Why Order Fabric Online?

The Barras Fabric Blog

 

Hey there Barras fabrics fans! We hope you had a beautiful, colorful, and creative summer. Here at Barras, we’ve been admiring the new arrivals for fall and we’re hard at work preparing an amazing season!

A question we get asked all the time is about the way we sell our fabrics. Why would I buy fabrics online? I’m so tactile – I like to FEEL the fabrics before I buy. Is shopping for my fabrics online really right for me?

And our answer to that question is – YES! Anyone, from fabric fanatic to a layman, can easily and enjoyable shop our online fabric store. We take pains to ensure it’s a super-simple process and that our fabrics really pop on-screen. Here’s our top 10 reasons to order fabric online:

1: Our selection! We offer THOUSANDS of fabrics from varied mills around the world

2: The pricing: online shopping is the best way to save money because it’s so easy to compare prices.  

3: Straight rebuys and reordering. If you found a fabric you fell in love with and plan to use again, you can reorder it with a few clicks instead of running out to the store

4: You get to work with us. Obviously. :)

5: We organize our fabrics meticulously. You can sort by color, mill, materials, patterns, and pricing, so finding the perfect fabric is super-simple!

6: Did we mention pricing? You save tons of money by purchasing our discount luxury fabric without the additional fees added on by individual retailers. We also offer clearance fabrics!

7: You won’t have to fight other fabric seekers tooth-and-nail for that one perfect Herringbone roll everyone is dying for.

8: Our fabrics are photographed to optimize the way the colors, textures, and quality would present in real life, so you can get the full experience of the fabric before you buy.

9: You can create a super-fun swatch wall from your favorite prints on Barrasfabrics.com! It’s like an individual Pinterest board dedicated to your top choices.\

10: You get the best selection at the best prices with even greater customer service. Want to try out  the Barras fabrics experience for yourself? Start browsing now!

Why do YOU love online fabric shopping? Tell us in the comments below!

Summer Fabrics Catalog: Reupholster and revamp!

It’s time to bring some of that summer lovin’ to your living space. The easiest way to add pops of color to your home (without a massive, costly, and messy paint job) is to throw around some happy fabrics that bring a smile to your face.

From pillows to accent tables to framed fabrics, it’s easy to add bright spot in any room! See our blogs for some amazing home decor ideas, like a beach-inspired bedroom, on-point color schemes for basements, and more summer-inspired accents.

For part two of our catalog, we’re highlighting our favorite warm-weather wonders from our upholstery collection. Some of these fabrics are indoor/outdoor, meaning it looks just as great on your patio as it does in your living room! Look out for a * symbol next to the fabric name to see if that material is indoor/outdoor.

Once you’ve found your dream summertime fabric, it’s as easy as point-click-buy to get it to your home in a week or so. Just click the fabric you like and you’ll be taken to our discount online fabric store. We’d love to serve you for all your luxury fabric needs!

Without further ado, here’s our top picks for our summer fabrics catalog: upholstery edition!

Trellis in Pool*

Trellis in Pool*

Hillstone in Pimento*

Hillstone in Pimento*

Swaying Palm in Aloe*

Swaying Palm in Aloe*

Boxed In in Carribbean

Boxed In in Caribbean*

ODL Silsila in Lawn*

ODL Silsila in Lawn*

Dapper in Peacock

Dapper in Peacock

Marin in Peony

Marin in Peony

Flow in Hollycock

Flow in Hollycock

Locked in Papaya

Locked in Papaya

Marin in Cloud

Summer Fabrics Catalog: Cotton prints for days

We’re in the thick of the summer, and all we can think about here at Barras Fabrics is how the sunny days and balmy nights are almost at their end.Now’s the time to take advantage of summertime fabrics and throw them everywhere!

From bright florals to cheerful colors to eye-grabbing patterns, we have a yard (or two or three or twelve) of every fabric that catches your fancy, so hit the pattern you want to see more of and you’ll be directed to our online discount fabric store. There, you can easily order custom amounts of the fabric YOU want to see for the rest of the summer.

In this edition of the “catalog”, we’ll be highlighting our cotton prints collection, which can be utilized almost everywhere, including clothes, drapes and and handbags. Enjoy browsing!

