Tuesday, December 30, 2008

NEW Anna Maria Horner 'Good Folks' Fabric Collection

The entire NEW fabric collection 'Good Folks' by Anna Maria Horner has arrived and they are stunning both in design and colour. This collection is so appealing as it has both a vintage and contemporary look and although 100% cotton is soft and silky to touch. As with all of Anna Maria Horner's fabric collections, her signature style of vibrant colours and unique design will guarantee a final sewing, home decorating or craft result with a real 'WOW' factor! ENJOY!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

NEW Amy Butler Patterns!

Fabulous NEW Amy Butler patterns are in store now! The domestic goddess apron includes 3 different styles and lengths and the sun surf halter is a gorgeous simple sewing pattern for a garment that can be dressed up or down this summer! The great thing about the sun surf halter pattern is it includes both women's and girls sizes in the one pattern.
Happy Summer Sewing!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Mermaids!

Lani and Keely adore mermaids and absolutely love their new Chrissie dresses handmade from Heather Ross 'underwater sisters mermaid' fabric with Heather Bailey and Anna Maria Horner fabric used for the bodice and hem. Both of these dresses were slightly adjusted versions of the Portabellopixie 'Gracie' pattern using the Tiered Top option. Keely has made herself at home with chocolate treat in hand at Santa's mailbox!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Its a Handmade Christmas Competition Winners

Thankyou so much to everyone who submitted entries to our 'Its a Handmade Christmas' competition. I enjoyed seeing all the lovely handmade creations and again found it difficult to choose a winner, soooo


Congratulations to Becci! I was very impressed with her first ever 'quilt' and thought this was very inspiring to others. Your prize includes Shannon Lamden's 'Cookies' fabric, trims and appliques, several patterns by Melly & Me, Pink Fig, Amy Butler, Valori Wells, a book 'Home Sweet Home' by Jane Cumberbatch which provides 60 divine projects for today's domestic diva to make, bag handles, buttons and echino fabric. Please refer to my November post to view Becci's entry.


Congratulations Bree! Bree submitted photos of a beautiful bag made from Amy Butler fabrics, and a couple of lovely wall art pieces as her handmade gifts.
Third Prize: How can I not award a prize to all the other entries in our competition when they were all so creative and inspiring. Thankyou Lorraine, Yvonne, Karen and Susan for your wonderful entries and a $10 Kelani Voucher will be mailed to you this week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Its a Handmade Christmas Entries

More fabulous customer 'Its a Handmade Christmas' entries. Oooh how am I going to choose, please feel free to comment to help me out! Please also visit my blog post dated November 28th to have a look at some of the other wonderful entries!

Karen has been busy with her handmade Christmas gifts this year. Well done Karen!

Sensational Tote-able Towel by Karen. Karen used Anna Maria Horner's clever Tote-able Towel Tutorial to make these beauties .

What a clever way of getting your children to carry their own towels to and from the beach and they look pretty stylish too!

There are many other great tutorials by Anna Maria Horner here as well as the most beautiful inspirational photographs. Speaking of the extremely talented Anna Maria Horner, we have received her COMPLETE NEW 'Good Folks' fabric collection and this will be available in our store very soon! The feel of this new collection of fabrics is amazing and you will not be disappointed.

Susan has also done a wonderful job with her Handmade Christmas gifts and I particularly love her 'Ballerina Bag' above - every princess needs one of these! Thankyou Susan for sharing so many of your handmade gifts with us all!

The recipient of this gift will be excited with this Space Boy to cuddle!

Susan has handmade this lovely pinafore, pants and booties set for a Secret Santa gift.

Shorts made from Erin Michael's Monkey N Round fabric.

Susan's last entry are these fantastic fabric buckets.

Thanks Lorraine for your second entry of lovely pillows in Amy Butler's 'Daisy Bouquet Mist' and 'Binky' softie from the Melly & Me range of patterns.

Again thanks to those who have forwarded me images and Good Luck!

Kelani Fabric Gift Vouchers - We currently have many orders for Kelani Fabric gift vouchers for Christmas presents. If you are wanting any last minute Christmas gifts for friends and family requesting what you would like for Christmas why not a Kelani Fabric Gift Voucher. We can post these over the next few days and will be received prior to Christmas. How Much - Your Choice!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Its a Handmade Christmas Competition

Please have a look at our wonderful and inspiring customer handmade entries for our current 'Its a Handmade Christmas' competition posted here on the 28th November below.

A big thanks to customers who have submitted entries for our competition. It is not too late to enter this competition to win a fabulous surprise pack filled with lots of goodies. Simply email us a photo of any of your handmade Christmas gifts to gallery@kelanifabric.com.au.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New Grand Revival Sewing Patterns!

