Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bag Interfacing & there a difference?

When I first started making bags, I exclusively used Pellon Interfacing products and Coats & Clark threads...mainly because that is about it as far as selection at my local craft/fabric stores. PLUS if I had a coupon (You ALL know "those" coupons if you are in the US), it was even better.
For years, I used Pellon's Craft or Deco Fuse and Fusible Thermolam for interfacing and Coats & Clark thread to sew-- grabbing them up with "those" coupons and advertised 50% off thread sales.  I always thought that these were my only options....until running across some products at Quilt Market a few years back.  Now you may be wondering..."Is there a difference? Aren't the other options just about the same?"
I am here to tell you guys, there are other options and they will make a huge difference.... please know that these are my opinions from my experience and I'm not being paid or sponsored by any of these companies, so this is just me honestly sharing with you my thoughts.
Let's start with thread...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fabric Store closing story...

So yes, HYPERNOODLE FABRICS is closing down.  It has been a glorious 7 years of fast paced, amazing, challenging fun…along with quite a bit of blood, sweat and tears.  I have gotten a ton of messages about why I am closing the fabric shop down.  The quick version to it is that My Hypernoodle needs to be fed…lol… 
If you’d like to know the more detailed story, here it is…
Ironically, when I actually started the fabric side of Hypernoodle, it was kind of an afterthought.

Monday, March 24, 2014

It is time... Hypernoodle Fabrics is closing

It is both with a heavy and a happy heart that I type this post…
After countless months of heavy soul searching, The Hypernoodle Fabrics website will be closing its doors in April 2014. 

You all have been the BEST, most amazing and loyal Hypernoodle Fabrics customers ever! 
I have made so many “fabric friends” over the last 7 years through the fabric shop & I so very much appreciate all of you sticking with me and Hypernoodle Fabrics.  It has been a fabulous journey! 
So many of you have been wondering why there hasn’t been anything in the “COMING SOON” section on the fabric website and why fabrics are not being restocked.  I’ve made the decision that my creative zazzle needs to be addressed in new endeavors and with that, the fabric store side of HYPERNOODLE must come to an end….a more detailed post on the closing will be coming soon…
Please know that HYPERNOODLE as a whole is not going away though!  Hypernoodle will continue on as what it originally started as 

“Projects, ideas and Handmade for the Overactive Mind”

… PLUS…finally, after all these years, I am delving into what everyone has been asking for since Hypernoodle began…tutorials and patterns!  I've also got some other VERY exciting things in the works, I don't want to say too much now, but I am so pumped!  Even though the fabric shop journey is coming to an end, I am super-duper excited to start this new journey and I hope that you all will continue on it with me!

Now the GOOD news!  The remaining fabric stock I have must go!  Starting today, you can use the coupon code “BYE30” on the website for 30% off your order of any size.  But, the more you buy, the more you save---If you put $200.00 or more in your cart, you can get 40% off with coupon code “BYE40”.  Everything must go and the website will stay up for a limited time with these deals.  Once the website goes down, any remaining stock will go into the Etsy Fabric shop until sold without the coupons.  There is not much left fabric-wise so act now to pile your stash at amazing going out of business prices!  Make sure to head over to the website and use the coupon codes to get the best selections and grab your savings before they are gone!

A more detailed post on the fabric store closing is coming soon…plus, I’m not leaving you high and dry…Since Hypernoodle Fabrics will be no more, I’ll be referring you to a FABULOUS online fabric store where you can get your fabric fix to feed your “Hypernoodle” going forward!

Love ya'll!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

*Tutorial* Make your own Oilcloth Washi Tape Fabric

 I'm fascinated by Washi Tape...
All the fantastic designs and colors really speak to my creative mind.
It's so much fun and so easy to use, that I have "Mod-Podged" it onto a variety of paper items to add some design and color.
Then, my "Hypernoodle" got to thinking how cool it would be to have a fabric version of these wonderful little tapes!  If you're familiar with washi tape, you know that the feel of it is not very "tape-like" (in the traditional tape kind of way)  As I was unrolling it, I noticed that to me, it is kind of, sort of "fabric-y".
Awhile back, I discovered a crafting medium from Martha Stewart called "Fabric to Fabric Durable Oilcloth Finish".  This genius medium is much like Mod Podge, but is specially formulated to create an Oilcloth finish when applied to fabric.  So I made some Washi-Tape fabric and you can too with this easy tutorial!

