Category Archives: CRAFTING

Thinking Spring!

I hope you are in the DIY state of mind this weekend, as I have some great projects that will have you ready for spring! The spring weather is not here just yet, so we have more time to spend on indoor projects. I came across a few projects that I think everyone will love. They are a simple way to had touches of spring in your home.

1.  Welcome Spring Dropcloth Sign – Click here for step by step instructions

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Photo Courtesy of Twelve on Main

What a perfect addition to your front door or entrance way. Welcome spring into your home!

2. Burlap Button Carrot Art – Click here for step by step instructions

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Photo Courtesy of Patcatans.com

I love this simple canvas art you can hang it up or just have it stand/ lean on its own. If you are not big into decoration for holidays this is the perfect project. It is an easy project and will not take up a lot of space. This would look great on my small fireplace mantle in my living room!

3. Easter Bunny Vases- Click here for step by step instructions

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Photo Courtesy of Weekendcraft.com

I love this one. What is even better is, these make perfect host gifts! This is so simple and if you want to go with a more spring approach you don’t have to make the bunny. Pick any color or colors you want and you can create your own design for this vase.

4. Umbrella Wreath – Click here for step by step instructions

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Photo Courtesy of Onegoodthingbyjillee.com

Another great idea, and this one can be done in a flash! I am currently looking for an umbrella now. This DIY wreath screams spring! I love everything about this,the best part is when you are done using it… you have an umbrella!

I hope everyone enjoys these lovely projects!

-Briana

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Taking back Sunday’s

Football season is over! (FINALLY!)

Now that your Sunday’s have opened up why not task yourself with a fun new project this weekend. Do you have empty wall space that could use an addition? I came across a tutorial on how to make wall canvas art using fabric! (I am definitely trying this out this weekend!) I am always looking for ways to spruce up my home. As a renter I am always cautious about what I hang on the walls. A project like this is not permanent and is renter friendly.

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Photo Courtesy of www.brit.co/

This project lets you be creative with mixing and matching patterns and prints. What a fun way to update a room to make it look new! You can pick super cool fabrics here. (I love mix and matching.) Add pops of color and you have your own master piece! This project will have all your guests talking about how amazing the room looks with your wall art. (Its up to you if you want to tell them how you did it!)

Now lets get started! Here is what you will need;

  • Canvases in various sizes. How many is up to you. It depends how much wall space you have. You would want at-least 2-3  different sizes.
  • Fabrics! How many you want is up to you. You would want about 2-3 different fabrics which you can find here.
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Hot glue gun / hot glue
  • Staples / staple gun

Step by Step instructions can be found here !

A simple project like this one can transform a room. If you are looking to add a little something to a room in your house without breaking the bank, this project is for you!

ENJOY!

-Briana

 

 

It’s time for a new hobby!

It is way too cold to want to leave the house. These winter months can be the perfect time to find a new hobby. I am sharing three easy projects with you today. These projects will have you feeling productive ..(while still in your pj’s) Numbers two and three might just be my favorites! These are the perfect weekend crafts. Don’t forget to shop our store for the fabrics you need for your project.

  1. DIY Bed Pillow Cases (Be Bold! Be You!)

Steps on how to – DIY BED PILLOWS

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Photo courtesy makeit-loveit
  1. Woven Trivet ( Saving your counters and tables in a stylish manor)

Steps on how to- DIY WOVEN TRIVET

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Photo courtesy brit.co
  1. Coasters ( It’s not trendy to be messy)

Steps on how to- DIY COASTERS

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Photo courtesy  Martha Stewart

Enjoy!

-Briana

No tricks here…just treats!

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Adorable Halloween graphic courtesy of freepik.com!

Halloween weekend is here! I’m sure the kiddies have their costumes picked out and are all ready for trick-or-treating with their friends! (Get ready for the sugar rush, Mom & Dad!) As teenagers, my brother and I thought we would “maximize” the total amount of candy we could get by using pillowcases as treat bags. My mom always laughed as we ran around our neighborhood in our “cool” costumes paired with our embarrassing Power Rangers or Mickey Mouse pillowcases. (Looking back, I totally see why she thought it was funny at the time. We looked like fools!) At this age, I find myself looking forward to seeing the little kids in my neighborhood going around for candy as opposed to getting dressed up and going out myself. I get excited every time the doorbell rings and I grab the candy bowl with a huge smile on my face. The little babies in costumes are THE BEST! So precious!

