It’s that most wonderful season again and a great time to make your own homemade gifts and holiday decorations.

Deck the Halls

With the ornamental Deck the Halls group, tablerunners, placemats, napkins and more add elegance to any table setting and is sure to impress friends and family alike.

Item #0111400 | 100% cotton | 112cm

photo of the Deck the Halls Christmas cotton collection

Country Christmas

Get crafty with the Country Christmas collection and make handmade tree ornaments and stockings for a warm, cabin-y look.

Item #0111707 | 100% cotton | 112cm

photo of the Country Christmas cotton fabric group in traditional reds and green with wood and pinecones
photo of the Country Christmas cotton group in soft neutrals and greys

Christmas Basics

Or for a more novelty fun look, use classic Christmas Basics for all your holiday projects.

Item #0111501 | 100% cotton | 112cm

photo of the Christmas basics cotton group featuring dots, stars, snowflakes, light strings, reindeer on top of a jellyroll rug

A fun and satisfying idea is a mat for either a table center or the floor using strips of fabric and jelly roll batting strips.

Holiday Cushion Covers

If you run out of time to make festive decor for your home, there are loads of holiday cushions to choose from… just stuff with a cushion form and toss to add a special holiday feel.

photo of Christmas holiday cushion covers in a red/white theme featuring santas, snowflakes, wreaths and winter characters
photo of novelty holiday cushion covers in grey, white and neutrals featuring cute bears, penquins and llamas
photo of holiday cushion covers with smiling snowman, santa and novelty snowflakes in red and white

A traditional choice for nobility, velvet for fashion is more accessible than ever. Woven or knitted, this luxurious and super-soft fabric is the go-to fabric for party season, but is showing up in more casual outfits as well; with smoking jackets, tops and pants! And with it’s warm and cozy feel is perfect for any winter event.

Stretch velvets are particularly rewarding to sew and, although a little tricky to cut and sew without the pile shifting, are a little more forgiving than classic woven velvet.

Woman wearing a lace topped velvet evening dress made using Burda pattern 6483

Item #3387158 Stretch Velvet Solids | 88% polyester 12% spandex | 148cm

Woman wearing a velvet wrap dress made using Vogue patern 9350

Item #3387558 Ice Crushed Velvet | 92% polyester 8% spandex | 153cm

Woman wearing a crushed velvet, ruched dress made using Vogue pattern 1632

Velvet isn’t just for grown-ups… mixed with a matching satin, velvet looks sweet for little ones too.

little girl in a crushed velvet and satin dress using McCalls pattern 7648

Along with solid or crushed stretch velvet, there are additional opulent choices such as burnout, glitter or even embellished with pearls! Be sure to check out the entire selection in stores now.

Item #3136600 Burnout Velvet | 95% polyester 5% spandex | 150cm

While you’re planning your party dress, why not get a head start on gift making for the holidays? This DIY Fringe Scarf, using an assortment of stretch velvet, is an easy, elegant project that all will love.

Trends from the 80’s are back with a 2019 twist. The old rules of bright colours in the summer and dark colours in the winter no longer apply.

We are seeing a refreshing return to brighter colours used as accents to the deeper more typical shades of autumn.

Bright yellow, fuchsia, sapphire blue, kelly green, orange, red, purple and peacock teal are showing up in over-sized coats and sweaters. These brighter colours are also appearing in prints as accented pops of colour, working with rich autumn shades and earthy browns.

Look out for: Bold colour. Strong shoulders. Colour blocking. Geometric prints. Over-sized outerwear. Puffy Sleeves. Clashing prints. Athletic inspired fashion. Ruffles. Leather.

Cozy comfortable silhouettes combining print, colour and texture with patchwork prints; including paisley, foulard, geometric, wallpaper floral and calico at the forefront.

Keep watch for: Artisan stripes and geometric prints. Scarf prints. Equestrian prints. Fair Isle sweaters. Faux fur. Aztec motifs. Denim. Suede. Corduroy. Leather. Sherpa. Melange knits. Ruffled dresses. Western style shirts.

Faux leather & fur are making a comeback; looking more realistic than ever before.

Typical autumn colours in handcrafted looks with a western edge. Mustard, orange, olive, rust, cognac, brick, plum, chocolate, teal and camel.

Top designers are showing soft leather dresses in vibrant colours. Porcelain blue, butterscotch, cognac, deep red, mustard, olive, purple and black. The leather trench coat also headed down the runways.

Fur is equally important for the season. Colourful sherpa, shearling and long hair fur in jackets and coats, as well as accents for collars and cuffs. Vinyl & plasticized trench coats are also trending this Fall.

What to watch for: Clear vinyl for rain wear. Printed vinyl. Shiny Vinyl in bold colours. Sherpa. Shearling. Leather dresses. Printed leather. Bonded leather to fur. Printed fur. Camouflage. Trench coats. Vests. Patchwork suede and sherpa. Faux fur.

Head back to the future with silver metallic!

