Friday Warehouse walk… Just in and so excited!

Friday Warehouse walk...Just in and so excited!

Just in from Robert Kaufman, Hello Tokyo, is a new collection from designer Lisa Tilse. We have been waiting for this collection to hit the warehouse and today it finally did. I know you’re going to love it as much as we do. The prints are perfect for apparel, home décor, crafts, and more. The buttons and appliques make this collection even more versatile. Check out our post from last week and see the tuffet we made that would be perfect in this fabric.

Click here to see the free downloads from Robert Kaufman…

Click here to download the free  pillow pattern from Robert Kaufman.

Click here to download the free zipper pouch pattern from Robert Kaufman.

Click here to download the free softie pattern from Robert Kaufman.

The collection will be on the sales floor tomorrow and online next week.

Enjoy!

New foam tuffet…

Happy hump day. Robin & I want to show you this new product we received. These foam tuffets are perfect next to a bed or chair or as a foot rest. There are so many ways you can go with it. From juvenile, to retro, to funky and so much in between. Really, your imagination is the only thing that will limit you. Have fun and please, if you make one, tag us so we can see it.

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Supplies:

2 yards of fabric, pictured here ML247495

1/4  yard of solid fabric of your choice for piping

3 1/3 yards of cotton cording (enough to go around tuffet twice) or use pre made piping, trim, or fringe

1 piece of batting, size of top of tuffet (optional)

1 foam tuffet (18″ diameter/15″ tall)

1 quick pleater. I used the 2 inch pleater

Pattern:

Cut top piece 19″ diameter circle. (to allow for seam allowance)

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Cut 4″ band circumference of the tuffet.

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Cut 3 widths of fabric at 15″ long each.

The piping was made with 1/4″ cotton cording & a solid fabric.  (you could also use a pre-made piping or use a fringe)

Make sure there is enough to go around the tuffet twice.

Stitch piping to the circle top piece.

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Attach 4″ band to piped top piece.

Attach 2nd piece of piping to the bottom of the band. Set aside.

Now, sew the 3 large pieces together to make a loop. (In this case the 3 pieces equalled 3 times the circumference)

Get out your quick pleater & start pleating. I like to pin the pleats in place.

We decided to go with a box pleat, but a knife pleat would also work well.

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Hem the bottom. I used the Sealah double sided tape to make is super quick & easy.

Iron the pleats down.

Attach pleated skirt to bottom of band.

Place the batting on top of the tuffet. This is optional, but it will give it a softer look.

Put your slip cover on your tuffet.

Now you have this perfect foot stool or side table that coordinates perfectly with your space.

Here is our finished product…

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There are so many fabrics that would work well with this project. Here are a few others we suggest…

ML247510 is one of my favorite fabrics. You can’t go wrong with this beautiful embroidered indigo.

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A Shaby Chic linen would be great as well.

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I love this Moroccan Ikat print.  The colors are great. I can see this in a tweens room.

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Also take a look at the pouf that Lisa Tilse made with the fabric she designed for Robert Kaufman. We should have this fabric in next week. It is really a bold pop of fun.

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Enjoy!

We’re finally here!

I am so excited that we finally made it to Hawaii. The last six months have been extremely busy both professionally and personally and I am so ready for a break.
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For those who have been following, you know the first time we tried to get here it didn’t go so well, but that is all behind us now. As I look out from my balcony I have forgotten all about that. I am ready to soak in my seven days of ocean, sand, and air. While we really don’t have much planned, I can’t wait to explore Kauai. It is the only island I have not been to and I can’t wait to see why it is called the “garden island”. I will most definitly post a few pitures later in the week.

Before I show you the two adorable dresses Robin made I have to give you a little backstory…

Since my oldest was about 2 old we have gone to Hawaii every year.

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That is until I had my youngest, and after we took her twice, 9 weeks and 13 months, we realized she was not as easy as the other two.

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We have not traveled there, or anywhere else on an airplane, in almost 5 years. Before Sarah, we had been to all the islands except Kauai. I can’t really pin point what it is, but I love it there. I love the quiet single lane highway of the Big Island, I loved seeing the volcano at dawn on Maui, I loved visiting friends and going to Pearl Harbor on Ouahu, and I loved the romantic surprise birthday trip to Lanai.