 

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Kiji in Yellow

On the Square in Papaya

On the Square in Papaya

Bulan in Spring Rain

Bulan in Spring Rain

Dillahan in Summer

Dillahan in Summer

Starlet in Rose

Starlet in Rose

Broadway in Lavender

Harvest Bouquet in Azure

Harvest Bouquet in Azure

Les Faves in Sunrise

Les Faves in Sunrise

Pergola in Lagoon

Pergola in Lagoon

Ring a Bell in Mango

Ring a Bell in Mango

In Honor of National “Thread the Needle” Day…

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Let’s celebrate! Today is “Thread the Needle” day, a national holiday basically unknown to anyone besides intense sewing enthusiasts. Usually observed on July 25th, the holiday is celebrated by leisurely stitching your favorite fabrics. The origins of this day are almost as ambiguous as the holiday itself – but who cares! Sewing lovers rejoice!

“Threading the Needle” is a also an expression often used by thought leaders to describe the balance needed to “walk the line”. Politicians “thread the needle” when they need to find a path between two opposing views that makes all their constituents happy.

In honor of this day, Barras Fabrics presents some truly breathtaking works of art made by needle and thread. So grab your tiny tools, some discount luxury fabrics, and a sweet glass of tea: inspiration can strike at any moment!

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Feast your eyes on the genius of Meko Gelashvill, the artist behind these exquisite works of art. In her home base of Georgia, this sewing savant creates magnificent landscapes and portraits using nothing but needle and thread. Breathtaking, isn’t it?

Have a wonderful Thread the Needle day! Don’t forget to share your creations with us here at Barras! Comment with links to your projects and get the chance to be featured on our blog for all our readers to see!

Looking forward to working with you :) Have a great day threading those needles!

[CHEAT SHEET] 3 Essential Yardage Charts

58998720 - thoughtful female tailor selecting fabric at sewing factoryHi there! If you’re a fabric enthusiast, you’re probably the more creative, colorful, and productive type…not exactly a “math” type. But as any seamstress, upholsterer, or furrier will tell you, math plays a huge role in your upholstery or sewing project. Knowing the proper yardage for your discount luxury fabrics is crucial to ensuring a beautiful final product!

For us non-math minded fabric-lovers, there’s an easier way to calculate how much material you’ll need: use a cheat sheet! Here are some super-simple charts we’ve collected from around the web to help you ease into the “mathematical” aspect of your fabric purchasing.

These charts are great to keep on hand when buying fabrics, either from our online fabric store or at a showroom. Print ’em, cut ’em out, and hang them wherever and whenever you’re about to cut a yard!

Fabric width to yardage chart:

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Courtesy: historicalsewing.com

General reupholstery yardage chart:

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Courtesy: www.taylor-creations.com

And for those who don’t use our metrics system, here’s a yards- to-centimeters chart:

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Courtesy: favequilts.com

There you have it! 3 super-simple, easy to read charts that will take you from simple enthusiast to Material Mastery! Please let us know in the comments which of these charts proved the most helpful. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

 

5 Beach Inspired Room Decor Ideas

 

5 Beach-Inspired Decorating IdeasWhat comes to mind when you think of summer? For us, it’s just the thought of  digging our toes into the sand, waves kissing our feet, and soaking up the sun while staring into the ocean’s horizon. Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to leave home or work for that perfect summer getaway (insert daydream interrupted sound effect).

Whether you’ve just returned from a lovely beach vacation and are suffering from withdrawal, or simply looking to bring a taste of the tropics to your space, we’ve got some amazing beachy-bliss decorating ideas for you to try.

Here are our top FIVE awesome decorating ideas for a beach – inspired bedroom:

1: Make a beach themed headboard: This DIY headboard made from driftwood can certainly stand out as a focal point for your beach themed bedroom.
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Photocredit: Allison Lind Interiors

2: Use nautical themed decorative pillows: Brighten up your white bedding with coastal themed decorative pillows. Choose decorative fabrics with sail boats, anchors, or life ring prints.

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 ODL Go Fish   

3: Accessorize your night stand with beach-themed accessories: Bring out the old sea shells and starfish you’ve collected from your last beach adventure, frame some photos of your past adventures in the beach, and add a little creativity to decorate your night stand.

