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J&O Fabrics Colorful Craft Ideas for the 2018 Spring Season

As we slowly transition into a spring season that seems to finally be here stay for a few, we find ourselves mimicking nature’s shedding of muted winter colors in exchange of an array of vibrant shades reflective of those found in Mother Nature’s vibrant prism. In celebration of the spectrum of light vibrations that brings us an amazing palate of blue, red, orange, yellow, and green for our imagination to play with, J&O Fabrics offers a few colorful craft ideas along with a selection of choice fabrics from our shelves to fulfill your creative mood.


Ruth Carter’s Wakanda Wonderland

When I went to see Marvel’s Black Panther  movie, I went with a mission…. to see and be inspired by Ruth Carter’s creative manifestation of  Marvel Studio’s  artistic concepts in all its masterful glory.  I was not disappointed. From the alluring grandiosity of Zulu-inspired headpieces worn by Wakanda’s queen mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and the eye-poppingly ornate armor adorned with chevron print worn by the all-female based warriors, to Nakia’s (Lupita Nyongo) sumptuously textured, kente cloth-inspired green gown that seemed to mold to her form, the creative collaboration of both visionaries left theater goers in awe and aspiring designers wanting more from Ruth.

Rita Moreno Turns the 90th Oscar’s Red Carpet Green

This past weekend marked the 90th Anniversary of the Oscar’s , a night set aside each year to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements within the American film industry. However, for many fashionistas, designers and viewers worldwide, it is the night of the red carpet fashion parade. For fashion watchers this time, it was the night Rita Moreno turned the Oscar’s red carpet green.

As in years past, there often unfolds a seemingly unintentional color palate or design concept that becomes the fashion theme for the night. Whether it is black and form fitting or low plunging necklines and open backs, which fashion trends take center stage is always an anticipation and highlight.

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Sugar and Spice and Everything Niceimage by Tobyotter

What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s what little girls are made of! Ask any mother of a little girl and she will agree with this poem whole heartily! There is just something fun about sewing for girls. All the lace and sparkles, netting and organza still makes me get excited. I suppose I’ve never outgrown dressing in pink and enjoying girl-y prints. Thankfully J&O has just the selection of fabric I need to fulfill all little girl’s fairytale fantasies.

Golden Globe’s 2014 Red Dress Affair!

If you didn’t get a chance to stick around and check all the big wins  this past weekend at the 2014 Golden Globes Awards,  maybe you at least got a sneak peak of the red carpet styling as designers vied for celebrities to dress,  fashion police made arrests, and talk show hosts selected their best to be put on display. The only thing missing….a few good firemen to put out the flames as ladies on fire lit up the runway!

Baltimore Fashion Week 2013

jandofabricsA few weeks ago, fashionistas young and seasoned, beautiful models, and the media alike converged on the city of Baltimore Maryland for the 6th Annual Baltimore Fashion Week (Aug 8-11, 2013) to get a sneak peak into what some of our notable and up-and-coming designers are dishing out for the season ahead; and what a showcase of color and creativity it was!

5 Fabric Accessories You Can Create Yourself

A little fabric can go a long way when it comes to fashion. The following 5 ideas can be recreated easily with your favorite fabrics and colors. Fabric accessories add flair to any ensemble. One special piece can transform an outfit from drab to fab. If you have any special tips or tricks  for making these items, please share in the comment section below.

Fabric accessories

This cute fabric necklace uses an existing chain. Any style of fabric will work for this look. Pro-tip: Making several different pieces to use with the same chain will expand your collection!

Fabric accessories

10 Fashionable Fabric Flower Necklace Inspirations

With so many ways to fashion a fabric flower necklace, these 10 ideas will inspire you to create your own unique version! It is always fun to blend your favorite aspects of various styles into one new necklace. Don’t forget to share your photos and tips with us on Facebook!

Fabric flower necklace

Add a gold chain for added elegance. Any size or style will infuse an air of luxury to the fabric.

Fabric flower necklace

Scrap Happy: Making Fabric Beads

This is another use for all of those fabric scraps that tend to accumulate! Leftover scraps are beautiful, and it can be a challenge to figure out what to do with them. Mix and match your strips of fabric, and prepare to make some fabric beads for necklaces, bracelets, or to use as embellishments on other projects!

Fabric beads

How to make fabric beads using your fabric scraps 

You will need:

  • Your stash of fabric scraps. Or some new fabric from J&O that will eventually provide new scraps.
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Thick wire, a coat hanger can work.

Frockets: Making Fabric Pockets!

Some people simply cannot do without the convenience of a pocket on their frocks. For those types, there is a plethora of great ways to make your own frockets (Fabric pockets!) on clothing that may come without pockets!

Fabric pockets

A fun way to make a frocket: Use decorative and unexpected fabrics from J&O!

To make a frocket:

  • Lay paper over the shirt and mark off onto the paper the dimensions for the pocket size. Do not overlook seam allowance!
  • Use the paper pocket pattern to cut fabric to actual size