Fabricana is excited to be participating in the 2016 Row by Row Experience!

From June 21st, to September 6, 2016 participants are invited to visit shops participating in the Row by Row Experience.  During this time, participating shops will be offering a FREE PATTERN for a 9” x 36” row.  Fabricana has designed a different row for each of our two locations based on this year’s Row by Row theme:  “Home Sweet Home”.  Richmond’s Row “Buzzing Around B.C.” focuses on the importance of bees to our environment.


How to Read a Sewing Pattern

How to Read a Sewing Pattern

The thought of choosing a sewing pattern can be an overwhelming task! Follow along as Myles gives some tips on choosing the perfect pattern and how to read a pattern envelope. Some of the topics Myles will discuss are: 

  • Navigating a pattern catalogue
  • Understanding the information on the front of a pattern envelope
  • Reading the back of your pattern including suggested fabrics, reading a size chart and determining how much fabric you need

How to Prepare your Fabric Before Sewing a Project

Denise Wild gives tips on how to prepare your fabric before sewing a project. First pretreat your fabric to preshrink and remove excess dyes. Next press your fabric to remove any wrinkles. Lastly make sure to put your fabric on grain. Denise gives four ways this can be done. For more information, please visit us online at Fabricana.com or call Richmond 604--273-5316 or Coquitlam 604-524-5454.


How to Cut Your Fabric Before Sewing

Denise Wild talks about tools and techniques to achieve the best possible cutting for your sewing project. These tools include scissors, rotary cutters and specialty clips. She also discusses tips on cutting out slippery fabric. For more information, please visit us online at Fabricana.com or call Richmond 604--273-5316 or Coquitlam 604-524-5454.


Interfacing 101

Interfacing 101

One of the most common questions we get asked at Fabricana is what is the difference between sew-in and iron-on interfacing?


Are eco-friendly and organic the same?

Many people are focusing on trying to reduce their footprint on the Earth. While both eco-friendly and organic fabrics can help with this, it is important to know the difference between the two. While organic fabrics can be eco-friendly, eco-friendly fabrics aren’t always organic.

Organic fibres are cultivated without pesticides, chemical herbicides or synthetic fertilizers that can be harmful to the environment. In order for a fabric to be considered organic, it must meet strict guidelines in regards to how the fibre is processed, produced, dyed and handled.


7 Popular Types of Window Coverings

Whether you just moved or are looking to redecorate a room, choosing the right window covering to suit your room's style can sometimes be a challenge. But don't fret! Here are seven popular types of window coverings and tips for which ones to use.

1. Curtains: Curtains come in many different designs, but their fabric is almost always thin. Curtains are great for a guest room or home office. Curtains allow some light in while adding a soft touch to the room.


6 Benefits to Blinds

Looking to get some new window coverings? Here are six reasons you may want to choose blinds.


4 Most Popular Eco-friendly and Organic Fabrics

You may have heard a lot about eco-friendly and organic fabrics lately. Here are the top 4 eco-friendly and organic fabrics.

1. Bamboo

Bamboo is one of nature’s most sustainable resources. It grows without the use of chemicals or pesticides, is 100% biodegradable and is naturally regenerative. Bamboo can grow up to a foot a day! Bamboo has an excellent drape and silky-cashmere feel. Bamboo is also naturally anti-microbial, hypoallergenic, and mold resistant.

2. Hemp


How to shop at a fabric store

Denise Wild leads a tour through Fabricana Imports highlighting each department and the products and services they offer. For more information about Fabricana, visit StudioFabricana.com or Fabricana.com or call Richmond 604-273-5316 or Coquitlam 604-524-5454.


Simple Cuffed Pillowcase Project

Adapted from: http://www.maryquilts.com/pillowcase/

Use awesome novelty fabric for this project for a perfectly customized gift!

Fabric Requirements:

For this project it is recommended to use printed cotton broadcloth that is approx. 44” wide.


The A B C’s of Quilting

Most of the terms used in quilting don’t come up in everyday conversation (unless you work in a quilt shop!)  Here is a lexicon of some of the basic that you will need to know as you learn to quilt: