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Thread: Re: Furniture fabric samples

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    A friend shared fabric sample "books" from Ethan Allen. Ethan Allen is an upscale furniture store that was in the area. One end of each fabric piece has a sheet of paper glued to it describing the content of the fabric, cleaning guidelines, etc. We were given quite a ferw books, and I would love to use the material. There are only so many doll blankets... :) Any ideas for using them? Thank you!

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    mug rugs?

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    throw pillows, bags and totes, placemats. . . .
    I love their fabric!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by busyasabee
    A friend shared fabric sample "books" from an Ethan Allen furniture store. Ethan Allen is an upscale furniture store that was in the area. There are only so many doll blankets... Any ideas for using them? Thank you!
    if they are upholstery weight, they make great bags. one for each side, one for the handles. someone sold a bunch for 10cents each----and I have enough to last a long while !! just use a market bag pattern.

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    Hi, I remember seeing a thread on here in the picture section from a woman who had made purses with her fabric samples. Sorry I don't remember which one or what her sign on was but it was only about two or three weeks ago I think. She had posted many pictures and they turned out just lovely :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    throw pillows, bags and totes, placemats. . . .
    I love their fabric!!
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    I agree, throw pillows if they are near to or a nice contrasting color and would look nice on your sofa.
    Cat or dog pillows?
    Cushions for the car? I don't like the way my car seat tilts so on long drives I use a low pillow behind my waist.
    Lining glued inside trunks?
    Some years ago I took an old wooden case of my husbands, used to store ammunition, darkened it with shoe polish and cocoa powder, then put floor wax on it (FUTURE) and then glued the inside with some upholstery samples. Looked nice and masculine and DH liked it. Used it for magazines.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!!

    I like the idea of throw pillows. Or even the totes/purses idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by busyasabee
    A friend shared fabric sample "books" from Ethan Allen. Any ideas for using them? Thank you!
    I just posted this picture on facebook (right before coming here) with this picture.

    Just in case, anyone is curious, the rest of my pictures on FB (in this album) are at this link....if you want to see the current batch of charity quilts.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...9&id=701112807

    donated squares from a church in IN charity quilt twin sized.
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    I did a crazy quilt with smples. All kinds of different fabrics.

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    Thank you for all the quick responses and great ideas. I should have asked this as well: Any use trying to wrangle the paper backing off (& how?) or should I go my merry way and cut it off? Happy New Year, and thanks again!

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    some of the samples will peel off, others will come of if you soak them in warm water. If there is sticky residue left it usually will come off with a little goo gone. Depending on the weight some I have used to make quilts, purses, and crazy quilt style vest. Some of the samples I can't get the labels off so I just cut them off.

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    My guild used pieces like this to make simple bags. We donated them to the local abused women shelter. We were told that many of the women arrived with nothing at all to carry their few belongings.

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    have fun

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    I have a bunch of those kinds of samples. I am thinking of making an outdoor quilt for when we go camping.

    So when I put it on the ground the quilt cops won't have a cow!!

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    I make pew pillows and give them to my church. Also Penny Sturgis has a tote purse made from this kind of fabric.

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    Thank you for the advice and ideas. happy New Year!

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    Thank you for the advice and suggestions. Happy New Year1

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexie
    I make pew pillows and give them to my church. Also Penny Sturgis has a tote purse made from this kind of fabric.
    What is a pew pillow?

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    I, too, have received great books from ethan Allen and am in the same pickle as you. I have the standard sewing machine. I am uncertain about using it to sew some of these ideas. Am I missing something?

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    I was just given a trunk and back seat of my car full of sample pieces of upholstery fabric. Some have big holes with the large hole bracket in which I plan to use for one side of a purse. I used the Bow Tuck pattern as my sample to see if I could do them and it turned out great. I also got a bag of leather pieces which I really love. I may combine them and cover a large footstool. I will have enough for many purses of all kinds. Time, time, time. Have fun.

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    Totes and throw pillows are my main uses of these.

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    I have just a small stack of these too that were given to me. I was also wondering how to remove the paper backing. I would think soaking them in water wouldn't be good for the fabric but perhaps it wouldn't hurt it. Has anyone really tried this? I guess if I try it and it works I am ahead and if it doesn't they can always go int he trash.
    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    My Mom ued them to make pillows, purses and shopping bags.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    For people who use a walker, a holder that fits overthe frame to hold books/iPad, pencil, glasses, whatever.
    The same kind of holder to fit over a chair arm to hold remotes, phone and keeps the arm clean.
    A holder for the sewing machine to hold scissors, other tools.
    Pin cushion/trash bag for the sewing machine.
    Jacket embelleshment

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    Having tossed many of those books in the past, I would say if the paper peels off, use it. If the paper sticks, just toss them. Once, you receive those books, most designers will be happy to give you more when they become outdated. Our guild made tapestry bags out of the larger 12 x 16 samples and even used the grommets to string the straps of the totes. We sold them in the boutique at the Quilt Show. Some turned out really nice since the fabrics could be coordinated.

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