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DIY Hammock

Get ready for summer with an afternoon project.

There’s no better way to spend a hot day but in a shady spot relaxing or just having an afternoon nap in an easy-to-make reversible hammock using outdoor fabric.  An afternoon is all you’ll need!

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New Barcelona knit prints are soft and flowy with stretch properties perfect for creating flowing maxi dresses, stylish tops, comfy leggings, and so much more.
Sewing tip: be sure to use ballpoint pins and needles to avoid damaging the fabric

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Item #3246 959 000R 92% polyester 8% spandex 147cm … in stores now

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Gentle paisleys, medallions and delicate florals in soft, pretty colours blend together to create this charming collection, Arabella.  In stores now.

Item #0649 102 000D

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Brighten up your wardrobe with this season’s hottest colour, YELLOW. Any shade of yellow will do! Soft Butter, Lemon, Sunflower, Marigold, Maize and Soft Straw. Wear yellow head to toe or soften the look with white or ivory. Neutralize it with soft grey or contrast it with any shade of blue including classic navy.

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White and soft creamy whites take centre stage this season with focus on TEXTURE. So many different textures, all in white: Lace, crochet, embroidered eyelet, mesh, laser cut cotton, gauze, cotton with floral appliques, jacquards, new linen slub knits, and ottoman knits.

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Last year cobalt blue was the colour. It’s still there but the trend is moving to softer blues like the new Cornflower, China blue and Sky blue. Actually, any shade of blue will do including chambray and denim. Softer blues are showing in all print groups. Geometrics florals, stripes and abstracts.Don’t forget about all important Classic Navy this season. It goes with any colour.

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Start the summer off with primary colours – RED, BLUE and YELLOW. Add a bright PRIMARY GREEN and you have the beginning of a beautiful summer. The primary colours work with NAVY in gorgeous stripes, dots or simple spaced floral motifs. Let’s move on to the hot shades on the colour wheel using every shade of orange and coral, gorgeous pinks from bubblegum to deep fuschia and warm citrus yellows. On the cool side of the colour wheel we see brilliant blues, purple, aquas and tropical greens.

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IT’S BACK TO THE 70’S. Think suede skirts, funky patchwork prints, crochet vests, high waisted wide-legged culottes, calf length dresses, colour blocking, jumpsuits, platform shoes, and fringed jackets.

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Transition into Spring with soft (sometimes dusty) pastels. Soft pink, peach, mint, sky blue, butter yellow, lavender, lilac and aqua. Mix with deeper sherbet pastels for a brighter look or combine with neutrals like sand, dove grey, toasted almond and cinnamon for a more sophisticated look. As the season progresses pastels can work with brights or deep tropical shades for interesting contrast.

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Do you have a last minute summer project?  How about an comfy bean bag chair for your little one? Pick something fun and a little flighty with this print ‘ Sitting Pretty’  Item #0951002***R

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Bean Bag Chair Instructions

What you need:

1. Two 115cm x 80cm (45″ x 32″) pieces of plain white broadcloth for the bean bag liner and two 115cm x 80cm (45″ x 32″) pieces of more durable upholstery type fabric for the outer shell. We’re using Fabricland’s “Sitting Pretty” fabric (Item#0951002***R) from our Spring/Summer 2015 Indoor Collection and paired it with a Sky Blue Porter Solid (Item#0943202***R) to give the bean bag a two-toned look.

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2. A 56cm (22″) zipper

3. 100 litres of bean bag filling.

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Seam allowance = 1.5cm (5/8″)

What you do:

1. Cut two pieces of 115cm x 80cm (45″ x 32″) white broadcloth or muslin for the lining

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2. Sew the broadcloth together, leaving an opening big enough to fill the liner with the bean bag filler. Turn the liner inside out and fill. Once filled, pin the opening closed and machine stitch or sew by hand.

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3.  Cut one each of the outer fabrics 115cm x 80cm (45″ x 32″). (Total two pieces)

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4. Layer RIGHT side together and pin.

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5. On the long edges use a reinforced stitch such as a zigzag to prevent fraying, then straight stitch the same edges once more. Use a small stitch length to help strengthen these edges.

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6. Fold the fabric in half as shown:

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7. Starting from the folded edge at the bottom as shown in the photo, round one edge removing approximately 15cm (6″) of fabric at the sewn end.

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8.  Zigzag the curved edge and once again reinforce with a straight stitch.

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9. Open the unsewn edge and keeping right sides together as in image A, match the seams as shown in image B, to place zipper properly.

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10. Sew the zipper into this edge.

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11. Turn RIGHT side out, stuff with liner and you’re done!

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With summer in full swing, make something breezy with bright and cheery prints and solids to match. Big selections are in stores now!

Stretch Poplin Prints Item# 0834358000R

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Bellina Cotton Prints Item# 082735800R

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Chiffon Georgette Prints Item#0495860000R

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Dots Item#0643942000D

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