Saturday, July 11, 2020

Can't Stop, Won't Stop Making Masks For PPE

Sewing Masks & Our Contribution to PPE Masks

With the generous donation from Birch Organic Fabrics, Fabricworm shipped several requests totaling over 550 yards of cotton woven fabrics for mask makers and organizations this year. Over 5,220 general mask and N95 mask covers have been sewn and donated for front line workers and essential employees from California to New York! That's incredible! Thank you to the makers and people who have donated time, or organized the distribution efforts. We. See. You. Thank you so much for sewing. These images below are just some of the ones sent in to us or tagged us from Instagram and Facebook. Volunteers are from all over the US and still continue to sew masks for requests.

Lauren Smith Janzen of Playroom Workshop and Sew Ready Kit Organizer, Million Mask Challenge - Virginia/DC/Maryland shared:
"Fabricworm's 100 yard donation inspired our Million Mask Challenge group to create the Sew Ready Kit program. Local sewists request a kit of precut fabric and elastic or twill, and we prepare the kit for pick-up or delivery. We worked through the Birch Organic fabric in April and May. We have continued the program with weekly kits and have now sent out over 16,000 precut mask and scrub cap kits. I credit your donation with pushing us to action to figure out how best to mobilize volunteers and distribute kits so that masks could be sewn as quickly as possible to fill area healthcare requests. 

One last note: I regret that I do not have photos from healthcare workers to share. Any "thank you" photos have been few, but every mask that we handed out filled a direct request from a healthcare provider, front line worker, or other essential personnel in the Washington, D.C. region. I am truly thankful for your generous involvement in the early weeks of need."


Friday, July 10, 2020

Winter Rose, Yuletide, Ombre Snowflake, Flurry & Tahoe Ski Week Holiday Collections

Yuletide & Winter Rose

Yuletide by Makower UK is a celebration of winter holidays and Christmas with an inspired palette of festive green & red. The coordinates are Ombre Snowflake by Makower UK and have a double border of falling snow drops and snowflakes in metallic ink.
Winter Rose from Andover Fabrics is also a winter delight. It boasts several holly and holly berry prints in the colors of rich reds and forest greens. The simple string lights are lovely.

Flurry from Ruby Star Society

Flurry is a wintertime fabric collection from Ruby Star Society collaboration by Sarah Watts, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Marcelle Abegg, and Kimberly Kight. This winter theme is a cute and lighthearted take for children and adults alike. One print also features gold metallic for that holiday shimmer.

The Flurry Santa Hat is a project sheet from Ruby Star Society to create adult sized hats. Included are instructions to customize sizes and even fit children. This sewing pattern is half yard friendly. See below.

Tahoe Ski Week by Mara Penny for Moda

Tahoe Ski Week by Mara Penny is a wonderful, seasonal collection with skis, snowflakes, plaid, and other skiing themed prints. Perhaps this collection will inspire you to plan a trip to the slopes! Tahoe Ski Week is a fun wintry mix for everyone.
Last week we committed to donate 10% of proceeds from our 4th of July fabric sale to Los Angeles children's art program, Create Now. With your orders our donation amount of $650 will be doubled for a 20% total donation of $1,300. We also expect to sponsor the Create Now fashion and sewing programs next season with fabrics later this year.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

New Cotton + Steel Fabric Bundles

Nya Nya Bundles From Once Upon A Time

Custom Bundle Featuring Playful

#Lawnquilt From Cotton + Steel Collaborative

Find more than 100 restocked designs from Cotton + Steel before they are gone!
We are rediscovering the fun of these restocked oldies from Cotton + Steel Collaborative and designer collections like Sienna, By The Seaside, Sunshine, Once Upon A Time, and Playful. Find small stacks of these and even more fabric bundles online now. Each listing provides a drop down for you to shop the cut size you want! Pick from 1/4 yard and increase the yardage or pick fat quarters and get them 18”x 22” sizes.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Anna Maria Horner Loominous Yarn-Dyes & Apparel Sewing

It's been a hot, yet very lovely week as we attempt to make plans and celebrate the 4th of July. So is maker Lili @lilianfernanda on Instagram who was gracious to share her new yarn-dyed makes from the Anna Maria Horner collection Loominous.

Loominous Yarn Dyes by Anna Maria Horner are made from 100% woven cotton and are reversible. The bright yarn dyed colors are perfect for patchwork or clothing, but they are so modern in color and design.

Dress Pattern: Grainline Studio Willow Tank & Dress with added hi-lo skirt with pockets in Headlines Orange.

These yarn dyed colors are bright and fun for summer events or gatherings.

Top Pattern: True Bias Roscoe Blouse in Seedlings Aqua.

About the maker:
"My name is Lilian, or just Lili. I'm Brazilian but 'been living in New Jersey-US for the past 14 years. I'm happily married for over 10 years and Kili's mom!

I'm an art historian and work as museum educator. For the past few months I basically had to reinvent my line of work from scratch. Sewing is my favorite activity of course. After I became a mom my sewing style has changed from big-puffy with many pleats and time consuming dresses to quicker and zipper free styles. But I kept my passion for cute, modern, vintage inspired patterns, and good quality natural fiber fabrics.

I consider myself a confident advanced and perfectionist sewist, but I keep in mind what I make is handmade and imperfections add personality to the piece I'm creating.

The sewing community is amazing and I've met incredible and talented people! Also, my Instagram account is a safe space for LGBTQ+, BIPOC folxs to share their thoughts and comments.
Welcome, introduce yourself if you want and thanks for tagging along." - Lili

Dress Pattern: Fibre Mood Norma Blouse with a shortened bodice and added gathered skirt in Treasure Castle.


Friday, July 3, 2020

New & Restocked Fabric Collections from Cotton + Steel

Dusk Till Dawn by Hope Johnson

Dusk Till Dawn by Hope Johnson is a debut fabric collection with sweet half moons, stylized moon phases, and a bit of metallic. "Dusk Till Dawn is all about the landscapes that surround me on my warm Louisiana nights. Many ...well, all of these were originally drawn or painted with my little ones by my side and have such a sweet place in my heart." - Hope Johnson

Tjarda Borsboom for Cotton + Steel

From the Desk of features plants in pots and hexagons, plus we have created a couple Fabricworm Custom Bundles: Container Conundrum, Sow Your Seeds, and Dig Deeper.

Restocked Noel by Cotton + Steel

A fun winter wonderland collection full of charm, color, and all from the fantastic Cotton + Steel Collaborative designers. Find sweaters, snow bunnies, and snowflakes now back in stock.
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