Archive for October, 2011

Sunday Stash #19

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

How do you fancy a vintage-inspired fabric on Sale?  We thought you might like to get this cheerful design, and with a 15% discount you might not be able to resist it ;)

Plaid Flowers in Red – Floursack

I didn’t know why the name of floursack, but clever Nicola did the research and this is what she found: “Printed floursacks, (and feedsacks) were a tradition beginning in the great depression, but lasted into the 1950′s. It is estimated that by the early 1940′s over 3 million women and children were wearing some version of a printed feedbag garments.”

To check more of the floursack collection click here.

The sale will last until Wednesday 2nd November, 2011.

Have a great day!

Sunday Stash #18

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Hiya!  How is your weekend going?  Today’s Sunday Stash is Dots Dots Dots by Liz Scott, this yummy fabric is part of the Sugar Pop! collection and there are only 2 fabrics left, their sweets colours were very popular and I am sure you will like this one too.


Sweet pastel dots by Liz Scott


Little patterns likes this are useful to line bags or it could also be use for binding a quilt too, and of course it can be use in any patchwork projects that you might have in mind!

Sale price will last until Wednesday 26th October ;)

Patchwork inspired projects by Cath Kidston

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Most of the time when I think of patchwork I think of new modern patterns or traditional simple patterns with contemporary fabrics.  I had almost forgotten that the roots of patchwork was not only to create an heirloom quilt, but to make the most out of fabrics in times long before mass production.  The new Cath Kidston book, Patch!, has reminded me that crafters from past times washed their fabrics before cutting them into little pieces, not to preshrink them, but to remove stains and odours, since the fabric they were about to sew together it was likely to be a shirt or an old dress.  So if you think that recycling and upcycling in a new trend, think again.

Patch! remains true to the brand and follows the same style than their previous books.  The photos are very warm and allow you to admire the beauty of vintage fabrics and the instructions seem quite straight forward, but don’t quote me on this one as I have not made anything from it yet.

There is a bit of everything in the book but there is a lot about bags and quite a few ideas for cushions and pillowcases.  You will also find things for the rest of the house, children, a dog bed, and a couple of applique project… after all applique is a close relative to patchwork.  Most of the projects are easy to make, there are no big complicated quilts, or anything that will take you ages to finish.

The beauty of this book is that it clearly shows how you can use old and new fabrics in the same project and nobodwil raise an eyebrow.  On the other hand, if you like making things exactly like the ones in the book with exactly the same fabrics, you are going to have a challenge to find the same designs.  To me, one of the great things is to make something and stamp my own style, so I wouldn’t have a problem making some of the cushions entirely with solids, or a mixture of linen in natural colour and bright cottons.

As in their previous books, it comes with a kit to get you starting in making a tote bag or a cushion cover, so there are no excuses of why not to get stitching.


Patch! Cath Kidston ® is published by Quadrille Publishing Limited. ISBN 978-184400-988-6

Echo the new fabric line by Lotta Jansdotter

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The fabric world is just getting better and better every day.  We, like many of you, were so exited to find out that multitalented design hero Lotta Jansdotter was launching her first ever fabric line that we couldn’t help it but to do some shopping.

Lotta and her first fabric line by Windham Fabrics

Lotta’s Scandinavian style has won us over with her patterns and printing and stencil books, not to mention her finished products, and now she is surprising us all over again with her clean, simple and modern fabric patterns.

Placemats, cushions, dresses... we want to make everything with these fabrics!

Some might say that this collection will only appeal to the urban dwellers, but we will have to disagree with that, this collection as many of Lotta’s designs has been inspired by the Nordic landscape and I bet it will add a breath of fresh air to any country cottage.

I bet the man in your life will have no objections on you buying some fabric if you are going to make a shirt like this one.

Click here to see some of the fabrics that will be in stock, but if you want a particular one make sure you let us know here.

Sunday Stash #17

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

This week went fast, I just can’t believe we are in mid October already! Summer seems like a long way away and Autumn in definetely here with all its lovely presents. Yummy fruit and berries, cooler days, and beautiful colours in the parks. So we thought to also offer you a nice present and this Sunday Stash offer is perfect for this season and the next…

Robert Kaufman Corduroy 21 Wale in Silver

This corduroy is very similar to needlecord, soft, with a beautiful texture that you won’t believe it is as strong as it really is.
The colour is silver but don’t think it is shiny. It is like an off white, something that you will find at The White Company sort of thing; you know, a more forgiving white.

What to make with it?? Well, the list is endless but you can make garments of all sorts, messenger bags, Christmas stockings and othe holiday decorations, and I can picture the most feminine clutch of them all! And because is 57″/1.44m wide you dont need to buy lots to make little things.

The offer will last from today until Wednesday.

Have a lovely Sunday and a great week!

Tuesday Treat – REVISED

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011


As promised last Sunday, here is a yummy fabric at a discounted price. Sasha in Toffee is a modern bold design, but somehow there is a nostalgic vibe, like what you get with vintage fabrics. But I guess it all depends on what you match it with, if you Use Tarika in Moss you get such a happy and vibrant combination!

