10 Ways To Make Sure Your Suede Shoes Don’t Get Ruined

10 Ways To Make Sure Your Suede Shoes Don’t Get Ruined

We all love a wonderful pair of suede shoes, whether they are boots, clogs, slip-ons, or heels. The one thing about suede though, is you must take care of them properly or they will get ruined rather easily.

Suede is a true labor of love. Suede shoes can get especially difficult to wear in changing seasons. They are great for mild, sunny weather, but once you step into humidity or a rainy climate - the suede is no match for Mother Nature.

What Exactly is Suede?

You know that soft and fuzzy part on the back or bottom of leather products that you cannot help to touch when you are around it? This is suede. Suede is the part of the leather that was formerly attached to the inside of the cow.

It is an amazing piece of leather that works wonderfully as a use for the extra bits from regular pieces of leather. It is made when the leather is split and the top grain is removed, leaving the soft and fuzzy suede side for its multiple uses.

Suede is primarily used for decorative purposes. Its uses as a durable product are few and far between. Mainly suede is used for suede shoes, clothing, drapes and other products that use fabric.


10 Way to Take Care of Your Suede Shoes

Below is our list of the top 10 ways to take great care of your suede apparel!

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The single best thing you can do for your suede shoes is to get them cleaned by a professional. Yes, there are professionals that specialize in cleaning suede. These are the people you want to take your suede shoes to if you are worried about their care and longevity.

You can go to a local dry cleaner or shoe shop and they can usually clean them right up for you. This is best to do before you start wearing your suede shoes for the season or at the end of the season before you put your suede shoes away.


2. Bristled Brush


When it comes to the care of your suede shoes, a bristled suede brush can be your new best friend. The typical rule for brushes and suede shoes is that the longer the suede - the softer the brush.

For very short suede, you can use a small wire brush with extreme care, but for the “full suede” shoes you will use a larger brush. Brushing your suede regularly can help you get rid of dust and retain the suede’s look for a longer amount of time.

You can even buy awesome suede kits that can help you and your suede become the happiest and healthiest pair possible. They usually come with a brush, a cleaner, and a protectant spray to use with your suede shoes.


3. Seal


Suede is one of those things that you have to take exceptional care of. Just like your skin or your car, you must give it time, attention, and the proper care it deserves. Sealing your suede shoes is one of the best preventative measures you can take to protect your suede.

Suede sealant can be found everywhere – drugstores, department stores, shoe stores, Wal-Mart and of course all over the Internet. Even a light sealant spray on your suede shoes can last for months and assists in repelling dirt and preventing stains.

It is highly recommended that you brush your suede with a suede-specific brush before and after you spray it. Sealing your suede shoes is one of the easiest and best ways you can take care of your precious suede.

 

4. Talcum Powder or Cornstarch


Talcum powder can be a lifesaver when it comes to cleaning and maintenance of your suede shoes. The mineral based powder is composed of talc, a mineral used in common skin and cosmetic products.

Talc is also the key ingredient in baby powder. The use of talcum and cornstarch are almost interchangeable. Please note that you must not inhale either powder because it has been said to cause respiratory problems when inhaled in large amounts.

For stains and spills on your suede shoes you can pat the area with a clean towel and then apply a thin layer of talc powder or cornstarch to the area. Let the powder or cornstarch sit for at least 12 hours and then brush the suede to remove the dried powder.

 

5. White Vinegar


White vinegar is known widely for is sanitary cleaning purposes. It can help clean houses, cars, grime, and guess what else? SUEDE SHOES! If your suede shoes have stains on them or you have tried relentlessly to clean them try your hand at using white vinegar.

You will need to get a cup of warm water in a bowl and stir in one tablespoon of white distilled vinegar. Get a lint-free clean cloth and dampen it with the vinegar and water solution. It is very imperative that you only dampen the cloth you are using. Don’t soak it.

You can use the dampened cloth to gently wipe the surface area of your suede shoes. If your suede shoes have awful stains on them and the light vinegar application is not working, you can apply a few drops of vinegar directly to the stain and use your suede brush to brush the vinegar into the shoe.

 

6. Leather Spa Water and Stain Protector


Leather Spa is our favorite product when it comes to the protection of your suede shoes. This quality product protects leather, suede, nubuck, satin, silk, and canvas products from dirt and water. Since dirt and water are the death to all things suede, you can imagine how excited we were to find this Leather Spa product.

Leather Spa Water and Stain Protector works relentlessly to protect your precious suede shoes and keep them free of grime and moisture. The bottle retails at $16.95 for a 6.26-ounce can.

 

7. Proper Storage


A key component to suede health and longevity is proper storage of your special suede goods. Suede goods should be brushed and cleaned before putting them away for storage.

Suede should be kept in a cool, dark place and not contained in a bag or airtight space. Make sure the space you are storing them is dry and wont’ attract any moisture or mildew. A spot like a hall closet or extra storage closet are good options for storing your suede to ensure proper care and no long-term damage.

 

8. Suede Eraser


A suede eraser is a wonderful tool people use to help clean and maintain suede products. The eraser is shaped similar to a pencil eraser and it made from art gum. Suede material out of all materials becomes soiled the quickest, so proper care is crucial.

A suede eraser can help ease your mind when it comes to caring for your suede. Suede erasers prevent smudging and tearing of suede and can serve as your only option for larger, harder to removed stains or smudges.

This Kiwi Suede and Nubuck Stain Eraser is a wonderful option for buying an affordable suede eraser that will do just what you need it to. Sometimes stains go too long without attention and cannot be fully removed with the typical methods. A suede eraser will be your best friend in these instances.

 

9. Shoe Cleaning Wipes


Shoe cleaning wipes can be a great solution for helping keep suede shoes clean, especially during the busy season when the weather is not prime but your suede shoe wearing IS.

These Boot + Rescue all natural cleaning wipes for suede and leather will help clean off dirt and salt stains. These wipes are also ideal for bringing to work, keeping in your car, or having in your bag in case of suede emergencies.

 

10. Buy Top-Quality Suede


Fashion Shoes

Besides keeping your suede clean and maintaining care of your suede products, buying quality suede can keep your shoes looking and feeling the best they can. Quality is huge and with anything important in life, quality is far better than quantity.

When you buy suede products, do not skimp out to save a few bucks. Do yourself and your wallet a favor and buy yourself quality suede.

The end-game is definitely happier if you have high-quality suede and you take proper care of it - and your feet will thank you for gracing their presence with only the finest of suede shoes.

Suede Shoes For The Win

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Suede shoes are by far the best shoes. They are cute, soft, professional, and totally aesthetically pleasing. The one thing about suede though, is that their durability is lacking, and suede takes a lot of attention and care.

If you want your suede to last as long as possible, follow the 10 tips above to help create the longest lasting life for your suede shoes.

Do not skimp on the quality of the suede your purchase and make sure to clean them yourself or to get them cleaned professionally at least once a year.

Enjoy!

Skin Discoloration – Causes, Symptoms And Treatments

Skin Discoloration – Causes, Symptoms And Treatments

woman with skin Discoloration

Put simply, skin discoloration is discolored patches of skin. They are associated with a lot of different causes and can come in many different types and forms. Discolored skin patches are seen as irregular and come from roots causes such as illness, inflammation, acne scars, and injury.

Skin discoloration can cause things such as lower self-esteem, lower self-confidence, and increase feelings of worry. It can cause feelings of embarrassment and shame and it can also be difficult to find the root issue causing the skin discoloration.

Let’s Learn About Melanin and Your Skin

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Melanin is what gives our skin color, simply put. It protects our precious skin cells from the sun and gives people their unique skin color. It also gives pigment to the human hair and eyes.

People with higher amounts of melanin have darker skin. Melanocytes are the cells that produce melanin. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, melanocytes produce more melanin to protect your skin against harmful UV rays.

Did you know that concentrated spots of increased melanin cause freckles? When skin discoloration occurs, sometimes it is because there is an increase in melanin production.

The Many Causes of Skin Discoloration

Skin discoloration can be caused by a multitude of different reasons, ranging from sunburn to rosacea to contact dermatitis to eczema. It can be an either very easy or very hard to diagnosis skin discoloration and its root cause.

Where are here to break down the types of skin discoloration and what they look and feel like. We will also try to give practical and medically sound advice for treating skin discoloration, but make sure to head to your dermatologist or primary care physician if you think you have any of these ailments.

 


Woman with Sunborn

Causes:

Sunburn might seem like an obvious thing to recognize and know, but it is definitely considered a skin discoloration. Sunburn is caused by over exposure to the sun without the use of skin protectant.

Symptoms:

A sunburn is associated with redness, pain, and swelling – as well as dry and peeling skin. It is usually located on the outermost layer of skin unless it is a second or third degree burn, which is somewhat hard to encounter – but if you do – you should be seen by a doctor.

More severe burns that can happen from over exposed sunlight can cause blisters and huge welting burns and may need to be treated in the emergency room. Using natural sunscreens and UV protected clothing can greatly decrease the risk of sunburn.

Treatments:

Cooling down the affected area is the number one remedy for sunburn. Using aloe vera gel or directly applying the gel of an aloe vera plant can work wonders on sunburn. Avoid using ice, but getting in a cool bath or shower is a great remedy for helping ease the pain of sunburn.

 


Mixed candida species

Causes:

Candida causes infection in the skin by hosting small amounts of the strain of fungus candida. It becomes a problem when it creates an overgrowth of these fungi and it is not treated. Types of candida include nail fungus, vaginal yeast infection, jock itch, diaper rash, oral thrush, and athlete’s foot.

Candida thrives in warm, humid, and moist environments. If you have cuts and abrasions, the candida is even more likely to multiply and overgrow. Poor hygiene and tight clothing can also lead to candida.

