Brent Soft and subtle shadow applique embellishes the dainty drawstring bag. Dual Duty XP Fine is the perfect thread for the delicate applique and sewing on lightweight batiste fabric. It had many uses such as storing jewelry or as an evening bag or special accessory for a bride. Dual Duty XP Fine.. read more →

11 Sep 2012
September 11, 2012

Spool Quilt Along- Block 7


By Lucy A. Fazely Welcome to Coats and Clark 200th Anniversary Quilt Along.Coats and Clark asked me to design an quilt to celebrate their two centuries of providing quality threads to sewers, crafters and quilters. What pattern could be more appropriate than the spool block? Celebrate with Coats and Clark by making this quilt and be.. read more →

by Stefanie Girard Create a Dotty Cuff bracelet for an instant fashion accent. Skill level: Easy Supplies: Coats Fashion Zipper, White with Black dots (871) 7” Fashion Zipper Black Fabric, 8” x 2” Black fusible interfacing, 8” x 2” Dual Duty XP general purpose thread, 900 Black Ribbon Clamp Jewelry Finding Toggle and Loop Jewelry.. read more →

11 Sep 2012
September 11, 2012

Spool Box Quilt


Fall is a great time to start a larger project. The weather will be cooler soon and you will be spending more time indoors. What better time to quilt? This beautiful quilt designed by Lucy Fazely combines applique and piecing for spectacular results. When creating this quilt, Lucy was inspired by the circular shapes in the fabric.. read more →

11 Sep 2012
September 11, 2012

Weave a Zipper Purse


By Stefanie Girard Have you seen the purses and tote bags– usually in airport gift shops– woven out of seat belts? That was the inspiration for this purse woven out of zippers. Create this cute little purse by weaving Coats all-purpose zippers together.  Use the colors show or select your own color combination.    .. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte We Just had To check in with Delia Creates! She always has fresh sewing tutorials that are fun and easy to sew. We picked our top 8 just for you. We are loving the park bag and the cute wreath. Kids are going back to school and we will have a little more.. read more →

31 Aug 2012
August 31, 2012

10 Charming Sewing Tutorials


 by Handmade Charlotte  Charming Kitchen Cafe Apron Set   Meet Laura Bendash author, pattern maker, and shop owner. I met Laura a couple of years ago and was drawn in by her sweet smile and amazing sense of style. I’m going to share with you an excerpt from her book due out 2014… read more →

Who loves to hem blue jeans? Don’t everyone raise their hand at once! With kids, the question is “to hem or not to hem?” As sure as you do, the growth spurt will hit. Here is a short cut to hemming those long jeans. This method gives a finished look that will not look “dorky” even to.. read more →

21 Aug 2012
August 21, 2012

DIY Tribal Camera Bag

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by Handmade Charlotte Make this ultra hip and stylish camera bag. Wood and Faulk give you all the instructions and walk you through this trendy tutorial with gorgeous photographs. This will keep the camera safe but also make it easy to tote around. I always love the idea of working with leather but I’m a.. read more →

by handmade charlotte Looking for easy projects to start off with?  These no fail beginner projects with step by step instructions will guide you all the way through.  My favorite beginner projects are fast and have great instructions.  We found the easiest and the cutest from all over the web! Check out our top pics! Mini.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Check out this fast and easy shower gift I found on Don’s This cute DIY sewing site walks you through a fast baby blanket tutorial. I’m always on the hunt for easy sewing projects. I love giving handmade gifts, and doing so always feels extra special when it’s for a baby.. read more →

13 Aug 2012
August 13, 2012

Make My Monday Winners

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Make My Monday Give-away Each Monday we will select one lucky Coats and Clark Facebook fan to win one of our 200th Anniversary Tins filled with a “Mystery Prize”. Here are the winners to date: July 30      Lacey Doyle August 6  Kay Sumpter August 13  Jill Schroeder Hicks August 20 Pat Feuerbacher August 27 Kimberly.. read more →

08 Aug 2012
August 8, 2012

Gertie & the exposed zipper

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I’ve written about centered zippers, lapped zippers, and invisible zippers here, so I think it’s time to venture into exposed zippers! The new printed and metallic zippers by Coats and Clark are just too cute to keep hidden.  For my last appearance on PBS’s It’s Sew Easy, I showed how to apply an exposed zipper.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte Ohhhh my this is such a cute project.  My kids would absolutely flip to wear these fun dino socks.  I found this tutorial on a new blog favorite, Happy Together. The author of this fun site takes you step by step through this very easy project.  You will have fun making them.. read more →

