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  • Heirloom Smocking for Quilting

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    Hi there everyone!  I'm Cheryl of Muppin.com, and I'm a quilter and author of the DVD Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter.  I'm super excited to show you my latest quilt using 9 different smocking techniques.

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    Lately I've been fascinated with using heirloom clothing techniques in my quilts, such as smocking, gathers, pin tucks, and pleats.  I love texture, and I love to raise the surface of my quilts.

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    For this project I used some gorgeous iridescent Dupioni silk instead of quilting cottons.  I liked this silk because it's woven like a traditional quilting fabric, but also because it's woven with two different colors, so it has a wonderful iridescence to it.  The silk is nice and crisp, and it shows off the texture beautifully.

    I start by drawing the grid on the back of my fabric (or pick a side to be the back, if your fabric is reversible) with my Smocking Template.  The template comes with one pattern, and you can get the rest of the patterns from Muppin.com.  I used all 8 available patterns and included one I'm working on that's not out yet.

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    After you mark your pattern on the grid, each design was worked the exact same way.  You connect the corners of the marked boxes with a small stitch.

    It's hard to believe that all of these patterns, even the very curvy ones, started off with a simple grid on the back!  It's relaxing work, which I do in front of the TV.

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    Once my pieces were smocked, I inserted them into my project like any other quilt block.  Then I quilted it with a basic meander pattern so I didn't take away from the beautiful smocked pieces.

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    If you'd like to know more about the smocking template, or would like to win a $50 Mood gift certificate, head on over to my blog!
  • Mood DIY: Felt Bowl

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    I made a felt rose petal bowl a few weeks ago, and it's one of the most convenient additions to my dresser ever. It can hold jewelry, pens, clips, and essentially any other little things that float around my room without a home. Since I had some extra felt leftover, I decided to try my hand at another bowl!

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    I began with a 9" circle of 4mm industrial felt, although it could probably be any size. Starting with a 9" circle gave by bowl about a 4" base.

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    On what would become the inside of the bowl, I drew 8 lines around the outside, each measuring in at 2".

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    I drew a diagonal on both sides of each line, beginning about 1" away toward the outside of the circle and ending on the line toward the middle of a circle. Like the photo below, this should create a small triangle.

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    The last step was to fold the felt, matching up the lines of each triangle. From there, I simply sewed down about 1.5" right where the triangles were, and voila: I had a bowl!

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    They're so cute and simple to make! Plus, super easy to alter. I'm thinking about a longer one to place my glasses in , and a more shallow one for car keys. How adorable would that be?

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  • Mood DIY: Flower Cut-Out Pillow

    I've always been a fan of fabric manipulation, but even the basic stuff seemed really intimidating. Still, I decided to play around with some simple smocking for a pillow, and I was surprised by how quick and easy it was. And the final result is absolutely beautiful!

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    As with most pillows, the first step was cutting out fabric squares. This one called for two 16" pieces of cotton, and one of the wool. Another option would be two cuts of wool, but I decided to use the cotton as a colorful back panel, as well as the peek-a-boo flower.

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    In the center of the wrong side of the wool panel, I drew a small circle, measuring at about 3.75". Then I added lines that essentially cut that circle into slices, extending them about 6" past the edge, as you can see in the photo above.

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    I used a rotary cutter to slice cleanly along the chalk lines, up to the outside of the circle. Pinning and sewing the petals together proved much simpler that I expected. I flipped and gathered the wool, like the picture below, placed two pins 1" apart in each petal, and sewed between them. I was done in ten minutes!

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    After that, it just became a simple pillow job again; placing right sides together and sewing around the outside. Rather than sewing the final side closed, I added an invisible zipper, in case I ever wanted to wash or spot clean the case.

    Now I have a cute and colorful new pillow, and a teeny tiny bit of experience in fabric manipulation. Here's to trying new things!

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  • Fabric of the Future: Tech Fabrics

    Generally when wearing a fabric, we think of covering the body and protecting it from the environment, or as a form of personal expression and style. But the future of clothing is about to change in a big way as smart textiles are paving their way through. The textile industry is about to take a giant step from being a supplier of fabrics to becoming a positive force in the development of society. Textile innovations improve people’s everyday lives and benefit the industry, the health care sector and the environment.

    So what are these Smart Textiles? Smart textiles are the values added on to a garment/fabric which are able to do things that a traditional/normal fabrics cannot. Smart textiles can be categorized in two different ways; aesthetics and performance enhancement. Aesthetic property examples include lighting or gathering energy on the fabric from the environment such as harnessing vibration, sound or heat and then reacting to these inputs. The Performance Enhancement smart textiles provide a huge impact on athletics, extreme sports and military industries. These fabrics will help to measure and improve body temperature, wind resistance, muscle vibration, or measure heartbeats which in all helps to improve performances. This may also be helpful in saving the lives of many individuals. We often hear news about children, students or a player passing away playing football or soccer due to over exhaustion; this can be halted with the use of smart textiles. The health and beauty industry is also taking advantage of these innovations which range from medical textiles to fabric with moisturizer, perfume and anti aging properties.

