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Quilt Fabric Accessories Series Part 1

This blog post is Part 1 of our blog series of Quilt Fabric Accessories to go along with fabric totes or bags. As quilters, we strive to choose just the right fabric, cut it accurately and stitch consistently. With such perfectionism, it seems that we would desire coordinated accessories to go along with our fabric bag projects. The fabric for the accessories can be the same as fabric used in the main project or it can be coordinating, or it can be a combination of both.

All of the accessories that we mention through this series can be included with a quilt fabric tote or purse, or they can be stand alone quick gifts made from scraps.  All of these accessories are beginner friendly patterns.  All these patterns are available as a free download from LoveQuilting.com.

Part 1 Quilt Fabric Accessory is a Tissue Holder. This is an important accessory because EVERYONE needs a tissue at some point in time and it sure looks stylish to pull a tissue from your purse or bag in a perfectly coordinated fabric tissue holder!

Small Tissue Holder by LoveQuilting.com

Finished size 3” W x 5” L

Fabric requirements:  Scraps

Cut:

Back – 3-3/4” x 5-1/2”

Top – 2 pieces 3-1/2” x 5-1/2”

Trim – 2 pieces 4″ x 5-1/2”

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Top and trim pieces – fold in half lengthwise Wrong Sides Together and press.

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Align raw edges of a top piece and a trim piece, then stitch 1/4″ seam at the FOLDED edge. Repeat for other top and trim piece.

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Place these top/trim pieces Right Sides Together over the back piece and stitch 1/4″ seam on all 4 sides. Trim corners. Turn.

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Fill with tissues!

Make one for your purse, your car and for a friend!  Also makes a great stocking stuffer.

Click here for the free downloadable, printable instruction sheet for this Small Tissue Holder.

Try one today and please send a picture to be included in our Gallery section.

Do you love the fabrics shown?  You can find them here.  We used those fabrics to make our Tulika Tote – another free download.

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Do You Have A Favorite Color For Your Quilt Fabric?

Color plays a vital role in quilting, so this week, at LoveQuilting.com we conducted an informal survey to determine favorite color for quilt fabric.  Our survey extended beyond the primary colors and we even allowed the neutrals to be considered.  We did our best to keep our surveyee’s opinion focused on “quilt fabric” and not their favorite color for clothing or flowers or anything else with color options.  The results are in – are you ready to view them?

Blue                   23%                  Pink              4%

Green                21%                  Purple          3%

Red                   19%                  Orange         2%

Yellow               15%                  Black, White, Tan, Gray, Brown and Teal each received 1%

Our results show all colors were represented.  Since we strive to keep everyone happy and satisfied, we have randomly chosen fabrics to put in our sale category this week.  We have made sure to include all colors.  Click here to find your favorites.

Quilt Fabric Color

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

If you read our blog, then you have seen the Fabric Grocery Tote free tutorial that we published earlier this week, as a tribute to Earth Day 2015.  Click here to read our blog, or click here to download full color illustrated pdf instructions for the Fabric Grocery Tote.

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OTHER HAPPENINGS:

We would like to offer congratulations to Karen and Trellis who were both winners of a Future All Star panel and coordinating fat quarter set.

All Star Set

We will be sure to post pictures of their finished projects in the Gallery.

WHAT’S BLOOMING IN YOUR GARDEN?

I have never been known to have a green thumb, unlike others in my family.  The only thing that blooms in my yard is the hardy type of plants that are drought resistant.  I do love tulips, even though I’ve never had any luck growing them.  The only tulips I can create are applique tulips, which are available in every possible color!  I would like to share one of my favorite applique tulips with you as a free download this week.  This template is easy to use with the fusible applique technique.  Click here to download the free tulip flower, stem and leaves applique.  What color will your tulip be?!

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WANT TO SAVE EVEN MORE OFF YOUR PURCHASE?

Use coupon code TULIP and receive $5 off your purchase of $50 or more.  Coupon valid through April 28th, 2015.

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Nautical Fabric Grocery Tote

FABRIC GROCERY TOTE

13”W x 14”H x 7”D

ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4″.

WOF = Width of Fabric

Cut:

Main Fabric:

  • 18”H x 17”W – 2 EA
  • 3” x 16” – 2 EA

Lining Fabric:

  • 18”H x 17”W – 2 EA
  • 2” x 16” – 2 EA
  • 7” x 17” – 2 Ea

Fusible Stabilizer:

  • 3” x 16” – 2 EA
  • 2” x 16” – 2 EA

 ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4”.

