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Refresh Your Living Room with DIY Throw Pillows

Some throw pillows are hideous. Some are expensive. Some are both.

If you don’t have throw pillows and you want to add a few beautiful examples to your home décor, why not make your own? It’s not only an economical option, but it’s also fun as well.

You may be thinking that you’re creatively challenged and couldn’t make something as simple as a cloth napkin, let alone a pillow, but our staff at Fabric Barn Inc. want to encourage you to start snipping and sewing. We are among the most well-known fabric stores in Long Beach, CA, and we’ve put together this blog post to give you motivation for creating your own DIY throw pillows for the living room.

It’s relatively inexpensive to make your own pillows as long as you have access to a sewing machine and don’t have to buy a new one. All you need from a material standpoint is fabric, batting, and accents such as ribbons. Of course, you will also need the other tools of the trade to create your masterpieces, so make sure you have scissors, a tape measure, a ruler, and stick pins. Then it’s all just a matter of stitching the pieces together, stuffing them, and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

You can find all of these materials and supplies at our fabric store in Long Beach, CA, along with some encouragement if you get stuck or are a bit hesitant about starting.

unique home décor

Creating Affordable Home Décor by Getting Crafty

Take a look around your home and think about what you see. Is your fashion sense not reflected in the quality of the items you have on display? Is your stylish flair minimized and muted by some misguided fashion decisions from the past? A “yes” or a thoughtful pause followed by “well” means that it’s time to consider breathing some new life into your décor.

You can do this without breaking the bank by choosing all your materials and supplies from an online craft store such as ours at Fabric Barn Inc. Online stores allow you to look around your home while you’re shopping and picture what you will need to refresh and renew the design accents of your home. It couldn’t be easier to get the fabrics and colors and textures that will evoke the sensations and reactions you’re seeking.

The only limit to upgrading the accessories you have and creating new ones is the limit of your imagination. You can explore daring new designs and fashion trends without breaking the bank if you use affordable supplies that you’ve bought from an online craft store. The convenience of an online retailer means that you can shop and begin the décor transformation of your home whenever the mood strikes.

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How to Choose Yarn for a Crochet Project

Crocheting is a great hobby. Like many crafters, you may want to buy yarn online for your next project: it’s quick and convenient! However, if you are starting, you may be overwhelmed by the choices available to you. This post will cover a few of the basics of picking the right materials for your crochet project.

First, let’s go over the materials. There are three popular types of yarn material that are suited for beginners: wool, cotton, and acrylic. Wool is among the most popular as it is flexible and resilient. Cotton is a smart choice if you want your piece to hold its shape better. Meanwhile, acrylic is popular for its value-oriented cost and wide availability of colors.

Another characteristic you need to consider is the weight. In this sense, “weight” is the thickness of a yarn thread. The higher the number, the thicker the yarn will be. Beginners may want to try their hands at a medium-weight yarn, which is typically #4. Also, take note of your crochet hooks. They may have a recommended weight to use with them as well.

Other things you may want to note when buying yarn online include texture, pricing, color selection, and available yardage. Selecting the yarn that is right for you ultimately comes down to the types of projects you want to complete. So whether you want to get some practice in or are planning on crafting a scarf, always remember that the kind of materials you work with will set the tone for the entire experience.

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Tips for Selecting Fabric

Fabric is a versatile material. It can make beautiful outfits, comforting bedsheets, tablecloths, and so much more. When starting your next project, it is important to consider what kind of fabric best meets your needs. Today, we will go over a few tips when selecting fabric for your next project. Keep these points in mind the next time you visit one of your local fabric stores in Long Beach, CA.

First things first: are you working with a pattern? In many cases, the designers for patterns already have a specific material in mind, so it’s best to do things according to their directions. Choosing a different material from what is listed may drastically affect the appearance of your finished work.

Next, it’s time to talk about the materials themselves. There are many different types of fabric, such as cotton, satin, and chiffon–to name a few. All of these fabrics have distinct characteristics that can make them the perfect selection for one project, but not necessarily another one. Your skill level is also a factor. If you are starting to craft with fabric, consider an easy-to-manipulate material like medium-weight cotton.

When selecting your fabric, consider the following factors:

 

  • How It Feels
  • Whether the Fabric Is Natural, Synthetic, or Chemically Treated
  • The Care Instructions

Fabric opens up a world of craft ideas. You can turn your projects into household items or a fashion statement. It all begins with your ideas–and the materials. Visit your local fabric store and discover your options.

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Get a New Hobby for the New Year

Have you been meaning to try a new hobby? Finding and enjoying a hobby you love will enrich your life. Hobbies fill our leisure hours and even allow us to learn new skills. Do you have a long-neglected hobby from childhood or your early adult life that has fallen by the wayside because of the hustle and bustle of daily life? Now is the time to become reacquainted.

Good for You

These fun diversions are good stress relievers and can clearly contribute to our good health. Improved cognitive skills and better mental alertness can be traced to the artistic and precision work that many hobbies require. There’s a pleasing sense of accomplishment as well when we do or make something special.

At Fabric Barn Inc., we’re passionate about hobbies. Our online craft store has everything you need to start your new hobby. From fabric to felt to floral supplies, you’ll find it all right here. The highest quality products at the best prices await every hobbyist. We’re a craft store with many resources to motivate you and offer instruction. Browsing our endless supply of stock will provide you with plenty of ideas, and the many colors, textures, and shapes are sure to get those creative juices flowing.

homemade holiday wreath

Create Your Own Holiday Decorations

There’s nothing like creating your own holiday decorations to make the season merrier. Skip the store-bought décor this year and instead, go for a traditional look, with decorative embellishments that ring true to yesteryear.