01 Aug 2012
August 1, 2012

Sidonia’s Thread

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About a year ago, Hanna Marcus contacted us about using excerts from a sewing book that Coats & Clark had published in the 1960’s for a book she was writing about her mother. Hanna shared with us a little about how she came to write the book, Sidonia’s Thread and her mother’s story: We know.. read more →

31 Jul 2012
July 31, 2012

Kid’s Pool Side Dress

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Hey Ya’ll! I’m Jenilyn from Grits and Giggles. Today I’m going to show you how to put together a simple and adorable swim cover-up for a little girl. Adjust the measurements and make one for you too! You can find an alternate swim cover up tutorial Materials: 1/2 yard of lightweight cotton (for size 2T).. read more →

from Handmade Charlotte Ready to learn some cool new techniques? Check out this absolutely flawless demonstration of a placket pocket. I found this expertly executed tutorial over on Where The Orchids   Back to school thoughts have been running through my head for weeks now because my daughter Charlotte will be starting school this.. read more →

Make My Monday! It’s our anniversary, but you get the prizes! We want to make the next 20 Mondays fun by awarding a prize to a lucky Facebook fan each week. To add to the excitement each prize will be hidden in our 200th anniversary tin. Each winner will receive a tin, plus the prize.. read more →

Invisible zippers are a very popular choice for garment closures. They disappear into a seam, making them virtually undectable—when inserted properly. They work best on light- to medium-weight fabrics. An invisible zipper is different than a standard zipper in a couple ways. First, the teeth of the zipper are on the backside of the zipper.. read more →

11 Jul 2012
July 11, 2012

Humpty Dumpty Softee


By: Emilee Gettle As I child I grew to love the story of Humpty Dumpty. It is such a timeless nursery rhyme that is revisited with each generation. Sew this softie for your little one or for a special child in your life. Supplies Dual Duty XP general purpose thread, Natural (8010)- 1 spoolMuslin Fat.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Everyone loves to sew baby clothes. We found the cutest tutorials from all over the internet. You will be surprised how fast you can whip up these sweet little projects. The tutorials are easy to follow and only require a few simple stitches. Hand make a mini wardrobe for your next baby.. read more →

Hey Ya’ll! I’m Jenilyn from Grits and Giggles. I’m a wife and mommy who loves to sew and create for my home and family, especially for my baby girl. Here’s how to make your very own Victoria’s Secret Swim Cover Look-alike. Source: via Jenilyn on Pinterest This is not a very fitted garment, so you.. read more →

We are thrilled to be sponsoring a great giveaway in celebration of our 200th Anniversary on Tip Junkie! We will be giving away 4 prize bundles of goodies that are not available anywhere else! The prize package contains: The Prize Pack contains the following: Coats & Clark 200th Anniversary Tin Coats & Clark 200th Anniversary.. read more →

Hi Coats and Clark Sewing Secrets blog followers! My name is Colleen Exline and I’m the Associate Editor for Creative Machine Embroideryand Sew it All magazines. I look forward to sharing sewing and embroidery projects, tips and techniques in the upcoming months. Hurray for June! The weather is starting to warm up (well actually it’s.. read more →

from Handmade Charlotte Make an up-cycled coin purse from a men’s button down shirt. These mini wallets are not only super easy to make but they are really handy. They will hold a drivers license, a pool pass, and some cash when you don’t want to bring your entire purse to the beach. This would.. read more →

By Gertie from the New Blog for Better Sewing If you’ve never sewn a zipper before, you’ll want to start with the centered zipper. This is an application that puts the zipper teeth right in the middle of a seam line. The zipper opening is topstitched to secure the zipper teeth. Why a centered zipper?.. read more →

Summer Picnic Blanket tutorial Designed by Heather Jones for Coats and Clark This easy project is perfect for all of your picnics and BBQs you have coming up this summer. With a laminated cotton top and sturdy canvas backing, clean up is a breeze. Just wipe any spills up with a damp cloth and you’re.. read more →

T-shirt quilts make terrific gifts for grads. For those going away to school, it personalizes their room and reminds them of home and the fun times they had. There are many tutorials on-line for creating T-shirt quilts and we have collected a few to share with you.  There are two schools of thought when it.. read more →

