Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DIY Tutorial: Flip Flop Pillow

Here is a pillow that is perfect for the beach house, enclosed porch, or on the deck.
Nothing says summer time like a brightly colored flip flop.
Sandy, who works in the cutting room, made these pillows with her grandchildren last summer and we knew we just needed them on the blog!

You will need:
  • ¼ yard of quilting cotton (For the front and back)
  • 3½" of contrast quilting cotton (For the sides and straps)
  • Fiberfill
  • Matching thread
  • Coordinating button
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand sewing needle

First you will cut the flip flop front and back out of your main fabric.
Your pattern piece should be about 16" long. Start by drawing two circles on plain paper. One 9" in diameter and then one 8" below it slightly overlapping. Adjust the shape as needed.

Set those aside and then cut one piece of 45" x 2" for the sides of your pillow out of your contrast fabric. 
Cut one strip of 19" x 1½" out of the contrast fabric for the flip flip strap.
Now you can begin sewing! 
First you will sew the strap.
It will be helpful to use an iron for this step.
With your strap laying flat on your work surface, fold over the long edges ¼" towards the middle, wrong sides together.(As shown by the bottom strap) Use your iron to press a crisp edge. Once you have your edges turned, fold the strap in half matching your clean edges, then press. (Shown by the top strap)

At this point you could either insert a piece of fusible tape in your fold or sew along side of your folded edges with a small seam allowance. 
We chose to sew along the edge. But if you are a beginner you might want to use the fusible tape.
If you are sewing, place your presser foot on the edge and move your needle to the far right position.
Sew carefully!
Next you will sew that strap onto the front side of your flip flop. 
Make a "V" with your strap, folding the one side over the other so that the middle point lays flat. Position it on top making sure the edges meet. Pin it down and then set this piece aside for the next step.
 
Now you will sew the ends of your side piece together with a 5/8" seam.

Once you have that sewn together, pin it to your front piece you just attached the strap to. 
Sew around the entire pillow with a ½" seam allowance.

Pin your back piece to the sides, then sew. Make sure to leave a 3" opening at the bottom so you can turn out your pillow.
When your pillow is all sewn together, turn the right side out.
But before you turn your pillow out, clip the edges to allow ease so your side seams lay nicely.
Be careful not to cut your stitches!

Your pillow should then look like this. See! It's coming together!
Use the fiberfill to stuff the pillow to your desired firmness.

To finish the pillow, use your needle and thread to do a whip stitch to shut the pillow.

 To hold your point down on the V of your strap, use a button or other embellishment.
If you are just beginning you may use a hot glue gun to glue down your strap and embellishment. Have fun playing with different buttons or maybe use a flower pin!

And ta-dah! 
You have a super fun summer pillow! 

Thanks for the idea, Sandy! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DIY Tutorial: When the Heat is Overwhelming


I have been loving this summer. 
There has been plenty of sun and rain. 
My daughter and I have been busy swimming, playing with our cat and dogs and walking back into the woods chasing butterflies and rabbits.

But the what we enjoy the most are those indoor activities; solving puzzles, cooking, painting or any other kind of art. This weekend we did rosettes that we will use to decorate our clothing and house.  
We cut rectangles, 15” by 3"strips
Now her tigers are being spoiled!

Will be back with another activity soon!

~ Gabby ~



Friday, July 19, 2013

At Fabric Mart: Sales and Promotions

Are you a new customer or have you been shopping with us for years?
Do you know about all of our weekly sales to the point that they are scheduled on your own calendar? 

We want you to get the most out of our website and have the best shopping experience possible. 
So we don't want you to miss our promotions! 

First: 
By receiving our emails notifications about current promotions you will be sent the weekly offers listed below as well as many others!

Here are some of the weekly offers you will be notified about: 

Fresh picked fabric of the day! Receive additional savings on this select item. 
But don't delay ordering, this offer is only good for one day! (Ends at Midnight EST)
Check your email or our Facebook page to see what the pick is today. 
This item changes daily. Keep checking back! You might just see something on your wish list! 


We like to get crazy over the weekends and offer one crazy priced fabric.
Check your email or our Facebook page to see what our owner picked. 
This item changes weekly and could be anything from a silk crepe to a designer printed knit.
You'll be surprised and love the price!
But hurry! There is only a limited quantity!



Make sure to check out this section for huge savings! 
This section is a collection of fabrics that are almost sold out.
At Fabric Mart, we buy close outs from factories and designers. 
Therefore when an item is sold out it is sold out for good!
Check this section often and order quickly so you don't miss out! 
Check out our current selection of fabrics in this section: http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/End-of-the-Line/


Last Chance Fabrics: 
Just what it sounds like, these are the last of a specific designer fabric.
These are sold by the piece, not by the yard. 
This is a great way to grab a designer fabric and sale a little money! 
Check out our current Last Chance Fabrics here: http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/last-chance-fabrics/


New Arrivals: 
We add new fabrics to our website every day! 
Check this section every time you shop to see what is new. 
We get a variety of fabric, so if you don't see it today, it could come in tomorrow!


And don't forget to check our website and Facebook page for other specials and periodic giveaways!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

DIY Tutorial: Stitched Fabric Cards

Do you keep every single scrap from your sewing projects? I know I do! I always try to come up with ways to use them. I wanted to send a thank you note to a friend of mine, but didn't have the right card---so I made one with scraps of fabric, cardstock and my sewing machine! So grab your scrap pile and dig in!