Items needed:
-Martha Stewart Fabric-to-Fabric Durable Oilcloth Finish Medium
(A number of places online sell this, but I found it at Michaels Craft Store)
-Your Washi Tape selections in the desired patterns
-Cotton background fabric (I used solid white, it provides a nice clean background)
-Craft Squeegee.  Martha Stewart offers a nice one (also purchased from Michaels)

 •Cut your cotton background fabric to your desired size.  Make sure you leave a little extra on the top, bottom and sides from the length and height of your washi tape pattern for the medium to run over.  I cut mine fabric to a 9x8" rectangle.  Cut your washi strips in your desired length.  I cut mine about 6.5" inches long.

•Apply your washi tape strips to your cotton fabric.  I did mine in nice even length-wide rows lining up each tape strip butted up even and close to the one below.  You can lay your rows from top to bottom or even in a criss-cross pattern!  Here's where your creativity can come through!

•When you're done applying the washi tape strips to your cotton fabric in your design, press them down again using the side of your thumb making sure all the tapes are adhered to your cotton fabric.

•Apply the Oilcloth medium right away~ 
(Don't do what I did and wait until the next day!  Some of your washi tape strips may loose some of their "stickiness" and won't stay adhered to your cotton fabric! See the pic!)  You may find that some brands of washi-tape may not adhere to your cotton as well as others anyway, even if you don't wait until the next day.  This is ok, you'll catch it when using the squeegee, but still try to apply the medium as soon as possible after you are done with your design.

•Using your squeegee, spread the medium over the fabric in nice even strokes following the manufacturer's instructions.  Pay special attention to the areas where your washi tape meets. Don't worry about thin "squeegee" lines on top of your fabric from the medium, they blend in when the medium dries. 
•The manufacturer's instructions say 2-3 coats total, but I found that 3-4 coats (letting each coat dry in-between for about 45 minutes) really helps the washi tape blend- into what looks like one piece. 

•When you're done applying your coats, let dry completely.  I left mine to dry overnight.  You'll then come back to a nice & dry, shiny, sleek, oilcloth finish!

•Almost done! Cut your excess cotton background fabric off~ If your outer edges will be exposed, make sure to treat them either with a thin coat of more of the Oilcloth Medium or with Fray check.
Now your Washi Tape fabric is ready to use!

I made this cute little pouch using my washi tape fabric!  
If you'd like to make one of these pouches with yours, simply cut out a rectangle, fold the bottom up to your desired pocket size and topstitch.  Then just fold the top flap down and apply a KAM snap! Cute and easy!

As with any oilcloth fabric, use a teflon foot on your sewing machine if you plan to sew it!
& please feel free to share any designs or projects you made with your washi tape fabric on my Facebook page! Hypernoodle Facebook

Have fun!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Giveaway time with Maureen Cracknell Handmade!

It's Giveaway time!  
There are few things better than bringing fabric happiness to people!  So, Hypernoodle's doin' a huge Giveaway with (in my opinion) one of the best Quilty bloggers around, Maureen Cracknell from Maureen Cracknell Handmade !
How about these prizes?
That's right!  TWO prize bundles of lovely, brand new fabrics from Hypernoodle Fabrics!

1st Prize: Open to US Residents, 15 FULL yards of lovely Florals!
2nd Prize: Open to US and International Residents, 7 yards of Holiday prints in 1/2 yd cuts!


Enter now through Monday, February 10, 2014.  Make sure you follow my blog here (look over on the right side column!) before you head over to Maureen's blog~ following my blog is one of the methods of entry!  Want to know the other ways to gain additional entries?  You can enter up to FOUR times (that's 4 entries, you can triple your chances at winning if you do all 4!)
Click this link to Maureen's blog for details and get to entering!
Good luck, everyone!!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New fabric lovelies now in stock ♥

Got a couple of lovely fabric shipments that just came in!
New from Michael Miller: La Boutique in Girl, Space Station in Retro, Motorama in Gray and Sarah Jane's Wander Woods!
Here's some pics of them paired up!

Also got in these new colors of SMALL Chevrons from Riley Blake:
Yuuummmmm!  Drooling!
Head over to the fabric website & grab some up!
(click on the link in the top of the right side bar that says "Shop Hypernoodle Fabrics")

Happy Sewing!
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