    Smart Textile It is very clear that smart textiles and technology go hand in hand and that designers approach the design application differently than the technical companies do, which ends up being much more friendly to the end user. Smart Textile Forecasting and keeping these things in mind, Mood Designer Fabrics does carry special end use fabrics such as Antimicrobial Max-Dri Fabrics, Anti-static Fabrics, Reflective Fabrics, Fire Retardant Fabrics, Oil and Water repellent fabrics, Breathable Fabrics, and Wrinkle Resistant Fabrics in their collection. 1) Anti Microbial Fabrics: Antimicrobial fabrics and textiles are fiber-based substrates to which antimicrobial agents have been applied at the surface, or incorporated into the fibers, rendering a product that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms and molding for a healthier and more hygienic active lifestyle. Anti microbial fabric   2) Antistatic Fabrics: Antistatic fabrics are those that do not cling; they prevent damage to electrical components to prevent fires and explosions when working with flammable liquids and gases. We do have acetate linings which are antistatic in nature, which will help to prevent static charge generation.Anti-static- 3) Reflective Fabrics: We commonly see reflective materials on our tennis shoes, bicycle wheels, and road signs. But did you ever think you would have reflective materials in your shirts and shorts? They are becoming more and more common in today’s sports and activewear, and they will continue to affect the way we dress, work and play. This has been made possible solely due to the continuous innovation put forth in the science field. Reflective fabrics are known for their ability to reflect the light to the farthest distance possible. These fabrics are also used on the streets; reflectors and alerts are made up of reflective fabric as well as security life jackets. 1112264) Fire Resistant Fabrics: These are textiles that are naturally more resistant to fire than others by chemical treatment or fireproof manufactured fibers. Fabric flammability is an important textile issue, especially for stage drapery used in a public space such as a school, theater or special event venue. Inherently, flame-retardant fabrics such as polyester are commonly used for flame retardant curtains. Fire-resistant-fabric   5) Oil and Water Repellent Fabrics: Water and oil repellant fabrics are the ones were water, mud and oily liquids run off the fabric easily. For clothing that is worn intensively and subjected to considerable wear and tear, an oil repellent finishing is a particularly desired advantage as it means the clothing is hard-wearing and requires less frequent washing. Other common end uses for the oil and water resistant finishes include upholstery, rugs, carpets, uniforms, table cloths, wall paper, etc.Finished Fabric 6) Breathable Fabrics: Breathability is the ability of the fabric to allow moisture to pass through the fabric. If you’re not already on the “LINEN” train, this magical, absorbent fabric is guaranteed to change your life (at least when it comes to those steamy days). Linen is made out of the flax plant, so the fibers come directly from the stalk of the plant, whereas cotton is just the fluffy part of the flower. So linen has more structure and holds its shape better than a lot of other flimsy fabrics — it stands away from the body and therefore isn’t as clingy. It’s ultra-breathable and lightweight, and the looser fit designs also allow air to flow for even more comfort. The only flip side is that because linen holds its shape and wrinkles quickly. Look for a linen-cotton blend if you’re searching for a more office-friendly fabric. 104446 7) Wrinkle Resistant Fabrics: Wrinkle resistant fabrics are the ones that resist creasing. While natural fibers aren’t usually wrinkle-resistant, cotton and other fibers can be specially treated to prevent wrinkles and save you time and effort during the clean and care process. Wrinkle Resitant 8) Narrow Fabric: Narrow Fabrics are something that we daily come across. From clothing to interior decor, these fabrics have became the integral part of the lives. There are several types of fabrics such as synthetic fabrics, natural fabrics and many more depending upon their designs and usability. Narrow fabric is also the most commonly utilized fabrics in our daily lives. 108345 9) Stretch Fabric: Stretch fabric refers to materials which contain one way or four way stretch (according to Mood's terminology); one way stretch stretches in one direction, usually from selvage to selvage, and four way stretch stretches in all directions. Stretch fabric simplify the construction of clothing. First used in swimsuits and women's bras, fashion designers began using them as early as the mid-1980s. Entering the mainstream market in the early 1990s, stretch fabrics are widely used in sports wear. FR20622 10) Crewel Fabric: A wide range of crewel fabrics come from Kashmir in north-western India. Because of its versatility, a crewel fabric is widely used for the manufacturing of curtains, light upholstery, bedheads, cushions, bed covers and so on. Due to its longevity, exquisiteness and with its aesthetic appeal, crewel fabric has been ruling the international market. Crewel Fabric 11) Quilted Fabric: Quilted fabrics are layered materials consisting of two or more cloths that encase a filling and are stitched together to form a puffy unit. Quilted fabrics are generally made for products like bags, clothing and mattresses. Quilted fabrics can be a blend of any fiber whether it be cotton, polyester, silk, or wool. At the same time, quilted fabric has been innovated and modernized in its composition and design. Quilted fabrics are available in countless colors and shapes. Other reasons for the popularity of quilted fabrics is its unlimited usability. Quilted fabrics typically require less maintenance as they are easily washable and dry-able. 111305   12) High Tech Fabrics- When clothing gets wet from perspiration it sticks to the skin and hinders the evaporation process. The evaporation process keeps our body temperature at its appropriate level to keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter. When we work or play outside in the cold or heat, our body temperature heats up, causing us to sweat. The sweat soaks into our clothing, causing it to stick to our skin and hindering the evaporation process. The wet fabric lies on our skin, keeping us cold or hot even while we continue to work or play hard. To combat this, we have "Wicking". Wicking fabrics move sweat away from the body to the fabric surface where it evaporates. As a result it keeps athletes dry and comfortable. 308548   After going through the blog, we hope you get a general idea of what should be expected of our upcoming fabrics in the near future. Apart from just covering the body, these fabrics do a lot of work you normally wouldn't even dream of. So stop wasting your time. Make these high defined fabrics a part of your world by shopping our Tech Fabric selection at www.MoodFabrics.com.
  • International Fabrics - Ever Wonder Where the Best of Each Textile Originates?

