L.A. Fabric Favs

Today I left the desert bright and early to drive into the Los Angeles Fabric District for some treasure hunting. I have a few favorite stops that I hit on almost every trip:

 

FIDM Scholarship Store – 919 S. Grand Ave
This place is one of my favorites by far. It sells new clothing and accessories donated by top fashion companies and all proceeds go to FIDM scholarships. This is the best place to stock up on $1 a yard fabric, $1 accessories and inexpensive grab bags of buttons and trim. It was named “Best Boutique/Store in L.A.” by the readers of Downtown News.

 

Best places to shop for fabric and trim in LA's Fabric District via lilblueboo.com

 

Angel Textiles – 846 S. Maple Avenue
I found this place by accident last year. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall place but the prices rock. They have some cool leather pieces too if you are making handbags, jewelry etc. Cash and large quantities will help you negotiate.

 

Best places to shop for fabric and trim in LA's Fabric District via lilblueboo.com

 

Michael Levine – 920 Maple Ave

I love stopping by Michael Levine because of the huge selection of woven fabrics and notions. It consists of three stores: the main store, the home decor store, and the Loft. They have a huge selection of designer wovens and fun Japanese imports. The Loft is a great place to find one-off finds and everything is priced by the pound (you can see photos from a trip last year to the Loft here). If you are buying in bulk you can ask to check out the warehouse for larger quantities:

 

Best places to shop for fabric and trim in LA's Fabric District via lilblueboo.com

 

Target Trim – 629 E. 9th Street
Trim heaven. Enough said. See more photos below.

Best places to shop for fabric and trim in LA's Fabric District via lilblueboo.com

So much embroidered trim it can be very overwhelming:

 

Best places to shop for fabric and trim in LA's Fabric District via lilblueboo.com

Buy by the yard or by the box…..but there’s a price difference:

 

Best places to shop for fabric and trim in LA's Fabric District via lilblueboo.com

This is just the selection of FOE elastic. I couldn’t even make up my mind so I told the guy to just pick out 10 rainbow colors and surprise me.

 

Best places to shop for fabric and trim in LA's Fabric District via lilblueboo.com

5 Minute Curls – Day 2

Okay….that was easy. I’m hooked. I woke up early today for a 2.5 hour drive to Los Angeles. It took me 10 minutes to get ready. (if you have no idea what I’m talking about click here)

 

P.S. Elvis called. He wants his sunglasses back.

 

 

Fabric Covered Buttons (A Tutorial)

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I love fabric covered buttons. There are so many unique uses for them as you’ll see in our project roundup at the bottom of this tutorial.

To make the buttons you’ll need a metal button kit which comes in many sizes and can be found in most sewing stores:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Optional Step: Personally, I like to paint my buttons with an acid free primer first so that the metal doesn’t reflect light from under the fabric once they are made:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 1: Cut a fabric circle slightly bigger than the button you are making:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: Carefully push the fabric around the edges of the button and under the metal prongs that will keep the fabric in place:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

You can use a point from a seam ripper to carefully grab stubborn, small areas and force them under the prongs:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Continue until all the fabric has been pushed under the prongs.

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: Place the metal backing onto the back of the button……

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and use a spool of thread to push it down into place:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

A finished button!  I love using novelty fabric such as the folk art print below:

 

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Just a few button crafts we found around the web!

Fabric Covered Buttons DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com1. Button Hair Clips from Better Homes & Garden

2. Button Wreath from CountryHome

3. Fabric Button Earrings from Sada Lewis

4. Fabric Button Necklaces from Very Purple Person

5. Fabric Button Brooches from Sania Pell

6. Button Necklace from FiskarsCrafts

7. Pointed Flower Tutorial from Creation Corner

8. Covered Button Ties from Martha Stewart

9. Covered Button Blossoms from Martha Stewart

10. Covered Button Bookmarks from My Three Sons

 

 

 

 

This post is part of a new ongoing series:

Sewing Basics with lilblueboo.com

 

 

5 Minute Curls

This hair tutorial may have just changed my life. I watched it last night in bed on my laptop and immediately jumped up, grabbed an elastic headband and completed the whole process in less than 5 minutes.

I woke up this morning, unraveled my hair, pulled the curls out with my fingers (no brushing) and here’s what it looked like:

5 Minute Curls Hair Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

My hair was dry and the elastic headband was so comfortable to sleep in. Next time I might brush my hair first and maybe add some product……the result was pretty darn good for unwashed pool hair! The only downside was that I looked like Napoleon Dynamite in bed last night with my red elastic headband……

Here’s a link to a video tutorial.

 

Vinyl Tablecloth Roll-up Diaper Changer (A Tutorial and Download)

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

It’s a baby boom in the Lil Blue Boo family. I have two brand new nieces…..one is only a week old. And of course there’s the recent announcement Boo helped me make.  I love round diaper changing pads and wanted to make a few for gifts.  I’d been stocking up on these pretty vinyl tablecloths from Marshall’s and TJ Maxx because they were all under $5. I had a few projects in mind for them and this was one of them.

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

A diaper changer pad in action:

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love the variety of color and how easy they are to make. The most tedious part is making the bias tape……but you could always use store bought trim and you could whip one of these out in 30 minutes.

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A New Lens

Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend! I had a chance to try out my new camera lens tonight at a family barbeque. Below are a few photos using the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens. I can’t believe I went so long without this lens…..the image quality is amazing. I’m still learning about photography and I get so excited as my photos improve. Photos processed with Paint the Moon Photography Actions.

It’s hard swimming with so much hair!

 

Boo in her Patriotic Superhero romper
(made from the Lil Blue Boo Maliboo Romper Pattern)


 

My sweet niece Cari….I could just stare at her for hours!

 

 

 

Thinking about our soldiers tonight….especially Boo’s Uncle Gene who is in Baghdad.  God bless our troops!

 

 

Want to learn more about photography? Check out our past series:

 

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A Little Red, White and Blue


We had to share these beautiful images from Monika McSweeney Photography.  Miss G looks too cute in her LBB Patriotic Tank Dress and Leggings. Check out her full post here for a few more adorable images from her Faking the Fourth photo shoot.

 

 

 

Also check out Little Miss Independent by Christina Anglum Photography.

 

 

 

We hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July weekend!

 

Glow Stick Lanterns

Boo and I bought some Fourth of July glow sticks and broke into them early. We cut off the ends and dumped the contents in, and shook the jar to coat the sides. (It’s non-toxic.)

An instant glow stick lantern:

 

Glow Stick Lanterns Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

We mixed the red, white and blue together and it made a pink/purple-y color. Monday night I think we’ll make separate lanterns for each color!

Update:  I’ve heard from several readers that adding water to the jar helps to keep the glow!  I’ll be doing that next time!


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