I love the versatility of applications for quilting cotton.  But sometimes home decor fabric is a better choice for your project.  There are many advantages to using home decor fabric.

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The fabric in the images above are discontinued prints from Amy Butler. There may be some still available in shops if you really search.

It is heavier in weight

canvas fabric from Owl & Drum

decor fabric from Owl & Drum

I like to use home decor fabric for projects in which quilting fabric would be too light.  My curtains for example.  I want them to hang and stay in place and not blow around with a light breeze or when the forced air heat comes on.  I also choose a decor fabric because I don’t want to see the light so easily through them.  Quilting cotton is much more see-through.

 

It is stronger

decor fabric from Fabric Spot

decor fabric from Fabric Spot

When you are making something like a tote bag, you may not have to use a stabilizer if the decor fabric is heavy enough.  The bag will hold up better and you can carry more in it without fear that the fabric will give way.

 

 

 

It holds it’s shape

decor fabric from Pink Castle Fabrics

decor fabric from Pink Castle Fabrics

A thicker fabric is better for bags and pillows because it doesn’t wrinkle as easily.  It stands on its own much better than a light cotton.  Sit a tote on the table and it won’t cave in as easily.  A lighter cotton typically requires a stabilizer.

 

 

 

Better for upholstery use

decor fabric from Sew Modern

decor fabric from Sew Modern

If you are covering a chair or making chair cushions you want them to hold up to every day use.  Even a light cotton canvas stand up better to the wear and tear.

 

 

 

 

 

So many online fabric shops carry heavier weight cotton sufficient for home decor use.  If you have questions, always ask them.

A few considerations

If you are using a thicker fabric you will need a sewing machine needle that can handle the weight or it could break.  Check the packaging to make sure the needle is suited to the fabric you use.

Also because it is thicker, decor fabric may not be a good choice for small projects.  The seams are thicker and can be more difficult to manage.

Always check the washing/fabric care instructions.

 

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Fabric Easter Egg Tutorials

Looking for an idea for decorating Easter eggs?  Why not try one of these fabric Easter egg tutorials?  There are so many different options, from sewing and stuffing them, to covering plastic eggs with fabric.

One option is to cut around flowers and delicately glue them to the egg.  There’s no tutorial for that one, but the photo was just so beautiful, I had to share!  It looks like the flowers were fussy cut from the fabric then decoupaged onto the egg.

Mod Podge Fabric Easter Egg

 

Fabric Eggs from Pinching Your Pennies

Fabric Eggs from Pinching Your Pennies


 
Easter Eggs by Retro Mama

Easter Eggs by Retro Mama


 
Easter Eggs by V and Co

Easter Eggs by V and Co


 
Fabric Covered Easter Egg by Stephanie Lynn

Fabric Covered Easter Egg by Stephanie Lynn


 

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Go on a Modern Safari with this perfectly coordinated bundle of prints from Fabricworm!  Go by bike or by bus to see wildlife in bright, vivid color!

 

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Here’s what’s in this week’s bundle:

Japanese Import, Buses Magenta
Kowa, Daisies Poppy
Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch, Birdie Spokes Teal
Westex, Elephant March Cream
Hokkoh, Spring Birds Teal
Cosmo Textiles, Cascading Flowers Chocolate
Japanese Import, Foxes Bark
Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch, Poppies Mahogany

 
Mix It Up Monday aims to help you coordinate fabrics from multiple collections to take the guess work out of your fabric selections.  I hope this week’s bundle inspires your next project!
 

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Canton Village Quilt Works – All Hoffman batiks and ALL Clearance will be marked down by 20% this weekend only!

Sew Modern – Spring Cleaning Sale!  Use code CLEAN20 for 20% off all fabric yardage including SALE items, now through March 27th!

~ More Great Deals ~

online fabric sale sections

Who doesn’t love to shop a fabric sale for deals and steals for sewing projects or building a fabric stash? Sometimes the sale section of an online fabric shop can be hit or miss. But you just might find exactly what you are looking for if you are willing to shop around at the best online shops have to offer!

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Easter Bunny Sewing Tutorials

 

Time to start working on what goes in the Easter baskets!  These Easter bunny sewing tutorials give you the chance to whip up something personalized for the little one (or not so little one) in your life.  All different types of softies in various levels of skill for those who are pros at sewing toys and those who have never tried.  And I just couldn’t help throwing in the tutorial for the carrots.  After all, a bunny has to eat right?  And all that candy isn’t good for him, save it for the kids, lol!

 

Stuffed Bunnies from My So Called Crafty Life

Stuffed Bunnies from My So Called Crafty Life

 

Bunny Treat Bags from Sew Can She

Bunny Treat Bags from Sew Can She

 

Stuffed Bunny from Alice and Lois

Stuffed Bunny from Alice and Lois

 

A Basket of Bunnies from The Little Fabric Shop

A Basket of Bunnies from The Little Fabric Shop

 

Lovey Little Bunnies from Craftiness is not Optional

Lovey Little Bunnies from Craftiness is not Optional

 

Carrots for the Easter Bunny from Clares Craftroom

Carrots for the Easter Bunny from Clares Craftroom

 

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