Supplies:

- blank cards and envelopes (you can find these at most craft stores.)
- fabric scraps
- thread
- sewing machine
- Size 12 needle in your sewing machine
- scissors

1) Pick out a variety of fabrics that look nice together, whether it is by color, theme, etc. When I design my cards, I do it in a random, work as I go fashion. Some of you may want to do it that way, others may want to lay it out before sewing.


2) It's time to start sewing!  With the right side of the cardstock up, lay the first piece of fabric in the desired location. Stitch across one edge of the fabric. Lay the second piece in the desired location, and stitch across the same section. Keep doing this until the front of your card is filled up.




3) You can do some straight, zig zag or decorative stitches across the surface to create some interest.When finished, stitch around all four sides of your card face, making sure you catch every piece of fabric.



4) Cut off any excess fabric hanging off the sides of the card.



5) Fold your card at the fold line. Write a note inside and you're finished! What a fun and creative way to send a note to your favorite person!



I enjoyed experimenting with different types of fabrics including laces, sheers and trims. This is a great way to enhance the face of your card. Have fun with it, the possibilities are endless!

~Julie

Thursday, July 11, 2013

DIY Tutorial: Pillow Book Holder

I don't know about you, but I have an obsession with Pinterest. I find so many great ideas and want to try all of them right away! I recently came across a picture of a pillow book holder. And what might this be you ask? It is a pillow you can use to rest your book on as you read. It is different from a regular pillow because it has elastic bands to hold the book in place and a ribbon to hold your page. This project is not only fun for adults but would be great for children too! It only took me about an hour from start to finish and you'll be snuggling up on the sofa with a good book and your pillow book holder! 

Supplies: 
- 1/2 yard of fabric (I used a silk brocade from my stash, but you could use virtually any woven fabric.)
- thread to match
- 1 yard of coordinating ribbon
- 1 yard of elastic
- fiber fill (1 bag, depending on how big your pillow will be.)
- basic sewing supplies



** Have a book and/or magazine handy when starting this project. I based my pillow off of magazines because I read more magazines than books. 

1) Cut two rectangles about 3" larger than the book/magazine you are replicating. Remember to measure 3" on ALL FOUR SIDES. My rectangle was 16x22". You may choose to make it smaller or larger depending on the size of the reading material. Keep in mind that because pillows curve as you get toward your seam, you don't want your magazine/book to curve with it. You want it to sit on top of your pillow. 

2) Using one of your rectangles (face up), make a mark in the middle of the long side and pin the ribbon on both the top and bottom. Mark where you would like your elastic to go. You may want to use your book as a guide so that when the pillow is finished, the elastic will hold your book in place. Cut the elastic 1" shorter than the pillow. You want the elastic to be taut so it can hold the pages in your book. Pin elastic in place.


This is what the front of your pillow should look like. 

3) Pin the other half of your pillow right sides together. Sew all four sides, leaving an opening large enough to stuff you pillow. Cut corners and turn right sides out. Using a turning tool, carefully push the pillow corners out.


4) Stuff your pillow to the desired fullness. I like a decorative pillow to have a smooth, firm finish, so I used about 1 1/4 bags of fiberfill. Amount of fiberfill will vary depending on how big your pillow is. Hand sew the opening of your pillow closed. Voila! You have a complete pillow, ready to read an afternoon away!




Tips:
- To prevent your ribbon from fraying, you can burn the ends! This only works on polyester or nylon ribbons. Using a lighter, glide the ribbon end through the flame. Do not allow it to fully ignite, otherwise it will start to curl. I recommend doing this over a sink. Burn the ends before you attach them to your pillow!

Left: Burned End, Right: Non-burned End
- So many different fabrics could be used for this project. You could try a beautiful brocade for an elegant look, fun cotton print to match your personality or how about a worsted wool or blend suiting for a traditional design.

Happy sewing! 
~Julie 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

And The Winners Are......

Wow! We had an awesome response to our 1st Anniversary Giveaway! We had a total of 3962 entries! Three people were picked at random and the results are in...


Winner of Gabby's Favorites: Mary Jean H. 



Winner of Julie's Favorites: Charlene A. 



Winner of Kaitlin's Favorites: Margarette J.



Congratulations to our winners!! All winners have been emailed. If we do not hear from them within the next 24 hours, we will select another name. 

Thanks to our loyal fans for supporting us on our blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, website and any other way you keep in touch with Fabric Mart! We could not do it without you. 

Didn't win but would like to order one or more of the items you see above? Check out our original anniversary post for links to the fabrics and sewing patterns.








Saturday, July 6, 2013

Giveaway Reminder:


Don't forget!
Our giveaway ends on Monday, June 8th at Midnight EST.
Enter our giveaway HERE.

Winners are announced on July 9th! 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

One Year Anniversary Giveaway!



Yep!
The blog is one year old already!
We love a reason to celebrate here at Fabric Mart and blogging our way through an entire year seems like a good reason!
But celebrating is even more fun when it is with you!
We could not have done this with out you and to thank you we are hosting a giveaway.
 
There will be three randomly selected winners.
The winners will receive one of the blogger's favorite picks from Fabric Mart.

Each pick includes:
A multi-size pattern
The appropriate fabric and yardage for the pattern
Matching thread
Sewing notions needed for project

 
 Gabby's Favorites:
Item: BEC6376 

Item: ULC8270R
 

Julie's Favorites:
Item: BBC8296

Item: ULC8264R


Kaitlin's Favorites:
 Item: CCD8799 (Coming soon to the website!)
Item: ULC8625R
 
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends Monday, July 8th at Midnight EST

Check back to see the winners on July 9th!