FABRIC GIVEAWAY for bloggers who sew!

I am excited to be offering an exchange of fabric for a feature of a finished garment or accessory made with my fabrics on your blog! One person gets selected, but I may contact others who are interested in the future for a similar project.

Requirements:
❤ You are proficient at sewing.
❤ You have a blog or website where you will publish photos of your finished project in action (i.e. modeled by a child).
❤ You love fabrics designed by Christine Witte.
❤ You will sew a project for children; a piece of clothing or accessory, as agreed on with me.

Enter by leaving me a comment here or on my Facebook page by June 9, 2015, midnight EST. Tell me what you would sew with my fabric and who you would make it for! The winner will be announced June 12, 2015.

You can view all my current repeat patterns here.

Pillow by Carousel Designs

My pillow came in recently from Carousel Designs, printed with my design “Mojave Desert: Dusk & Dawn”. I’m impressed with the quality – it even has piping all around the sides. It’s nice to know that it was sewn in the USA. Thank you, Carousel Designs!

Fruit & Mushroom Count on Etsy

Today I received a message from a Spoonflower customer of mine, Jenelle Botts, who had recently purchased yardage of my ‘Fruit & Mushroom Count’ design. She kindly sent me a link to her Etsy shop Spools & Drool, to a page with a baby blanket she made with that fabric. I’m so pleased with this lovely blanket – you can view the listing here (click image). Thank you, Jenelle!

Fabric Project: Reversible Tote Bag (1-yard cut & sew design)

I finally made my reversible “Good Old Times Shopping Bag” that I’ve had on Spoonflower since their shopping bag contest a few weeks ago, and today I wanted to share the finished bag with you!

One side has fruit and veggies with a little pocket:

 

The other side has packaged and comfort foods:

The bag has a boxed style, making it easier to transport wider items:

 

DIY fabric planner and notebook covers: A stylish way to avoid PVC and other plastics

The following is a guest-posting I wrote for plannerisms.com – please check out Laurie’s highly informative blog about all things planner-related!

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If you’ve used any number of planners, odds are that you are familiar with that leather-like cover they usually come in. It is very difficult to find a planner without a PVC (poly-vinyl-chloride) cover, especially if you seek some variety, and I’m sure that many Plannerisms readers are quite picky about their planners!

Some of the problems with PVC are that:

–  it outgases indefinitely, even in landfills

–  it releases dioxins when incinerated (carcinogenic and contributing to climate change)

–  it is a group A human carcinogen, linked to liver cancer

–  it is a known hormone disruptor

–  like any petroleum product, its source, production and disposal are associated with environmental harm.

Some people actually seek out PVC for its visual characteristics, and many people enjoy plastic products for their obvious practical appeal. I am one of the (probably) few people who avoid PVC like the plague, and I try to avoid new plastic products in general.

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For the last few years I have used Quo Vadis planner refills and ‘dressed’ them in simple fabric covers that I sewed. Here you see them stacked up; I have used the Quo Vadis President, Trinote, Minister, Journal 21, and for 2014 I’m using their APB1. On top you see a little Clairfontaine Notebook. I promise that I have not been paid a cent or received merchandise to write this (although that would be nice)! I like Quo Vadis planners for their variety in formats as well as the craftmanship. I have always preferred their Equology line (100% post-consumer paper) over their regular products, but I don’t have access to their recycled planner refills.

Making your own cover is easy:

1. Get yourself some fabric you love, ideally of medium weight. In the past, my fabrics included old (‘vintage’) pillowcases; now I use fabric I designed myself.

2. If using new fabric, prewash or simply dunk it into hot water for a minute and let it dry – then your cover won’t shrink later on. NOTE: “oilcloth” fabric is coated with plastic (by far most commonly PVC)

3. Using a tape measure, measure the length of your planner or notebook: measure the closed book from edge to edge around the spine. Then measure the height. Add 1/2 inch (1 cm) to the height and about 4 inches (10 cm) to the length measurement – less, if your planner is very small. Mark the fabric on the wrong side with a pencil or pins. Cut out the piece.

4. Hem the short edges of the fabric, either by using an over-edge function of your sewing machine or by using needle and thread to prevent fraying.

5. Fold over the short edges of the fabric by about 2 inches – it helps to wrap the planner in the fabric and pin the top and bottom fabric edges together. Remove planner and machine-stitch along the top and bottom. Use the over-edge function of your sewing machine OR straight-stitch by hand first and follow up with a simple manual over-edging as you did in step 3.

6. Your cover is finished! When it gets dirty, just wash in the machine or quickly by hand. I recommend air-drying.

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I hope that some of you now feel inspired to make your own fabric cover for your planner refill, perhaps at the end of this year. If you have any questions or thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment!

SOURCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyvinyl_chloride

http://www.epa.gov/airtoxics/hlthef/vinylchl.html

http://www.consumer.org.my/index.php/products/106-household/206-pvc-plastic-products-outgas-poisons

My first Spoonflower order & project

A few weeks ago I received my first Spoonflower order, and I finally got out my sewing machine and tackled my first little project with my own fabric – a winter scarf. Even though I was making something very simple, I wanted to be extra careful at every step to not waste any of the precious fabric.

Here it is, my double-sided winter scarf made with 2 of my Spoonflower fabrics: Blackforest Kitchen and the coordinating Blackforest Landscape on organic cotton knit. This material is very soft and densely woven – excellent quality! Not your typical t-shirt material but of course can be used as such. Much like the fabric that many baby onesies are made of. I could hardly take this scarf off at home because it feels so nice against my skin, making me feel like a baby in a blanket. I highly recommend this material to anyone considering it.

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I had also ordered a fat quarter (21 x 18”) of my other coordinate for this still-growing collection, Blackforest Couples on “basic cotton ultra”. This is what I’d call a spring or summer scarf. It’s the easiest thing to sew: simply hem the edges. This material relatively thin (perfect for blouses, shirts, dresses, linings, quilts, etc); I haven’t ordered anything on Kona-cotton yet, but I assume that Kona is a bit thicker and smoother with a denser texture than this one. My next order will include Kona-cotton.

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I was also curious to see my 2014 tea towel on fabric. I love the large size, the linen-cotton blend texture and feel, and the way the colours turned out. Definitely suitable as a wall-hanging, a placemat, or for drying dishes.

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For the remainder of my fabrics, I only ordered swatches for now (all on regular cotton). At 8 by 8 inches, they would be large enough for quilting or making handkerchiefs.

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Have you ever ordered anything from Spoonflower? I’d love people to share their customer experiences here!