Saturday, March 28, 2009
Each month we are interviewing our talented customers and showcasing items they have made for their Etsy shops from fabric they purchased at 44th Street Fabric's Etsy shop or website. For the month of March, we are delighted to Anna from Trio Girls! Anna makes adorable dresses and outfits for little girls.
Anna, when did you first start to sew?
I started sewing in High School, but I got my first sewing machine in 1994.
What inspired you to open your Etsy shop?
My inspiration for opening my Etsy shop was to see if I could make money at something I loved. I have three girls that I love to sew for.
What have been your biggest challenges in starting a new business?
The biggest challenge has been getting your name out there and getting recognized.
What is your favorite thing about Etsy?
My favorite thing about Etsy is being able to see all of the neat things that people make.
What do you have planned for the future of the Trio Girls shop?
I hope to add new designs and have both boutique and some more inexpensive dresses.
We want to thank Anna for letting us spotlight her shop and show off both her wonderful creations and her darling little model! Find Anna's creations at http://triogirls.etsy.com!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Bubblegum Basics fabric is on the way! I'm really excited about this fabric from Henry Glass Fabrics and designed by the oh so talented Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup Pattern Company. We love Barbara Jones designs and her colors are so bright and happy! The really nice thing about this fabric line is that the colors go with so many other popular fabrics that your can mix and match and sigh with contentment! 44th Street Fabric LOVES Barbara Jones and Henry Glass!
Shown are 2 quilts made with Bubblegum Basics fabric. The patterns for these quilts are free! Just leave me a comment and I will send you the link for downloading these quick and easy patterns!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The new Michael Miller Funky Christmas fabric is here! I LOVE it. I can't get the colors right--they are much better in person--bright and clear! Grab some now and have your projects finished by the holidays! The little critters on lavender is here too!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
People have been asking me to put up pictures of quilts and quilt tops I have made/am working on. I made this kaleidoscope quilt top but haven't quilted it. I love the batik fabric but it doesn't go with anything I have. I was going for the sun, sky and earth colors. This picture doesn't show the contrast in anything but the sun block but this pattern is so much fun to just look at when it is finished.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Just look at this adorable fabric which is going to arrive next week! It looks so adorable together and I especially like the little deer fabric because it can be used for a boy (with the dots) or a girl (with the damask). I also understand that the Christmas fabric will be coming next week! Be sure to take a look at the shop for it! Of course, our prices will be the lowest you will find and we are still (as long as Jason lets us) doing the FREE fat quarter give-away! See our shop announcements for details! Be sure to follow our blog for upcoming FREE BLOG GIVEAWAYS!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Need a quick but lovely gift or just need new pillowcases for your own home? It's quick, fun and easy to make a pillowcase. Here's an informal tutorial I put together tonight. Hope you find it useful! Excuse the photos because it is late. Jason will probably re-do them anyway.
First find two fabrics you love that look good together. The following measurements make a standard size pillowcase. You can adjust the measurements for any size pillow. For the standard pillowcase I made for this tutorial, you will need 3/4 yard for the body of the pillowcase and 1/4 yard for the cuff. I used the Sweet line from Moda. For the cuff of the pillowcase I chose the red dot and for the body of the pillowcase I chose the Sweet "Sassy" fabric with big red roses....pretty! (If you would like a kit for a pillowcase, check our website or Etsy store. www.44thstreetfabric.com or http://44thstreetfabric.etsy.com We will kit up any fabrics you like.
You will need a strip 8.5" by 44" (selvage to selvage) for the cuff of the pillowcase and a strip 26.5" by 44" (selvage to selvage) for the body of the pillowcase. Cut those two strips and iron.
Now fold the cuff (red dot) in half and iron. You will have a doubled strip 4.25" by 44" wide.
With the raw edges of the cuff on the raw edge of the pillowcase body, sew with a 1/4" seam.
Those of you lucky enough to have a serger can serge these together. I just sewed mine. If you are sewing it, go back now and zig-zag the edges, inside the seam line, to give you a finished edge. Be sure and do this with all the seams in your pillowcase. I've made a ton of these and they wash great and wear forever because of this step.
Iron the seam toward the body of the pillowcase and topstitch it down with a coordinating thread.
This is how it will look.
Next sew (again with a 1/4" seam), the long edge of the pillowcase. At the point where the cuff meets (raw edge to raw edge) is where I pin to make sure the seams are even. It's actually the only place I pin. Be sure to sew forward and back a few times at the edge to lock the stitches in place.
Be sure to remember to zig-zag or serge the edges. After stitching the long side of the pillowcase, stitch the end of the pillowcase closed with a 1/4" seam and finish the edges.
You have now finished your pillowcase! Just iron and use or wrap as a gift! Children really love these pillowcases made in holiday or theme fabric. I've made them from dinosaur fabric, Disney fabric, fabric with trucks, fabric with fairies, puppies and more. I hope you enjoy this little tutorial.
Monday, March 2, 2009
The big red birds fabric by In the Beginning Fabric is from the "Feathered Friends" line. It's one of my favorite fabrics of all time, designed by the talented Wendy Slotboom. I just learned that the manufacturer is out of this fabric and they aren't going to print any more. We carry this fabric and the big yellow bird fabric from this line at the store along with the companion fabrics. I'm really torn. Do I keep a big chunk of it for myself or sell it? Do I raise the price? Sigh...I have so much to learn about selling fabric! By the way, we sell the pattern for the "Practical Bag" (which is very easy). It's by Tanya Whelan, another one of my favorite designers. The pattern for the quilt is free and is in pdf format. Just comment me and I'll send you the link if you want the free pattern.