Make your home cozy and warm with Christmas tree ornaments reminiscent of simpler times with materials bought at a craft supply store such as Fabric Barn Inc., the amazing art supply store in Long Beach, CA. These stores have all of your art supplies, as well as plenty of recommendations to get you started.

Quality Art Supplies

Quality products mean long-lasting decorations that can be cherished and handed down to your children and grandchildren. At Fabric Barn Inc., everything we stock is top-of-the-line.

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to try your hand at tabletop, tree, or larger, free-standing ornaments. Browse some magazines or online holiday websites for inspiration. Check out pictures of homes all decked out with each room decorated for the season.

Color Combos 

Color combinations that seem to go hand-in-hand include silver and blue, gold and silver, all white, and of course, the traditional red and green. The sky really is the limit when it comes to color combos. Unleash your imagination or complement your existing room décor. Whatever you choose to create, Fabric Barn Inc. has the supplies at affordable prices.

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Save Money by Making Your Own Floral Displays

Having exquisite flower arrangements created for your wedding, birthday dinner, or other special occasions can be expensive. If you’re looking to save money and have floral displays that look just as good as those created by the experts, consider making them yourself. By completing them by hand, you have full creative control over the arrangement. This means you can put your own finishing touches on them, making them truly original.

To get started, first buy floral supplies online from Fabric Barn Inc. The business also has a physical store location in Long Beach, CA, that you can visit to see their products up close and in person before purchasing them. Some of the items that we recommend getting include vases, ribbons, shears, and your choice of flowers (real or faux).

Once you’ve bought the items you need, you can start arranging everything in creative ways. Make sure that you take all safety precautions when you trim the flowers to the correct lengths while putting your displays together. If you’re using real plants, ensure that they stay hydrated and keep them away from sunlight and heating vents. We know that you can use your design skills to assemble arrangements that your guests will love.

 

young girl holding holiday present

Encourage Kids to Make Their Own Holiday Gifts

When it comes to helping your kids give presents to loved ones and friends during the holidays, the last thing you want to do is spend money on items that are only going to sit around and not be used. Assist your little ones with giving gifts from the heart by having them make the gifts by hand. Those who receive these custom items will cherish them because your children’s love and hard work went into their creation. Plus, they’ll see just how much they are appreciated.

Making holiday gifts is very easy. Simply buy craft supplies online or in person at Fabric Barn Inc. in Long Beach, CA, for you kids to use to create all kinds of fantastic presents such as:

  • Cards
  • Bracelets
  • Bookmarks
  • Personalized Notebooks
  • Picture Frames
  • Ornaments
  • And More

Your little ones will have a blast making presents using their imagination. Additionally, they get to put their skills in arts and crafts into play by showcasing their creativity on each gift. You can also join in and help them. This provides you a good way to bond and have fun with your kids during the holiday season and other special occasions, like birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, reunions, etc.

young family celebrating Halloween

Use Papier-Mâché to Create Your Own Halloween Decorations

Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to utilize your craftiness. It’s also a time when little boys and ghouls might also like to get their hands onto a crafting project to celebrate the season. Satisfy both needs with papier-mâché, which is a simple and fun way to create durable and eye-catching decorations.

Once you have your papier-mâché supplies, it’s time to let your imagination run wild. You can make a pumpkin that looks every bit like a traditional jack o’ lantern, or you make a frightening pumpkin that would look right at home sitting atop the Headless Horseman’s shoulders. How about a candy dish that looks like a giant spider? Or how about gargoyle sitting on your step?

Once you have the newsprint and home-made paste that are at the heart of every project like this; then you need to consider what else you are going to need to deliver some frightful fun. You will need something for a framework, perhaps if you’re making a pumpkin or scary witch’s head. In that case, pieces of foam or Styrofoam will fit the bill.

Paint is going to be atop your list for sure, and chances are you’ll need yarn or pipe cleaners. How about some glitter, glue, or googly-eye stickers? Fabric can be a great addition for texture, color, and an authentic look to a scary figure project.

 

jeans decorated with beads

How to Customize Your Favorite Jeans with Rhinestones and Beads

Your favorite pair of jeans is comfortable and worn enough to be form-fitting and fashionable. But, they are a pair of blue jeans like any other. You want them to be stylish and show off your personality, so customization is way to go. If bling is your thing, then you will love this project.

With rhinestones and beads, you can make your jeans into treasured designer apparel with you as the designer. At Fabric Barn Inc., our team has assembled some pointers to help guide you through your project.

Your first step is to choose the rhinestones or beads you are going to use. They come in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors, so take the time to find ones that work best for you.

Once you’ve chosen your materials, make sure you have a pattern to follow. You can likely find one online or at a craft shop or create your own, but it’s always a good idea to have a plan rather than approach this project haphazardly.

Make sure you have the items you need so once you begin the project you don’t have to stop to gather additional materials.

Rhinestones have adhesive on the back that makes them easy to affix, or you may need a hot gun to activate the glue. If you are going to practice bead embroidery make sure you have the needles and thread you require.

Take your time and enjoy the process as your jeans go from traditional to trendy.