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Fabrika Fine Fabrics

** Fat Quarters **

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One of the questions that we get asked most frequently in the shop is “What are fat quarters for?”
Our answer is…just about anything!
A fat quarter is an 18″ x 22″ precut piece of fabric, usually a cotton print.  They are more functional than a 1/4′ cut from the bolt (which would be 9″ x 44″).
Though fat quarters were originally intended for quilters, since they’re a good size to cut quilt top pieces from, they are a great size for a number of projects.
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We sell them individually in the shop, or in neatly coordinated little bundles.  They make the perfect souvenir for a traveling sewer, as well as a great gift!
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Our most recent fat quarter project were these sunglasses cases.
All the materials needed for this project, are 1 fat quarter, 1/4″ bias tape, a scrap of batting or flannel for some padding, and thread!  They were super quick to stitch up with no pattern, and would make a great gift or souvenir after a trip to Savannah!

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Here are some of the other handmade items we’ve had in the shop made locally from fat quarter-sized pieces / scraps.

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These are some of my favorite sewing projects because of how quick they are to whip up with just several materials and a little creativity.

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I just finished sewing up a set of young man’s pajamas that my Great-Grandmother prepped and cut out 50 YEARS AGO.  They were intended for my uncle when he was just 14 years old– he turns 64 next week.  Thank goodness her daughter, my Oma, doesn’t throw anything away.  The vintage fabric was somehow perfectly undamaged.  The style and proportions, however, are very dated…
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Luckily, we’ve found some awesome pattern designers that have a great retro aesthetic, but have made updates to the designs to keep the looks contemporary and flattering.
We’ve been carrying Colette patterns in the shop for several years now, and those are still our favorite.  We’ve used Colette patterns for personal projects and taught classes using those patterns as a guide and have always had great outcomes.  Even better- they’re constantly coming out with new styles.  Here are just a couple of the patterns we’ve got in stock now:
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We’d also highly recommend the Colette Sewing Handbook– it’s chock full of great sewing and pattern altering advice- especially if you like their retro aesthetic!
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Another great new book we’re carrying at the shop is Gertie Sews Vintage Casual.  The step-by-step instructions in this book are really well written and easy to follow.  She focuses a lot on vintage sewing construction and pattern-making techniques, and the styles are just perrrfect!

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Another new line of patterns that we’ve just started carrying are Victory Patterns.  These styles are less obviously retro, but the designer uses vintage techniques – such as dart placement and detailing- to create that timeless look.
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If you like retro clothing, but are intimidated by the idea of of tackling that kind of project, our advice is- just go for it!  These patterns come in all different skill levels, and the instructions are very user-friendly  – not at all like the wordy instruction books from your mom’s 1960’s McCall’s patterns.
Stop by the shop to browse our pattern selection and feel free to ask advice on the best materials for your project!

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Our current obsession is…
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NEEDLEWORK !
It’s the perfect hobby when your schedule is overloaded and you just need something to pick up and do with your hands after a long day. It calms the mind and makes your heart happy.  Small projects are great for instant gratification (like the one I’m working on right now), or you can start a big project that you can work on bit by bit.  They’re also great for trips because they’re so easy to transport!

Whether you’re planning on experimenting with embroidery, cross stitch, or needle point, we’ve now got a variety of fun and inspiring items in the shop to get you started.  From basics like hoops, Aida cloth, needles, scissors, and floss – to patterns and project kits- we’ve got you covered!  Check out our Instragam (@fabrikafinefabrics) to see fabby’s in-progress projects and a selection of new items.

Here are some of our favorites that we’ve got in the shop right now- – –

These precious little embroidered stuffies are made by Kiriki Press, an independent design company started by a printmaking grad student who couldn’t find any contemporary embroidered doll patterns she liked… so she made some!
{best of all – all materials are included in each kit}
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If wearable crafts are more your speed, check out these great needlework pendants, made by Red Gate Stitchery.  We were lucky enough to meet the brains of this operation several years ago at a quilt show, and it’s been great to see her products continually developing and her business grow.  We’re proud to offer a variety of these kits at Fabrika!

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These Heidi Boyd Whimsy Kits have been become a staple at Fabrika because we’re total suckers for woodland creatures…and would you just look at these guys!

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Stop in the shop to pick up a hoop, some floss, and fabric & get stitchin!

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We hope everyone has had a great Summer and is ready for Fall!
Just a reminder- we are back on our normal, extended hours during the fall season (see sidebar to the right for hours).

The shop is busting as the seams right now with fabric! We have a huge variety of weights, weaves, prints, and fibers in every price range.  We’ve also been gearing up for the holiday season by getting in new gift items – from kits to give to the sewing enthusiast in your family to handmade goods to one of a kind garments – stop in and see all the new treats.

Another exciting new addition to the shop is some new notions.  These specialty sewing supplies would make great gifts because they’re not just practical- they’re also stylish!  Think brass seam ripper necklaces, pin cushion rings, and thread cutters on bracelets. There’s so much to choose from- you’ve just got to stop by to check it all out.  Hope to see you soon!

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Summer 2015 Schedule

We will be closed the following days this summer:
July 16 – 18
August 4
August 15
August 29 – September 7
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We can hardly believe that summer is already here again!

It’s been a hectic and exciting couple of months in Savannah. We just finished going through a seasonal fabric ordering blitz, so if you haven’t been in recently, this would be a great time to stop by and see all the yummy new treats! As always, our focus is on providing high-quality, natural fibers, and we’ve got lots of those to pick from in a huge variety of weights and textures.

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We’ve also found some great smaller cotton print companies recently and have spent the spring season beefing up our selection and variety of those. There are so many interesting and beautiful new prints to pick from at the moment, that there’s bound to be something for everyone.   Here is just a little peek of some of our personal favorites.

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please note that we’ve changed our school season hours just a bit:

monday – wednesday 10:30 – 6
thursday 11 – 4
friday – saturday 11 – 5
*don’t forget to note our summer hours on the right side of the page

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fall is on the way!

we hope everyone had a great summer and found some time to work on fun sewing projects before getting back to school assignments & the hectic schedule that always seems to accompany cooler fall weather.
here at fabrika, we used the summer slowness to work on some sewing projects for the shop.

in addition to our array of fabrics & sewing supplies/notions, we have an expanded selection of handmade items…from gifts, accessories, and decor to garments!  check out some of our recent creations, and stop in try something on!

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 Hey guys!  Check out this great write-up about fabby on this lovely craft blog: Cut out + Keep:  http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/blog/2014/9/fabrika-fine-fabrics   *click on the Elastic Waistband Skirt image for a tutorial!*

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just a reminder that we're currently on our summer hours.

just a reminder that we’re currently on our summer hours.

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We are a fabric store located in the heart of beautiful downtown Savannah.  We carry supplies for sewers of all levels; specializing in high quality natural fiber fabrics and hard to find notions.   We offer classes for those interested in learning basic to advanced garment construction, quilting and some fun craft workshops*.  We also offer sewing services from repairs to custom garments or home goods*. Contact us for more information.

follow us on twitter, Instagram – fabrikafinefabrics … and add us as your friend on Facebook for daily updates and more photos!

info[at]fabrikafinefabrics.com  |  912-236-1122  | 2 east liberty street

fabrika will be closed from june 15th – 24th for a quick little summer getaway!

*BEACH girls on
we’ll see you back at the store on june 25th well rested and with a fresh tan!

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our seasonal – winter/summer Hours

November – December &  June – September

Tuesday-Saturday 11ish – 5ish

store hours

monday – thursday 10:30 – 6

friday and saturday 11-5

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*please check with us for most current information and pricing for these services.

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