Halloween Monster Portraits Fabric

Classic Halloween characters have their pictures hanging on the wall in this adorable fabric.

Haunted House Monster Portraits

Riley Blake Haunted House Main Orange 2

Fabric Name- Haunted House Main Orange by Carta Bella for Riley Blake Designs

Material- 100% cotton fabric

Background color- Orange

Theme- Halloween


This Haunted House fabric features portraits of all your favorite Halloween characters! There’s a green-faced witch giving the stink eye to the portrait above her. A little monster wearing a monster mask. A side profile of an elderly witch. Also, there is Dracula’s face, a witch wearing large circular glasses, ghosts waving hello, and all of the feisty black cats in the family. Shown in the second picture is one of my favorite portraits- a beautiful young witch, but her shadow shows a woman with a big, ugly nose and crooked chin. Also shown here are Frankenstein and his bride.

This fabric is so much fun! I hope it gets you excited for Halloween!

How to sew tote bag handles

Ever wonder how to sew fabric handles for a tote bag? Read this blog for step by step instructions.

Today I will show you how to make a tote bag handle that is one inch wide and 22 inches long.

Cut a strip of fabric 4 inches by 22 inches.

Fold the fabric in half the long way, wrong sides together. Iron along the fold to make a straight line at the center of the fabric. Open the fold.

Fold the fabric in half along the long edge.

Fold one long edge of the fabric down to the center line, wrong sides together. Iron the crease. Fold the second long edge up to the center line and iron.

Fold the top and bottom edges to the center line.

Fold the top down again along the center line. You should now have a one inch wide strip of fabric.

Fold in half one more time to close the handle.

Pin the handle together, including the short edges. Sew along the edge, starting at the short end, along the long, open side, and up the other short end. I found that the key to keeping my fabric together while sewing was to pin the short edges in place. Otherwise, my fabric starts to unfold as I’m sewing the long edge, and it’s a mess by the time I get to the other end.

Pin and sew around the open edges to finish the handle.

There you have it! A clean, sturdy handle for a tote bag!

Summer Solstice

Enjoying the first day of summer with this retro sunglasses fabric.

I wanted to share this fun, summer-inspired fabric in honor of the summer solstice:


Fabric Name- This and That by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman

Material- 100% cotton fabric

Background color- hot pink


Retro black, white and gray sunglasses on a bright pink background.

This fabric is so much fun! I love the color combination, plus the design of the glasses. It reminds me of the 1950’s. My favorite pair has a black frame with white polka dots, and pink lenses.

Enjoy your summer!





Why is my printed image so dark? An example of RGB and CMYK color display using zinnia fabric

Printing a digital image on fabric does not always come out the way you plan.

With a store named Zinnia’s Closet, I just had to buy this amazing zinnia fabric!


It is designed by Deborah G. Stanley for Elizabeth’s Studio, and the official name is Zinnia 571-Multi. I absolutely love this fabric. I am so happy that someone designed a pattern using zinnias!

I could talk about my love of zinnias all day. But today, I wanted to share with you an important lesson I learned when buying fabric. Fabric designed from a photograph does not always print as pretty as the picture it came from. Take a look at this photo below:

Zinnia Collage

The image on the top is a digital image taken from the manufacturer. Now look at the image on the bottom. This is a scanned picture directly from the fabric that I bought.

As you can see, the fabric image is much darker. The orange flowers in the top picture are almost red on the actual fabric. The image is not as crisp on the fabric. It’s still a very high quality image, but might be disappointing to an unknowing customer who only saw the top image, thinking their fabric would look the same.

So why do the two look so different? I tried to think of times in my life when a picture didn’t come out right on paper. Have you ever made a presentation for your boss and then tried to print it with a color printer? What looks perfectly fine on your computer screen sometimes looks dull and dark on paper. When I first printed my business cards, my fuchsia logo looked more like orchid. What happened?

Here’s a quick science lesson for you:

There are two kinds of color modes, RGB (red, green, blue) and CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and key/black). RGB comes from emitted light and is an additive color mode. You get every color in the spectrum by adding different amounts of red, green and blue light. The more light you add, the closer you get to white. CMYK comes from reflected light and is a subtractive color mode. The more color you add, the closer you get to black.


