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How to apply roller blind backing

When you think of roller blinds they are mostly plain and pretty boring or the patterns that are available aren’t quite right for what you want. Although we don’t make roller blinds we are do stock roller blind backing which is an iron-on fabric that you apply to the back of your chosen lovely fabric, transforming it from standard floppy fabric into stiffened fabric ready for your roller blind cassette! Unfortunately we don’t stock the roller blind cassettes, so you will need to source one for this (they can easily be found online).

Here is our step by step guide to applying the roller blind backing:

Tools you will need:

  • Show fabric for your blind
  • Roller blind backing fabric
  • Steam iron
  • Large clean surface that you can iron onto
  • Pen/pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Set square (to ensure corners are right angles)

Step 1: How much fabric?

For the show fabric you will need, for the width, the exact width of the finished blind plus an additional 2cm (1″) and for the length you will need the length of the finished blind plus 30cm (12″). For the roller blind backing you will need to allow and additional 2cm (1″) across the width and again an additional 30cm (12″) to the finished length.

Step 2:

Place your roller blind backing down on a flat, clean surface (needs to be suitable to iron onto later) and measure out the required size of your blind plus the additional measurements above, drawing this onto the roller blind backing. Use your set square to make sure your corners are at 90 degrees otherwise your finished blind will look wonky! Now cut out the shape you have just drawn, from the backing.

Step 3:

Position the now cut backing onto your fabric piece (note you have not cut the show fabric at all yet). The fabric should be facing down (wrong side up) and the backing should be glue side down (this is the slightly shiny side). When positioning the backing on the fabric you should consider the pattern placement (if applicable) try to get the pattern central and check that the top /bottom of the blind will work well with the pattern.

Step 4:

Now your fabric and backing are all lined up you can begin ironing. Set your iron to as hot as the fabric will take and begin ironing from the centre of the blind backing working outwards in circles ensuring you go right up to the edges. You will need to press and hold the iron down firmly and apply steam. To ensure that all of the backing has stuck down properly look at the fabric from a low angle to show up any bubbles that may still be there. If this is the case then use the iron to push these bubbles out to the edge of the fabric so that the air can be released at the edge ( think of it like applying a screen protector to a smart phone in this sense).

Step 5:

Now you are able to cut the show fabric and the backing down to the correct size that you want the finished blind to be at the edges, these should be well stuck down because of the extra 1cm either side that was allowed. You will still need to leave the allowed 30cm (12″) at the top as this will be the part that will sit inside of the cassette to secure the blind. You may also want to attach a weighted bar to the bottom of the blind (this should come in the kit) so the 30cm (12″) should allow for this.

Your fabric is now ready to be fitted to the cassette!

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Fancy Dress Fabrics – New Years Eve

It’s neary the end of 2018 and time to think about those New Years Eve parties…and your outfit!

What better way to celebrate the end of this year and to welcome in the start of 2019 than all dressed up in fancy dress. We have a huge range of fancy dress fabrics and the limit to your costume possibilities is only your imagination!

If you’re struggling to think of an outfit idea then we have our New Look and Simplicity pattern books with pleanty of costume patterns to choose from. With fabrics ranging from crazy colured fux fur to glitzy sequins and sparkly metalic look fabrics even pirate like stripes you can transform yourself into anything or anyone.

There are of course more glamorous party outfits that can be made if costumes aren’t your thing.

We are open between Christmas and New Year for those last minute ideas if you don’t manage to make it in before Christmas, to see our opening times over the festive period please click here.

 

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7 Simple Eco friendly makes

With the climate change, burning of fossil fuels and the mountains of plastic we are using and discarding daily, sometimes without knowing (it’s in everything even tea bags!) the planet is really suffering and is in desperate need of a helping hand from us! With changes from everyone needed now more than ever here are a few simple makes that are easy to do and will go towards helping out planet earth. Most of these makes will also save you money as you wont need to keep buying new items just to throw them away after use.

Single-use has recently been named the word of the year by Collins dictionary, which indicates how relevant this has become this year.

