Monday, December 24, 2012

What matters to me at Christmas

Hi everyone, before I pop off for a few weeks break I wanted to say a Merry Christmas to all. I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow. I will be spending it with family at my home. 
As usual there will be lots of laughs and chatter. The way it is meant to be. 

I will also be sparing a thought to all those who have lost loved ones this year. 
May they find strength to go forward......somehow.

As to me what matters most about Christmas is not the presents under my tree but having the presence of my loved ones close by.

Thanks everyone for your love and support in 2012.
See you in 2013.

photo: tasmania winter 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Project Day: Fabric Christmas Tree

Create a wonderful Fabric Christmas Tree.
What you need:
Cut your fabric into small rectangles approx 6cm x 4cm (size may depend on the size of your canvas).
Start placing your fabric in curved lines. Start from the bottom, working your way to the top until you have the shape of a tree. When you are happy with the placement, glue each piece down with the hot glue gun.
We used a piece of brown fabric for the trunk and cut out a floral motif for the top of our tree.
Frame your tree by gluing the Ric Rac around the edge.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Project Day: Hanging Pine Cones.

Pine cones always make great Christmas decorations. This weeks project is both simple and lovely.
What you need:
Cut the ribbon into strips approx 40cm long. The quantity you cut will depend on how many pine cones you have. Attach one end of each piece of ribbon to a pine cone with your hot glue gun.
Cut an additional length of ribbon for each pine cone approx 6cm long. Trim the ends diagonally and tie a knot in the centre to create a rustic bow. Glue this to the base of the pine cone to finish off your decoration.
Have a great weekend.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Staying Out Of The Sun.

We stumbled across this fantastic beach shade cloth on Pinterest. What a great way to use some of our Indoor/Outdoor or Oilcloth Fabrics.
Happy Monday

Friday, December 7, 2012

Project Day; Ikat Table Setting.

This week we decided to create a fresh approach to a Christmas Table Setting.

What you need:

Cut the Ikat Green fabric to the length and width required to make your tablecloth. You can hem it if you like however we left ours to create a rustic effect.

We made our place mats with Hibiscus Oilcloth by simply tracing around a plate and cutting the circle out. There is no need to sew the edge as Oilcloth won't fray.

To finish off our Table Setting we added some bright bowls and a splash of green from the garden.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Busting At The Seams.

This week we have received over 100 rolls of fabric, many of these are brand new styles of Indoor/Outdoors and Cottons.
Here are a few of our beautiful new prints.
From left to right.
Happy Monday

Friday, November 30, 2012

Project Day: Fabric Wreath

This weeks project features a very easy way to make a beautiful Christmas Wreath.
What you need:
Cut your fabric into strips about 3.5cm wide and 25cm in length. Don't be exact with your cutting and let the fabric fray as it adds to the rustic effect of the wreath.
Make a circle with the wire, joining the ends firmly together with some masking tape.
Tie your strips of fabric to the wire circle using a half knot. Alternate the designs as you go. Once you get to the end simply fluff all of the fabric in place.
Have a great Weekend.

Monday, November 26, 2012

What A Day.

 Yesterday the weather was picture perfect and certainly too good to work. We took a break from cutting and packing fabric to enjoy the bay and couldn't resist sharing this shot with you. 
Happy Monday

Friday, November 23, 2012

Project Day: Fabric Jar Covers

This weeks project features a simple yet beautiful way to package home baked (or store bought) Christmas gifts.
What you need:
Cut your fabric into a square about 6cm larger than the diameter of the jar.
Stretch your elastic trim around the top of the jar. Make sure it is firm then sew the ends together.
Place your fabric square over the jar and use the Ruffle Trim to hold it in place.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Behind The Scenes.

Last week we updated our Fabric Traders homepage. This is a behind the scenes shot of Simone doing what she does best, styling and photographing the fantastic picture.
Take a look at the final product. We love it.
Happy Monday.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Project Day: Fabric Christmas Bauble.

