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How To Spring Into Your Outdoor Living Space With J&O Fabrics


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March 20th marks the first day of spring, and whether it feels like it outside or not, this is the time to start assessing the condition of your outdoor living space and furniture. Is your wood patio in good condition? Are their dead trees and shrubs that need to be removed? Are the cushions, padding or frames of your furnishing in need of replacement? Check off your list now so that when the warmer days come, you are ahead of the game.

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.

 

J&O Best Practices for Textile Waste Reduction


Looking to play your part in becoming an environmental steward by assisting in textile waste reduction? Here are some simple things you can start doing today to reduce your sewing waste and environmental impact into our tomorrows.

  • When shopping for pattern fabric, BUY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
  • MAXIMIZE PATTERN POSITIONING ON YOUR FABRIC LAYOUT BEFORE CUTTING. Make full use of every inch of the fabric without jeopardizing the integrity of the garment once construction begins.
  • MEASURE TWICE. CUT ONCE. Avoid material waste because of careless cuts.

DIY Reusable Sandwich Bag Craft Project


 

In one of our previous posts inspiring our readers to turn their fabric scraps and rems into quick and easy crafts that can be gifted or sold, we shared 50 cool ideas to wet the creative palate. Today we’d like to take a moment to focus on one of them….the DIY reusable sandwich bags.

Preserve Your Precious Pattern Pieces with Old Interfacing


Looking for a really great way to preserve your precious pattern pieces? Have a roll of old, lightweight, fusible interfacing just waiting to be put to use? Whether woven or non-woven, here’s a cool way to turn your less than impressive interfacing into pattern piece additions that strengthen and preserve at the same time!

Step 1:

To start, pull out a piece of non woven fusible interfacing and a piece of tissue pattern paper to test. Cut  your interfacing so that it is only slightly larger than your tissue paper piece, then iron together. Keep your iron on the STEAM OFF setting only.

Celebrating Black History Month Through African Fabric


As we celebrate Black History Month and the invaluable contributions of African-Americans in areas of technology, entertainment, science, mathematics and the arts, we are reminded of their traditional roots in African textiles as well. From their textured bogolani (mudcloth), colorful kente and richly colored indigo fabrics, to their Nigerian Lace, East African Kitenge and Egyptian cotton, African fabrics were hand-woven, painted, and dyed in tradition and meaning that sustains itself today. As well, we celebrate the symbolic Adinkra symbols of West Africa, storytelling wovens of Ghana, and abstract geometric shapes of the continent itself that can be found on printed cottons in many of our fabric stores and infused into the latest fashions.

J&O Celebrates National Keep Kids Creative Week 2014


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Celebrated the last week of September,  National Keep Kids Creative Week was started in the fall of 2003 by illustrator and author Bruce Van Patter. Bruce created National Keep Kids Creative Week to encourage kids to use their ideas and imaginings instead of relying on video games and television to do it for them. Once word got around, teachers began to celebrate it in their classrooms and since 2006, KKCW (Keep Kids Creative Week) has been listed in Chase’s Calendar of Events, a high-profile, national directory of holidays and celebrations.

How Do You Organize Your Swatches?


From laminated folders with color coded indexes and ringed binders showcasing an array of prints and designs, to simple brown boxes filled with raw remnants and sandwich bags to the brim with the same, how we organize our cherished swatches is about as creative and individually determined as the fabrics themselves. But one thing seems to be universal across the board…trust and believe all fabric lovers have a method to the madness just the same.

Caring For Your Foam Cushions


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Foam plays a large part in the life of your outdoor cushions since any outdoor fabric is only relatively water proof in a rain storm, and will eventually let water into the cushions one day. Water sitting in the foam of your cushion can mold your fabric and create harmful mildew.  If you are willing to cover your cushions or bring them in to protect them from rain and moisture then do so. If however you are not, then here are a few types of outdoor cushion foams that may work for you.

 

 

J&O Fabrics Outdoor Fabric Guide


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With the summer season officially here, time to put procrastinating aside and start pulling out those patio cushions, polishing up table tops and dusting off umbrellas in preparation for outdoor entertaining,  fun in the sun, or simply relaxing poolside in the shade.

For many, this process will look more like an arduous chore  rather than a easy task as the winter hibernation season seemed to drag on forever. And if your beautiful cushions weren’t packed up properly, you could be in store for some cleaning and revamping ahead of you. Worse case scenario, you’ll find yourself tossing the old for the new…. DIY or BUY style. Best case, with a little help from J&O fabrics, you’ll find just the right tips, tricks and fabulous fabrics to make your dreams of your backyard living space come true!