We were amazed by the story that Marie Hall shared on our 200th Anniversary website. She created a beautiful quilt that told the story of how her family history and Coats & Clark’s history were intertwined. We asked her for more details and, of course, pictures, which she was kind enough to share. Here is her.. read more →

Pleated Sheets Ring Pillow By Lindsay Conner (, A free pattern for the pillow can be downloaded from A springtime or summer wedding calls for vintage chic wedding accessories, like this pleated sheets ring pillow. You can easily change the style and colors by selecting fabric in your wedding colors. Finished size when filled: 7.5″.. read more →

Bonnie Keller recently took home the Coats & Clark Wall Handworkmanship Award at the AQS Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Bonnie loves designing, creating and working with fabric from intricate hand work to portrait quilts to art quilts. Her winning quilt, Creme de la Creme is an amazing work of art and quilting. We asked Bonnie.. read more →

by Heather Jones, This is a quick and easy project to transform ordinary kitchen hand towels into beautiful custom towels that are both decorative and useful. Using your favorite fabrics and Coats Cotton Covered Quilting & Piecing Thread, make a few and put them together for a great Mother’s Day gift. Or make a set.. read more →

by Gertie of Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing A lapped zipper is a great technique for sewing in an all-purpose (not invisible) zipper. The finished zipper has an overlap on the left side of the opening that covers the zipper. On the right side of the opening, the fabric is stitched very close to the.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte Mother’s Day may be just around the corner, but you’ve still got time to whip something up for dear ol’ mom. What says I love you better than something you made by hand? Here are 15 last-minute DIY gift tutorials for sewers of all skill levels. DIY Mother’s Day Corsage: Felt Dahlia.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Nothing is more satisfying than sharing the joys of sewing with your children. It’s fun, creative, and lets them experience the satisfaction in creating something by hand. Not to mention the fact that it’s a practical skill they can use the rest of their lives. Here are 10 kid-friendly projects that will.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte   Lotta Jansdotter’s New Workshop and Sewing Studio is one of the hippest sewing studio in New York.  Lotta Jansdotter never ceases to amaze me. You will be inspired by her casual but oh so chic workspace and studio. The scissors that hang from tiny nails to the bits of scraps that are.. read more →

Google today is celebrating the birthday of Gideon Sundback, who is credited with inventing the zipper in 1914. Here is some zipper trivia:    Early prototypes from Coats and Clark archives. On right, one of the first zippers from 1905. On left, zipper from 1925.  1893 The debut of the zipper in.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte When your addicted to sewing like I am you may need your supplies ready to travel. I was inspired by Earth Day-April 22 and decided to use up some scraps that were hanging around the studio. The stash bag is so super easy to make you will see success even if it’s.. read more →

Using a fabric or reusable bag reduces the number of paper and plastic bags that go to our landfills. We all know this and there are so many options out there for bags–from freebies to stylish numbers to those you can make yourself which is today’s topic! This pair work great together or separately. Make.. read more →

23 Apr 2012
April 23, 2012

Reusauble bags are great!

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by Handmade Charlotte  view the complete tutorial at made by rae  How adorable are the baby tights? The best part is that you can sew them with either a serger or a regular sewing machine using stretchy knit jersey or old t-shirts. You’ll also need some 3/4: wide elastic. Toy Giraffe Softie view.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte Image courtesy of the lovely allsorts blog If you are anything like me, your sewing room could use a little help.  who has time to get organized when there are so many wonderful things to create?  The truth is, an organized sewing room will actually make your life much easier and give.. read more →

by Handmade Charlotte Today’s project comes from DanaMadeIt.Com! Dana’s projects are not only beautiful but also very achievable. I was scouring her site and found this lovely “Burp Cloth Tutorial“. She has included the pattern and a very cool “Made” label. I got a chance to meet Dana at the Altitude Design Summit. She is.. read more →

13 Apr 2012
April 13, 2012

Quilted Memories


One of the stories shared on our CoatsandClark200years website was a beautiful poem titled “Quilted Memories. We asked the author Kelline Collet to share a little more about the poem with us and here is her story: ” I have been sewing since the age of three when I first learned to thread a needle… read more →

