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Date: 4/24/10 10:38 AM

I received a $15 mystery bundle fron FabricMart yesterday and I thought you'd like to see what I got:

1.5 yds
1.75 yds
1.75 yds.
2 yds
3.25 ydsMine is a greenish/teal color.

I added up the cost of these fabrics as if I had ordered them and the total was $100.00!

I'd say that's a bargain! Now, I'm not sure I'd use the black-red silk chiffon, but I like all the other fabrics. I love FM mystery bundles!

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Date: 4/24/10 10:42 AM

nice fabric. So what are you going to sew with it. can't wait to see.

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Date: 4/24/10 12:29 PM

Your fabrics are beautiful! Great selection and what a bargain!

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Date: 4/25/10 9:59 AM

Nice haul!! I've been afraid to add the mystery bundle to my cart because I'd be MAD to pay for international shipping and receive something iffy. You've made me reconsider....

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Date: 4/25/10 10:15 AM

I'm anxious to see what you do with the fabric, too. Unfortunately, I probably wouldn't be able to get much use from the chiffon. I live such a casual lifestyle, I'd never wear a chiffon garment. Most fabric sites have the most beautiful chiffon, and plenty of it, but I just have to drool and move on. Well, that isn't completely true, I'm currently cutting out a chiffon over blouse thingy to wear over a dress for a second "look" to wear for formal nights on a cruise, but this is kind of a one time thing.

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Date: 4/25/10 10:20 AM

To really get the best out of the Fabric Mart bundles, you need to be very flexible about what material you sew. Not only have I received an interesting assortment of apparel and quilting fabrics, I have received bundles which were mostly decorator fabrics and decorator linings. Since I don't sew home deco (or quilt, but quilting material can sometimes be used for something else), this material is useless to me. Some of the other materials were often quite nice, but for me, these are bundles which were good for the surprise and fun (and I don't pay international shipping) since the weight of the material makes them useless as muslins. (There are things which can be sewn with home deco fabric, they are just not on my wish or need list for the foreseeable future. Even some of the apparel fabric falls into this category.)

I enjoy the bundles (I just wish I could figure out what some of the materials are), but would hesitate to order them if I needed them to be material I can actually use.

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Date: 4/25/10 10:22 AM

I like ordering bundles. The key to satisfaction for me is to take what I don't like and put it in one pile and what I do like in another. I then look at the fabrics I do like and consider the value, which is always many times more than what I paid for the bundle. The fabrics that I don't initially like are "calls to creativity" and have helped get me out of a rut at times. They can yield some of the nicest garments because they are usually good quality and are psychologically easy for me to take risks with since I look at them as "freebies" and no big deal if I screw up.

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Date: 4/25/10 10:29 AM

Quote: patternr
To really get the best out of the Fabric Mart bundles, you need to be very flexible about what material you sew. Not only have I received an interesting assortment of apparel and quilting fabrics, I have received bundles which were mostly decorator fabrics and decorator linings. Since I don't sew home deco (or quilt, but quilting material can sometimes be used for something else), this material is useless to me. Some of the other materials were often quite nice, but for me, these are bundles which were good for the surprise and fun (and I don't pay international shipping) since the weight of the material makes them useless as muslins. (There are things which can be sewn with home deco fabric, they are just not on my wish or need list for the foreseeable future. Even some of the apparel fabric falls into this category.)



I enjoy the bundles (I just wish I could figure out what some of the materials are), but would hesitate to order them if I needed them to be material I can actually use.

Here are some ideas for home dec fabrics, depending on the actual fabric's qualities:

1) Totes for the car to keep things organized
2) Lumbar cushions for work chairs (for you or coworkers)
3) Valances and seat covers for windows and chairs at work
3) Neck pillow for airplane
4) Travel cases (for shoes, jewelry, etc.)
5) Backpack or messenger bag
6) Lamp cover for home or work
7) Sewing machine and serger covers
8) Christmas stockings, especially for gifts
9) Duffle bags for foster kids, kids and adults in homeless shelters or safe houses
10) Stuffed animals for kids in hospital, gifts or decoration

Lots more could be done, but just wanted to throw that out there.
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Date: 4/25/10 10:35 AM

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I'm anxious to see what you do with the fabric, too. Unfortunately, I probably wouldn't be able to get much use from the chiffon. I live such a casual lifestyle, I'd never wear a chiffon garment. Most fabric sites have the most beautiful chiffon, and plenty of it, but I just have to drool and move on. Well, that isn't completely true, I'm currently cutting out a chiffon over blouse thingy to wear over a dress for a second "look" to wear for formal nights on a cruise, but this is kind of a one time thing.

I know what you mean. I love chiffon, but I have no use for it really unless I want to wear it as an overblouse on a casual work day.

Still, here are some uses:

1) Sheer curtains
2) Gathered "skirt" to put over a lampshade
3) Little girl "fairy dress" or "ballerina skirt" with lots of gathers
4) Fancy little girl jammies (top layer)--not practical but fun
5) Scarves for gifts
6) Partial room divider to create a semi-private nook or shield a view.
7) Puffy balls of gathered fabric to hang in window at various heights for decoration.
8) Girl dress up clothes (wraps, see above, that fabric that comes out of the cone hats that Cinderalla's sisters wore in the cartoon, etc.)
9) Hair ornaments for little girls
10) Ruffled, gathered edging for a casual garment to add a little pizzazz to T-shirt and jeans or a plain skirt or shirt.
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Date: 4/25/10 11:20 AM

WildWyoming:
There is one item I have made with the decorator fabric

an apron (and I love it)

However, the decorator lining (stiffening material, heavy canvas) still has me stumped.

I didn't want to seem to be complaining,the previous poster mentioned having to pay international shipping and potentially customs, and here, I would reconsider ordering the bundles, the that is just MHO.

Like others on this forum, I see the bundle materials as a challenge. I am lucky enough to have two very nicely staffed fabric stores here, but the stock is somewhat uninspiring, so the mystery bundles are kind of like a trip to a better stocked fabric store for me. And I have gotten some very nice fabric which just happened to fit well into what I was sewing, but I view this as a lucky break. And plenty which was good for muslins. I have even bought a true mystery bag (not fabric) where I have found use for at least $8 worth of the stuff.



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