Archive for the ‘FABRIC’ Category
I adore seeing all the inspiration that floods the online world after a fabric line comes out. There are so many amazing projects that just make me smile. This Quilted Ukulele Case Tutorial is so clever. I’m thinking my kids need one of these. We have a “real” case, but doesn’t this case just make you want to pick up a Ukulele and play?
Ashley at Mommy By Day Crafter By Night has created a full step by step tutorial on how to make one.
Happy Sewing and happy music making! I think I need to put on some of my favorite Hawaiian tunes now.
I didn’t get a chance to really talk about my Let’s Pretend Collection that came out last spring. Mostly because I was very sick with my pregnancy, and just little bit preoccupied:)
But I want to share with you the story behind one of the prints that I just love. This print is called Marionettes, and I wanted to create a retro inspired marionette print that felt like something reminiscent of puppets from a little bit of France & Italy but with a taste of retro book illustration with fresh color. When I went looking for inspiration online, I came across this elephant marionette that I just FELL IN LOVE WITH! He is so perfectly perfect. I just had to have him. So I bought it on the spot, and put him in my studio to get inspired.
(image courtesy of Oh Albatross)
I included this print into two of my pieces from Let’s Pretend. The Marionettes print, but his shining moment is in my Panel Print that I love so much.
Kids and puppets just make me smile. I wish we had more of a venue for this. Puppets are the best toy. I just love the theatricality behind it, and the endless imagination, coordination and play time. Anyways, I wanted to celebrate this part of childhood, and there he is!
Then, a few months later, while I was waiting for my fabric to be printed, I was watching the BBC Persuasion with my husband (He’s a good man. He tolerates my choices:) and I stopped the movie! Look! There was my Elephant! How cool is that?
This little elephant has a fabric collection AND a movie. What a guy.
Let’s Pretend is still available, and can found in any of the stores here.
I have just loved seeing how well received this latest collection of fabric has been. Creating something so quietly in my studio, and then finally releasing it into the world always gives me butterflies in my stomach. It’s like releasing a child off to kindergarten. So scary! But so wonderful to see it take wings.
It’s so thrilling to see your excitement for it, and to see all the projects you’ve been able to share online. Thanks so much for all your feedback and excitement!
And thanks so much Burda Style for the feature!
It’s Wednesday, and time for another fantastic Tutorial featuring the Wee Wander Fabric line!
Stacy, at Freshly Handmade, created this amazing quilt and pillow tutorial. I love the colors she chose, and the pinwheels in the sky. Are you getting inspired?
Her blog is amazing, and full of so much mouth watering loveliness. Her sense of color makes me want to lick the screen. Be sure to spend some time peeking through! She’s done an amazing job on this quilt she designed, and I am thrilled to send you her way for this awesome downloadable pattern.
Happy Sewing, and thanks again Stacy!
I’m a sucker for really great kids’ spaces. There are endless possibilities, and the fun part about decorating kids’ rooms is that they are changing so much, that you get to recreate as often as you want!
Wee Wander was such a fun collection of fabric prints to create because it was part of MY story. And I wanted to share that with you today. So gather around. I’ll tell you a story:)
I lived on the West Coast until I was 6 when our family moved cross country to the East Coast where they are today. We lived first in Massachusetts and then in Maryland. As a child on the West Coast, I remember loving to climb the peach trees in the back yard, and the orange trees. I dreamed of having strong enough legs and feet to climb palm trees someday.
But when our family picked up and moved into the forests of Massachusetts, I knew I found my home. I remember having to stand in the middle of our street and look straight up into the night in order to see any sky at all. Lightning storms were simply flashes of lit up trees from my paned bedroom window. There were so many trees in my yard that we spent at least 2 hours every Saturday as a family raking. I love my trees. So much, that when my husband and I decided to buy a home in desert and rocky mountain Utah, it took us 15 months to find the right house….nestled in the trees.
