50% off shipping…again!

Hello Everyone!

How about 50% off shipping, now ’til Thursday 3-21, midnight, EST.?  

- Type - 50ship - into the Comments Section of the check-out order form.

- We will refund you the 50% of your shipping cost when we process your order.

- We believe in “full inclusion”, so this savings is for everyone!

In case you missed our newsletter, click here!  to see our new arrivals, etc.

 Here are some great New Arrivals!

For your low-volume looks:

 

If you are on the wild side…

Bundle of Dan Bennett + Rowan Caimen from Westminster, click here!

Bundle of Dan Bennett + Rowan Caimen from Westminster, click here! and for yardage, click here!

 

Dan Bennett for Westminster - Bundle and Yardage.

Dan Bennett for Westminster – Bundle and Yardage.

 

Stop in Contemporary Cloth and use the 50% off shipping treat!

Best to you,

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Van Gogh Fabrics 60% off, bold colors!

The Van Gogh Collection by Free Spirit Fabrics is a rayon poplin textile that has very bold colors and florals or abstract designs. Van Gogh can be used in quilts if they are interfaced or fused. These prints are perfect for wearables ( blouse, shirt, skirt), since they drape well.

They were originally, $9.80 and NOW…$3.96! See all of them below and enjoy the amazing color + print! To purchase, click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta love the Van Gogh Collection!!! 

Have a day full of color! Sondra

Sale fabrics…

Hello Everyone,

We have many fabrics on sale right now, see below:

1.  25% off of our Halloween, Christmas and Winter fabrics, including Grinchmas.

 

2.  30% off Ty Pennington’s Impressions – Home Decorator Fabrics.

3.   25% off of our Pretty Little Prints Category which includes many of your favorite designers, e.g., Jennifer Paganelli, Robin Pandolph, Annette Tatum, Tanya Whelan and more! Many fabrics in this category are already marked down so this is an additional 25% off!

Here are some examples…

Annette Tatum fabrics.

Robin Pandolph's Beach House.

Jennifer Paganelli's fabrics.

Enjoy your day!

Sharing a picture of our new kittens! Best to you, Sondra

Angel, Pepper and Ginger.

Laminated Reversible Tote Tutorial + 25% off Laminated Fabrics!

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Hello everyone!
We have some stunning laminated fabrics on our website and they are 25% off right now! Originally $18.96/yard, now $14.92/yard.
Here are the fabrics and below is Jane Skotch’s fabulous Tutorial:

Laminated fabrics designed by Amy Butler for Westminster Fibers.

Laminated fabrics designed by Annette Tatum for Free Spirit Fabics.

The LAMINATED REVERSIBLE TOTE TUTORIAL is by the sewist, knitter, creative and crafter – Jane Skoch of Maiden Jane. Jane previously worked for Contemporary Cloth and now she has moved on to exciting new adventures. We wish her the very best and welcome this wonderful post. Read much  more about Jane on her informative blog and don’t miss her fabulous Etsy Shop, Maiden Jane!

I have been having lots of fun playing with laminated fabrics lately.  Seeing these two lovely fabrics I was inspired to create a reversible laminate tote.  A laminate would be perfect for a beach or pool bag. If you head to the Y every week for a workout this bag will keep the water out (or in!) Perhaps a tote for wet grocery items like jugs of milk from the grocery store.  Or even a diaper bag!  The best part is that this tote is reversible so you get two looks in one.  You can be a sophisticated lady with the damask pattern or baby-toting mom with the alphabet pattern.

Materials:

5/8 yard laminate fabric (54″ wide)
5/8 yard contrast/coordinating laminate fabric – or any lining fabric
2 yards 1″ cotton webbing

1. Cut two squares 21″ wide x 19″ high from the laminate fabric.

Once you have one fabric cut, use that piece as your pattern to cut the second fabric.

2. Cut 14″ x 10″ out of each fabric for a pocket.

3. Prepare pocket for stitching.  Do not simply fold and press laminates.  You can easily press the back side of the laminate with a hot iron.  However, when using the iron on the top side – with the laminate film up – always use a press cloth.

To prepare the pocket for sewing on the side of the bag, finger-press the sides about 1/4″ and the top about 1″.

Press with a press cloth.  Fold the top under again and pin.

4. Stitch the top of the pocket.  I set the machine to the longest stitch length and used my regular presser foot.  It worked fine.

5. Pin and stitch pocket to bag side.  Center pocket 4″ from the top and 4″ from the sides.

I tested sewing the fabric using a walking foot.  (Sometimes I do have a problem with the needle falling out when I use a walking foot due to the pressure of the foot on the needle.)  You can experiment with a roller foot or a Teflon foot.

I also dialed back the stitch length just a bit.

6. Now you should have a pocket applied to the main fabric and the contrast fabric.  I like my pockets to be contrasting to the main fabric but you can design your bag however you would like.

Pin the bag pieces, right sides together and stitch along the side, bottom and other side using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  In this case the laminated sides are facing each other and stitching is a breeze.  Repeat for the contrast.

I didn’t think pressing seams open would work well with the laminate, so I serged the seams and pressed them to the side.  You can simply press your seams to the side if you don’t have a serger.

7. Create boxed bottom.  With the side seam facing  you and centered, flatten the “bottom” of the bag to create a triangle.  Measure the point at which there is 6″ across and stitch on this line.  Cut off the triangle.  Repeat for the other side and the other fabric.

8.  You now have two separate bags.  I originally tried making laminate handles, but found that it was very difficult to turn the laminate inside out.  Also, I thought the laminate might be sticky on the shoulder.  So I opted to use a 1″ cotton webbing, cut to 30″.  Pin the webbing 5″ from the sides of the bag.

9. Place one bag inside the other so that right sides are facing.  Pin around the top edge.

10.  Stitch around the top edge leaving at least a 3″ opening.  Turn the bag right sides out.  It takes a bit of work because the laminates don’t slide very easily.

The bag looks like this afterward, a bit wrinkly:

I placed it on the ironing board, lined up the top edges and gave it a good press with a press cloth.

11. Top stitch around the top edge of the bag to close the opening.
Enjoy your bag!

Thank you, Jane (of Maiden Jane) for the fabulous tutorial and for sharing your creative skills with us !!!! We absolutely love the tote! Please come back soon !!!!
Sondra

More New Patterns….great gift ideas!

Here we have two sewing patterns to cut out from Dena Designs fabrics: The Leanika Apron Pattern and the Leanika Bag Pattern. These are from the lovely Leanika Collection. Enjoy! Quick and Easy…the directions are on the fabric.

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