Special Occasion dressing is looking icy cool with: Chunky sequin dresses. Sweater knits with silver lurex. Chiffon prints and solids with silver lurex stripes. Stretch faux leather knit activewear in silver grey. Silver grey lace. Silver satin. Silver lame. Sequined striped suiting. Silver on black brocade prints. Iridescent hologram. Ruffles in silver grey knit. Crinkled silver texture. Silver embroidered florals. Silver faux leather.

Autumn/Winter 2019/20 is all about vibrant colour! There is a definite shift in colour coming our way, bringing a ray of sunshine to the often dreary days of autumn.

Introduce touches of WINTER BRIGHTS to your wardrobe and mix with rich HARVEST SHADES, COOL MIDTONES or even better, WARM BROWNS and your season will be filled with COLOUR!

Fabrics look new again with so many interesting textured knits and wovens in vibrant colour! Layering is a must and possibilities are endless for putting together a unique fashion look.

Words to describe autumn fabric for 2019: Cuddly, super soft, brushed, furry, ribbed, corded, suede, double faced, jacquard, waffle, basket weave, boucle, boiled, tweed, chenille, cable, printed, sequined, fringe, textured leathers, flocked, burnout, bubbly, distressed, pleated, clear coated, quilted, puffer, shiny, matte, melange, glitter and colourful.

Animal prints are back and one of the top trends for Autumn / Winter 2019.

Leopard, snakeskin, tiger, cheetah and zebra on every type of fabric such as wovens, knits, jacquards, glossy leatherette, faux fur and burnout velvets.

Colour is what makes these prints look new again. Leopard skins in vivid brights such as electric blue, snakeskins in vibrant red, tiger prints in mustard yellow. Of course, the traditional classic neutral shades are still very popular.

Plaids are back for Autumn 2019; traditional patterns in non-traditional colours.

Take a Royal Stewart pattern and make it modern in bright violet and acid yellow or any check pattern in contrasting colour combinations.

What to watch for: Menswear Glencheck plaids take on a warmer casual look in camel, burnt orange and chocolate brown. Menswear in fuchsia and black. Combine plaids for a unique look. Colourful houndstooth. Printed checks in vivid colour. Blue check coating and checks in autumn shades.

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Bring home all the best of the wilds of Canada with the Canadian Wilderness craft cotton collection.

The iconic beaver and moose aren’t just for nickels and quarters! Bring these prints home for your next themed sewing project.

images of the Beaver Dam and moose print In the Woods from the Canadian Wilderness craft cotton collection
BEAVER DAM & IN THE WOODS

Why not get a head start on a Christmas gift for the family chef?!

Aren’t these “trash pandas” the cutest? Especially when they’re paired with the beauty of a forest landscape in your next quilt!

images of the raccoon and treetop designs from the Canadian Wilderness craft cotton collection
RACCOON & TREETOP

Why not use them with some simple blenders in your own Strip Quilt? A great project for the colder months!

fabric photo of the Canadian Wilderness print collection

Item# 0649123 | 100% cotton | 112cm

Love Sewing? Have a project that would be ideal for a sewing themed fabric? If so, look for the new Sewing Room Tapestry collection in stores now. Tapestry is one of the oldest forms of woven textiles and has proven to be both beautiful and durable. It’s perfect for upholstered chairs & benches, bags and crafts of all kinds. Sew much fun!

photograph of the Sewing Room Tapestry home decor collection

The Origami Crossbody Bag is a simple and satisfying project for this tapestry group. Check out the pattern here…

Item #0914013-016 | 60% polyester 40% cotton | 140cm

Be inspired by beautiful fall flowers, fruits and vegetables and the changing colours of the season AND use your quilting skills to make this quilted Thanksgiving tablerunner. The autumn theme will not only enhance your table decor, but will also add a welcoming look for the entire season.

complete photo of finished Thanksgiving table runner

What you need:

  • Fabric A – 40cm
  • Fabric B – 20cm
  • Fabric C – 50cm (includes binding)
  • Fabric D – 30cm
  • Backing – 1.8m (or 1m if pieced)

Instructions:

Cut pieces as follows:
Fabric A cut 4 (4 1/2 x 4 1/2” ) squares
Fabric B cut 4 (3 x 4 1/2”) and 4 (3 x 7”) strips
Fabric C cut 4 (3 x 7”) and 4 (3 x 9 1/2”) strips
Fabric D cut 4 (3 x 9 1/2”) and 4 (3 x 12”) strips

illustration of how to create the quilting blocks for this project

Measure finished block size and add 5/8”. Cut 3 squares Fabric A to that measurement and cut each square in half diagonally point to point. Place as photo and sew allowing the points to extend beyond the block.

photo showing added pieces to finished blocks to complete table runner

Arrange pieces as shown and sew pieces together.

arrangement of all pieces to finish table runner top

To finish:

Using basting spray, layer top, batting and backing. Quilt as desired, trim excess and bind edges.

photo of finished Thanksgiving table runner

The fabrics used are from the Autumn Harvest quilting cotton collection. To see the complete group of prints and colours check out this previous blog post.