    Ever wonder where in the world some of the best choice denim, knits, and jersey fabrics come from?  Thinking about a light silk or linen for the spring or summer and wonder where to get the best quality?  We have it all here at Mood FabricsMood purchases the best quality fabrics from the top mills across the world.  Below, I will give you more insight as to where the best quality fabrics originate.  Take a look at the international fabrics Mood has to offer you throughout many seasons.

    Mood Fabrics Carries Some of China's Best Silk...

    China is known for its production of the best silk around the world.  We also have China Silk or Habotai here at MoodHabotai or China Silk are interchangeable terms for the lightweight and fine, shimmery and semi-sheer, plainly woven silk incredibly sought after all over the world.  What makes China's silk the best?  It starts with a centuries old secret tradition of cultivating the perfect silk worms to produce the finest and longest filaments of silk while spinning their cocoons.  Then it continues with caring for the cocoons in order to successfully unravel the fiber, turning it into yarn, and weaving the luxurious fabrics we all love to wear in the spring.  Check out our fabric section on silk from China here, then order some delicious colors to create your prettiest spring cocktail dresses, skirts, and blouses.  Habotai can also be used as a lining for all types of weather gear, such as cozy wool pants, fuzzy jackets, and coats.

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    Mood Fabrics Also Carries Lightweight Wovens from Korea

    Although often known for fabric embroidery as used in traditional Korean Hanbok or Joseonot styles, Korean mills are trending the production of lightweight polyester and cotton blends to compete on the world stage.  Mood has a particularly cool metallic version of said fabric mixed with white and silver yarns reminiscent of that special quality seen in traditional Korean embroideries and jacquards.  Use this serene silvery fabric to steal the scene in a crisp blouse or formal occasion shirting.  Other light polyester and cotton blends reminiscent of this outstanding fabric can be found here.

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    Hanbok-pink-Jeogori-upper-garment Traditional Korean Hanbok - Pink Embroidered Jacket with Flowered Skirt

    Mood Fabrics Has a Large Selection of Japanese Denim, Shirting, Twill, Pima Cotton and Wool. 

    Use our novelty and fine Japanese denims, cottons, and wools to create crisp button-down shirts and soft jeans for a sweet everyday wardrobe.  What makes Japanese denim the best of the best, anyway?

    In Japan, denim is often made on older looms which produce variations in the weave.  These subtle variations make the denim interesting, strong, and rough to the touch giving it a better quality in the eyes of many enthusiasts.  In addition, the dyeing of Japanese denim is a unique process which creates beautiful hues intensely sought after by fashionistas and fashion designers alike.  Some even say, Japanese denim has the most character and is of the best quality because of these unique variations in weave and color only achieved by the inimitable Japanese weaving and dyeing processes.  Finally, most Japanese denims are heavyweight which is particularly appealing to those looking for extra warmth on a brisk day of walking or whatever outdoorsy activity you enjoy.  For more details on what makes Japanese denim great, check out an excellent article, "What makes Japanese Denim so Special?", here from Heddles.

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    JapanesePalaceDenim Japanese Palace Blue Stretch Cotton Denim
    ProenzaSchoulerDenimJacket Proenza Schouler Colorblocked Jean Jacket

    Japanese wool has had a big resurgence as of late marked by ongoing collaborations, such as "The Wool Lab and Cool Wool" between Woolmark and Japan Creation.  Japan also has a rich tradition of using wool for garments that dates back to the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.  Here at Mood Fabrics we stock Japanese wool in cutting edge suiting fabrics that are sharp and on point.

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    Oak&RomaBlogMen'sSuit MAAS & STACKS Men's Japanese Wool Suit

    Japanese Cotton Twill, Shirtings, and Japanese Pima Cotton round out our offerings here at Mood Fabrics.  Similar to the fine quality of our Japanese denims and wool, these Japanese cotton fabrics are of the highest quality and softest feel.  Choose one for your next garment and make those workday doldrums fade away into a sea of beautiful browns, whites, greys and pinks with perky patterns of checks and stripes for whatever everyday style your heart desires.

    JapaneseTwill.Mood Steven Alan Medal Bronze Stretch Japanese Cotton Twill
    JapanesePlaidCotton.Mood Japanese Gray Checks Cotton Shirting
    JapanesePinkGrayStripes Japanese Pink Gray Striped Cotton Shirting
    JapanesePimaCotton Cloud White Japanese Pima Cotton Lawn
    J.Crew.JapaneseCottonShirt Secret Wash Japanese Cotton Shirt in Circular Dot Print from J.Crew
    Frank&Oak.JapaneseCotton.Checks Selvedge Japanese Cotton Shirt in Checks

    India is often know for its embroidered and beaded laces, brocades and jacquards.

