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This is the official blog of Fabric Mart. Fabric Mart is an online and brick-and-mortar store located in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. We carry a wide range of designer fashion fabrics. We are a jobber, which means that all the fabrics we carry are closeouts or leftovers from designers and manufacturers. That is why we are able to offer our customers such great deals! We strive to offer our customers quality fabrics at a great price. If you've never been to our website, check it out now...www.fabricmartfabrics.com. 

Goal of our Blog
The goal of our blog is to offer inspiration, ideas and guidance to all sewers, from beginners to advanced. 



KRYSTAL | Moderator/Head of Social Media



Hello everyone! My name is Krystal & I am the Lead Moderator of this blog, as well as the Webmaster & Social Media Coordinator for Fabric Mart. I actually do not sew, however I am obsessed with all kinds of artistry & general craftiness. While sewing might not be my outlet of choice, Fiber Art definitely is! I crochet, loom knit, & have dabbled some in macrame. I've been assured, it will only be a matter of time before I find myself behind a sewing machine as well. And with all the beautiful fabrics I get to see everyday, I believe it won't be before too long!

I was a blogger & a self taught freelance graphic designer prior to joining Fabric Mart in 2017. I was hired as a Fabric Describer & quickly found myself in the roles I have today. Being a Southern California transplant, I never would have guessed I would end up finding my second family right here in Sinking Spring, Pa. 

When I am not working with the lovely Fabricista bloggers, or getting the daily sales emails sent out to our awesome customers, I enjoy playing Animal Crossing, cooking new dishes, nature photography, camping, & long road trips.

JULIE | Moderator/Blogger



I think I have been a maker since day one. Both of my parents were makers. I learned that using your hands to create something can be such a great feeling and in return can give so much joy to oneself and to others. I’ve dabbed in a wide range of visual media including: drawing and painting, weaving, embroidery, quilting and garment sewing. Sewing and embroidery have stuck with me the longest out of those. During college I majored in Art Education and Fine Arts, with a concentration in Fibers. Seemed like a natural fit! My first experience in front of the sewing machine was at age 8. My aunt helped me sew a pair of shorts for myself and my brother. (And I still have them as a memento!) Today, I find the most joy in garment sewing, especially because I’m around fashion fabric all the time. I navigated my way around the sewing machine after that and in the past 10 years have taken classes with Pamela Leggett and Pati Palmer to further my skills. I am also a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor. (Although I’m not teaching at this time.)

I began working at Fabric Mart in 2008 and have been here ever since. It’s not really work anymore. It’s my life. Today, I am co-owner with my main responsibilities being Fabric Buyer, Julie’s Picks creator and Manager of our Wholesale Division. I didn’t start out this way. I was slinging fabric and packing boxes in our warehouse and believe that working from the ground up is what I’m all about.

Outside of Fabric Mart, I am a wife to my wonderful and supportive husband and mom to my lively three year old son. We are major foodies (Check out my husband’s blog: Berks County Eats), going on road trips, geocaching, gardening and appreciating the little things.

I find a lot of inspiration in the online sewing community and am really excited that we started the blog over 8 years ago. It’s been a source of inspiration in the community since our first post on June 29, 2012. I love being able to share the work of talented sewists, all coming from different backgrounds, and fostering their creativity in our Fabricista community of makers!


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