Running with our Christmas theme, this weeks project features a lovely hanging ornament.
What you need:

Cut your fabric into a square large enough to cover the ball you have chosen. Simply wrap the fabric around the ball and bunch it at the top. Tie your ribbon in a bow to hold it in place then trim off the excess fabric.
Next attach some ribbon to the top. If you have used an old ornament you may be lucky enough to have a loop to tie it to. If not just use your glue gun.
We finished our ball off by gluing on one of our beautiful buttons.
Have a great weekend.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Caribbean, By The Pool.

Take a look at some of our stunning new arrivals in our Indoor/Outdoor range.
These fabrics can take hundreds of hours of direct sunlight without fading and are mildew and stain resistant.
Clockwise from the top:
Happy Monday

Friday, November 9, 2012

Project Day: Ruffle Christmas Tree

It's that time of the year again. This weeks project features a gorgeous Christmas tree alternative.
What you need:
Cut your fabric into strips approx 4cm wide using the pinking scissors on the outer edge. Use your sewing machine (set to a long stitch) to gather the inner edge to create the ruffle.
Glue each gathered strip of fabric alternately up the tree.
Insert the piece of dowel or pipe into the bottom of the Styrofoam cone then glue in place. We used white stones to hold our tree upright in the pot.
Finish off with your favourite Christmas decoration.
Have a great weekend.


Monday, November 5, 2012

A Shabby Offcut Bespoke Lampshade $69.95

 We are selling this beautiful one off, handmade lampshade using fabric offcuts for $69.95.

Most of these fabrics are still available from our fabulous range including the pink pom pom trim.

Happy Monday

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Project Day: Green Theme Table Scape

This weeks project features a beautiful yet simple way to decorate a table for any occasion.

What you need:

Make your gingham tablecloth by either hemming or pinking the edges.
Tie the ribbon around your jar.
Place your flowers behind the bow and insert your tealight.
Have a great weekend

Friday, October 26, 2012

Project Day: Fabric Embriodery Hoops as Wall Art

 This weeks project features a beautiful yet simple way to decorate any wall.
What you need:
Stretch your fabric over the inner ring of the hoop then secure it in place with the outer ring. Pull the edges lightly to make sure your fabric is firm.
Once you have it in place tighten the screws, trim the excess fabric and your Hoops are ready to hang on the wall.
Odd numbers always work best when grouping things together, we used three hoops in different sizes however you could add as many as you like.
Have a great Weekend

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

~ Magazine Feature ~

We are delighted to have some of our gorgeous fabrics featured in the latest edition of Australian Country Magazine (Nov/Dec issue).
I can tell you I spent hours making that tablecloth! I used bits and pieces from both our indoor & outdoor range in patchwork style.
A big thank-you to Tahn Scoon from Tahn Scoon Living.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Coming Home

Even on the most fabulous holidays it's still nice to come home don't you think?
We have been away on a break last week but are back and ready to share some fabulous new fabrics and craft ideas over the coming months.
Happy Monday.
PS: 2nd photo is us on Hamilton Island last week, Whitsundays, Australia

Friday, October 19, 2012

Project Day; Fabulous Easy Curtains

This week we have created beautiful inexpensive curtains using our Shirting Fabric and Mini Pom Pom Trim.
What you need:

Cut the Shirting to the length of your window allowing an extra 25cm for the hemming. Sew the side seams first then sew the Pom Pom Trim down one seam. Create a rod pocket at the top to allow for your curtain rod. Then hem the bottom. You will need an extra metre of the trim to use as your cord.
You can make these fabulous curtains for under $25 a drop.
Have a great Weekend.

Monday, October 15, 2012

We love Amy Butler....

We carry a great selection of Amy Butler's beautiful fabrics.
Try a selection of co-ordinating colours or mix it up a little....

From left to right
A Midwest Modern Ripple Stripe in Orange $19.99/m
Love Paisley Blush $19.99/m
Love Bali Gate Lime Twill $29.99/m

Happy Monday


Friday, October 12, 2012

Project Day; French Style T-Shirt

For this Project you need a plain white t-shirt, our 15mm Red Ric Rac 1.60/m and a french style ribbon (we used our Gingham Ribbon in Black $1.10/m).

Firstly cut your Ric Rac into 4 x 16cm lengths (this will alter depending on the t-shirt size). Once you have them in place simply sew them on.
Tie your bow and attach the same way.

This is a simple but very effective way to decorate a plain
Have a great Weekend.....



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