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Best Stocking Stuffers for Your Sewist

Desktop Needle Threader

This is one of the products in my store that I have the most people raving about. If you struggle with vision or hand issues when threading needles, this will make your life much easier.

Wrist Rulers

Wrist Ruler is a leather wristband with engraved inch and centimeter measurements. If you find yourself always needing to measure things when you’re on the go, this is the perfect product for you.

Embroidery Kit

These embroidery kits are one of the easiest grab and go gifts. Includes everything you need to finish a beautiful embroidery hoop project!

Zipper Pouch

Has anyone ever had enough zipper pouches? Not me! We have several cute designs to choose from.

Flatter

Flatter makes ironing easier. This starch-free smoothing spray relaxes wrinkles and freshens fabrics. This smooth operator leaves fabric sleek, soft and static-free.

OKcollective Candles

OKC-made candles with dreamy scents- both holiday and every day- are a dream.

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Gifts for Crafty Friends

Do you know someone who unstoppably creative? Who is always looking for something new to learn? Who could use some calm and meditative handwork in this crazy year?

Embroidery Kit

These self-contained projects are so easy to gift and use! The embroidery kits from Cozyblue come with everything you need- pattern printed on fabric, hoop, needle, thread, and instructional booklet. All you need is a pair of scissors!

We have a variety of designs, including holiday, floral and inspirational messages.

Find your favorite design today! These always go fast.

Sashiko Starter Bundle

Sashiko is a style of traditional Japanese stitching. It is regaining popularity world wide thanks to the simple, geometric designs and how easy it is to pick up.

All you need to begin Sashiko is needle, thread, and a cloth with the pattern printed on it. It is great for beginners, because the stitches you make are directly printed on the fabric.

We offer multiple patterns, colors of thread, needles, and even a helpful short handbook for beginning Sashiko.

Give the gift of a new art form!

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Your Complete Holiday Gift Guide

This year, let us help you take something off your to-do list! We’ve compiled a list of different gifts for different people in your life. Order online and have your items shipped or pick up curbside, or come on in!

The Best Gifts for Your Quilter

Have a quilter in your life? Based on my own experience and talking with hundreds of customers, here are some gifts that will be sure to WOW them!

Local Gifts for Okla-homies

Whether you’re an Oklahoma local or have Oklahoma in your heart, these Okla-inspired gifts (some locally made, some Oklahoma themed) are sure to make your gift recipient happy.

DIY Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Are you crafty? Do you love to give a homemade gift? Do you want to make your own space cheerful for the holidays?

There’s something satisfying about making a gift for friends or loved ones. We have items in stock that’ll give you a jump start to make your holidays DIY-tastic!

Best Stocking Stuffers for Sewists

Do you want a little gift for your sewing group members? A thank you for someone who made you a mask?

This is a list of little somethings that will make anyone’s day.

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Local Gifts for Okla-homies

OK Collective Candles

These candles are made by ladies in Oklahoma City, and once I tried them, it ruined me for other candle brands. These soy candles are made with high quality oils and none of the bad stuff.

The You’re Kinda Hot cinnamon scented candle and the Cider N’ Chill apple scented candle were incredibly popular last year. Come into the shop to experience the amazing scents!

Oklahoma Ornaments

These laser cut and engraved wooden ornaments are perfect for an Oklahoman, anyone who has Oklahoma in their heart, or wants to remind a friend that someone in Oklahoma loves them.

With the heart of Oklahoma in a Christmas red and Santa’s reindeer prancing across the state in metallic gold, these ornaments are tied with cream twine with a hint of shimmering gold.

Oklahoma Tote Bag

Who doesn’t need another tote bag?

This fun, illustrated map of Oklahoma highlights some of Oklahoma’s best known landmarks.

Whether alone or filled with fun little presents, this tote is a great way to show Okie pride.

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The Best Holiday Gifts for Your Quilter

Have a quilter in your life? Based on my own experience and talking with hundreds of customers, here are some gifts that will be sure to WOW them!

Wool Pressing Mat

I am not a special fancy tool person when it comes to quilting. I had heard about the wool pressing mats, but I thought, “really? can this make that big a difference?” The answer is a yes from me, and a yes from so many customers.

What makes the difference? The wool in the mat holds heat, which allows the heat to come at the fabric from both sides. The “give” in the wool allows you to press those seams super flat.

