I love fabric! All kinds, all colors . . . Never quite sure what I would do with it all, maybe just look at it? Megan has some amazing fabrics in her shop Fabric Love along with patterns.
*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve grown up in Oregon for most of my life, and now I call Eugene, Oregon my home. Sure it rains 6 months out of the year here (we call it liquid sunshine), but it’s worth it for all the trees, moss, and the lush greenery. It’s also a great excuse to stay inside and sew or craft!
I started sewing about 10 years ago when a friend taught me how to sew a full-length, fully gathered skirt for an SCA event. After that, I sewed from patterns, checked sewing books out from the library, and learned from each project. A few years ago I took a pattern drafting class through the local community college.
*Why did you start your business?
I started my business in mid-2009 with an Etsy shop, Sanourra Designs. I love to sew, and have been collecting fabric and patterns for quite some time. I was working on my business in my free time, after putting in my eight hours a day at my office job.
My 9 to 5 at the time was as a quality manager in a factory that produced wildland firefighting garments. I didn’t see many opportunities for me to “climb the corporate ladder,” so to speak, so I wanted to create a business for myself. I applied for a business license under the name Fabric Love in August of 2009.
When I was laid off during cutbacks in September, I applied to the Self Employment Assistance Program through Unemployment Insurance, wrote a full-scale business plan, and was accepted. I launched Fabric-Love.com on January 1, 2010.
*How did you decide on your shop name?
I have an addiction to fabric, and I know I’m not alone. “Fabric love” is the jolt you get when you see a fabric that makes you drool, makes you feel that your life is incomplete without it, and you know you absolutely must have it.
*What types of items do you have?
I have many bolts of Moda fabrics with a retro feel. I also have some vintage fabrics that I purchased from a friend’s grandparents who used to run a fabric shop. I have tons of vintage and retro patterns, some of them uncut. I also sell my hats and handbags in my shop, as well as any vintage finds that I just can’t pass up.
*Do you have something new you will be adding?
I got in on the reprint of Deb Strain’s Love U, so I’ll be adding some of that line this month (February). They’re mostly the snail, owl, tree and leaf prints. I just thought they were darling, and would make great kids clothes, pillowcases, or even some super cute purses. In March I’ll add some lovely prints and towelling from Moda’s Rural Jardin line, plus some gorgeous French lace batiks.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for new handmade hats and handbags, too!
*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
Fabric. Definitely fabric. Oddly enough, I LOVE to create frilly, girly, pretty things, even though I’m not a person to wear them myself. A quaint little floral print or a really cool retro style fabric in purple, teal, blue, or orange will get me nearly every time.
*Do you have a blog?
I do have a blog, although I don’t post on it nearly as often as I should. It’s the Love Blog at Fabric-Love.com. One can also find it at http://sanourradesigns.blogspot.com.
NOW FOR THE GIVE AWAY!
Megan will be sending someone this amazing jelly roll!
One jelly roll from Moda’s Hello Betty Retro colorway.
This jelly roll contains 40 2 ½ “ by 44” strips, two of each of the retro colorway.
I made a cool retro quilt from one of these jelly rolls last summer.
Check it out at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanourra/3695295744/
GIVE AWAY IS CLOSED!!