By HandMade Charlotte If you are a quilter looking to break free of the traditional mold of quilting, Denyse Schmidt’s latest book “modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration” is your ticket to freedom. Drawing her inspiration from quilts of the past, Schmidt pays homage to the rich tradition of quilting with 20 gorgeous reinterpretations of traditional quilt.. read more →

10 Apr 2012
April 10, 2012

Change your Zip Code Dress


Nancy Estep created this clever dress with two zip-on skirts using our Coats Fashion Zipper in Pink Camouflage. The zipper tape is printed with the “girly” camouflage so it becomes a trim as well as a functioning zipper.Nancy adapted Butterick pattern #5520 view A. Any pattern with a waistline seam could be used. Below Nancy.. read more →

By Handmade Charlotte Little Pincushion Studio began as a dream Annabel Wrigley had to offer sewing classes to children, teaching them creative use of color, fabric and design. In 2010, she and her husband converted their garage in Warrenton, Virginia into the perfect sewing room to purse her dream, a totally adorable space with plenty.. read more →

Project: Easter Pack Basket TutorialBy Handmade CharlotteEaster is just around the corner, but there’s still time to make the little one in your life a wonderful basket to collect their Easter treats. Inspired by the classic Nantucket-style pack basket with a lovely grass motif, your child will enjoy collecting Easter eggs using the pack as.. read more →

The well loved design and style blog Handmade Charlotte has teamed up with Coats and Clark to bring you fresh ideas and original projects. She writes weekly for Babble, Momtastic, Dotcoms For Moms, and Evos. 2011 was a very exciting year for author/designer Rachel Faucett. Rachel designed a mini collection for Anthropologie and collaborated with.. read more →

Hi Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets blog followers! I’m Ellen March, Editor-in-Chief of Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew it All magazines. I’m also the host of Sew it All TV on PBS. Throughout 2012, you’ll see a few blog posts from fellow editors in our sewing division here at Creative Crafts Group. I.. read more →

26 Mar 2012
March 26, 2012

Trade Card Winner


The winner of a set of our newly issued Advertising Trade Cards is Carol in E TN. Watch for another give-away this week! read more →

In the late 1800’s both the Clark and Coats families had factories in the United States and selling agents representing their threads. One popular form of advertising of the day were trade cards.Advertising trade cards promoted the new thread.The original cards were issued in the late 1800’s and featured children, flowers, and other popular art.. read more →

People who sew are just “sew” special!! We look forward every year to attending the Sewing Expo in Puyallup Washington. The show is held at the Western Washington fairgrounds and the buildings are a little spread out so.. Enter the people movers!! These handsome tractors “haul” the attendees from one building to the next which.. read more →

By Lucy A. Fazely Welcome to Coats & Clark 200th Anniversary Quilt Along.Coats & Clark asked me to design an quilt to celebrate their two centuries of providing quality threads to sewers, crafters and quilters. What pattern could be more appropriate than the spool block? Celebrate with Coats & Clark by making this quilt and.. read more →

Are you into machine embroidery? Whether you have a computerized machine that produces embroidery from digitized designs or you are creating your own free-motion embroideries, when you choose threads for your designs, you will find rayon and polyester embroidery threads. Which one should you use? There are projects when rayon is the best choice and.. read more →

10 Feb 2012
February 10, 2012

Colors, Colors and more Colors!

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When you have over 300 colors, do you really need more? Yes! Color trends shift over time, so periodically we review our color range to make sure we have the latest colors! The sad part is-some colors have to be retired to make room for the new colors. There are only so many spaces in.. read more →

Coats & Clark is celebrating its 200th Anniversary this year! In 1812, Patrick Clark built the first mill for making cotton thread in Paisley, Scotland and the rest, as they say is history!! Read all about it in our on-line history museum: We launched our celebration at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Trade.. read more →

Amy Barickman has created a design challenge,Vintage Inspired/Modern Style , that combines the history of Coats & Clark as we are celebrating our 200th year and Singer as they are celebrating 160 years and a tribute to Mary Brooks Picken who was the American authority on fashion and sewing in the early 1900’s and wrote.. read more →

05 Jan 2012
January 5, 2012

Sewing on Fleece


Fleece can be used in so many ways. It is a favorite for no-sew projects because it doesn’t ravel, but it is also simple to use for sewing projects. Our Snowflake Fleece pillow takes advantage of the no-ravel quality. The front and back is sandwiched wrong sides together and the cut edges form the flange.. read more →

02 Dec 2011
December 2, 2011

Sewing Christmas Stockings

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Families have different traditions when it comes to Christmas stockings. Some families have matching stockings, in some families each person has their own individual design. Some people have used the same stocking since they were a baby and others change stockings to match their decorating theme each year. Here are five stocking patterns, just in.. read more →

08 Sep 2011
September 8, 2011

We are Sewing – Along!

