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We ❤ You!

It has been a great start to the new year! We have been hard at work creating new products for our customers. Prints have been so popular lately! We are happy our customers are loving what we are offering them!

Valentine’s day .. a “Hallmark Holiday” as many call it. I actually love Valentine’s day! I love getting a heart-shaped box of chocolate (even if i buy it myself.) Some people like going out to a fancy dinner others take the stay at home route. If you are planning on staying in with your loved one don’t forget about setting your table for that dinner you are cooking.

I have noticed that table runners are a big trend. Many are opting to set their tables without tables cloths. Instead they are using runners, place mats and napkins. Picture some of these prints on your table! I love updating my tables linens for a new holiday or just because!

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The above prints are only a few of the prints that we offer. We have plenty!

Don’t forget when setting your table for that special dinner make sure you fold your napkins into a heart! Follow the step by step instructions below.

Heart Shaped Napkin Fold

Step 1- Fold your napkins in half vertically

Step 2-Fold in half vertically again

Step 3- Vertically fold both ends up from the center

Step 4- Tuck corner flaps underneath

 

 

enjoy

-Briana

 

 

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Americana on my mind!

Hello friends! It has been a while since I wrote to you all, but have no fear. I am back! We have made so many changes around the shop here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. and things are better than ever. We have started introducing new test products and so far our customers are pleased. We love when you guys are happy! Every week I will do my best to update you all on new products and prints we have added to the shop. For now, I just wanted to take a time to highlight one of my absolute favorite items – our American Stars Napkins! This is now the second year that we have offered these patriotic napkins and we cannot keep them on the shelves. I’m serious, ya’ll. These napkins are the real deal!

With Memorial Day and July 4th right around the corner, these napkins are perfect for cookouts, parties, and BBQs with the family. They launder well and will last you for many years to come. The navy and white star design resembles that of our gorgeous nation’s flag. I personally like pairing them with a red and white picnic check tablecloth for a real down home Americana vibe! This year we have also introduced the matching table runner! Those will be available in the shop very soon!

Seriously though. How adorable are these little guys?! 

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I look forward to talking to all of you again soon! As always, thank you for keeping up with my blog! Be sure to check back soon for my next post AND of course, I welcome you to check out the new and improved Fabric Textile Products, Inc. website! 🙂

 

Warm Regards Always,

Joanna

 

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

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Earth Day is just a week away! The 45th holiday will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 22nd. We constantly hear about the push to Go Green and keep Mother Earth looking her best, but how many of us actually make the changes necessary to join the worldwide initiative? I personally am guilty of leaving lights on in my bedroom when I’m not home or letting the water run while brushing my teeth, but I would like to be better about this sort of thing. Small simple changes can make a big difference!

I got to thinking about what I can do around my home. I live in a household made up of 6 grown adults. One can only imagine how many paper napkins and towels we go through in a week’s time. Additionally, all 6 of us bring our own bagged lunches to work daily. My mother is constantly picking up paper products and brown lunch bags on her weekly trip to the super market. These products can be super expensive and super wasteful. I decided to initiate a few small changes in what we do around our home and I’d like to invite all of you to do the same.

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#1. Say goodbye to disposable paper napkins and say hello to cloth napkins instead! Not only are paper napkins expensive, but they are just plain blah. Instead of a boring folded white piece of paper, why not bring the kitchen table to life with some fun prints or colors? With so many different styles, colors, sizes, materials, and prints to choose from the possibilities are limitless. Feeling crafty? Use your leftover fabric scraps from previous sewing projects and make your own! Here you will find an excellent step-by-step guide to sewing your own cloth napkins. This is an easy project for beginning sewers! If you’re willing to splurge a little, check out the high-end collections at the nearest Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel store. Want to be trendy without breaking the bank? Even local retail chains like Target & Walmart have a wide array of affordable cloth napkins and linens.  Cloth napkins aren’t just for fancy restaurants or special occasions anymore. Make them an everyday staple in your home. They can be washed and reused for many years to come. A little investment will save you so much money in the long run. Toss them in the washer and clean using an eco-friendly detergent. Skip the softener to ensure maximum absorbency over time.

