Feb 20 Deal of the Week – Katagami by Parson Gray at $9/yard

Katagami by Parson Gray

David Butler, the graphic artist behind the brand Parson Gray, designs for style and home with a folk modern approach. Richly muted palettes and organic, geometric prints with loose, hand–drawn sophistication are anchored in modernist simplicity reminiscent of mid–century studio design and Japanese indigo.

We carried his first line – and I love to find hidden gems in his ongoing works for Free Spirit.

Katagami is a stand alone fabric that I couldn’t resist – perfect for dopp kits, knap sacks, shirts, a man’s quilt…

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Deal of the Week for Feb 13 – Rouge Jardiniere at 30% DIscount

Feb-13-Deal-of-the-WeekWith Valentine’s Day tomorrow it seemed appropriate that our Deal of the Week fabric would be RED!

This robust and modern Jardiniere cotton in “rouge” by Frond Design Studios is a strong print ready to be used in quilting, sewing, crafts and home decor. The Jardiniere Collection by Stephanie Brandenburg includes poppies, blues/wheats/golds and garden border prints.

Regular price is $15.99; this week only $11.20 a yard.

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Tips for Sewing with Waterproof PUL – Polyurethane Laminate

PUL-Fabric-Flare-FabricsPUL – or Polyurethane Laminate is a soft, waterproof fabric that most people think of as fabric perfect for the outside of cloth diapers. And while that is true, for me, PUL is perfect for the lining of bags – cosmetic bags, diaper bags, lunch bags, yoga bags, swim bags, essential oil bags – any bag where you carry items that spill, leak, squish, spoil – and so you know you’ll want to clean it easily.

I was pretty excited when I found the selection of PUL fabric we just brought into the store. I’m already experimenting and planning my next project.


Polyurethane laminate (PUL) is a compound fabric made by laminating a cloth fabric to a thin film of polyurethane. The top fabric is a lightweight polyester interlock knit fabric and the back is a 1 mil thick film of polyurethane. These two components are bonded together into a single fabric using a combination of heat, pressure, and adhesive.


Sewing with PUL is easy once you get the hang of it – but it is different than cotton. Here are a few tips:

Do not prewash 

As PUL does not shrink, there is no need to prewash. You can also leave cut edges unfinished; it will not unravel or fray.

Do not use pins

Pins leave holes in the fabric, negating the waterproof features of PUL. Wonderclips are perfect for PUL (along with vinyl, leather, cork!). Try hair clips, binder clips, or washable glue sticks.

Use a Ball Point Needle

Use a Jersey or Ball Point Needle. These needles are used for sewing on knits and stretchy fabric; the rounded tip allows the needle to pass between the fabric threads by separating them. If you use a regular point needle you’ll poke sharp holes in the fabric. It will also result in skipped stitches and fabric damage, causing it to curl. Use a small needle diameter: 70/11, 75/11 or 80/12.

Use polyester thread to prevent wicking

Your thread should be 100% polyester. Make sure it is NOT cotton coated polyester – this can leads to moisture wicking along the seam line.

Sew with the coated side against the feed dogs

The laminate side of the fabric can stick to your presser foot. Sew PUL with the laminate side down. If you must sew laminate side up (for instance when making a wet bag), use a teflon foot, a walking foot, or lay thin paper over your seam.

No need to “heat seal”

It is not necessary to “seal” the seams of PUL items in a hot dyer prior to use, and this practice could potentially damage your fabric.

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Deal of the Week for Jan. 30 – Tendril Blush Batik at $10/yard

Blush Tendril Batik by Robert Kaufman

Deal of the Week: Save $5 yard

Finding light batiks is always a challenge – which is why we couldn’t resist this delicate, light and lively collection by  Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman.

Until Sunday, Feb 6, pay only $10 yard – a savings of $5/yard!

Spring isn’t that far away – and this fabric is calling for me to make a light and flowing sleeveless tank top!

What would you make?

~ Marlene

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Jan 20 #FlareFabricsTGIF giveaway – 4 bluey batik fat quarters

Jan20FlareFabricsTGIFIt’s time for our Friday giveaway!

Our Jan 20 #FlareFabricsTGIF giveaway is 4 batik fat quarters from such great fabric manufacturers as TImeless Treasure, Benartex and Robert Kaufman.

The Jan 20 colour selection are blue winter hues – reminding me of snow, ice and rain plus dreamy southern skies!

To enter our draw, head to our Facebook page and post a comment. Have a great weekend and we’ll announce the winner Monday.


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Creative Grids Ruler Club – Still time to Sign Up for the 6″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool

Rainbow Swirl Pattern

Rainbow Swirl – January’s FREE pattern for Club Members

It’s not too late to register for our Creative Grids Ruler Club and get a great deal on the Creative Grid 6″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool!

I love this ruler – sew straight lines but the end result is curves! What could be better?

Creative Grid Rulers are top of the line – made in the U.S. their trademark exclusive gripper dots really hold the fabric in place. No Slipping.

Creative Grid 6" Curvey Log Cabin Trim Tool

January’s Creative Grid Club Selection – Save 15%

Create the illusion of curves with this 6 inch version of our popular Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.  Mark the wrong side of the center square through the holes on the ruler to ensure a perfect seam allowance. Then sew a round – two narrow strips and two wide strips and trim. Add two more rounds to complete a perfect 6 inch finished block. Sew four blocks together to “piece” a circle which finishes to 12 inches.

Creative Grids provides fantastic instructions, story boards and videos – and all  will be available on our website for support.

To join the club, and receive your 6″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool by the end of January, just register online by Friday, January 20 and we’ll take it from there. You save 15% by becoming a CLUB member, plus a FREE pattern, Rainbow Swirls, to use with your new ruler.

Happy January!



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