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Are you “Sewing Along” with Gretchen and Peter on They are doing a fantastic job leading us step by step sewing the skirt and dress. In fact they are doing such a good job leading our Coats & Clark/Free Spirit Sewing Month Sew-Along, that I’ve decide to just “Sew Along” with all of you… read more →

16 Aug 2011
August 16, 2011

Sewing Month Sew Along


We are celebrating National Sewing Month with a month-long sew along. Learn new sewing techniques and have some creative fun during the FreeSpirit Fabric and Coats & Clark® Sew Along celebrating September’s National Sewing Month. The sew-along will be hosted by BurdaStyle. Designer Tula Pink will share a multitude of ways to rev up the.. read more →

22 Jul 2011
July 22, 2011

Sewing in a Straight Line


Have you ever thought about how much of sewing consists of stitching in a straight line? It’s true and Brett Bara has put together a book of 26 projects that can be created by simply sewing straight line. Sewing in a Straight Line is a collection of 26 projects for home decor, gifts, quilts, clothing.. read more →

16 Mar 2011
March 16, 2011

Pro-Am Sewing Exhibition


Coats & Clark sponsored a Pro-Am Sewing Exhibition at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington. We wanted to plan an event that would promote sewing, showcase the talents of the fantastic instructors and people from the sewing industry who are at the expo each year and that would be entertaining. After much brainstorming.. read more →

> We had the privilege of sponsoring a charity event at the recent Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup (it’s near Tacoma!) Washington last week. Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital was the benefactor and received the proceeds from ticket sales to our Pro-Am Sewing Exhibition. But all expo attendees had the opportunity to get involved by.. read more →

We are excited about the Pro-Am Sewing event we are sponsoring this year at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. The Expo is March 3-6, the Pro-Am event is Sunday, March 6. The concept is that teachers and authors from the sewing industry (aka Sewing Stars) have been paired with a sewing rookie… read more →

26 Jan 2011
January 26, 2011

Coats & Clark on Facebook

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Join Coats & Clark’s on Facebook! This Facebook page brings together those who love to sew and quilt using threads from Coats & Clark. We will be sharing sewing how-to’s and tips, news from the sewing & quilting world and things that we think you may find interesting related to sewing, quilting, thread and Coats.. read more →

01 Dec 2010
December 1, 2010

BurdaStyle Giveaway

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If you love to sew and love free stuff, check out BurdaStyle’s Giveaway. All through December they will be giving away great prizes including sewing machines, patterns, books, fabric and THREAD! Some lucky sewer will win a 50 spool assorment of our Dual Duty XP General purpose thread and an 24 spool assortment of beautiful.. read more →

Quilt Market and Festival is held annually in Houton Texas. Last week over 50,000 quilters attended the Festival which is open to the public. Market is held prior to Festival and that is where companies show their new products for the coming year. There was so much beautiful fabric, millions of yards of thread and.. read more →

Red Wool Needlecase Women who sew share a special kinship when it comes to the cause of Breast Cancer Awareness and searching for a cure. Through sewing, we are able to make a sister a little more comfortable and to let her know we care. I’d like to share with you a very special gift.. read more →

Everyone had fun viewing and voting at the Show Your Support Bra Challenge held at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI.All of the entries were exhibited with a number and attendees cast their votes by placing a dollar in the corresponding box. Stuffing the ballet box was definitely encouraged because all of the votes.. read more →

13 Sep 2010
September 13, 2010

Wisconsin Quilt Best of show

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Quilt Story:I fell in love with Susan Garman’s pattern “The Lily Rosenberry Quilt.” Thequilt is hand appliquéd and I used Karen Buckley’s circle makers for themore than 1,000 berries. I fussy cut the vases. I added the red scallopedborder for a bit of drama. It is machine quilted on my Bernina 170. read more →

View Entries and Vote Vote for your favorite entry in the “Show your Support Bra Challenge!” The entries range from hilarious (including the titles!) to sophisticated. Everyone gets one vote, so view them all before selecting your favorite. There will be an exhibit of all entries American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan, September 24-26. The.. read more →

23 Aug 2010
August 23, 2010

Show your Support Challenge

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Join the American Sewing Expo and Coats & Clark for the Show Your Support Bra Challenge. Pick up a new bra and use your creativity and sewing skills to embellish it. Make it fun, serious or pick a theme! All entries will be accepted with a $5 donation to Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Fabulous.. read more →

11 Aug 2010
August 11, 2010

Confused by Thread sizes?


