Category: Homespun Fabric

Aug 26

Homespun Fabric Wreath

I made a wreath with homespun fabric.  No, this is not groundbreaking but I’m not the craftiest person on the block so it was kind of a big deal for me.  I’ve had this idea in my head for a while and tonight I was finally able to get it out of my head and onto the foam wreath form I’ve had hanging bare in my hallway for about a month.

So here’s what I did:

I tore strips of our Butterscotch 1 fabric into strips about 2 1/2″ wide.  I cut a whole yard but only used about half of this pile.  My overlaps were not really close together though — a tighter wrap would require more fabric.  Pull some of the string off the sides of the strips to give them a raggedy look.

Next, secure one end of a strip to the wreath and start wrapping!  Honestly, I just used tape because I know I won’t want this wreath forever.  Using tape means I can easily change it up later!  Overlap the strips as much or as little as you like.

Then I cut 16 strips of our Butterscotch 4 homespun fabric that were 15″ long.  The measurements depend on what size wreath form you are using — the strips just need to be long enough to tie in a knot around the wreath form with enough excess to wrap back around to the backside of the wreath.  You’ll see what I mean….  I used almost a whole yard of the Butterscotch 4 for these strips.  Tie the strips in knots evenly spaced around the wreath form.  The great thing about crafting with homespun fabric is that it is the same on both sides!  No icky white side to try to work around.  You’ll end up with something crazy-looking.  Occasionally I have bad hair days that bear a striking similarity to this wreath!

Then wrap the excess fabric around to the backside and secure it.  Again, I used tape, but if you want a more permanent wreath then a hot glue gun might be a better option.  And voila!

And then I simply hung it from a hook in my bay window with a long piece of our Black 5 homespun fabric.  Simple — not fussy or fancy — but exactly what I wanted.  I told you it wasn’t groundbreaking!!

I wanted more of a simple, monochromatic look but as I was making this wreath I thought how cute an orange and black wreath like this would be for Halloween.  Or a red and green wreath for Christmas…..  Or an eye-popping wreath made with our Bright Plaids for my daughter’s room…..  I’m glad I used tape instead of glue.  I think I will want to change out my colors often!

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Aug 19

Design Contest Winners and BUTTONS!

Exciting news in the Jubilee Fabric store — WE’VE GOT BUTTONS!!!

Adding buttons to the fabric store makes so much sense to us.  Many items created with our homespun fabrics need buttons, whether for fastening purposes or just because they make such cute embellishments.  We’re hoping to having some pictures of projects we’ve done with these buttons and our homespun fabrics soon.

The buttons we have added to our store look great with our homespun fabrics but they can also inspire creative projects of their own.  I’ve seen pictures of people using wooden buttons to make earrings and other jewelry, as well as unique homemade art that can be framed and hung on the wall.  I’m thinking the daisy flower buttons would make especially cute earrings!

Check out our selection of buttons and be inspired!  On sale now at a special introductory price!

And…..

Our design contest is over and there were so many good suggestions that we’ve chosen THREE winners instead of just one!  Thanks to everyone who made suggestions.  It was fun reading all of your great ideas!

Congratulations to Jeannie for suggesting a COWBOYS design, Shelly for her DANCE MOM suggestion, and Trisha for suggesting a GOT ____ ? design.  (We’ve decided to go with GOT BLING?)  Jeannie, Shelly, and Trisha — you will each receive a complimentary iron on transfer in the design you suggested as soon as they are added to our stock inventory.  Our stellar graphic designer has already whipped out a DANCE MOM design!  Watch for the other two new designs to be hitting the Jubilee Rhinestones store in the new few weeks!

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Jul 31

Those P:31 Girls

Congratulations to the three winners of the Celebrate Jesus iron on rhinestone transfer, Jennifer L, Nancy M, and Stephanie C.

We have a new Bible cover pattern available as a digital download!  This is an easy project and the pattern includes instructions for three unique Bible cover designs.  These would make perfect homemade gifts for friends and family.

Speaking of the Bible, I wanted to share a fun little commentary on Proverbs 31 that a friend of mine wrote on her blog.  I’d link to it but I think she prefers to remain anonymous.