Symptoms:

Symptoms of candida include itching, burning red rashes with a wet appearance, dry crusting edges, and a stinging sensation. Over time, candida can develop into cracked and sore skin with blisters or pus filled bubbles. Usually candida is found in places such as your armpits, behind the knees, under breasts, or between your fingers and toes.

Treatments:

Candida is easy to treat if it is caught at an early stage and taken care of immediately. It can lead to potentially life threatening illnesses if it is left untreated or if the person infected has a weak immune system.

Because candida is a fungus, anti-fungal creams work best but it is completely dependent on where the candida is located. Candida can sometimes be treated with over the counter topical creams such as ketoconazole or clotrimazole.



CONTACT DERMATITIS

Causes:

Contact dermatitis is a basic allergic reaction of your skin. There are three types of contact dermatitis, including allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, and photo-contact dermatitis.

Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin is exposed to a foreign substance that it is allergic to and causes the body to give out inflammatory chemicals that cause many irritating symptoms.

Common cause of contact dermatitis include latex gloves, perfumes, chemicals in cleaning products or cosmetics, poison ivy and poison oak, and jewelry made of nickel - just to name a few.

Symptoms:

Symptoms of contact dermatitis are red and itching rashes on the skin, dry and flaky skin, oozing blisters, swelling, extreme itching, swelling in the face, eyes or groin areas, burning, stinging, ulcerations, and open sores to name the most common.

Treatments:

Treatments for contact dermatitis are unfortunately just using different forms of pain relief as you wait for the contact dermatitis to subside on its own. Treatment starts by stopping contact with whatever you think might have caused the allergic reaction.

Apply bland petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to soothe the area and try the anti-itch goodness of calamine lotion or its brother hydrocortisone cream. Clean your skin with fragrance-free soap and semi-warm water - and try as hard as you cannot to scratch the irritated skin. If you are absolutely miserable, take a Benadryl to subside the itching.

 


eczema

Causes:

The cause of eczema is not totally understood but the root of the skin irritant is thought to occur due to an overactive immune system reacting belligerently to the presence of irritants.

In cases of eczema, the immune system is no longer able to distinguish between proteins that are already apart of the human body and those that are considered invaders like viruses and bacteria.

Symptoms:

Symptoms of eczema include skin that is dry, flaky, itchy, irrigated and inflamed. An eczema flare up is when two or more common symptoms are present. Flare-ups occur all over the body but most commonly on the arms, inner elbows, on the face, and on the backs of knees.

Treatments:

There is no permanent treatment for eczema but there are many over the counter creams as well as prescription strength ointments and steroids that can be used to help subside eczema flare-ups.

Common over the counter medications to help treat eczema include cetirizine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine, and loratadine. Steroid creams (cortisone) can relieve the effects of itching and flakiness. There are many other non-traditional treatments and alternative medicines to consider when treating eczema as well.

 


Rosacea

Causes:

More than 16 million Americans only are affected by the chronic skin disease, rosacea. Rosacea comes in four different types and the cause is completely unknown.

Rosacea has no known cause but it is likely linked to hereditary and environmental factors or a combination of the two. There are things that are known to make your rosacea outbursts worse, including consuming alcohol, the presence of cathelicidin, and eating spicy foods.

Symptoms:

Rosacea is known for its appearance as small, red bumps on the skin filled with pus. The disease usually affects skin around your face, especially cheeks, foreheads, and noses. The flare-ups happen in cycles so that you may have symptoms for weeks or months at a time, they usually subside for a while, and then they will come back later in time.

There are four different subtypes of rosacea including subtype one (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea ETR), subtype two (papulopustular), subtype three (rhinophyma) and subtype four (ocular rosacea).

Each subtype of rosacea has its own symptoms but they all rooted around redness, swollen skin, acne-like breakouts, sensitive skin, stinging, itching, burning, dryness, flakiness, and many more.

Treatments:

There is no known cure for rosacea, unfortunately, but doctors and those affected by this chronic disease have found that avoiding certain products can help. They say to avoid alcohol, menthol, witch hazel, and all exfoliating agents.

Rosacea can be a heartbreaking condition to live with but there are 16 million people in America alone that deal with this disease, so it is important to not feel alone if you are diagnosed.

If you are diagnosed, get support from a local support group or an online support group that can help you feel validated in what you are going through. It is very nice to have people in your life that support you through the ups and downs of living with rosacea – or any other chronic condition.

It’s Just Skin

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Skin discoloration and disease can be a hard thing to live with. Skin discoloration can be extremely irritating, uncomfortable, and painful. From wanting to scratch your skin off to wanting to have a solution, skin discoloration is not an easy ailment to cope with.

If you think you might have skin discoloration or a skin illness, go see a dermatologist or doctor immediately. It is imperative to catch these issues as soon as you can in order to subdue them and possibly prevent future outbreaks.


A Mood Ring Colors Complete Guide: What’s Your Mood?

A Mood Ring Colors Complete Guide: What’s Your Mood?

Mood rings are the best. They are wearable rings that tell you if you are happy, sad, angry, or glad. They bring out the inner child inside the most adult-types around and they definitely bring joy to little kids and lovers of color.