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Use those mason jars lying around your house to make a Decorative Fisherman Netting Wrapped Jars, it will add a nice touch to your beach themed night stand décor.

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4: Add a pop of ocean color to your window: One of the quickest ways to update the look and feel of any room is by changing the curtains. For a beach inspired look, choose a decorative fabric that has a combination between blue, green, turquoise, beige and white prints.Check out this easy diy tutorial for a No-Sew Curtain.

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You can recreate this look with these beautiful printed cotton fabrics from our online fabric store:

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Santorini       

5:Play a calming beach sound in the background: There are sites online who offer free uninterrupted recorded nature sounds that you can play on your computer or download on your mobile. Play amazing ocean sounds and let the calming and soothing sound of the waves allow you to relax in your very own beach inspired bedroom.

Are you ready to give your bedroom an updated beach inspired look? We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer, whether you’ll be out in the sun or at home decorating a room. Let us know your plans this summer by leaving a comment below!

[GUIDE] 3 Awesome Summer Decorating Ideas!

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Summer has begun and it’s the perfect time to decorate your home after a long tiring spring cleaning! Give your home a splash of color for an updated summer look. Here are 3 awesome ways to bring that summertime feeling into your home.

1: Decorate with Succulents: See tutorial here for this stunning succulent centerpiece.

 

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Succulents are chic and trendy. Decorate your center table with these fantastic tiny plants that come in different shades of the rainbow.  Choose a planter that complements your interior decor, you can choose from white pots or bowls to accentuate their natural vibrant color or a wooden planter for a rustic look.

Adding succulents to your center table instantly gives your home a fresh summer look. Here’s an easy diy succulent center piece you can try.

2: Make a Refreshment Nook: Photocreds: Pottery Barn

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Quench your family’s thirst on hot summer days and brighten up a corner by adding a refreshment nook with flavored teas, fruit-flavored lemonades, or infused water to your foyer, kitchen or living room. All you need are a clear drink dispenser, mason jars, a bowl of fruits and a spritz of imagination. The combination of the color of the fruit slices and the water moisture coming from the ice-cold drink will sure spell S-U-M-M-E-R for everyone in your home.

Here are some refreshing non-alcoholic drinks that’ll add color to a room while keeping your family refreshed! 

3: Update your Fabrics

For a more bold and fun summer look, change up your upholstery and accents with bright and colorful prints. Use flamboyant shades on any of your cushions, curtains, table cloth, place mats, bedding, seat pads, etc.  Choose a summer theme: from pastels, citrus, bright reds and hot pinks, it’ll add a pop of summertime flavor. Just remember to minimize accessories if you are going to use bold and bright fabrics, as you don’t want your home to look like a bag of Skittles.

Here are 4 printed cotton fabrics to help you update your home for the summer.

WhimsyBe bright and bold with this colorful printed fabric. Perfect for table cloths, throw pillows and placemats.

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Creative FlowThis one is perfect for that breezy and beachy theme summer decor.

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MacilentTalking about citrusy colors and flavored drinks, this print is a perfect match.

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Womel/Franco: For a bright colored geometric look.

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Are you ready to give your home these quick and fun update this summer? Tell us your plans in the comments below! Remember to let us here at barrasfabrics.com know how your DIYs went! 

 

Spotlight on P. Kaufman’s Textiles

Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.40.26 PMIf you’re an interior designer, sewing enthusiast, or even doing your first renovation, no doubt you’ve run into some P. Kaufman fabrics along your journey!

The multi-channeled, multi-million dollar company is relatively young: established 2004, this fabric manufacturer has been making waves – and exceptionally beautiful products – throughout the textile world.

With a strong focus on creating strong, sustainable materials for hotels and casinos, P. Kaufman’s fabrics are hardy and can be counted on for years to come. Because of this field concentration, most Kaufman’s fabrics are only available for wholesale.

Today, we’d like to highlight the superstars of Barras Fabrics’ collection of P. Kaufman textiles. Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

1: On Sail in Nautical Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.44.00 PM

Nothing says summer like sailboats. Perfect for a throw pillow for the beach house!

2: Hottie Scottie in Sprout Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.45.37 PM

If the name is not enough of a draw, this fabric’s playful tone adds a pop to any room.

