Daydreaming: Designer Fabric from Kravet

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

K = Kravet

By night I blog for Sew Alluring, but by day I work in Internet marketing and write online content for design-related companies. Many of my clients are interior designers, and they’ve opened my eyes to some fabulous to-the-trade-only fabric vendors, including one that starts with the letter K: Kravet. How perfect for the A-Z Challenge!

This post is like a decorating daydream. Even though I’m not a designer myself and can’t access Kravet fabrics for my sewing projects, these would be my top picks if I could…

1: CAPPARIS.411, Multipurpose. 2: MODERNE SPA, Upholstery. 3: CONTEMPLATION CERULEAN, Multipurpose. 4: KEA.35, Multipurpose. 5: 31016.13, Upholstery. 6: 32199.16, Multipurpose. Images via

What do you daydream about?

A Tale of Accidental Fabric Shopping…

Friday, April 6th, 2012

F = Fabric

My friend Katie at Life with Arie recently got a sewing machine, too, so I went with her on a shopping trip to Jo-Ann’s to help her pick out sewing accoutrements.

I wasn’t planning on getting anything myself except a small pack of buttons, but after helping her pick out the necessary sewing supplies, I naturally got distracted looking at all the pretty fabric!

There were some beautiful (and expensive) home décor textiles that I’m proud to say I resisted, but I still picked up a few fabrics for future sewing projects. The good news is, they’re all remnants or small pieces, so I got a great deal on everything.

And that’s the story of how I ended up with these…

This blue-and-white piece is actually sheer and will make a gorgeous scarf when I finish the edges.

This lime-and-cream print is an outdoor canvas. I’d love to use it for a pillow one day, but it would also look adorable as a tote bag.

The other two pieces are fun little prints I’m not sure what to do with yet — maybe notebook covers or change purses?

Time will tell.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s gotten a little super distracted by alluring things in a craft store. Share your stories below, and feel free to let me know what you think I should do with my new fabric!

Beautiful Fabric That Had Me at Hello

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

I’m totally smitten with this Waverly fabric I spotted on Pinterest weeks ago — I haven’t been able to get it out of my head!

Image via Jo-Ann

As if the chic gray and white color scheme wasn’t enough, it has a delicate, whimsical floral pattern that is just so me. I don’t have a specific sewing project in mind for it yet, but I may have to get a yard or two anyway and carry on my fabric-hoarding ways.

What fabrics have you been eyeing lately?

I’m a Fabric Hoarder — Are You?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Believe it or not, I’ve had the fabric I used for sewing my pillow for more than a year now. That’s right, it was just wrapped around a bolt sitting in a closet. And a pillow wasn’t even what I had in mind for it at first.

Originally, I got the fabric because I love parsons chairs. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

When we first moved in to our current apartment, my hubby and I didn’t have a real dining set. We had a tiny, old, stabilized tilt-top table and a pair of small chairs. Although the passed-down furniture was certainly appreciated, it was hardly ideal. It was like child-sized furniture for my 6-foot, 5-inch tall hubby, but we wanted to make the best of it regardless.

And for years now, I’ve had a thing for parsons chairs. They’re just so elegant and sophisticated, and they have a beautiful silhouette. So you can imagine my excitement when my mom said she could help turn the two normal wood chairs into parsons chairs with just a bit of batting and fabric.

Hubby and I helped paint the chair’s legs dark brown to match the table, and then we went on the search for the perfect textile for the job (read: I went on the search for it and dragged him along). I found the deep plum floral in the clearance section at JoAnn’s for only $6 a yard, and its dark tone and pattern were a huge plus since the fabric would constantly be near food. These qualities help hide stains. Practical and pretty (not to mention on sale) — it was a win-win (win).

My mom did transform the chairs into parsons chairs for me, and I loved the look of the setup.

But actually trying to eat there was pretty impractical, and a few months later hubby and I decided to spring for a bigger dining set. You know, one that was actually meant to be a dining set. We ended up with this, which I absolutely love…

…but which made the tilt-top table and parsons chairs irrelevant.

I still had fabric left on the discount bolt, so I kept it around. It does totally match the color scheme in our living area, after all.

So with my sewing machine unboxed and ready to go, I couldn’t help but bring the fabric back into our décor by making a throw pillow.

What about you? Have you ever held on to extra fabric because you knew you’d use it for something else some day — even if you didn’t know what that something else was at the time?