Organic cotton prints for $16.95 per yard! Need I say more?
Yesterday Cloud 9 announced their debut fabric collection called My Happy Garden. The collection is aimed at the nursery and kids market featuring 8 prints in retro-inspired yellows, blues, and greens. Cloud 9 fabric is 100% GOTS certified organic cotton printed with Oeko-tex certified dyes. Fabrics are imported from India. The debut fabric collection will be available Sept. 1, 2009 for both retail and wholesale.
The fabrics have a suggested retail price of only $16.95 per yard, which is an amazing feat in the organic cotton market. Other big names in organic cotton prints, like Harmony Art and Daisy Janie, are $22-27 and $68 per yard respectively.
Cloud 9 Fabrics was founded by Michelle Engel Bencsko, of Cicada Studio, and Gina Pantastico, 16-year fashion industry veteran. Don’t miss their amazingly detailed FAQ page with everything you want to know about Cloud 9 Fabrics. Tune in to their blog Floating on Cloud 9 for Cloud 9 news and inspiration.
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Those are just gorgeous!! Can’t wait until September!
I am SUPER happy to see another printed organic fabric line on the horizon!!!!
I do need to make one correction to this post… when comparing the prices between the “My Happy Garden” collection and the Harmony Art sateen prices you need to keep in mind the fabric width. “My Happy Garden” fabrics are 45″ wide. Most Harmony Art sateens are 110″ wide…. so if you do the math in terms of fabric yield the cost for Harmony Art fabric is actually less expensive. (More than twice the fabric per yard!)
Regardless, I am happy to see more options available for everyone and wish Cloud 9 LOTS of success!
I wanted to chime in not only to thank you, but to agree with Harmony. I addressed a little about the pricing on our blog http://cloud9fabrics.blogspot.com/. To add to that, yes, the wider widths are actually LESS expensive because they are more common for the mills and therefore they don’t need to make allowances for the goods. Narrow widths are just more “accepted” in the market. If people were more ready to accept the wider goods, then there would probably be a lot more interest in producing/selling/buying. We, along with a nice group of others such as Harmony, are working on making this happen!
I’m so excited about this project for Michelle! The fabrics look great. I don’t currently know any pregnant women- I’ll have to meet some so I have an excuse to make receiving blankets out of this fabric!
Harmony and Michelle,
Thanks so much for the correction regarding fabric width. I can’t believe I missed that one and I certainly did not mean to claim that any other fabrics are overly expensive. I think all organic fabrics are worth the increased cost for both the benefits to the environment as well as the unique indie designer prints.
Thank you both for your fabulous work in promoting organic cotton production and bringing your fabulous fabrics to all of us!
I’m a little late to this post, but I think it’s also worth pointing out how valuable the 110” width can be when it comes to backing for larger quilts. An example- you could comfortably back a 100” x 100” quilt with 3.25 yards of 110” width fabric (allowing for selvedge edge and about 3% shrink) all in one piece! To make that same size backing in 45” width fabric- you’d need 3, 3.25 yard panels. So even if you take the highest priced Harmony Art 110” fabric at $27/yd- your fabric total would be only $87.75 vs. $165.26 for the 3 panels of Cloud 9 45” width at $16.95/yd (not to mention you don’t have to go through all the extra work to join the panels and you don’t have to worry about how the seams will look when you are choosing your print). Sure on smaller quilts you get lots of leftovers- but you also get that when you join standard web width panels- it all depends on the size of the quilt. I agree with the folks at Cicada Studio- the toughest part is getting customers to accept something that is different than the norm … we just need to be creative in how we present them and people will see how useful they can be.
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