There are so many different meanings to your moods and this guide will help breakdown the colors of the mood ring so that you can properly decipher your mood.

Mood ring colors range anywhere along the spectrum from black to red to blue to yellow.

What Does a Mood Ring’s Colors Mean?


Mood Ring’s Colors Mean

Some people say that it is all due to temperature, but we definitely agree it is a mixture of your mood and body temperature that changes the mood ring’s properties.

The mood ring will typically be a darker color when it is first put on. It will take a short amount of time to adjust to the warmer temperature of your skin.

The mood ring colors will change, as you get hotter or colder but also when your mood changes. Once your body temperature stabilizes, the mood ring colors will stabilize as well, making the mood changing color change as well.

Make sure to buy yourself a legit mood ring that has been tested for consistency and quality. Your mood ring product should come with a mood chart or color guide, but if it does not, you can use our vibrant guide below.

Mood Jewelry History

Mood Jewelry History

Mood jewelry has been around forever, but where did it come from?

Let’s rewind time back to the 70’s in New York City, where two inventors had an idea that would change the jewelry industry forever.

Maris Ambats and Josh Reynolds produced the first mood ring in the stellar year of 1975. The mood ring would change colors depending on the color’s response to temperature, perhaps reflected by the change in body temperature associated with a person’s emotional reactions.

The prices of mood rings used to be way higher than they are today, and they were an instant success.

It did not even matter if the mood rings were 100% accurate, because the fact that they changed colors themselves ranging throughout the entire color spectrum was cool enough.

Thermochromic liquid crystals are responsible for the changing mood ring colors but since the 70’s, makers of mood jewelry have found other ways to compose the mood changing jewelry

How Does Mood Jewelry Work?

Mood jewelry is a fascinating phenomenon made possible by Thermochromic pigments. These incredible liquid crystals use response signals ignited by temperature to change their colors. Dependent on your temperature and your mood, the amount of blood (and heat) that reaches your skin and fingers is limited.

If you are extra elated about something, your blood levels will increase, as well as the temperature of your extremities. If you are nervous or anxious, there is less blood flowing to your extremities, making your hands a cooler temperature – and so a cooler color (such as gray) will show up on the mood ring.

Something to note about mood changing jewels is that water exposure could cause permanent damage. Mood ring colors tend to turn black or brown when exposed to water and, again, it can permanently ruin your mood changing jewelry.

It may all be folklore, or it may be real, who will ever know? We just love how pretty mood changing jewelry is and the mystical and mysterious meanings it can bring to those who wear it.

Whether you are a believer or not, it is safe to say that at one point in your life, you probably wore and loved a mood ring or some sort of mood changing jewelry.

Mood Ring Meaning

Mood ring colors are fun to detect and it’s always exciting to practice discerning their meaning. Each color can even be represented by a chakra point of view, but that is for an entirely different blog.

Maybe you are feeling stuck, extra nervous, or even more joyous that usual. Your mood ring could potentially indicate that specific mood or help you to determine what sort of feelings are surfacing in your chaotic world at this moment.

Each color is associated with an entirely different set of emotions and it is beneficial to note that not every person is the same. One person’s body temperature could be slight higher or lower than yours and that could in turn affect the entire output of their mood ring’s color.


Some Mood Perspective Before We Go Further


mood rings

Just like everything in life, mood rings should be taken in perspective. It all depends on how you look at it.

You could see the color red on your mood ring and think, “WHAT… but I am not angry or mad?” If you look at this same situation with a different lens, you can see that red might also mean you are full of love or passion.

Take each color and guide with a grain of salt and do not assume that just because you got one color, that that is the tell-all guide to your life and moods.

Maybe take a step back and think about how else you could interpret that color to make more sense in your personal life endeavors.

And, in the end, remember that this is just temperature changing jewelry. Not a mystic guide to life.

Mood Ring Colors


We will break down mood ring colors as best we can here - but keep in mind that each color can mean multiple things. There are positive and negative emotions associated with each color and multiple moods can accompany each range of color.

COLOR

DESCRIPTION

Blue

Blue













Blue is typically associated with a stabilized or calm state of being. Blue is associated with your throat chakra or the fifth chakra and can possibly be associated with voicing your opinions or making your feelings be heard.

The color blue is related to states of relaxation, ease or tranquility. Hues of blue that present themselves on your mood ring can be associated with feelings of calm and relaxation all the way to feeling flirty and upbeat.

They are all usually linked to feelings of comfort and love though, and tend to be one of the most shown colors on mood changing jewelry. Darker blues can mean that you are in a state of intense love, extreme joy, or surging passion.

White









The color white among the mood ring colors typically means that you can be feeling frustrated, flustered, bored, or confused. However, if we think about the other side of the color white, it can mean levels of spiritual enlightenment or clarity.

The color white or purple can be associated with the crown chakra, the seventh chakra, which resides about your head. Some say that a halo of white light can be seen above those enlightened beings.

