Working with Cotton Lawns

Since launching our first collection of London Calling cotton lawn back in 2008, we have continued to develop new designs and new collections using this versatile fabric. 

Lawn is typically made from cotton now and the high fine count gives a silky, smooth feel to the fabric. It is lightweight and drapes well making it a wonderful choice for apparel fabric. With slightly more body than voile, it can be easier to sew with. 

We recently released even more designs in cotton lawn with our Lennox Gardens collection.

These twelve new fabrics are perfect for blouses, dresses, curtains and more. And with its crisp finish, it's a breeze to sew!  For our recent visit to the LA Textile Show, we had several items made using the London Calling and Cotton Lawn. 

From Left to Right:   ICE CREAM DRESS   BY OLIVER + S (LONDON CALLING AND CAMBRIDGE), VINTAGE BUTTERICK PATTERN (LONDON CALLING AND CAMBRIDGE),   EMERY DRESS   BY CHRISTINE HAYNES (LONDON CALLING).

From Left to Right: ICE CREAM DRESS BY OLIVER + S (LONDON CALLING AND CAMBRIDGE), VINTAGE BUTTERICK PATTERN (LONDON CALLING AND CAMBRIDGE), EMERY DRESS BY CHRISTINE HAYNES (LONDON CALLING).

   EMERY DRESS   BY CHRISTINE HAYNES (LONDON CALLING).

 EMERY DRESS BY CHRISTINE HAYNES (LONDON CALLING).

Want to give it a try? We have two free patterns for you: a simple skirt and a twin size quilt.

Faraway quilt

Faraway quilt

Simple Skirt 

Simple Skirt 

You can download these and dozens more patterns to try out in our Free Patterns section at RobertKaufman.com

Dubstepper Messenger Bag {free pattern}

Ann Kelle is back with more cuteness with Beatbox, a collection of record players, boom boxes, headphones and cassettes. With a fun retro feel with her characteristic whimsy, Beatbox is perfect for accessories, including this messenger bag designed by The Craft Junky.

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"I designed this bag for all of you tech savvy people. With an adjustable cross-body strap and a sturdy carrying handle, toting all of your gadgets will be easy peasy.
Dubstepper features a large exterior zipper pocket on the front of the bag as well as a smaller interior zipper perfect to stow away your mp3 player and ear buds. And the well-padded sleeve on the inside provides the perfect protection for your tablet or e-reader."

-Amanda, The Crafty Junky

Download the free pattern from our site and get started making your own version of the Dubstepper. And look for Beatbox at your local quilt shop!

Shine On with new Remix Metallics

Shine On with new Remix Metallics

You know how fabulous Ann Kelle's chevrons are in her Remix collection. Now she's taken it up a notch, adding a bit of glitz and glimmer with her Remix Metallics collection. Using both wide and narrow chevrons, with plenty of color variety, the fabrics are perfect for so many projects, including this little Chevron Shell Clutch. Designed for us by Ramona Rose, it requires only two fat quarters of fabric and a few notions.

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