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Should I Join a Fabric Club?

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 16, 2018 11:36:08 AM
  

Maybe you've always wanted to join a fabric club but wasn't sure how it works. Or maybe you've never heard of a fabric club and want to check it out. Here's a handy guide to help you decide if joining a club is right for you, and if it is--which one!

What is a fabric club?

A fabric club is just like a magazine subscription-- you sign up, pay money, and recieve fabric regularly. For us, that means once a month you'll get a bundle in the mail, along with an email (new for 2018!) with details about your fabric and project ideas. 

"My stash is too big already-- the last thing I need is fabric delivered to my door every month!"

Believe us-- we know how a big stash can be stressful! The great part of a fabric club is having a predictable amount of fabric coming in each month. Most of our club bundles have enough coordinating fabric to make a quilt top, meaning you're going to be making and finishing projects. Some clubs are solids, such as Kona Complete and Color Inspirations, which are always needed! Others, such as Liberty Lawn, are heirloom quality and highly collectible (and I promise, you won't mind giving up a little shelf real estate for Liberty!) 

How much does it cost?

Because everyone has a different budget and fabric needs, most clubs come in different size options, such as fat eighths, fat quarters, half yards, and even full yards. Clubs are typically billed monthly, though you can also pay all upfront if it better suits your needs. 

Which club is best for me?

If you want to join a monthly fabric club but aren't sure which one is best for you, think about what kind of projects you want to make and which brands/styles of fabric you stash the most. Here's a handy guide to the fabric clubs we have!

Liberty Lawn Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Liberty Lawn Club

Starting or growing a stash of Liberty Tana Lawn can be a little overwhelming due to the large amount of gorgeous prints the company has, and getting just a small piece of it can be frustrating. Liberty Lawn Club is great for growing a collection of Liberty prints in a size you can use, such as fat quarter, fat eighth or fat sixteenth, while giving you a variety of 10 prints each month. 

Cotton+Steel Club

If you love Cotton+Steel prints, Cotton+Steel Club gives you 12 prints each month in the size of your choice, in a coordinated color palette. The club can contain prints from all 5 designers, plus Rifle Paper Co., basics, and Cotton+Steel Friends. This club is excellent for giving you a bundle you can make a quilt top or other projects from, as it contains a few different colors in blenders and feature prints. 

Cotton+Steel Club at Pink Castle Fabrics
Kona Complete Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Kona Complete Club

If you dream of owning every single Kona color (unlimited solid fabric power!) Kona Complete Club is for you. You'll get 340 colors in the size of your choice, bundled and divided over 12 months. Kona solids are smooth, soft and Oeko-Tex certified, meaning it's processed with no harmful chemicals. Each month, you'll also get an email with a free pattern using solids and a list of all the colors you've recieved so far. 

Art Gallery Club

If you want to recieve a complete collection of new fabric (including a few coordinating blenders) check out Art Gallery Club! Each month you'll get a new collection of Art Gallery fabric, occassionally two if they're small Fusion or Capsules lines. This club is perfect for making complete projects each months! 

Art Gallery Fabrics Club at Pink Castle Fabrics
Stash Stack Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Stash Stack Club

Do you never have the right color blender print for your project? Do you want a more well-rounded stash of different colors? Stash Stack Club can help! Each month you'll get 12 blender prints in a single color, so by the end of 12 months you'll have a color wheel's worth of shades.

 

Color Inspirations Club

If you're looking for a solids club that's a little smaller than Kona Complete, you may be interested in Color Inspirations Club. You'll get 10 fat quarters or half yards (your choice) of coordinated Cotton Supreme Solids, perfect for using together or mixing with other projects. 

Color Inspirations Club at Pink Castle Fabrics

Other:

Quilt Now Magazine at Pink Castle Fabrics

Quilt Now Magazine

Quilt Now is a magazine for the modern quilter, written by modern quilters. This magazine comes to us from the UK, with projects from both US and British designers using the same fresh modern fabrics you can find in our store. 

Monthly Club Box

If you join more than one club, you can combine them into one monhly club box and save money on shipping. On the 30th of each month, your box of all your subscriptions will be shipped and ready to be opened and used by you in just a few days. 

