The Latest Thread – PDF Pattern & Design Challenge


It’s been a busy, busy week, which didn’t include sewing. But I want to announce the 10 PDF testers, share some new textile designs my latest design challenge and a cool tutorial I found. So here’s the latest weekly thread… PDF Pattern Testers, Textiles, & Design Challenge I’ve selected the following PDF pattern testers for the Sling Bag pattern!  Thank you all…

The Latest Thread – Textiles, Designs & Mood Board


This week I decided on a submission for the Bucketfeet/Spoonflower challenge, received my textile swatches, found a mood board, and started planning for next week’s home and customer design challenges… So here’s the latest weekly thread! Textiles, Designs and Shopping I made the deadline for the ocean theme design entry for Bucketfeet and Spoonflower!This time the sponsors will choose 100 semifinalist designs for voting on May 19th….

Clear Vinyl – 5 Things you Should Know : Sewing Tip


How to sew with clear vinyl so that your projects don’t come apart and can withstand frequent use. Here are 5 things you should know before you start your sewing project. Selecting vinyl for your project is important – here are a few examples of the vinyl thickness or gauge needed for your projects: 6 gauge –…

The Latest Thread – Design Challenge


This week my focus has been on the Spoonflower design challenge deadline. And need your VOTE! I gave 110%, but is an artist ever happy with the final design?  I ordered fabric swatches, painted new designs, bought myself a mother’s day gift and the grand baby reminded that I’m not as young as I used to be! So here’s the latest weekly thread… Textiles, Textiles and…

The Latest Thread – Textiles & Patterns


This week I’ve been frantically preparing my submission for a contest, started  a pattern slopper for a pajama shirt for the grand-baby, found more great finds on the web, did a little fabric shopping and was selected to submit a Guest Post to one of my favorite blogs. So here’s the latest weekly thread! Textiles, Pattern and Shopping for Textiles I’ve been trying to create a textile…

The Latest Thread – Textiles


This week has been whirlwind of cool craft finds on the web, great craft buy’s, happy clients, getting spotted on Spoonflower, a blogger award, new fabric prints, new friends, a tutorials got a featured spot, and more cool plans!  All of this normally  doesn’t happen in a week, but I thought It would be a chance to start sharing the latest thread with you!…

Dubai Fabric Haul


Just picture me doing my happy dance when my friend returned from her trip to Dubai and my fabric haul! Luckily she loves to shop and found some pretty unique textiles for me. Here’s a look at some of her pretty cool picks. This cotton textile is my absolute favorite!  I love the roses on the blue and white background.  I…

Shop Small Business – Saturday


After Black Friday comes Shop Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, but I love great discounts all the time. To show my appreciation to you, please use this 15% off voucher for your next purchase at LaCartera on Etsy!  Enter the voucher code: LCARTS11 to receive the discount.            Expires: February 28th, 2016. Share the news…

Tips for Sewing Leather


The love hate relationship I have with sewing leather has forced me to seek help to improve this relationship. My problems were solved with a simple can of WD-40 and a leather sewing needle.  That’s right WD-40, or you can use sewing machine oil. I read through many tips and watched YouTube videos that suggested buying a roller foot, or walking…

When do you use spray adhesive?


Do you use spray adhesive when fusible interfacing is just not in the budget?  Or, the quilt batting is driving you insane when it shifts around? I found Dritz Spray Adhesive at JoAnn Fabric store, and Amazon for $12-$15 (USD) .  It is a bit pricey, but I never buy it unless I have a store coupon.  I use this spray as a temporary adhesive spray on nonfusible interfacing, stabilizers…

What’s Your Passion?


Feature Post of Carolyn and La Cartera! Carolyn found her passion in antiques and collectibles. She adores her milk glass finds at estate sales, auctions and flea markets. Not wanting to be just another collector, she decided to sell her great finds at Bell Treasures. After a year of selling her goods in the basement level…