Say ‘I Love You’ With Fabric

The renowned poet and legendary author Khalil Gibran once quoted…
Love of fabric

Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit”. 

At J&O we believe…

Life without J&O is like a piece of cotton without print and design”.

Both quotes, most would say, hold valid truths.
Love is truly the fabric of life.

During the month of February, as our nation celebrates the highly commercialized day of love also known as St. Valentine’s Day, we at J&O Fabrics will be sharing the many ways we can express love to our family, friends and loved ones through the use of fabric .

J&O Crafty Customer: Roxanne Ojeda of Retro Roxy

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Over a week ago we put out a call to our Facebook family to send us pics of their most creative Valentine’s Day crafts, but to much of our surprise, Cupid’s arrow didn’t seem to strike the hearts of many, and so our campaign narrowed down to ONE.

Roxanne Ojeda of Retro Roxy submitted one of her Valentines themed retro styled pin up girl aprons designed with eXtra special dinner plans in mind. Flouncy skirts and ruffled fold down smock  in assorted complimentary prints and color palate make her creations uniquely distinguishable among the rest. When not making custom aprons and specialty crafts for admirers, her smoke-free, pet-free, pattern-free environment sets the backdrop for a lot of quirky, retro styled creations to flow thru in a very organic way.

Valentine’s Day Fabric Owl Craft: Whooo Loves Ya Baby!

This sewing craft idea for Valentine’s Day will effectively communicate just WHOOO loves them! It is an adorable owl pillow crafted with Valentines fabrics, find yours at J&O Fabrics and get started!

Valentines Day Owl Pillow

Photos by Judy from Loves to Sew

You will need:

  • Several different Valentine print fabrics. 1/3 yard for the front of the owl and 1/3 for the back.
  • A small plate (tea saucer) and a large dinner plate (for the patterns)
  • Red and pink felt fabric for the wings, eyes and other embellishments
  • Fiber fill stuffing
  • Coordinating thread

Contest! Most Creative Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Do you have an idea for the most creative Valentine’s Day gift? Enter our contest and your creative genius could win you a gift certificate from J&O Fabrics!

Valentines Day contest

Your Valentines Day gift idea can be for a child, spouse, parent, friend, coworker, family pet—absolutely anyone! To submit your idea, just use the form below and share your idea. Winners will be selected and announced on J&O Fabrics Facebook page one week after Valentine’s Day (February 21st).

Valentines Day gift ideas

We will pick 3 winners to win the following gift certificates (redeemable at J&O Fabrics, online and in our New Jersey shop):

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

Novelty Fabrics for Your Valentine

Vintage Valentine img by Karen Hortonimg by Karen Horton

Valentine’s Day is soon approaching! This is the perfect time to show someone how much you love them by making something special and unique to celebrate the holiday. We offer a wide variety of novelty fabrics that are perfect for sewing an assortment of romantic projects! There are oodles of sweetheart worthy prints that are sure to please the most discriminating Valentine. Don’t forget to treat yourself to something special too.

J&O Celebrates Akoma Day: A Cultural Alternative to Valentine’s Day

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As millions across America save up their extra pennies, personal work days, and long awaited proposals to celebrate the worldwide holiday designed for lovers and better known as Valentines Day, another similar holiday is taking place in many African-American communities that recognizes not only the nurturing of romantic love, but love from a communal and cultural perspective as well. Enter in Akoma Day.

Akoma Day is a seven day holiday celebration of love between individuals within the African-American community. Observed during February in place of Valentines Day, the focus of this fairly new holiday is to ” …restore ‘ Black Love ‘ as the primordial example of love personified,” says founders Montsho &  Nwasha Edu.  Although officially celebrated for one week from February 14th to February 20th, Akoma Day is designed to be celebrated throughout the year as a tool to help cultivate and reflect the highest level of love in all relationships.