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Fabric Shopping... a few places you should know about!

Over the last few years, I’ve gathered quite a few sources for fabric needs. Before I started Marifly, I rarely went to a fabric shop, beyond JOANNS, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby - mainly because I lived in an area without boutique fabric shops. And though I still head to these shops for various needs, there are a lot of other fun places to snag premium cottons and specialty textiles.

LA Fashion District (I went to the DG Expo a couple years ago and the streets are lined with fabric options.)

Michael Levines located at 920 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015
This is a great stop for premium cottons, including designers like Cotton + Steel, AGF and other quilting goods. ML is a great one-stop shop, the boutique shop from your hometown that’s on steroids. It also has a home dec. shop across the street and notions galore. (This is not your bargain shopping place)

9th - Maple - Wall Street

There are shops in every nook along the streets featuring every dream of textile. You will find apparel wear, silks, faux furs, athletic wear/sportswear, home dec. fabric and so many more options. Here’s a directory if you’re headed down there. Feel free to bargain, and if your a business bring copies of your tax deductible information.

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3 Fun Online Quilt Shopping

Fabric Bubb Bundles are crafted with style & ingenuity. It’s an amazing spot for inspiration for your next quilt.

Fabric Bubb Bundles are crafted with style & ingenuity. It’s an amazing spot for inspiration for your next quilt.

FabricBubb - This is a great place for bundle inspiration
Hawthorne Supply Co. - This used to be named Hawthorne Threads and they have so many fabric options + they’ve started their own lines.
Cottoneer Fabric - A Modern Fabric shop This is also a husband and wife duo that photographs all of their fabrics and sells the most lovely linen fabrics.

Shop Cabin has started a collection with Hawthorne Supply Co.

Shop Cabin has started a collection with Hawthorne Supply Co.

Knit Fabrics


Spoonflower: I know I know, it’s expensive, but their knits are fun and great for specific projects, and you can pretty much get the exact print you want with all of its options.
Girl Charlee: I don’t love the quality of all their knits, but if you want to make a baby swaddle that helps a baby sleep because it has the right amount of stretch and breathes well, this is your place. Also, it’s super super reasonable.
Art Gallery Fabrics has great 4-way stretch knits and you can find these options at any retailer that sells AGF, including Fabric.com
Birch Organics: I love their organic knit fabric. It’s a little thicker, but the colors and finish is amazing.

Find Retailers that sell these…


Most Textile Companies wholesale to retailers, and don’t sell their goods through their company.
Cotton + Steel: Features some of the most beautiful wovens and canvas options. Rifle Paper Co. prints through C+S.
Art Gallery Fabrics: Amazing quality that focuses on quilting cotton, but also designs rayons, poplins, canvas, knit and denims…. top notch stuff.
Shannon Fabrics: Best cuddle fabrics on the block. I suggest going on ETSY to find this soft plush, faux furs, llama sherpas, etc.
Dear Stella,Blend Fabrics, Andover Fabrics, Kona Solid Cottons, Robert Kaufmann, Riley Blake Designs and Windham Fabrics -

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Crib Sheet Tutorial

I love crib sheets. Because of their existence, I started Noni & V. While pregnant with Jack I had a particular style for his nursery and the inspiration came from a bolt of fabric I’d seen in a fabric shop downtown Seattle. Before Jack was even born, I’d made multiple crib sheets, and decided to see if any of them would sell online. To my surprise they sold, and after adapting to motherhood, I invested in more fabrics and started Noni & V as a nursery outfitter.

Making a crib sheet is the perfect basic and beginner project. Best of luck, and send me a line if you need any help along the way.

CRIB SHEET TUTORIAL

SUPPLIES:

2 YARDS OF 100% COTTON FABRIC
CUTTING MAT + CUTTING UTENSIL (ROTARY CUTTER IS IDEAL)
80'“ OF 1/4” ELASTIC
COORDINATING THREAD
SEWING MACHINE
IRON + IRONING BOARD
SAFETY PIN/ELASTIC THREADER

1.     With your unwashed cotton, cut the length of your fabric to extend to 69 inches. If you’ve pre-washed your cotton, cut your fabric length to 67 inches. (When you purchase your fabric is will be folded, with selvage edges touching each other. Keep this fold in place, adjusting to make sure the fabric is being cut on the straight.) If your fabric width is between 42-44”, do not cut the selvage. However, if your fabric is wider than 44”, cut it down to a width of 44”.

2.     Keep your fabric folded, and bring the ends together so all four corners over the fabric are overlapping.

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3.     You’ll cut a square from these overlapped corners. ((Make sure you’re cutting the corners that aren’t on the fold)) If you’re using unwashed cotton you’ll cut an 8.75” square. If you’re using a pre-washed cotton, you’ll cut out an 8” square.

4.     On each corner you will bring the two edges right sides together and pin. You will be securing these edges with a seam, by using your serger or sewing machine. Use a 1/4” seam allowance.

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5.     Sew or serge along each corner.

6.     If you are using a serger, serge along the entire edge of the crib sheet to make a finished edge.

7.     Take your crib sheet to your ironing board. With a hot iron, you’ll press and prepare a  casing for your sheet.

8.     With the right-side of your fabric facing the ironing board, fold ½”-5/8” of the edge towards you, so that the right side of will be shown 1/2”-5/8”, and press this new edge.

9.     Refer to the video tutorial for a step by step guide.

10.  Continue pressing and creating this new edge along the entire crib sheet.

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11.  Take your crib sheet to your sewing machine and with a 3/8-1/2” (whichever is smaller than your casing) stitch along the casing, leaving a 1” gap at the end to insert your elastic.

I like to put a pin in my casing to remind me to stop. I also start at a corner.

I like to put a pin in my casing to remind me to stop. I also start at a corner.

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12.  Cut 80” of elastic and secure to your elastic threading tool or a safety pin and insert in the casing. Bunch and pull the tool throughout the casing, making sure that the opposite end of the elastic doesn’t slide into the casing.

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13.  After you’ve inserted the elastic throughout the casing and both ends are exposed and unattached, overlap them and with a zigzag stitch secure them together, stitching forwards and backwards. Gently guide the newly attached elastic into the crib sheet casing.

14.  Return to the sewing machine to close the gap, remembering to secure the seam at the beginning and ending of the gap by stitching forward, then backwards for a couple of stitches, before continuing on.

15.  Clip your leftover threads at the seam, and your crib sheet is all ready to go!

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