I loved my mat so much I bought a second one so I could have one at home and one at the shop without hauling it back and forth daily.

We have a variety of sizes, but my favorite is the 14″ x 19″ because it fits perfectly on top of the standard wooden TV trays.

Creative Grids Cutting Mat

Cutting mats matter. The unsung, necessary and often abused tools of quilters and sewists. I cut a lot, and what I have realized is that a good quality cutting mat can make your life much better.

Creative Grids is a company famous for high quality rulers, and this year they started making cutting mats. These mats are double sided (double the value!) and feature different measurements. One has traditional markings (down to 1/8″ of an inch, and the flip side is based on half inches.

It’s thick and sturdy, and has so many great small improvements like making the numbers more visible while cutting.

It’s one of those items that will make your quilting experience better.

Ergonomic Rotary Cutter

I’ve been quilting professionally in come capacity for the last 4 years, and in my opinion, of all the quilting stages, cutting is the hardest on your body.

My wrist, forearm and shoulder have been strained at various times through excessive cutting and poor posture.

The ergonomic design of this rotary cutter allows you to cut comfortably and safely, it can be used for both right and left hands, and it has a secure safety lock.

We have this in both the 45mm size and 60mm size. 45mm is great for most sewing, and 60mm is great if you use thicker fabrics or cut multiple layers.

All In One Quilter’s Reference Book

You know what they don’t tell you when you start quilting? How much math is involved. This handbook takes so much math out of your quilting.

It contains piecing techniques, yardage requirements, conversions and cutting instructions. It takes the guesswork and advanced math out of your project!

Fabric Bundles

A fabric bundle is a great way to jump start any project! We sell bundles of coordinating fabrics that are perfect to either make a project to add to your stash.

Find one in your loved one’s favorite style today!

Gift Card

This one is easy! A gift card allows them to get exactly what they are looking for. You can buy and send our digital gift cards today!

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Sashiko- Learn Something New!

Traditional Sashiko Pattern

Irasshaimase! This is a traditional Japanese greeting when you enter a shop. Did you know I lived in Japan for a year teaching English in the junior high schools? It was an amazing experience!

Sadly I was not into fiber arts when I lived there- I could kick myself! The beautiful quilting and stitching I missed out on!

However, you don’t have to keep missing out. Sashiko- Japanese traditional stitching– is making a comeback with modern sewists.

Classic designs, such as geometric shapes, floral curves, clouds, and animals are all seen in sashiko work. And while it’s been classically done in indigo and white, now many colors are used.

Sashiko also has a low barrier to entry- if you’re brand new to hand sewing, this is a great introduction. Many projects include the designs printed directly onto the fabric, you just have to stitch over it. Then the pattern washes out when you’re finished.

Turn your pieces into wall art, bags, panels in quilts, or even stitch your own clothing- that is in fact where sashiko began, as mending! Get inspiration from the thousands of people who have posted sashiko projects on instagram.

Are you interested? It’s easy to start!

We have all the things you’d need to start your sashiko project, including thread, needles, snippers, and pre-printed fabrics for stitching on. We even have a handy pocket guide to Sashiko by Sylvia Pippen to give you tips and new skills.

Combine your favorite pattern, thread, grab some needles and you’re good to go! Or, wouldn’t this make a great gift for your crafty friends? Working with your hands is so therapeutic, and sashiko also travels well in the car or on an airplane.

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DIY Gift Ideas for the Holidays

There’s something satisfying about making a gift for friends or loved ones. We have items in stock that’ll give you a jump start to make your holidays DIY-tastic!

Apron

A holiday apron is a festive gift for the holidays. Maybe it’s for the host with the most, the cook of the family, or a great kitchen helper.

This pattern is super simple. One yard of fabric for interior and exterior (did I mention it’s reversible?).

The first time I made this apron, it took me less than one hour to do the whole thing. And once you get in the groove, you can make them very quickly!

Christmas Stockings

It’s such a gift to have a hand-made stocking from a loved one, or make one for yourself!

These Quilt as You Go stockings make some of the guesswork out of a stocking. This piece of batting has pre-printed stitch lines and detailed instructions to let you make a quilted stocking in a few simple steps!

Create an heirloom this year!

Christmas Tree Skirt

By following the instructions printed on the batting and using the provided fabric template, you can use your favorite fabrics to make the perfect tree skirt for you or your loved one.