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1 – Waxed cotton food wraps

No more need for cling film or plastic bags , these are easy to make at home and can be made out of most cotton fabrics. We have a huge range of dress and craft weight cottons which are perfect for making these with so you can choose from almost any design or style you can think of!

We have even helped out Damers first school in making these back in July, for more details on these wraps and how to use them check out their great work here!

2 – Sandwich keeper

Cut out the need for single use plastic sandwich bags and plastic packaging (if you cheat and get a shop bought sandwich), instead take your lunch with you in style! What’s even better about this is that it doubles up as a place mat when opened so you can eat your lunch anywhere out and about and know you’ve got a clean surface to eat from and also a handy crumb catcher! It is machine washable for when the outside gets grubby but for day to day use you can wipe clean the inside with soapy damp cloth, then rinse.

I made this one earlier in the year and I haven’t needed to buy sandwich bags since, saving money and cutting out a little more plastic.

3 – Shopping bags

We have nearly all got used to the idea of carrying around a shopping bag with us to avoid using plastic bags. I find that you can almost never have enough of these as they always come in handy for something. Simple tote bags that fold up to nearly nothing so that they fit neatly into your pocket or handbag or even just to live in the boot of your car or around the house for that time when you need them.

We have a huge range of sturdy fabrics in stock with lots of colours and designs to choose from to make these handy bags. The best thing about making these bags yourself is that you can make these bags big or small, simple and straight forward or you can add pockets and compartments to keep things separate, decorate the outside with embroidery or motifs to jazz it up a bit, the possibilities are endless! Also, in stock we have cotton, polyester or acrylic webbing available which is perfect for making the handles of these bags and makes it super simple.

4 – Fruit and veg bags

These can be simple draw string bags to keep your fruit and veg separate from other shopping, muslin or net fabrics are great for these. These can also help keep your fruit and veg good for longer as they don’t sweat and stay damp like they do in plastic.

5 – Using string/ twine or ribbon instead of sticky-tape for wrapping Christmas presents

Why not use decorative ribbon or even some hessian twine to secure your presents this year. These will give your presents a whole different look and add something special, while at the same time reducing the amount of single use plastic being used this Christmas as you won’t need to use sticky-tape.

6 – Baby/wet wipe alternatives- terry towelling, fluffy fleece, cotton

Baby wipes get used in their hundreds of thousands each day and the majority of these are, again, plastic based which means they just stay like they are for years and years after their single use. There are loads of reusable alternatives that you can try making, including using fluffy fleece, terry towelling or just simple cottons as the base for the wipes these are used along with your chosen cleaning mix, which is usually a simple mix of skin friendly liquids not harsh chemicals (e.g. baby oil, tea tree oil etc) but there are lots of others to choose from. This might take a little research to perfect the best ones but will reduce the amount of single-use wipes used and so will be more friendly to the environment and your baby’s bum.

7 – Sanitary towel alternatives

Sanitary pads can be replaced with reusable cotton pads, with no nasty plastics in sight. We are happy to supply Cosy pads with the fabric to create their own version of reusable sanitary towels click here to check them out. Or you can come in and see us to choose your own fabrics and give making your own a go.

 

 

 

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Designer fabric ends

We’ve recently taken delivery of a consignment of designer fabric ends (short lengths of fabric around 2m) so pop down to our stores in Bridport or Yeovil to choose some of these lovely fabrics for yourself before it’s all gone!

These are high-end fabrics, perfect for small upholstery projects, cushions or even a roman blind. These luxury fabric pieces are individually priced and guaranteed to save you money on the RRP. Perfect if you want something a little different to adorn your home.

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Christmas fat quarters

 

 

We’ve had fun putting together these lovely fat quarter bundles, and they’re not just for quilters! With Christmas approaching fast, take a look at our fat quarters next time you’re in the shop – you might find that a usefully sized square of fabric in one of our gorgeous Christmas fabrics is just the thing you’re looking for. Our fat quarters are generally 18″ x 22″  (that’s 45cm x 48 cm if you prefer) and so are a useful way to buy smaller pieces of fabric for your christmas craft projects as well as for quilted christmas projects. Available singly, or in a pack of 4 pattern and 2 plain.

