Join our Christmas Fabric Bundle Giveaway with Ma Me Mi Mo!

We’ve teamed up with the lovely Ma Me Mi Mo for a Christmas fabric bundle giveaway! To join, simply head on over to Ma Me Mi Mo’s site for details. The giveaway ends on October 12th. Good luck!

Don’t forget to check out their stunning patchwork table spread using our Birch fabrics! Check out images right here.

Join our Fabric Bundle Giveaway with Ma Me Mi Mo!

Join our Fabric Bundle Giveaway with Ma Me Mi Mo!

Ma Me Mi Mo's beautiful table spread using our Birch fabrics!

Ma Me Mi Mo’s beautiful table spread using our Birch fabrics!

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

It goes so well with that wooden table

It goes so well with that wooden table

Look at the detail!

Look at the detail!

These are Birch fabrics, used in the spread

These are Birch fabrics, used in the spread

It's easy to wrap up too!

It’s easy to wrap up too!

Oeko-tex and Organic Fabrics

You may have seen that we have a number of organic fabrics in our shop, as well as many Oeko-tex certified ones such as several of the Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton fabrics, and numerous Copenhagen Print Factory fabrics. But what exactly do these terms mean?

The Oeko-tex standard essentially refers to how fabrics are dealt with, and processed. If a fabric is Oeko-tex Standard 100 certified, that means it has been rigorously tested to ensure it is free of over 100 known harmful substances.

Organic fabric refers to the components used to create the fabric, such as cotton. In order to be considered organic, the component used to make that fabric (e.g. cotton) has to have been cultivated according to very strict guidelines, such as being grown without the use of synthesized fertilizers. These fabrics need to meet the requirement of global standards such as the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) in order to be considered organic, much like the way the many Birch fabrics we have available do.

Oeko-tex and organic are not the same and are not interchangeable terms, as they refer to different practises. However, they’re certainly useful to know if you have a preference for either one.

Check out the many Oeko-tex certified and organic fabrics we have available. Do you tend to buy either Oeko-tex or organic fabrics?

 

 

The GOTS certification

The GOTS certification

Oeko-tex and Organic Fabrics 2

Oeko-tex and Organic Fabrics 2

solid pink Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA Pink Flamingo

solid pink Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA Pink Flamingo

white with cute orange flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute orange flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute lime green flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute lime green flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

black with white silhouette tree people fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

black with white silhouette tree people fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

taupe with cute flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

taupe with cute flower design fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute fish grey submarine fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute fish grey submarine fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

navy blue with white bear fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

navy blue with white bear fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute small Christmas tree fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

white with cute small Christmas tree fabric by Copenhagen Print Factory

lime green laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

lime green laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

red laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

red laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

navy blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

navy blue laminate fabric by Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Slicker

turquoise with cupboard chair birch poplin organic fabric from the USA

turquoise with cupboard chair birch poplin organic fabric from the USA

light cream with pink flamingo flower birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

light cream with pink flamingo flower birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

light cream navy blue orange anchor birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

light cream navy blue orange anchor birch Double Gauze organic fabric USA

turquoise with cupboard chair picture frame birch knit organic fabric USA

turquoise with cupboard chair picture frame birch knit organic fabric USA

light cream orange stripe knit organic fabric USA

light cream orange stripe knit organic fabric USA

modes4u visits Birch

modes4u’s own Managing Director, Sandra Boch, and IT Manager, Alan Mak, recently stopped by Birch’s office in the US. There, they had a chance to speak with the fantastic team at Birch, who work tirelessly to design and produce some of the most stunning organic fabrics, many of which we feature in our store! Their fabrics are also processed in accordance to Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), which is a world-know standard for organic fabrics. During their visit, Sandra and Alan were able to discuss upcoming fabric designs as well as take a small tour of Birch’s office. Check out the images below!

Do you have a favorite Birch fabric? Let us know!

The team at Birch

The team at Birch

Their lovely office

Their lovely office

A photography area

A photography area

Part of their workspace

Part of their workspace

More workspace

More workspace

Fabric discussion time!

Fabric discussion time!

Sandra speaks to Birch about more designs

Sandra speaks to Birch about more designs

Checking out more of Birch's patterns

Checking out more of Birch’s patterns

Fabric related items

Fabric related items

Their warehouse space

Their warehouse space

New organic fabric collections by birch

We have lovely new organic fabrics by birch in our shop. You can now order the cute collections Happy Town and Picnic Whimsy with funny animal designs as well as the stylish collection Bear Camp with many shades of blue and grey. Moreover, if you are looking for some stretch – we also have a lot of plain-colored birch knit fabrics.

Some of the new organic fabric from the birch collections Happy Town and Picnic Whimsy.

