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3 Napkin Folding Ideas You are going to want to try!

Wedding season in is full swing and we are heading into the most popular months. There are many details that go into planning a wedding, and let me tell you not a detail goes unnoticed. An easy detail that can go a long way is how you can fold a napkin. There are a million ways to fold a napkin and each of them are beautiful. I have picked out a few of my favorite napkin folds that I am going to show you how to make.

1. The Bow Napkin Fold

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Instructions:

You will need napkin rings for this one.

  1. Start with a square napkin.
  2. Fold the top part down to the middle, then flip the bottom up to the middle.
  3. Fold the left side to the middle, then fold the right side to the middle.
  4. Flip the napkin over.
  5. Pinch in the middle then use the napkin ring you chose.

2. The single Pocket Fold

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Instructions:

  1. Place napkin hemmed side down.
  2. Fold napkin in half.
  3. Fold top layer down.
  4. Flip the napkin over.
  5. Fold it in half from right to left.
  6. Fold in half again from right to left.

You can leave it as is or you can add string or ribbon like that image above. This one is perfect if you are having menus put at each seat.

3. The Dramatic Fan

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Instructions:

  1. Start with your square napkin face down.
  2. Starting from the bottom make accordion pleats all the way to the top.
  3. From one end, start rolling the napkin, leaving a little bit at the end about 2/3”
  4. Set the napkin upright, gently fan out the small section that was not folded.
  5. Holding on the spiraled section, pull up the beginning edge to form a small peak.

There are many more ways to fold a napkin if the ones above are not what you are looking for. You can’t go wrong with any napkin fold to upgrade your table for your next event. As I mentioned before not a detail goes unnoticed and something like a napkin fold can be what your table was missing. Guests will love the tiny detail. You can use different napkin folds for your home too. Whether it is for a holiday or just a family gathering you can elevate your table with a certain napkin fold. (There are some great ones for the holidays!)

 

Enjoy~

Briana

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Summer Decor Trend: Cabana Stripes

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Cabana Stripe tablecloth by Fabric Textile Products, Inc. (Available in assorted sizes & colors!)

When we think of summer decor, usually the first thing that comes to mind is coastal or nautical motifs. Throw in the occasional marine animal print and you have “summer”. This year though, the decor trends have changed slightly. One of the hottest summer decor trends this year is something you have probably seen a million times before and paid it no mind – a cabana stripe. Yup, that’s it. A simple stripe.

Throw pillows, table cloths, placemats, beach towels, tote bags, umbrellas, & so much more.  This classic stripe is EVERYWHERE. It’s simple, classic, & timeless. The cabana stripe can be in any color, but most common tends to be a nice black and white or a royal blue and white combo. The stripe can be small or large and it most commonly runs vertically. These stripes can be seen in almost every store you walk into – H & M, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, Target, Walmart, Pier 1, Kohl’s, the list goes on and on and on. It is also featured in more magazines than I can count on my 2 hands. Have you seen the latest issue of HGTV magazine?

I am a lover of stripes in general, but I absolutely love a good cabana stripe. It works year round, not just in the summer, and it can really bring life to a room. I prefer black and white everything, but this year we decided to branch out a bit at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. and offer a very wide variety of cabana stripe linens. Our 3 inch cabana stripe is printed on Milliken Signature Polyester and then in turn made into pillow covers, tablecloths, & table runners. We currently offer  12 colors and are always adding more to the mix!

Available in  Black, Navy, Royal, Pale Pink, Fuchsia, Red, Gray, Yellow, Khaki, Orange, Turquoise, & Lime Green.

Below I have included some of the fabulous cabana stripe products I have while shopping the internet! Check them out!

(Please note that all photos & products belong to the rightful owner unless specifically noted as property of Fabric Textile Products, Inc.)

Tell me your thoughts! What do you think of the cabana stripe trend? I want to know! 

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Beach towels from http://www.gracioushome.com

 

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Striped cotton rug from H&M – available in 4 colors!

 

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These striped bolster pillows from Pottery Barn are PERFECT for poolside lounging!

 

Summer has officially begun! Enjoy that warm weather, sleep in, and check back here with me on the FTP blog! I have lots more great stuff to share with all of you! 

 

Warm Regards Always,

Joanna

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

 

We’re All Mad About Plaid This Season!