 

 

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New in! Vibrant wool fabrics

New in are these gorgeous and vibrant coloured boiled wools, perfect for making that statement coat or jacket. We have 100% boiled wool in a vibrant cerise, and 95% wool in lime green and a rust colour these are all fabulous and warm fabrics ready for the chilly winter months ahead.

These lovely fabrics are a real eye catcher and could be made into beautiful garments. We have this vintage 1950’s style simplicity pattern in stock, that would look great made up in one of these fabrics! However, there are plenty more patterns to choose from that would also look fabulous, if 1950’s isn’t your style.

 

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Happy Halloween

It still is really not too late to get yourself kitted out for………………………………………………..

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Get yourself along to Livingstone Textiles this half term and bring the kids too. We’ve dozens of delicious sparkle, stars and spooky stuff to drape yourself in and for decorating the house.  Whether its shiny holographic stretchy stuff or gossamer net with metallic rainbow cobwebs (and it’s reversible too!), we’ve got lots to choose from and starting at only £3.50 per metre you can afford to make some great costumes this Halloween.

 

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New plush fleece fabrics!

Wintery designs and cute cuddly animals are the perfect theme for fluffy fleece to cuddle up with as the evenings are getting colder and darker. We have some lovely new designs just in with more on the way! These fleeces are soft and warm to the touch making you want to snuggle into them.

With deigns including unicorns, flamingos, teddy bears, swans, cats, jungle animals, west highland terriers, jigsaw puzzle pieces and much more! Some of these designs are even double sided giving you two different designs on one piece of fabric.

They would make great blankets, dressing gowns, jumpers, hats or even super soft and warm PJs for all the family. We also have a wide range of colours available in plain fleece.

There is lots to choose from in both our Bridport and Yeovil shops, why not pop in and see what all the fuss is about.

 

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Luxurious fur fleece

With Autumn setting in and the weather getting a little bit on the chilly side keeping warm is starting to spring to mind.

What better way to keep warm than with some luxurious fluffy fleece, perfect for a winter throw at home or even for trimmings or the lining of a jacket.  These lovely plush fleeces are in a range of colours and come with a range of different piles to give cosy look to any room, jacket or other project.

 

 

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Bridport Folk Festival

Livingstone Textiles started out in the vibrant town of Bridport and has been a big part of the town for over 46 years.  The thing about Bridport is that there’s always something going on and last year a small group of enthusiastic folk lovers put on Bridports very first Folk Festival.  It was a great success so with a little change to the date (so as not to clash with Dartmoor Folk Festival) they decided to do it all over again and put it on the week before Sidmouth Folk Festival.

 

 

Launching on Friday with bands throughout the day at Bucky Doo, the festival got off to a flying start and received a warm Bridport welcome.  Evening entertainment continued across many supporting pubs in the town hosting folk bands and musicians while at The Electric Palace the festival was opened in accapella song and celtic pipes from The Coves before Richard Digence and support took the stage.  Then followed a weekend of frenzied Morris Dancing, lots more stage music, cream teas at Millenium Green and hasty re-scheduling before the rain came down.

 

Many of the Morris Dancers got to dance outside the Red Brick Cafe and on their way round to St Michaels Trading Estate they came past our front door.  Consequently we had a steady flow of keen sewing ladies – and men, all eager to add colour to their outfits with our lace, ribbons, buttons and trims as well as find supplies and inspiration for their own sewing projects.  We don’t list our haberdashery in our online shop but are really happy to send samples and items by post that you might need.  Contact us for further information.

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New soft-touch tabling

Protect your table – beautifully.

As an option to our popular vinyl tabling, we now also stock these lovely soft-touch acrylic coated table fabrics. Soft enough to feel almost like a fabric tablecloth and with a stylish matt finish, these fabrics have a stain-proof wipe clean surface, and can even be gently machine washed or dry cleaned to keep them looking good.