    Mood Fabrics has some outstanding choices of intricately embellished beaded lace and satin jacquard material to assist you if you are planning a fabulous spring wedding and looking for a handmade beauty for that stunning wedding gown or bridesmaid's dress.  Many states in India develop their own fabrics with weaving, textile production and design considered a traditional family business.  An example of the superiority of Indian jacquards for instance is the famous Kanchipuram sari.  This state is known for producing wedding dress saris that are the most desired throughout India due to the traditional use of six twist threads as opposed to three twist threads in the weaves.  Jacquard looms abound throughout India in semi-automatic, automatic, and even in handlooms which can produce some of the most sought after jacquard patterns in beautiful silk and satin.  Take a look at what Mood Fabrics has to offer from this style of one of India’s most unique and popular fabric.  To learn more about these traditions tour around all the hotspots in India yourself with advice from this Travel and Leisure article, or just purchase what we offer here at Mood Fabrics.

    Most of Mood Fabricsbeaded lace offerings also travel a similar trajectory across this fantastical country of intricate fabric weaving traditions.  So channel Marchesa or your inner Naeem Kahn, the native Indian fashion designer, and use beaded lace combined with satin jacquard to create a beautifully glamorous gown for your own private red carpet moment.

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    IndiaSatinJacquard Lilac and Taupe Floral Satin Jacquard
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    IndiaBeadedLaceOlive Olive Fancy Beaded Lace with Scalloped Edges
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    Mood Has a Bevy of Italy's Finest Knits, Cotton, Linen, and Wool Fabrics.

    From the multifaceted country of Italy, fabrics made of cotton, linen, silk, and wool predominant the textile manufacture industry.  The creation of special knits and crochets especially is a mainstay.  Additionally, mills in Italy are on the cutting edge of knit fabric innovation by investing in new technology to create knit fabrics which mimic the feel and design of a woven.  These fabrics are called knit-weaves and can be made with patterns inlayed right into the knit.  Italy has been known for its production of linen and cotton for centuries.  Bergamo and Tuscany are two of the most famous cities where high quality cotton, linen, silk, and wool fabrics were manufactured and exported all around the world since the 19th Century.  We all know that legendary fashion houses such as Missoni and Gucci can work wonders with gorgeous knitted fabrics.  But with help from Mood, you can create your own treasured luxuries for transitioning to warmer spring weather.  Check out some of our cozy Italian fabric styles below before you go on your next nature hike.

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    309491 Italian White Creme Stretch Viscose Ribbed Knit
    ItalianBlendedLinenWoven Italian Navy Pin Striped Blended Linen Woven
    ItalianCottonNoveltyWoven Italian Lavendar and Ivory Cotton Novely Houndstooth Woven
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    ItalianFlamestitchWoolKnit Italian Ivory & Green Multicolor Flamestitch Wool Knit
    missoni_violet_flame_stitch_wedge_boots_[M]20010914 Missoni Violet Flame Stitch Wedge Boots
    Italy.OpenWeaveWoolBlend Italian Black Open-Weave Wool-Blend Sweater
    Italian.CrochetKnit.WoolFleece Italian Sunset Purple Crochet Knit Backed By Wool Fleece Jersey
    ChloeSweater Chloe Chunky Knit Wool Sweater
    Italian.FlannelledWoolBlendTwill Italian Blue/Rosa Plaid Flanelled Wool Blended Twill
    Gucci-Glen-Plaid-Suit-01 Gucci Glen Plaid Wool Suit

    Mood offers wardrobe staples for the Spring that are Made in the USA.

    We offer light and sheer fabrics such as organza and tulle that can be worn by brides at the perfect Spring wedding.  Mood Fabrics also carries Supima cotton thermal and jersey knit and American made cotton fleece that can be used to create your basic white All-American Tees, sweatshirts with a pop of color, and snug pajamas.  All of which are a must for chilly nights or relaxing on brisk Spring days.  Supima cotton is superior pima cotton formed from extra-long staple cotton fibers 100% grown only in the U.S.  Extra long staple fibers that make up Supima cotton give the fabric an extra softness compared to other cottons.  In addition, the extra inch or three eighths of an inch that make up the fiber lengthwise gives Supima cotton superior strength and an incomparable fine quality.  Our cotton fleece is super soft and comes from the inimitable American designer Ralph Lauren.

    After a night of relaxing, create a beautiful gown wear out for a night on the town.  For the ultimate in glamorous dressing, create voluminous gowns using organza made by the king of glamour, designer Oscar de la Renta, or American Beauty nylon tulle, which is also American made.  Check out the examples below.

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    AmericanBeauty.PinkTulle American Beauty Diamond Net Nylon Tulle
    oscar-de-la-renta-spring-2013-rtw-silk-organza-dress-profile Oscar de la Renta Silk Organza Dress
    RalphLauren.RedFleece Ralph Lauren American Made Red Cotton Knit Fleece
    SupimaCottonThermal Meteorite Black Supima Cotton Thermal
    SupimaCottonJerseyKnit Lunar Rock Supima Cotton Jersey Knit
    ralph-lauren-red-polo-big-and-tall-big-pony-beach-fleece-pullover-hoodie-product-1-16820936-0-085901386-normal Ralph Lauren Polo Fleece Pullover Hoodie

    Mood has Home Décor Fabrics from Turkey in Polyester Brocade, Damask, and Raised Vinyl.

