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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!

Game On!

Today’s blog post is on behalf of our new employee, Briana! Enjoy!

It’s officially fall, which means football season is here! Being a local New Jersey girl, I have to root for the New York Jets. (Let’s see what this season brings…) Sundays spent with friends, family, good food, & a big screen TV is one of my favorite weekend activities!

Sometimes I like to switch it up and step away from watching the big game. I was looking for ways to stay active and involved during the season. What better way to show support for your favorite NFL team than to make a fabric football for the kids?

These fabric footballs are super simple and will feature the team fabric of your choice! Below is step-by-step instructions on how to make this at-home craft. I have included instructions as well as the football-shaped pattern for you to use. You can create your own of course if you would like a larger or smaller piece. Be sure to check out our wide selection of officially license NFL team fabrics by Fabric Traditions! Available at the Fabric Textile Products, Inc. webstore!

 

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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.

Play ball! MLB Opening Day is here!

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Happy Sunday everyone! Today is Major League Baseball’s Opening Day! I am super excited for baseball season to begin and hoping to see my San Francisco Giants win another World Series title this year! (We could have another Orange October!)

Be sure to catch the first game of the regular season tonight when the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Chicago Cubs at the recently-renovated Wrigley Field. Since today is the Easter holiday as well, many games are scheduled to be played tomorrow.

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We here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. are big sports fans and are happy to add the newest collection of MLB team fabrics by Fabric Traditions to the shop. They arrived on Friday and are selling quickly! The lovely people at Fabric Traditions are also responsible for the NFL team collection and are introducing their MLS team collection as well. All of these great prints are officially licensed products and make the perfect addition to your home fabric stockpile. Prints are 60″ wide and made of 100% cotton broadcloth making the fabric durable enough to meet your quilting and crafting needs! We have all 32 prints in stock and sold by the yard.

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You can view the full collection of teams here! Shop today at http://www.fabrictextileproducts.com!

Get your cracker jacks and baseball caps ready! Baseball is here!

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.

#TransformationTuesday: The Jump from Napkinsonline to Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

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I am obsessed with social media. I love sharing my pictures on Instagram, keeping friends up to date with my Facebook status daily, and tweeting about whatever comes to my mind. Come on, though. What 23 year old isn’t?! My day always begins the same. Turn off the alarm, get my glasses on quickly so I can find my way out of bed without falling, and swipe right to unlock my iPhone. A wave of emails, statuses, photos, tweets, and whatnot floods my brain for a few moments before I start my morning routine. While scrolling along this morning, I noticed the daily hashtag on almost every post I saw- #transformationtuesday. A light went off and the idea for today’s post came about!

“Transformation Tuesday”.

“Yes.”

“That’s it. I got it!”

Fabric Textile Products, Inc. is the place I call home Monday through Friday. I assist with shipping orders, taking care of our customers, managing social media accounts, shopping for new products, sourcing new vendors, and whatever else may come my way, but things weren’t always this way. Believe it or not, up until 2 years ago this company was a just a 1 woman operation.

Flashback to 2007.

We began selling hemstitch napkins as Napkinsonline on the internet. Our products were well-liked and in high-demand by both commercial and home buyers, so we began to offer matching table linens. After a few successful years, we started selling leftover fabric scraps given to us by our sister company, Something Different Linen, Inc. and business really began to boom! From there on out, we sourced our own products and sought out the help of various vendors. Before we knew it, we had outgrown the little space we once occupied and needed more hands on deck.

Flash forward to 2013.

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I joined the Fabric Textile Products, Inc. team fresh out of college as an assistant. The job had become too much for just 1 person and we were planning a move. By this time our product catalog included not only hemstitch table linens and fabrics, but also a wide array of textiles for the home. The keyword here is growth. We officially dropped the name Napkinsonline and became Fabric Textile Products, Inc. – a subsidiary of Something Different Linen, Inc. We launched a fresh website, left our small crammed space and settled quickly into a new larger location on the other end of town. And here we are now!

In just 2 years Fabric Textile Products, Inc. has transformed from a small internet operation into a full-fledged supplier of fabric and textile goods for all. Our inventory grows daily, our customer base reaches farther locations, and our name is recognized by so many. The only place to go from here is up!

Warmest Regards Always,

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.

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.

A fresh start seams like fun!

It’s hard to believe that we are already half way into the first month of the new year! As each new year begins we make promises to ourselves to make better choices, get healthy, rid ourselves of negativity, and start fresh. Why do these resolutions need to focus on the negatives? Instead, why not focus on the positives and promise to do more of something we enjoy? It’s not too late to get going on those resolutions!

If your resolution is to sew more, why not take a stab at a new quilting project? They are a great group activity and make a beautiful gift for family, friends, and loved ones. Get the girls together for a quiet night in – complete with wine, snacks, and quilting! Take all of those college t-shirts your son has stocked his closet with and turn them into a special graduation gift. Is there a new baby on the way? A personalized baby blanket is the warmest of welcomes. The options and possibilities are endless.

Not sure where to begin? We are here to help! One of our favorite fabric companies is Quilting Treasures. They have a wide range of fabrics from licensed characters, florals, basics, novelty prints, and so much more. They offer FREE project sheets on their site featuring their prints. It’s an excellent tool and we suggest checking it out. We absolutely love their Seams Like Fun collection by Denise Urban. The complete project sheet with step-by-step instructions can be downloaded at the Quilting Treasures website or by clicking on the photo below. Also featured in the project is their Lola Textures blender collection.

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Download your free project sheets and gather your fabrics today! Prints from the Seams Like Fun and Lola Textures collections can be purchased from our web store at http://www.fabrictextileproducts.com. Also be sure to visit http://www.qtfabrics.com and check out all that our friends at Quilting Treasures have to offer! We offer free standard shipping on all orders over $100 and are happy to assist with all of your fabrics and textile needs!

Happy shopping and happy quilting from The Staff at 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 Thanksgiving!!!

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The biggest shopping weekend of the year is just days away!! We here are Fabric Textile Products, Inc. are super excited and wanted to make sure that you, our loyal customers, get a sneak peek at the great deals we will be offering this upcoming Cyber Monday!

You get to choose your own discount! Yes, that’s correct. YOU get to choose which discount you want to apply to your order. For 1 day only, we will be offering two Cyber Monday discounts for all customers. All customers will be given two options: 10% off your entire purchase OR free standard shipping on your order (no minimums). Each discount has its own coupon code. Enter the coupon code of your choice to receive your discount. Only 1 coupon code per order. Coupon code must be used at the time of purchase and cannot be applies to previous or futures orders. Coupon code is valid only for Cyber Monday, December 1, 2014. No exceptions!

The coupon codes will be displayed at the top of the shop page on Monday, but here is your chance to get ahead of the game and prepare! Take advantage of this special offer!

For 10% off your entire purchase, use code CYBER10 at checkout.

For free STANDARD shipping on your purchase, use code CYBERSTNDRDFREE at checkout.

We have something for everyone. Be sure to browse our collections of fabrics, table linens, curtains, towels, and more! They make great holiday gifts!

We want to wish all of our customers and their families a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for each and every one of you!

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.