Monday, October 20, 2008

Wall Art and Magnetic Noticeboard in One!

When I first laid eyes on Shannon Lamden's fab new fabric design 'letterhead' I knew exactly what I was going to make! I had filed away in my DIY file a fantastic 'make it' idea from Real Living magazine - a 'magnetic mood board'. Unfortunately I didn't make a note of the issue it came from so if someone may be able to help me out with this one that would be great!

I covered my canvas with the Kelani exclusive colourway for 'Letterhead' white on hessian, but there are three other exclusive colourways here in Shannon's latest funky design. See below image for how to make the canvas with this useful magnetic feature.

Once you have decided on the size of your canvas, take the inside dimensions or the actual canvas to a steel supplier and request a thin sheet (approx 0.8mm) of galvanised metal to fit inside the frame. I went to a local steel supplier who had a large offcut, enough to make about 10 of these and who only charged me $10 as it was buckled in some areas which I was able to work around and this also gave me extra to make more as presents. I was lucky and had a friend who was able to cut the metal to size for me, but the steel supplier should do it at a small cost.

Sourcing and going out and buying the metal is the hardest part. The next step was simple, I just spray glued both the metal and the inside of the canvas, inserted the metal sheet and placed some heavy books to help the metal to adhere to the canvas surface. Heh presto I have myself a new funky noticeboard!

I was so thrilled with my new noticeboard (thanks Real Living!) that I made another straight away in Amy Butler's 'Fresh Start - Moss' from her latest home decorating 'August Fields' collection.

What I love about this Real Living DIY project is it has a dual function of being both wall art and a noticeboard in one! I must say I have been loving Real Living mag with its fantastic 'make it' ideas and look forward to more as easy and effective as this one.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Amy Butler & Anna Maria Horner Fabric Competition Winners!

Thank you to all those customers who purchased Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner fabrics in the last month!

Unfortunately there can only be one winner for each prize category. The lucky winner chosen using a random number generator to win an Amy Butler prize pack of one fat-quarter of the 'Daisy Chain' range in our store is Coryn Barry-Murphy. Congratulations Coryn, you will receive your fabrics in the mail this week.

The second lucky winner chosen using a random number generator for the Anna Maria Horner 'Garden Party' fabric pack is Kate Boden. Congratulations Kate!

If you would like to participate in this month's 'creative customer competition' please email images of your sewing or craft project to Every month with much difficulty we will choose one customer and they will receive a gift voucher to spend in store.

Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter here in order to receive updates on new fabric and pattern arrivals, competitions and discounts.

Stay tuned for info on our next competition soon!

Monday, October 13, 2008

NEW - Sandi Henderson Portabellopixie Boutique Patterns

Sandi Henderson Portabellopixie Boutique Patterns are a unique and stunning collection of beautiful childrens clothing and accessories. Sandi has taken a fresh approach to pattern making with all patterns printed booklet style with easy to follow full colour instructions and also include beautiful photographs of pattern variations and styles.

These patterns represent great value for money with each pattern including 3-4 variations. For example the Analise pattern shown above has 3 variations, a party dress, patchwork dress as well as a patchwork skirt. I have never come across patterns with such easy to follow instructions which include full colour diagrams (example below), produced in a quality 20 page booklet format, not to mention the amazing photography displayed throughout. All patterns also include sizing from 6 months to 8 years.

I am so impressed with these patterns and can't wait to get sewing myself - I just need to work out which one to start with as I love them all!

Sandi Henderson also has a really inspiring blog you can find here. Be sure to take a look at the free patterns on offer in her sidebar.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

New Sprout Design 'Designer Collection' - Showcasing Australian Talent!


This fabulous Sprout Design hand screen printed 'Designer Collection' showcases talented Australian designer fabrics in the one amazing collection.

Designers include Shannon Lamden, Lara Cameron, Kristen Doran, Caitlin Klooger, Tiel Seivl-Keevers, Bianca van Meeuwan, Moyra Proudfoot and Naomi Murrell. Each of these designs are fabulous and unique in their own right, have what I consider 'timeless' appeal and will be loved by the young and old!

These photographs provided by the lovely Rebecca and Timothy from Sprout Design show examples of the Sprout Design collection made up into children's decor as with the linen and lampshade in above image and below into fabulous clothing illustrating perfectly the unlimited project possibilities for the current NEW Sprout Design 'Designer Collection'!

I just love this versatile 'pinnie' made up in the Sprout Design chocolate skipping girl fabric and it is a great example of a simple sewing project with an amazing result. Sprout Design fabrics also look fantastic as appliques for onesies and tshirts, panels or pockets in denim clothing, cushions, wall art, bags etc etc

Send in your own pics to add to our handmade inspiration gallery - we would love to see them!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Creative Customer Competition Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS to Yvonne who has whipped up this beautiful dress from the Pink Fig Lily Top pattern and Leah who has also made another beautiful version from the same pattern using beautiful fabrics from the Sandi Henderson 'Farmers Market' collection. I was unable to choose a winner so both customers will receive a $25.00 Kelani Fabric Gift Voucher in the mail very soon!

Anyone can join in the fun and pass on inspiration to others simply by subscribing to our monthly newsletter here and sending a photograph of one of their handmade creations to

There are no rules, so long as it involves fabric, whether it be a craft or sewing, artwork or home decorating project, you are in the running.

Each months lucky winner will receive a $25 gift voucher to spend in store.

Kelani Fabric would like to showcase some of your competition entries on our blog
and in our online handmade inspiration gallery during the month.

Winners will be posted here at the start of next month.

We would love to see all your hard work!!!