Fourth of July Home Dec/ Beach Pillow

Hi Everyone!!

I am so excited to share with you our first tutorial VIDEO for you guys to follow along with. Soon, you will be able to purchase everything needed for these videos in a simple kit, but until then, ill be linking up everything that we used.

We started with this AMAZING pillow, I personally can’t wait to throw it on my towel at the beach and snuggle up and tan with it! But you can definitely use it as a home dec/lounge chair pillow as well!

pillow.jpgHere is what you will need to complete this project:

Pillow form We are using a 20″x 20″

Silver City Stripe Fabric We used 1yrd of this

Pompoms We used 6.5 yards

We also highly recommend these fabrics for this pillow:

Serape Stripe & Sunbrella Astoria Stripe

In this video we will walk you through all the steps to creating this gem! We hope you enjoy the beach vibes music and cannot wait to see what you create!!!

We want to see your final product!!! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook and hashtag #MLEVINECREATION for a chance to win some goodies!!

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.

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.



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!’s April Sales Calendar

Just a quick post to let all of our blog followers know about our monthly online sales calendar for April!!! I see discounts on cotton prints, buttons, bridal laces, home decor silks, swimwear prints, and patterns are in your future… Click on the image to visit our online store!

New Arrival: Our New Arrivals Section is Finally Here!

We’re ready to shine some light on our New Arrivals section! It’s been a long time coming, and now it’s much easier for you to keep abreast of the new products we’re adding weekly. With twelve rotating slots, as new products come in the older ones will be bumped out. Not only are we showing new products, but new categories as well. And as a token of our appreciation for all our blog followers, you can use the coupon code “BLOGFOL” now through Sunday to receive 10% OFF any purchase from our New Arrivals Section! Just a few of our New Arrivals that certainly deserve a mention here:

In conjunction with the recent film release, Dr. Seuss’ Lorax fabric collection from Robert Kauffman is perfectly in tune with the film’s message in a 100% Organic woven cotton. With a number of coordinating prints, the Lorax can easily become an eco-friendly part of your own or a child’s environment!

In addition to great new fabrics, we’ve now got a dedicated section for purse hardware, findings, and accessories. Anyone with a fondness for bag making knows how difficult it can be to find the perfect materials to realize your designs! We proudly unveil a diverse array of handles, straps, buckles, hooks, feet, frames, and more, for all your hand-bag or purse making needs!

We’ve also just added twelve colors of a brand new polyester shantung, which is a staple spring bridal fabric with two usable sides, each with their own unique texture and allure. If you’re planning a spring wedding or event and need a low-cost, yet eye catching alternative to silk shantung, either for dress-making or event decor, the polyester shantung is a great option with its timeless charm! Great for prom, formal attire, bridesmaids’, or Easter dresses also!
So don’t forget to check out our New Arrivals section periodically; it’s a simple way to learn about the latest additions to this relatively new website that we are constantly expanding! Thanks for reading!

Spring has Sprung! Celebrate with Luxurious Cotton Shirting from Michael Levine and!

Spring is a great time of year to take advantage of our great shirting selection, most of them being of super fine quality from Italy’s finest luxury textile manufacturers. The regular price is unbeatable at $5 to $7 per yard, so with our additional 20% off during this week’s Shirting Sale, this is definitely a CAN’T MISS opportunity. I know you’re probably thinking, “At such a low price, how luxurious can it be?” But trust me, this is one of THE deals of our store!
Taking a hint from current menswear-inspired trends, high-quality shirting is now a very affordable luxury!