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#2. Replace paper towels with kitchen rags and dish cloths. I know the Brawny guy is super hot in those TV commercials and Bounty claims to be the “quilted quicker picker upper”, but they are not necessary in the kitchen anymore. As I explained with the switch to cloth napkins, these towels are cost-effective and reusable. Kitchen spills and dirty dishes will get the same treatment as before, but the environment will thank you later. From the dollar store to Kmart to Macy’s, you can get yourself a nice bulk set of towels to fit your budget and still match your kitchen décor.

a98535_0701_blueplaid_xl #3.  Pack a snack in style. Lunch bags aren’t just for the kiddies anymore. Just think about how many brown paper lunch bags are tossed in the trash everyday. School cafeterias, employee lounges, public trash cans, etc. We live in a society full of people on-the-go. More often that not, we are forced to bring our meals with us and eat somewhere other than our own home. Sure you can buy a lunch bag, but I think a DIY bag is much cooler and more personable. With just some oil cloth, scissors, and a sewing machine, you can create a lunch bag for every member of the family. I suggest oil cloth because it is durable, water proof, and can withstand many uses. Spills? Not a problem. Just use some warm soapy water and sponge to easily clean those messes that yesterday’s pasta primavera left behind! Oil cloth can be purchased online or at your local craft store in a wide variety of prints and colors. If you don’t have the sewing skills needed, no problem. You can purchase some great custom bags from independent shops on Etsy and eBay at a great price. Pack a light snack or a heavy lunch in a hurry without wasteful paper products. Click on the picture above for more information on how you can create these lovely lunch sacks.

We live on a beautiful planet. Let’s keep it that way. Just by making a few changes, we can make a big difference in the world around us. Don’t use wasteful paper napkins and towels. You will be doing something good for the environment and also keeping your wallet happy. Recycle old fabric scraps and reuse these items for years to come. We should be mindful everyday and uphold the values of Earth Day everyday.

I hope I have inspired you to make a few adjustments in your home as well! Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

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.

Love is in the Air!

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Ahh yes! Love is in the air! The “most romantic” day of the year is just about here. Cue the last minute trips to the gas station for roses and the 24 hour pharmacy for the anything that resembles a heart-shaped box of sugary treats. Don’t forget the Hallmark card while you’re there! We all kid and joke, but deep down in our hearts we do what we can to appreciate our loved ones. If that entails a $9.95 box of chocolates than so be it. It’s the thought that counts, right? Not everyone will be spending Valentine’s Day with their sweetie at a super fancy restaurant with a name you most likely cannot pronounce, but instead enjoying a quiet night in with friends and family.

Okay, so you’re planning to cook a nice dinner for your family at home. Awesome. The menu is set and the grocery shopping is done. Decorations? A few construction paper hearts made by the kids. Perfect. Now that just leaves the dinner table…

My favorite thing to do for any holiday is exhibiting my origami skills with a festive napkin fold. There are hundreds of ways to fold a napkin and there’s something for everyone, no matter what your skill level is. One of the easiest folds is the classic heart. It’s easy, takes just a few minutes, and will look beautiful on your Valentine’s Day table. No need to spend a ton of money on some new fancy napkins. Use something you already have at home! (You’ll thank me later.)

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I decided to take a few of my favorite hemstitch dinner napkins and try my hand at the heart fold. (For the step-by-step tutorial video, click here.) It was super easy and it looks adorable. I paired them with a few different table linens and placed the utensils in different spots. This is a highly versatile look. Be creative! Here a few different looks I tried. Which is your favorite?

