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The Village Fabric Shop: My Happy Place

Let’s Talk Fabric.

Now, while this is a subject I could go on and on about, I’m going to try to keep it short and sweet.

I realize I, like other sewists out there, have a fabric problem.  There, I said it.  Now that I have admitted I have a problem, we can move forward.

There is nothing better than colors, patterns and a great combination of all the design elements coming together to make a bold statement.

I often say and believe, “It’s the fabric that sells a bag.”


Friend or Foe?

When your Jazzercise friend, Heather and her mother Elizabeth buy a fabric boutique shop in Reynolda Village (Village Fabric Shop), things escalated quickly.  Let’s talk about friends with benefits or should I say, friends who enable?  I guess it’s all in how you look at it.

Every time I walk into her shop, it’s exactly like being a kid in a candy store.  It’s bright, happy and full of beautiful fabrics.  What more could a sewist/interior designer ask for?!  

My Happy Place

And not only do I go to shop for quality fabrics, I also have started teaching a sewing class there too. 

Last month I taught my first messenger bag by Andrie Designs class to four wonderful and eager to learn students.  It was rewarding to help others construct their own bag, and I know they felt really accomplished when they left carrying their very own bag they had sewn in just four hours.

Today I went into the shop to pull color stories together for future bags.  I really want people to see how pattern and color impact creating a “uniquely you” type of bag.  There is a certain joy in creating a one of a kind piece that no one else is going to own when it is made with colors you love and prints and patterns that you respond positively towards.  

Fabrics featured: Free Spirit by Artist Amy Butler and Art Gallery fabrics


Kismet, Fate, the Universe...

As I was getting ready to start pulling a color scheme together, a customer came in to sign up for my upcoming class, but had a few questions first.  I love how the universe works.  She and I were able to talk about her reservations about signing up since she hasn’t sewn in a while.  I was also able to show her the color scheme I was pulling together and she was excited about using that particular design scheme to make her bag when she comes to take the class on February 26th.

It’s so much fun to play with fabrics, pull color stories and design schemes together.  It’s even more fun when you have friends there to help you like today.  It brought me back to my days as a commercial interior designer when my co-workers and I would spend ours in the resource library pulling design schemes for our projects.

In a short period of time, I was able to pull 5 color stories that I think will make such beautiful messenger bags. 

Fabrics featured: Tula Pink and Free Spirit by Amy Butler


I like to use a duck canvas in my bag designs, because it has a heavier weight and adds durability.  I have paired each scheme with a solid color duck fabric that I would recommend be used for the handle.

Fabrics featured: Art Gallery fabrics "I Scream You Scream"

If you are interested and would love to know about colors, patterns, or creating a messenger bag of your own, let me know, I have 3 openings left in the messenger bag class for the end of February.  

Mama Llama Originals Messenger Bag (pattern by Andrie Designs). 
Fabric courtesy of Village Fabric Shop.


And if you live in Winston-Salem and you haven’t been over to Village Fabric Shop, go check it out and tell Heather that I sent you!  You will not find a more welcoming environment to start your fabric obsession, I mean collection.

And if you find yourself walking out with more fabric than you intended, it's okay.  You are not alone.  


  • I’m excited to read you enjoy messenger bags using duck cloth! My old bag wore out during my Starbucks days and I’ve been thinking of making one that is large enough for my laptop and iPad (with accessories) for travel. We can talk. Thanks!

  • I enjoyed reading your article and felt the enthusiasm for what you do. Like your messenger bag fabric choices.
    You remind me of knitters I know who go to yarn shops wherever they travel. And they buy!

    Cherry Woodburn

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