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Everytime I go I feel relaxed and at peace. When we went the very first time, Sydney, the oldest, was around two years old. She was fascinated with the hula dancer that danced nightly in the hotel lounge area. She would ask to go every night and just sit there for over an hour watching her dance. Sydney was a very early talker, and when we returned from that first trip she started asking to learn how to dance the hula. We of course thought this was a passing phase and pretty much ignored her. The next year we went back and it was the same thing. Every night we had to watch the dancer. Sydney was just captivated by the music and her dancing. She was still asking to dance and now slept with Hawaiian music playing in her room. Finally, when she was almost 3, we realized this was not going to end and we started looking for Hula in Los Angeles. I figured this would be non existent and that would be the end of it. I was wrong. My husband found a hula school only 10 minutes from our house. I have to say I was pretty surprised. We both agreed it couldn’t hurt to let her try it. While Sydney wouldn’t dance at first, she loved to go and watch. She picked up the chanting immediately and would walk around the house singing and chanting. The Kumu hula, the head, Keali’i Ceballos, assured me it was fine that she didn’t want to dance. As long as she wanted to come he said to bring her. He suggested she watch and that the few moms in the class, who had young children, should get up and dance. That the children would dance along side us after a while. He turned out to be right. Pretty soon she was dancing. What I didn’t expect to happen was that I too would really enjoy it. I loved the music, learnig the stories, and the Ohana (family), I was dancing with. Sydney continued in the Keiki (children) class, and I moved to the adult class along with three other moms.

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Sydney and I both danced for years. I even competed once in Florida. I only stopped dancing when I was 8 months pregnant with Sarah and was litterally falling over as I danced. Once I had a third child I just couldn’t find the time to get back. I still hope to get back one day. Sydney stopped dancing when she was 10 years old. Her gymnastics was becoming increasingly demanding and she just couldn’t do both any more. We still go every year to see their Hoike. This is a beautiful performance of hula and story telling that both Sydney & I both took part in for years. If you ever get a chance to see Hula Halau o Keali’i o Nalani dance make sure you do. They are just wonderful. All three of my kids still listen to Hawaiian music at night and I will always be grateful for the ohana I gained from hula. The culture is so warm, the stories run so deep, and the respect for their elder and community is amazing.

Okay, back to the fabric. When I saw the new batik coming in it made me think about my summer travels. I immediately thought Sarah would look so cute in a batik dress when we’re in Hawaii. While I know batik didn’t originate in Hawaii, seeing it reminds me of the islands. Though Batik may have originted in Indonesia, it is very prevalent in Hawaiian apparel and home decorating. It is used in sarongs, tops, and dresses, as well as for mens Hawaiian shirts. You will also see beautiful batik pillows and quilts in Hawaii, as well as on the main land. There are so many great choices it was hard to pick just a few.

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If you’re curious about the roots of Batik and how it is made you can read more about it here and here.

Here is the fabric and pattern Robin used.

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Batik fabric for childrens dress

Here are a few pics as it went together….

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Sarah loves her new dresses, as you can see. Perfect for fun in the sun. Well the roosters are calling so I’m off.

Enjoy!

Proud sponsor of The Alphabet Collection…

The Alphabet Collection 

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Lowpricefabric.com is proud to be a sponsor of Pattern Anthology’s newest patterns, The Alphabet Collection.  It is available for purchase for a limited time only!  Pattern Anthology is a collaboration of four pattern designers, Andrea, from Go to Patterns & The Train to Crazy,  Kate, from See Kate Sew, Melissa from Melly Sews, and Shauna from Shwin and Shwin.  A few months ago I was lucky enough to connect with Andrea and we hosted a group of bloggers for her event, Fabric Weekend 2013. You can read more about the day here.  Andrea connected me with Kate and before I knew it we were part of this amazing pattern collection. The tour started last week and it has been great watching each blogger do their own interpretation of the Alphabet collection. I love that it is unisex and still so fun and interesting.  It is just perfect for back to school. There are so many possibilities. By mixing and matching fabrics and textures you can create looks that go on for days and it looks like these bloggers did just that!

