Making Connections


Where can I find BETTY BOOP printed fabric?
Judith K.

J & O Fabric Center stocks more than 20 Betty Boop novelty prints. Nostalgic designs of this popular 1930s cartoon character include “Biker Chick,”“Lucky Ladies Club,” “Showtime,”“Hog Heaven,”and colorful hearts, circles and squares.This 44”-wide 100% cotton plain-weave fabric is also available in a soft flannel version. For ordering information, visit, or call (856) 663-2121.

Where can I find LIGHTWEIGHT SEPARATING DRESS ZIPPERS? Many formal dress patterns call for these zippers, yet fabric shops don’t seem to stock them.
Lynn P.

Custom Zips specializes in making custom zippers in the style and length you need.The lightweight coilseparating zipper used in prom dresses, wedding gowns, and tops of bustiers and two-piece dresses is available in more than 150 colors. Black and white can be made up to 100” long; colors up to 36” long. For the best color match, send a swatch of your garment fabric along with your order. For more information, call (203) 866-1540, or visit

I’d like to locate moccasin-type SLIPPER SOLES in different sizes appropriate for knitted and crocheted slippers.
Pat U.

Patternworks stocks suede slipper soles in sizes ranging from infant (4” long) to men’s XL (13” long).The soles cover the slipper bottom, come up the sides approximately ¾” and have punched holes along the upper edge. They’re available unlined in gray or with a faux fleece lining in brown. Call (800) 438-5464 for more information, or visit

Do you know if anyone makes a TAPE MEASURE to help figure out CORRECT BRA SIZE?
Colleen E.

The Flattering Me Tape Measure developed by Coco Abadi is available from Clotilde Inc.This fiberglass tape is a bra tape measure on one side and a regular 60” tape measure on the other.To determine the best fitting bra, first measure your torso just under the bust for your bra size (32 to 46); then measure around the fullest part of the bust for your cup size (A to DD).To order, call (800) 772-2891, or visit

Where can I find a pattern for a REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG that’s small and compact when not in use?
Stephanie M.

The Tukaway Tote pattern (NR-12), designed by McKenna Linn, is a roomy 20”x 22” shopping tote with handles that fold into a pouch-size front pocket. When made from tightly-woven lightweight fabric, such as cotton batik or nylon ripstop, this easy-to-make tote is strong and packs away neatly.To order, send $10 postpaid to, Dept. SN, 42 Nichols St., Spencerport, NY 14559, phone toll-free (877) 454-7967, or visit

I’m searching for a pattern to make PADDED SATIN HANGERS.
Carol F.

Susie Gay of Berryhill Heirlooms has designed an elegant Covered & Padded Hanger pattern (P01) that can be used to cover a new hanger or refurbish an old one. Included with the step-by-step illustrated instructions is information on how to size the hanger to fit a small child’s garment up to adult-size clothing, plus creative ideas for customizing the hanger.The company also sells a flat, lacquered hardwood hanger with a chrome hook. It’s the ideal style for a padded hanger and can be cut down to the size you need. For more information or to place an order, visit

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