The orange flowers on a natural-coloured background and the blue and off-white teacups are both available off the roll in our Bridport shop, while the delicate grey and white flowers and the small vintage rose print are stocked in Yeovil. All the designs can be purchased from both of our shops, and are 138 cm or 54 inches wide, and £14.25 per metre.

 

 

Another tabling option is this PVC coated cotton, which is almost as soft, and comes in a cheerful geometric  print or subtle almost-plain shades. Also avaiable from both our shops, the print fabric is 132 cm wide and £9 per metre, while the plainer shades are 140 cm wide, and £7.50 per metre.

 

 

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Circle Tabling

tablingWe always get asked to do some interesting and challenging projects at Livingstone Textiles and a couple of weeks ago our Yeovil Shop had a big order for 96 meters of plastic tabling.  These were to be made into circular tablecloths for the Octagon Theatres Gin Festival at Westlands.  It was requested that we cut out 40 semi circles out of the cloth which if you can imagine was no easy task.  Tom and another member of staff rose to the challenge and spent a whole day crawling around on the floor cutting fabric and wearing their knees out!  We are so lucky to work in such an interesting environment and where we get to have a creative input using many different skills.  Every day is different here at Livingstone Textiles 🙂

Livingstone Textiles at Yeovil in Somerset and at Bridport in Dorset both stock a wide range of gorgeous plastic and oil cloth tablings starting at the really competitive price of £5.50 per metre.  We are also delighted to offer you a brand new range of Doreen Preston tablings on our state of the art display stand.

For more information on our fabrics and services, please contact us with your details and requirements and we will be happy to help.  We can mail your order direct if you cannot get to our shop and you can also order a limited number of our fabrics online.

 

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Folk Festival 2017

Bridport is known for its ambience and hosts some lively community festivals.   We also have a vibrant music scene in the town, one genre of which is Folk Music and a handful of regular folk music performers have decided to showcase some of the best local talent in Dorset by hosting the First Ever Bridport Folk Festival. What’s more, it’s a Free Festival!!

Folk music, song and dance are part of our rich British culture and it is positively thriving among the young and old alike in the town and deep into the hills of Dorset.  To showcase our heritage, The Bridport Folk Festival will be hosting over 76 acts, more than 50 of these acts are musicians that will be singing and playing at several venues across the weekend of the 11th, 12th and 13th of August.  There will be 3 main stages all within the town centre, one in Bucky Doo, one in The Borough Gardens and the main stage will be on the Millenium Green. All stages are free to enter and any money collected will be shared in half with the RNLI.

Livingstone Textiles are very proud to have supported this event with both sponsorship and materials to build the stage sets and providing a venue large enough for a community sewing bee to stitch the vast quanities of extra wide calico needed for the stage roofs.  The calico that has been used is 3 metres wide from selvedge to selvedge so it’s ideal to use as a lightweight cover in the event of showers and as shade from the sun.  The stages will also be featuring backdrops made from our polycotton plains and draped with our two tone organza and we’ll be featuring pictures of these on the blog after the event.

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Folk Festivals are renowned throught the UK and as well as the numerous song, dance and instrument workshops that take place are always the Morris.

Morris dancing can be traced back at least to the time of Shakepeare in our country and it is widely believed that the Moors people brought it here when they settled in this country, hence Moorish/Morris dancing.  This is just one of many different theories but one things for certain, it’s certainly not just for men.  We have some great female and mixed dance teams in Dorset and they can all be seen dancing enthusiastically throughout the summer at West Bay, Bridport, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Swanage and at many small villages between from May to September.  Livingstone Textiles holds a vast stock of ribbons and bells, threads and fabrics and are suppliers to Bridport’s very own morris team, Wyld Morris, based at Monkton Wyld, Bridport.  They have recently furnished themselves with colourful tatter jackets made from scraps of fabric that we’ve supplied along with their own odds and ends.  Indeed, Livingstones has it’s very own incognito Morris dancer working in one of the shops!

