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!

Valentines Day Gifts : Show Some Love

50528720_lThere really isn’t a better way to conclude our series on handmade gifts than with a Valentine’s Day inspired Gift Guide! 

On the day we celebrate love in all its splendor, it’s our chance to tell the ones we love what is is we cherish about them. Tell him you love his half-smile. Show her you appreciate every “just checking in” text. A personalized gift is the perfect way to show how you exactly how you feel. After all, actions speak louder than words!

So get lost in the lovey-dovey, sometimes cheesy but always beautiful spirit of Valentine’s Day by presenting your “bae” with a gift they will appreciate long after the cozy winter months are over.

Here’s our final handmade gift guide of the season.

Enjoy!

1: V-Day Bath Bombs 

If you’ve never even heard of bath bombs, let alone tried one, your life is about to change. Not only are bath bombs easy to make, they’re beautiful, personalizable, and perfect for a nice warm bath (maybe for two…?) Learn how to make them HERE:Vgifts 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2: Romantic Movie Night Kit

Ready to get Sleepless in Seattle? Have a good cry over The Notebook? Swoon and sigh for Pretty Woman? Grab a movie, popcorn, and some fuzzy socks: it’s time for a Romantic Movie Night! Guys, you know she’ll love you forever if you stick it out through Noah and Allie’s tumultuous love story! Get inspired HERE:vday gifts 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3: Custom Beer Bottles

And the award for best girlfriend goes to…Personalize his second-greatest love (you’re first, obviously!) with some sweet Valentine’s Day love. Buy some swoony Valentine’s Day discount fabric and get crafting (no pun intended!).vday gift 3

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4: I Love You Because…Frame

How sweet is this? By putting together some household items, you can create a truly heartfelt, creative, and adorable gift that anyone would love! Add this dreamy fabric as your background and you’ve got all your gifts covered-literally!vday gift 4

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5:Patched-Heart Sweater

Finally, there’s nothing like a warm-and-fuzzy sweater to keep your one true love warm! This DIY is almost too easy: no sewing skills required! In face, the messier these patches are, the cuter. Add a little love to an everyday sweater and then huddle up for your movie night! Check out the DIY HERE.vday gifts 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We hope your Valentine’s Day is full our laughter, love, and joy. And for those of us who are footloose and fancy-free, don’t forget your closest pals and surprise them with a DIY or two!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Let us know how your DIY projects went, or better yet, share a pic on social media with the hashtag #LoveBarras!

 

Happy Holidays! Here’s some Festive DIYs!

Happy Holidays from Barras Fabrics!

We can’t wait to gather round the tree, breath in the warm and spicy smells, and of course, unwrap our growing mound of presents. Something about the holiday season seems to make the simplest things, like cookies, flannel pj’s, and cartoons, seem magical. Your home (or apartments or dorm room) is like your little corner of the world: why not dress it up for the holidays this year? Give your space the Christmas treatment with these festive DIY’s, curated from the top bloggers on the web…plus our recommendations for the most festive discount fabrics to finish the look!

This DIY Stocking from Amy Smart’s Diary of a Quilter is super easy to follow:

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Find it HERE.

Here’s the festive fabric we think would work great:

Full Circle

Highland Check

Polka Dot

Save time, money AND the environment by exploring the Japanese art of “Furoshiki”, or fabric gift wrapping. Read this DIY now.

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Here’s some awesome fabric perfectly suited for wrapping your gifts Furoshiki style!

Deck Stripe

Primavera

Freddie Rocker

And last but not least, how magnificent is the Fabric Wreath? You can use up all your spare fabric to create this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.Learn How Here.

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We can’t wait to share another incredible year with you here at Barras Fabrics!

Happy Crafting, and a happy new year!

 

Using Leftover Fabric: Check Out These DIYs!

Tired of throwing away all your extra fabric after a big reupholstering project?

We’ve all been there. Your order three extra yards of fabric from an online fabric store (“just in case”), and get left with more pink-polka-dotted cotton than you’ll ever need. Well, waste not, want not! By using the leftover fabric from your big projects for smaller DIY’s, you save money by using more of the fabric you already have, bring your color scheme to other parts of the room, and get to use up every last drop so nothing goes to waste. Win Win Win!

Here are some awesome DIY’s we found around the web, along with what fabrics we think would suit your project best!

 Framed Fabric

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How awesome does that look? Some prints are truly works of art: display them like Picassos! Just make sure not to hang the framed fabrics right near the couch you reupholstered in that print…that’s just cheesy. Buy cheap frames at an art store and get hangin’!

Here are some swatches that would look awesome hung on a wall:

Coral blue + Upstream:

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Hang Fabric as Wallpaper

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This idea is pure genius. You’ll obviously need a bit more fabric to get this done, but the results are well worth it. Painting is messy and wallpaper is expensive! Hanging fabric on your walls is a perfect solution. This idea is also great for temporary apartments: don’t stick the fabric to the wall permanently: hang it, either from hooks or loose staples, on top of walls that you can’t ~officially~ do anything to.