Gingham at the Gap:

Chambray at Anthropolgie:

Our Shirtings are a lightweight, finely woven material with a high thread count, and they are 100% cotton or close to it (a few have a tiny bit of spandex in them for added comfort and mobility). They are so beautiful and soft, the quality really is asstounding. I often refer customers in our store to the shirting section, because the prices are better than a lot of the quilting cottons, and the fabric is of such high quality. To check out our entire shirting selection, click here. And to persuade you to take advantage of this great sale, I figured I’d show you a handfull of my favorite spring home sewing patterns (all of them available in our store – with an everyday low price of 20% OFF MSRP!). This dress pattern by McCalls (#6350) is great. The body of our shirting fabrics would really lend itself well to the pleating and draping of this design. And imagine it in this vibrant bubblegum stripe! You could also do a tailored shirt or bodysuit for a very classic look, hence the material’s namesake. Here, Burda Patterns 2561 & 7353:


I love this acid lime green with orange:Or try one of our double-face gauzes; it’s like having a contrast lining without the work of lining the garment; double-face gauze is two-ply, having two usable faces. Imagine a rolled up sleeve!For younger girls, I like the idea of a romper. You’d want to line the shorts or bottom part of this style if using shirting, but the results would be so unique! It’d be just the perfect dose of a bold plaid in this short jumpsuit from Simplicity (#2222): Lastly, I touch on the spring Easter holiday and the kiddies who love that special reason to dress up. With this adorable pattern from McCall’s (#6304), Easter fashion is a walk in the park! Just check out some of our gingham shirting! So how about it? We’ve got so many choices in this beautiful, soft, high-end fabric, and now’s the perfect time of year to get comfortable in it! Shop our entire selection of shirting here, now 20% OFF for a limited time only. Sale ends Wednesday March 28th at midnight, EST.

Natural Selection: Michael Levine & unveil a new collection of natural fiber home decor textiles, and this weekend our entire Home Decor Section is ON SALE!

For a long time I have been highly attracted to raw and unbleached, nearly unaltered natural fibers like linen and silk, in earthy palettes of warm, neutral tones – they seem to relax people. Whether it’s the serene nature of these materials, or the influence of Asian aesthetic ‘s simplicity, I find natural textiles to be one of the earth’s ‘natural wonders’. The fact that natural fibers are gifts of mother nature and need very little alteration from mankind – to be the sumptuous yet very basic indulgence that they are – is sublime. When I visited South-east Asia, I discovered a look that was very much rooted in the natural, uncluttered approach that we westerners call Zen.  The trend in Asian decor, I noticed, was to mix the natural with a contemporary, modern, and refined minimalism, much like this:

This style is popular in newer, Southeast Asian construction.So, as a fan of and advocate for natural fibers, you can imagine my blissful excitement when the owner delivered to us a forklift load of new tussah silk and linen home décor textiles to put online! If this realm is new to you, I’m here to help you justify the shift into an environment that’s more free from synthetics! As I passionately write and edit this post, I’m very excited to share some extra good news with you… these new textile treasures we’re about to shine light on – as well as our entire Home Decor Section – are ON SALE, discounted 20% OFF, THIS WEEKEND ONLY! So have a look and stock up, because this bargain won’t last long, and surely can’t be beat!

By now you’re probably questioning “How to mix this raw, exquisite texture into my space?”
Let me tell you, have no fear. Whether it’s a little or a lot, an earthly reminder of our outdoor world is always a welcome presence. Shizen, or Naturalness, is one of seven underlying principles of Zen, and really is the pith of this article; appreciating the unpolished stone, the untreated wood, and of course the raw fiber of a plant or insect, woven into immaculate textiles.  You may find yourself surprised at the understated yet complex beauty of this new collection!

So to apply this principle aesthetically is really not hard. Take this grand architecture and these warm and inviting natural wood tones, and accent them with long and wide, uncut panels of full-length, floor to ceiling curtains! How glorious are these tapestries? I have to say they are almost taking center stage, aside from the mountain views:

Our new linen and silk blend ‘Damascus’ is a perfect candiadte for this starring role:

Damascus – linen and silk blend in a natural, earthy texture, embellished with appliqued rope, wooden beads, and brass adornments in a Moroccan-style motif. Shop all of our natural or silk home decor textiles by clicking.

Another idea is to make the cloth into a sumptuous bedspread or duvet cover. A great thing about natural fibers, linen particularly, is that it is breathable, so you won’t be waking up clammy. A silk or linen duvet can be used empty in the summer or filled in the winter, and will always keep that organic look – even if your comforter is filled with micro-fiber!

