Tuesday, June 28, 2011

CraftShare: Laminated Cotton+Giveaway!


We're launching CraftShare 2011 with a week devoted to one of my favorite crafting mediums: 

LAMINATED COTTON

What is laminated cotton? The name says it all - cotton that's been coated on one side with a thin layer of laminate to render it water-resistant.  Like traditional cotton, it can come in many colorful, stylish designer prints.  It can be used like oilcloth & iron-on vinyl, but unlike those stiff & sticky fabrics, it does not contain phthalates (aka bad-for-you chemicals that leach out of some plastics), so it's safe for baby & kid's projects.  And while it's soft like regular cotton, it's got more strength, durability & form. 



The added bonus is that it's ideal for any item you want to be easy to clean. Just wipe with damp cloth and it's fresh again.  I have found this invaluable when making things for my kids!!



It's perfect for place mats, aprons, raincoats, bags, etc. - anytime where you want something strong & easy to clean.


                                                       


Tips on working with laminated cotton:

  • Unlike plain cotton which is usually 44 inches wide, laminated cotton is 54-56 inches wide.  So there's a lot more fabric to use!
  • This is a wipeable fabric and usually can be washed, but it should be kept away from irons & dryers.
  • Keep fabric rolled when stored, folding it will leave creases that can be tough to get out.
  • Don't use pins - they'll leave permanent holes, so use bobby pins or paper clips to join fabrics.
  • It won't smoothly move under the sewing machine presser foot & feed dogs, so there are 3 techniques that will join the fabric together and allow you to keep your sanity as well as stitch in a straight line: bias tape, stitching wrong sides out and using tissue paper over the fabric and then ripping off when done.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing a tutorial for making an easy, tie-on table cover with laminated cotton, but how about we get things going with a giveaway for some lovely laminated cotton?  
Timeless Treasures is a a fabric manufacturer that produces stylish designer laminated cotton.  Their prints are really colorful and lovely, so I'm a big fan of their fabrics.  AND they have generously provided some of their all new laminated cotton prints for some lucky Sew Can Do readers!  




There will be FOUR GIVEAWAY WINNERS.  Each winner will receive a yard of ONE of these gorgeous new Timeless Treasures England Swings prints by Rebekah Merkle:


~or~
Two 1/2yd cuts of their newest, Just-Released, Strawberry Fruit-A-La-Carte print by Hoodie:


I wanted to give more people a chance to win, so with a single yard (worth $18 each) going to four different winners, more people can get their laminated cotton ideas going!

How To Enter:
- Head over to Timeless Treasures website, take a look around, then come back and comment on what you love about their fabrics


For Extra Entries (leave a separate comment for each one):
  • Become a fan of Timeless Treasures on Facebook
  • Comment on the Timeless Treasures Facebook page with one thing you love their fabrics
  • Become a follower of Sew Can Do
  • Become a fan of Sew Can Do on Facebook
  • Link to this giveaway on Facebook
  • Blog about this giveaway
The giveaway will be open through 11:59pm EST July 1st, 2011.  The winners will be chosen randomly and announced on July 2nd.  GOOD LUCK! Giveaway Closed.

84 comments:

  1. adorable fabrics! I would love to try out the laminated cotton to make bibs with

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  2. I would so love the laminated cotton to redo my daughter's high chair what a brilliant idea!
    nicole
    thesalcidofamily@gmail.com

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  3. new facebook fan of timeless treasure fabrics

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  4. huge facebook fan of sew can do!

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  5. left a message on timeless treasures facebook page!
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Timeless-Treasures-Fabrics-Inc/107653645945374?sk=wall

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  6. Huge blog follower of sew can do!

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  7. I love the prints of the fabric. The owls adorable. And the house pillows are to die for!

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  8. I love all the bright colors. My son is starting solids so I need to make him some bibs.
    suburbsmama@gmail.com

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  9. I love the Rebekah Merle prints! They look like they would make a great apron!

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  10. love laminated cotton! I would love to try out the laminated cotton to make bibs with.
    Núria.

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  11. Im new to sewing and haven't used laminated cotton yet. I love the bright bold colours and the owl design is just so adorable.

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  12. Ohh I would love to try using some laminated cotton.

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  13. have liked Timeless treasures on facebook

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  14. Have liked Sew can do on facebook

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  15. Already a follower of Sew can do

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  16. I love the fact that their fabrics are so bright and cheerful, with some really funky lines.

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  17. I'm already a follower of Sew Can Do

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  18. The first thing that strikes me about their fabrics is the vibrant colors. Such great prints!

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  19. I love the bright colorful prints! My girls would love the ice cream cones on the pink background!

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  20. I'm like 1147 on the Timeless treasures FB page!