Black

Black









Black is usually the default color of mood jewelry when it is not being worn. Typically linked to negativity and feeling overworked, stressed, nervous, or physical ailments - black can trigger feelings of distaste or dislike.

However, we can interpret the color black as a sign that we need a break or to take a step back. If we are indeed feeling overworked or extra nervous, maybe take a walk or try to separate yourself from the cause of your turmoil to get a different perspective on the situation.

Green

Green








Green is mostly associated with growth, new life, success, and making moves. Green is associated with the heart chakra, the fourth chakra, and can invoke intense feelings of energy, wandering, and inner emotions.

Like blue, green mood ring colors are one of the most common colors seen on mood rings and can mean a wide variety of different things. Greens mean you are energetic and active but also relaxed and calm about the situation.

Purple

Purple





Purple is a rather magical color and can mean a plethora of positive feelings. It can mean that you have mental stability but are feeling affectionate, lovable, and happy. Purple is also associated with feelings of romance, sensuality, and inner balancing.

Red

Red





Reds are typically linked to intense feelings of passion. It can mean passion at both ends of the spectrum, from feeling livid and angry to feeling extremely loved and aroused.

A more orange like red hue can mean that you are worried, stressed, or agitated.


Yellow

Yellow





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Yellows are usually associated with feelings of creativity and artsy-ness. A regular yellow can mean you are feeling extra imaginative or creative. A bright yellow can be linked to feelings of deep observation and creativity.

If you receive a yellow color, maybe go write, create some art, or finish that creative project you were putting off.

Brown







Brown colors can be linked to feelings of mixed emotions, fear or restlessness. Feelings of tension or stress can create a brown mood ring color.

If your mood ring turns the color brown, maybe spend a few minutes outdoors or in meditation.

What Now?


Now that you have figured out a little more about what mood rings are, where they came from, and what mood ring colors mean - it is time to buy a mood ring. There are lots of different types, sizes and qualities of mood rings and they are all special in their own way.

Amazon has a great selection, as well as Etsy, where you can find amazing homemade items from local vendors around the world.

We hope you have fun picking out your new mood ring or mood jewelry and even more fun wearing it and seeing what kind of moods you can spark up!

 

Learn How To Quilt – Techniques Every Quilter Should Master

Learn How To Quilt – Techniques Every Quilter Should Master

Do you find yourself with idle hands? Have you been finding yourself with extra spare time you do not know what to do with? Have you been looking for some artistic inspiration or a new way to channel your creativity?

Why not pick up a new hobby? A new hobby is the ideal solution to using up your extra time to produce something tangible and creative. Sometimes we get unmotivated and need a little spark in our bellies to learn something new.

Learn How to Quilt on Your Own


Colorful Quilt

We will try our best to teach you how to quilt so that you can start creatively quilting for whatever occasion you desire. Learning how to quilt takes a few key qualities – or at least a solid effort in these characteristics.

You will need patience, persistence and a solid desire to successfully learn to quilt. You will need to visualize your goal of having a warm, cozy, and homemade quilt to wrap over your kids or yourself while watching a movie.

Gathering Your Supplies for Quilting

For quilting, you will need some necessary supplies to successfully quilt yourself something to cherish for the ages. For cutting your quilt’s fabric as best as possible, you will need medium-sized rotary cutters or well-sharpened scissors. Next up for quilting supplies, you will need to buy a cutting mat. A cutting mat helps prevents scoring your furniture and cutting crooked lines. You will need a ruler that is 5 inches by 24 inches long and composed of transparent plastic.

You will also need an assortment of sewing basics. This includes anything that is particularly helpful for sewing projects, including straight pins, a seam ripper and safety pins. You will need a generous amount of both safety pins and straight pins. Next up comes thread, fabric, and batting. When it comes to choosing your thread for your quilt, avoid using a cheap thread because they are more likely to break or give off lint. High quality cotton thread is the best choice for quilting thread. For your quilting fabric, the fabric is the most important puzzle piece. Choosing your fabric should be made of 100% cotton fabric preferably, but if that is not available, polyester/cotton blends are satisfactory as well. The last up in quilting supplies is your batting. The batting is insulation or filling that adds warmth and fluff to your quilt. It is inserted in between the quilt’s front and back and it can be sold in many different fibers and sizes.

Easy Steps to Learn How to Quilt


Circle Colorful Quilt

We will try our best to teach you how to quilt so that you can start creatively quilting for whatever occasion you desire. Learning how to quilt takes a few key qualities – or at least a solid effort in these characteristics.

You will need patience, persistence and a solid desire to successfully learn to quilt. You will need to visualize your goal of having a warm, cozy, and homemade quilt to wrap over your kids or yourself while watching a movie.

1. Find A Pattern

Colorful Quilt

Although it is not absolutely necessary to use a pattern for your quilt, it is definitely a lot easier than making a quilt free form.

Find a basic quilt pattern online that appeases to you and get to quilting.