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We regularly see the local Morris dancers in our shop getting ribbons, fabric and other habadashery supplies they need from us so we are all very excited about this event.

For more information on the folk festival please visit their website.

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Hessian Bunting

Bunting is something that we love to make and use to decorate our shop and we use it to show our customers all kinds of gorgeous colour combinations.  This week got to thinking about weddings, garden parties, rustic outdoor events and food fairs in our beautiful Dorset countryside and what could look any more rural than hessian?WIN_20170422_14_47_13_Pro

This idea is so simple to do that we thought we’d share it with you.  We cut out some triangles of hessian and zig-zagged the edges to stop the fabric from fraying and then we simply spaced out the flags and stitched them onto a few metres of our cluny lace.  Of course,  you can always upcycle some old coffee sacks if you can lay your hands on them but if not, pop in and check out our different grades of hessian as they also look brilliant as trestle tablecloths finished with pure white cotton runners. In our beautiful listed mill building, we think hessian works very well with the prominent industrial elements on show.

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Livingstone Textiles Bridport Display

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We love fabric at Livingstone Textiles, and we love coordinating with them and having fun. Here are a few images of how you can put fabrics together to balance them. The beautiful lime greens and yellows work beautifully with the greys and blacks. The key to using bright colours is to balance them out with a subdued colour.

If you would like any help on deciding on fabrics for your home we would be happy to help. Pop by on our stores either in Bridport Dorset or Yeovil Somerset and have a word with our helpful staff.

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Featured Fabrics- Stripes and Seagulls

Summertime stripes are our featured fabrics this month and these are our favourite range.

The ramake design is part of our stock line and is something we always have in. They are a fabulaus design that work as curtians and blinds. They have a very high maridale rub test so would be perfect for upholistery and cushions. We have this fabric in a range of different colours that would fit in with most other colours. 2016-02-04 17.30.40

These lovely summertime cool blue remake fabrics would work beautifully with the sketchy seagull design on this fabulous fabric. We love contrasting fabrics together as in doing this it can inhance a particual colour in the fabric on in the room setting it is going.  These too would partlcally well as the linen coloured background picks out the lined coloured stripe. The prestigous seagull and seaside fabrics would also look complament this fabric range.

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All of these fabrics are avaialbe on our webshop and our shop in Bridport Dorset. If you wouldl like a sample of any fabrics that have been featured on this website please do contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 

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Waterproof Fabric New Colours Arrived

Water resistant fabric red and blueThis lightweight water resistant fabric is proving really versatile and popular. It’s easy to sew and has a nice finish which is not ‘plasticky’, making it perfect for outdoor cushions. We’ve added a couple of new colours to our range, this really seasidey red and blue stripe, and a lovely subtle purple pastel stripe. To see the full range or request a sample, just click on the webshop button below.Pastel lightweight canvas
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Featured Fabrics- Summer Time Stripes

With the sun beginning to make a performance and the weather starting to get warmer you might be dusting off your deckchair, and have come to realise that it needs some new fabric or thoses bench seat cushions are looking a little more worn than you remember them last year. If this is the case have a look at this weeks featured fabrics.

Deckchair Fabric

We stock a range of deckchair fabricDechckair pastel roll in 5 different colourways that are 42- 45cm wide (depending on design) This makes them perfect for most standard deckchair without any cutting or hemming. In most cases all you will need is 1.5 metres of material and some nails (depending on deckchair please check before purchasing) and we have even made that easy for you by selling deckchair kits. Within these kits, you are provided with 1.5 metres of fabric and 26 nails all for the price of £16.25. The standard price of deckchair is £7.40 per metre.

 

Funky stripe Beach Stripe

Featured this week are a range of beautiful summer themed stripes. These would be ideal if you are wanting to bring the summer into your home so you have memories of the summer all year round. Thes striped fabrics would all work really well as blinds, curtains and cushions.