My favorite time of the year is the fall. I love photographing the changing leaves, going apple and pumpkin picking with my friends, drinking copious amounts of pumpkin spice lattes, thanksgiving dinner with my family, and of course, the fall fashion. Sweaters. Moccasins. Boots. Scarves. Flannel shirts. Skinny jeans. You name it and I most likely have it in my closet. Every year we see a new trend emerge in terms of the types of prints we can expect to see. This goes for apparel, shoes, accessories, home decor, linens, fabric, napery, and more. Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, &  Alexander Wang all included several plaid pieces in their fall 2015 collections. If one thing’s for sure, we’re mad about plaid this season!

Check out this Plaid Cheat Sheet courtesy of fashioninfographics.com!
            Check out this Plaid Cheat Sheet courtesy of fashioninfographics.com!

Whether it’s a shirt, lounge pants, a handbag, a phone case, or anything else you can think of, I most likely have a plaid style in my possession. Seriously though. It looks like I raided Kurt Cobain’s closet. It’s my favorite print! (How many people do you know that actually have a favorite print?) I even have a red plaid hair bow. I’m obsessed! I thought since plaid is super hot this season, I would share a little bit about the types and styles out there. Believe it or not, Cher Horowitz rocked at least 53 different plaid styles in 1995″s Clueless.  Plaid is an under-appreciated print and I plan to show it a little extra love this season by highlighting some of the current items on the market!

Image source: http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/a9992/clueless-digital-fitting-room/

Tartan is by far the most common and definitely my favorite. This style originated in Scotland and is usually what comes to mind when we say “plaid”. This style is most often seen with dark colors such as blues, reds, and greens. Below is the beautiful Pembroke Plaid Sheet Set by Pottery Barn.

Image source: http://www.potterybarn.com
Image source: http://www.potterybarn.com

Windowpane plaid is also quite common this season. The design is simple, yet sophisticated and makes for a handsome suit. This season Old Navy tackled the plaid trend and I am in love with their wool-blend ponchos! The black and white windowpane plaid pairs nicely with a solid knit top underneath.

Image source: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1018845&vid=1&pid=602576022
Image source: http://oldnavy.gap.com

Glen plaid is very easy to spot! Almost always done in a black and white scheme, this style of plaid is prevalent among tailored suits and more formal attire. This style can be seen year round as with J. Crew’s Glen Plaid Cap-Sleeve dress. It’s clean, classic, and fashionable. Some plaids can be a bit overwhelming, but glen plaid is subtle. I love it!

Image source: https://www.jcrew.com
                                                   Image source: https://www.jcrew.com

Buffalo check plaid is my second favorite plaid style. It is said to have originated in the USA around 1850. This black and red style is synonymous with outdoorsmen and gives a very rugged look. Sometimes buffalo check is also referred to as “lumberjack” plaid. Pottery Barn has a large array of buffalo check plaid items this year, but what really grabbed my attention was the Buffalo Check Napkin Set. Normally we think of plaid clothing, but not often table linens. It’s certainly a fun change!

Image source: http://www.potterybarn.com
Image source: http://www.potterybarn.com

And of course, I had to highlight Fabric Textile Products, Inc. This year we introduced our Country Plaid Napkin Collection! Available in Black, Navy, Red, Taupe, & Grass Green, our country plaid napkins are sure to compliment your fall tables! With my plaid addiction, it was only a matter of time before launching a plaid napery line.

Shop our collection at www.fabrictextileproducts.com!
             Shop our collection at http://www.fabrictextileproducts.com!

I could go on for hours about plaid. This beloved style seems to be in it for the longhaul. Every so often we see a bit of a “plaid revival” if you wish. Almost all of us own atleast 1 plaid item. I guarantee it. Take a walk through your home. Scan each room. Take a look in your closets. You may be surprised at what you find. From tartan to gingham to madras to windowpane, there is a plaid for everyone!

Warm Regards Always,

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

PHOTO DISCLAIMER: Please note that unless otherwise noted, photos and images do not belong to myself or Fabric Textile Products, Inc. All photos have been properly cited with source information. Thank you.

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

wall art

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.

Bridal showers bring may flowers

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Warm weather has arrived and so has bridal season! Bridal (or wedding) season is typically from May-September and is the most prevalent time of the year for love birds to say “I Do”. The weather is pleasant, which makes it easier on everyone involved. The bride can wear her short or strapless dress. Pictures will have a naturally beautiful backdrop. Ceremonies and receptions can be held outdoors. Who doesn’t enjoy gorgeous weather?!

