The Salvation Army Fabric Fair


I was really bummed when I got the postcard this year for my local Salvation Army Fabric Fair and saw it was the same dates as our trip to Florida. I look forward to the fair so much each year that I have been known to not only have trouble sleeping the night before, but to have weird fabric fair dreams. So coming back from Florida and still feeling bummed that I missed it I thought I would do some google searching to see if there might be another close by. I knew there was a sale in Pittsburg (I went one year, but its a 3 hour hike and it was in April), there is a small one in Carlisle PA but that is usually held in the fall, and I knew of one in Portland Maine (looks like they hold theirs in May). It took awhile of me searching but I was so excited when I stumbled upon a postcard announcing a fabric fair in York PA, which is only about an hour drive for us. Yesterday Tom, B, and I woke up early and set out for York. Oh and true to form I had dreams the night before that we showed up late and there was barely anything left to look through. The guys were so very patient leaving me to shop, but then coming back once I had a filled bag so they could go pay for it while I continued to look with free hands.
All the sales I’ve been too are generally set up the same way. There are tables with fabric divided into cottons, wools, silks, etc. Then there is usually a section with small scrap cuts of fabric bagged in little bundles.
Now besides fabric you can find a million other craft supplies, patterns, books, yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing machines, and any other sewing notion you can think of. This sale had boxes set up in a craft area that you had to dig through to see what treasure might be inside. I didn’t end up finding too much fabric I liked, but got a few smaller pieces. I did get some pretty buttons, dolls, cute embroidered animals, doll eyes, and I’ve taken a few photos to show you what I bought.
I also took a few phone photos when I was at the sale, but at times it was a crowded hot jumble so the photos are not the best.
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If you want to see some of my previous fabric fair experiences you can find them all here:
2014
2013
2012
another from 2012
and another 2012
2011
and a photo from 2007
-3 photos from 2006 here, here, and here though I think 2005 was my first year attending I couldn’t find any photos from it.

Fauxdori (using iron on transfers on leather)

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My friend Olivia had been texting me photos of her planners, and it’s made me really want one of my own. She introduced me to the midori traveler notebook, which is basically a leather folder with elastic inside so you can add in and remove notebooks, planners etc. I loved that idea and once you start looking into the world that is midori, you’ll discover all these fauxdoris (or handmade midori style planners) Since there are loads of DIYs showing you how simple it is I decided to try and make my own.
I had recently learned that you could use InkJet Iron-On Dark T-Shirt Transfers to iron images onto leather. So I decided to try and customize mine with images from my recent fabric designs. I am happy to report that I have been using my fauxdori for a few weeks now and the iron on transfer still looks like new. No edge peeling, no flaking, or cracking. I can’t wait to try this method for projects now.
For the inside of my fauxdori I cut some small blank notebooks I already owned down a bit so they would fit inside. I have been using one to plan out things I need to get done each day, another for sketching, and the third for list making. I’d love to sit down and create some printable custom inserts for my fauxdori soon.
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Accessories Bag


I recently took the plunge and invested in a Juki TL-2010Q sewing machine Even though I sew for a big majority of my work, and I’ve been doing this as a career for the past twelve years, I could never bring myself to invest in a proper machine. Instead I’ve burnt out motors on cheaper machines, and just made do over the years. I am so in love with my new machine! The first thing I decided I needed to sew for it was a bag to hold all the accessories and feet that came with it. The Juki doesn’t have an area to store them on the machine, so I knew I needed to take care of that first. Plus I was eager to dive in and sew something up as soon as I figured out threading & oiling.
I used this free pattern by The Sewing Chick for the body of the bag, but then altered it by adding a drawstring bag top because I didn’t want to knock the bag over, or lose anything if I moved it around the studio. This was my first time sewing with Cotton & Steel’s gorgeous fabrics too, such a treat! As you can probably tell I still need to work on getting my tension down for the top stitching, but I was very impatient so I didn’t spend enough time testing it out.
I added one of the little fabric tags I made a few weeks back. You can see a bunch of the ones I made here all together. I used a technique I found here for creating the tags. They were so easy to make and really add something extra to a project!