Have a look at these fabulous NEW 'Grand Revival' sewing patterns by Tanya and Linda Whelan.

Pretty, practical, and easy to make, the Stella Apron has a fresh, swingy style. This pattern includes one full and two half apron versions, with several pocket options.

The Ella Carry-All and Practical Bag patterns make up two casual but stylish bags with plenty of room, perfect for a day at the beach, as a gym or yoga bag, a days shopping or both would make a fabulous and practical nappy bag.

Monday, December 8, 2008

20% off Saffron Craig's Beautiful Christmas Fabric Range!


Talented Saffron Craig's beautiful Australian handscreen printed Christmas panels have been in our shop for a while now and we have limited stocks! If your quick you too can make some fantastic unique and bright Christmas decorations, Christmas stockings, appliques or many other Christmas handmade creations and with this sale price they are not to be missed!

Use this fabulous Christmas stocking fabric panel to make one stocking or make two by purchasing the coordinating sunburst fabric to back each stocking! These stockings are also the perfect size for a bottle of red or white wine and would be a creative Xmas gift idea for friends, family, and work colleagues or fill with chocolate or soaps as a beautiful gift for the childrens teachers.

Stocking panels also have extra beautiful designs down the sides that can also be backed with sunburst coordinating fabric to make sensational Christmas decorations for your tree, mantle or gift giving. Another idea would be to use these to decorate your Christmas lunch or dinner table or use your imagination to create beautiful handmade Christmas cards or placecards.

Saffron has really picked up on the spirit and festivities of Christmas with her fabulous 'Christmas Decorations' panel above.

Make exquisite and unique decorations for the tree.......

or for the mantle, door hanging, windows etc etc...

or whip up some stand-out appliques for Christmas tees, onesies and singlets or that 'special' Christmas quilt!

All of the images above are courtesy of Saffron Craig who really is an amazingly talented Australian fabric designer and I have had the pleasure of getting to know her over the past few months - Thanks Saffron!!!

Please keep an eye on my blog for some postings of fabulous customer creation entries for our current 'Its a Handmade Christmas' competition. Send images of your handmade gifts to gallery@kelanifabric.com.au for your chance to win a fabulous surprise gift pack. On the 20th December I will post the winning entry and prize pack. Remember, entries do not necessarily need to be made using fabric for this competition as long as they are a handmade Christmas gift!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Creative Customer Competition Winner

Being Christmas and all and as it is a time of giving I have decided to reward all entries for our handmade inspirational gallery during the month of November with a $25 Kelani gift voucher.

A big thankyou to the following customers for sending me these lovely pics and for inspiring so many others.

Sue has made these fantastic boys tees with appliques and light weight denim shorts with feature pockets and cuffs using the Hoffman Beep Beep range of fabrics. Visit Sue's online childrenswear shop here.

Yvonne continues to amaze me with her exceptional sewing ability and fabulous colour and fabric combinations. Beautiful dress made from 'vintage cherries red' and skirt using 'apple dot autumn' both from Sandi Henderson's popular Farmers Market fabric collection.

Leah is another big fan of Sandi Henderson's Farmers Market and has made herself a lovely skirt using the fabulous Make it Perfect Versatile Wrap pattern.

I have mentioned this before but I love receiving pics of customer's handmade creations for the Kelani online customer inspirational gallery. Please forward any of your lovely images to gallery@kelanifabric.com.au for your chance to win a Kelani Fabric gift voucher.

The December creative customer winner will be posted here during the first week of January. I look forward to receiving your entries.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Its a Handmade Christmas Competition

I have launched our 'Its a Handmade Christmas' competition recently and here are some pics from a few of our entries. Thankyou so much to those customers that have sent pics of their inspiring handmade Christmas creations and good luck in the competition!

Karen has been both inventive and creative with her appliqued tee with a super hero cape that is detachable via press studs.

Karen has also made these pretty tops using the Pink Fig 'Olivia Top' pattern.

Ultra cool shorts for some very lucky boy for Christmas made by Lorraine using the wonderful car print from the latest Echino fabric collection.

A collection of lovely images from Yvonne displaying her fabulous Advent Calendar with embroidered Christmas trees and all!

Bree has made this beautiful bag from Amy Butler 'Daisy Chain' fabrics using the Melly & Me 'Dolcetto Bag' pattern. This is my favourite colourway from the 'Daisy Chain' collection. I just love the soft cool aquas and greys!

Bree has covered three canvases in the fabulous japanese Matryoshka Doll fabric. A simple but so effective wall hanging and the perfect Christmas gift for someone special.

Bree has been busy and has also made this adorable and very creative wall hanging using fabrics, hand sewn sequins, buttons and beads. Some little fairy princess is going to love this pressie!