3: Belize Stripe in Pink Sand Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.46.08 PM

Bring the warm sands of Belize to your space this summer. And that pink, though!

4: ChiChi in Papaya  Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.46.39 PM“Cha-cha slide” your way into the season! How great would this look on outdoor chairs?

5: Suna in Platinum Screenshot 2017-06-09 at 12.47.09 PM

This material is so glamorous, we’re putting it on the walls, on the couch, everywhere! The height of metallic sophistication.

So…which fabric is speaking to you? See you next week.

 

 

 

5 Interior Design Blogs Even a Layman Should Follow!

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We’re all a little obsessed with interior design to some degree. It’s the subtle art of embellishing our personal space to reflect our tastes and style: a true form of self-expression. The art of interior design has been a respected and integral art form throughout history, with different cultures developing their own “norms” and aesthetic tastes. In many cultures, interior design reflects the religious and metaphysical beliefs of the culture, such as the Japanese art of feng shui. By placing objects and accent pieces in strategic positions, we affect the energy of the room and in turn, the energy that flows within us. Whether you’re a skeptic or not, no one can deny the excitement and influence our home’s design has on our lives.

So, on that note, whether you’re redoing your whole home, one room, or just simply like to get inspired by the beautiful ideas of the masters, following an interior design blog is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. Almost every (successful) interior designer has a blog of some sort, whether in the form of a gallery, website, or social channel. But very few stay true-to-life, candid, accessible, AND inspiring. We’ve rounded up our favorite blogs that every interior design layman (or professional or student or enthusiast) can enjoy.

Don’t forget to bring your inspiration to action! Visit us at our online discount fabric showroom to take your stroke of design genius to the next level. Here are our top interior design blogs even a layman should follow.

1: Amber Interiors First, click into the site. Check out the soft whites, bright spaces, and subtle accents. For the crisp aesthetic alone, the blog is a subscription MUST.
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2: Old Brand New Blogger Dabito shares exquisite photographs of happy rooms that sing with his signature style. Follow for a little bit of this and that about interior design, graphic, design, and priceless photography.

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3: Coco Lapine Design Hello Coco! No, this has nothing to do with Chanel, but Ms. Lapine’s blog is full of rooms that tie together her Danish flair with industrial undertones. A perfect read with coffee and a baguette.

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4: Lark and Linen Take a peek into the beautifully designed life of Jacquelyn Clark. Her style is so fresh and clean, while her posts about her daily life are quirky and just a fun read. Enjoy the non-stop ogling over her condo!

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5: Style by Emily Henderson This is a personal favorite: Emily Henderson stole hearts when she won HGTV’s Design Star. Now she writes a blog full of eye-candy, shoppable stories, and her signature vibrancy. You’ll thank us for introducing you!

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So those are our top 5 picks! Did you check them all out? Plan on subscribing to any? Let us know in the comments, then pay Barras Fabrics’ online store and get decorating!

Color Psychology: Orange You Glad?

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Yeah, yeah, cheesy working title, but thinking about orange just gets us giddy. This insanely cheerful color may invoke some Halloween-esque feelings, but decor wise, it’s super en vogue. We’re seeing it thrown everywhere, from accent pillows, to headboards, to little girl’s bedrooms. The color’s gender neutrality is definitely one of its greatest strengths!

Here’s what most color psychologists have concluded about the feelings this bright hue invokes:

Positive Traits of Orange:

  • Positivity
  • Sociable
  • Optimistic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Eye-catching
  • Informal

Negative Traits:

  • Superficiality
  • Overbearing
  • Exhibitionism
  • Egotism
  • Insincerity

Orange, as everyone knows, is a mix of yellow and red, balancing cheerfulness with intensity to bring you the best of both traits. Ironically, most likely due to its associations with Halloween, orange is often thought of as a cartoonish, vulgar color. Don’t let this scare you from using it around your home and in your wardrobe! A bold orange bag is exactly what this season calls for. Ready to turn some heads?

Here are our favorite orange swatches from our online discount fabric store. Happy browsing!

1: Neddick/Fresco in Orange Pop

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2: Deck Stripe in Orange

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3: Sundeck in Orange

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4: ODL Fish in Orange

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5: Capri in Orange

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