Interested in seeing more? Visit our webshop to see more featured fabrics and our full range of craft and soft furnishing fabrics. Buy online via our Webshop

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More New Books!

We posted a few weeks ago about how we were excited to venture into the retail of Sewing Book Standsewing books. These have been so popular that we decided to invest into some new titles. These range from bag making, using felt, using your sewing machine to a book on overlockers and many more titles.
So pop over to our shop in Bridport and have a look at our fabrics and our new books – you might be inspired to take on a new project.
If there are ever any other craft books you are interested in looking at, do ask us as we will be happy to see whether we are able to get hold of them.

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Deckchair Fabric

Being so near to the seaside, the early signs of spring make us think of sitting on the sand with an ice cream and what better way to do it than in a good old-fashioned deck chair! If yours has seen better days, you can easily revamp it with our specific canvas deckchair fabric.  We also sell packets of decorative upholstery nails to complete the transformation.

We have seven colourways in stock – plain green, blue & red, blue with a turquoise stripe, red and cream stripe, bright stripe and pastel stripe. All the fabrics are 17″/43cm wide to fit a standard deckchair and can also be used to repair directors and other folding chairs. To replace the fabric on a standard deckchair you will need approximately 1.5 metres of fabric.

If you would like to buy deckchair material by mail order, contact us by email or phone us on 01308 456844 with your requirements. Or you can simply call in to the shop and get ready for summer!

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Miss Havishams Christmas Dress

DSC_4427Miss Havisham is getting into the Christmas spirit and is getting all dressed up for a Christmas party. She is wearing a double layered dress made from two of our beautiful fancy dress fabrics. The under-layered dress has been made from a polyester satin which is 150cm/ 60″ wide. This is priced at £3.60 per metre and is only avaiable to buy in our shops in Bridport & Yeovil or by telephone order.

The top layer of her beautiful dress is made from an organza fabric with a flocked snow flake design. This is 148cm/ 58″ wide and is priced at £2.80 per metre.

DSC_4433Miss Havisham has added a variety of different accessories to her garment. She has firstly added a sequin belt to bring the waist in giving the dress extra shape. The sequin belt s made with a elastic sequin DSC_4434trim which is available in our shop in Bridport Dorset. This is priced at £1.50 per metre and is about 1″ wide. The sequin trim could be used for a range of different thing, from dressmaking, and crafts to hair bands and fancy dress.    DSC_4432

Miss Havisham’s necklace is even a home made accessory from our shop. She has very cleverly taken one of our beautiful big buttons priced at 98p each with some silver cord  to produce a stunning necklace. We stock a massive rage of buttons at our shop in Bridport Dorset.

If you would like more information on anything you have seen on here or samples of the fabric you have seen please contact us with your details and the information you require.

 

 

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Baize

Did you know that we stock Wool Baize at Livingstone Textiles?  If you are a player of Bridge you will probably enjoy your game on a proper card table covered in traditional green baize.  After many years of card games, your table could start to show signs of wear and tear and as they are a costly, often unusual item of furniture to replace, you may want to consider re-covering it yourself.  We have in stock, in our Bridport shop and also now available online, this hard to come by fabric and if you don’t fancy doing the job yourself, we can get our upholsterer to do it for you, just ring the shop for details on 01308 456844. This lovely soft, green, wool-rich fabric is also ideal for lining jewellery or cutlery boxes, recovering writing slopes and desk inlays.

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Bundles of Festive Fun

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Gorgeous Christmas Fabric made into bundles of Fat Quarters.

We decided that we have so many fabulous Christmas fabrics in stock that we would put some smaller quantities together in pretty colour combinations to create palettes of colour.  These will all co-ordinate and your projects can be themed according to the bundle you choose.  Because the squares are smaller than our regular cut, we can offer you more choice in each bundle making them brilliant for Christmas crafting and hand made gifts.  Each square measures 22″x18″ and although only currently only available in store, we will be bringing them to our online shop very soon.  xmas rustic fat qtr bund