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Etsy Shop Spotlight – Fabricmade

Hello and welcome to another Etsy Shop Spotlight.  Today I’m sharing a fabric store based in China owned by Rao Wei called Fabricmade.  The shop has a wonderful range of cotton, linen and wool blend fabrics.

Fabricmade fabric5As well as offering fabric by the half yard, Fabricmade has a selection of printed panels ready for you to use in any crafting project you could think of. All perfect for bags, quilts, children’s clothing trims, tableware’s or cushions – imagine the possibilities!

fabricmade fabric1Fabricmade fabric3My husband is a fabric supplier in China. I love sewing at home. Just find there are so many artist and homemade fans in Etsy.Fabricmade fabric2

But my most favourite discovery in Rao’s shop has to be these scalloped lace zips which are 30cm/12inches long and come in 11 gorgeous colours.

Fabricmade zipsAnd if you’re looking for lace fabrics you might like to check out Rao’s second Etsy shop Lacecrafted where there’s a huge selection of lace fabrics, flowers and appliques.

Seen anything you like? Let me know so I can check it out 🙂


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Etsy Shop Spotlight – HandmadeAndCraft

Hello. Today’s Etsy Shop Spotlight is for anyone who loves working with or wants to start creating with felt.  Handmadeandcraft is where you’ll be able to stock up on all your gorgeous felt for any craft project you can imagine.

Opened in 2012 by Kim Layton, Handmade and Craft sells an extensive colour range of wool felt along side patterns and canvas tote bags printed with witty craft related phrases. After selling various items on Etsy since 2008, Kim decided to focus on felt which complements her book “From Felt to Fabulous” – a collection of 34 felt based projects.

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Our goal through everything has always been to inspire and uplift others in the handmade community and the tote bags are a perfect way to do just that. Our most popular saying, “I’m so crafty, I sweat glitter!” speaks volumes about the wonderful people shopping with us on Etsy.

Handmade and craft feltIf you’re looking for inspiration, visit the Handmade and Craft blog where Kim shares craft ideas, instant PDF patterns or more felt stuff. Another passion of Kim’s is EverythingEtsy.com where all matter of crafty fun is explored and shared along with tips for running an Etsy based business.Eat sleep sewAll felt (rayon 80% wool 20%) comes in 9″ x 12″ pieces with a choice of 41 colours with multi packs also available. The canvas tote bags are custom made for you when purchased. (I’ve got my eye on the “Eat. Sleep. Sew” one.)

Do you work with felt? I’d love to hear about it – comment below.


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Etsy Shop Spotlight – Fresh Fabrics Australia

Today I’d like to share with you an Etsy shop by the name of Fresh Fabrics Australia where you’ll find a gorgeous collection of the latest printed cotton fabrics and buttons. Add a few of these to your favorites and I’m sure you’ll be back.

Fresh Fabrics Australia is owned by Carrie-Ann who lives in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and started her business so she could be at home to look after her girls whilst earning a bit of extra money. She loves choosing modern, bright and happy fabrics and enjoys inspiring people with colour and design to help harness creative endeavors.

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Sarah Jane – Wee Wander 9 Fat Quarter Bundle – Sunrise Palette (Michael Miller)

Bringing designer fabrics to Australia at an affordable price is what I’ve set out to achieve, this has enabled those who don’t have a lot of splash cash, to be able to afford gorgeous fabric at a fraction of the cost of quilting shops.


Joel Dewberry Fabric – 4 Fat Quarter Bundle Botanique – Golden Hour Palette (Red/Orange & Teal)

There are so many options for this sort of fabric – clothing, bags, softies, quilts or cushions. How about an a-line skirt or a mini handbag?  Buying precut bundles like these is not only economical and time saving, but pushes you to think creatively with your projects because you have a complementary set of materials.

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Art Gallery Fabrics – 4 Fat Quarter Bundle (4) Tule in Terracotta & Bright by Leah Duncan

Because Carrie-Ann sells her fabrics by the meter, rather than by the yard, you’re getting more for your dollar – bonus!  All fabric is a standard price of $16.50 per meter.

Have you used any of these fabrics? Please, share a link below in the comments.


choosing the right fabrics for your project

Testing your Fabric

So you’ve designed this fantastic pattern to start making your next favorite item and you’ve found the perfect fabric to go with it. But wait – is this fabric going to work or are you headed for disaster and the dream project being flung out the nearest window? (Hey, it happens)

Have you tested the fabric?  You should, and here’s why.

Every fabric behaves differently in a garment so its important to test any new designs in the fabric as well as testing new fabrics with existing designs. Making a sample in the chosen fabric is always the smart thing to do as it could save you from a costly  mistake later down the track.  It would be better for you to discover if a fabric misbehaves after washing rather than your customer!

Once you’ve made a sample you should be checking for

  • drape – is the garment hanging as you expected. Are pleats sitting straight, are frills too stiff or too floppy? How about the gathering fullness – too much or not enough?
  • fit – if the fabric has stretch, is it too much or not enough? Does the garment have enough ease of movement (this is when a live model will come in handy.)
  • weight – is the fabric weight the right match for the design? A knit with 4-way stretch, for example, is going to stretch in length as well as width so be mindful if you’re making a long garment as it will stretch the longer it sits on a hanger. Is it going to be comfortable to wear?
  • print suitability – if you’re using a large floral print, is it going to be wasted on a design with small panels and lots of seams? In other words, are the seams going to interrupt the pattern and be distracting?
  • fabric content – is your choice of fabric going to match the intended use of the item? It wouldn’t be sensible to start making children’s play shorts in something that would require dry-cleaning for example. A cotton or something easy wash and wear would be a smarter choice.
  • fabric combinations -take care when using a combination of fabrics. For example the ribbing you used on the last t-shirt may sit differently to the new ribbing you’ve just bought. Adjustments to your ribbing pattern may be needed in this case.

After a while you’ll gain experience with more and more different types of fabrics and will be able to judge more easily how fabrics behave.

Here are some good resources on fabric types and suitable uses if you want any further reading.

  1. www.fabricsandbuttons.com
  2. www.fabric.com
  3. www.textileschool.com