Some of the new organic fabric from the birch collections Happy Town and Picnic Whimsy.

white  'Happy Houses' colourful house organic fabric birch USA

white ‘Happy Houses’ colourful house organic fabric birch USA

sky blue 'Happy Pals' lion & giraffe animal birch knit organic fabric USA

sky blue ‘Happy Pals’ lion & giraffe animal birch knit organic fabric USA

orange leaf pattern & dots organic fabric birch 'leaves'

orange leaf pattern & dots organic fabric birch ‘leaves’

cream colour spot speckled birch knit organic fabric USA

cream colour spot speckled birch knit organic fabric USA

grey crocodile & flower animal organic fabric birch USA 'Lurking'

grey crocodile & flower animal organic fabric birch USA ‘Lurking’

off-white mushroom & raccoon organic fabric birch USA 'Mushroom Forest'

off-white mushroom & raccoon organic fabric birch USA ‘Mushroom Forest’

blue grey 'picnic' crocodile & penguin flower birch knit organic fabric USA

blue grey ‘picnic’ crocodile & penguin flower birch knit organic fabric USA

turquoise 'Bear Bois' tree stripes birch knit organic fabric from the USA

turquoise ‘Bear Bois’ tree stripes birch knit organic fabric from the USA

grey 'Bear Hike' bears birch poplin organic fabric USA

grey ‘Bear Hike’ bears birch poplin organic fabric USA

navy blue 'Bear Hike' bears birch poplin organic fabric USA

navy blue ‘Bear Hike’ bears birch poplin organic fabric USA

coral red 'Bear Bois' tree stripes birch poplin organic fabric USA

coral red ‘Bear Bois’ tree stripes birch poplin organic fabric USA

solid light green birch knit organic fabric from the USA

solid light green birch knit organic fabric from the USA

solid teal birch knit organic fabric from the USA

solid teal birch knit organic fabric from the USA

Our visit to the Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis: Part2

During our visit to the Quilt Market in the United States this year we were especially keen to look for new organic fabrics. Responding to our customers wish for certified organic cotton fabrics, we were able to find a range of very beautiful designs for our shop. We were very happy to have a chance to talk first hand to great suppliers like Monaluna, Birch and Cloud9 and choose from their amazing new collections.Due to the very good experience with the organic fabrics already available in our shop, we are sure to have the best partners to offer you wonderful fabrics for future children’s clothing and home sewing projects.

New Birch collection. We are always surprised how colorful organic cotton can be.

New Birch collection. We are always surprised how colorful organic fabrics can be.

We received great information and advice on organic fabrics throughout.

We received great information and advice on organic fabrics.

We can't wait for these dreamy Birch fabrics.

Some wonderful dreamy Birch fabrics.

Dream team. Together we found so many beautiful Monaluna designs.

Dream team. Together we found so many beautiful Monaluna designs.

Cute Monaluna apron and quilt blanket with charming flowers.

Cute Monaluna apron and quilt blanket with charming flowers.

Aren't colorful fruit fabrics always refreshing. Especially if they are organic.

Aren’t colorful fruit fabrics always refreshing. Especially if they are organic.

All of the booths are decorated with amazing attention to detail.

All of the booths are decorated with amazing attention to detail.

A lovely pastel colored Cloud 9 collection.

A lovely pastel colored Cloud 9 collection.

The garments on display really showed that these organic fabrics have a unique beauty.

The garments on display really showed that there is unique beauty to organic fabrics.

white 'Shine Bright' colorful bright spot Cloud 9 Voile organic cotton fabric

white ‘Shine Bright’ colorful bright spot Cloud 9 Voile organic cotton fabric

white monaluna mini flower organic fabric Jacks

white monaluna mini flower organic fabric Jacks

Peonies Blue peony flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Peonies Blue peony flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Our fabrics are the cover garments of Sew Magazine

Do you like this stunning top on the cover of the February issue of Britain’s Sew Magazine? We adore it and it was made with our birch flag fabric. We teamed up with Sew Magazine and sponsored two organic birch fabrics that were used for cover garments and we couldn’t be happier. Both the peplum top and the dress look amazing.

The stunning top on the cover of the February issue of Sew Magazine is made with our fabric

The stunning top on the cover of the February issue of Sew Magazine is made with our fabric

The gorgeous organic birch flag fabric looks great as a peplum top

The gorgeous organic birch flag fabric looks great as a peplum top

This dress is made with our birch knot dot organic fabric.

This dress is made with our birch knot dot organic fabric.

cream maritime birch flags organic fabric Flags petrol

cream maritime birch flags organic fabric Flags petrol

grey knot dot pattern organic fabric by birch from the USA

grey knot dot pattern organic fabric by birch from the USA

New birch fabrics: Acorn Trail and Feather River

We have two lovely new organic fabric collections by birch in our shop. Acorn Trail is by Tegan White and a very cute collection with flower, bug and forest animal designs. A lot of the prints also include the cute girl Penny who hangs out with her forest animal friends.

Feather River is by Jay-Cyn Designs and revolves around the theme of Camping. There are lots of pretty nature and animal designs with bears, birds, trees, camping scenes and so on.

Many prints of both collections are also available as knits, flannels or strong canvas fabrics.

