Fall 2016 Trend Tip: Butterflies


From jewelry to appliques to embroidery, the butterfly motifs is very strong for Fall 2016.  Check out this image board from Trendwalk.net for inspiration or click here for more info: http://bit.ly/2aksraa



New Fashion Arrivals!

Working in a fabric store, I am always so excited when we start receiving large shipments of New Arrivals for Fall or Spring!

I realized after I took pictures of all the fabrics I wanted to showcase that there were just too many so here are just some of the new exciting arrivals we have in-store!


Cutting Open a Buttonhole

Ever try to cut open a buttonhole with a small pair of scissors or even a stitch ripper? While this works for some people, a buttonhole opener is the best tool for the job.  Here are the steps to cutting open buttonholes with this tool.



3 Easy Sewing Projects for Kids

Here at the store we get many customers in who have a child or grandchild who wants to learn how to sew but aren’t sure where to begin. Here are 3 easy kids sewing projects that are perfect for the keen beginner!

Pocket Full of Love Pillow



Staff Spotlight: Andrea Brown

(to view the different photos, simply click on the white dots at the bottom centre of the photo)

There’s lots of talented staff here at Fabricana so we thought it would be nice to showcase a staff member from time to time. Introducing Andrea Brown. Andrea will be entering her second year of Capilano University’s Costuming for Stage & Screen Program this September. She has taken what started as a hobby and plans to turn it into a career.

1. What is your earliest sewing memory?


How to Sew on a Button



  • Threaded Needle
  • Straight Pin
  • Button
  • Marking Tool



How to Read a Yarn Label

Just like reading the back of a pattern, reading the label on a ball of yarn can be a bit daunting. There’s a lot of information there! But reading a ball of yarn doesn't have to be confusing.

The photo above shows two examples of yarn labels. Let’s break it down bit by bit:


5 Types of Tools for Home Decor Projects

No matter what type of sewing you are doing, there are always some handy tools to have around. Quilters like to use basting pins or sprays, clothing sewists who specialize in evening wear like to have pins that work well with fine fabrics, but what about if you plan to sew home décor projects? Here are our suggestions for the five types of tools you should have ready in your sewing room before your next home décor project!


1) Cutting Tools:


How to Insert an Invisible Zipper

Install the perfect invisible zipper from start to finish.
Inserting an invisible zipper doesn't have to be intimidating! We hope once you watch this video, you'll have more confidence and you'll trying sewing in an invisible zipper.
Please note, for demonstration purposes, we used contrast thread and a contrast zipper. For your project, you will want to use thread and a zipper that matches your fabric.

Warm Spinach Dip Recipe

I came across a recipe like this one years ago and made it with a friend of mine. Ever since, this is my go to dish to bring to a potluck and everyone loves it! The original recipe was actually a warm spinach and artichoke dip but I find some people aren’t fond of artichokes so I leave them out unless I know the people attending the event like them. This dip tastes great with tortilla chips, cut up veggies or crackers. This easy to make, delicious recipe would be perfect to bring to your next BBQ or Potluck!

Introducing "Little Ruby" for Moda Fabrics

We’re so excited to be carrying the “Little Ruby” quilt collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics!


3 Easy Summer Sewing Projects

Here in B.C. although it’s technically summer, somedays have been a bit chilly. On the days when I find myself pulling out my cardigan, I like to have a sewing project waiting at home for me.  Here are three summer sewing projects you can complete for use when the days are hot!

Sew Easy Summer Napkins