  PREPARE THE MAIN BODY:

Mark 6-1/2” up from bottom on both pieces of Main Fabric. Place one raw edge of a 7” x 17” piece of lining fabric right side down on the drawn line. Stitch in place 1/4″ from the raw edge. Press towards the bottom of the bag and top stitch 2 lines of stitching. Repeat for other piece of main fabric.

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MAKING THE HANDLES:

Fuse stabilizer to all 4 handle pieces (3” x 16” and 2” x 16”). The following steps will be performed on all 4 handle pieces, one piece at a time. Fold in half lengthwise and press. Open, then press each raw edge to pressed center line.

Once all 4 handle pieces are prepared, place wider handle piece with folded edges facing up and thinner handle piece with folded edges facing down, matching up the centers. Clip in place and stitch 1/4” from each folded edge of the thinner handle piece. Trim the handle pieces to the same length.

Handles

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ATTACHING HANDLES:

Find the center of the front main body piece by folding in half and finger pressing. Measure 2” from the center and place one handle end with the handle thinner accent piece facing the bag, lining up the raw edge of the handle with the raw edge of the bag top, clip in place. Place the other end of the handle 2” in the other direction from the center and clip in place. There should be 4” between the 2 ends of the handle.

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Stitch in place with 1/4″ seam twice. Repeat for back of main body and second handle.

 

PREPARE THE BAG:

Place the main body front and back right sides together and stitch 1/4″ on each side and across the bottom.

Place the 2 lining pieces right sides together and stitch 1/4″ on each side and across the bottom, leaving a 3” opening at the center of the bottom for turning.

 

 BOXING THE CORNERS:

Mark a 3” square on the bottom corner of the main body of the bag and the bag lining. Cut on the lines. Open the corner up and line up raw edges and sew with 1/4”.

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 FINISHING THE BAG:

Leave the main body wrong side out, turn the lining right side out and place inside the main body lining up side seams. Clip in place and stitch 1/4″ around the entire bag. Pull the lining out and reach through the opening at the lining bottom and pull the main body through. Straighten, whip stitch or zig zag the opening closed, push lining inside bag and press. Top stitch around top and enjoy your bag!

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Here is a Lavendar Market tote using the instructions above.

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For the downloadable pdf version of these instructions, click here.

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QUILT FABRIC SCRAPS HAPPEN!

Eventually, we all end up with some scraps of fabric – some larger and some smaller. At what point do you take a scrap and put it back in your stash as a useable piece of fabric for a future project?

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Some quilters take their leftovers and cut them into pre-determined sizes, such as common size strips or squares, for easy use in scrappy projects. Some quilters I know, that do a lot of applique, keep every piece of fabric no matter how small, to use at a future time.

I use discretion with the leftover fabrics I put back in my stash. The fabric that doesn’t go back in my stash, gets put into a pile of small pieces of fabric that I keep handy near my sewing machine.  I find it very handy to have scraps at my fingertips and I use them quite often.

HERE ARE 5 QUICK TIPS ABOUT USING SCRAPS OF QUILT FABRIC

  1. A small scrap of fabric can be used as a “starter” which helps avoid the edges of your seam from being pushed into the needle hole plate.
  2. If your stitch quality seems a bit off, grab a small scrap of fabric and test your sewing machine tension settings. Stitch out a few stitches and adjust as necessary until the stitch quality meets your satisfaction.
  3. How about all those wonderful decorative stitches that come on our machines? If you are confused about which one to use, grab a fabric scrap and stitch a few until you find just the right stitch for your project. By stitching out a few samples, you may be surprised at how fun some of the built in stitches can be!
  4. Don’t fear the buttonhole! Use a handy scrap of fabric to make a sample buttonhole before making the real thing. Make any adjustments necessary, test again, then go for the real thing!
  5. Practice your free motion quilting. This would use 2 scraps of fabric and a scrap of batting. Try a stipple or some leaves or any other free motion design.

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WHAT DO PALM TREES AND BATIKS HAVE IN COMMON?

Well for starters, they are available in this LoveQuilting.com exclusive kit named Sunshine Breeze. Feel the sun in your face and the tropical breeze through your hair, as these bright colorful fabrics come together in the perfect combination of Rainbow Palms and Hoffman hand dyed Watercolors batiks! Want just the pattern? Click here and find out how to get it free!

