Pantomime and Props : Showstopping Fabric to Show Off!

Perfect Panto Picks

Preparation for pantomime’s, school plays and festive performances are underway throughout the country. Over the past month or so we have had loads of orders for theatres big and small. Shiny backdrops to transform school halls, bright faux animal fur, and even a visit from a professional pantomime dame (oh yes we did!)

Pantomimes are traditionally outlandish, colourful and totally over the top. We found a great deal of our fabrics fit the bill for shows and pantomimes. Click on for our top fabrics picks for your panto… Continue reading “Pantomime and Props : Showstopping Fabric to Show Off!”


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Fleece and Sherpa : Double Sided For Double the Comfort

Sherpa and Fleece are the perfect duo for keeping snug and warm this winter.  Thick Sherpa fleece make an ideal lining for jackets and coats. Fleece feels soft to the touch.  These two are used so often together for top layer and lining it made sense to merge them as one fabric, so we did! Fabric UK present to you,  Double Sided Bonded Sherpa Fleece….

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Waterproof Curtains : Splash Proof With a Splash of Colour!

Curtains, we all need them at some point. Decorative and functional, you can set the key look of a room with the right style. Or if you are not fussed to much about decor, simply use them to keep a draft at bay or to keep light out. But what if you need to keep water out? Well, waterproof curtains are the answer. Of course we are familiar with shower curtains, but there are many other situations where you may need a bit of splash proofing and our 4oz waterproof fabric is just the job…..

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Poppy Appeal : Make Your Own Remembrance Poppy

Make Then Donate

It’s that time of year when the little red flowers start to pop up on winter coat lapels all over the country. Poppies can be found on shop counters and British Legion charity helpers on the streets. You can still get the traditional paper made poppies or the newer enamelled broaches to show your support for remembrance day. Why not make your own though?

 

The classic red and black poppy is such a traditional symbol of that you could make your own and it would still be clear that you are giving support to the Appeal. You can still donate in charity boxes or even online, whilst wearing your own  poppy with a bit more visual appeal.

What Colour And Why

Red is the most well known commemorative poppy colour, chosen because of the millions of red poppies which covered Flanders Fields where so many bodies lay. There are also white poppies available and purple poppies too, with different meanings. There is no reason at all why you cant wear all three poppies together. Some people like me, may have had family members fight in wars but also support the idea of peace, no guns no bombs at all.   Here’s one I made earlier using red and white fabric. You could add a purple layer too for the animals.

Red-Support and Remembrance for British Armed Forces members who fought and died. 

White –To support ALL victims of ALL wars and to promote peace rather than armed fighting.

Purple-To commemorate and support animals who have died and are suffering because of war. Including financial support for retired Cavalry Horses.

Poppy Shape and Size

You can create your poppy in various shapes from the simplistic shape of the classic paper poppies to a multi petal layered kind. I followed a few different templates online that I printed out . But feel free to get creative with your poppies. Go big or even huge if you want. Make poppies to go on cars, front doors, walls and even trees like in Birmingham centre. For little touches, you can turn your poppies into hair clips, earrings , facinators, even rings.  

What Kind Of Fabric? 

The best kind of fabric to go for is something a bit stiffer and more heavyweight. This will ensure thew petals will stay upright and in shape. Here are some examples I created to give you an idea what fabrics you could use. 

Fine Glitter Fabric Poppy

Felt Fabric Poppy

Glitter Gloss Poppy

Large Glitter Poppy

Poppy Production

Once you have cut out all the parts of your poppy you can glue these together using fabric glue, PVA glue or a little stronger. Do not use super glue! it will make the fabric brittle, plus it’s just too unpredictable. Have you ever stuck you fingers together, it’s not pleasant. 

You can buy blank hair clips, key-rings, and hairbands to transform your poppies into wearable accessories. Stick on Velcro will be useful too. Stick your larger poppies to walls, bags and even jumpers!


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Halloween Glitter Fabric Cat Eyes

 I made this sparkly pair of eyes using our green large glitter fabric and gold and black fine glitter fabric. You can use any colour combination you want! For a step by step photo guide how to make these glitter eyes, click on and scroll down, or click on the 1st image and click right for FULL size pictures!

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Glitter Fabric and Sticky Back Plastic : Making Your Monster Eyes

You’ve seen the furry monsters, Now learn how to make their glittery google eyes!

My photo guide shows you the simple steps to making your monsters big sparkly eyes. Google eyes are a simple yet extremely effective hack to make any inanimate object come to life. Try it!

You can bring furry monster costumes to life of course.  Or why don’t you have fun with random objects and take pictures on your travels. Armed with a pile of google eyes, the possibilities are infinite! You can literally put them on anything!

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Make Your Own Monster! With Faux Furry Fabric.

Its so easy to make your own monster! All you need is some faux fur fabric, stick on eyes and your imagination! You can create any personality you want for you monster. Cute, mischievous, angry, shy, silly or serious. Look to Jim Henson’s masterpieces  Sesame Street and The Muppets for inspiration. 

Sesame Street photo

Make a grumpy grouch like monster like Oscar the Grouch, a kind character like Grover or a fun loving monster like Elmo. Make a puppet monster to have at your side, or make a costume for you or your own little monsters! Click on for some monster ideas with personality and get creating with our furry faux fabric….

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Fantasy Fabrics for Halloween Costumes

Halloween has become an annual excuse to dress up, and why not?There are so many directions to go, it’s an ideal time to come up with some wacky ideas. Halloween has come a long way from doom and gloom displays and standard spooky scenes. Halloween has personality, everyone has their own version and ideas have gone way beyond witches and ghosts.

Halloween dress up has grown from classic horror inspired themes to the weird and wonderful.  Anything goes now, cute monsters, glamorous Gothic, sci-fi, horror, or fantasy.  You don’t even have to go for a creepy theme, funny is the new Halloween scene. You can add a twist to the traditional or come up with a personal pun related costume to get the laughs. Whatever you go for, have fun with it. You don’t have to spend too much time or money on a costume to get a great effect.

Here are some quick fire ideas you can play with. Easy to use fabric for  quick costume ideas for all ages and themes. Click on to see ….

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Halloween Sparkle With Two Tone Metallic Lurex

Halloween has come a long way from doom and gloom displays and standard spooky scenes. Halloween has personality, everyone has their own version and ideas have gone way beyond witches and ghosts and vampires. Halloween is allowed to sparkle, and we have the the ideal fabric to draw the horrible hordes to your door…

close up detail of gold lurex fabric

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PVC Coated Panama, The Party Fabric!

Tough, durable, waterproof,colourful and clean. Wipe clean. With 18 colours available from bright to subtle, you can match the fabric to your decor. There are many other waterproof fabrics out there to choose from, but PVC Panama is particularly good as a protector due to the weight and the thick PVC coating. The fabrics itself is made from a strong plain cotton drill which is then oil and PVC coated. This creates fabric that can withstand constant tough and practical use.

Red PVC Coated Panama Fabric

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