2. The Starting Line

Colorful design Quilt

To prepare your quilt, you must prewash your fabrics. Prewashing will shrink your fabric and rinse out extra dye so that these factors will not happen post quilt making. Next, press your material that will be the front and back of your quilt with an iron. Then, make your measurements and cut out each individual piece to your pattern. Be sure to allow for the seams, which means to account for a ¼-inch seam allowance.

Cut your fabric pieces using generous care. Focus on the front piece and cut out each of the small pieces of fabric you want to incorporate into the quilt. Lay each piece on your cutting mat and place your clear ruler on top before using the rotary blade to cut.

3. Design Your Quilt

Design Your Quilt

This next step is super exciting, because you finally get to lay out your quilt, which means to lay all your smaller pieces into the pattern of your future quilt. Make a grid and get creative – this part is totally up to you and you can use as many squares as you want. Label your squares with a fabric marker to keep track of the rows and columns.

In order to keep your squares in order and save floor space, stack up your rows from left to right, stacking up each square on top of the one before it. You can use post-it-notes or some sort of indicator for the row number you are working on.

4. Quilt the Fabric

White Quilt

To quilt your fabric, begin by sewing each individual row of pieces together. Start at one of your rows with two squares of your fabric and then place the two squares with the patterns facing each other. Use a straight stitch on your sewing machine to sew a ¼-inch seam. Next, add your following square in the row to the one before it with the same straight stitch and seam process. Work this way across each row.

This is where your pins come in super handy. Pinning each individual square to the one it will be sewn on to help keep straight and even lines. Also make sure that your seam is exactly ¼-inch for each piece of fabric.

5. Press and Sew 

Press and Sew Colorful Quilt

Next up, you will press your entire quilt to ensure that the seams lay flat and your quilt looks nice. The back of the quilt will be left with a column of seams that are facing upwards. You will press these seams flat from the front side, working from row to row in opposite directions. You will now use the same process you used before to attach the individual squares to attach each row of fabric in unity. Take two adjacent rows and turn them so that the patterns are facing one another. Sew a ¼-inch seam along the bottom and repeat this process for each row you add.

Now, your quilt front will be complete, and you can press the entire back of the quilt like you did the front. For the next step in your quilt making process, you will begin cutting the back of the quilt and the batting. These pieces should be cut a little larger (2-3 inches) than the front quilt to allow for fabric scrunching.

6. Baste

Basting quilt

Basting your quilt is next and this means to pin and layer your quilt before sewing it. For basting you can either use safety pins or a spray-on basting adhesive.

You will layer with the backing pattern side down, then the batting, then the front of the quilt with the pattern side facing up.

7. Sew Away!

Colorful Quilt

Starting in the center, you will sew outwards in order to move excess fabric and bunching towards the edges. The simplest way to do this is to “stitch the ditch,” which means to sew inside or near the seams you have already created between the squares.

8. Cut and Press the Binding

Colorful Quilt

Your binding is simply the border of fabric that will surround the edges of your quilt to protect the seams and create for lack of a better word, a seamless look to your quilt. You can cut your binding vertically, horizontally, or on the bias. Cut your strips of binding to be a little more than two inches wide and long enough to border the quilt.

Sew your strips together so that you have four pieces that are the same length as the four sides of your quilt. You will then use your iron to press the binding together. Pin your binding in place by laying the binding for two opposite sides down on top of your quilt. Line the edges up with the patterns facing one another and use a generous amount of safety pins to secure the fabric into place.

Sew the front of the binding by running along the edge of the quilt and the binding using a ½-inch seam this time.

You will do this on both sides of the fabric so that two pieces of backwards binding is sewn into place. Fold your fabric up and away from the center of the quilt and expose the printed side of the binding.

Add the rest of your binding by placing the other two strips of binding you have cut along your quilt’s open faces. Use the same process to sew the binding along the other edges and expose the pattern once more with an outward and away motion.

Flip your quilt so that the back is exposed and you can fold the binding over. Start on one side with your folded binding edge to meet the edge of the quilt. Now, fold the remainder of the binding over to keep it in place and add lots of pins to secure. Do this to all four sides of your creation.

Finish the binding by carefully sewing the binding. Use either invisible thread or hang stitch it with a ladder stitch or whipstitch without going through all three layers.

Make sure your corners are squared off and all your seams are even.

9. Finish Up

Finish Up Colorful Quilt

Your quilt should resemble a quilt now and you should give yourself ten pats on the back because you just created a homemade, cozy quilt all by yourself!

Enjoy Your Beautiful Projects Now that You Know How to Quilt


Colorful Quilt

Now that you have quilted one quilt, you should feel ready to tackle more projects.

It can seem complicated at first - and like it takes forever to learn, but once you get the hang of quilting, you are good for life. Continue to wow yourself and your loved ones with quilted gifts for years to come.





Top 10 List of Sweet Red Wines

Top 10 List of Sweet Red Wines

Sweet red wines have a special place in our hearts. Their robust, dense and sweet flavor notes carry us into a world we love to spend time in. Sweet red wines bring us back to the good memories of drinking chilled red wines on the beaches of Barcelona and Southern Spain.

