Thursday, May 27, 2010

What's New

We have added some adorable patterns in the last week.

Portabellopixie Patterns to be exact.
Both the Gracie and Claire patterns include instructions for multiple, adorable creations!

We also have the Girly Stripwork Skirt back in stock!
I know some of you have been waiting patiently.
And the Bella Pants pattern from Pink Fig.
Could that little girl be any cuter!

It snowed at my house on Saturday. Yes, snowed!
So it seems like a great time to break out our new Christmas Prints.

Fruitcake by Basicgrey for Moda Fabrics

I love this line because it is Holiday fabric that isn't loud.
You know what I mean.
Subtle Christmas colors without any Santas or Snowmen staring back at you.
Don't get me wrong, I do love Santas, but this line is elegant.

And three of your favorites from Alexander Henry are back in stock today.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Shop Hours- Making It Easier

I absolutely love having you all in my home to shop for fabric.

I love seeing all your projects and creations.

You inspire me!

I know that calling me to make an appointment for shopping can be a little intimidating, and hard to plan around. So to make your shopping experience at The Fabric Store a little easier, I am opening up shop hours.

My home will be open:

TUESDAYS 9:00am to 12:00pm

THURSDAYS 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Every week!

No need to call or email me for an appointment, just come on over!

If you are unable to come on either of those days, you are still welcome to send me a message and we can work something out. I don't want anyone to feel left out!

Feel free to email me with any questions:

Here are Directions to my home!

These open hours are subject to change if I have any emergencies arise, so any changes will always be posted at the top of this blog. So just check the blog before you come to be sure I haven't come down with some nasty flu and closed up for the day. I am praying this never happens, as I hate the flu :)

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I'm Alive!!!

I know you have all been worried.

I just returned from a 10 day trip to the Holy Land. It was spectacular!

I am pretty exhausted (that Camel ride took a lot out of me), so hopefully I will be able to get some of our new fabrics posted soon! Stay tuned.

The Etsy shop is open again for your shopping pleasure, enjoy!

Friday, May 7, 2010

New Prints!

Nothing makes me happier than a new shipment of fabric!


Almost nothing ;)

Anyways, I am so excited to introduce "Felicity" and "Boo To You" into our shop.
Both of these great lines are from Riley Blake Designs.

Halloween already?


And if I were you I wouldn't wait. I have a feeling these prints won't be around for long.

And now for some sad news.

We will be closing up shop today at 2pm.

The shop is going to enjoy a little Spring Break!

But no worries, we will reopen on Tuesday May 18th!

Felicity won't be available until then.

Have a good weekend and Happy Sewing!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mother's Day

Oven Mitts = Love

I always have a hard time coming up with Mother's Day present for my Mother and Mother-in-law. They are both fabulous women and nothing seems to be enough.

I think homemade gifts really give a little extra!

My mother-in-laws maiden name is "Lemons", so when I came across this fabric I new I had to make her something with it!

And she LOVES to cook. Enough said.


I decided to create my very first tutorial.

Be nice, like I said, it's my first.

Disclaimer: I am a beginner sewer. I don't know all the fancy terms and how to use them right, so if something doesn't make sense, feel free to laugh at me a little bit. And if you have a better way of doing something, awesome! Do it. Good luck.

1/2 Yard 100% Cotton Fabric (the lemon fabric)
1/2 Yard Insul Brite (I found this at Walmart)
1/2 Yard Terry Cloth
Coordinating fabric for the trim along the bottom. Not much, a large scrap piece should work.

*Make sure your fabric is folded in half, wrong sides together.
*Trace an oven mitt that you love, 2" wider all the way around. When you cut this out you should get 2 pieces. (they will be a mirror image of each other)
*Repeat this again on the folded fabric and cut 2 more pieces.
*You should have 4 pieces of the cotton print.
(you don't want all 4 pieces to look exactly alike, 2 should be the same, and the other two should be a mirror image so we can put them together later on)

--Then use one of those pieces as a template to cut out 4 pieces of the Insul Brite and 4 pieces of the Terry Cloth. Just as before, make sure the Insul Brite and Terry Cloth is folded so that you get 2 pieces that are the same, and 2 that are a mirror image.
You should have total of 12 pieces.
-4 prints
-4 Insul Brite
-4 Terry Cloth

NOW: Take a break and get a diet coke :)

Make a sandwich.
*Pin 1 piece of the cotton print, then 1 piece of the Insul Brite, and then 1 piece of the terry cloth together. 3 Layers.

*Using 1/4" seam allowance, baste stitch around the oven mitt. You can leave the bottom open if you like. This stitch comes in handy later on, it will hold all 3 pieces together when you quilt it!

*Repeat for all pieces.
So you should now have 4 pieces, with the print on the front, a layer of Insul Brite in the middle, and then the terry cloth on the back.

*Take 1 of the 4 pieces, and begin by stitching a straight line diagonally across one end of the mitt.
*Then move a few inches down and sew another straight line.
*Repeat until the entire mitt is full of parallel lines.

*Then, turn the mitt the other way and repeat, so this will be your finished product.
*Repeat for the other 3 pieces.
You will have threads galore! Trim them up a little bit now, and it will save you a bunch later.

Now we will create a bias tape for the trim.
*You will need to cut 4 strips of fabric, 2"x however long the bottom of your mitt is. My pieces were about 2"x7".

Now, heat up your iron and let's get to work.
*Fold the pieces in half, lengthwise and find the center.
*Then fold each side in to the center and press down. Like this.

*Now fold this piece in half again and press down. I like to make one side a little longer than the other so that when I sew it on, I am sure to catch both sides.
*Repeat for all 4 strips.

*Now, pin the trim piece you made to the bottom of the oven mitt.
*Put the side of the tape that you made longer on the side of the oven mitt that won't be able to see when sewing. That way you are sure to catch it.
* Then sew it on.
*Repeat for all four pieces.

Oooh, they are starting to come together!


*Next, pin two of the pieces, right sides together. And then sew them together. You may want to use about 1/2" seam allowance here. You want to make sure that you catch all 6 layers of fabric. Make sure you are sewing on the inside of the very first seam you made (the baste stitch).

Don't sew the bottom shut.

Now you need to clip the area between the fingers and the thumb.
*Make clippings about 1/4" apart and right to the seam. Be careful so you don't clip through the seam you just sewed.
*Repeat for the other two pieces.

Turn right side out, iron, and viola! You have two fabulous Oven Mitts!