SunshineBreeze-quilt

Today is April 15th which is the day designated for filing a tax return. At LoveQuilting.com, we want to give YOU something today.   Take an extra 10% off our already reduced prices including sale items, with coupon code TAXDAY. Coupon valid until 11:59 PM PDT today only.

 

Be sure to check out our What’s on Sale?! category for all our quality quilt fabric on sale this week! Prefer kits or pre-cuts? We have those on sale too! Pick up a pop – a hand dyed Bali Pop that is and start on your strippy project right away!

Batiks - Strippy Projects

OTHER HAPPENINGS:

Baseball season is officially underway. That has to mean summer is near! There is so much to love about baseball, from the strategy of the game itself to the vendors selling hotdogs, which always taste better at the ball park. I love the diamond shape that baseball is played in, because I love diamonds!

LET’S HAVE A GIVE AWAY RIGHT NOW!

We are giving away a vintage baseball panel plus five coordinating fat quarters to a lucky winner chosen at random. Like our facebook page, leave a comment and we will choose one lucky winner on Saturday, April 18, 2015.  This set is great for a small quilt, wall hanging, table runner, or placemats.

All Star Set

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JUNE IS LOVEQUILTING.COM CUSTOMER APPRECIATION MONTH!

We have designated June as the month to show our appreciation to all of our loyal customers.  When you spend $75 or more between January 2015 and May 2015, you will receive a coupon code worth 15% off your entire purchase, valid the entire month of June.  Details for additional customer appreciation specials to follow.

DO YOU LOVE FREE STUFF?

How about another free applique template to download? As we continue with our spring flower garden theme, we must have a watering can. Download your free watering can applique template by clicking here. This template is designed to be used with the fusible applique method, so it has been reversed for your convenience.

watering can

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Celebrate the Earth with Landscape Quilt Fabrics

Every year on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day. This year will be the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. When we reflect back to 1970, we begin to realize how many changes have occurred in our lives since then, from the products that we use to the way things are manufactured.

As the date of Earth Day 2015 approaches, LoveQuilting.com would like to promote awareness of our earth. This week we have put all our landscape quilt fabrics on sale. We even have a kit, which is designed as a quilt pattern for beginners to landscape quilt art.

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DO YOU HAVE A RE-USEABLE BAG?

Every little thing that we do such as using re-useable fabric tote bags for shopping, holding projects or carrying essentials, is helpful to the environment and respectful of the earth. We offer several kits and patterns for fabric bags (some of these are even FREE!). One of the best things about fabric tote bags is that they can be made from any fabric that reflects your style AND they can be embellished to showcase your individual character.

Patterns for Beginners-Tote Custom Tulika Tote Kit

WHAT’S NEW?

 Just as so many things in our lives have changed since 1970, so have many of our quilting products. We have a new product in the shop that I can’t wait to tell you about! Story Patches. Story Patches are available as a sew in variety or iron on variety. These patches contain a QR code printed on fabric ready to be placed on your project!

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We were so excited about these Story Patches, we made a video to show you how to use them! Don’t worry if you’re not sure what a QR code is, it’s all explained right here.

Story Patches can be used to document your quilt similar to a quilt label, with quilt pattern, date and quilt maker. They can also be used to communicate a personalized message such as an audio message, picture, video or more!

OTHER HAPPENINGS:

This week our free downloadable applique design is the recycle symbol. Let everyone know you recycle, reuse and reduce by placing the applique on a tote bag, a shirt, a mug rug or your favorite earth day project. The design has been reversed for ease of use as a fusible applique.

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Save $5 off your next order of $50 or more with coupon code LANDSCAPE.  Coupon valid through April 14, 2015.

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WE HAVE SOME GREAT NEW QUILT PATTERNS FOR BEGINNERS!

Once again, we have uploaded some fabulous quilt patterns for beginners, and many of them are FREE!  Now is a great time to start thinking about making a light weight spring or summer quilt for the cool evenings.  Or perhaps, you need a quilt to take to the beach or on a picnic.  There is also a wonderful tote pattern, perfect for the beach or pool side.  And of course, these patterns can be adaptable to any fabric theme or collection in any color scheme.  We even have a ruffle edged pillow project featuring the most adorable jellyfish, that you just won’t be able to resist!  Other free patterns include Beach Party Bag, Beach Party Quilt, Julia the Jellyfish and many more.

