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!

Waterproof 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

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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PVC Coated Panama, The Party Fabric!

Tough, durable, waterproof,colourful and clean. PVC Coated Panama, 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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Tubular Fabric! – What is it?

Tubular Fabric? 

yellow knitted jersey tubular fabric

Yes, that’s exactly what I mean,fabric as a tube. This type of fabric comes in handy for all sorts of practical tasks as well as fashion and sports clothing. There is a fabric out there for every kind of task, but more often than not, we simply don’t know whats really available.  It has been used in certain industries for a very long time, yet unless you work or study fabrics and textiles you may not be aware of it.  It may be perfect for your next project. Read on to see if our tubular fabric is just what you didn’t realise you needed!

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Samples Department

Our Samples Department

neoprene samples

We have a samples department run by a dedicated member of staff who’s sole job it is to pick and post the samples to you. We have a strategic method to ensure each of the fabrics gets a place in the samples department. New fabric has a strip sliced off then cut into smaller portions with a pinking guillotine. These are popped into clear wallets with its own spec sheet, to keep them clean and separate from other samples. The wallet is filed into its correct box -file. So when you call us, email or order online, the pre-cut samples are ready and waiting to be picked and posted straight to you with its own spec sheet attached. 

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Hessian Scrim Netting Fabric – Hessian Fabric

hessian scrim rustic barn wedding decor creative hessian craft

New to our hessian fabric range is a hessian scrim. A simple large holed net fabric, known as hessian scrim netting. Lightweight yet heavy duty, the structure may be basic but this fabric shows a lot of versatility from creative projects to industrial use. The netting is made from 100% natural and biodegradable hessian yarn loosely woven into roughly 1 cm square mesh. The hessian is woven in a natural state so the yarn is rough and taught with no stretch. It’s these attributes that make the hessian net so hard wearing and a great multi use fabric.  

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Waterproof Biodegradable Calico Fabric

 

 

biodegradable waterproof calico fabric

A classic calico with a clever twist. Not only is it waterproof but its fully biodegradable too. The back of the fabric is coated with a white coating designed to block water coming through the fabric. This coating was designed to gradually disintegrate in time. This unusual coating is unlike most other PVC related products. This will certainly help towards you doing your bit to help our environment.  

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Soft Feel Uphostery Fabric Range

Feel Good Fabric

purple and gold dupion silk and velvet upholstery fabric
Gold and violet velvet with two tone violet and gold Dupion Silk

Fabric to lounge on, that looks and feels soft. That’s what we mean by soft feel upholstery.  I have hand picked some of the best in our collection to show off in this upholstery blog. Click on for fore info…

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Up – Cycle Garden Shade With Awning Fabric

Restore Revive and Re-use 

Many sheds and gardens have tired old garden furniture laying around gathering dust, or maybe your’re just tired of your garden furniture and want a change. You may have a gazebo in need of repair or a parasol that needs patching up, don’t throw it out! up-cycle it.

coloured garden parasols

Now is the chance to get a bit creative with your existing garden furniture, you could to the original shade if you want but why not go for something different? Keep the framework and ditch the old fabric for a good quality acrylic awning fabric that will last.

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