As we’ve gotten closer and closer to my due date this fall, we here at Paper Thread Fabrics have decided that it would be best to clear out our inventory so we can reopen after the holidays with all new fabric, patterns and notions! Therefore, we’ve put everything on sale for 50% off until gone. Be sure to pick up your favorite fabrics soon, as they’ll most likely go fast!
During my pregnancy I’ve had to schlep more stuff around with me than fits in the purse I’ve had for the last 15 years, so I decided to make myself a new bag that was perfectly suited to carrying a big water bottle, lots of snacks and everything else I might need. Luckily I stumbled upon the fabulous Go Anywhere Bag pattern from Noodlehead. It has three divided pockets on the front and a large pocket in the back, with a smaller pocket sewn on the lining for keys, a pen and whatnot.
I used two of my favorite fabrics, Ink & Spindle’s Birch and Flowering Gum, for the outside of my Go Anywhere bag, and Lizzy House’s Pilgrim Stripe in Green for the lining. Using heavier home dec weight hemp fabric gave it a nice structure and durability (my purses need to be able to take a lot of punishment!), but you can use quilting cottons as well.
All Ink & Spindle fabrics are 40% off and Lizzy House’s Hello Pilgrim collection is 50% off through October 31. Be sure to check out our entire inventory for more great sales through the end of October!
To celebrate our sale, I thought I would make a new maternity dress out of one of my favorite new fabrics, the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Arbor Voile in Navy from their Bromley collection. The pattern for this dress is Made By Rae‘s Washi Dress, altered slightly to contain my growing belly. The alteration was surprisingly simple because of the construction Rae’s pattern; I cut most pattern pieces at my normal size, and cut the front skirt piece three sizes larger. Rather than containing a zipper or buttons, the Washi dress uses shirring in the back to allow you to pull it on and off, which suits maternity clothing quite well.
If I had the time, I would make at least 7 of these dresses so I could wear them every day. The Washi pattern is beautiful, flattering to all body types, and the perfect showcase for your favorite fabric, whether that be a voile or a quilting cotton. During our sale, all of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Bromley fabrics are 40% off, so now’s the perfect time to pick some up to make your own Washi!
We only have about 5 weeks left until our due date, so I’ve been hastily trying to finish up all the baby sewing projects I had planned. Of course I’ve left a ton of stuff until the last minute, but I’ve been really enjoying making baby pants, especially with Kokka’s lovely cotton/linen blends. Luckily, we recently got Heather Ross’ Nursery Versery in stock so I could make even more pairs of Made By Rae’s Big Butt Baby Pants.
All 14 SKUs of Nursery Versery are an 85% cotton/15% linen blend, perfect for children’s clothes as well as amazingly soft and textured quilts. We’ve put all of Heather Ross’ fabric on sale for 15% off through October 15th, so now’s the time to stock up for holiday projects and gifts.
I can’t wait to see these lovely pants on our little boy! But I suppose I should get back to sewing the all important burp cloths, rather than another pair of pants.
We’ve received a lovely shipment of new quilting weight cottons, Ric Rac Rabbits from Creative Thursday and Andover Fabrics, perfect for whimsical children’s quilts and what-not (especially now that it’s 35% off!). The fabric made me want to share with you the crib sheets I’ve made for our own future little boy and plan a whole new batch with these adorable rabbits!
My first sheet was made with Cloud 9 Fabrics’ Monsterz line (which is currently 40% off!):
Making crib sheets is amazingly simple; essentially it involves cutting out a square at each corner to make them fitted, finishing the edges and sewing about a foot of elastic around each corner. If you’d like a pattern I found mine here.
I think I’ll use these Ric Rac Rabbits fabrics next!
Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway! Unfortunately there can be only four winners, and thanks to a random number generator we have ours.
Tula Pink’s Nightshade (FQ Bundle) – Jenny
Thomas Knauer’s Savanna Bop (Half-yard Bundle) – Jessica
Michelle Brummer-Everett’s Monsertz (FQ Bundle) – Diane
Birch Fabrics’ Commute and Mod Basics lines (FQ Bundle) – Charlotte E.
All the winners will be emailed shortly so I can get your shipping information and send your winnings out to you as soon as possible! Thank you everyone for the well wishes and for celebrating our one year anniversary with us.
This month Paper Thread Fabrics turns one year old (specifically on June 9). We’re so excited that we decided to host our first giveaway – and quite a giveaway it will be! We’re giving away a fat quarter bundle of all 15 prints from Tula Pink’s Nightshade line, half yard cuts of all 20 fabrics from Thomas Knauer’s Savanna Bop line, fat quarters of all 12 fabrics from Michele Brummer-Everett’s Monsterz line, and fat quarters of all the fabrics from Birch Fabrics’ Commute and Mod Basics lines. There will be four separate winners randomly chosen from the comments on this blog post on June 30, so be sure to leave us a comment before then so you can win!
In addition to this fabulous giveaway, during the whole month of June we’re also giving you 25% off your entire order with coupon code “oneyear” and free shipping to the US. Be sure to enter our giveaway, and pick up some extra yardage of these fabulous fabrics!
This afternoon we received our highly anticipated shipment of designer Thomas Knauer’s Savanna Bop from Andover Fabrics! This adorable kids collection is full of geometrically arranged animal prints perfect for making fun and colorful children’s clothes, quilts, and accessories. Be sure to pick up some yardage now (fat quarter bundles coming soon) and you’ll receive 10% off if you order before 5/31.
In case you’ve missed my 1st trimester complaints on Twitter, Mr. Paper Thread Fabrics and I are expecting! I am now solidly into my 2nd trimester, and am beginning to feel better enough to start a ton of new baby (and maternity) projects. My first (mostly…I’ve also made some crib sheets and have started a baby quilt) project was to tackle Made by Rae‘s fantastic Big Butt Baby Pants. To start I’ve made three pairs in the 0 – 3 month size, mainly due to the fact that babies in my husband’s family err on the large side, and I’m worried he or she won’t fit many newborn clothes. Similarly, I haven’t put elastic in the waistband yet so I can customize it to fit his or her’s tiny waist.
Rae’s pattern is amazing and fast to put together – so fast in fact that I think I’m going to make a ton of these pants and already have fabric cut out for 4 more pairs of the 3 – 6mo. size.
My favorite pair by far is this green pair I’ve made out of Heather Ross’ Far Far Away III fabric. I managed to successfully fussy cut the fabric so that the lovely gnomes were on the front left leg and Snow White was perfectly framed on the butt panel. I’ll have to make another pair in this fabric in a larger size in case these are too small. They’re too cute to never use!
Okay, I’m getting the sewing machine back out and making more of these pants right now! You should too!
Sorry I’ve been MIA lately…let’s just say family and health got way out of control. Don’t worry, everything’s fantastic, it’s just made posts a lot harder to produce. Obviously packing your lovely orders comes before writing on the blog!
In some of my precious few non-busy moments I’ve been playing around with some of the lovely new fabrics we’ve gotten in the last few months and I can’t wait to share my handiwork with you. Once the weather cooperates I’ll get some fabulous photos and post my projects.
One of the fabric lines I’m most excited about playing with is Cloud 9 Fabrics and Michele Brummer-Everett’s 100% organic quilting weight cotton Monsterz. To help you stock up for all of your spring projects we’ve put Monsterz on sale for 15% off through 4/22. Some of the fabrics are already getting low on yardage, so be sure to pick some up soon!