Beach Party Bag Cover Beach Party Quilt Cover Julia The Jellyfish Cover

WHAT’S GROWING IN YOUR GARDEN? Spring is in full swing and our garden is beginning to burst with color. This week we have fabrics on sale that are the colors we’d like to see in our gardens – red, pink, orange, yellow and green. We especially love the Spin collection by Benartex for the texture created by the tonal swirls. We also love the Watercolors Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics for the deep rich hues.  The Floral Elements collection by Art Gallery Fabrics brings us movement with their tonal spindle spidery mums.

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WHAT GARDEN WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT FLUTTERING BUTTERFLIES?

We have a brand new, LoveQuilting.com exclusive kit available called Butterfly Love.   Butterfly Love is available in two colorways – rose and plum.  This kit includes all fabrics for background, sashing, borders and binding. Fabric for butterflies are scrappy applique, and not included in the kit.  Pattern includes full size templates and illustrated instructions.

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DO YOU HULA?

Check out our custom Hawaiian Hula kit. The pre-fused applique is die cut for precision and can be used as a pillow, quilt block, tote bag side or whatever your imagination creates.  You get to choose the fabric for the Hawaiian Hula flower to be fused to your background.  The kit will contain both the positive and the negative cut, creating two blocks.  Match your home décor and you let us know how you want your Hawaiian Hula flower to arrive!

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OTHER HAPPENINGS:

The first day of April, nicknamed April Fools Day, has long been known as a day to play pranks on others, who then get labeled as the “April Fool”. From 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM on April 1st, you can save an additional 10% off your entire order with coupon code PRANK. Don’t be pranked – start shopping now, and tell a friend too!

April showers bring May flowers, everywhere except here in Placentia, CA where we haven’t had any showers so our flowers will grow where we water them. We have a wonderful umbrella applique along with some raindrops as a free download. This download, intended as a fusible applique, would be perfect in your garden quilt project, bag, pillow or apron.

umbrella applique

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Let’s Get “Sew”cial!

Hi Everyone,

Are you a “sew”cial butterfly? If “sew”, we want to connect with you!

Think of LoveQuilting.com as the local quilt shop down the street. We are that tail wagging puppy waiting for a pat on the head. We are the ocean waves gently crashing on the shore.

We’re trying to get the word out about us and we’re hoping you can give us a thumbs up.

We’re not asking for money. We’re not asking for donations.

All you have to do is Follow/Like us on Social Media. Every click makes a huge difference.

We are using Social Media to give away – FREE PRIZES, awesome quilt patterns, the hottest trends in quilting – you name it.

We would really appreciate you Following/Liking us below.

LET’S GET “SEW”CIAL!

 

CLICK HERE “” TO LIKE US ON FACEBOOK:

  • If you “Love” us you have to “like” us on Facebook.

 

CLICK HERE “” TO FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST:

  • We’re pinning away inspiring quilts, time-saving techniques and exclusive projects.

 

CLICK HERE “” TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER:

  • In 140 characters we will tell you the ins and outs of quilts.

 

CLICK HERE “” TO FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE +:

  • Discover inspiring images and behind the scenes peeks at who we are.

 

CLICK HERE “” TO FOLLOW US ON TUMBLR:

  • To Tumble or not too tumble – that is the question. Oh and by the way, Tumblr is the answer.

 

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Have We Got Novelty Quilting Fabrics and They’re All On Sale!

WE LOVE NOVELTY QUILTING FABRICS!

Whether they are panels or just fun bright novelty prints, they provide inspiration for large block projects that go together quickly and easily.  Whatever your quilting project may be, from a quilt to a wall hanging or other home decor, novelty prints are appealing to both young and old.  You can fussy cut a particular motif or just stack em and whack em and see how the design takes on a new form.

Some of our favorite novelty prints include baseball as we approach opening day or enjoy Little League, for those cooler evening games.

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EVERYONE HAS A STAR WARS FAN!

These Star Wars fabrics actually glow in the dark!

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WHETHER BY LAND OR BY SEA – WE LOVE OUR CRITTERS!

Dogs, cats and sea life swimming playfully also fill our shelves of novelty fabrics.

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CHECK OUT ALL OUR NOVELTY PRINTS ON SALE THIS WEEK!

