Fabric.com: The Place To Shop For Spring And Summer Fabrics

Get ready for Easter with these cute fabrics! Fabric.com has so many to choose from, but this is my favorite: fabric.com

If you love fabric as much as I do, then you don’t think of them as being a spring or a summer fabric. You just love them because they are prestty. But this winter has been so unseasonably warm that we are all ready for summer! Shop your favorite styles at Fabric.com to bring warmth and sunshine inside! Redecorate your pool house, start a nautical-themed project, design summer dresses for the family and more.

 
Shop all prints here, or check out our favorites below.
 
This cream print brings a bohemian vibe to any project. Sew leggings, jumpers, aprons and more with the nature-inspired fabric. It’s 95% cotton and 5% Spandex, making it a little stretchy for additional comfort.
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This lightweight cotton jersey knit fabric is perfect for t-shirts, summer lounge shorts, leggings, children’s clothes and more. Use this print to create a mother-daughter look that’s perfect for summertime beach photos.
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This bright floral fabric has hints of lime, magenta, white and peach on a teal background. The vibrant fabric is perfect for outdoor cushions or a beach cover up. Grab a similar print from the same artists with the Tumble Roses Pink fabric.
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Kaffe Fassett Collective 2012 Cactus Dahlias Red
Bring green, blue, pink, hot orange, red and maroon into your next quilting project or DIY project. The fabric is lightweight, 100% cotton and can be machine-washed in cold water, making it a good choice for blankets or apparel projects.
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Crafty Me: Sewing Projects Galore!

I haven’t had time to get back to my sewing machine since my last post until yesterday. It seems like doctor appointments never end around here. Some weeks we have something every stinking day, but this whole coming week our calendar is empty. So, I got back in the sewing room. These little zip cosmetic bags are easy enough, and cute too, so I made six of them in one day. 

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Little cosmetic bags

The last one I made has some sparkles on the fabric. I really wish they showed up in the pictures. It was made of scraps leftover from making a tote bag for my daughter’s niece a few years ago. 

zipper pouch cosmetic bag.

Pink sparkly fabric

I tend to save all my scraps that are bigger than about 4 inches. You never know what you can make with just a bit of fabric. It’s not like I don’t have any fabric to work with. My sewing room is full of it. I pulled out these red and white fabrics hoping I would have time to make some valentine projects but that did not happen. 

fabric stash

I pulled out these red and white fabrics hoping I would have time to make some valentine projects, but that did not happen.

I found these two pretty fat quarter packs at Wal-Mart last week. I have plans for them, maybe next week. 

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Two fat quarter packs from Wal-Mart.

I also bought some pretty fabric roses. They will be used in my project next week too. Can’t wait to see how they turn out. 

fabric roses.

Aren’t these cute?

That stack of fabric over there is a lot of flannel, some knits, and some cottons. I have a plan for all of it, just need to feel good long enough and have time to make things. 

more fabric

More fabric

Yes, still more. I have a lot of men’s flannel over there, and more cotton prints. There are lots of projects stacked up in this room. 

There is still more. There is a lot of flannel and some more cotton prints on that cube unit.

When I went in my sewing room to get started, and looked at what was on hand, I found tons of projects that I cut out when we were at the Grand Canyon so that when I had time to sew, all I would have to do would have been to pull one of those projects out and sit down and sew. Those little zipper bags were all ready to sew, stuck in a desk drawer. I also found 7 children’s “Wait Books”, 4 Business Card Wallets, and 3 backpacks. I have so many things to sew up this week that were already cut. Today, I started sewing one of the backpacks. 

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The start of a child’s backpack.

I would have finished this project today, but my sewing machine went beserk. The bottom thread was bunching up and clogging up the machine. I tried everything I knew to do, with no luck, so I took it to Facebook with pictures of the top and bottom of the line of stitching. I got about 25 responses to my query in about 10 minutes, and got things running smoothly in just a few minutes. I lost about an hour of sewing time though, so will have to finish the backpack tomorrow. 

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How cute is that?

What projects have you been working on lately? Done any sewing? 

 

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Oooooo! Crafty Me!

I haven’t sat down at my sewing machine is a really long time, but a request from my good friend, Marcie, prompted me to get myself in the sewing room and get busy. Her husband, Jim, has a job at an amusement park in Arizona that has a Victorian theme, and he needed some sleeve garters to wear with his costume. I had never heard of sleeve garters before Marcie asked me to make some, so I had to google it to find out what exactly they are. 

This is one of the black sleeve garters. It is not the best picture ever, but just wanted to show what it looks like.

