How to Choose the Right Fabric for Your Sewing Project

Sewing is one of the more popular hobbies today; Grandmas Craft Guides outlines how to choose the right fabric.  Here are some tips and tricks to get you on the path to choosing the correct fabric for any sewing project. Read Your Pattern If you will be sewing from a pattern, read the back of [...]


Wearing Plastic

Heather Caliendo, from Plastics Today, is reporting what could be a revolutionary breakthrough; a clothing company,ReThink Fabrics, wants to manufacture t-shirts and apparel produced with recycled PET bottles.  “The company’s signature line of t-shirts is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester RPET fabric.  With advancing technology in plastics the next natural step would be to [...]


Turn Pots into Colorful Planters

After buying small terra-cotta pots with plants in them the question remains what to do with the extra pots?  Dena Fishbein from the Daily Herald has a clever repurposing project, which includes a terra cotta pot, extra scrap fabric, scissors, pinking shears, a pencil, Mod Podge, and a brush.  The instructions are as follows: Make [...]


New Fabric Generates Electricity from your Body Heat

Video Courtesy of forbes.com Jennifer Hicks from Forbes presents an intriguing innovation from scientists and a graduate student, Core Hewitt from Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.  They have made a fabric that can turn body heat into an electrical current.  This new material is called power felt, which consists of multi-layered carbon nanotube/polymer [...]


Bendy Battery Gives Smart Fabrics a Charge

In the February issue of New Scientist Paul Marks reports about the ability to weave a flexible battery into fabricsthatcould provide electricity for gadgets in your clothing.  Batteries have been connected to T-shirts, but have not been built into the fabric of a garment.  “Maksim Skorobogatiy and colleagues at the Polytechnic School of Montreal in [...]


Eco-friendly Textiles

Fiber2fashion has recently found Eco-friendly textiles from banana & pineapple fibers as a substitute.  Agricultural waste from banana and pineapple, which are found in abundance in Philippines, can be used as an alternative material for production of “home textiles, apparels, non-woven and industrial fabrics and upholsteries.”  Philippine Textile Research Institute presented these findings; the purpose [...]


Print Your Own Fabric Tutorial

If you are tired of the aggravation of the prices and the constant visits to the fabric store, then make sure to read “How-To: Print on Fabric with an Inkjet Printer” by Andrew Lewis.  This article is an informative overview of the materials and directions about how to properly print your own fabric by only [...]


Article Review by “Milk duds” by Insung Cho

“Milk duds,” by Insung Cho, is an eye-opening article about the benefits and revolutionary creation of milk cloth in everyday clothing; specifically T-shirts, pants, camisoles and eye masks. Although, the use of milk cloth seems brand new, this process has been around since World War I. This procedure includes drying liquid milk, extracting and separating [...]


Back to Basics – Camouflage, Denim, Flannel & Sherpa Fabrics

1. CAMOUFLAGE: Camouflage fabric is a major factor in the fashion industry for children, women and men’s apparel and accessories. Whether you are looking for hunting camouflage fabric, army digital camouflage fabrics or just a nice camo print, camouflage is becoming increasingly popular. What started as a simple idea of clothing someone in a fabric [...]


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