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  21. I already enjoy being a follower of Sew Can Do....love your blog :-)

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  22. I've worked with Timeless Treasures fabric before and was very happy with the results. I love their novelty fabrics.

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  23. I love the fabric. I would love to use the laminated cotton to make a picnic blanket & some reusable sandwich bags!

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  24. I've been on a fabric fast for the last 5 years ~ I'm graduating college next month, and I can't wait to start sewing again. Winning this would be a thrill. And if I don't win, I have the site bookmarked to the "Do Ewe Knit" knitting sheep fabric!!

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  25. Great fabrics, I love some of the blue and purples fabrics like Sunny Daze.

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  26. new facebook fan of timeless treasures

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  27. I am a follower of Sew Can DO

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  28. I am a facebook fan of Sew Can Do

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  29. I left a post on timeless treasures facebook wall

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  30. I love the variation in their fabrics - so many choices!

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  31. Also - I'm a Sew Can Do follower!

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  32. I love TT for their novelty fabrics as well as their batiks.

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  33. I'm already a fan of TT on Facebook

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  34. I became a fan of Sew Can Do on Facebook

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  35. I love laminated cotton and timeless treasures has some super cute prints! :)

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  36. Like Timeless Treasures on facebook!

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  37. Left a commment on Timeless Treasures fb page.

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  38. I already follow Sew Can do (of course) :)

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  39. Liked Sew Can Do on facebook (and left a comment) :)

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  40. What's not to love!? I've been wanting to make some reusable lunch bags.
    kittycatsandairplanes{at}gmail{dot}com

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  41. I'm a follower of Sew Can Do.
    kittycatsandairplanes{at}gmail{dot}com

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  42. I like Sew Can Do on facebook.
    kittycatsandairplanes{at}gmail{dot}com

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  43. i especially love the dessins on the fabric ! Absolutely faboulous !

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  44. What a great site! Love the selection (and that you can see so much at once!). Lots of cute boy prints, too, which I'm always looking for.

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  45. Yes I'm a Sew Can do fan. Of course!

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  46. I've never entered any of the blog give-a-ways before, but I thought that that strawberry fabric was just too cute not to investigate. So I clicked on over to the Timeless Treasures site to look around - well, an hour and many ideas later :-) I'm back to enter the give-w way. I've got several ideas in mind for the cotton laminate!

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  47. How fun are all the bright fabrics. Perfect for the table cloth project on my to-craft list :)
    gonzalez.meg@gmail.com

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  48. Like Timeless Treasures on FB:)

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  49. I have been SEARCHING for laminated cotton. I'm so excited to have found some cute and afordable prints.

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  50. I love it all. I would love to try any of it especially for some of the projects that you've shown. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. I love the selection of bright & fun prints on Timeless Treasure. sophia(dot)crane(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I follow Sew Can Do
    sophia(dot)crane(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I like Sew Can Do on FB
    sophia(dot)crane(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. Such great fabrics. I love all the bright colors - and terrific selection.

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  55. I'm a fan of Timeless Treasures on facebook.

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  56. I left a note on the facebook page of Timeless Treasure.

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  57. I would love to make some aprons with this fabric!

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  58. I am expecting my long awaited first grandson this November - I would love to make bibs out of this great fabric!

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  59. I am expecting my long awaited first grandchild this November, I would love to make a few bibs out of that beautiful fabric!

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  60. I visited timeless treasures and love all the infant and baby prints. I could make some seriously cute stuff with it!!!

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  61. I am truly inspired to maybe start a new craft with those adorable placemats.

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  62. OK, I love everything on their website, but especially the fabrics by Monica Lee. Thank you for introducing me to their website.
    Sandra

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  63. I love that you can shop fabric by collections -- it helps me with quilting.

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  64. I love all the vibrant colors that timeless treasures uses in their fabrics! And their line of laminated cotton is great!

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  65. I love that they have such a wide selection of fabrics in a huge color range and for many different ages and interests!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  66. I follow you via GFC: allibrary.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  67. I am a follower and a fan on face book and have your giveaway on m y new blog. Check it out.
    http://callyanncraftycreations.blogspot.com

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  68. so fun!! i would love to make these! what a great idea!

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  69. Your blog are impressive to each other.I read your blog its very good and friendly, Help ful for all.


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  70. Is laminated cotton similar to the fabric they sell for cloth diaper covers?
    Mindi Gabarik

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    1. They are both waterproof, but very different feels and uses. PUL, which is used for cloth diapers is made from knit polyester with a thin polyurethane coating on the back (not front like laminated cotton) and is breathable. PUL is also a bit softer and has stretch. I have a giveaway for a shop that carries PUL going on right now, you can find it here: http://www.sewcando.com/2013/07/specialty-fabric-notions-gift.html

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