May Sew Fun at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum

by Cathy Ellsaesser, posted on

Wow! Time sure flies when you’re sewing. Seems like it was just last week I traveled around to all of the Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum stores to check out April Sew Fun sessions. I can’t believe it’s time for the May Sew Fun sessions already. Here, I thought, I had another week to let you know a little of what’s in store for you at May Sew Fun. Oops! The sessions start this Tuesday at our Aurora store.

Here’s a little sneak peek on a couple of the projects our Sew Fun presenter will be showing you.

Sunflower Nesting Bowls

Start with a modified Dresden Plate; add heat activated moldable batting, and you have a clever bowl! Moldable batting adds wonderful texture to this project. This pattern includes 3 sizes so that you can create a nesting bowl set perfect for giving! Also includes a bonus Pincushion pattern.

These nesting fabric bowls can be used to store small items, or can be used just for display. What a great way to use up some of the scraps from your stash!

Don’t these little bowls put a smile on your face?

Nesting sunflower bowls and pincushion. Project to be shown at May Sew Fun

Moldable Batting

The sunflower bowls are made with heat moldable batting, and they are so much fun to make!  These little projects are made flat, then molded into their final shape.


Photo of package of heat modable batting from BosalBosal’s Moldable Batting is a revolutionary heat-activated batting that allows you to create unique, rigid, three-dimensional fabric designs. There is no need for water or messy chemical additives.  Ideal as a hidden stiffener to add stability and crispness to handbags, tote bags, placemats, and other craft projects.

Moldable batting can be easily cut with scissors or a rotary cutter and, prior to heating, can easily be sewn through using standard needles and thread. Due to the nonwoven nature of moldable batting it will not fray at the edges like woven stabilizers.  The batting is machine washable and dryable.

Moldable batting is non-toxic and is activated with only heat and pressure (a regular iron works best, a hair dryer will not produce enough heat).

Heat modable batting is very light and somewhat crushable, but the texture you can achieve is very interesting. I can think of many different quilt applications (especially in floral wall hangings) would be very unique if made with heat moldable batting.

Check out this video of molding the sunflower bowls with Bosal Moldable Batting.

Weighted Blankets

Photo of two quilts made from patterns in book. from book "Easy Weighted Blankets" for May Sew Fun

For kids with high energy levels or sensory processing issues, a weighted blanket can mean the difference between a poor night’s sleep and having your child soothed into a great night’s sleep. Many children and families have benefited from the use of a weighted blanket in their home.

Why Weighted Blankets?

According to an article on Forbes, the weight in a weighted blanket “causes the brain to release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine that improve moods and induce a calming effect.” The blanket works to use it’s weight to calm your child.

Children with excessively high energy levels find these blankets or weighted lap pads soothing for bedtime or throughout the day. They can bring one to school for quiet times. They can wrap them around their shoulders or whole body, or place them on their lap during desk work and reading times for the extra calming deep pressure input their bodies crave,” Sensory Processing Disorder.

Easy Weighted Blankets

Photo of book "Easy Weighted Blankets" to be shown at May Sew Fun

Materials list for one of the weighted blankets in "Easy Weighted Blankets" for May Sew Fun

Easy Weighted Blankets from Leisure Arts makes it simple to create therapeutic quilts in just the right size for children and adults and avoid the high cost of ready made ones. Many people find a gentle touch to be comforting, so it’s no surprise that weighted blankets are becoming popular for helping with anxiety, sensory problems, restless legs, autism, and other disorders. Designs include Super Simple, Teal Squares, Charm Squares, Plaid Flannels, Rail Fence, Soccer Balls, Patriotic, Lap Blanket, and Neck Wrap.


Most projects include tables of supplies and measurements for making multiple sizes for youth and adults.

Materials list for one of the weighted blankets in "Easy Weighted Blankets" for May Sew FunPage from book "Easy Weighted Blankets" with required measurements and materials for different sized quilts

Join Us For Some May Sew Fun!

To see what else we have for you this month, be sure to attend one of our May Sew Fun sessions. Come, and eat some chocolate, maybe win a door prize, and discover some new and interesting projects to try.  Also, don’t forget to bring your creations for Show and Tell and get that prize and raffle ticket for the 2018 UFO Challenge.  Click here for some photos from the April Sew Fun events. We love to see what you’ve been sewing, and we love to share them with all of our readers.

With multiple sessions a day at each of our locations, how can you miss it?  We hope you can join us at one of these times:

Aurora: Tuesday, May 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Littleton: Wednesday, May 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Arvada: Thursday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Colorado Springs: May 18, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you.