Twelve Months of Christmas Part Two

This article is the second in a series that shares how to sell Christmas fabric all year long!  The order of the projects is up to you.  If you have a lot of fabric left, choose projects that require a lot of fabric early in this monthly series.  If you have bits and pieces, choose scrappy projects.  Remember – Christmas fabric will be arriving again in May or June so plan accordingly!

These mother/daughter aprons are adorable and are a great way to show off some fun Christmas prints.  Coordinating fabrics for the children’s apron would be adorable – and did you notice the doll is wearing an apron as well?  Why not have your customers start a new tradition and bake cookies with family and friends?  Have them bring their favorite cookie recipe to class and share – why not make it a party?  Some over-achievers may choose to bring samples – wouldn’t that be grand???

But these aprons would be great Mother’s Day gifts as well so why not display other coordinating fabrics?  Or, why not offer it as a mother/daughter class or grandmother/granddaughter class?

Item #IJ924  Retail $13.99

I love these mats and wraps by Bareroots.  They come in kits or patterns – and a variety of designs.  There are designs for every holiday and season.  Fill quart jars with treats or include a candle as part of the gift.  The possibilities are endless!

Item #BR194K  Kit $20.00
Item #BR194 Pattern $5.50

Table runners are always great gifts and this one is a great way to use up those green fabrics and red stripes.

Item #SF48521  Retail $9.50

This jewelry made with zippers are great Make It Take Its.  Teach your customers how to make them – and they can teach their guests during those Thanksgiving football games!  There are even packages of zippers in appropriate colors – Item #IJZ103.

Item #IJ945  Retail $9.99

Embroidery is great handwork – and there are lots of choices.  This mantle cover by Kathy Schmitz will become a classic.

Item #KS1103  Retail $9.00

You may not have the time to make everyone Christmas quilts but pillow cases are another matter!

Item #CAH423  Retail $10.00

Towels are always a cute gift.  There are several patterns available including these by Bird Brain Designs and CrabApple Hill.

Item #BBD326  Retail $9.50

Item #CAH432  Retail $10.00

Or, you can plan a whole series of classes around one book!  This book has enough projects for six months of classes – with some left over!

Item #ATH5448  Retail $19.00

These gift tags would make a fun make and take.

Who wouldn’t love any of these pillows.  The one featuring rickrack can be done in any colors – for any season.  Why not substitute wool for some of the designs.

This garland and three paneled screen would look great anywhere.

Choose your favorites and plan your schedule now!








Christmas All Year Long

It is the Christmas season and all of us are “wrapped” up in decorating, cooking, shopping, and entertaining.  It is also the season for “I wish” or “I need” – but it is too late to do anything about it…..You know the feeling:

Everyone is coming to my house to make cookies – I wish I would have had time to make everyone matching aprons as a memory….

There are new members of the family – I wish I would have thought to make them a _____ to honor their first Christmas together… (you fill in the blank!)

This tree skirt is 30 years old – which means it is calicoes and homespun from the 70’s.  If I wait 10 more years it will be retro….but I’d love a new one…..

Why not give your customers the gift of time – and offer a series of classes – the twelve months of Christmas?  This also means that you NEVER put your Christmas fabric on sale!  In fact, you will need to supplement your selection with tone on tones.  Pull out those reds, greens, golds, blues, creams, and whites to add to the display.  Then make samples, kits and schedule those classes!

Tree Skirts

Visit our website at:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=tree+skirt&relatedto= to see over 60 choices.  Why not choose one that will teach them something as well like this Triple Dresden Plate by Erin Underwood which features the 15 degree triangle ruler by Creative Grids?  This is a quilt as you go project so it goes together in no time at all – and it uses up a lot of fabric!

Item #EUQ112  Retail $9.00

Item #CGREU1  Retail $22.95

Stockings make great wedding or shower gifts so why not make some extras for those special people in your life.  To see a complete collection, visit our website at:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=stockings&relatedto=

This stocking was the number one stocking pattern this Christmas for a reason – it is darling and features one of their favorite tool, the Lil Twister (Item #LILTWISTER Retail $9.85).

Item #NM-130  Retail $9.00

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If you start this series of classes in January, you will be ready for March – which is traditionally Spring Break.  That means your customers will need handwork so why not teach them how to prepare redwork using Transfer-Eze .  Why not run the copies for them and sell the copies as a companion to the pattern???  It is also a great opportunity to show them how to finish the ornaments with red wool.  In the Patch Designs has several shades of red.    To see the complete collection visit:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=ornaments&relatedto=


Item #BBD145  Retail $9.50

Item #TE10  Retail $15.00 for 10 sheets

I love this quilt by Cozy Quilt Designs!  It is a great way to use up 2 1/2″ strips.  Cut the remnants of those Christmas bolts into strips and kit it yourself.  Give them a project to sew on those rainy Spring days.

Item #CQD01062  Retail $9.00

Jan Patek designed this wall hanging that would be a great gift or addition to your own decorations.  Why not offer the shapes already printed on Print n Fuse (Item #PNF100)  as a companion to the pattern?  This is a fused project so there is a lot of hand work involved – cutting out the pieces and buttonhole stitching the pieces if desired…

Item #JPQ2077  Reteail $9.00

Advent calendars are always fun – and we have a wide variety to choose from:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?keywords=ornaments&relatedto=  This one by Patch Abilities is one of my favorites.  It uses a great Ackfeld Hanger (Item #87090).