    Our selection of home decor fabrics from Turkey continue the Turkish Tradition of expert weaving luscious materials such as silk and velvet into brocades and other highly textured textiles called Catmas, Kemha, Canfez, Burumcuk.  Catmas is a double-piled velvet fabric made with textured designs in the pile woven onto a background with plain weave.  This fabric was most famously woven in the town of Bursa.  Kemha are heavy silk brocade fabrics mostly made with metal threads woven in between the silk of the weft.  Canfez is silk muslin gauze with a patterned weave and Burumcuk is a fine-spun raw silk gauze.  Although some of the fabrics such as Kemha were used for the robes of royal Sultans, they were more often used for home furnishings such as rugs, pillows and draperies.  Update your new pad with a modern take on this luxurious Turkish tradition with all of our home decor selections here at Mood.  For more of a history on Turkish fabrics and designer fabric motifs check out some cool websites from ExploreTurkey.com and the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

    TurkeyHomeDecorBrocade Denim Geometric Polyester Brocade
    TurkeyHomeDecorTexturedVinyl Turkish Espresso Textured Vinyl
    TurkeyHomeDecorVelvet Turkish Aqua Geometric Laser Cut Velvet
    TurkeyHomeDecorStripedVelvet Turkish Beige/Lush Striped Velvet
    TurkishSultanKemha Traditional Turkish Sultan's Kemha
    TurkishCanfez Traditional Turkish Canfez

    International Fabrics Give Any Sewing Project You're Working On that Special Something.

    So although now you know where the best of each textile comes from around the world, there is no need to book a flight just yet.  Head over to Mood Fabrics and pick up some of our international fabrics for your next sewing project.  We have the best quality from China, Korea, Japan, India, Italy, Turkey, the USA, and many more.  If your hoping to give your wardrobe or next home decor project an international flair, we've got you covered.  And when your friends stop to ask, "Where did you get that beautiful piece?"   Just tell them with a wink and a smile, "I made it from fabric that's made around the world, and I got it from Mood".

  • Dorm Room Tutorial Projects

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    Do you need dorm room inspiration to dress up your dorm room? These tutorials are simple and easy to follow, making your dorm room very unique! Save money on dorm room decorations with these at home DIY projects. Mood fabrics is home to an expansive amount of fabrications and colorations making it simple for you to collect the fabric needed for these projects. Make your dorm feel like home with these simplistic yet fun ideas!  Dorm room Tutorials:

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    1) Bulletin Board Decor

    2) Pillow

    3) Curtains

    4) Poof Ottoman

    5) Tapestry

    6) Seat Cover

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    Fold over each half-yard with the face out and iron the fabric so that any wrinkles are pressed out. Once your fabric is folded it will be 9″ in length, the exact length of the pennant. The top of the pennant will be 7″ wide so measure in 7″ from the selvedge. To create the point, measure 3.5″ in from the bottom and make a mark. Then connect the top two ends to the point and you have a perfect triangle! Once your first pennant is measured, alternate sides measuring over 7″ and they will all be the exact same size.

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    Once all of the prep work is done you can begin to make your cuts! They should be fairly simple, just make sure you use a pencil with a dark line so that you can see it well enough. I also recommend using fabric scissors that are very sharp. The cotton fabrics are all woven so you want to prevent fraying!

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    After all of your fabric is cut, begin to pin your pennants on your trim. You can use all different types of trim, I would recommend measuring your bulletin board to figure out how long you’d like to make yours. Leave 5 1/2” on each side for hanging purposes. Begin to place the pennants neatly; I placed mine 4” apart from each other. Make sure you place them with the right side facing down, you will be sewing the trim overtop of the pennants.

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    Begin to sew each pennant onto the trim, sew on the upper edge back tacking, and do this for all pennants. Sew the bottom edge as well so the pennants lay flat on the trim.

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    Fold each edge of trim on the ends over about an inch; sew this down to have a neat edge on each side.

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    Hang up your newly decorated banner to add color and life to your bulletin board.  You can also use a few on the pennants you cut out to decorate your notes and to keep you reminded of what’s going on throughout the semester.

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    DIY pillow

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    This pillowcase tutorial is very easy to make, this is a great beginner’s project.  Make a few and they will make for a great dorm room decor idea! Not to mention a very comfy bed or lounging area! ZzZzZ

    Step 1: I started out with a 14" X 14" pillow form.  Add 1" to the width of you measurements for seam allowance.  For the length double it and add 6". This will allow for the overlapping of the sham and seam allowance.  The final measurements I cut on my pillow were 34" X 15".

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    Step 2: Next, on the short sides,chalk in a .5" seam allowance turn your edge over .5” , pin and iron. Then, chalk another .5",  turn it over on the .5" , pin and iron. Then, sew the seam along the edge. Do the same thing to the other short side. For the long sides, only chalk a .5" seam allowance on both long sides.