Thread sizes can be almost as confusing as dress sizes! Part of the confusion comes because there are different sizing systems used. For most of our threads, rather than put a numerical weight or size on the label, we use a descriptive term such as Machine Quilting, Upholstery, Fine, All-purpose or Heavy. We would like.. read more →

11 Jun 2010
June 11, 2010

A Remake of a Classic!

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We knew all along that quilter’s were using our Dual Duty Plus–the cotton-wrapped polyester thread–for quilting and, in particular, piecing. We also knew quilters prefer 100% cotton. When we introduced new Dual Duty XP, a 100% polyester thread, we didn’t forget the quilters. We increased the color range and amount of 100% cotton threads in.. read more →

21 May 2010
May 21, 2010

Zippers everywhere!


If you have been in the stores lately or looked in any fashion magazine, you have seen zippers being used in everyway, shape and form! Zippers are certainly not just for zipping anymore! Zipper rosettes can be used to embellish just about any accessory– a head band, shoes, purse or add a pinback and use.. read more →

This time of year we often get questions about what type of thread to use for sewing or repairing outdoor items like deck chairs and cushions for benches and chairs. The constant exposure to the sun, chlorine and the elements are very demanding on fabrics and threads. Coats Outdoor thread is a bonded polyester, designed.. read more →

01 Apr 2010
April 1, 2010

How Do We Make Thread?


Coat & Clark has been making thread for almost 200 years! Much has changed and much has stayed the same since that first cotton thread was spun in Paisley, Scotland! The editors of American Patchwork and Quilting came to us and asked us to show them the process of threadmaking and they were amazed at.. read more →

Have you tried sewing with laminated fabrics? These fabrics are perfect for projects that may get wet or need to be water-repellent. The fabric is 100% Cotton with a soft protective finish laminated to the face of the fabric making clean up easy. It’s perfect for raincoats, totes, tablecloths and placemats. Today’s patterns are fresh.. read more →

Thanks to the 118 creative people who entered our Pink & Red On-line Challenge. The winners have been selected by popular vote and you can now view them on The variety of garments entered ranged from formals, p.j.’s, historically inspired gowns, and wearable art to a doggie jacket , undies and childrens’ clothing. The.. read more →

12 Feb 2010
February 12, 2010

Last Minute Valentine

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Need a last minute valentine? Create these cards using scraps, red and pink Dual Duty XP thread, the decorative stitch patterns and the alphabet letters built into your sewing machine. These can be mailed as a postcard. At this late date, however, you will need to hand deliver them to your Valentine! Click here for.. read more →

09 Feb 2010
February 9, 2010

Vote Now!!!

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Voting is now open for the Pink-Red online challenge! Voting will be open through midnight February 16. We had so many fantastic entries that the slide show of the garments had to be divided into 2 parts. Be sure to go through Part 1 and Part 2 and vote for your favorites. To vote, go.. read more →

05 Feb 2010
February 5, 2010

Voting for Pink Red Challenge

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Voting will begin Monday, February 8. We have almost 100 entries!! We will post the link here on Monday to take you to the slideshow on Burdastyle, or you may go directly to Remember, in order to vote, you must be a member of Burdastyle. Membership is free and simple to do. Burdastyle is.. read more →

22 Jan 2010
January 22, 2010

Pink & Red Challenge Prizes

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Are you planning to enter the Pink & Red On-line challenge? Would these prizes for the top vote getter entice you to enter? You have one week left to send your image to or upload it directly to details are in our last post. One question that we have gotten is can the.. read more →

08 Jan 2010
January 8, 2010

Pink & Red On-line Challenge

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Coats & Clark is sponsoring a Pink & Red Fashion event to benefit the American Heart Association and The American Cancer Society at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA, February 28. Heart disease and breast cancer are the two biggest silent killers of women and we would like to raise awareness and support.. read more →

04 Dec 2009
December 4, 2009

Pink & Red Fashion Show!