When we moved to Maryland when I was 9, the trees were a little farther back from our house. The forrest began just past our property line, and I spent many summers wandering in the woods behind our house. In the hot, humid summers, we’d go outside and chase fireflies. There was so much magic in those cricket chirping, frog groaning summer nights….all lit up by lightning bugs. And when I’d finally go to bed at night, I’d look out my window at the forest across the pond, and see the trees literally all lit up from the fireflies. I can still feel the thrill of that scene. It was like fairies, and the trees would wink at me all night….I still marvel at how magical that was. Sometimes we’d sleep outside on the trampoline and I’d watch shooting stars and fireflies in the trees as I’d close my eyes.
So when I knew I wanted to design a collection of children wandering through summer days and nights, I knew I had to illustrate the fireflies in the trees. And children in the trees. That was my childhood.
The best part of debuting this collection has been hearing YOUR stories. When we were at Quilt Market, so many people would stop in the isle and gasp and say, “That was MY childhood! Oh my gosh….summer nights in Illinois were so magical….” and their stories would go on and on. It was so thrilling to see people get nostalgic for their childhood memories outdoors on those hot summer nights.
The real magic is taking a feeling, putting it in print, and watching someone else share that same feeling in their own way.
I just feel honored.
PS: LightningBugs or Fireflies? It’s a hot debate.
I’ve got a wonderful new tutorial for you on how to use the Wee Wander Fabric.
Two FREE TUTORIALS for x-large floor pillows. One round, and the other square.
Since Wee Wander has some pieces with lovely “landscapes” I knew I wanted to create something that showed off the tapestry of illustrations so children could get the full effect
These pillows are big! Think Doggy Pillows. We originally designed them to fit perfectly underneath a child’s Tee Pee. We purchased custom Teepee’s from Tnee’s Tpee’s for our Quilt Market Booth.
Anders was only 2 months old, and no strollers or carseats were allowed on the Tradeshow floor. Only Babies in arms. I knew I couldn’t hold him for 8 hours straight, 3 days in a row, so we designed the booth to have these awesome pillows in the Tee Pees so he could sleep in them. Most people thought he was a prop! It was pretty adorable:) And my arms were super happy too! And now I have these awesome pillows for the bigger kids to snuggle on. I love them!
Carissa at Carissa Miss designed the pillows: two pieces of Wee Wander for the pillow and the piping, 1 piece of coordinating Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solid fabric for the sides, and a hidden zipper along the bottom edge. You’ll love these!
Thanks Carissa for such a great project!
PS: for a complete list of stores both online and in your home town that carry Sarah Jane Fabric, click here.
I’m more than a little excited to release my first dress pattern of the season! This dress was a collaboration with an apparel designer, Nemiha Studebaker.
I designed the dress and she drafted out the pattern for us all to use, and It’s available as a FREE PDF PATTERN below.
This dress was inspired by my love for fresh pressed blouses on little girls, but the freedom of something mostly sleeveless and easy to wear. Double ruffles on the bodice, box pleats on the skirt, a side zipper and a button on the back make this dress ultra feminine but clean lines.
This dress features my Border Print Summer Night Lights, which makes for a very easy skirt (and dress!) design because of the large amounts of surface to draw from. This dress would be lovely with any other coordinating print on top, even some of the solids listed that coordinate with my fabric line from Michael Miller Fabrics. The possibilities are endless! There is pink/purple color way in these prints as well, which is super lovely to work with too! And I love the quality of this fabric…it’s so soft and light, but still a tight, dense fabric. My daughter is super sensitive about the slightest bit of “itch” in fabrics, and she loves these:)
(Please note….if you downloaded this before 2/14/14 please download again as we made some minor changes in the alignment of one of the pieces)
Happy Sewing! I hope you enjoy making this! Spring is in the air, and I can’t wait to see all the little girls who will be chasing fireflies this summer wearing their Wee Wander Dress made by someone they love;)