What’s the difference between a computer screen and a piece of paper (or fabric)? Computers display colors by emitting light, while paper needs color placed on top of it, reflecting light. A computer light source combines different amounts of red, green and blue light to display the colors we see on the monitor. To get an image on a piece of paper, we use a four color process, combining cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink in varying amounts to get the colors we want. The two are completely different!

An image designed in RGB format can appear much darker when printed because CMYK does not have the dynamic range that RGB has. You might have heard of a color being out of gamut. That means a color cannot be achieved in that color mode. Colors like bright blue, fuchsia and lime green end up being printed much darker than displayed on a monitor, because they cannot be achieved as accurately in CMYK format.

There are many books on color theory and color management. It is much more complicated than I have explained here. So what does an untrained person do to get their colors right? Some software has the option to display an image in CMYK, like Photoshop, allowing you to see what your image would look like on paper before you actually print it. Other software does not convert images to CMYK, such as Microsoft Office products. In this case, a way to change your image would be to select a color that is lighter than what you intended, and do a test print on a color printer if you have one. That’s what I did after I made my business card mistake. Of course, there are other, more complicated and technical ways to change your colors, but I won’t get into that here.

Back to the zinnia fabric. I don’t know the specifics about the designing and printing of this fabric. Some of the colors in the photograph could have easily been out of gamut for the printer, but that’s just a guess. I still think the fabric is beautiful.

Good luck with your printed images!


A Unicorn-Themed Birthday Party

A unicorn themed birthday party.

This week I was honored to sew party favor bags for a sweet little girl’s first birthday! Her mom and dad were throwing a unicorn-themed party. I had the perfect fabric for them: Happy Little Unicorns by Robert Kaufman.

Happy Little Unicorns

It’s a pink fabric with three different unicorns. One is standing up with a bird on it’s back, the second is laying down, and the third is jumping over a rainbow. There are flowers, rainbows and stars filling in the background.

Happy Little Unicorns

The unicorns were spread out on this pattern. I had to carefully cut the unicorns out so that each bag had a unicorn centered on the front. It took some extra time, but it was well worth the effort. The parents were thrilled with the bags. They are putting a small framed picture of their daughter inside to thank their guests for coming to celebrate their special day.

I wish that little girl a lifetime filled with happiness.

Awesome Science Fabric- Geek Chic by Studio e

Science is fun! Here is some colorful chemistry fabric called Geek Chic by Studio e.


Fabric Name: Geek Chic Large Allover Fabric by Studio e

Material: 100% cotton fabric

Background color: Navy Blue

Other colors: Yellow, orange, sky blue, medium blue, lime green, red, gray.

Theme: Science


Laboratory glassware, chemical formulas and science icons outlined in white, on a navy blue background.

The chemical formulas and elements include: Cu, H₂O, H₂CO, H₂SO₄, N₂, NH₂, CO₂. Some chemical structures and reactions are: Cu + ½ O₂ →CuO, water, ethylene, CH₃-CH-C₃H₇, and ethane. The word CHEMISTRY is written in white letters. The fabric also has atomic rings, a beaker with a green liquid, a water bottle with blue liquid, and a gray ring stand holding a round bottom flask with bubbling red liquid. A blue burner is heating that flask with 3 yellow flames. There is an Erlenmeyer flask with a bubbling blue liquid, and a graduated cylinder with a yellow and orange liquid. Four bubbling test tubes are scattered throughout the pattern with yellow, orange, green or blue liquid. A fifth tube has green liquid that is not bubbling. Finally, there are two more beakers, one large and one small, containing a green liquid. They are connected by a curly blue tube dripping liquid into the smaller beaker.

This fabric is so colorful and cheerful! It makes me happy 🙂 Science is fun!


Celebrating The Unofficial Start of Summer


Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. It’s time to put away those heavy coats and snow boots and bring out the flip flops and sunglasses!

To celebrate, I wanted to share this fun fabric with you. An owl summer cookout! It has a patriotic theme with its red, white and blue colors. The red charcoal grill is smoking. One owl is cooking, wearing an apron and holding a spatula. Another owl is wearing sunglasses and waving a pinwheel. A third owl is hanging out eating watermelon. The fabric is decorated with flip flops, stars, watermelon, hot dogs and popsicles. It’s a great summer party!

Happy Memorial Day everyone!