Sunday Stash

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

How is your weekend going?  Nicola and I have been terribly busy, making a few changes, cutting fabrics, getting new books to review, everything to make The Fabric Shop a better and safer place to shop.  For this reason we won’t host a Sunday Stash Sale this weekend, but no need to alarm, for this week only we are going to move it to Tuesday, so it will be a Tuesday Treat, kind of to help you to shake off Monday blues and embrace the rest of the weekend with a big smile :D


Enjoy the rest of the weekend, if you have a spare minute or two, come over and check our new fabrics, there is a bit for everybody and there is more to come soon!


See you Tuesday!

A girl’s world design by a lovely girl

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I have got in my own hands a beautiful book, full of pretty pictures, girly projects, a pocket filled with every pattern on the book and in every size, and lots of colours that guarantee to make you smile.  I have a signed copy of Jennifer Paganelli’s Girl’s World.

The cover and presentation of the book says it all!

I admire Jennifer for many reasons, she is an incredible designer (something that I keep repeating to the Free Spirit UK distributor), but she is a nice to the core lady.  I follow her on Facebook and Twitter, not like a weird stalker, but as a true admirer of her work.  I can’t really put a finger on why I like it so much, maybe it is because it really shows that she and her team do everything they do with love and professionalism and that always shows.

Wouldn't be great these pillows in all sizes, from tiny small pincushions to big ones?

The book has been out for a few months already, in the UK since May if I am not mistaken, but it is not specific for summer, some of the dresses can easily be made with thicker fabrics, like the Mary’s Fancy Sash Dress.  But it is not all dresses, you can find accessories and great ideas for the home too, and not all are sewing projects, Jennifer has thrown in a lampshade and a very motivational badge, so you trully can create a girl’s world with this book.

This must be THE dress

Like every good book, it has a very sweet introduction by the author and a section to help you get started, a bit of guidance with sizing, what you will need to make your life easier, and a glossary of techniques that you will find useful not only in this book with any other sewing project.

A cheeky apron.

I already have on my list 2 projects that I want to make, an apron and a puppy, the best bit about this last one is the puppy’s name is George.  I just want to make one to call it George, since I am not allowed to have another dog, but that’s another blog post altogether.

George, my new dog.

The only down side of this book is that I am too big for the girly dresses, so I will keep sourcing patterns from Sis Boom (Jennifer’s company) until one sunny day my luck changes.

Even this brooches are adorable :)

- Lizzet xo

Girl’s World by Jennifer Paganelli is published by Chronicle Books (ISBN 978-9-8118-7444-1

Little bags

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

I haven’t done much sewing lately and I am not very happy about it.  I don’t have my sewing machine with me and it is driving me crazy!  Not only that, I have been hanging around sewing machines shops which is very dangerous… at least it is for my pocket.

Not only the doggies and children are extremely sweet, but I love the twist on changing dots for squares.

To keep me away from temptation, I thought of going through the pictures of things that I made before my good friend got packed away.  I made these bags for a local charity with Sherbet Pips fabrics.  I will tell you more about the charity soon, I am sure you will like it.  But for now, I will concentrate on these lovely fabrics which have been a best seller since they arrived and now that the winter is coming they are becoming even more popular.  Those scarves and the children on the scooters are going to be in many Christmas stockings, you will see.

-Lizzet xo

Sunday Stash #16

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Wow! I can’t belive how fast this week went! It feels like it was only a few days ago that people were talking about children going back to school and now it is all about Christmas and presents and stocking up for Christmas fairs.  I feel like I really want to stop and just enjoy the autumn, it is my favourite season of all.  The colours, the flavours, days are getting shorter but you don’t mind because it is not too cold (certainly not this week!)… and well, yes, I must admit I do start planning a bit my handmade presents, and decorations for the house.

You might be a bit more organized than me, and if you already have a list and a budget for your handmade presents, we would like to help you with not just a Sunday Stash Sale, but a Week Stash Sale.  Two fabrics on sale for a whole week!

The first one is a real treasure, Flower Garden in Jelly by Momo.  This is one of those patterns that you can use for many things, it can be the main fabric of whatever you are making, or you can use it to line a bag or purse to give it that special touch.  The pattern has medium and small details, so even a small left over of fabric can be useful for a small project, whether it is a small patchwork cushion, a doll dress or you can just keep it for a rainy day ;)

Flowers and butterflies, a real garden for you!

Winged Flight in Leaf is the second fabric on sale,  it is a panel but before you blank it out from your mind, let me tell you that I have seen very clever things to make with panes.  Of course you can also make a quick quilt with a panel and then just hand stitch some details to bring the wadding and backing together, and curtains and cushions are always a good option to add some fun to any room.  I want to make a shopping bag with it (handles and lining with this solid), or  a girl’s dress, kind of a children’s and bolder version of an Echino design.

Check the tiny bees! Adorable!

Right, I am going to leave you now so you can make your mind and if you want browse for other designs from the same range… or why not? mix and match with other collections.

Nicola is making a quilt with these fabrics, raise your hand if you want to see it finished ;)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a great week!

- Lizzet xo