If you’re crafty and creative like myself, it might be fun to try your hand at making bags for your little ones to take along for the night! With just your choice of fabric, webbing, scissors, and thread, you can easily put together a one-of-a-kind piece. I promise, it is much easier than you’d think!

I came across this great DIY treat bag project from Daydream Believers! Follow the simple steps provided and get crafting! Click the link for complete instructions and supplies needed!

For the coolest Halloween fabrics, be sure to check out our online store! Below are my favorite prints! They would be AWESOME for this project!

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New from Camelot Fabrics! The Nightmare Before Christmas Collection!

Wishing you all a very Happy Halloween from Fabric Textile Products, Inc.! Have fun and be safe while trick-or-treating!

Fabric Scraps: To keep or not to keep? That is the question!

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We’ve all been there before. You finish a really great project. You notice a slight defect in the print. You have just enough to material with a little excess. You trim. You snip. You cut. At the end, you are left with a literal bundle of joy – a pile of fabric scraps, or remnants, if you prefer. (I like to think of them as leftovers, personally.) They’re large. They’re small. Some are square. Some are not so uniform. There are strips. They are pieces of all shapes and size. At this time you are left with the age-old question…What do I do with these?

As Hamlet infamously asked “To be, or not to be- that is the question…”, you yourself may be replacing “be” with “keep”. Leftover fabric is always useful in my opinion. There’s always something that can be done, so the pieces are not completely wasted. I have surfed the lovely web and came across several fun ideas for your little bundles of textile joy. Below is a list of my favorite ones. I have included all of my finds, so just click on the picture for the original tutorial link! Give them a try!

 earbud pouch

bobbypins

 coasters

napkin rings

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There are an infinite number of ways to put your fabric remnants to good use. These are just a few of my favorite projects, but the possibilities are endless. They can be used for crafting projects, home décor projects, no-sew projects, personalized gifts, and so much more. A little creativity can go a long way! Be sure to tell me about your favorite ways to use your fabric leftovers too!

Warm Regards,

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

Photograph disclaimer: Please note photos credited to Fabric Textile Products, Inc. belong to myself and our company. All others images belong to the owners/businesses that have been credited and/or directly linked. I do not own those images. They belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.

A Special Post : Mental Health and Crafting

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This morning while sipping on my coffee and checking my emails I came across an article on Yahoo that caught my attention. The article was titled “Ditch the Prozac, Take Up Crafting?” by Anne Miller. Before starting my work here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. I earned my B.A. in Psychology at Montclair State University. The overall well-being of individuals is something I have always felt a deep connection to, so when I came across this article I thought it would be the perfect topic to focus on for today’s blog post.

We’ve all heard that famous line, “Quilting is cheaper than a psychiatrist.” and certainly had a good giggle. They may be some truth in it after all. Although the article focuses mostly on knitting, the information can be related to other crafting activity as well. In the article, Betsan Corkhill (a licensed physiotherapist) explains that “the more capacity you take up being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.” Knitting involves the use of both hands, two needles, and a series of continuous, repetitive movements. This keeps the brain active and focused on the task at hand, leaving more room for the positive thoughts. Corkhill also established a knitting therapy group at a local hospital. This type of group activity is becoming increasingly common and popular among care facilities. A similar group in Washington, D.C., Project Knitwell, is working to get patients, their caregivers, and their loved ones involved in the craft as well.

Many women (and men!) have decided to take up these types of hobbies because of the positive influence it has on them. Some say it helps relieve stress and anxiety, while others claim it helps them cope with their inability to focus due to ADHD. No matter what the craft or issue at hand, the overall feeling of “good” is a common thread throughout.

Get your needles, thread, and group of friends together because “socializing while crafting…boosts overall satisfaction and happiness” (OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health journal).

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Interested in reading the full Yahoo article? Check it out here.

I hope you found this information as insightful and eye-opening as I did. Quilting is a good thing! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

– Joanna, Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

All research information mentioned in this post is taken from the above stated article and its contributors.

Photograph disclaimer: Please note photos credited to Fabric Textile Products, Inc. belong to myself and our company. All others images belong to the owners/businesses that have been credited and/or directly linked. I do not own those images. They belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.