Colorful Classroom Crate Seat Tutorial



As the summer season comes to an end and teachers around the country convene on closed up classrooms looking to revive them on shoestring budgets in preparation for the influx of new students about to descend upon its furnishings in the weeks to come, DIY crate seats built for comfort and storage rate high on the time sensitive to-do-lists. But have no fear, J&O Fabrics has just the right selection of child-friendly fabrics at the click of a button to help our wonderful educators inspire impressionable minds while educating at the same time. From alphabet and addition themed prints to colorful character filled material and funky geometric designs, our assortment is as endless and our shoppers’ creative minds. With the right fabric and just a few steps, your classroom can go from outdated to updated before the first class bell rings.

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.

Cute Summer Fabric Crafts To Kick Off the Season!

For many, the official start of summer is dictated by the date of the solstice which usually occurs during the month of June. For students, the last day of school is often equated in such a way. Yet for others, it is simply Memorial Day.

Originating after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died on the battlefield, over the years Memorial day has become the traditional UN-official start of the summer season for many in the USA. Celebrated by both memorializing lost ones who have served this county well, and by the ritualistic setting up patio furniture and grills in preparation for a weekend of food and fun, the last Monday of May equates to the last day of spring by majority rule as sun children everywhere welcome the summer in!

Celebrate ‘Love Your Pet Day’ With J&O Fabrics

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” Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened. “

February 20, 2014 is Love Your Pet Day! A day set aside each year to devote extra special attention and love to our can’t-live- without, love-you-to-death, mans-best-companion family additions that have become such and intimate part of our lives in one way or another along the way. Celebrated around the world and including ALL types of creatures from common household dogs, cats and birds, to reptiles, insects, primates and more, Love Your Pet Day offers an opportunity to pamper your little furry, scaly, loved one in a special way. With a little help from J&O, those special treats are only a click away. From extra stuffed pet beds and custom outer wear, to fabric embellished scrapbooks and laminated food bowls, our pet themed fabrics come in an array of styles, colors and designs making finding the right selection for both you and Spike, fun and personalized.

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.

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


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!

J&O Crafty Customer: Creaciones Mariposa

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 As our J&O Fabrics Facebook Fan page keeps growing, more and more of our crafty customers are showing off their cool creations for our J&O family and community to view, share and comment on. One such fan is fellow Facebook page holder Jessica of Creaciones Mariposa.

J&O Top 10 Tips for Working With Faux Fur

jandofabrics, faux fur, fur, fake fur There was a time when you had to mount an expedition to the far off wilderness to find fur. With the J & O Fabric Store fur fabric collection you can cancel your trip and shop with us instead! Our garment weight furs can be used to make anything from elegant fur coats and shawls, to fun sweater collars and funky bags. Our fur upholstery can be used to make the fuzziest blankets, warmest bedspreads, and coolest throws. With just a yard or two, you can also make coordinating rugs for slippery bathroom floors or open living room spaces.  

J&O Celebrates Black History Month 365 Days of the Year!

As February rolls in, so does the month long celebration honoring the multitude of contributions African-Americans have made towards the advancement of not only our country, but the human race as a whole in the fields of science, math, literature, medicine, technology, agriculture, art, music and more. From our family friend,a.k.a., the remote control, invented by Joseph Jackson, to our life saving blood plasma discovered by none other than Dr Charles Drew, the list of creative ideas that have made their way into the daily lives of Americans seems endless.

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.