Remember when I reviewed the fabulous Caboodle Kids last year? I was a brand rep for them for a few months and you can read all about how fantastic their handmade kids clothes are here. But did you know that they also run the online fabric shop Caboodle Textiles? If you didn’t, you need to check it out right now! Well, read my review first… then go check it out.
Caboodle Textiles’ mission is “bringing joy to your sewing table and colour to your wardrobe” and they have got that nailed. Their Etsy shop stocks a really varied selection of jersey knit, ribbing, sweat shirting, french terry and woven cottons, along with some haberdashery items. Its a great mix of children and adult prints so there is something for everyone. Caboodle Textiles also sells some great bundles of colour coordinated plain jersey; a fantastic way to build up your stash, my favourite is Ocean Blues bundle. They also have a Facebook group (its a closed group so you need to request to be a member before you can see inside) with a permanent Etsy discount code, as well as the chance to have first dibs on new stock and join preorders at a discounted price. Its also a great place to ask advice, get some sewing inspiration and chat.
There are loads of online fabric shops so what are the benefits of buying from Caboodle Textiles. I ordered a metre of Space Adventure jersey print and half a metre of plain grass green jersey. Mel was on-hand before I placed my order to help me choose the best plain to complement the space fabric. I wanted a strong, bright colour but not one that detracted from the awesome space print. Mel sent me a photo showing how a few plain colours looked up against the print so I could make my choice; that was really helpful. The delivery was really fast; there’s nothing worse than ordering fabric with a project in mind, getting all ready to get sewing and then the fabric takes ages to arrive. Caboodle Textiles aims to ship orders within 12 hours of them being placed but it can often be faster than that; amazing! When my fabric arrived each one was in a plastic cover inside the parcel bag. I love this! It meant that my precious fabric was protected in the post, but I also love it because it makes it much easier for me to keep track of what I have and haven’t pre-washed. With so much fabric coming into the house (don’t tell Chris I said that…I hardly buy any honestly) it can be hard to keep tabs on what is ready to be sewn. By keeping the fabric from Caboodle in the plastic sleeves, I knew exactly what was still to be washed. I’m not sure if this is a intended by-product of the packaging but it certainly is a big plus for me.
I used my Space Adventure and grass green jerseys to make an outfit for Fletcher; the new Made By Jack’s Mum High Kick Harem Pants with a MBJM Explorer Raglan tee.
Fletcher loved the outfit (hooray!) and wore the trousers every day for over a week after school. They have been washed a few times now and been put through their paces generally, as four year old boys like to do with clothes, and the fabric has held up beautifully. No fading from the wash and still holding its shape perfectly, even around the knee areas. What more could you ask for from fabric. As the fabric was such great quality (hardly any curling etc on the edges) it meant I could use every last scrap so I also made some MBJM Speedy Pants and I still have plenty of the space fabric left.
Caboodle Textiles are currently working on a shiny new website which will house an even bigger range of fabric, its due for launch this Spring. But in the mean time you can find them..
on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CaboodleTextiles
on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CaboodleTextiles/
EDITS (October 2017):
Caboodle Textiles’s website is now up and running with their full range, and the discount code in Caboodle’s Facebook group also works for the website.
They have started using branded and recyclable packaging.
The Space Adventurer fabric I used is now out of print but I recently got this fabulous monkey print which I might love even more!