DIY Cocktail Canopy from J&O Fabrics

J&O DIY Cocktail Canopy: Floral Deco

For the J&O/ Summerdale Mills family, summer just isn’t summer without backyard BBQ’s, picnics, taking in seemingly endless sunsets in an outdoor living space of our very own, or simply sitting pretty by the seashore.  But beyond the idea and aesthetics of it all, there is the nitty-gritty of uninvited guests to contend with that certainly can have a way of spoiling the fun. You know those party-crashers I’m speaking of. The eight-legged, winged and just plain annoying creepy crawlies seduced by the sights, sounds and scents of it all. We can’t blame them for wanting to get a taste of the good life I know, but we can make our presence in their domain more comfortable.

Celebrating July 4th, Food, Fabrics and YOU!


With summer quickly passing by and sun worshipers trying desperately to slow her pace down, many find themselves scrambling to prepare for one of the seasons biggest festive occasions… the Fourth of July.

Celebrated on that day with fireworks, cook outs, commemorations, and trips to the shore, Independence Day offers a time for reflection, human connection, great food and so much more. At J&O we keep our special occasion fabrics stocked year round for our quilters and artisans to gather and coordinate their projects and quilts well before the rush. Here are a few such popular themed prints and designs to fit the holiday theme and offer nostalgia.

6 Fabulous 4th of July Fabrics from J&O

Independence Day is fast approaching, why not be prepared this year with some fabulous holiday fabrics? The following 4th of July fabrics from J&O will create a themed approach to your barbeque or gathering. Use them to create custom table covers, napkins, gift baskets and more!

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4th of July fabrics

Stars on Red (Product ID: sta33945)

Like our other selections of star themed fabrics, this festive fabric brings out the Independence Day spirit. Stars on red is printed on 100% quality cotton with a 1 1/8 H 1 V repeat. The tan stars are 1/8”. We offer a variety of star styled fabrics in our online store.

No Sew Décor–Table Runner

Jazzing up the dining room has never been easier, just choose your favorite new fabrics and make some eye-catching table runners! With the simplicity level of this project, you can easily make a runner for each holiday, season or mood! Pro-tip: These make a great gift idea! Find more holiday craft inspiration here.

Transform that table with color, shape and texture!

You will need:
• A yard or two of your favorite J&O fabrics
• Pinking sheers
• Ruler
• Hot glue
• Decorative buttons, fabric flowers and ribbon for embellishments

Home Sweet Beach

For those who frequent the beach, it becomes a second home. I know that I often look forward to jumping into the crashing waves even more than crossing the threshold of my house after a long day. By decorating your spot in the sand with your colors you can make it even more special for you and your family!

Required Materials:

  • A piece of PVC pipe (found at any hardware store)
  • Base fabric for your flag
  • Large piece of heavy paper
  • The fabric you plan on using to decorate with
  • A ruler

Fireworks, Hotdogs, and Fabulous Patterns, Oh My!

Even with all of the barbecuing and belly flop competitions, it can be argued that half of the fun of the 4th is making your yard into a place of patriotic prestige.  J&O has a great selection of fabrics that you can use to deck out your party.

#1- You Don’t Need Fireworks To Light Up The Night

As the day winds down, the sun sets, and kids are finally starting to get sleepy after a long day of playing, lighting votive candles is a lovely way to welcome the night. A creative way to cast a new light on your get together is to cover clear glass votive holders with one of our fabrics. Be sure to mix and match for the best effect.

J&O Celebrates July 4th with Hot New Prints!

While many Americans will be taking advantage of the Independence Day holiday by gearing up and celebrating a fun filled weekend of cook outs, fire works, baseball games, trips to the shore, or that much needed rest and relaxation, others will be remembering the signed commemoration that made us officially free from Great Britian over 200 years ago with parades, speeches and gatherings.

In honor of all the activities we as Americans have incorporated and designated for the July 4th weekend, J&O Fabrics offers a plethora of cotton novelty prints that seem to capture the American culture in all its glory. From baseball prints and USA flag designs, to backyard bbq and beach themes, each fabric has a story to tell and each story has a fabric waiting to reflect it.

J&O Fabric Store Celebrates Juneteenth!

During the summer months, while many Americans are welcoming in the season and celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence declaring Americas independence from Great Britian in 1776 with fireworks, bbq, parades, trips to the shore and baseball games, African Americans across the United States are also celebrating the official 1865 abolition of slavery with speeches, parades, picnics and family reunions.
June 19th, also known as Juneteenth or Emancipation Day, is an American holiday honoring African American heritage and commemorating the official day in 1865 that Union Genral Dordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston Texas to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. Until that time, news of the Emmancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, had not made way down to Texas and therefore, slaves there were not informed of their freedom. According to those African-Americans who had been liberated from the bondage of slavery, until all slaves were emancipated, one could not be free.
For many years only twelve states recognized Juneteenth as an official holiday but as of May 2009, 31 states have recognized Freedom Day as either a state holiday or state holiday observance including:


New York

Make Your Summer a Lasting Memory with J&O!

With the lazy, hazy dayz of summer slowly approaching, thoughts of laid back days along exotic umbrella covered beaches, long Sunday drives in your drop top convertible, and majestic sunsets that never seem to end come to mind. But the one symbol of summer that has withstood the test of time as one of the most nostalgic memories of the season is the infamous back yard BBQ.