I fell in love with FABRIC
and then I made my own!
It all started in 6th grade when I won the Singer Sewing Contest after taking my first sewing class. After that, I sewed everything — clothes, beanbag chairs, tents, tailored jackets, even jammies for all the kids in the neighborhood.
In 1991, after my first son (of 3) was born, I sewed all my baby's clothes and as everyone asked me where I got them. I signed up for my first sale, and quickly sold out. IMPWEARkids was born! I enjoyed finding wonderful fabric, sewing in my basement during nap times, and clothed several generations of Pacific Northwest kids in reversible, kid-proof play-wear.
With 3 boys enrolled in Seattle Public Schools, I taught art in Seattle Public Schools so kids could learn to make lemons into lemonade — the way all artists and entrepreneurs do. You better believe I aught them all to sew too.
Here's my tribe all decked out in IMPWEARkids at the beach:
A SEATTLE MOM&POP:
In 2013, I discovered laminated cotton. I sold the rest of my kid's clothes inventory to my favorite store in the Pike Place Market in Seattle, and started IMPWEARhome, making tablecloths, aprons, & bags. How delightful to work with such amazing and delightful stuff!
In November 2019 we changed our name to Splash Fabric, an ode to our magical laminated fabric! I was worried that no one would love my new makings as much as they had my IMPWEAR, but y'all did. My following became stronger and we have grown a community of supporters who are solid and inspirational.
My boys came back this year to help me with our Mask Mission
Who knew they had been paying attention all these years?
Splash Fabric makes beautifully useful laminated fabric, bags and home goods in Seattle. Our unofficial motto is: “make it work!” I design dreamy fabrics and clever products to stand up to your spills, sloppy and splashes. From practical bag design to new packaging to family backpacking expeditions, the Krauters don’t shy from life’s challenges.
In 2016, after not finding the prints I wanted to see, I dove off an entrepreneurial cliff, started learning surface pattern design, and began ordering new prints in 3,000 yd increments. I never looked back.
Forever the problem-solver, David crafted a fabric re-roller for our basement, so that Splash Fabric can ship fabric out to stores, and to all of you sewists out there. I love that, and thank you!
We are makers, and our products speak to makers:
crafters, gardeners, cooks, sewists, as well as anyone who makes messes.
Built to last | rugged whimsy
As a former Park Ranger, and incorrigible backpacker, if I am going to put new items out in the world, I want to be sure they are biodegradable and built to last. No planned obsolescence here, and it's OEKO-TEX certified.
As the mother of 3 boys, my goal is to save you from doing too much laundry.
"Our Fabric is MAGIC"
Our eco-friendly, non toxic flavor of "OilCloth" is unique in the market, with its matte finish and contemporary, fresh designs.
Today, Splash Fabric has a dynamic team and I'm proud of what we've built. We make quality products for affordable prices and deliver them quickly to your doorstep.
We sell our fabric and offer a complete line of sewing patterns to support you making all the things! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
After 2020, we know #weareallinthistogether.
We continue to sell masks and other goodies "contactless" on our front porch. Find our address on our FAQ page if you are in Seattle, and we hope to see you at an event when they become possible again.