I am totally in love with Birch fabrics! Originally, I was turned onto this line by a customer who wanted a custom apron. When I saw her fabric choice, it was love at first sight. So what did I do? I immediately turned around and bought the same fabric in yellow, orange and blue!
I will be making MYSELF an apron out of this gorgeous fabric.
You can buy this fabric from various sellers on Etsy if you would like. It is quite a bit pricier than “non-organic” fabric, selling at a whopping 16.95 a yard! Additionally, I believe the width of this fabric may be smaller than normal, because the 1/2 yard cuts I received seemed really small. Not sure if this was the particular seller or something else? I usually can make a full apron out of a yard(main print) and a half (trim) and I was running really short on the trim fabric (first time ever!). So just be really certain that you really know what and how much you are buying so you have what you need to make your item.
I have been looking to do something very similar for a while now. I found this tutorial by Creatively Christy. I would like to try this with the texture running verticle behind the “scoop neck” part of a TShirt. I think it would look so cute with contrasting thread.
Very cute contest idea!
Have you ever seen a font that you fell in love with? I have many, many font loves! This is a great way to combine your love of font and sewing into one adorable home decor project!
A very cute tutorial on how to make tiny triangle coin purses. This is a very well written tutorial with clear instructions and great pictures. Wouldn’t these make great gifts? I can’t wait to make some!
Eye Candy’s beautiful hat!
It is no secret I have a wild fetish for vintage and vintage style hats. I saw this hat and instantly fell in love! I knew, it must be mine! I asked the hubby to get it for me for our anniversary (which is today!)…
I really have been thinking about what it means to me, this Occupy Wall street movement. Since it seems to lack cohesion and purpose, I really struggled with whether or not to get involved. I hate politics, politicians and anything having to do with them. I hate corporate companies that lie and abuse the system and their workers and YOU and Me. I consider myself a new breed of American… I see others like me out there and I see glimmers of similar ideals in this movement.
Since sitting back and evaluating my purpose in this movement, I asked myself..what can I really do that will make an impact? I hate touting ideals for the sake of moving my lips…so what can I DO? I think to make best use of my time and energy would be to promote every single Indie artist, crafter, writer, musician out there…and plead, ask, implore my friends and family to BUY INDIE this holiday season. If they can’t do that, then MAKE your gifts! Some of the best presents I even got were handmade! Handmade/Indie does not = cheap or poor quality. I have found quite the opposite in fact. Handmade items are usually made with the upmost care and love. I have found that indie crafters (a lot of them anyway) tend to repurpose, reuse and recycle more often than naught. They pay attention to materials; they choose organic or fair trade materials, a lot of the time. And they LOVE what they are doing. I can speak for myself here..I LOVE to make things. I put my full heart and soul into everything I make. I love starting with a concept around a person and really thinking about what they like and actually sourcing the material to make them something unique and wonderful.
It is a win/win situation for the buyer and the receiver of the gift. I love to be able to see the person I am buying from…it isn’t some anonymous factory in China, spitting out mass produced items by the 1000’s. It is a real person. One that loves their craft, one that appreciates their customers.
It is worth it to take the time to check out some Indie sites!
Folksy (UK Based)
SpoonFlower (make your own fabric to use in a handmade present!)