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If you want to take it a step further, why not make individual place cards for your guests? All you need is a few sheets of construction paper, a pen/marker, and a scissor. It’s a great way to get the little ones involved too! Add the place card to the center of the napkin or to the side of the plate and voila! It’s simple. It’s budget-friendly. It’s festive. It’s perfect.

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I wish all of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope it is filled with love, happiness, and good company! Feel free to share your table decorating ideas with me! We would love to see what you have done!

With love always,

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.

Happy Holidays from Fabric Textile Products!

Santa Claus is coming to town!
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 Season’s greetings! With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the office holiday parties, stocking stuffers for the kids, countless hours of wrapping left to do, which ugly sweater to pull out of the closet this year, and finalizing the grocery list for the dinner menu. We here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. like to include one more thing to our holiday prep checklist – holiday decorating. Of course there’s the multi-colored lights on the roof, a giant inflatable Santa Claus front and center for the neighborhood to see, fake snow galore, and a personalized stocking for every member of the family (pets included) hung on the mantle for all to see. What about the table? Shouldn’t the table be decorated for the big day too? Of course! That’s where we come in to help! Check out our simple, yet festive table setting ideas below.
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Try adding sweet treats or a string of lights for a little fun! We used red and white peppermint candies (a holiday staple) and a string of white Christmas lights meant for indoor use to brighten, but not over crowd our table. We also added a simple reindeer vinyl placemat to appeal to the kids. This is great for breakfast with the kids! Pair it with our red cotton hemstitch dinner napkins and forest green Milliken polyester tablecloth and voila! Simple, festive, and quick.

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Looking for something a little different from the norm? Try a new napkin fold, such as the classic bow tie, seen here. Add ribbon, lace, or a strip of your favorite holiday fabric for a fun twist. Your guests will be think it took you hours to put together each individual setting, but in actuality it only took a few minutes and a little creativity. Milliken signature napkins work best for folding and can be pressed with an iron to keep the folds creased and crisp! We added a Christmas plaid to the center to match the tablecloth and centerpiece. Want to learn how to make this bow tie? Click here to view the quick tutorial!
Feeling inspired? Want to create a table scape of your own? Browse our collections of affordable napkins, table runners, and tablecloths at Fabric Textile Products, Inc.. We have beautiful cotton hemstitch napkins, Milliken signature polyester table linens, and our very own Loom State Pure Linen collection. There’s a color to match any table and quality products to fit every budget.
We wish you all a happy holiday season and very Merry Christmas!
Just a friendly reminder to all of our customers…
 
Please make note of the last days to guarantee delivery by December 24th! Be mindful when choosing your shipping service at checkout. We only ship Monday through Friday. All orders placed before 1:00 pm EST will be shipped same day. All others will be shipped the next business day.

USPS Priority Mail – Friday 12/19

FedEx Ground & Home Delivery – Wednesday 12/17

FedEx 2 Day – Monday 12/22

FedEx Overnight – Tuesday 12/23

As always, FREE STANDARD SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $100!!! No code needed!
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.

Loom State Pure Linen Collection

If you’re looking for a great gift idea for that upcoming wedding or want something extra special of the holidays, then our Loom State Pure Linen Collection is for you! It’s fantastic for housewarmings, anniversaries, special events and more. All napkins, runners and tablecloths are 100% linen, made in China and machine washable. With the holidays fast approaching, we wanted to share some highlights of these products with you!

Hemstitch dinner napkins are available in 18″x18″ and sold by the dozen. Available colors: white and ivory.

Hemstitch table runner is available in 14″x108″. Available color: white only.

Hemstitch tablecloths are available in 60″x102″ and 60″x120″. Available color: white only.

loom state collageWe hope you take a look at the collection and start getting creative this holiday season! Make sure to send us any projects that you’re putting together in the next few weeks for your holiday home decor or parties. We would love to see what everyone is using our products for, and we may highlight them in our blog as well. Also, make sure to keep following our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We update them regularly with new product highlights and great deals.

As always, FREE STANDARD SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $100!!! No code needed!

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.