New birch fabrics on modes4u: collection Acorn Trail by Tegan White (picture by birch.com)

New birch fabrics on modes4u: collection Acorn Trail by Tegan White (picture by birch.com)

Penny's Seasons forest animal girl seasons birch organic fabric from the USA

Penny’s Seasons forest animal girl seasons birch organic fabric from the USA

Laundry Day forest animal laundry girl autumn birch organic fabric from the USA

Laundry Day forest animal laundry girl autumn birch organic fabric from the USA

Acorn Trail Map forest girl autumn birch organic fabric from the USA

Acorn Trail Map forest girl autumn birch organic fabric from the USA

Bugs Tonal Blue insect bug animal birch organic fabric from the USA

Bugs Tonal Blue insect bug animal birch organic fabric from the USA

Bugs Gold insect bug animal birch organic fabric from the USA

Bugs Gold insect bug animal birch organic fabric from the USA

Nature Hike girl autumn forest animal birch organic fabric from the USA

Nature Hike girl autumn forest animal birch organic fabric from the USA

Birds and Branches Coral bird branch birch organic fabric from the USA

Birds and Branches Coral bird branch birch organic fabric from the USA

Peonies Blue peony flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Peonies Blue peony flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Tonal Floral Shell mini flower birch organic fabric from the USA

Tonal Floral Shell mini flower birch organic fabric from the USA

New birch fabrics on modes4u.com: collection Feather River by Jay-Cyn Designs (picture by birch.com)

New birch fabrics on modes4u.com: collection Feather River by Jay-Cyn Designs (picture by birch.com)

Feather River Patch Patchwork camping forest poplin organic fabric birch USA

Feather River Patch Patchwork camping forest poplin organic fabric birch USA

blue fish Blue School poplin organic fabric birch USA

blue fish Blue School poplin organic fabric birch USA

off-white Feather River Main camping forest poplin organic fabric birch USA

off-white Feather River Main camping forest poplin organic fabric birch USA

orange Quail and Poppy bird flower poplin organic fabric birch USA

orange Quail and Poppy bird flower poplin organic fabric birch USA

grey bear Bear Hike Shroom poplin organic fabric birch USA

grey bear Bear Hike Shroom poplin organic fabric birch USA

off-white Bobbers Sun poplin organic fabric birch USA

off-white Bobbers Sun poplin organic fabric birch USA

off-white Canopy tree forest poplin organic fabric birch USA

off-white Canopy tree forest poplin organic fabric birch USA

blue River View water pattern poplin organic fabric birch USA

blue River View water pattern poplin organic fabric birch USA

Win our organic birch fabrics at ChrisW Designs

Until December 7th you still have the opportunity to join a great organic fabric and Christmas fabric giveaway at Chris W Designs. We teamed up with the talented designer and are giving away a bundle of pretty organic birch fabrics and Japanese Christmas fabrics on her blog. Giveaway is open worldwide.

Win this bundle of organic birch fabrics at ChrisW Designs

Win this bundle of organic birch fabrics and Christmas fabric at ChrisW Designs

Win Japanese fabrics: giveaway with StraightGrain

Haven’t won anything yet? Here is another chance. On the blog Straight Grain you can now win great Japanese fabrics and organic fabrics: echino canvas, echino cotton sateen and birch organic fabric. The giveaway  is running until October 6th.

Win Japanese fabrics and organic fabrics in our giveaway with StraightGrain

Win Japanese fabrics and organic fabrics in our giveaway with StraightGrain

birch sewing tutorials for cheater fabrics

If you like sewing you should definitely have a look at the birch blog. The official blog of the organic fabric manufacturer birch shares wonderful and detailed tutorials made by bloggers like Straight Grain or Plum and June. Today we want to show you some great examples of what to do with cheater fabrics. You can click on the picture below to get to the tutorials on the birch blog.

Cheater fabrics are great for quilting, which is what they are probably mostly used for. But they also look great on projects like home decor pillows, bed linen and also clothes. Our favourite project of the birch tutorials is the soft baby booklet. What a great idea for babies!

Tutorial for throw pillows by Plum and June with birch fabrics

Tutorial for throw pillows by Plum and June with birch fabrics

Tutorial for a soft baby booklet by Plum and June with birch fabrics

Tutorial for a soft baby booklet by Plum and June with birch fabrics

Tutorial for a quilt by Plum and June with birch fabrics designed by Charley Harper

Tutorial for a quilt by Plum and June with birch fabrics designed by Charley Harper

Tutorial for the Sleepy Head Nap Mat by Christina McKinney with birch fabrics

Tutorial for the Sleepy Head Nap Mat by Christina McKinney with birch fabrics

patchwork forest animals organic fabric birch Fort Firefly

patchwork forest animals organic fabric birch Fort Firefly

Patchwork bird ladybug organic fabric birch Cardinal Patch

Patchwork bird ladybug organic fabric birch Cardinal Patch

patchwork elephant birch organic fabric Frolic Triangles

patchwork elephant birch organic fabric Frolic Triangles

patchwork squirrel bird organic fabric birch Feeding Station

patchwork squirrel bird organic fabric birch Feeding Station

Patchwork sea whale anchor birch organic fabric Waves Patch

Patchwork sea whale anchor birch organic fabric Waves Patch

Patchwork Koi fish flower origami organic fabric birch USA

Patchwork Koi fish flower origami organic fabric birch USA

Patchwork forest stag bee canvas organic fabric birch USA

Patchwork forest stag bee canvas organic fabric birch USA

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