There is something sweet, savory and soothing about a nice glass of sweet red wine. It is just sweet enough to bring the sugar punch you want but also not too sweet to make you feel like you are drinking cherry soda.


 

How Do We Choose?

Different types and brand of red wine

There are so many sweet red wines out there, it can be hard to choose just one or two to try your taste buds at. How do you know if the wine is worth your $20? How do you know if the wine is worth your $100? Well, you follow this sweet red wine guide and start sipping.

When we choose our top picks for a popular product online, especially such an important purchase like your sweet red wine selection, we search for one key factor: transparency.

We only choose products that offer a completely transparent purchase, from the time you click search in your Google bar or when you head to your local grocery store. We value your opinions and finances and take the proper steps to ensure our best-ofs are truly the best.

Other key factors we considered when composing this list are previous customer reviews (product history), the product quality in correlation with the price (value for cost), and the company’s track record (customer service).

We hope this list provides you with accurate, well-thought out and valuable information to assist you in finding the perfect fit for your new favorite sweet red wines!


Top 10 Sweet Red Wines

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Barefoot Wine Bottles

Barefoot Wine is a well-known and super reputable brand of California wines that bring some of the most consistent, flavorful and reasonably priced wines in the world. Barefoot Wine prides itself on being a brand that brings people together.

Barefoot Wines believes that life is more fun when people are gathering together and making connections. The mission of Barefoot Wines is to introduce new friends to wines that are fun, flavorful and approachable.

The wines are designated delicious. The brand is actually the most awarded wine brand in the world for its innovative approach to winemaking and diverse collection of delicious, refreshing wines that are constantly making new friends around the globe.

Barefoot Wines offers a wonderful variety of sweeter wines including their Sweet Red Blend, Rosé, and their pink Moscato. Each blend has its own particular sweetness and our favorite is definitely their sweet red blend. The Sweet Red Blend offers a fruit medley of ripe raspberries, sweet pomegranates, and red cherries.

Beringer Bottle

Beringer is a recognized winery out of Napa Valley, California, and offers some of the tastiest sweet red wines in the world. Brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer who had a dream of making wines that would rival the finest of Europe established Beringer in 1876.

The winery and vineyards are now one of Napa’s finest producers and have over 1,600 acres farmed across Napa’s best appellations including Sonoma County and Paso Robles. Their Cabernet Sauvignon collection of wines is our favorite when it comes to sweet red wines.

Beringer has a Red Blend 2016 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 that are both bursting with aroma and flavor. The Cab Sauv features aromas of ripe black cherry, dark chocolate and vanilla. The palate is lush with ripe tannins and an integrated acidity with hints of toasted hazelnuts, coffee and blackberry preserves.

Beringer’s Red Blend 2016 offers a flavor palette of ripe blackberries, roasted hazelnuts and caramel. There is a strong concentration bolstered by Petit Verdot, a strong-bodied wine that has a creamy mouthfeel with ripe tannins and a remaining finish featuring notes of violet, black cherry and toasted coconut.

Apothic Red Wine Bottle

Apothic is a wine that has been gaining use strides in the top charts in the last few years. The brand was inspired by “Apotheca,” a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th-century Europe.

Apothic wines offer a mysterious and luring brand and taste palate of wines. This Californian brand only uses the most distinctive grapes to craft intense aromas and bold flavors. The masterful red blend wine offers a blend of many red favorites.

The Red Blend by Apothic is a flavorful blend of rich Zinfandel, smooth Merlot, appetizing Syrah and a bold Cabernet Sauvignon to round out the entire blend. The brand showcases unique layers of dark red fruit and hints of mocha and vanilla.

Reviews about Apothic’s red blend have been soaring high in the charts and everyone absolutely loves the sweetness and pair ability this robust wine offers its drinkers. It is the perfect fusion of sweet red and robust dryness.

Stella Rosa Bottle

Stella Rosa offers a world-renowned selection of wines imported from Northern Italy by San Antonio Winery founded, owned and operated by the Riboli Family. For four generations, Stella Rosa has been making award-winning, semi-sweet and semi-sparkling wines.

The story all started in Los Angeles’ historic San Antonio Winery in 1917. After making it through to the end of Prohibition and a century later, the Riboli family has persisted in making artisan wines throughout four entire generations.

Stella was born from Asti, a province in Piedmont, Italy. This region serves as sources for some of the most aromatic grapes in the world and has become the hallmark of the Stella style of wines. Stella Rosa was born soon after when the brand’s first semi-sweet, semi-sparkling red wine blend.

The specific sweet red wine blend that we love is Stella Rosa’s Stella Rosso blend. This timeless taste offers a fresh strawberry and red berry flavor that has won an 88-point rating and Gold Medal & Best Buy at Tastings.com.

Sutter Home Bottle

Sutter Home showcases their pioneering spirit, brave hearts and a commitment to making a wine for the people to enjoy. Sutter Home is an American brand that left their roots in New York City to chase their dream of California winemaking.

