MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT - January 7, 2020
For many years now – since 2009 – my small business has been offering custom printed fabric to the sewing community. I'm proud to say that I started a business in my basement, and it grew to support several family incomes and to supply numerous other small businesses. My team and I have run over 33 successfully fulfilled preorders. Developed and printed 576 fabric designs. Shipped hundreds of retail orders each week with a 2-3 day turn around. It's been a sometimes joyous, sometimes exhausting adventure.
My lease in the industrial park is up this spring. My plan had been to scale back to PUL and Oxford and move the business back to my home. However due to health issues my situation has changed, and I will be needing to spend more time with my family. With much reflection I have made the difficult decision to wind down this business, and transition to the next aspect of my life journey.
This has been a very hard decision because I've been so nurtured and inspired by all the creativity in this community. You all have pushed me to come up with better and better prints. I got to savor the anticipation of seeing what you would make with each new round of fabrics. I've been awed over and over again at our talented customers all over the world, sewing such beautiful and reusable items. It was my mission from the start to make better fabrics available to the green sewing community, and I hope that together we've been able to make some small dent in reducing single-use diapers and home products.
What does this mean for our stores? We are currently seeking a new owner to carry on the mission and vision of our stores. In the meantime we have some plans in place:
Diaper Fabric Direct, the wholesale side of the company, will be open through February 10, 2020. Any store credits should by used by January 31 2020. We have solid PUL and bulk microfleece available while it lasts. While there will be no new production runs of print PUL, we do have a large selection of our most popular PUL prints in stock at Diaper Sewing Supplies.
Sahara Fabrics and Diaper Sewing Supplies will be open through March 15, 2020. Please use any store credits or gift certificates by February 29, 2020. In stock, we have PUL prints and PUL solids, Oxford prints, cotton lycras, stay drys, and KAM snaps. We will not be restocking anything; the remaining fabrics and notions will be available while supplies last until our close date. All preorders have already been completed.
It is my hope that by giving this notice of our intention hand off the business to new owners or to close down the stores, you have time to pick up what you need for this time of transition. We will continue to fulfill orders through March so as not to abandon our loyal customers by closing abruptly.
I'd like to thank you in advance of our actual closing for all the faith and trust you've place in my little company for your fabric needs. I started this business to help diaper makers like myself and it grew into something larger than my wildest dreams. The best part has been all the tiny bums fluffed and all the beautiful sews our customers have shared. Thank you for being a part of my life.
If you enjoy spending time sewing, you want fabric that gives you professional results. That's the guiding mission behind Sahara Fabrics. We aim to be your oasis for quality fabrics that give great results, so you can make the most of your creative time.
Sahara Fabrics specializes in hard-to-find material, made in the USA whenever possible, and top-notch quality always. Our prices are low because you are buying manufacturer-direct. We manufacture our own lines of waterproof fabrics, fold over elastic (FOE), buttonhole elastic, apparel elastic, microfleece, minky, and knits. Our products are specifically made to our standards for Sahara.
Sahara Fabrics is a small family-owned business, started by Dawn Bucholtz, a mom who loves to sew. Dawn has been sewing since age 7, when she learned to sew a jumper. Professionally, Dawn started sewing for babies, and then ran a sucessful cloth diaper company for seven years. Since 2008 her company has been supplying fabrics for childen's wear, adults, home and pets.
Sahara Fabrics is woman-run and family owned, working to bring you a positive online shopping experience.
Sahara Fabrics is located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Our storefront is online; our cutting and shipping warehouse is not open to retail shopping.