Do you have any questions about fabric clubs? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Topics: Liberty of London, Art Gallery Fabrics Club, Color Inspirations Club, Monthly Clubs, quilt now magazine, Stash Stack Club, Kona solids, kona complete club, club

Scrappy Liberty Lanyard Tutorial

Posted by Katie Remski on Sep 22, 2017 4:53:44 PM
  

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

If you love Liberty of London Tana Lawn, you know how precious every little scrap is! This patchwork lanyard not only helps you use up small pieces of fabric, but it gives you an easy way to "wear" a piece of Liberty patchwork. Here's how to make one of your own! 

For fabric, I used prints from one Liberty Scrap Pack. If you don't have scraps left over from projects, this is a great way to get a variety of prints in small cuts. One lanyard certainly won't take up the whole pack, so you'll still have some fabric left over. You'll also need some lightweight interfacing and a swivel hook or lanyard clip + jump ring. If you don't want a scrappy piecded lanyard, just cut a 44" by 3" strip of fabric and start the instructions at step 4. 

Materials

Asorted Liberty of London Scraps

1/4 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing 

Swivel hook OR lanyard clip + jump ring

1. Cut

From fabric: the only rule is each piece needs to be AT LEAST 3" long and at least 1" wide. Don't worry about making the scraps all the same size, as long as the 3"+ sides are cut straight. 

From interfacing: Ultimately, you need a long strip that's 43" long and 2" wide, but since interfacing is typically only 20" wide you'll need to piece it (more on that later.)

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

2. Sew

Start sewing the scraps longest-sides together, using a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

Keep going until you have a strip that's about 44" long. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

3. Iron

Press all seams open. It's important that they're pressed open to reduce bulk; pressing to one side would make a bumpy lanyard. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

4.Fuse Interfacing

Lay 2" wide interfacing strips in the middle of your Liberty strip, centered as well as you can. Press according to interfacing directions. To extend the full length of the Liberty piece, butt the next interfacing strip right up against the previous one. Repeat pressing and laying down interfacing until you reach the end of the Liberty strip. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
You'll end up with a piece that looks like this.  Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

5. Trim

Trim away irregular edges, leaving a 1/4" margin of fabric around the interfacing. Repeat on both sides. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

All neat and trimmed!

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

6. Fold

Fold the strip in half lengthwise and iron to crease. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
Unfold strip and fold both sides in toward the center crease; press.  Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

Fold the whole strip in half and press.  

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
Use WonderClips or pins to secure in place.  Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

7. Stitch

Sew down clipped size with a very small seam allowance-- try to get as close to the edge as you can while still catching all layers and sewing straight. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
Turn and sew down the folded size, using the same small seam allowance you used on the other side.  Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
You now have a sewn strip of Liberty that's about 43" long. You're almost done! Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

8. Sew on hook

Slide swivel hook or jump ring onto one end of strip. Fold up end to make about a 1" loop. Take other end of strip (careful- don't twist it at all!) fold it under about 3/4". 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
clip or pin the folds on top of each other, raw edges and folds on the inside.  Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
Stitch down folds, going through all 4 layers, sewing from one side of the lanyard to the other.   Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

Move up about 1" and sew across again. 

 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

If you would like, you can sew an "X" from corner to corner between the two lines of stitching for extra security. Clip threads. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

You're all done! Use lanyards for name badges, keys, tiny scissors and notions, glasses, or whatever you need to keep nearby! If you make a scrappy lanyard from this tutorial, use the hashtag #scrappylibertylanyard and #pinkcastlefabrics 

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Topics: Liberty of London, Tana Lawn, Glamp Stitchalot, Free Pattern, Tutorial, lanyard, free tutorial, glamp, liberty, technique, glamp 4

Liberty of London Tana Lawn Popover Dress

Posted by Katie Remski on Jul 5, 2017 5:00:42 PM
  

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics.

Everyone loves free patterns, and Oliver + S's Popover Sundress for little girls is a fast and easy summer make! Using Liberty of London Tana Lawn makes the dress particularly light and cool, and always looks pretty and classic. The whole pattern is only 3 pieces and the front and back are identical (perfect for twisting around in case of any popsicle mishaps.) There's no zippers or buttons or snaps, just sweet (and easy!) shoulder ties that double as armhole binding. We found we only needed about 1 1/2 yards of 54" wide lawn to make the size 6, including the bias straps! A little rickrack (about 1/2 yard) trims the narrow yoke, but you could also sew a mini ruffle or add lace instead.

