Crafting a Fabric Arts Business – Live Web Seminar by Amy Barickman


Amy Barickman SeminarLaunching a creative arts business in today’s market can be a profitable yet challenging endeavor. As a creative entrepreneur there are many decisions to be made about your brand and the products you offer. Amy Barickman is the founder of the pattern company Indygo Junction and in this live web seminar, she will share her nearly 25 years of experience in the sewing & fabric arts with an eye toward inspiring and educating those with the entrepreneurial spirit.

Her seminar discussion will focus on product development, manufacturing, and licensing, sales channels including catalogs, home shopping networks, bricks and mortar independent retailers and chain stores, wholesale and retail trade shows, collaborating with industry influencers, working with technology including online classes/webinars/videos, and social media marketing. Learn about many opportunities that exist for building and growing your business including publishing, licensing, and partnering with manufacturers and influencers.

For more information or to sign-up for the web seminar click here

Announcing Calico Printers – New Online Fabric Outlet Store

Calico Printers


Charlotte, N.C. (August 5, 2014) – Calico Printers, a division of Coats plc, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, recently launched an online fabric outlet store, The site features designer fabrics from FreeSpirit and Rowan that have been created in excess and is selling them at final clearance prices.

At shoppers are able to browse the offerings of quality fabrics by collections, themes, and colors. Consumers love the feeling of finding something that is special at a price that is equally so. They will love the values at Calico Printers.

What shoppers will find at

  • High quality designer fabrics at clearance prices
  • Easy browsing and shopping of fabrics for the sewist

“Our new online store provides consumers with the opportunity to find designer fabrics that can be used for quilting, fashion sewing, and home decorating at discounted prices”, said Alyson Bell, North American Marketing Director, Coats plc.

About Coats Crafts

Coats Crafts is the world’s leading consumer textile crafts business.  Its history is interwoven with many innovations in knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery and sewing dating back to the beginning of the industrial revolution.

Our well-known brands, which include Rowan, Red Heart, FreeSpirit, Anchor and Schachenmayr, have been inspiring generations of crafters around the world who have looked to Coats for quality and inspiration for over 200 years.

Indygo Junction Dimensional Denim Pillows+Giveaway

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Indygo Junction Dimensional Denim Pillows 300

DImesional-Denim-CVR-Final-3One of the items on my to do list this year is to get back into sewing. I was an avid sewer in my teenage years but as time went by, my sewing machine seemed to find its way to the back of my studio. So with my new sewing focus in mind, whenever  Indygo Junction contacts me, it’s always a resounding YES!

I’m really excited about this blog tour and their new book, Dimensional Denim by Amy Barickman. This book was inspired by the desire to add depth and texture to their Crossroads Denim Fabric line (or recycled denim, which is featured in three projects). The book includes 10 fabric manipulation techniques and accompanying projects, as well as detailed illustrations, extra inspiration ideas and 5 pages of color photography.

I LOVE Indygo Junction’s Crossroads Denim Fabric and I was excited to see that they have 5 new color selections. For my projects, I teamed up the Wisteria, Ice Blue and Mushroom.

You can find Crossroads Denim at all of these online stores:

Fabric Depot
Nancy’s Notions
Beverly’s Fabrics
Pacific Fabrics


The colors are beautiful on their own, but I decided to use my Ann Butler polka dot stamp and her Color Box Crafter’s Ink to add some patterning to my fabric pillows. I wanted to try out some of the easier fabric manipulation techniques for my first projects so I selected the ruffles and the weaving. My first project was the tiny heart pillow. Then I decided to try a larger version and I finished up with the weaving technique. Since I only used two colors for my weaving, my pattern turned into a stripe effect and I love the tattered edges on these techniques! Watch my YouTube video!

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Check out more of the awesome ways you can use these techniques for home decor, accessories and more!

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Want to win your own copy of Dimensional Denim? Click over to the Indygo Junction blog to see how, or get your own copy now for 30% off using code DDBT14 at checkout! And make sure to follow along with the rest of the blog tour schedule below!