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    Step 3: Once your short sides are hemmed, lay your fabric on the table right side up. Take your pillow form, place it in the middle of your fabric, and fold your fabric over your pillow.

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    Step 4: Make sure the fabric is lined up on either side and fits snug around the pillow. Then, pin the two flaps of fabric together on either side.

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    Now, slide the pillow out of the fabric and pin both sides of the fabric together along the sides.

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    Step 5: Now, sew a straight line along the .5" seam allowance you previously chalked along the edges you have pinned. After you’ve sewn both sides, turn your pillowcase right side out through the open flap you have in the middle.

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    Insert the pillow into the case through the open flap and you're all done!

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    DIY Curtains

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    For tutorial purposes I am going to create curtains but on a smaller scale. You can use this tutorial to make ones to fit your windows but be sure to measure your windows and cut your fabric relating to your measurements.

    Step 1: First, Iron your fabric; sew a half-inch seam allowance around all sides, excluding the bottom.

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    Step 2: After you have completed your hem, fold the top of your fabric down about 3”. This is for the rod to be entered through when hanging. Sew where the end of the fabric meets when folded over.

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    Hang out your curtains, if they are to long you can always hem the bottom to your liking. If they fit to size, be sure to hem them atlas 1/2" to complete a finished look.

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    DIY Poof Ottoman

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    Items Needed

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    Measuring tape

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    Pins

    I suggest making a larger one then I am here, but to save time and materials I am going to make a smaller scale one.

    Step 1: Measure out a square size that you want, this will be the top and bottom of your ottoman. I used a 18" X 18" square. Cut 2 of these pieces out.

    Measure out the rectangle side panels now, you will need four.  You must use the same length as your square, I made mine a bit thinner. My measurements were 18" X 10". cut out four.

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    Note: If you are making your own sizes be sure to incorporate seam allowance, I incorporated a .5" seam allowance in all of my measurements.

    Step 2: Connecting the side panels, with right sides together begin to pin the side panels all together, one after another. Sew these together with a .5" seam allowance.

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    Step 3: Connecting the top, Right sides together begin to pin each side panel to the four edges of the top panel. You may have to move things around to be sure the four corners match up. Sew a .5" seam allowance around the four sides of the top panel.

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    Step 4: Connecting the bottom, do the exact same thing for the bottom as you did for the top, except when sewing you are going to leave a large opening on one of the side panels. After you've sewn a .5" seam allowance around all bottom edges( with the exception of the opening) turn your ottoman right side out.

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    Step 5: You may have to use a pencil to point out all of the corners to insure it is completely right side out. Begin to stuff your ottoman, stuff it as much as you can.

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    Step 6: it is easiest to hand sew the opening closed, after you have done this you are all done!

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    Enjoy !!

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    DIY tapestry

    Items Needed

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    1 Panel fabric

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    Step 1: Get a panel fabric to have a large print tapestry. If you’d like you can keep the edges unfinished, but for a more neat look hem the edges about ½ “ or 1”.

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    DIY Seat Cover

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    Items needed:

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    Step 1: Measure the hight and width of your chair that you'd like to cover. Add 1" seam allowance to both the length and width. Add about 2 inches to the length of the fabric to make room for the draping over the top of the chair.

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    Step 2: Pin & Sew 1/2" hem to both ends of the fabric, so the bottom has a finished look.

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    Step 3: Fold right sides together and sew a 1/2" seam to both sides. This is to close the seat cover.

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    Turn your seat cover right side out and slip over your chair!

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     Your dorm room will be extremely unique with all of your hand made creations! Follow these tutorials or use it as inspiration to make your dorm room feel like home.

  • Neoprene Fiend

    I've became a fiend for Neoprene overnight! It's lightweight and thick at the same time, stretchy, super soft and durable. What can you make out of them, you ask? Well, I decided to create my very own custom pillow, skirt and computer bag, all with the Digitally Printed Neoprene found in Mood Fabrics' disposal! Below are three separate tutorials showing you how I made them. Let's get started!

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    Neoprene: Triangles, Lips, & Floral

    Waistband

    Pillow Form

    Webbing

    Scissors

    Pins

    Measuring Tape

    Pencil

    CUSTOM NEOPRENE PILLOW

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    STEP 1 

    Begin by measuring the area of the pillow. Give room for seam allowances and cut two square pieces out of the neoprene.

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    STEP 2

    Sew three of the four sides with ¼” seam from the edge. Leave one side open for the insertion of the pillow. Before turning the case right side out, clip the corners to remove bulk.

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    STEP 3

    Fold in the edges to prepare for hand-stitched closure.

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    STEP 4

    Pin folded edges together and ladder stitch the fourth side closed to resemble the three other machine-stitched sides.

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    Voila! Your custom neoprene pillow!

    CUSTOM NEOPRENE SKIRT

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    STEP 1

    Start by cutting out two equal pieces of your skirt pattern. I 'eye-balled' my skirt pattern. Cut the pattern on the fold to ensure symmetry.

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    STEP 2

    Sew down the side seams using a ½” seam away from the edge.

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    STEP 3

    Fold down the top ¼” more than your desired waistband width. Pin in place and sew.

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    STEP 4

    Leave about an inch opening to insert waistband.

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    STEP 5

    Attach a large enough safety pin to one end of the waistband and ease it through the casing you created.