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics

 Oliver + S really knows kids clothes, and their patterns work so well together-- couldn't you just see how adorable a matching bucket hat would look with this dress? 

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics

 The construction of the dress couldn't be simpler, and to make it even faster we used  Janome serger and Janome CoverPro 1000CPX for side seams and hem (read more about this machine here.) You certainly don't need a serger or coverstitch machine to make this dress but if you have them, it will make the process a snap. 

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics

 The Liberty of London fabric print we used here is called Betsy Ann in E, a tiny, feminine floral with a lot of movement and detail. It washes like a dream and is sturdier than its soft, smooth hand implies. It only took me an hour and fifteen minutes to make this dress start to finish, so you could turn out a few of them in a weekend. We'd love to see any popover dresses you make-- just be sure to use the hashtag #pinkcastlefabrics on social media!

Other Oliver + S pattern reviews:

Summer is for Sun Hats 

 

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Topics: Liberty of London, kids sewing, Free Pattern, Apparel Sewing, oliver+s, oliver and s, oliver + s, Techniques, Fabric

Free Pattern: 1 Yard Liberty Lawn Easy Kimono Top

Posted by Katie Remski on May 23, 2017 9:24:50 AM
  

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"I have nothing to wear!"

Have you ever wished there was a garment you could make that would be fast, simple, and actually wearable in everyday life? Open-front kimono tops are definitely having a moment, with stores and designers at every price point jumping on the trend. This light throw-on layering piece couldn't be more simple to make, and will look just perfect over anything, from a sophisticated sheath dress to your favorite concert tee. With just 1 yard (36" by 54")  2 seams, and a little hemming, you can make this simple kimono-style top with our free apparel pattern! 

What is Tana Lawn fabric? 

I chose Liberty Tana Lawn for our free pattern because it has all the features of good cotton fabric: light and airy to catch those gentle summer breezes, and always cool against your skin. You can machine wash it with a cool, gentle cycle and a little detergent, and the crisp weave will keep looking fresh for years. Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics are perfect for apparel-- a 54" width makes for easy pattern placement and means you get a pretty decent amount of fabric for your money. 

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With the body and sleeves cut as a single piece, the kimono has a gently angled front and flattering drape. One yard works perfectly with the PDF cutting diagram and will fit ladies' sizes small-XL as is (you'll just have more or less ease depending on body type.) If a longer length or larger size is desired, more than one yard can be used-- simply fold the fabric lengthwise instead of widthwise to accomodate cutting proportions.   We are so excited to see the tops you make with our free kimono pattern!

Free Easy Kimono Top Pattern

Materials:

Notes:

  • This pattern works best on non-directional prints (a print like the one featured that looks the same up, down, and across.) If your Liberty lawn is a directional print (such as brids or animals that you don't want to be upside down,) use 1.5 yards to get the 54" needed length. 
  • 5/8" seam allowances are used for side/underarm seams. 
  • Use a zizag stitch or overlocking stitch on a regular sewing machine to finish seams. A serger's blade may cut underarm corners too deeply as you pivot. If you would like to use a serger to finish seams, practice turning corners on a piece of scrap fabric first. 
  • A narrow rolled hem works best on the neck/front opening. Clip the 2 neckline corners as needed for ease. Alternatively, you can also bind the opening with premade or homemade bias tape.
  • For the sleeves and bottom of kimono top, I used a 1" hem. If you have a coverstitch machine, that would also make very nicely finished hems. 

  

Step 1: Fabric layout 

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The folded edge is at the top, furthest away from you. The selvedge is at the bottom, closest to you. 

 

Step 2: Mark lines and cut fabric 

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Using a fabric marking tool and ruler, mark all lines from diagram onto fabric exactly as shown. 

 

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For cutting the front "V" shape, remember to cut ONLY the top layer! cut off top of "V" at the folded edge. 

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Step 3: Sew!

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Sewing diagram 

Flip your piece over so right sides are together. Pin in place, then use a 5/8" seam allowance to stitch up the side seam, pivot, then sew down the sleeve. Repeat on other side. 