The original White Zinfandel is the wine that made Sutter Home what it is today. Today, Sutter Home showcases more than twenty varieties that make the Sutter Home portfolio its crowd-pleasing wines.

The brand is one of the most reasonably priced and consistent brands in the business that delivers an award-winning quality and value for every occasion involving wine. The wines we love the most in their sweet red wines category are Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel, Moscato and their famous Sweet Red.

Sutter Home offers an inviting sweet red wine blend that is perfect for a day on the lake or a morning gathering such as a bridal shower or birthday brunch. It sits on the sweet side of the sweet spectrum and offers notes of ripened cherries and juicy peaches.

Cascina Pian d’Or’s Serena Bottle

Cascina Pian d’Or was created by the Barbero family for over 900 years. The family has worked in vineyards in the area of Mango, following the canons of tradition and distinguished living. In the early nineties, the owner decided to take the brand to another level.

The goal was to transform the grapes into wine Moscato d’Asti to add growth and depth to the product. Sing the greatest technology and sciences; Cascina Pian showcases cold and microfiltration to keep the wine the freshest it can be.

The Serena sweet red blend offers vines of Moscato, Brachetto and Freisa.

The soil is using the Guyot system and the harvest pays more attention to the maturation of the grape, usually harvested around the first week in September.

Tasting notes of the Serena red blend is a robust wine with notes of rose and an accent of strawberry rhubarb pie. On the palate, the Serena sweet blend showcases raspberry and cherry flavors with a rich mid-palate and lingering. This wine is also flippantly “frizzante,” which offers a light bubbly balance between sweet and acidic.

Yellow Tail Bottle

Yellow Tail offers one of the most well-known and family-operated wineries in the world. The brand was founded in the small country town of Yenda, Australia. Creators Filippo and Maria Casella founded the Yellow Tail Company in 1957.

The pair migrated from Sicily and arrived in Australia with a passion for making wine to bring people together. Fast forward to 2001, where John Casella warped the vision to create an approachable wine that everyone could enjoy.

The talented winemakers put a boatload of passion and expertise into creating the brand. The brand centers their focus on delivering wine that produces consistent quality and taste that are simultaneously accessible and appealing to a worldwide audience.

Their Sweet Red Roo is our winner when it comes to sweet red wines. The Yellow Tail Sweet Red Roo is everything a great wine should be composed of – sweet vibrancy with an easy to drink attitude. The flavor showcases sweet red berries, vanilla and chocolate notes.

Ravenswood Bottle

Joel Peterson who worked relentlessly to bring in four tons of grapes as a thunderstorm was rolling in founded Ravenswood winery on a fall day in 1976. The brand prides itself on bringing to life California’s heritage grape: the Zinfandel.

Ravenswood started as a flock of Single Vineyard Designate wines then expanded to the County Series wines that capture the spirit of California’s best-growing regions and popular grapes. Joel Peterson is the dubbed “Godfather of Zin.”

The Zinfandel blends of Ravenswood are the best around when it comes to sweet and affordable red wines. The Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon stands out among the crowd with its vintage dark and dense taste and color.

Palate flavors of these Ravenswood’s Cab Sauvs offer deep aromas of cassis, black currant, cherries and spice tones and balanced oak undertones. The texture is smooth, round and easy to go down.

Harvey’s

Harvey’s

Harvey’s Fine Wines and Spirits are exclusively hand-picked by an expert team of independent producer worldwide. Bringing a fusion of classic French and New World discoveries, Harvey’s showcases a wide selection of wines that present unparalleled quality of choice.

The company offers an unmatched taste of creaminess, sweetness and affordability. If you are looking for a sophisticated red wine that offers the perfect mix of sweetness and robustness, Harvey’s is the wine for you.

Its signature element offers a base of fruity sweetness and a full-bodied aftertaste. Join their club to get even more exclusive access to rare sweet red wines that will leave you craving more. Every month, they feature a new wine to taste and will ship right to your door.

 Blackstone Bottle

Blackstone has been striving to produce smooth, harmonious and flavorful wines in a variety of flavors since their foundation. The Blackstone story offers wines sourced from premier-growing regions throughout California.

The brand has since stayed true to the approach inspired by their California upbringing, which is to craft wines that complement food and can be enjoyed over any occasion. Their foundation stands with their classic Merlot, which has become “America’s Favorite Merlot.”

Blackstone offers a Delectable Red Blend that showcases juicy raspberry, cherry pie and vanilla cream flavors with highlights of toasted marshmallow. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is also a wonderful choice for a delicious and sweet red wine blend.

The Cab Sauv stands out for its vibrant blackberry and red cherry flavors accented with cinnamon and toasted nut notes. You definitely cannot go wrong with choosing the widely popular Blackstone wine as a sweet red wine.


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Sweet red wines are a staple in many cultures’ diets and offer a bonding and bringing together of people that is hard to do. The classic tastes and rich flavors of sweet berries, hints of vanilla and toasted nut offerings bring joy to all the mouths who try their flavors.

We hope this list inspired you to expand your red wine palate to include some of the most delectable sweet red wines out there today.