Since I started sewing, I've discovered JoAnn Fabrics. The nearest one to me was in Ramsey, over 20 miles away. With traffic. It was in a strip mall, small and crowded. Narrow aisles, tough to really see and find what you need. Still an addiction, of course. But I could walk out of there with just one or two fabrics easily.
And then one day in July, Eric and I were coming back from the mall and there it was. A new one. 10.6 miles from our house, a stand-alone store. We went, and found it to be bright and spacious, with wide aisles and tons more inventory. Yikes.
We went in, planning to spend $50... and left having spent $100, with coupons. Oops. But look what I got!
How adorable are those dinosaurs? I love that they say what they are in them! And then there are these smiley monkeys.
Aren't they great?
And these sharks a nod to my sister's first love - she wanted to be a marine biologist and study sharks when she was a kid. I'll have to make something for my nephew. Any ideas?
I've got these pawprints too, just 'cause I couldn't leave without them.
I got some stuff for me, too, not just the kids. This colorful one is for a sewing machine cover.
With this great green on the reverse side.
I love this great yellow batik, which I figured for the interior of a knitting tote or bag for myself.
With this great blue and yellow batik for the outside of the bag.
I have this duffel bag pattern I want to make, and Eric wants me to use these great penguins.
I also got this great purple knit to make a denim/knit skirt for myself from an old pair of jeans.
I don't have any specific plans for this green felt, but figured it'd be handy to have around. Same for this pretty olive green fabric.
I got this amazingly soft, fluffy yarn with the intent of knitting finger puppets.
And this purple canvas remnant will be perfect for part of the "quiet" books I want to make for the nephews.
Then I also got some generally useful things...
And today? Today I finally used some of the fabric! I followed this tutorial and made a holder for all of our supermarket bags! It was pretty quick and let me remove the smashed-in pile of bags from the shelf of the baker's rack. Awesome!