Becci has made this wonderful quilt for her daughter using various fabrics from her 'stash'. Becci mentioned that this was her first quilt - you would not know it and what an inspiration to others thinking of making their first quilt!!

Becci has made this lovely festive top from the fabulous Pink Fig 'Lily Top' pattern using Christmas fabrics.

It is not too late to enter. Why not make my decision even more difficult by forwarding any images of your handmade Christmas gift/s to gallery@kelanifabric.com.au and you will be in the running to receive a fantastic surprise gift pack filled with lots of goodies.

Winner and prize pack will be posted here on the 20th December.

Good Luck!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Home Beautiful

I am very excited to mention the lovely write up on Kelani Fabric in the current December issue of Home Beautiful! It was great to see a couple of fabulous Aussie products illustrated with a pic of Saffron Craig's beautiful unique christmas decorations as well as one of Angela's adorable 'Sew Your Own' dolls, Miss Buttons alongside talented fabric designers Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler.

I must also mention one of the loveliest people I have met online since the launch of Kelani Fabric and that is Tara Davy. Tara is one of the design / illustrators for Home Beautiful and she has a fabulous blog Love Illustrated that showcases a daily fix of style, illustration, pattern and interiors. There are so many unique finds that I have discovered through reading Love Illustrated. Thanks Tara for the lovely emails and I look forward to keeping in touch with you.

Monday, November 17, 2008

NEW Make It Perfect Patterns

Australian pattern designer Toni Coward has just released a brand new range of Make It Perfect patterns that are bound to be just as popular as her first!

I am so pleased that Toni is extending her women's range with the Summer Fling gorgeous top and I have a feeling there will be more to come. I recently met the lovely Toni and she was wearing one of her versatile wrap skirts made up in Heather Bailey fabric which looked sensational on her and I have had so many others comment that they have been enjoying sewing and wearing this flattering skirt too! Please keep your feedback coming on the patterns I stock as I have been loving receiving the feedback and your images for the Kelani Inspiration Gallery too.

Dress the Summer Fling up with a skirt or pants or just wear casually with denim. This top features a soft gathered neckline and is a relaxed-fit for comfort. Tie the sash under your bust for a fitted look or remove the sash, the choice is yours.

The Bloom tunic and short set is just adorable with the shorts featuring fabric-covered buttons and cute little pockets. Another versatile pattern that can be worn as a set or separately.

Toni has also catered well for the boys and added great value with this beaut Little Explorer pattern that features an organic turtle applique design, relaxed shorts with side pockets and easy-wear overalls with button closure.

The Lazy Day Hat pattern has sizing for the whole family. Again, another versatile pattern with it being totally reversible providing two stylish hats in one.

Take a look at the Toni Coward 'Make It Perfect' clothing range here. I would just love to see some of the end results of your sewing with these patterns so please forward any images to gallery@kelanifabric.com.au and be in the running for our monthly gift voucher prize or make as a gift for Xmas and enter our Its a Handmade Christmas competition detailed in my last post. I am currently putting together a surprise pack with some fabulous goodies from our store + more!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Matryoshka Mobile or Pram Tie

My new DIY project uses Kristen Doran's beautiful Matryoshka Doll craft panel.

The great thing about this project is most of the work is done for you with Kristen's fabulous design. All you need to do is fold the craft panel in half, cut around the 8 matryoshka dolls, sew together with the insertion of tabs using left over coordinating print from the backing, stuff, hand sew the opening closed and let your own creative juices flow with how you wish to hang your gorgeous dolls.

I used one of the new wooden bag handles available here to hang my girls using fishing line.

I also pinned the dolls on to a lovely embroidered ribbon to show you this effect. Hung as a vertical mobile shows the nesting effect of the dolls well. This way would be perfect also using a few dolls for a pram tie or even another DIY project would be to make your own infant floor play gym and attach dolls overhead for baby to play with. I think I will try this last idea with Kristen Doran's drummer boys that will soon be available in my store.

A matryoshka mobile, pram tie or play gym would make such a special christmas gift for a newborn. A child or adult would adore a beautiful handmade matryoshka mobile.

Finally, I would love to get into the Christmas spirit and launch a 'ITS A HANDMADE CHRISTMAS' competition. Please share some of your handmade Xmas gifts by emailing a photo to gallery@kelanifabric.com.au and I will post them here on my blog in the hope of providing Xmas inspiration to others.

This competition will be left wide open and does not necessarily have to involve fabric but must be HANDMADE. It would be fantastic if I received many entries for this one so spread the word and I will get to thinking about a lovely SURPRISE gift pack. On the 20th of December I will post details of both the prize and the winner!