I also have a new Instagram feed that I've made JUST for fabric, for all of us to share our projects and get ideas! Simply follow @sarahjanefabric on Instagram (@sarahjanestudios as well if you aren't already!) and tag all your sarah jane fabric projects with either #sarahjanefabrics and I'll be sure to post them and share!
I’m so excited to introduce to you Michael Miller’s newest line of product….swaddle fabric!
Any new mother knows that swaddle blankets are at the top of all their wish lists. 7+ years ago, swaddle blankets became the “must have” for any new mother, and I’m here to attest to that! I’ve swaddled all my babies, with the first two being in a thin flannel because the “swaddle” material wasn’t widely available. Aiden and Anis made it popular, and since then, it’s a product no mother can live without. But now, there is access to this delicious fabric by the yard!!
Now, technically, it’s double gauze and bubble gauze that I’ll be introducing you to. This fabric is not the double gauze you are used to handling...the linen-like material that is lovely, yet not as soft and supple as this fabric is. This fabric is just so soft, and it truly like the commercial swaddle blankets you are used to handling. I wish there was a “touch and feel” option on the screen!
When I sought out to do swaddle fabric with Michael Miller, they sought out to find the very best quality of fabric...which frankly took years...and I'm so incredibly delighted with the quality. This is a game changer in so many ways! I initially became excited about it because I knew mothers and grandmother and aunts and friends could whip up their own swaddle blankets, and make a personal gift for baby. I didn't realize that the time how versatile this fabric was going to be!
And because of it’s softness, clothing and fashion are a must! The bubble gauze, or single ply, is sheer and lovely. It can be worn sheer, or doubled up for opacity and extra softness. The solid colors swaddle fabrics are the Bubble Gauze.
The double gauze is opaque enough for clothing, and makes for such lovely breeze yet soft to the touch clothing. Here you can see the double gauze as shorts, and the top is two layers of the bubble gauze.
But what I didn’t realize, is that this fabric is perfect for SO many projects besides just swaddle blankets! Because of the width of the fabric (52+ inches) it makes for amazing projects like bedding, quilt backs, and so much more.
Quilting is something we have experimented with the swaddle, and we are so happy with it. There will be more on that later! It does require that you allow for ½ inch seams as the fabric wants to fray after a wash, and you need to allow for that. Serging isn’t required, but it does help if you have one. However, without a serger, a good seam allowance does the trick!
I'm so thrilled for you to get your hands on this wonderful new fabric!
It's shipping to stores now, and can be ordered wholesale with Michael Miller Fabrics or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
For retail stores carrying the fabric, you can visit this page and find the nearest store near you or order online!
For more images of the cotton collection SOMMER that goes with this line of swaddle, visit this blog post.
Stay tuned for more projects and more pictures!
Enjoy! Happy Sewing!
Sommer, my latest fabric collection with Michael Miller Fabrics is shipping this week, and I’m so excited! After a long 2 year hiatus (having baby #4 and adjusting to a very new dynamic at work and at home!) I have come out with my 5th fabric collection, and I am so thrilled.
After having Anders, I really needed to create something for ME. My previous textile collections have been inspired by my children, and what they love. But with a difficult pregnancy, and the adjustment to having 4 children, I really wanted to be surrounded by textiles for me....textiles that I could love and wear and use. SOMMER is that collection. What I love about it though, is that I’ve made it sophisticated enough for me, but soft and sweet enough to be used for children as well. The perfect mix.
SOMMER, the Scandinavian word for Summer, is a collection of designs inspired by my Scandinavian heritage. Having just had our little boy, Anders Christensen who we named after my mother’s side of the family, I wanted to create a collection after my love of the landscape, color and culture in that part of the world and that taps into that part of my family heritage. My art has always been inspired by Carl Larsson, Elsa Beskow, Joseph Frank, my grandmothers vintage floral textiles and the intricate carvings in my Great-Great-Grandfathers handiwork.
With the ever growing need for textiles and fabrics in every part of our lives, I wanted to make sure that these fabrics crossed over easily into every day life. The scale and color of these prints were thoughtfully designed with lifestyle in mind. Quilting, bedding, clothings, upholstery, and everything in between. The large florals are big, but not too big for Quiltings. But there are upholstery fabrics that carry these prints even larger. The gingham are big enough for a strong statement, but not too big for smaller projects.
All of these designs have been hand painted in gouache and watercolor which was a new process for me! I do all my illustrations this way, but transferring into fabric was a new challenge, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I wanted it to feel handmade. Handdrawn. A special vintage feel to it. And I’m so happy with how it turned out.
My first inspiration for Sommer came from the kelly green, vibrant red and blues that make me think of Sweden. In Scandinavia, the winters are so long and white, that traditionally, the architecture, interiors and textiles were vibrant in color to counteract the long dark winters. These colors make me so happy!
Along with the vibrant deep jewel tones, these softer more vintage colors are muted and subdued to reflect the more delicate colors of summer.
And of course, like with every collection, I have a border print that ties all these ideas together, and makes for a wonderful whimsical border. SOMMER BORDER is a scene with traditional images...swans, bicycles, tulips, kite flying and water...with the skyline of Stockholm in the distance.
There will be more to share, and more to show! I hope this little bit gets you excited. SOMMER is distributed by Michael Miller Fabrics, and sold retail in stores worldwide. For a list of retail stores, visit this page. For info on how to order retail, you can visit www.michaelmillerfabrics.com or visit this page to see all the textiles of SOMMER.
(All photography in this post by Nicole Hill Gerulat)