With every wedding comes a bridal shower (typically 1 – 3 months prior to the ceremony). The bride-to-be is honored with a party to celebrate her upcoming special day. Family, friends, & bridesmaids want her to have a great time and enjoy all they have in store for her. This means a showering of gifts and goodies for both her and her hubby-to-be to enjoy.  In my opinion, bridal showers are right up there with the almighty bachelorette party on my list of fun things to do. I have always enjoyed these celebrations more than the actual wedding day. Girl time is the best time!

Sometimes gift-giving can be more stressful that actually planning a shower. Gift registry lists at high-end stores like Macy’s or Pottery Barn can be pretty intimidating when shopping on a budget. Instead of splurging on the $300 crystal flower vase, try your hand at one of these simple DIY gift ideas! The bride will be appreciative of whatever you may bring to her. When it comes from the heart, it holds a higher value than any price tag.

  • Set of cloth napkins and matching napkin rings (these can be handmade if you’re crafty!)
  • personalized monogrammed linens (the ideas are endless: napkins, table cloths, pillowcases, blankets, etc…)
  • Mr. & Mrs. wine glasses paired with the bride’s wine of choice (custom wine glasses are a really fun DIY paint project!)
  • Certificate for a spa day or trip to the salon for a mani/pedi (this will come in handy as she prepares for the big day)
  • Beach bag for the honeymoon filled with her travel necessities – sunglasses, flip flops, towel, and swimsuit. Have the bag embroidered or printed with her new married name (ie: Mrs._______) Keep in mind her favorite colors and prints!

If you need a little guidance, another great gift giving idea is to get 1 item from the registry and add your own creative flair. This can still be budget-friendly and incredibly thoughtful. Check out this list for some inspiration!

  • Registry gift: mixing bowls, bakeware, pots/pans, etc. – Pair with a hand-made recipe book or recipe cards of some of your favorite dishes & baked goodies. Some simple scrapbooking supplies are all you need and a little Also include blank pages or cards so the couple can add to it!
  • Registry gift: coffee maker, tea kettle, etc. – Pair with His & Hers mugs and gourmet beans or teas. Ceramic mugs can easily be personalized with a little craft paint and imagination.
  • Registry gift: bath towel set – Pair with a basket full of the ultimate bath and body essentials! Put together a bunch of the bride’s favorite lotions, soaps, fragrance mists, bath bombs, & a bottle of bubble bath of course! A trip to your local Bath & Body Works will have all you need to pamper the special lady! A cute pair of terry slippers in her favorite color would be an excellent addition too!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to bridal shower gifts. Don’t let the number on a price tag hold you back. Be thoughtful. Be creative. Keep it personal. Your gal pal is sure to love it!

The absolute best bridal/wedding resource is The Knot. I highly recommend browsing their site for other helpful tips and ideas!

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.

Trend watch: Ruffled Table Linens

Every year brings about new trends in fashion, color, design, patterns, and whatnot. This is especially true for the table linen and home décor industries. Who remembers the ikat craze? The chevron obsession? The mod phase? The list of memories goes on and on! One thing stays true throughout it all though- trends come and go rather quickly. With that being said, I decided to focus on one of the hottest trends in linens and décor at the moment… Ruffles!

It seems that ruffles have made a comeback. I can vividly remember the throw pillows that used to adorn my living room as a young child in the early 90s. They were bright pink with a large ruffled trim. My Mother had them on every couch in the living room as well as my Father’s favorite chair. Our bed skirts also had large ruffled trims. They were everywhere! I even remember seeing ruffled pillows on an episode of The Golden Girls (I’m showing my age here).

Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Hen House Linens, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. You can find ruffled linens at all the current major retailers now. Napkins have become the frontrunner at the moment. They are simple, yet sophisticated. They look beautiful folded or with a napkin ring. A wide array of colors and materials make these napkins timeless. We are crazy about ’em!

We here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. decided to launch our own line of them and are pleased to share them with you. Introducing The Duchess Collection…

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These beauties are made of 100% pure woven linen. Each measure 17″ x 17″ in size and are sold in sets of 4. We offer them in both white and stone. They are a great lightweight material with a nice feel. The Duchess Collection will make your dinner guests feel like royalty!

Feeling trendy? Shop the collection now at http://www.fabrictextileproducts.com. While you’re there, be sure to check out our other new collections as well. There’s something for everyone!

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– Joanna

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.