Basic Sewing Supply List

(*) I can provide these items for you in class, check notions page or email for informtion

1. Basic sewing kit – pins, needles, thread, scissors, seam ripper, seam gauge, thimble, other.

2. extra machine needles

3. sewing thread to match fabrics

4. fabric scissors

5. paper scissors

6. glue stick

7. (*) template material – clear, no grid, able to easily see thru

8. sharp pencils and eraser

9.note/sketch paper

10. graph paper

11. paper and pencil

12. ball point pen

13. fine line sharp pen

14. (*)white marking pencil

15. small trash bag & masking tape

16. regular size rotary cutter (with sharp blade), mat and ruler

17. small size rotary cutter (with sharp blade), mat and ruler if you have one.

18. Scotch tape

19. Masking tape

20. (*)60° Triangle Ruler – I can order these for you ahead of time

21. Small quilt squares and ruler if you have them

22. 24″ quilt ruler

23. Camera with plenty of film

24. Portable light for better site.

25. (*)Twin Needles 2.0, if you have bring a (*)3.0 bring as well. 18″x18″ black prequilted fabric, 3 spools of different color rayon or metallic threads.

26. Solvy Fabric : One package of Sulky Super Solvy, selection of scrap fabrics that look good together, Designer Threads

27. Multi Colored Bias:

5 different fabrics that go together and 1 black.

Cut 5 – 1 ¼” x 18″ strips of black fabric

Cut – 2″ x 18″ strips of fabric – each of the other five fabrics.

28. DESIGN BOARDS. 2 – 18 x 18 pieces of black felt. **Small bulletin board (18 x24) and table easel if you have one. If you don’t have easel, we will tape or pin felt to the wall.

29. Design wall – 1- 45″ x 45″ neutral felt, flannel, or flannel backed vinyl table cloth

30. Optional but very handy: Three/ring binder along with pages of clear sheet protectors. Check each workshop to determine number of pages needed. If the workshop has 50 single pages you will need 25 sheet protectors. This will help keep in order the packet of information you will receive at the class.

31. Optional sewing machine in good working order. Ext. cord – most of the day will be spent designing, you could share with a friend.

32. Sewing machine (can be just straight stitch), extension cord, power strip

33. Sewing machine (zig-zag a must), extension cord, power strip

34. Extra filled machine bobbins.

35. Sweatshirts for jackets: I always purchased a Mans 2X sweatshirt and I wear a size 12.This is because the sweatshirts are taken apart, fitted and sewn back together. Do not cut apart before class, it will all make sense when you see the demo.

36. Pattern Ease or Trace:Bring either white pattern paper or pattern tracing fabric. If you let me know ahead of time I can have this for in class The prices are 225 feet of Paper – $8.00 and White pattern tracing material 45″ wide $1.75 a yd.

37. Fabric SelectionPre wash and Iron all Fabrics ahead of time. Do Not Cut Out Fabrics Ahead of Time unless instructed otherwise. Your blocks will be only as dynamic and interesting as the fabrics you choose. Began with one really great print that can be “Fussy Cut”, let this fabric be your starting point. Choose other fabrics to coordinate with this one great print and that have bright clear colors. I suggest using tone on tone instead of solids and avoid those that tend to be “Muddy”. Bring more fabrics than the pattern suggest because you want to play with the fabrics.

38. Fabric Club Swatches – If you belong to a fabric club that sends out squares this is a great way to use them. I’ve used these on many of my pieces where I wanted to use 100s of fabrics. The big key is that they are exactly square.

39. Background Fabric – Every block has a background fabric; in making great blocks, and the overall design results of your stars, this fabric is very important. You should choose one that will give you sharp contrast with the rest of your fabrics. Choose tone on tone speaking fabrics for your background, do not choose busy small prints.

40. Fabric for Fussy Cutting – This type of fabic has large motifs (flowers, geometric design, paisley). When we Fussy Cut we select a design in the fabric and repeatedly cut out that same design (ie: flower) so that it’s repeated in the block or can form a kaleidoscope. If possible please bring more than one “Fussy Cut” type fabric, you’ll be glad you did. (Amount of fabric is determined by number of repeats. You will need six repeats for kaleidoscope class. For Shimmering Stars, Do You See and other Star blocks 4-8 repeats of a motif. For Fussy Cutting Workshops – try to bring a good small stripe and at least one fabric that reads as a directional. Pictures of sample fabrics below

41. Fabric Type ideas for Wearables:

*Ethnic fabrics, panels and trims, Molas, Hamong Handwork, Batik panels

*Decorator Fabrics, Animal prints and coordinates, A collection of neutral tones

*Bali Cotton Prints coordinated with Batik panels

*Silks that have a lot of body. I love working with Dupioni, it handles so well, raw silks

*A collection of lightweight suitings coordinated with Tapestry with ethnic or animal designs

*A collection of fabrics for a Holiday Jacket, here again tapestries with velveteens, satins, silks, wool etc.

*Hand dyed Cottons such as Suede Cottons from Cherrywood

*A country look using Debbie Mumm type fabrics for a Holiday Jacket. My Christmas jacket was made using using her Santa Sampler Wallhanging pattern. You could use a pattern with angels, snowmen, gardening theme, whatever is your favorite.


Bring with yourself an enthusiastic spirit; a desire to learn

something thing new and have a good time with friends.

If you have any questions about workshops, please don’t hesitate to call or email ahead of time. Please mention the workshop you’re taking and your guild name.