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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Free Shipping and New Arrivals - Clare de Lune

:::Use code - freeshipping - for orders over $75. DOMESTIC SHIPPING UNTIL 4-2

:::Use code - freeshipping - for orders over $75., 30% OFF INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING UNTIL 4-2 (the adjustment will be made when we process your order).

:::THIS WEEKS SALE: see links below - 20% OFF Fat Quarter Packs, Specialty Fabric Packs and 30's Retro Reproduction Prints UNTIL 4-2 (next Friday).

New Arrival - Clare de Lune designed by Christine Graf.....butterflies, stripes and dots in fun colors!

Friday, March 26, 2010


:::THIS WEEKS SALE: 20% OFF Fat Quarter Packs, Specialty Fabric Packs and 30's Retro Reproduction Prints UNTIL 4-2 (next Friday).

:::All Home Dec fabrics (including Mod Pod Organic Home Dec) - 25% off ENDS today - 2-26.
:::Snow Flower cottons are 25% off ENDS today - 2-26.

:::Clearance Fabrics as low as $3.75/yard.
:::See our "latest" New Arrivals below......

Here are our latest new fabrics! Enjoy!

Are you looking for some interesting new textures? This is the Chelsea Collection designed by Yuko Hasegawa. Very interesting designs when you see them up close on the website.

More birds, birdhouses and florals in Tweet Street by Sue Zipkin! Fun prints that are just in time for Spring.

Alexander Henry.....always dynamic designs...puppy dogs and modern florals!

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fabulous Blogs! Happy Spring!

Are you looking for some ideas for your Spring and Summer decorating? Visit these blogs and you will be amazed at all of the wonderful creativity out there!

Lolalina - Laura surely does help you "find your sweet life"! Stop in to follow her journey.

Decor8 - Holly Becker is the design guru in the blog world, so much to see! She is amazing.

haus maus - Holly's life in Germany, sharing interesting stories, images and places.

Bigprint Little - Allison is a textile designer and illustrator and her blog is packed full of ideas and art.

Mondocherry - Clare, JJ and Susieq make beautiful creations with paper and fabric. Must see!

Artlovejoy - Wini shares her love of art and textile design. Follow her journey!

a creative Mint - Leslie takes us to another place with her beautiful photographs!

Ink + Wit - See Lara for all of your banner and ad needs. She is not only creative but also a very good person to work with.

Frau Heuberg - Ines is excited about life. She is working on her own handmade treasures out of fabric and paper. Stop in!

Daily Suze - Another fun blog with design ideas for your creative energy!

The blog world is full of creative people, these are only a few! Have fun exploring them.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Weekend Discount - 25% off your order!

***Happy Spring! 25% OFF YOUR ORDER, 10-20% off Fiber Artists! - NOW UNTIL MONDAY - 3-22 at midnight, EST.

***USE COUPON CODE - spring - for the discount!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Spring is coming! We have more new fabrics that have just arrived.

Fleur Nouveau by Don Baker....we have the entire collection and some examples of fabrics are below. Click here for the free quilt pattern download of Fleur Nouveau from Clothworks!

Folklorica....interesting color combinations and designs.

Urban Green 56-57", 7 oz. , 100% cotton canvas - perfect for those tote bags!

Jinny Beyer's Outback - fabulous textures for all of your projects!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

NEW ARRIVALS! and Black and White Sale until March 20th!

BLACK AND WHITE Category - 20% off until 3-20! Here are a few, we have a large selection

Enjoy all of our new arrivals!!!

                  Promises....soft florals and a stripe in apricot and celedon.

and Garden Path...with a beautiful panel, dots and florals. Click here for a free quilt pattern download.

Enjoy all of our prints, Spring is coming!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Coffee Bag Apron Tutorial

The folks over at Donkee House have some amazing, authentic coffee bags that can be the starting point for many creative projects including totes and pillows.  As part of the unique Exchange Program at Totally Tutorials, I challenged myself to make an apron that anyone could sew. The design is unisex and would be a perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life.  What a unique and purely organic apron this is!

The bags are 28" x 40".  This particular bag has an interesting motif on both sides, so one bag can be used to make two aprons.  The burlap coffee sacks/coffee bags have not been laundered.  I chose to wash and dry the sack to soften it up a bit and then ironed it. 


To make a truly organic statement, I selected this lovely Oasis Organic Cotton as the coordinating lining fabric.  Not only does it pick up the beautiful burgundy color of the coffee beans in the motif, but it will be soft for the person wearing the apron.

Supplies to make one apron:
  • one coffee bag, washed, dried and ironed.
  • 1 1/4 yards fabric for lining, washed and dried
  • ruler


1.  Begin by making three strips of fabric.  Two of these will become the waist ties and the third will be the next strap.  Lay out lining fabric with selvage edge folded together.

2.  Cut three strips, each 4" wide.  Shorten one of those strips to 24" (this will be for the neck strap.)


3.  To finish the edge on the two long straps fold in 1/4" on one short end and press.  (The other end will be on the inside of the apron.)

4.  Fold strips in half with long edges together and press.

5.  Open out strip and fold one long edge to meet the middle and press.  Repeat with the other edge so that both raw edges are now folded and meeting at the middle.


6.  Fold in half again so raw edges are completely enclosed and press.

7.  Top stitch close to folded edge.



8.  Cut bag along edges. 


9.  Mark the center point of the motif.  Even out the sides and bottom of bag.  In this example, there was 5.25" to the right of the motif.  So I cut off the excess on the left side for an overall size of 23.5" x 35". 


10.  Mark 5.5" to the left and right of the center point; mark 11.5" down on the sides.


11.  Draw a curve between the two points and cut out that top portion of the apron.  (You could also trace an existing apron.)

12.  Use the cut out piece as a pattern to make the same cut on the other side.


13.  Place lining fabric underneath the bag and cut out.


14.  Pin ties to right side of lining, raw edges together.  The shorter strip is the neck piece and the longer strips are the waist ties.  The ties should be placed one inch from the sides edges.

15.  Place right sides together and pin so that the straps are encased on the inside.


16.  Sew or serge using a small stitch length and a 1/2" seam allowance around the perimeter of the apron.  Leave a 6" opening at the bottom.  Trim curves and corners being careful not to trim too closely since the weave of the burlap is somewhat loose.  Turn apron inside out and press; press the seams of the opening to the inside and pin.

17.  Top stitch the entire apron using a fairly small stitch to secure the coffee bag to the lining and reinforce the weave of the burlap.





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