As I searched for pictures of sleeve garters, I read that in Victorian times sleeve garters started out as ladies leg garters. She would give her man one as a token of her, ahem, affection, so they had lace on them. Other things I read said that back in Victorian times, shirts were thought of as more of an underwear garment, and no respectable man would be seen outdoors without a vest over the top of his shirt. The shirts back then were billowy, and the sleeves only came in one length, so men started to wear garters on their sleeves to help keep them out of the way of their hands. It’s really interesting to find out about how simple things came to be. 

One of the red sleeve garters. I like this one better.

I was supposed to get these made about three weeks ago, but I have been a slug for the most part, trying to get used to new medications, and get off of old ones. I finally sat down to make the garters tonight, and will be mailing them to Marcie in the morning. 

While I was getting ready to sew tonight, I found a bunch of things that I cut out back in 2012 so that I could sew when I had time. There are 3 backpacks; 13 zipper cosmetic pouches; 2 business card wallets; 7 children’s wait books; and a couple of other things that I can’t remember what exactly they are. I’ll need to figure out what they are and get all that stuff sewn up. Those will keep me “in stitches” for a few days. 

Southern Charm and Gifts Shop New In Tallapoosa!

Y’all, I am so excited! Last week, I saw this new store in town, Southern Charm and Gifts Shop. I decided to go in and see what it was all about. And guess what? It is a store that sells handmade things. I contacted them on Facebook, and asked if they take crafts on consignment, and they do!

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Sharon from Southern Charm and Gifts in Tallapoosa, Georgia.

Today, I went and talked to them, and took the things I had on hand that I have made. They loved all of my stuff, so I signed a contract and put my things in the shop for sale. 

Southern Charm & Gifts

Southern Charm and Gifts is located at 2160 US Hwy 78 in Tallapoosa, Georgia

The shop is owned by Sharon and Jerry. They opened up not too long ago, and have several vendors already signed up. Things for sale are crocheted; metal art; wooden toys; handmade greeting cards; several different types of jewelry; and more. One of the neatest things I saw was art made from shotgun shells! 

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American Flag art made from shotgun shells!

Here are some of my things that are for sale in the shop right now:

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A handmade pieced tote bag.

Laptop Messenger Bag. 

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Laptop Messenger Bag

Some wallets and cosmetic bags.

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Wallets and cosmetic bags

I also have some Big Mama Aprons, and a few crocheted baby things. Here are some photos of some of the other things for sale at Southern Charm and Gifts:

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Jewelry by Kellie from K&M Coffee.

Handmade wooden toys

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Wooden Toys

University of Alabama Wall Art

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Alabama Wall Art

Cutie cute crocheted baby sneakers:

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Crocheted Baby Sneaker Booties

Handmade Greeting Cards:

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Handmade Greeting Cards

There are a lot more things in the shop right now, too many to show all the photos I took. You’ll just have to make a trip over there to see for yourself.

I am sure Jerry and Sharon would love to see you there. 

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Jerry was a good sport trying on this pink crocheted scarf.

Southern Charm and Gifts is located at 2160 US Hwy 78 in Tallapoosa, Georgia. The phone number is (678) 573-8086. You can contact them through their Facebook page .  There is also a website for them, where you can order items online. Follow them on Instagram and Pinterest too. 

What handmade items do you like?

 

We Depend On Depend® To Keep Our Mother Comfortable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CaringMadeEasy #CollectiveBias

 

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My Mama

Our Mother is 88 years old. She has always been a very independent, strong, hardworking woman. She raised five children, and worked a full-time job for most of the years that we were growing up. So, when she started showing signs earlier this year that she was not able to do things she has always done, it was distressing to me and my siblings.  She also started doing some things that if it weren’t for the fact that they indicated her mind was slipping, it would have been funny. For instance, I took her to a doctor’s appointment in April, and she had to give a urine sample. I was in the bathroom with her, helping her with her clothing. To my surprise, she was wearing five pairs of panties, with a Poise® Liner in each pair! When I asked her why she had on so many pairs of underware, she told me that she couldn’t walk fast enough to get to the bathroom and she did not want to wet her pants. 

Mama was diagnosed with dementia not long after that, and we (my three siblings and I) had to make some very hard decisions. She was falling down at home because she forgot to use her walker. After the second fall, she was taken to the hospital via ambulance. Her doctor told us she could no longer live alone. So, we decided as a family to admit her to a rehab facility to see if they could improve her strength, while we looked for an assisted living facility to move her to. Last month, we got her moved in to a nice one bedroom apartment in an assisted living home just a couple of miles from my sister’s house. 

Now that Mama is in the assisted living facility, she is wearing Depend® Fit Flex Underwear for Women. These disposable undergarments are easy to get on and off, so that if Mama remembers to go to the bathroom, she can just pull them down like regular panties. And if she forgets to go, she won’t be embarrassed in front of the other residents of the facility. If she needs help changing, they are easy enough to get on and off that I am able to help her, even with my disability. Depend Fit-Flex women’s undergarments have all-around leg elastics and a smooth, close-to-body fit. When Mama has them on, no one knows she is wearing them.  They are soft, quiet, and breathable so that they are comfortable to wear. 