NEED PROJECT INSPIRATION?  CHECK OUT THESE PATTERNS PERFECT FOR NOVELTY PRINTS AND MORE!

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WHO DOESN’T LOVE  FREE PATTERNS?

At LoveQuilting.com, we offer beginner quilt patterns that are quick and easy, and free!  Some are available exclusively at LoveQuilting.com and others are offered by the fabric manufacturers.  Fabric lines come and go so quickly, but the tried and true patterns are timeless and can be adapted to future fabrics.  We love to put a spin on traditional quilt blocks made with today’s bright and fun modern fabrics and rotate them for a fresh new look.  Our newest free beginner quilt pattern, Spring Chevrons Table Runner is made with all Half Square Triangles and is sure to brighten up your table!  Love the fabrics as much as we do?  We have also put together kits with those wonderful ombres and  the pastel multi colored background from the Let’s Tweet collection.  Not sure about Half Square Triangles?  Download our free tutorial for Half Square Triangles here.

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OTHER HAPPENINGS:

Easter is a couple of weeks away and this week, we have a simple bunny applique available as a free download for your use.  Use as a fusible applique or a template for other crafts.  You can also add a face or use it as a silhouette.

Quilting Fabrics-Bunny Applique

DID YOU KNOW?

You receive a FREE LoveQuilting.com exclusive, beginner friendly pattern with every order! Orders placed before 5:00 PM PDT are shipped same day. Orders over $50 qualify for free shipping.

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We Have the Batiks You’re Going to Love!

From the shores of Indonesia, where many of our batiks originate, to the coastline of Alaska, these fabrics are loved by many.  We carry a large assortment that is sure to appeal to modern quilter and traditional quilter alike.  The Watercolors collection by Hoffman Fabrics, which read as slightly mottled solids, are bold enough to stand on their own, or coordinate perfectly with many of the other collections.  The latest collection, Bali Chops are lightly patterned to create texture and movement within your project.  Be sure to check out all our collections.

 

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Batik Fabric-Pattern Batiks

3 WAYS BATIK FABRICS ROCK!

  •  The hand dye nature of these fabrics provides uniqueness with no two fabrics alike and ensures the same color front and back – there is no right side or wrong side to this fabric.  No more un-sewing required when accidentally matching right side to wrong side of fabric.
  • The manufacturing process of these fabrics involves the use of hot water to remove the wax resist.  The wax resist is placed on the fabric to prohibit the absorption of dye, thereby creating the beautiful patterns.  As a benefit, the hot water removes the wax resist, at the same time it provides fabric shrinkage before it reaches your sewing room and aids in removing some excess dye.  In richer, deeper colors, there may still be some excess dye that could bleed out when washing, so you may consider pre-washing.
  • We especially love that all your favorite batiks are on sale this week!

 

Here’s one from our gallery – we made the Metro Waves quilt in batiks, which came out stunning!  If you haven’t tried the Quick Curve Ruler yet, you will be amazed at how fun and easy sewing these curves can be!  Read about our Metro Waves quilt in the gallery section.  We would love to showcase your quilt in our gallery.  Please feel free to send us a picture along with a description and we will publish it for all to enjoy!

 

Batik Fabric-Metro Waves

OTHER HAPPENINGS:

SPRING EQUINOX – FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH

As we approach the official start of spring, hopefully your gardens are overflowing with new blooms in an amazing spray of colors.  This week, we have a free downloadable large flower applique template.  Use as a fusible applique, needle turn applique, patch, template or whatever you desire.  This flower will look best with petals as one color and center in another color.  Add free form stem and leaves and create your own spring garden.  Flower will fill an 8″ block which can be incorporated into a quilt, wall hanging, mug rug, placemat, table runner, pillow, tote bag or whatever else you can dream of!  Click here to download your free flower applique.

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NATIONAL QUILTING DAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST

Join the global celebration of quilt makers and quilt lovers, on National Quilting Day, March 21st.  A wonderful day to share your passion with a friend in a class, make a charity quilt, shop at your favorite quilt shop or download this free pattern.  This free pattern, Crooked Path, was designed by Danniele Bohannon and was chosen as the winner of the 2015 National Quilting Day Design Contest.  Congratulations to Danniele and thank you for creating such a wonderful pattern for us to enjoy!

 

NQD 2015 Crooked Path

 

Use coupon code BATIK and save $5 off your order of $50 or more, valid through March 25th.

 

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