Calling all fabric lovers…

I thought it would be fun to do a poll of your favorite online fabric stores.  I have my usuals that I look at, but I know there are always more out there that I haven’t stumbled across yet.  Let me know, I think it would be fun to hear what sites other people like to shop.  

I’ll start:  this one is kinda vague, but I’ve always had good luck with Ebay.  It seems like there is always someone selling clearance fabric, and I’m kind of a cheapo.  Okay I’m a big cheapo… not the kind of cheapo that doesn’t care about if it’s quality as long as it’s cheap, the kind of cheapo that wants the best quality for a fraction of it’s normal value, even if it’s not realistic.  Don’t even let my sisters get started on that.  They’re major hoitytoits.  Just kidding, I only said that because I always tell them to read my blog, and now if they don’t tell me they are offended then I know that they are lying when they say that they do read it.  That being said, I hope they are offended.
Anyway, the floor is yours…

Dummy.

Yes I am.  After so much fuss about my stinkin camera cord, as I was putting our video camera away today, I had a little looksee at one of the cords for it, and thought “hmmm, this looks kinda like the cord for my camera.”  What do ya know, it works!  Too bad I discovered it after going without a camera cord for two months, and even worse, discovering it only hours after I finally ordered a new cord.  I guess that’s how it goes.  If anyone is missing a cord, let me know, I apparently like to collect them!
Here’s some pics of the apron that I wrote about earlier today.  It’s made so that it can have a low waist, or it can be easily folded up to have a higher waist.  I sewed the band around the waistline so that if you fold it to make a higher waist you cannot tell.  I think I like the higher waist better.
Higher waist, tied in back.
Lower waist, tied in front.

Aprons…

I think I found my new project to be OCD about for a while.  Making aprons!  Today is my friend’s birthday and I wanted to make her something special.  She cooks a lot, and has at least several people over for dinner pretty much every day, so I thought a cute apron would be fun for her to have.  It was really fun to make and now I’m excited to make more.  My mother-in-law’s birthday is coming up soon, so I think I’ll make one for her, and also one for my mom too since her birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I will be seeing her in a couple of weeks.  Hopefully neither of them checks my blog in the next couple of weeks!  

The best part about aprons is there is so many different variations that can be done.  I basically just sketched out a few ideas, and although I would change a few things same next time, I’m really happen with how it turned out.
I just left this posting to order a camera cord, so there will definitely be pictures very soon.  I’m sure you are all very excited, I really like to build the suspense.  If you can’t tell, I also really like to toot my own horn!
p.s. I know I said this is not a personal blog (and it’s not), but here’s a picture of my cute little boy since I don’t have my other pictures to post yet.

Hooray for me!

Okay, not really, but here are some pics from the Ikea fabric projects that I did (gulp) months ago.  We’ve moved for the summer and somehow I think my camera cord had the same fate as Angie’s did a while ago so I have to get the pictures put onto CD before I can use them.
This is the table runner I made (when I say “made”, I really mean I just had to hem the two ends… that’s right, not even 4 sides, just two ends):
p.s. I really do have 4 chairs for my table, I’m not sure where they were when I took this picture!
And here is the 2nd wall hanging I made.  After making it I decided it is a little too dorm-roomish for my likings, but it at least makes the wall a little less big and white for now.  Plus, I don’t even live in that house right now, so maybe absence will make the heart grow fonder?!

Ikea Fabric



I went to Ikea today to look for fabric. When I asked the lady at the cutting table how long they’ve sold fabric by the yard for, she said forever! I can’t believe I’ve never seen it. It’s probably a really good thing (Martha Stewart, is that you?) actually, cause I would have had made a lot more trips to Ikea in the past few years if I had known. I don’t know how I missed the fabric before. I couldn’t decide exactly which fabric I wanted for my 36″x48″ wall hanging. I was choosing between three different prints, but the first (it was a really cute blue on blue damask) was sold out, and the second, which was the red and orange, ended up just being a remnant (luckily there was a yard and a half left, which would be just enough to do my wall hanging). So I thought I better get the two that I could while I was there and while they were in stock. The girl at Ikea told me that they sell out fast of the cute prints, so I didn’t want to take any chances of missing out on either print.


The trees on the one design are probably a little over a foot tall, so I think it would work great for a large wall hanging. And I just loved the colors on the red (it’s almost coral) and orange, so I’m not sure which I’ll do first, or where I’ll put either of them in my house, for that matter! Actually, now that I think about it, I think the red and orange print would be great for my sewing room.

The navy and green fabric is also from Ikea, and it’s great cause it’s already hemmed to an 18″ width on the sides. It was also on sale for only $1.99 a yard, so I knew I had to buy it for something. I think I’m gonna make a table runner with it. I’m usually anti-table runners cause even just the name makes me think of something unattractive, but I think it will be cute. Plus, all I have to do to “make” it is hem the two ends, so if I hate it after, no skin off my back. Let’s face it though, pretty much everything I make it awesome, so I’m sure it will be fancy schmancy. I hope you catch my sarcasm. Otherwise, this would be very awkward.

I’ll post pics of my finished projects which will hopefully be soon!

Can I just say that I love blogging? It’s so fun already.