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    STEP 6

    Once all is through and around, box stitch the ends of the waistband to close.

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    STEP 7

    Finally, finish off the skirt with a simple hemline, typically a basic fold about ½” under.

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    Voila! Your custom neoprene skirt!

    CUSTOMER NEOPRENE COMPUTER BAG

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    STEP 1

    First, measure the area of your computer and add a seam allowance. Cut out four equal pieces of the neoprene.

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    STEP 2

    Using only two pieces, sew three of the four sides with ¼” seam from the edge. Clip the corners to remove bulk.

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    STEP 3

    Flip panel right side out. (Note: You may need to iron the fabric to flatten it.)

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    STEP 4

    Fold in top edges and pin down. Use a topstitch of about a ¼” to close final side. Repeat steps 2-4 to the other remaining two pieces.

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    STEP 5

    With right sides facing each other, topstitch the bottom edges of the panels together to create bottom seam.

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    STEP 6

    With your webbing, create a continuous loop over the right side of the joined panels to add handles. (Note: To calculate how much webbing is required, multiply your computer’s length by six, then add two inches for seam allowance.)

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    STEP 7

    Once in place, stitch the webbing to the case face. Ensure stability by making box seams at the beginning of each handle.

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    STEP 8

    Finish it off by sewing the side seams closed with a ¼” stitch from the edges. Flip right side out and….

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    Voila! Your custom neoprene computer bag!

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  • DIY: 4th of July Fabric Flag

    To keep up the 4th of July theme, this blog is all about how to make a shabby chic American flag from fabric. This will be another great red, white, and blue decoration for patriotic themed parties! It did not take me long at all and I love the idea that everyone's flag will turn out a little bit different depending which fabrics and ribbons are used and how they are layered. Read on to find the simple instructions!

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    Step 1: It's time to gather all of your materials! I chose to attach my fabrics to a yard stick to give it a craftier feel and change it up! Keep in mind you can use what I used or switch the fabrics out for other ones if you have a preference. Also, the polka dot fabric is the same one I used for my fabric pennant! That way my decor all ties in together. I know this is a long list, but it is just because all of my fabrics are listed out. In total I used eight red and white stripes to give the flag dimension.

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    The supplies are:

    Step 2: My first step was to create my stars using the denim and 50 buttons! If you have time, sew them all on, but if not you can use a hot glue gun for faster application. I looked at a flag to make sure I attached the buttons in the same rows so that it was accurate. The denim that I used was 1/3 yard wide and about 16" long. I left the selvage at the bottom because I liked the frayed look. I did not cut it exactly straight either, it needed a little character!

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    Step 3: Once all of the buttons are all sewn on, it is time to glue the denim to the yard stick. I attached it from the back to that the front of the yard stick is clean and the numbers are visible. You want to make sure that your yard stick has a .25" hole at each end for the cord it will be hung by. When you glue the denim, do not cover the hole, as you can see my fabric starts about .5" in.

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    Step 4: Now it is time to prepare your 3 other fabric pieces for gluing. I cut them in varying sizes between 1.5" and 2.5". The reason I chose to use some fabrics instead of all ribbon is because I needed the wider widths to add variation and I like the unfinished edges from cutting the fabric. It gave the flag a more unfinished look that matched the denim.

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    Step 5: The last step is to begin adding the fabric and ribbon to the back of the yard stick! I started at the denim and made my way down alternating between red and white and trying to put different textures together. I sometimes layered the fabrics and ribbon to make sure that the flag would be plenty thick. I also cut all of the strips into different lengths so that the bottom did not abruptly stop.

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     I had no rhyme or reason to it, I just had fun with it and loved the way it turned out! My last task was to tie on the cord that the flag could hang from. My project was fairly large because it was 3 feet wide and around 5 feet long. You can use something other than a yard stick if you wish that would make it not as wide, just make sure the width and length are proportional to the American flag!

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    The finished flag!

    Happy Crafting!

    Sincerely,

    Sarah McConnico

  • DIY: 4th of July Fabric Pennant

    With the 4th of July quickly approaching, I wanted to get started on making easy and festive projects that can be used as decoration during cookouts and celebrations. My first craft is a fun fabric pennant that is durable and has so many end uses. Depending on the fabrics you choose, it can work for many different party themes, Memorial Day and Labor Day. If you do not have a lot of sewing experience, no worries! This was very quick and simple project that will be a huge hit with your guests this summer!

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    Step 1: Gather your supplies! Picking out fabrics is one of the best parts of this craft! I stuck with a red, white, and blue theme, but not holiday specific fabrics so that my pennant would be festive but versatile! You want to choose fabrics that will be visually appealing and have patterns of different scales and colors. I picked out a stripe, paisley, large scale polka dot, small scale polka dot, and an abstract fabric that all balanced each other in scale and color. Half a yard of each fabric will give you plenty to work with. I also needed an L square, white thread, 1.5" grosgrain ribbon, and scissors.

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    Step 2: The next step in creating your pennant banner is to measure your fabric. Fold over each half yard with the face out and iron the fabric so that any wrinkles are pressed out. Once your fabric is folded it will be 9" in length, the exact length of the pennant. The top of the pennant will be 7" wide so measure in 7" from the selvedge. To create the point, measure 3.5" in from the bottom and make a mark. Then connect the top two ends to the point and you have a perfect triangle! Once your first pennant is measured, alternate sides measuring over 7" and they will all be the exact same size.

