Posts Tagged ‘fabric’

Fabric Swap in Provo


Do I really need to explain this? Fabric swap and destash on March 30 in Provo, Utah. I’ve got a fun pile of fabric I’d like to swap out growing in my studio, maybe you do, too?

Leanne and I can’t wait. We’ve been talking about doing this for months.


The idea; you can swap, sell or buy fabric! Bring fabric and/or cash to the swap.

Once you sign up, I’ll email you fabric tags for you to label fabric size, contents, and price (if end up selling instead of swapping).

Space is limited, sign up here to reserve your place and for directions to the swap.

Stuck in the Mud


I’m having a terrible time getting my studios in order. I’m so completely excited that I will have two (!!) upstairs rooms dedicated to all of the creativity that I love. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty relegating the children to the basement for my desire for space and natural light, but on the other hand, the kids get almost the entire basement dedicated to their toys where they can do whatever they want. Heck, I’ve even thought about dedicating an entire wall to their doodling.

I have a bit of painting in the computer room and a whole lot of organizing in the craft/sewing room. I’ve been organizing here and there as I can, but seeing all of my supplies is getting me more anxious than ever to start working on projects.

I picked up these beautiful fabrics at Britex in San Francisco while I was there for the launch. They were my super splurge at over $20 a yard each. Still I felt like I held back. There was more fabric there than I could shake a stick at. My favorite bolt had to have been a pretty vintage-inspired silk jersey that was dreamy to the touch. It was $110 a yard. We’re in hard-core budget mode, so I consider the above yardage alone a real splurge.

The striped fabric is a rayon with a lot of stretch and structure. I’m thinking it would make a beautiful nautically-themed structured dress. One with pretty pleats and a tulip skirt. The floral fabric is a cotton jersey that’s incredibly lightweight with awesome drape and great opacity. It would make for a fantastic pleated maxi in my opinion.

Have you ever splurged like crazy on fabric, just because you liked the way it felt? I don’t have any set projects with these, but I bought a yard and a quarter of both, so I should have enough for most of the projects I’m brewing. How do you shop for fabric? By need or inspiration?

T-Shirt Refashion: Jersey Necklace


Sometimes I feel like I ride on the coattails of creative people.

Back in January as I was surfing my favorite blogs, I came across this post on Ultra Vroom about cardigans and fabric necklaces. I instantly fell in love and had to have a fabric necklace for my very own. I week or so later I remembered the large stash of white jersey hanging around the basement and hap-hazardly made my own version of Annie‘s fabric necklace.

If I remember correctly, I wore that necklace for 4 days in a row. I didn’t really take it off until Penelope bumped her mouth on the table and bled all over me (Penelope is ok, BTW). It was with much sorrow that I parted with the necklace long enough to launder it.

I love my necklace so much, I’ve been wanting to share it with you for sometime, but haven’t worked on the tutorial until just now. Here it is! I hope you like it.


  • 1 XXL or XXXL men’s t-shirt
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutter
  • Sewing machine and or needle & thread

Cut off the bottom hem of the shirt. Cut 9 2-inch strips out of the shirt.

Cut open one end of each strip. Stretch the jersey through your hands to allow the fabric to curl inside itself. Group strips into threes.

Sew coiled ends together. Secure the end to a stationary object (like a couch) with a safety pin. Start braiding. I find that a tight braid looks nice, but avoid pulling and stretching the fabric.

Once finished braiding, sew ends together to make three separate rings of fabric.

Cut a 5 x 7 inch square of fabric from the remainder of the shirt, fold it over the three braids and sew. Sew the tube as close to the braids as possible for a snug fit. Trim excess fabric. Turn right side out.

Voila! Your necklace is complete. Twist, and double over and you’re ready to rock and roll!

If you twist the loop twice before doubling over, the necklace looks like this (above).

Twist the necklace once before doubling over and pull some loops longer to have a cowl neckline (above).

So there you have it, in less than 15 minutes you can have a really rad fabric necklace ’round your neck. Hope you give it a try! Happy Weekend, All!

P.S. You might want to check out Annie’s etsy shoppe: Annily Green.

I’m Coo Coo for Pom Poms


A little history:

When I was 12 or so, my mom found a pom pom kit that she used ages ago. I tried making pom poms out of it (there may have been Japanese instructions), failed miserably and gave up. Then just over a year ago, I saw an adorable post by Jenn over at Ambrosia Girl about kid friendly Christmas Decorating ideas by Martha. They were all pom poms. I died. I made a bunch of white poms for my Christmas tree. Then I made a bunch of poms for winter hats. Then I made more poms for my Christmas tree this year. Then ALT happened.

At ALT, I met so many cool people with fabulous style. Each person was trendier than the next, wearing unique handmade jewelery and accessories to make anyone swoon. One of the many stand out pieces that I remember was Erin’s necklace. I remember things like that. Erin had the raddest embroidered necklace on from etsy seller spinthread. I want one.

As soon as I got home to some internet, I googled spinthread and was delighted to find so many cool things! Mostly I was blown away by her pom pom headbands and her crazy curly hair. You need to check it out. AND buy one of her headbands. Too bad they’re not in my budget. Boo.

My sister modeling the elastic pom since my hair is far too short for that sort of thing. Isn’t she so pretty?

I had to make some sort of accessory right away with a pom pom. I’m such a copy cat. I used some of my yarn stash (very small) to make one, but I wasn’t getting the volume that I had hoped for. Then it struck me, I have 5 yards of white jersey fabric, why not cut strips and use those to make the poms? It was perfect. I’m going to make my pom poms out of jersey from now on. For sure. There are a few tricks to getting it just right, so I thought I’d include a little tutorial on how to make them, just in case anyone else is interested in making some outlandishly large poms for head ornaments.

Materials: scissors, needle & sturdy thread, cardboard sheet ~ 3×5 inches, knit fabric cut into 1/2 inch strips

When cutting fabric, cut strips parallel to the stretch so each strip. Run each strip through your fist, stretching the material slightly. Each strip will curl around itself, forming a hollow string.

Wrap each string around the card. The longer the card, the larger the pom. Don’t worry that the string isn’t continuous, just keep layering each segment on top of the other.




Once you get a nice pile of jersey wrapped around the card, you’re ready to tie it off.

Before removing the pile of strings, tie one side of the loop off. This helps to keep the strings organized when you pull it off the cardboard.

Carefully remove the pile of strings from the cardboard. Tie the entire bundle with string as TIGHTLY as possible. You may need some extra hands for this part.

With your awesome sewing scissors, cut each loop in half. You’ll want to do this over a garbage can, it gets messy. After you’ve cut each loop, fluff the material out to make a ball. Trim the ball down to a round sphere, fluffing as you go.

Penelope loves this headband, even though the pom is nearly the size of her head. I can’t get enough of her wearing the headband, either. I think I’m going to be making more. LOADS more.

  • Put them on headbands, elastic bands, teeshirts, newborns or in a basket for admiring. Enjoy.

To download this tutorial, Please click the download button above. This tutorial is free for personal use only. Thanks!

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