Those P:31 Girls

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her, –not to cheat at Monopoly
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life. –Except that one day she accidentally shot a nail gun at his foot which was probably his fault anyway for standing so close…

13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship, –wait, is he calling her fat??
bringing her food from afar. –oh...does Taco Bell count??
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. –Ahh, so that’s the secret. God, if you want me to be a virtuous wife I’m going to need some servant girls, pronto. This is probably why we don’t see any mention of the virtuous wife cleaning her house.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard. –This girl is big on investments! When was the last time you bought something that could generate more income for you? Does a Mac and Adobe Suite count??
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker. –”Energetic.” Proof that the virtuous wife drinks coffee.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night. –Cutting coupons, no doubt.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber. –crafty lady!
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes. –and crocheted scarves.

22 She makes her own bedspreads. –Note to self: make a bedspread.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. –Proof that God wants me to go shopping and buy pretty things! (It doesn’t SAY that she spun & dyed the thread before hand-stitching the gown herself… she could’ve bought it!)
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders. –Is an awesome husband required to be a virtuous wife? I suppose she was first a virtuous girl with many offers of marriage who made a discerning decision.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants. –Obviously a professional in her field. Probably sells on Etsy, too.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, –Where has all the dignity gone?
and she laughs without fear of the future. –Laughter required. Worrying banned.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness. –With kindness, not shouts, rolling eyes, and exasperated sighs.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness. –Which reminds me of a project I need to finish…

28 Her children stand and bless her. –Do nieces/nephews count? Because they think I’m pretty cool.
Her husband praises her: –Hubby, are you getting this??
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; –and plastic surgery looks fake;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise. –Reward her? Ok, Hubby, I like gift cards, shopping sprees, date nights, flowers, Bliss cupcakes…

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Jul 26

Giveaways! Fabric! Rhinestones! Sales!

This is our last week of Christmas in July and we’ve got a lot to talk about in this post!  Kind of like trying to fit everything into the last week before Christmas, huh?  Let’s start with our GIVEAWAY!  We are giving away three of these Celebrate Jesus iron on transfers.  Iron it on a t-shirt, a wall hanging, a tote bag, a decorative dish towel, holiday placemats — there are so many possibilities for this funky, fresh display of faith!  Celebrate JESUS this Christmas!

Enter the giveaway by commenting on this post.  If you’ve never tried the iron on transfers this is a great opportunity to try one out for free — and maybe make a cute, meaningful gift for someone in the process!

Get 20% off this Celebrate Jesus motif and any of the other designs in our Holiday category by entering the coupon code christmasbling at checkout.  This special offer expires on Friday, July 29th.

Guess what?  There are only 150 more days until Christmas!!  Do you know what your Christmas tree will be wearing this year?  I’m talking about the tree skirt, of course!  I realize I may be slightly biased but in my opinion tree skirts don’t get much better than this ragged homespun tree skirt.  The colors, patterns and texture are eye-catching and fill the space under the tree long before presents are added.

You could do a multi-colored tree skirt like the one pictured here or you could choose all reds or all greens or mix in some neutral colors.  Our new Route 66 reds would really pop under a tree!  You can peruse all the fabric options in the Jubilee Fabric store.  Both the digital download pattern and the hard-copy pattern for this tree skirt are on sale right now too.  And guess what?  You still have 150 days to complete your tree skirt project!

And finally, before we wrap up our Christmas in July celebration I wanted to show you what one of our customers made.  Loretta tied strips of homespun fabric onto a string of white lights to make a beautiful homespun garland.  Read all about it on her Under the Wild Cherry Trees blog.  You can purchase fabric specifically for a garland or you could use scrap fabric from your homespun quilt, stockings, or tree skirt and all your decorations will match!  Lovely!

If you have blogged about something you made with our homespun fabrics and would like us to feature it, send the link to blog @jubileecreativestudio.com.

Whew!  I told you we had a lot to talk about this week!  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment on this post.  Entries will be accepted until midnight CST on Friday, July 29th.

Merry Christmas in July!  Be blessed!

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Jul 23

Christmas Stocking Winners and NEW BLING

Congratulations to the four winners of our Primitive Christmas Stockings — Lisa G, Susan J, Shaunna, and Jody S!

The primitive stocking patterns are on sale right now too.  The digital download pattern is on $4.99 and the traditional pattern is just $9.99.  Patterns for all six of the designs shown here are included.  There is still plenty of time to whip up a few of these before Christmas!

And we haven’t forgotten about our rhinestone fans!  We’ll be giving away some Christmas BLING next week as our Christmas in July event draws to a close.  There are also some super snazzy, super chic new iron on transfer designs available in the Jubilee Rhinestones store now!