Similar to the stocking, a home-made tree skirt, customized to your favorite decor, can really top off a holiday look!

Shirlene made a colorful stripes version that reminded her of colorful candy canes!

Stitched Ornaments

It’s such a joy to look at your tree and have each ornament bring back sweet memories. Give that to someone this holiday!

We have two ornaments depending on your level of comfort.

The Stitch It Yourself Cross Stitch ornament pack includes 3 laser cut wood pieces with holes already drilled to make it easy to create the motifs.

CozyBlue’s Holiday Ornament set is great for those who love embroidery! The set comes with everything you need to make three unique ornaments, including hoops, needle, thread and fabric with the patterns printed on it.

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Customers Selling Masks

This week felt like the second major “click” since mid-March where people realized they needed masks, or need more masks.

We do have a supply of masks at the store made by our friend Shirlene. Because they are each unique and go fast, I’m not able to list them online efficiently. So if you want to check those out, come by.

I have several customers selling masks, and am happy to refer you to them! They sell different styles, designs and sizes, so you are sure to find one that works for you.

Masks By Renee

Union Rose

Two Bears Studio

Common Dear

Leon Alexander Yarns

Crafty Sugar Bear

Sara Cowan

Journey Quilt Company

Pewter Acorn Quilts

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Face Mask Resources

Who knew last week that this week we’d all learn so much about making face masks?

I’m not an expert– I’m trying to be a resource and good steward of my community and online voice, so I cannot answer questions about which mask is best, what we should be doing, etc.

I have a friend/customer who has a point of contact with Children’s Hospital who wants masks to use for their waiting rooms and non emergency patients. That’s where at least some of our masks are going.

A lot of people have asked what the best mask to make is, and honestly I don’t know. I think that different places and people will be able to use the different styles. Some are more obviously geared towards medical personnel to go over the N95 masks or to have a filter system with in it. The more basic ones will be useful for people who may not be at that level of need but want some protection.

So my thought is, make what you can, do what you can, we will get the styles of masks people are requesting to those who need and want them.

Here are three tutorials I’ve seen a lot for making masks. There are a LOT MORE to choose from, so use your own judgment based on your supplies or your desire.

Button Counter Face Mask- basic mask, uses elastic

Orange Dot Quilts Simple Face Mask– I think this also uses elastic

A.B. Mask – for a Nurse by a Nurse – uses fabric ties, meant to go over N95 masks

Again, please feel free to do your own research. Goodness knows we’re all learning new things day by day.

Thank you for being willing to help.

Ann White, owner Lady Bird Fabrics

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Creativity in these strange times

I don’t have to recap that we’re living in strange times. There’s worry, there’s anxiety, there’s changing of plans.

I believe strongly that creativity is always an important part of life. It is good for your brain, heart and community. So today I want to share some sources you can utilize to infuse these strange times with creativity.

Hand Embroidery

Image from Cozyblue’s Website

If you want an easy access entry into a sewing niche, hand embroidery is great! At the very least you need a needle, thread, and fabric. Hoops make it easier. You can freehand any design or use a pattern. Great for many, many ages, including young kids (maybe starting at 8? You have to trust the child with a needle).

And besides, it keeps you off your phone! Working with your hands is therapeutic. If you need supplies to get started, you can do so under $15 pretty easily, and those would last you through many projects! Check out our selection online.

Cozyblue provides a great intro into hand embroidery for free on her website. She also has some free patterns.

Streaming Classes

Creativebug is an online service that streams classes from all kinds of creative works with great teachers. (I am not at all affiliated with this site, just a happy personal user). It has sewing, quilting, paperwork, hand sewing, painting, sketching, cooking, knit, crochet and even kid classes. You can get a free thirty day trial if you find yourself with extra time on your hands, or with a kid with extra time on their hands.

Creativebug

Your Local Library

I’m most familiar with OKC’s Metropolitan Library System, but the vast majority of public libraries have awesome online resources now. I searched for digital books related to quilting, sewing and embroidery and there are great books available! Read up on a new technique or skill.

Quilting search at the library.

Watch some inspirational documentaries

The great Crafts in America episode on quilting
The quilters of Gee’s Bend are renown and learning abut their history and art is always a joy.
Ken Burns- quilt collector!

I hope you all stay well in body and mind.

With affection-

Ann White, owner Lady Bird Fabrics