Here’s the idea:

And the top pick for creating this look:

“Dubai” – 100% Silk in Natural with vertical, beaded rope stripes (also available in Dark Natural)

The third use of these amazing textiles can be a combination of the first and second; I found a few photos online of perfectly executed bed prosceniums using the “floor to ceiling” curtain idea:

You could use any of our new Armani Linens to recreate these fine, solid linen drapery looks. They will also be on sale through Sunday March 11th! Add an amazing natural feel, luxurious drape, and privacy, of course, with our array of 14 modern, muted colors.  You’re sure to find one of these Italian designer linens to suit your space and style!

If an embroidered or embellished linen is more your thing, like the example shown below, we’ve got a number of these also!

This one, called Isis, is just beautiful and would easily add a lot of class to an earthy bedroom suite:

And now finally, although there are still so many more options and ideas to explore, I’ve saved my favorite for last. This is the appeal of a motley array of high contrast, color and texture combinations, all orbiting around the natural, light quality of this room. Take this Northern-European spin on Shabby:

A bright, white space becomes a homey, lived-in space. As Regina here at the office says, “Can I move in?!?” I love this photo and style, showing a collection of cultural treasures. You can see that they each have their own story to tell. Some of our new natural home dec textiles could easily step right into this scene without skipping a beat! You have to use your imagination on this one, since they’re not in the picture yet – but centered around this grande, wood-slab coffee table, and tossed in with the primitive woven textiles and artifacts, you can see what I’m getting at. Nature incorporated! The rich quality of Joyous, in either Chocolate or Tan, adds an interesting, dimensional texture and really emphasizes the organic. Imagine a throw pillow or ‘flower wall’ in this mix!

So now that I’ve given you a few ideas to play around with, exercise your own imagination within the space you’ve got. I can guarantee there’s at least a little room in every house – pun intended – for some natural selections to reveal their understated beauty! Be sure to check out our Home Decor Textiles 20% Off Sale, this weekend only, where you will find many more styles and a much greater selection than what we’ve only just touched on here! Enjoy!

Michael Levine’s Special Kona Cotton Solids Sale for Online Customers Only!

Now is a great time to shed some light on the ever popular Kona Cotton, a staple broadcloth material amongst quilters and crafters for it’s universal appeal and large spectrum of colors. This weekend we’ll be having a sale online on all of our Kona Cotton Solids, so we wanted to share some ideas and pictures.

In case you are unfamiliar with broadcloth, it is characterized by a dense weave, which lends itself to sturdiness and long term durability. So as you can imagine, quilters choose this material for its ability to hold up to many washings and time, as quilts are traditionally handed down through families and generations as long lasting heirlooms. Not to mention the fact that it is 100% Cotton. If you know me well enough by now, you know that I am a huge advocate of natural fibers, especially for worn or slept-in items. I think blankets qualify. Nobody likes waking up clammy or damp. A material like Kona Cotton will give you the vibrant colors and long-term durability, paired with the added benefit of being a breathable, natural fiber that will ensure a comfortable sleep.

There are a ton of online tutorials and quilt patterns if you’d like to try your hand at a Kona Cotton Quilt. The most elaborate designs use analogous colors to create dimensional and gradated patterns.  This one here is an interesting take on a classic chevron. I like the simple instructions drawn out on graph paper, very clear:

Another notable, somewhat retro, design using Kona Cotton can be seen here. Or the Shattered Rainbow,which is here. The possibilities are endless. Just do an online ‘image’ search for “Kona Cotton Quilt” and you’ll be overwhelmed by choices.

But you aren’t only limited to quilts with Kona Cottons, I imagine them working wonderfully in both children’s garments or women’s dresses and skirts. And as the examples show, Kona Cotton works great for making bows and other semi-rigid items. You can also use a Kona Cotton Solid for any of the components in our pillowcase blog or the potato bag blog. Here are a few photos of garments that could easily be replicated using Kona Cotton Solids as the main fabric or contrast:


Whatever you decide to do or make with the Kona Cotton, it’s bound to yield pleasing results, and this weekend is a great time to stock up during our Kona Cotton Solids Sale!