Item #P205 Retail $$20.00

If you planned it right, the new holiday fabrics are arriving!  Next week I’ll share six more ideas…….

New Patterns are Arriving Every Day

Did you know that our buyers have picked up 580 new patterns in the last 30 days???  You can tell Market is just around the corner!

To view the latest and greatest:

  • Click on the PATTERNS tab
  • Click on the Search Tab in the left hand column
  • Click the drop down menu for Date Range
  • And click on new in last 30 days

You can now view all of the patterns that have been added in the last month!  Many of them are by new designers.  Here are a few of my favorites…

Angels are always popular and this version would look great in hand dyed fabrics, batiks, or wool.  With such simple shapes, it would be the basis of a great applique class.

Item #FCP005  Retail $14.95

Hunter’s Design Studio has several new patterns that made me smile.  This baby quilt is paper-pieced and goes together very quickly.

Item #HDS-010  Retail $12.00

She takes a courthouse steps block to the next level by making an entire quilt from one block!

Item #HDS-004  Retail $10.00

To see the complete collection, visit our website at:  //www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=H890

This 1847 Baltimore Bride’s Block of the Month quilt is elegant and sophisticated and would be easy to kit with tone on tone fabrics you already have.

Item #LVP713

You can tell there is a nip in the air and it is time to change purses.  This purse is fun to make and goes with everything.

Item #PPL086  Retail $10.00

And for those of you who love embroidery, these stockings are adorable.

Item #HNK35  Retail $14.00

Why not take a few moments to view our site so you know what to expect at Market.  Then you can make a list of booths that are must sees.  And, in some cases, buy the patterns in advance so you can choose fabrics to support them.  Many of these patterns are not in stock but will be arriving soon so get your orders in early!


Oh Christmas Tree!

Christmas ornaments are a favorite tradition and make great little gifts.  We have over 100 patterns to choose from.  Here is a variety of patterns that showcase several different techniques:

These red work ornaments are mounted on wool – instant heirlooms…

Item #BBD146  Retail $9.50

These three dimensional goodies will make your customers smile….

Item #BWP2106  Retail $12.95

There are a whole series of these ornaments – ready to add some beautiful embroidery….

Item #CDHV06  Retail $7.00

Everyone on your staff should be wearing some bling – a great way to expose your customers to this new trend in zippers…

Item #IJ905  Retail $9.99

The zippers are available in a package…

Item #IJZ100  Retail $12.99

Three dimensional ornaments are always popular.  Covering them with fabric is quick, easy and fun!

Item #LATOD09  Retail $9.00

And, yes we carry the balls too….

Item #01007  Retail $2.49

These ornaments double as gift tags…

Item #RP1009  Retail $5.99

For those yo-yo fans, these couldn’t be more darling!

Item #SB365  Retail $8.00

Check out our website to see the complete collection: Here

Deck the Halls…

Decking the Halls means decorating the table, the door, the walls, the fireplace, the base of the tree…..you get the picture!

These large ornaments by Buttermilk Basin are 8 – 10 inches tall so they are great to hang on ribbons to decorate a wall or door.

Item #BMB52  Retail $9.00

Bareroots has a series of candle mats that make perfect gifts.  Many of these are available in kit form as well so you can teach a class with little prep!

Item #BR186  Retail $5.50

Or make these Christmas Wraps to add a splash of color anywhere…

Item #BR194  Retail $5.50

Tree skirts are always popular.  This version by Erin Underwood is festive and fun…

Item #EUQ112  Retail $9.00

This is a great way to introduce your customers to the 15 degree ruler.

Item #CGREU1  Retail $22.95

This Christmas Tree Skirt is created from strip sets so it is quick and easy – but dramatic!

Item #FFQ019  Retail $9.00

It is simple to create with this 120 degree ruler…..

Item #CGR120R  Retail $25.95

Sometimes the wrapping is part of the gift!  These gift bags are adorable and will make them smile before they even look inside!

Item #CW266P  Retail $7.00

These three dimensional trees can be the basis for a great Make It/Take It class….

Item #LATO18CRE  Retail $9.00

This table topper will appeal to everyone on your Christmas list and will be the focal point of any table….

Item #PLS10126  Retail $9.99

Place mats are always popular and these strip pieced versions are adorable!

Item #PTP304  Retail $8.50

To see the entire collection of patterns for the Christmas holidays, visit our website: Here


The Stockings were Hung

Two Christmas patterns hit the top 20 this week which means it is time to Think Christmas!  You already have the Christmas fabrics.  Now is the time to spruce up the display with the patterns that support them.  Ordering now will also let our buyers know which patterns are going to be the most popular – and order accordingly.

These stockings are sew simple that they would make a great mother/daughter class!

Item #07739  Retail $9.00

In the Nick of Time includes eight different styles of stockings for one low price!

Item #121045  Retail $9.95

If your shop features wool, these stockings are a must have!

Item #ATN804  Retail $9.00

These pieced, appliqued, and embroidered patterns coordinate nicely with the wool stockings…

Item #ATN906  Retail $9.00

For those of you who love red work, Birdbrain Designs has a variety of choices.

Item #BBD160  Retail $9.50

Many of your customers already have embraced the Twister craze so this stocking will be well received.

Item #NM-130  Retail $9.00

Item #LIL’ TWISTER  Retail $9.85

You don’t have to live in Texas to love these boots!  There is a little bit of Texas in all of us!


Item #QP185  Retail $11.00

To see the complete selection, visit our website Here