Halloween Costume Classics

Halloween is a brilliant excuse to get dressed up, there a massive scope on outfit ideas. You don’t even have to go for a particularly scary costume anymore, its more about the fun of getting into costume.

  

Today, though I shall be starting off with the Halloween costume classics and matching fabrics to themes that you can use for kids and adults.

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Hairbands to Hats. Glitter Fabric for your Head!

Everyday wear to fabulous costumes.

Everyone needs a little extra sparkle now and then. Some people have to sparkle every day, some wait for events for an excuse to glitter up. I fall into the category of glitter all day every day, and more on the weekends. Why wait? Life is short and there is so much sparkle out there to cover yourself with.

This little blog focuses on how useful glitter fabric is for one off bespoke creations or for small batches for a craft business. The two glitter fabrics for these ideas are the large glitter fabric and the fine glitter fabric. As shown in the photo below, there is some difference in the size of the glitter which covers the strong poly-cotton fabric  backing. Which size you go for is up to you but some ideas work better with fine, some better with large. Both are very easy to cut and shape, though the fine glitter fabric is a little easier to work with so more intricate shapes will benefit from this surface.

fine and large red glitter fabric glitter heart hairband fine and large black glitter fabric

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A collection of canvas

We have several canvas fabrics to choose from here at Fabric UK. Each one is particularly suited to a set of tasks due to the difference in weight, texture and finish. Below I have compiled chunks of information to help you decide which canvas is best suited to your project.

canvas types

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Cotton Calico

 

We hold four types of cotton calico in store which are bought by a mix of industries. Some is needed for printing patterns for clothing, some industrial use, lots for interior design for draping, theatre use for backdrops, fashion and design university’s use rolls and rolls of classic calico for toilles (practice clothing) and lots of events use the fire retardant calico fabric to print logos or customise creative designs on. Have a read on to find out which type of calico best suits your needs.

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Super Stretchy Panel Fabric.

Stretch Lycra Panel Fabric

Widely used for canopies, visual merchandising displays, garden shading, festivals and clubs this ultra stretchy pure white fabric can be easily stretched into fantastic looking shapes. The Lycra fabric can be elongated into ultra contemporary designs for sleek merchandising and can also be printed on, making it ideal for advertising banners and canopies. For more artistic creations, this Lycra can be easily cut, shaped and stretched into intricate designs for indoor or outdoor shading and decorative pieces for festivals and events or stretched into huge organic looking shapes that look like they belong on a space station!

stretch festival tents

Stretched Shading gives a sleek contemporary look to events large and small. Huge marquees can be made from this fantastic fabric or you could design a smaller version for your garden. The white stretch Lycra we stock is extra wide, measuring 200 cm across, very handy for covering a lot of space in one go.

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Vehicle Vinyl and Leatherette

Here at Fabric UK we really do aim to provide fabric for any job. Apart from or classic textiles range we have many varied collections of vinyl and leatherette, ideal for car and vehicle upholstering. From basic black leatherette in various textural qualities to slick gloss and glitter vinyl, you can re upholster to keep with the cars classic look or customise to whatever vision you have.

plain leaterettes

We have compiled a useful list of some of the most useful, popular and interesting vinyl leatherette so you can have a quick read through or just check out the images.

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Vinyl and Leatherette Collections.

Our Range

We have a vast range of vinyl and leatherette fabric available here at Fabric UK to fit a range of creative and functional needs. The vinyls and leatherette come in a range of weights. The thinner of the vinyls are more suitable for clothing as weight makes the fabric more manageable to cut and shape. The thicker vinyls are ideal for upholstery projects whether its for customising your car seats to creating a retro dinner look for your kitchen.

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The Art of Awning

Our range

The first thing to say about our Fabric UK awning range is how huge it is. When counting up the colour and pattern choices of our awning fabric the total came to 218.  We have 12 ranges of awning fabric with each range having colour and pattern variations from soft and neutral to bright and contemporary.

block stripe awning
block stripe awning

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Neoprene and its Useful Uses.

Neoprene 100% water resistant fabric

This week new stock of the ultra-useful neoprene fabric arrived, in a vast range of colour choices. Our KBT Neoprene fabric is created by sandwiching a 1.6 mm layer of SBR fabric (styrene butadiene) in between layers of polyester spandex resulting in a 2mm thick fabric.

 

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Get Outside and Stay Outside!

Really Look at Your Garden

If you haven’t already got a head full of ideas for your garden, the first thing to do is to get out there and take a good look. It’s very likely there is an area that will trigger inspiration. Use existing fence posts, hooks and trees if possible to gather drape and hang all kinds of fabric for practical or decorative use. You can create a beautiful space that will protect you from too much rain or too much sun, without breaking the bank. Sometimes being thrifty and being creative merge together and once a few simple solutions light the ideas bulb in your head, more will pop up.

  patio draping fabricpretty garden shelter

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