Our recommended “wallpaper” picks:

Cowhide +  Ralph Lauren Surfrider:

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Fabric Flowers

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This DIY is perfect for when you have just a bit of extra fabric left. We can see these scattered on throw pillows, pinned on a corkboard, or even on the backs of your dining room chairs! Flowers are sweet, happy, and add a whimsical touch to any space. And great news: the more mismatched the fabrics that you use for this are, the more hipster it looks!

Here’s what we’re thinking:

Scroll Gate + Hot Stripe: 

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So there you go! Some awesome ways to conserve extra fabric. Show us your DIY home fabric projects, and don’t forget to keep your stash stocked with decorative fabric from Barras Fabric’s online store!

What’s your favorite DIY from this list? Tried any? Let us know in the comments below!

Stay Warm with a DIY Scarf!

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Nothing says “Fall is here!” like a thick, comfy scarf. This humble neckwear can actually be worn all season long as an incredibly versatile accessory! Throw it over a big sweater and jeans and rock the “winter chic” look, or leave the ends loose and hanging to spruce up your simple turtleneck. Scarves can add a happy pop of color to your outerwear, which, let’s be honest, usually consists of a drab, black-to-navy palette. Struggling for a gift idea? Buy your buddies a wide, soft scarf in a happy pattern and wait for the “I wear it every day‘s!” to come rolling in. Or better yet: make a scarf yourself! Whether you gift your handmade neckwarmer or keep it all to yourself (don’t worry, your secret it safe with us!), you’ll definitely enjoy the super-simple process as much as we do!

 

 

One super-chic reversible scarf coming right up!

You’ll need:

  • 1-2 yards of super-soft cotton or woolen fabric (we recommend these)     
    • Note: you can go uber-long for a lowyf, hipster look, or keep the scarf short and trendy, just be sure to measure the material around your neck. About three times around should do it! 
  • An equal amount of complementary fabric (check these out!)
  • Thread (either in contrasting or complementary colors)
  • An iron

1-Lay the layers on top of each other. Make sure the edges line up evenly!

2-Begin stitching down the sides, carefully adjusting the layers so the edges are always lined up. Don’t worry about creating perfect, even stitches: perfect is boring! Wide, easy stitches will look just as chic.

3-Now here comes the fun part: Once the sides are sewn, you can create fringes! If you’re using a woven fabric, find a horizontal thread and pull it out. How satisfying was it to watch those little threads unravel? Keep pulling out horizontal threads until you get the length of fringe you want. Go crazy!

4-If you’re using woolen fabric, cut even lines into the material, about an inch up from the bottom. The ideal spacing between the fringes is ¼ – â…› of an inch.

5-Once your scarf has the fringes you want, stitch a straight line  ¼ above where the fringes begin.

6-Iron your new favorite Autumn accessory with all the TLC your “hard work” deserves!

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Feel free to go crazy with appliques, fringes, and even pom-poms. The beauty of a well-made scarf is that you can go as wild with the patterns, colors, and styles as you like, and STILL not have it monopolize your outfit! And best of all-you don’t have to brave the cold until your scarf is ready- just order some snazzy prints from your favorite online fabric store and get busy!

Have you tried this DIY treat yet? Show off your creative genius and upload a picture of YOUR homemade scarf!

DIY: Fall-Themed Accent Pillows

 

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Looking for an easy, useful, and fun weekend project? Look no further! Accent pillows are the chicest  way to add a punchy pop of color to any room. Pillows are also completely personalizable, from the shape to the pattern to the color to where you place them. And once you’ve got the perfect size picked out, you can jazz it up any way you’d like with your favorite decorative fabrics, embellishments, and accents! Here’s a cozy, warm design you can easily recreate at home. We can’t wait to get comfy on the couch with a cup of tea and these seasonal-inspired accent pillows!

Let’s get DIYing!

What you’ll need:

-Brown, Cream, and Red fabric.

-Fabric marker

-Fabric scissors.

-Needle + Brown thread

-Store-bought accent pillow, size of your choice

 

STEP 1:  Trace the template below onto the accent fabric using a high-quality fabric marker.

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 (You can re-size the leaf on your computer to best suit your pillow’s size.) We’d recommend eight to ten leaves to sew onto the corner of your pillow, but feel free to add as many-or as few- as you’d like.

 

STEP 2: Starting from the corner of the pillow, begin sewing tight, simple stitches in branch-like lines diagonally down the surface.

 

STEP 3: Sew leaves at random intervals at the end of your sewn branches. Make sure to sew differently colored leaves at the end of each branch to prevent uniformity.

 

STEP 4: Double stitch down the center of the leaf to ensure they won’t fall off. If you’d like, sew additional “veins” from the center “stems” of the leaf for a quirky touch.