Hint: now is a good time to try your kimono top on and see how deep you want your sleeve and bottom hem to be-- I choose a 1" hem, with a 1/4" edge turned under first so there would be no raw edges. 

Hem front opening/neckline using a narrow rolled hem, clipping back neckline as needed for easing in seam. Don't worry if you have to clip corners in order to turn hem-- just backstitch over the a few times to prevent fraying. 

Turn sleeve hems under 1/4"  and press, then turn them under 1" and press. Pin in place, then stitch around. Repeat for second sleeve. 

Turn bottom hem up 1/4" and press, then turn hem up 1" and press. Pin in place, then stitch. 

Give your kimono top a final press, and you're all done!

Make sure to take a photo and tag us on Instagram!

#pinkcastlefabrics

#easykimonopattern

Want to see all the Liberty of London fabric we have in store for you? Check out this post to get some great quilt pattern ideas with Liberty!

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Topics: Liberty of London, garments, Free Pattern, Tutorial, Apparel Sewing, Techniques

Quilt Patterns for Liberty of London Tana Lawn

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Apr 13, 2017 10:19:21 AM
  
Liberty of London fabric bundles
Liberty of London tana lawn fabrics are some of the most lovely fabrics you can purchase.  We are proud to carry this lovely fabrics at Pink Castle Fabrics!  We love them so much we have a Liberty of London Fabric Club that is perfect for Liberty Lovers who make quilts! Many of you may already be in our Liberty of the month club and have collected a nice stash and are looking for projects to create!  I have put together a list of a few of my favorite quilt patterns and small projects made with Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics!
 
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 Aerial Grove Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander

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WOW!  Talk about beautiful!  This lovely quilt is a pattern called Aerial Grove from Carolyn Friedlander's book Savor Each Stitch.  This is perfect for Liberty of London fabric bundles or Liberty scrap packs! 

The chambray fabrics that Carolyn uses in this quilt work perfectly with the bright floral Liberty prints.  And you really need to check out the hand quilting!  So lovely!

Members of our Liberty London Club can start making this project right away!  Each month you can hand stitch a row or squircles!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Liberty Lawn Fancy Fox Quit by Elizabeth Hartman

Liberty of London Fancy Fox Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman

I love the Fancy Fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartman!  I think it's ultra cute.  AND the blocks are flexible, you can make just a few blocks for a sweet baby quilt or a small pillow or you can create a lovely bed quilt in any size!

In the quilt shown Elizabeth uses an Essex Linen fabric for the background by Robert Kaufman.  I love the way this looks with the bright floral liberty tana lawn!

This is another great pattern to make with a Liberty scrap pack!  If you have the Liberty Club you can get 3 foxes from one fat eighth of Liberty fabrics!

 

 


Liberty Lawn Chevron Quilt by Made Peachy

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I love Liberty of London blues! Every season they come out with a great selection of lovely true blue fabrics.  Of couse right now these denim shades are particularly popular!  Paired with a bright white solid fabric (like Cotton Supreme Solid in Optical White) and you get a really nice pop on the zig zags!

A great plus to this pattern is that it is FREE!  That's right!  Made Peachy has step by step instructions on how to create this lovely bed quilt (it can easily be downsized too).  It might be a little confusing for those of you not used to metric measurements.  BUT it's the same method as this also FREE Zig Zag quilt pattern by Moda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Liberty Quilt by She Quilts a Lot

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This is a simple and beautiful quilt pattern using Liberty fabrics!  AND it's another FREE pattern!  Adding some coordinating solids to the mix makes this simple design really work.  I love that the fabrics she chose are monochomatic as well!  These would make the sweetest baby quilts.

 

 

 

 

 


Liberty and Crochet Quilt by Tied With a Ribbon

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It's amazing how a detail like the crochet border on this simple baby quilt really takes it up a notch!  Simple sqaures of pink florals and a feminine border!

Even without the edging (you can find some patterns here) this simple and quick baby quilt made from the super soft and silky Liberty Lawns will make a great gift.

This is another pattern that is perfect for a Liberty of London fabric bundle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

There are so many great quilt patterns out there that would look amazing with Liberty of London tana lawns!  Be sure to tag us on Instagram or link a blog post in the comments if you have used Liberty fabrics from our shop in a quilt or other small project!  

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Topics: Liberty of London, Techniques, Quilting

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