Making Connections

Janet Klaer
Making Connections

I’m searching for EXTRA-LARGE SNAPS used on handbags and totes. Lili F.

Sawyer Brook Distinctive Fabrics stocks Jumbo Metal Snaps in two shapes—round and square. Both are approximately 1¼" across. This fashion closure, popular for casual jackets, bags and other accessories, comes in three colors—antique gold, black nickel and silver. To order, call (800) 290-2739 or (978) 368-3133, or visit

Do you know of a source for FABRIC DESIGNED FOR NECKTIES? Sue C.

Italian silk fabric from a well-known, high-end tie manufacturer is available from Fabric Mart in Sinking Spring, PA. These quality brocade and twill fabrics are available in two 10-yard assortments—Geometric, Floral and Small Patterns (808486) and Stripes (808485). Each assortment contains 1½- to 3-yard cuts for a total of 10 yards. There’s also a 4-pound assortment (808487) of ¼- to ¾-yard pieces or odd-size cuts. Silk tie fabrics range from 27" to 30" wide and are dry-cleanable. To order, visit, or call (800) 242-3695.

I’d like to find a source for HOOKS AND EYES, especially the straight bar "eye," in quantity. Jean M.

Greenberg & Hammer stocks hooks, round horseshoe-shaped eyes and straight eyes with a slight hump (also called loops). Each product is sold separately and is available nickel-plated or black-enameled in five sizes. Sizes 0, 1, 2 and 3 are sold by the great gross (1,728); the largest, size 6, is sold by the gross. For more information or to order, call (800) 955-5135 or (212) 246-2835 between 9 a.m and 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.

Do you have a supplier for the special PILLOW COVER FABRIC that’s RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Julie B.

Janice’s stocks Organic Barrier Cloth, a tightly woven 245 thread count fabric. This natural-color 100% organic cotton fabric is used for pillow, mattress and futon covers to protect against dust, germs and microorganisms. Barrier Cloth is 100” wide, washable and dryable. For a free catalog, call (800) 526-4237, or visit

Where can I buy FOLD-OVER COLORED ELASTIC for binding neck and armhole edges? Pat G.

Fold-over elastic in 17 fashion colors and three metallics is stocked by Saf- T-Pockets. This stretch binding is ⅝" wide, resulting in a finished ¼"-wide trim after folding. It has a shiny satinlike appearance on one side and matte on the other. Use this versatile elastic on knit and woven fabrics to finish the raw edges of T-shirts, vests, jackets, lingerie and baby clothes. For ordering information, visit, or call (503) 761-6460.

My husband and I have recently taken up CYCLING and I'd like to find a pattern for a RACING SHIRT AND SHORTS. Jill J.

The Green Pepper specializes in providing the patterns, fabrics and notions for making outdoor clothing and gear. Included in its pattern selection is the Bicycle Racing Jersey for women and men (401 and 402, respectively) and the unisex Oregon Racers Cycling Shorts for adults and children (409 and 410, respectively). In addition, the company offers nylon/Lycra tricot knit fabric with 4-way stretch as well as hard-tofind components for the shorts, such as 1"-wide knit elastic for the waist, ⅞"-wide grip elastic for the legs and padding for comfort. For a catalog and ordering information, send $1 to The Green Pepper Inc., Dept. SN, Box 42073, Eugene, OR 97404. Or call (541) 689-3292, or visit

Where can I find HEAVIER ULTRASUEDE that’s used for upholstery?
Kathie Y.

Field’s Fabrics by Mail has a vast selection of UltraSuede brand products that includes the durable, high performance fabrics you want. UltraSuede HP fabrics are abrasion- and stain-resistant with excellent colorfastness, making them ideal for upholstery use in the home, car or on a boat. These nonwoven, washable fabrics are 54" to 58" wide. For an UltraSuede swatch set, send $15 to Field"s Fabrics by Mail, Dept. SN, 1695 44th St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49508, call (800) 678-5872, or visit


The Button Shoppe offers an excellent selection of picture buttons that includes more than 20 dog and cat breeds. These buttons are a modern version of vintage paint-back intaglio buttons. The image is laser etched on the back of an unbreakable plastic dome that’s set in lightweight metal. The buttons are stocked in ½" and ¾" diameters. The dogs are sold individually; the cats are available in sets of six. For ordering information, call (888) 254-6078 or (916) 488-5350, or visit 


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stretch cotton terry
I make pillow covers for a chiropractor and need a source for stretch cotton terry. Can you help me?
Do invisible zippers come in a heavy weight and custom length?
I made a 3-bath towel house coat and the custom light weight invisible roll that I purchase and cut my own zipper to the size I needed didn't work. the zipper pull broke while trying to zip up the house coat. The towels are bulky so I need a long heavy zipper and I'd love to have an invisible one to replace my broken zipper. The 3-towel house coat is a pattern from the 70s but I love to make them and this set of towels are the heaviest that I've used so far.
How Fun!
What a great solution for buttons!
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