Rubyjam Fabric Blog

Printing on fabric using Freezer Paper

Using Freezer Paper to stabilise fabric, you can print directly on it with a basic inkjet printer. In this video you can watch as Tamara demonstrates the entire process, creating fun designs to applique on to cute toy storage bags to keep her kids organised. Buy here: Reynolds Freezer Paper - 2M sheetReynolds Freezer Paper - Large 15.2M roll - 50 Sq FeetReynolds Freezer Paper - Large 15.2M roll - 75 Sq Feet

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A-Z of Sewing

Every hobby has its own language, but sewing, with such a long and complex history, is blessed with an especially large and varied vocabulary. While this can be overwhelming for those just starting out, even experienced seamstresses can find themselves confused by some of the terms. With that in mind, we have put together a guide to help explain some of the terminology you're likely to encounter when sewing, reading a pattern, or shopping for supplies. Anchoring StitchesMachine stitches that are sewn with zero stitch length, to keep them from pulling out. This term can also be used to refer...

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Top 3 Sewing Mistakes, And How To Avoid Them

Everyone was a beginner at one stage, and while asking for help online or in a sewing store can be intimidating, learning how to correct your mistakes before they become habit is incredibly worthwhile.  We've come up with the top three mistakes we made when starting on our sewing journey and how we learned to overcome them. #1 - Making the wrong size "Oh no, I'm not THAT size!" I would say to myself after taking my measurements and looking them up on the pattern chart.  I would decide that I know best and make the size I was used to...

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Make Your Own - Play Dough

I have a confession to make - I am not a fan of play dough.  Every time my kids are gifted some (because I refuse to buy it) it ends up in the bin within days.  It goes hard and dry incredibly fast, the colours are garish and gross, and it has an odd chemical smell that really puts me off. Picking up my boys from pre school one day, I saw them happily playing with dough that they had made that day, and it was a total revelation - soft, smooth, stretchy and smelled lovely!  The day care educators...

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Make Your Own - Laundry Cubes

Each month, we'll share a great recipe or pattern for something awesome. This month, we're making our own Laundry Cubes. Safety first - soda ash can irritate sensitive skin. Wear gloves or avoid direct contact. Laundry Cubes Ingredients:1 bar pure Castile soap2.5 cups washing soda (aka Soda Ash or Laundry Soda, you can find it in the cleaning aisle of most supermarkets)1 cup distilled white vinegar2 ice cube trays or similar mouldsGrater Optional: 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oils but only if you use unscented Castile soap. Method:Grate the bar of soap using the finer side of your grater.In a...

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