And if you didn’t have time to make this quilted Thanksgiving tablerunner for fall, it’s a great pattern to use with holiday fabrics for Christmas too!

Halloween Craft Fun

Fall is here so that means Halloween is just around the corner. Get a head start on the fun with easy Halloween crafts using Craft Fun Solids.

With some fun shapes and your imagination, the possibilities are endless. Grab your scissors or rotary cutter for these 3 simple projects to start.

Halloween images of ghosts, bats, lightening and stars.
Ghost banner photo and title image

Ghost Banner

With just a small strip of white craft fun solids, some black twill tape and a little bit of Fabri-Tac glue you can make this super cute ghost banner. Cut out the shapes from the pattern, draw a scary face with a permanent marker and glue to the twill tape. Easy and fun!

Photo of finished ghost banner
Halloween trick or treat bag with bat applique photo and title

Make this easy trick-or-treat bag with 2 rectangles and some appliques. Craft Fun Solids don’t fray so there’s no need to finish any raw edges!

Trick-or-Treat Bag

  1. Cut one rectangle 17×40″ for the bag and another 4×36″ for the handle.
  2. Cut out a circle using a large plate as a pattern and some bat motifs from the pattern below. Place in the center of one half of the bag rectangle as shown. Attach either by machine stitching, Fabri-Tac glue or even a spray adhesive.
  3. Fold the bag rectangle in half right sides together and stitch 2 side edges. Turn right side out.
  4. Fold the top edge down 1″ and topstitch in place.
  5. Fold the handle rectangle in 3 and topstitch along the 2 folded edges.
  6. Pin and sew the handle to the inside of each side seam.
photo of finished trick or treat bag

All little boys and girls love to be superheros …and capes are essential for fighting the bad guys! Craft Fun Solids are so easy to use to make and customize all kinds of things.

Superhero Cape

  1. Cut a rectangle 15×28″. Fold in half lengthwise and mark 7″ along the top edge. Draw a line from the 7″ mark to the outer point of the bottom edge and cut along the line.
  2. Keeping the rectangle folded, mark 2″ from the bottom of the outer edges then draw and cut a curve from the bottom centerfold to the 2″ mark.
  3. Cut out the lightening and star patterns and attach to the center back either by machine sewing, using Fabri-Tac glue or adhesive spray.
  4. Cut a strip 1×40″ for the tie. Pin the right side top center of the cape to the center of the tie along one edge. Stitch the cape to the tie piece using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  5. Fold the tie strip in half and pin. Edge stitch around entire tie.

Item #0004300 Craft Fun Solids | 100% polypropelene | 145cm

A colourful palette of the change in season; including crunchy leaves, beautiful sunsets and a bountiful spread of seasonal florals and vegetables. This is Autumn Dreams.

With names like Harvest Basket, Fall Garden and Forest Floor, these speak of the cornucopia of beauty that Autumn provides each season.

photo of fabrics in the Autumn Harvest print group with leaves, florals and vegetables.

Pick your favourites and bring home the bounty for your next craft project!

Item #0649122 Autumn Dreams | 100% cotton | 112cm

Coming in October, our DIY of the Month project is a tablerunner featuring this festive group that will be a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Watch for it!

Are you interested in getting creative now? Why not use Autumn Dreams to make your own reversible apron. Check out that DIY here: https://fabricland.ca/DIY/reversible-apron.php

Create your own fun and “Dazzling” Fruit Scrubbies in a few simple steps.

This project is perfect for keeping summer alive all year round and brings just the right pop of colour to your kitchen clean ups!

Materials:
– 2-4 balls of dishcloth or textured yarn* in colours: White, Yellow, Green, Red and/or Black
– 5.5mm (I-9) crochet hook
– 6 stitch markers
– scissors
*Gauge is not important for this project

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch

Citrus Lemon & Lime Instructions

Round 1: With colour ‘White’, ch 4. Sl st in 1st ch, creating a loop. Work 8dc into the centre of the loop. Sl st in the 1st dc to close round.

* Switch to colour ‘Yellow’ (or ‘Green’ for Lime)
Round 2: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 1dc into same st, 2dc into each st in round. Sl st to top of ch3 to close round.

Round 3: Repeat Round 2.

Round 4: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 1dc into each st in round. Sl st to top of ch3 to close round.

* Switch to colour ‘White’
Round 5: Repeat Round 2.

* Switch to colour ’Yellow’ (or ‘Green’ for Lime)
Round 6: Repeat Round 4.

Finishing: Place 6 stitch markers equally around the edge of Round 5. With colour ‘White’, from the center, use surface slip sts between each round until you hit a marker. Repeat 5 times. Weave in all ends.

Watermelon Fun Instructions

Same pattern as ‘Citrus Lemon & Lime’.

Round 1-4: Use colour ‘Red’

Round 5: Use colour ‘White’

Round 6: Use colour ‘Green’

Finishing: With colour ‘Black’, sl st knots to create the seeds. Weave in all ends.

Download your own printable instructions PDF here.

Featured yarn used in this project is Spindle Yarns Dishcloth Dazzle.

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