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Something Old, Something New….5 Cool DIY Wedding Craft Tutorials for You!


 

Although largely a British custom, the old English rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” connected to weddings is said to attest to the human tendency to value continuity and new beginnings, unity and separation. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity. While various renditions of this tradition have been adopted into wedding ceremonies crossing both cultural and ethnic divides, it’s symbolic meaning has remained intact offering traditionalists and new-agers alike the opportunity to incorporate and make their special day as unique as the love the two of them share.

2014 Color Trends


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Twice a year, color forecasters go into research mode to predict and dictate the palates that the fashion industry and ultimately, we as consumers, will prescribe to for the season ahead.  One of the most respected and established is Pantone. With almost 2,000 colors in their index of tile colors and over 20 years of setting the color standards used worldwide to create a unified communication code for international use, they have become one of the leading global authorities on color.  Once their forecast is set, textile manufactures produce specifically dyed fabrics that designers inturn purchase for their collections. For them, these forecasts are viewed as a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ where those who choose to follow will become part of what ultimately becomes the trend….and what designer wants to be irrelevant?

Get Your Hands on this Fabric Clutch Craft


Handmade accessories are a wonderful way to revive your wardrobe or just accomplish a seasonal switch-up. We love this fabric clutch tutorial from Martha Stewart; just find your fabric at J&O Fabrics to get started on your own version! The simple clutch is flirty, feminine and adds a simple touch of sophistication to any ensemble.

Fabric clutch tutorial

This simple fabric clutch provides a burst of color and will lead to a stream of compliments! (Admit it—we all like those).

Be a Doll—Just Add Ruffles!


Transform your child’s doll bed with a ruffle underlay (or your child’s bed)! This easy kids fabric craft is adorable and could even be used for an adult bed if done tastefully. Begin by browsing our selection of fabric online and finish off with some trims, tassels and cording.

 

You will need:

  • 2-5 yards of ruffle fabric, depending on size of bed. Find fabric here
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Ruler

Tip: Use elastic for a more non-permanent ruffle. This way it can be changed!

Sinfully Simple: Embellishments Transform Everyday Clothing Items Into Something Special


Did you know: Simple embellishments are a fast and fun fix for garments that have become drab or tiresome! Yes, anything that has lost its luster, including shoes, can be brought back to life with a few easy steps and a bit of imagination!

Shoe lost its soul? Ordinary goes extraordinary.

Love the shoe shape, but loathe the tiresome feel? Add a bit of personality with a flower toe, ribbon, crisscross pattern or any idea under the sun! Get inspired by searching for photos of shoes and then re-creating the style yourself!

Feel Fabulous with Fabric Necklaces


Stuffed or flat, braided or twisted, fabric necklaces are a fun and feisty way to brighten up that wardrobe this summer! Begin by browsing our versatile and modern selection of fabrics to discover instant inspiration for this crafty project.

They are plain white tees no longer when you drape a beautiful fabric necklace over them!

To braid a necklace:
•    Select one or more decorative fabrics
•    Cut to desired length and width
•    Fold and secure edges with desired stitch
•    Lay the 3 strips of sewed and secured fabrics on top of each other and stitch the top of them together on one end
•    Gently braid them together and secure the other end with a stitch
•    Add the clasp of your choice and you are finished!

Fabric Headwrap Ideas & Inspirations


It can be a disappointment looking for cute hair accessories and headbands in department stores, it seems I am never able to locate what I visualize in my mind! Creating your own unique fabric headwraps is enjoyable and rewarding, and you can be certain that no one else will have the same one!

Begin by deciding on a few bold prints or novelty fabrics here.

To achieve this look, cut out desired shapes and join them using a sewing machine or stitch. Add a matchy ribbon at the end of each tip for easy tying.

Who Knew? Fabric Scraps Make Stellar Button Brooches!


Boring and tired items in your wardrobe can be appealing and even sophisticated again when you add a simple fabric brooch! Much like fabric flowers, the classic brooch adds flair and a personal sense of style (hello, Jackie-O!) that may be missing in your walk-in!

We love this fab tutorial from Chasity of Belle and Burger! Get going by browsing our decorative fabric selection and don’t forget to show us your finished projects on Facebook!

Brooches are back–and oh-so glam! Dress them up or down for fun & flirty appeal!

J&O Fabrics: 3rd Annual Most Creative Handcrafted Halloween Costume Contest


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If there is one thing that being in the fabric industry for over 45 years has shown us, it’s that despite the change of seasons and passing of generations, Halloween is one of those celebrated holidays that continues to beckon the creative imagination and stirring a parade of popular tv and movie characters, ghoulish monsters, funny faces and exotic personalities hidden behind extravagant costumes to take to the streets each time Oct 31st comes around. With this little known fact in mind, we at J&O fabric store vow to continue to play our part in conjuring the creativity of our customers with  not only awesome fabric, but the opportunity to get it for free just in time for the festive parties! From scary looking Halloween themed novelty prints and fancy dress fabrics, to versatile felts and funky retro’s, bringing the bizarre into existence is just a click away! And what better way to showcase them than thru our 3rd Annual Most Creative Handcrafted Halloween Costume Contest!

Ghoulish Gals


When compiling our favorite costume ideas for women this year, we tried to tap into what is popular right now in the media. For example, our favorite costume idea for women this year is the Black or White swan from best picture nominee Black Swan. Now, we aren’t expecting ladies to run out and get replicas of couture designer Rodarte’s unreal tutus, but there are certainly ways that you can pull this look together yourself using some well placed thick feather boas.

 

#1: Black/ White Swan

Inspired By: Black Swan

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