8/4 Indygo Junction
8/4 Kollabora 
8/5 Amy Barickman
8/6 FishSticks Designs
8/7 Cool2Craft – you are here!
8/8 The Sewing Loft
8/11 Nancy Zieman
8/12 Skip to My Lou
8/13 Inventive Denim
8/14 Whipstitch
8/15 Coats and Clark

Disclosure: Fabric and book provided by Indygo Junction. Designs and opinions are my own.

Indygo Junction Free PDF ePattern & Giveaway


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Did you know that Indygo Junction is now selling PDF downloads?  From aprons to purses and totes, embroidery, quilts, holiday, kids clothing, recycling and fashion accessories you will definitely find the perfect patterns to inspire your creativity! My friends at Indygo Junction said “Hey! Why don’t we give one PDF free to all your Cool2Craft fans!” and my reply was a big “YES!!!”Selvedge Dahlia Indygo Junction

With over 200 PDF downloads to choose from, it wasn’t easy for me to narrow it down but I decided on the Selvedge Dahlia. I love this project because you can utilize your smallest leftover fabric scraps. Even the fabric selvedges are cut and included as petal loops. You can create this flower in pretty subtle, monochromatic colors or create your own look by combining coordinating colors of your favorite scraps like I did. I also love this pattern because the flower is SO versatile. So let’s all join together and give a BIG CHEER of thanks to Indygo Junction for giving us this free download! Ready to get started? Click here for the Indygo Junction Selvedge Dahlia download!

IJ-giftcertgraphic.teal-25But WAIT! There’s more!

Update 4/11/14: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER Sara Miller! Giveaway contest is now closed. (Can you tell I am REALLY EXCITED about these new PDF downloads!) We have a gift certificate to give away! Yep! Just leave a comment on this post and tell us about your favorite Indygo Junction PDF designs and you’ll be entered to win this $25 Indygo Junction Gift Certificate. A random winner will be selected from YouTube comments and blog comments. So, double your chances by leaving a comment in both places! Comment deadline April 10, 2014 11:59 pm. 

I also want to invite you to stop by the newly redesigned Indygo Junction website to check out all the PDF downloads and check out their guest designers as well as fun sewing & crafting images & labels!


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Banners of Hope – Craft & Hobby Mega Show

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Banners of Hope Tiffany Windsor

This Banner of Hope was recently exhibited at the Craft & Hobby Mega Show in Anaheim, CA. Dozens of designers created fabric banners with messages of hope to hang in an exhibit at the Show. This creative collaboration came about after Lorine Mason from It’s Sew Lorine and Elena Etcheverry of Charity Wings brainstormed about a kick-off project for the newly formed Fabric Arts Council.

After the CHA show, the banners will become part of a membership drive for the Charity Wings Art Center featuring a live webcast with 48 designer demos in 24 hours on Wednesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 16th. I’ll be joining the live event via internet to share this project. Click here for more details on the Charity Wings Facebook event page. Hope you can join in!

After this live webcast event, the the Banners of Hope exhibit will then travel to various charitable events and organizations throughout 2014.

Banner of Hope by Tiffany Windsor

In creating my banner, I know that I wanted to do a minimum of sewing :) I did machine stitch the base fabric per the directions to create an 8×12 finished banner with a 2″ rod pocket. To create the banner background, I applied Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets to fat quarter fabrics and then cut them into 1/2″ strips. (You can use a Westcott paper cutter to speed up this process!) I then cut the strips into various lengths and working from the top down, I overlapped rows of the fabric strips. Here’s the link to my YouTube video tutorial where I share special hints and tips!

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Dollar Store “Outside the Frame” Artwork

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Is it time to freshen up your home decor accents? How about some easy DIY gifts for the holidays? It’s easy to create coordinating framed artwork with dollar store frames. Thinking “outside the frame”, Tiffany Windsor filled these frames with burlap and fabrics and topped them with Cool2Cast architectural accents. Pretty cool to customize for any home decor style! Click to watch Tiffany’s YouTube video tutorial for step-by-steps, hints and tips on this project!


