Smooth Operator – Luxury Soft Feel Upholstery Velvet

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Our new velvet certainly lives up to its name, it really does feel luxurious. The close clipped pile is created from a high grade polyester weave.  The ultra-fine fibres create such a soft pile with a perfectly smooth finish; it’s hard to stop feeling it! Priced at £12.99 a metre and fully fire retardant, this is the perfect fabric if you want to create a super smooth interior for luxury lounging.

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Crushing It -Beautiful Interiors with Bling Velvet Upholstery Fabric

Silver grey bling crushed upholstery fabric

Crush On You

Ultra-luxurious crushed velvet, designed for upholstery and soft furnishings. Bling velvet uses 100% polyester to create a fantastic fabric, seen in the best interior designs and upholstery upgrades.  The surface is textured from the attractive crushed effect, giving it a high lustre which refracts light at every angle it displays. A mid weight and taut structure makes it perfect for soft furnishings and upholstery use, and can easily be used on standard household sewing machines.  Popular interior design uses include headboards, padded panels, sofas, armchairs, footstools, cushions and curtains. Read on to find out more about our collection….  

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London Windows 2018 : A Christmas Concept Countdown

Visual merchandising or display as we used to call it, is an essential part of retail life throughout the year. At Christmas though, the ante is upped. All the sparkle and shine that get saved up during the year is thrown into shop windows in gleeful explosions of brilliant creative design.

John Lewis Step into Christmas  window 2018

London of course is the place to head to for a Christmas spectacle. Each street is hung with a different theme of lights and decorations flowing into each other.  With the lights above and the stunning shop windows below, you become completely surrounded by glitter, sparkle and twinkling lights. If your inner Christmas metre is a tad low, coming here simply to view the scene will surely push it up to 10. It worked on me!

Covent garden giant christmas display

I visited London to view the windows and displays inside the shops to see what fabrics were being used for visual merchandising and how. So a I started to mentally compile my list, I found myself adding windows that didn’t use fabric. But hey, I was hugely impressed by the creativity and this list goes out to all the hardworking creatives who produced the fantastic displays. From the original creators to the physical end build. Thank you for keeping our shop windows alive! Read on for my personal take of the festive windows as a Christmas window countdown. Starting with ……

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Present Wrapping With Fabric : Furoshiki For Our Future

OK I’m sure we can all agree the rows and rows of shining wrapping paper that greet us invitingly in shops each Christmas looks beautiful. Choosing from the multitude of designs can take longer than choosing a present! Glitter adorned, metallic or matt. Classic or contemporary.  Wrapping is serious business. The money made from these pretty pieces of paper alone is huge. Let alone the abundance of gifts swept from the shelves into our baskets.

rainbow organza Furoshiki wrap

As great as it looks, buying new wrapping paper every year just to throw it instantly away isn’t very good for our pockets.  It will surely take an age for people to change their minds about paper wrapping paper. But until then, here’s you chance to get creative and make your gift really stand out. Time to look back into history for a bit of forward thinking….

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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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