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Depend in the Sam’s Club Pharmacy.

Depend® and Poise® products are both available at Sam’s Club, which makes it really easy for me to pick them up while I am shopping for other things. Sam’s Club is your one-stop shop for all things caregiving, including prescription refills, free health screenings, and health-related products. How do you care for your patients or loved ones and how can Sam’s Club help? Take a look at the Sam’s Club Caregiver page to see all the products and services available in the club.  You can also shop online, which is a great time saver. 

There is a sticker inside the Depend package that you can use to redeem at the Sam’s Club pharmacy for an awesome caregiver sample kit. I am going to get mine next time I go! And, if you download the Digimark app, you can scan anywhere on the Depend packaging, and it will take you to the Sam’s Club Caregiver website. How handy is that?

Mama has a hard time remembering family members. She usually thinks my sister is her mother, and she doesn’t remember my brother’s name. I decided to make her a Family Memory Book to tuck into a gift basket I am making for her. 

Family photos printed out.

Family photos printed out.

To make the memory book, I looked through family photos on Facebook, and downloaded a photo of each family member. 

My supplies

My supplies

**Next, I chose some pretty paper, and cut out frames for each photo using my cutting machine. I varied the shape of the frames to make the book interesting. 

Cut the photos to fit the frames I cut out with my cutting machine.

I cut the photos to fit the frames I cut out with my cutting machine.

**Then, I pasted each photo onto a 6″ X 6″ sheet of colorful paper, and pasted a frame on each one. 

To help Mama remember, I used a marker to write everyone's name.

To help Mama remember, I used a marker to write everyone’s name.

**The next step was to use a marker and write each person’s name on the paper, so Mama would know who they are. 

I used a hole puncher to punch holes in the paper.

I used a hole puncher to punch holes in the paper.

**Last, I punched holes in each sheet of paper, threaded a coordinating ribbon through the holes, and tied the ends of the ribbon in a bow. Now Mama has a small photo Family Memory Book to help her remember the names of her children and grandchildren. 

The finished Memory Book for my Mama.

The finished Memory Book for my Mama.

The inside:

The inside of the memory book.

The inside of the memory book.

Do you have a friend or relative that needs a caregiver? Are you that person? What products or services help you the most? Do you have any tips or suggestions for helping someone with dementia remember those they love most?  What items would you include in a gift basket to help their transition into an assisted living facility go smoothly?

Be Smart When Shopping for Sewing Supplies

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Stores that sell fabrics and other sewing supplies are constantly trying to attract your business. This is good for you as a consumer. The fact that there is so much competition in this industry means that the prices will be very competitive. However, you still need to be cautious as you are shopping for your sewing supplies. Do not buy all of your supplies from the first store that you come across. That would be a mistake that could potentially cause you to pay much more money than you need to. You should spend some time carefully investigating the various stores that sell all of the items that you are interested in. Here are some tips that you can use when you need to buy some sewing supplies.

1. Find a store that offers frequent discounts.

There are sewing supply stores that frequently discount many of the items they have in stock. They might do this to clear out some of their older inventory. They also frequently mark down items as a way of attracting new customers to their store. Whatever the case may be, you need to make a point of finding out which sewing supply stores discount their inventory more than their competitors. Then you will need to check back with that store frequently to see if they have marked down any items that you need. You need to stay on top of things because the best items are sure to sell out shortly after they are discounted.

2. Search online to learn about the newest products.

Online articles are written by professionals and regular people on a wide variety of topics. The sewing supply industry is no exception. One of the best and easiest ways for you to get the most current info regarding the latest products that are related to sewing is to frequently read online articles. There are some outstanding sewing sites that have been around for a very long time. They have many knowledgeable contributors who are constantly writing posts about new and exciting products in the sewing industry. Suppliers like Paccana are constantly adding new items to their inventory. It is always helpful to stay updated about what these new items are. However, these sewing sites tend to vary greatly in terms of their quality. You need to find out which ones are the most popular. You should also make sure that you only read articles on sites that are updated regularly.

3. Talk to people who are knowledgeable about sewing supplies.

You might think that you know a lot about which sewing supplies are the best. However, there will always be someone out there who knows more than you or me. This is why we need to seek out these people in order to learn as much as we can. There is no shame in seeking guidance from people who have been buying sewing supplies and fabrics for longer than you have. Go to companies that need to purchase sewing supplies on a regular basis. Find out what their criteria is for the materials they purchase. Why do they choose certain brands over others? What type of results should you expect if you buy products made by a specific company? Get their reviews of as many different sewing supply companies as you can. The more research you do, the more money you can save on sewing supplies.