Dollar store frames
Fabric, burlap
Large dimensional embellishments of your choice or Cool2Cast pre-poured pieces (if you are purchasing uncolored pieces, you will need alcohol ink and Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer to color your piece)
e6000 Glue

1. Remove the back from frame. Cut burlap and fabric strip to fit inside frame. Replace back on frame.

2. Glue embellishment to front of glass. Let dry completely.

3. Hang or display on tabletop.

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Aleene’s Kids’ Water Bottle Friendship Bracelets

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Kids Water Bottle Friendship Bracelets EcoHeidi Borchers

Girls of all ages will love these bright and fun water bottle bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers. Wrapped in fabric strips, water bottle bracelets can be made to mix and match and are fun to share with your friends!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Water Bottle Friendship Bracelets YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Water bottles (smooth sided water bottles are the best for this project)
Craft knife
Blue masking tape (1/2″ wide or 1″ wide cut down to 1/2″)
Small hole punch (for embroidery floss)
Fabric – torn into approximately 1/2″ wide strips
Embroidery floss and needle

1. Wrap masking tape around water bottle to measure off cutting area for one bracelet. Use craft knife to carefully cut through water bottle. If needed, use scissors to straighten cutting lines. Remove masking tape (as use again for additional bracelets.)

2. If you plan on stitching on buttons or embellishment, use hole punch to punch two small holes side-by-side in bracelet.

3. Apply line of Aleene’s Tacky Glue to end of first fabric strip. Glue end to inside of bracelet near the two holes you punched. This will make it easier to find those two holes again.

4. Begin wrapping fabric around and around bracelet overlapping each section and pulling tight. When you reach the end, cut off excess fabric and glue end to the inside of bracelet.

5. Thread embroidery floss onto needle. Use needle to find punched holes.

6. Thread two buttons onto floss. Working from the outside of the bracelet, press needle through first hole and back up through second hole, bringing thread back through buttons. Tie ends of thread into double knot to secure buttons to bracelet. If desired, tie floss into bow. Apply small dab of glue to center of bow to hold in place.

7. For another embellishment idea, cut shapes from water bottles (heart or star). Paint back of shape. Let dry. Punch two holes and attach to bracelet with embroidery floss.

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Lavender Tee Sachet by Candace Jderowicz

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Lavender T-Shirt Sachet Candace Jedrowicz

Sachets are such a lovely gift, especially when they’re handmade!  Candace Jedrowicz turns the sleeve of a favorite t-shirt into lavender scented treasure decorated with Tulip Beads in a Bottle for an ombre effect!

Watch Candace’s fun and easy Lavender Tee Sachet YouTube video tutorial!



Sewing machine and/or needle and thread
Tulip Beads in a Bottle – I used Pearl, Amethyst and Tanzanite because my t-shirt is lavender
Dried lavender buds

1. Draw or trace heart shape measuring about 3″ x 3″ on your material. Cut two. Place right sides together.

2. Using a straight stitch, sew along the pencil line leaving an inch of the seam open for stuffing.

3. Cut the material 1/4″ from the seam.  Clip close to the stitching on the curves.

4. Turn the shape right side out.

5. Practice using the Beads in a Bottle until you’re confident you can control the size and shape of the beads.

6. Begin and the bottom of the heart shape with the darkest Beads in a Bottle color.  Take the beads about 1/3 of the way up the heart.  Leave some spaces between for the next color.

7. At this point, you can let the first color dry or begin the next lighter color.  Make beads up to 2/3 of the way up the heart  and leave a few spaces for the lightest color.

8. Apply the lightest color to finish the heart shape.  Allow to dry.

9. Fill the heart half full with lavender buds.

10. Stitch the opening closed.

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Aleene’s Eco Chic Owl Purse by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Clever Owl Puse Heidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers transforms an empty glue package into a clever owl purse! The envelope-style packaging of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets is perfect for this show-stopper! Covered in felt and fabric feathers, this themed purse will hold your ID and small stuff for a fun night out on the town or anytime you want to make a creative statement!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Clever Owl Purse YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets (you will also be using the package for the base of this purse)
Small paring knife
Dark brown t-shirt fabric (or other fabric of choice) for outside approximately 15″ x 8″
Fabric for inside panel approximately 13-3/4″ x 4-5/8″
Fabric – for feathers (you can select a fancy embroidered fabric or a cute print fabric)
Felt -medium brown, beige for eyes, beak, brows
Buttons – for eyes
Velcro – adhesive backed 1″ piece
Beaded necklace or chain (for handle)
Needle and thread (to stitch on beaded necklace handle)

1. Cut open the sides of the packaging with knife. Remove any excess paper scraps after cutting open. Lay packaging on work surface printed side up.

2. Apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape along edges (in rectangle pattern).

3. Turn over and apply Tape to unprinted side. Also apply strips along flaps and down center.

4. Cut t-shirt material at least 1/2″ larger than packaging.

5. Remove release paper from tape on printed side. Press onto fabric. Cut fabric to 1/2″ along all edges.

6. Remove release paper from tape along outside edges and flap (leave paper on tape strip down center).

7. Wrap fabric around edge and press into adhesive clipping corners to ease fabric around curved edges. The front is now covered with fabric.

8. Cut piece of liner fabric 4-5/8″ x 13-3/4″. Apply tape to uncovered side of packaging. Press liner fabric into adhesive.

9. To close packaging back up, apply Peel & Stick Tape along front side of each flap. Remove liner paper, fold flaps in and fold end flap into adhesive. You have now covered the packaging on both sides and have re-assembled it to its original shape.

10. Apply Aleene’s Peel & Stick Sheets to back of felt and cut eye, eyebrow and feet patterns.

11. Remove release paper and press felt shapes in place on top front flap.

12. Apply Peel & Stick Tape to back of button eyes (two layers) and press eyes in place.

13. For the beak, adhere two layers of felt together. Apply Peel & Stick Sheet to back top 1/2 of beak. Apply piece of Velcro to bottom back side of beak.Adhere beak to flap, pressing Velcro in place below flap. This will allow you to open and close the flap.

14. For feet, adhere two layers of brown felt together. Cut patterns. Using photo as guide, apply piece of Peel & Stick Tape to front top of feet and glue in place on bottom back of purse. (The feet are hanging down along bottom edge.)

15. Apply Peel & Stick Sheets to back of feathers fabric. Cut feather patterns. Remove release paper and glue feathers in place.

16. For the handle, hand stitch the beads along the fold on the inside flap. The stitching can be covered by the brow. Simply lift small section of brow slightly, stitch and place brow down over stitches.

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Aleene’s Layered Fabric Hearts on Hanger by Tiffany Windsor

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Layered Fabric Hearts on Hanger Tiffany Windsor

Tiffany Windsor digs into her scrap fabric to create vintage inspired fabric layered hearts glued with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive. Cute displayed hanging from a wooden pants hanger, group together on a garland, hang on a doorknob or on the wall.

Watch Tiffany’s Layered Fabric Hearts on Hanger YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
White copy paper (5 sheets)
Fabric scraps (thick, bulky, textured, cotton, linen)White copy paper (5 pieces for five layered heart)
Wax paper
Squeegee (expired plastic gift card or cardboard)
Button(s) –  Blumenthal Lansing Cut-Outs & Organic Elements Buttons
Sticky words and phrases
Wood pants hanger or hanger of choice

1. Cut copy paper in half crosswise. Layer 5 pieces and fold in half lengthwise.Layered Fabric Hearts on Hanger Tiffany Windsor  Full

2. Cut free-hand heart pattern.

3. Separate pattern layers – keep one pattern full size. Cut away 3/8″ from next pattern layer. Repeat until you have 5 nesting heart patterns.

4. Cut piece of scrap fabric slightly larger than largest heart pattern. (I like to use felt for this layer.) Fold in half and lay folded pattern along fold line. Cut out heart pattern.

5. Repeat to cut fabric for each heart layer and stack layered pieces.

6. Cut wax paper into several pieces.

7. Pour glue onto one piece of waxed paper.

8. Glue heart layers together using squeegee to apply glue to the back of fabric heart pieces.

9. When all layers are glued together, place clean piece of wax paper over top and press with finger. Remove wax paper and set aside to dry.

10. Using Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, glue button on front and glue piece of ribbon on back. Let dry.

11. Stick word(s) and/or phrases onto front of heart.

12. Repeat to create different sizes of hearts and hang and/or glue on hanger.

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