Spring break shorts for boys!

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Great oliver +s shorts! Just in time for spring break! These oliver + s sketchbook shorts are the easiest and best-looking shorts pattern ever to make for the boys in your life! Aside from PJ bottoms, I have a hard time finding cool things to make for my son. He is 10 and is very […]

Join our Stash Party!

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Unleash the power of your hidden fabric stash! Only 26 days until you can swap, sell or donate at Bolt & Spool’s Stash Party! Thank you to everyone who has responded thus far to our call to clean out your fabric stash to help others. We have been overwhelmed with the response! You just won’t […]

Inspired Advent: Day 23

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We’re done sewing and crafting and decorating and shopping and cookie baking. Now comes the good stuff: relaxing with family and friends! This is the perfect time to enjoy our favorite haunts and, at the same time, show off our culinary treasures to out of town guests! Can there be a better venue than a fabulous coffee shop […]

Inspired Advent: Day 21

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OMG! People are coming for Christmas Eve and there is candle wax on the table cloth! Panic? Yes, at first. Then head down to Bolt & Spool for this one-hour project that will be the shining star of your table – aside from your glazed ham, of course. Two of our yummiest offerings at Bolt & Spool […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 18

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This time of year is full of celebration, getting together with family and friends — eating, drinking, and just generally being merry.  And of course you have something lovely to wear, but your date is wearing the same tie he wears to every event, and it has a wine stain or something because it doubles […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 17

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Embroidered linen napkins are stunning, easy to make, fabulous to keep, generous to give and can be used all winter! These beautiful napkins are destined to become family heirlooms for sure. (Especially when paired with our double-faced satin riboon!)   Using our scarlet red linen from Merchant & Mills, cut squares 22″ in size.   […]

Welcome to Cleveland, Merchant & Mills!

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“In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets – when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta – there lived a tailor in Gloucester. He sat in the window of a little shop in Westgate Street, cross-legged on a table, from morning till dark. All day long […]

Our new monthly e-mail!

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We are super excited for you to get our e-mail tomorrow! Starting tomorrow, look for Bolt & Spool’s e-mail to arrive the first Thursday of every month. We have so much going on, that I haven’t made the time to always tell you about it! And, that’s going to change. Not only will you receive […]

Electric Sequined Laurel

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A few weeks ago we met with our fabric rep, Diana,  and ordered some fantastic new fabric. I mentioned that Nan and I fell in love with this brown corded sequins net, mostly because the swatch was layered over a brilliant blue and the combination was so stunning. Check it out: I layered the sequins […]

Furry Circle Scarf

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It’s cold in Cleveland. Need something to keep you busy indoors? How about a faux-furry circle scarf! Honestly, this probably won’t help, because it took me a half hour to make. But it’ll be great when I have to go outside into cold, cold Cleveland! It also makes a great belated gift! To make one […]

New Fabric!

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We’ve got new fabric! Nan and I met with a fabric rep from Michael Miller a couple weeks ago, and the first shipment just came in yesterday! You can view all of our new fabrics in our online store (or in the shop) but here are some of my favorites: Counterclockwise from the top are […]

Deer & Doe : Chardon Skirt

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Inspired by the translucency of the petticoat I made for my friend’s skirt, and how beautifully the light came through the skirt that draped so elegantly over it, I made a new skirt for the petticoat. This is the Deer & Doe Chardon Skirt, which we sell in-store only. It’s a simple pleated skirt with […]

Handmade Gift : Belts

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Need a quick gift idea? If you can sew a straight(ish) line, you can make these belts! Here’s how: Select a ribbon that you love, preferably one that’s not wider than your belt loops, and pair it with a coordinating fabric. One with nap is preferable, so a corduroy or velvet are ideal. The nap […]

How to Look Good with a Date

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Or, how to look cheesy with a date? Nah. A couple weeks ago I went to my friend’s wedding, and I made a Deer & Doe Sureau dress out of a Liberty print (which I still need to blog about!). And I thought it would be hilarious to make my boyfriend a matching necktie, “so […]

Trend Watch…Flirty, Flowy Skirts!

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Last week’s “Thursday Styles” section of the New York Times featured long, flowy skirts as a trend to watch in coming seasons. This is great news for sewers because they’re super easy to make! A couple of yards of awesome fabric and a good pattern is all you need. Fortunately Bolt & Spool is here […]

Datura Blouse to Dress : A Tutorial

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Remember when I said I would make another dress from the Deer & Doe Datura Blouse? Well I did that, almost immediately after I committed myself to it. Unfortunately, making something and blogging about it are two completely different kettles of fish. Why can’t projects just blog about themselves? Anyway, we’re still out of stock […]

Debbie Dyes Dotted Swiss

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Inspired by this beautiful Spring weather and all of the colorful flowers, I spent yesterday afternoon using some old dead ones to dye fabric! I’ve been saving two jars of marigold petals since last fall, and I figured it was about time to stop cluttering up the cabinets with my jars of dead things (flowers). […]

Bags, Bags, Bags!

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Thursday night we had our first official class ever here at Bolt & Spool! We all had so much fun, and we’re excited for our future classes! Our wonderful neighbor over at Juma Gallery, esteemed bag and accessory designer Kelly O’Toole taught a class on the Kelly Tote, a bag she created specifically for us! […]

Winter

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I don’t know how everyone feels about winter, but I think this year is the first year that I’ve really, really enjoyed it. I can finally appreciate the beauty of the snow on  trees and buildings, the brilliant white against the deeply contrasting shadows, the anticipation of warmth. And I don’t have to trudge through […]