A few of my personal favorites:

“Sexy Sister?” you ask.  The Sexy Sister transfer is made to be paired with our of the Bride or of the Groom iron on transfers.  So you can make yourself a Sexy Sister of the Bride shirt to wear to all the fun pre-wedding events.  You could also use any of our Alphabet Letters iron on transfers to customize it — Sara’s Sexy Sister or Shane’s Sexy Sister or Sexy Sister of #11.  Of course, it makes a statement all by itself too!

 

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Jul 19

Christmas Stocking Giveaway!

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS!!!!  Sorry, I get really excited about Christmas –  but don’t you just LOVE Christmas stockings?  Like ornaments they can be extremely personal with sentimental value or they can make a new style statement every year.  Christmas stockings are just great.  They hang empty for days or weeks but hold the promise of being full of fun surprises on Christmas Day (or Christmas Eve).

The traditional place to hang stockings is on the mantle but what if you don’t have a mantle in your home?  Christmas stockings could hang on a hat rack or peg coat hanger.  They could hang from kitchen cabinet hardware or doorknobs throughout the house.  Now that Command makes those hooks that stick to the wall and come off easily stockings could be used to decorate an empty wall space.  If you live in a warm enough climate you could hang stockings from garden hooks as front lawn decoration.  And, of course, stair railings always look nice with a little garland and a few stockings.

Last year we hung our stockings from the top of our bay window above the tree and I loved it!  Of course, I had a new baby in the house so it’s a miracle that I tore myself away from him long enough to hang stockings at all!  I certainly didn’t have time to buy or make new ones . . . maybe this year.  (Did you see how I subtly managed to sneak a picture of my little man into this post!?  Or maybe not-so-subtly…)  Ok, so enough about me and my old stockings — it’s GIVEAWAY time!

This week will have FOUR winners.  Each winner will receive ONE of these super cute snowman stockings!  These stockings are big enough to use as Christmas Day (or Eve) stockings but also cute enough to use as decoration anywhere in your house.  These were made using our Ragged Christmas Stocking pattern available as a digital download or a hard-copy pattern.  But this giveaway is NOT for the patterns — we are giving away a finished stocking.  These are all snowmen stockings but the Ragged Christmas Stocking pattern include instructions for six different styles (snowman, Christmas tree, gingerbread man, heart, star, and wreath).

To enter this giveaway for a Ragged Snowman Stocking simply leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite season is.  I know we’re all tempted to say “Winter!” after seeing these cute stockings but unfortunately voting for winter will not make Christmas come any sooner.

Entries will be accepted until midnight CST on Friday, July 22nd.  See all the official giveaway rules by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

 

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Jul 12

Christmas Giveaways Continue!

ONE OF THE LINKS IN THE DEC 7th NEWSLETTER ABOUT THE TABLECLOTH GIVEAWAY WAS WRONG!  OOPS!  PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS TO ENTER THE TABLECLOTH GIVEAWAY ON THE OOH LA LA POST.  CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THAT POST.  THANKS!  (ALL ENTRIES ON THIS POST WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE DRAWING FOR THE TABLECLOTH TOO.)

Ah, Christmas ornaments . . . sentimental ornaments, trendy ornaments, gaudy ornaments, color-themed ornaments, ornaments made by the kids, and HOMESPUN ORNAMENTS!

These are just three examples of ornaments you could get when you order our assortment of six homespun ornaments.  Each is handmade with special details to make your tree truly unique.  And since these ornaments are made from our homespun fabrics, they will look perfect alongside a homespun tree skirt, homespun stockings, or ragged snowman quilt.  And speaking of the Ragged Shabby Snowman Quilt, the digital download pattern is now on sale for $3.50 so you can get started on one even if you didn’t win our last giveaway.  And speaking of giveaways . . .

Enter to WIN a set of SIX PRIMITIVE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS by leaving a comment on this post answering this simple question:  WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

The winner will be randomly selected and if the winner is also one of our email subscribers we will throw in an extra set of ornaments!  Yep–subscribe by email and you could get TWELVE primitive ornaments instead of six!  Subscribe by email today by clicking on the link to the right (underneath the little orange box).

Entries will be accepted until midnight CST on Friday, July 15th.  Click on the link above to view our official giveaway rules.

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Jul 05

Christmas in July!

I LOVE Christmas.  The twinkling lights, the memory-inducing smells, the will-it-or-won’t-it snow forecasts, the carols that connect us to Christmas past, the promise of big family gatherings, and the Hope that was birthed on the first Christmas are just a few of the reasons that Christmas is my very favorite holiday.

