BY SHERI TRUSTY
The hundreds of seamstresses, interior designers, artists and crafters in Ottawa County now have a new, local source for fabric. Jane Stott opened Fabric Fusions in July at 139A Maple. St. in the Port Clinton Plaza behind McDonalds.
Fabric Fusions offers a full line of upholstery, drapery, marine, outdoor and vinyl material, as well as foam in 1-inch to 6-inch thicknesses. The outdoor fabric is water repellent and rated for UV protection.
The shop offers several colors and styles of fabric on-site, and Stott has an extensive line of customized fabric that can ordered.
“I sell fabric by the yard,” she said. “People can order a half a yard to play with and see if it will work.”
Stott has big plans for her new business.
“My vision is to build relationships with designers and upholsterers so we can refer each other for whatever niche the customer is looking for,” Stott said. “You can also come in with your designer. You can bring in whatever you have and we’ll work together to match fabric to it and come up with a plan.”
Stott recently added a commercial sublimation printer to Fabric Fusions so she can create custom order products for customers, such as pillows.
“I can infuse the ink onto fabric. People like their boats. People like their dogs,” Stott said.
Fabric Fusions’ printable products aren’t limited to fabric merchandise. Stott can also create customized coasters, mousepads, mugs, keychains and mugs.
“I’m next to Nauti Dog Grooming, so I’m making dog beds,” she said.
For information on Fabric Fusions, call 570-956-6674 or visit www.fabricfusions.com.
Stott was inspired to open Fabric Fusions by her longtime passion for sewing. She worked at a fabric shop as a young woman and took quilting classes when she was young, but she set the hobby aside for several years as she built her career and raised her family. She worked for several years in healthcare administration as her husband, Dan Stott, built his business, Port Clinton Manufacturing Co.
“He’s up and running, so it’s my turn,” she said. “I’m at an age where I don’t want to stop working, but I want to have fun — and this is fun. People are happy when they’re decorating.”