A Sale Announcement and A Project Idea

by Cameron

We've started stocking fabric paint once again, and I couldn't be more excited. The possibilities are endless! Create a custom print, personalize a tote bag, cover up a stain - the world is your flour sack tea towel just waiting to be transformed.

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I wanted to do some experimenting and I ended up making perhaps the least experimental kitchen towel - stripes in primary colors. I know what like.

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If you'd like to do something similar, all you need is

  • flour sack tea towels
  • Jacquard fabric paint
  • a paint brush
  • newspaper or drop cloth on which to work
  • iron
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I eyeballed my stripes and I like the uneven texture and slightly wonky look of these, but if you want crisper stripes you could use masking tape to lay down as a guide. My stripes are roughly 1.5" apart.

When you're done, let your product cure for at least 30 minutes, but longer is better. I let this batch hang out for a few days before I started ironing them. When you're ready, iron them thoroughly to allow the paint to set.

To celebrate summer, we're having a sale - 20% off of all fabric paints, Blockwallah stamps, iDye, flour sack towels, prepared for dying yardage, and our new indigo and sashiko kits! Sale starts Friday, July 22 and runs through Thursday, August 4.

Mud cloth rug

By Hannah  

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I have a serious rug problem. I'm always rug shopping and my house can NOT fit any more rugs but I continue to make up places for them or reasons why the present ones won't work. So when this mudcloth arrived, I said to myself, "perfect opportunity for a new rug." 

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In addition to your favorite mudcloth you'll need two yards of duck canvas. Note that the dimensions of these vary so it's best to have one of us measure it and then cut the duck canvas making sure that you have at least an eighth of a yard on either short end.

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Stich them together with the mudcloth face down and starting from the middle of one of your sides. Then flip it to the right side and press all of your folded edges. Finally hand stitch the opening closed.

Here are a few tips: Use ALOT of pins because the mudcloth will stretch so much and can give you quite a wonky shape. I took mine apart four times until I was happy. As stated above, start from the middle of a side so you're not hand stitching a corner closed once you flip it to the right side. Don't cut the canvas down until you're ready to flip it to the right side. 

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Just In: Indigo Blues, Upcycled Denim Stripes, Prints Galore

by Cameron

We've been busy, busy, busy at the store receiving boxes of beautiful fabrics. I think you're going to be as excited as we have been to see some of these lovelies, so let's jump right in!

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First we have a healthy batch of block prints from Merchant & Mills. On the left we have a watercolor check and bold red block print, while to the right we have yards and yards of bold indigo. All of these are on a lightweight 100% cotton. They have a little bit more body than lawn but are soft and billowy - perfect for summer.

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We're so proud to offer new, lovely cotton fabrics made from 100% cotton up-cycled from denim waste in undyed creams and greys. Above are woven stripes. On the left we have a lighter weight that would be appropriate for shirts and other lightweight garments. The left two stripes are heavier. Below are all cotton knits. These are so soft and cuddly, they would be perfect for swaddles and baby clothes - or perfect for you!

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Two sateens from Amy Butler that I think would be perfect for some really fun garments, but would be great for home projects, too, like oversized pillows or attention grabbing drapes,

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Organic quilting cottons and canvas (far right) from Birch fabric featuring moon phases, horses, and birds.

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Another Birch organic cotton double gauze on the left and two new Cotton + Steel apparel fabrics on the right. The little fishes are a cotton lawn and the storks are on Cotton + Steel's signature luscious rayon.

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More Cotton + Steel on cotton + linen - folksy cats just waiting to be cutest apron you ever did see and some flies which would make some beautiful, perfectly creepy throw pillows.

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Some adorable safari and woodland animal prints on quilting weight cotton from Dear Stella.

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A couple of very sweet little floral prints from Amy Butler.

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Some back to school prints from Portland local, Erin McMorris. Maybe there's a young student in your life who needs a new pencil case or backpack?

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Finally, cozy net print flannel. Come in soon to take a look at all of these new charmers and the shipment of fabrics we got in while I was typing up this blog post. It never stops, friends!