Perhaps one of the reasons that Christmas is such a fun holiday is the Christmas decorations.  Just like we dress ourselves up for Halloween, we get to dress up our homes for Christmas.  Festive lights outside and aromatic garland inside can transform any home into a Christmas wonderland.  And, of course, on this blog we think there’s nothing better than a homespun Christmas!

What is your favorite Christmas decoration?  This week we are giving away a digital download pattern for this Ragged Shabby Snowman Quilt.

This Ragged Shabby Snowman Quilt is begging for a warm fire or a cozy bed or a late-night chat.  You can purchase the pattern or the digital download pattern and choose our own fabrics OR you can purchase a complete Ragged Shabby Snowman Quilt Kit which includes everything you need except batting and thread.

This quilt is beautiful and would make a perfect heirloom piece.  We are promoting it now so you can start soon and have it finished in time for Christmas.  Just think how inviting this would look on a guestroom bed!  We also have our Christmas Plaids on sale through July 8th so today is a great day to order your pattern and fabrics.

To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this post.  Entries will be accepted until midnight CST on Saturday, July 9th.  View official giveaway rules here.  The sale on the Christmas Plaids fabrics is limited to stock on hand.

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Jun 21

Homespun Ragged Throws

I am sitting outside on this absolutely perfect June evening with a homespun ragged throw guarding me against the slight chill in the air.  I can’t believe it’s June and I’m almost cold!  The lightweight homespun fabrics are perfect for times like this when a heavy blanket is too much.  My throw is various shades of bright pink — made when my daughter was born.  I’m thinking it might be time to make a ragged throw for myself.  I like pink (a lot!) but I know I could enjoy the cozy vintage styles or the soft plaids or the snappy new reds in the Route 66 collection just as much.  I’ll confess that my very favorite part about sewing is choosing which fabrics to use.  It’s also the hardest part when there are so many great choices!  Decision, decisions…..  Maybe I need several new throws??

The best thing about these lightweight throws is how easy they are to make.  Homespun quilts are easy but homespun throws are unbelievably easy!  Simply follow the online instructions for making a rag quilt but leave out the batting and the center X stitch.  I have a friend who makes several at a time and keeps them in gift bags to give as baby shower gifts.  A homespun throw would also be a nice wedding gift or housewarming present.  Nothing says “Welcome to the Neighborhood” like something handmade!

And these throws are so versatile!  Our pink one usually stays in the minivan because it’s perfect for spreading on the ground at parks.  It’s lightweight and folds easily and is completely machine-washable.  I also used it with all three of my babies for “tummy time.”  It just seemed so much softer on baby’s delicate skin than the carpet.  And the best part about these lightweight throws?  In a pinch you can “throw” it on your table and call it a tablecloth!

 

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Jun 07

Patches for Pete (and a little bling too!)

Fun Fact:  More babies are born during the months of July, August, and September than any other time of the year.

Why is this fact important to you?  Because if you know a pregnant mama you still have time to make a supercute bib before the baby arrives!  We just added a new digital download to the Jubilee Fabric website that provides a pattern and full-color step-by-step instructions for this Patches for Pete bib.

As a mother, I can say with confidence that bigger is always better when it comes to bibs.  The wide shoulders and extra long length of this pattern will help keep the pureed green beans off baby’s new white shirt!  This particular bib is obviously meant for a girl but we have plenty of great fabrics for boys.  The easiest way to get started is to choose one of our 6″ charm packs but you can also make your own fabric combinations if none of the charm packs catch your eye.  Check out the materials list for more information.

Normally only $4.50, this digital download (which also includes instructions for a denim variation of the bib) is on sale for $3.95 for a short time.  And for you, our lovely blog readers, we have a free digital download!  Leave a comment on this post telling us who you would make a bib for and you could win a free download.

Expecting mothers might also be interested in some of our baby bling!  It seems like everyone from cousins to convenience store employees want to know if the baby is a boy or a girl.  A t-shirt made with one of these iron on transfers is a fun way to share the happy news without answering the same question all day long.  Besides t-shirts, these bling designs could be ironed onto diaper bags or framed to make a cute nursery wall hanging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another fun idea is to make sparkly rhinestone t-shirts to identify the mom-to-be and other family members.  This could be especially fun for everyone to wear to the baby shower!  We have several different Mom designs as well as Grandma, Nana, Aunt, and Sister.

 

Review our official giveaway rules here.

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