 
Enjoy your super-cozy Fall themed accent pillow!

Enjoying the Beach in Style

It’s the summertime again and that means that things are heating up just in time for us to get back to the beach. If you’re into fashion, you know that going to the beach is much more than waves and sand. It’s an opportunity to show off our best styles with our bathing suit, beach bag and a fashionable beach blanket.

If you’re looking to create a cool beach blanket, we have you covered with some great beachy styles that you can easily sew a border onto and roll up to bring to the beach, but that would be boring when you could combine many different decorative fabrics to make something really interesting.

Some ideas for a beach blanket can be a patchwork blanket out of home fabrics that use different fabric squares sewn all together. We took inspiration from Maiden Jane with her big beach blanket tutorial. Here’s a picture of the end result:

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Another one we loved from her blog was a blanket with a large rectangular piece in the center. It’s an idea that really serves as an example that these blankets can be put together in any way you like, so long as it truly expresses your style.

If you’re looking for some great beachy styles, try out some of our outdoor discounted fabrics.

DIY Summer Projects <3

Looking for you next kill… ehr DIY project? With summer approaching fast, there’s so much to get done! The patio needs updating, the living room could use freshening up and that kitchen could use a bit of color to brighten things up. Making these changes yourself is oh-so-fulfilling, not to mention wallet-friendly!

The thrill of DIY makes you want to do more and more of your own projects. We’ve scoured the web for more awesome projects to feed your DIY cravings. Here’s what we found:

1) These basic folding chairs are transformed into festive, party chairs with just a bit of fabric. Check it out at Design Sponge.

Folding Chair Slipcovers

Folding Chair Slipcovers

2) This woman totally transformed her deck with these beautifully upholstered chairs. You have free reign when it comes to the look and feel of your patio. You’ll just need to figure out how to work that sewing machine! Check it out at confessionsofaserialdiyer.com.

Deck Chair Upholstery

Deck Chair Upholstery

3)Decorate any room with whimsical throw pillows in summer brights and cute patterns. Learn how easy these are to make at It’s Always Autumn

Decorative throw pillows

Decorative throw pillows

Found your DIY inspiration and just need to find the right fabric to get started? Check out http://barrasfabrics.com for loads of options.

Under The Sea fabric

Under The Sea fabric

Here’s one of our cutest summer prints.  Now get those creative gears going and get to work!

DIY Project: Upholster a Chair

Every year, the fashion industry brings in new colors for us to fall in love with all over again. This year has been a time of bright, yet calming tones that call for us to escape the bustle of everyday life and relax with all that is whirling around us. Think colors like this pallete of turquoise, red and yellow.

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Flow

The best thing about new hues is that we’re called to make some changes of our own around the home. Why not liven the place up with this DIY project that will have you ditching your old dining room chairs for something a little more funky.

Stapling the fabric around the seat after the cushion has been glued on.

Staples are placed around the seat after the cushion has been glued on.

As long as you have a couple of sturdy chairs, you’ll find this project to be quite simple. You’ll start by unscrewing the seat from your chair and adhering a piece of foam to fit the form of the seat. Next you’ll want to select your fabric. You can find something in our extensive collection at www.barrasfabrics.com. Cut enough so that you can wrap the fabric around the chair and begin to staple along the length and width. When you’re done with that, you’ll have to fold up the corners neatly and staple that down. Once you’re done, you’re ready to put the seat back on your chair.

The finished product!

The finished product!

For a more detailed explaination and step by step pictures, you can see how Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous® updated her chair.

Don’t forget to shop some of our sale items for an even better deal on your project.

 

Decorate With Decals

We’re always searching for new, easy-to-do DIY projects to share so that you can enhance your home without emptying out your bank account. If you work with fabric, making clothes, accessories, curtains, and such, you are definitely familiar with the experience of having leftover fabric scraps you don’t know what to do with. So you probably throw them out. Well, we’ve got a better idea coming! Instead of trashing perfectly good, albeit small, pieces of fabric, use them to add a bit of spice to your walls. We’ll tell you how.

If you don’t sew often (or ever), you can check out Barrasfabrics.com for a wide selection of fabrics you can use to decorate with.

Walls can make or break a room. Some walls utilize vividly colored paints to make the room pop. Printed wallpapers add unique style to a room as well. That’s not to say that bright and eye-catching is always the way to go! Sometimes understated grays or beiges are the best way to complement the furniture and decor in a room.

But, sometimes a smattering of fabric decals across your walls can totally change the way the room looks… for the better!

Kids rooms, for example, are the perfect canvas for fun decal additions to your walls. And when your decals are handmade from the fabric of your choice, the possibilities are endless. You are the designer, now take charge and unleash all that dormant creativity! Here’s an example of a really cool application of this idea:

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Like what you see? You can check out this blog on Popsugar for detailed instructions on how to get your handmade decals stuck on the walls without damaging your paint job.