The Sewing & Stitchery Expo held February 25-28 in Puyallup, WA is the largest consumer sewing show in the country. Last year, for the first time the show held a Charity Fashion Show at 8:30 AM on Sunday morning. Organizers were worried that people would not come to the early morning Go RED Fashion show… read more →

30 Oct 2009
October 30, 2009

Purple Re-Purpose

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Two big trends in one!! Purple has been proclaimed “the ” color for fall (dare I say ‘the new black’?). Re-purposing garments and fabrics into something new is a “green” trend. At the Sewing Expo in Novi, MI, Barb was one of the great volunteers who worked in the Reconstruction Zone. All of the volunteers.. read more →

19 Oct 2009
October 19, 2009

Seen at Quilt Market

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This was the 30th anniversary of Quilt Market in Houston, TX. The market is a trade event where shop owners come to purchase fabric, thread, patterns, books and more (lots more!) for their stores. It is also a chance for them to see the newest products and latest trends. Quilt Market is one trade show.. read more →

30 Sep 2009
September 30, 2009

Re-contruction Zone


I’ve just returned from the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan. Do you get motivated to sew when you go to quilt shows or sewing shows? I do! I see so many ideas I want to try when I get home. Coats & Clark joined with Janome sewing machines and Threadbangers to man the re-construction.. read more →

03 Sep 2009
September 3, 2009

Win 50 spools of thread!


Do you love thread? Which do you have more of –thread or shoes? Our friends at C & T Publishing want to add to your collection (of thread that is!). They are giving away 12 of our gift boxed 50 spool collections of new Dual Duty XP on their blog, CTpubblog, during the month of.. read more →

02 Sep 2009
September 2, 2009


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14 Aug 2009
August 14, 2009

The Invisible Zipper Foot


I sometimes get a call from someone who is trying to put an invisible zipper foot on their sewing machine and for the life of them, can’t figure it out. A picture is worth a thousand words so…… Let’s take it one step at a time! When you purchase Coats Invisible Zipper Foot, it has.. read more →

04 Aug 2009
August 4, 2009

Zippers Exposed!


Simplicity 2568 Have you noticed how often exposed zippers are showing up these days? Zippers are being installed with their teeth exposed in pockets, jackets, bags, sportswear–you name it. A pocket with an exposed zipper on a jacket or bag is something you see frequently in ready-to-wear, but we often shy away from it when.. read more →

Anytime you make a change there are questions, and one that we’ve been getting recently through the website, phone, and letters–plus we’ve even seen it pop up on a few blogs– is “Why did Coats & Clark change it’s color numbers?” Followed by, “Is there a conversion chart?” Yes, there is a color conversion guide.. read more →

04 Jun 2009
June 4, 2009

Zippity Purse Makeover


The great thing about sewing is the option to (as they say on American Idol) “make it your own ” with different fabrics and embellishments. In our Keep In the Loop June e-newsletter, we featured a Zippity Purse. It has the perfect arrangement of pockets for my “stuff”–maybe because I designed it– but I wanted.. read more →

28 May 2009
May 28, 2009

Decorating with Spools

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Recently my wife had a suggestion for a new way to use thread and I thought it was a great idea to share with you. Like many baby boomers we’ve decided to downsize and my wife was looking forward to decorating our new downsized home. This time she was going to have everything just the.. read more →

This handy fabric basket was featured in our May Keep In the Loop newsletter. It is a great beginner project. I love it because it is so versatile. You can make it any size and customize it for anyone. Try an animal print, or hot pink for a teen diva or bright colors for kids.Recently.. read more →

Welcome to Sewing Secrets! We will be sharing sewing how-to’s and tips, news from the sewing world and things that we think you may find interesting related to sewing, thread and Coats & Clark. Our Coats & Clark Sewing Team has almost 90 years (we really aren’t that old!) of experience in the sewing and.. read more →

Welcome to Sewing Secrets! We will be sharing sewing how-to’s and tips, news from the sewing world and things that we think you may find interesting related to sewing, thread and Coats & Clark. Our Coats & Clark Sewing Team has almost 90 years (we really aren’t that old!) of experience in the sewing and.. read more →