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    Continue to make all of your markings for all five fabrics. Depending on the width of the fabric, I ended up with between 10 and 13 pennants from each half yard.

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    Step 3: Once all of the prep work is done you can begin to make your cuts! The should be fairly simple, just make sure you use a pencil with a dark line so that you can see it well enough. I also recommend using fabric scissors that are very sharp. The cotton fabrics are all woven so you want to prevent fraying! To keep the front and back of your pennants together after cutting, stick pens in the fabric before cutting. It will make sewing easier if they are already aligned!

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    Step 4: Once the pennants are cut, two stitches must be made to sew the pieces together. The will prevent fraying and make sure that the back of the fabric is never visible. Do not worry about sewing the tops closed because they will be sewn into the ribbon!

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    The finished stacks!

    Step 5: Once your pennants are sewn, the ribbon can be assembled. I chose a 1.5" grosgrain that would be wide enough to work with and easily hold the fabric. To make sewing easier, I ironed the ribbon first and pinned it over as it dried. I did not cut my ribbon until the end so that I could decide later how long I wanted it to be. Make sure and leave at least a foot at both ends for tying it onto a holder!

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    Once the ribbon is ready, place the pennants in random alternating order so that it looks balanced and sew right down the middle. You want to make sure your line is very straight as it will be visible, but small mistakes won't be noticeable! I chose to switch up my pennants, and not keep the exact same order every time.

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    I ended up with enough pennants to make two separate banners! In the end, this was a super easy project that will have a huge impact with all of your guests this summer! Use it to decorate food tables, hang it under an awning or outside on the patio, there are so many options! Please send us pictures with your finished pennants! We would love to see them!

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    Sincerely, Sarah McConnico
  • Mood DIY: No Sew Pillow Recover

    It may not be officially summer yet, but the weather is already calling for backyard parties and lazy afternoons spent in your favorite chair drinking lemonade. Recovering your decorative pillows is an easy and quick way to update your home and give it a whole new look for the warmer months. The best part is that this project can be temporary if you wish!  With only 10 minutes and a few supplies, you can wow your guests this summer with fresh, updated decor . Who doesn't love a great, seasonal look that won't hurt your wallet?

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    SUPPLIES: To complete this DIY, only 5 items are needed, and even less if you are a seasoned crafter! You can see in the picture below, I included the chosen fabric, a pillow for recovering, scissors, a hot glue gun, and refill glue. I used a small 14" x 14" pillow form that is great if you do not already have pillows to recover. The best part about this project is that your pillow fabric can be changed as often as you like! I chose a pink, orange and brown giraffe pattern, but depending on your decor, the possibilities are endless.

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    Step 1: The first step is to cut your fabric to the right length and width so that it fits the pillow perfectly. If you have too much fabric your knot may be bulky and your seams could show, but too little and your pillow will not be fully covered. The width of the fabric should be almost 3x the width of the pillow. This is something that will depend on how thick your pillow is, and I recommend folding the fabric over to estimate how much you will need. For the length, you will need to measure 2x the length of the pillow, plus a few inches where the fabric can be glued together. Use a pen or pencil (pencil if your fabric is light so that it does not show through) to mark where to make your cut.

    TIP: You can always trim the width of the fabric if you have too much. If you are not sure, keep it a little long so that you can tie the knot you want at the end.

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    STEP 2: Now it is time to cut your fabric to the measured lengths. Try to get a straight cut, but if it is slightly off don't worry, none of the edges will show with the finished product!

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    STEP 3: Next we can start to wrap the pillow. You will first fold the shorter side (the length if your pillow is not a square) making sure that if the selvedge (the white edge) is not cut off, to then fold it under. For added durability, I would recommend using a hot glue gun and placing a thin strip of glue on the first piece, and then folding the bottom half onto it. Be sure that your seam is the the middle of the pillow, so that it is covered by the knot! If the fabric is too long it is perfectly fine to then cut it shorter!

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    TIP: If your pillow already has a nice fabric on it, place a thin piece of white cloth under the new fabric to make sure no glue gets on it!

    STEP 4: Folding the sides of the pillow is similar to wrapping a present. You want to slightly fold in the corners, and then bring the fabric in, making sure everything is tucked neatly. This is also where you can trim the edges if you have too much.

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    STEP 5: Almost done! The final step is to tie together the two pieces in the center of the pillow. This will hide the seam in the middle, and hold together the fabric! I tried out two different knows, one a box knot and the other a twist. Either is a great option!

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    And with that you have a new, updated pillow for your home space! It probably takes longer to read the directions than recover your pillow! Feel free to comment with any of your finished products, we would love to see them!

    SUGGESTIONS: Going back, the next time I recover my pillows, I will use a larger pillow because this one is too small for my couch. I would also pick a print with more white in it, so that the folds of the fabric are more noticeable! Also, cotton poplin would be a better fabric to work with than a canvas because thinner fabric makes the wrapping and knotting easier to do!

    Yours Sincerely,

    Sarah McConnico

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