Deal of the Week for March 6 – Santa Barbara Tote Kit at 40% Discount

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We love the Santa Barbara pattern by Quilter’s Dream! Stephanie Prescott has created a series of patterns that take just 6 fat quarters – and you have enough fabric for a good size tote, lining, two interior pockets and the handles.

To read about how we put this kit together head over to THIS PAGE.

And for this week only – save 40% on the Santa Barbara Tote Kit! An offer that can’t be beat – 6 gorgeous batiks by Robert Kaufman plus the Santa Barbara pattern. Until Sunday, the kit costs only $22.99, instead of the regular price of $37.99.

I take mine everywhere 🙂

~ Marlene

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ABC Animal Baby Book – Quick + Easy Gift

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I’ve discovered a new interest in my sewing this past year – ever since the birth of the first “great” niece into my family! I’m in LOVE and loving every minute of the quick projects I’m finding to sew for Ellie!

Earlier this summer it was this easy Alphabet Animal baby panel cloth book by John Butler from Elizabeth Studios. I don’t get to see the munchkin that often and this play date came up very quickly. And, well, I couldn’t go empty handed, could I?

One panel, half a yard of Pellon fusible fleece, an hour and VIOLA! A cute A-B-C alphabet cloth book that she can chew on and hopefully learn from for at least the foreseeable future. Everything comes marked and numbered. The hardest part was keeping the pages in order!

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Once all the pages were trimmed, a quick iron of the fleece, top stitching around the edges and a centre seam was all that was needed.

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We still have a few of the Book panels available – and well, spring/summer is just around the corner. 🙂

~ Marlene

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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.

WHAT IS PUL?

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.

HOW TO SEW WITH PUL?

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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