Our fabrics have been very popular with the Study Hall Jacket and the vest. Here are a few pictures.

This yellow wool really adds that wow factor. Great pop of color! Also the suiting for the vest is a cute play on mens apparel.
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The Echino Bonnetbus is so cool! He looks ready to start learning!
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This warm & cozy sherpa vest is perfect for Fall. It’s almost like wearing your favorite blanket.
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I love what Shwin & Shwin did with this orange boucle. The texture is great and that gold zipper just takes it over the edge into perfection.
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This vest from our Ikat is lovely. Just as Elsie says, it is just the right amount of grown up, yet still young at the same time. I love the racer back detail as well.
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And lastly, what girl doesn’t want this jacket? This faux fur adds a look of sophistication that any pre-teen would love.
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 I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the outfits. Every morning I go to work and look to see the newest creation. It’s a nice surprise. If you buy the pattern and make something with our fabrics please tag us or post it on our Facebook page. We love to see what you guys are making out there. Can you believe it is almost time for school to start?!? Enjoy the last few weeks of summer & get sewing!
Enjoy!

The first fabric Friday…

I was supposed to be relaxing on the beach, with a drink in my hand, but instead, due to tropical storm Flossie, I’m back at my desk typing. I am disappointed to say the least, but work must go on.  We’re hoping to reschedule, but so far we’re not having an easy time of it. Anyway, today we want to show you some of the new products that just hit our warehouse and should be online by next week. I will show the link to where they will go when they are online. Remember it takes us about a week from warehouse to online. Thank for your patience, it will be worth it. The licensed cotton prints are perfect for children’s decor, accessories, and apparel. The apparel fabrics have an amazing feel. I know they are going to sell quickly. When I was photographing them in the retail store people couldn’t keep their hands off them. The new home decorating fabrics have are beautiful. The navy embroidered one is so classic. A few of the home decor fabrics are linen blends. I always love the look of linen blends. For me they read as relaxed, airy and timeless.

Cotton Prints

Dr Suesse

Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham

For the boys
Licensed Cotton Prints

for the girls

Hello Kitty

Moda, Modascapes

Modascapes

Kyoto Gardens

Kyoto Garden

Apparel

double knit

Double Knit

Eyelet
Eyelet

stretch denim

Stretch Denim

sweater knit

Sweater Knit

voile print

Voile prints

knit stripes

Striped Knits

Home Decorating

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Just a reminder that our cotton prints and our flannel prints are 10% off everyday. Also this month, August 1st through August 31st, the entire Home Decorating store, as well as the entire Home Decorating section online, is 20% off.  To top it off, if you order more than $75.00 online you get free shipping everyday. What a deal! Next week I’ll have some new notion products to show you as well as more fabric. See you next Friday!

Thanks for checking in.

Enjoy!

Time for a new swim bag…

My youngest’s swim/summer bag has seen better days and it’s time for a new one, and quick! Since there are three kids in my family they all have to be responsible for their own stuff. Besides the fact that I just don’t have enough hands to carry everyone’s stuff, I believe in teaching responsibility early on. While carrying your own towel, goggles, and swim rocket my not seem like a big deal, let me tell you the first time one of them doesn’t have what they need they learn really quick not to leave their bag on the counter. Therefore, when one six-year old’s bag is falling apart, she is not a happy camper. There is no way she wants to carry all her stuff in her arms. She needs her stuff all together, easy to carry, and ready for action!

Here is a super quick pattern that Robin whipped up. You can use any cotton print that will personalize it to your child. Sarah just finished her first year in Little League, so this print is right up her alley.

We used Simplicity 1602. All you need 5/8 yards of a cotton print, 5/8 yards of a coordinating rip stop, and 3 yards of a drawstring cord.

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Ironing on some fusible interfacing to add some “hand” and body to the fabric.
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Laying out the pattern.

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Same for the lining.
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Marking the drawstring line.

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Sewing the side seam.

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Drawstring pulled through.

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Drawstring pinned to the bottom of the pack. This is what makes the backpack straps.

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Finished product. One very happy six-year-old ready for a swim day!

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