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Fabric Dolls

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There are some beautiful books in the fabric shop at Livingstone Textiles, Bridport.  These are some of our favourite doll making books because they are fanciful and appealing to all age groups.

 

 

 

We also stock a helpful bit of kit for dollmakers called a doll needle.  This very long needle is great for attaching limbs, hair and facial features as you can pass the fine needle throught the fabrics without distortion.  Pop in to the shop and browse our books if you’d like some inspiration for a new project.  We stock kapok stuffing, calico, organzas and beautiful buttons for you to style your dream doll.

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Puppy Pawprint Fleece

Is it time for a new blanket for your dog?  This new colourway in our soft cuddly fleece is perfect for a luxury dog blanket and you could easily make a dog beanbag out of it as well.  Of course, you can use it for other projects as it’s a perfect fabric for dog lovers.  Available in both of the Livingstone Textiles fabric shops in Yeovil, Somerset and in Bridport, Dorset.

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Penguin Power

 

DSC_0973Deep in the back recesses of the 2nd floor of a seldom visited corner of Livingstone Textiles, but not quite as far up as the attic there lives a dusty box.  This box is the resting place of the Livingstone Penguins that flew over Bridport one winter and mistook our shiny tin roof for ice.  Of course, once they’d landed here they couldn’t very well leave because they’d made so many friends with the children that visit our fabric shop with their parents.  They also rather enjoyed the chocolate coins that we fed them on from the till so they decided to take up residence here and requested a nesting box to sleep in.  We had a word with Tom and he granted them leave to stay with the proviso that every Christmas they must entertain the children by sliding down the stairwell.  We’ve built them a new ice slide as the temperature has warmed up somewhat since last week and they seem pretty happy with it although we should tell you that we think there have been some pecking squabbles in the box over the summer because when we fetched them out, a couple of them had their eyes missing!  If you’d like to make your own penguins out of felt, you can find instructions on how to do it here

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Warm Wincyette

New in are these fabulous designs in soft cotton wincyette.

Perfect for soft pyjamas, nightdresses and babies bedding in a cot and mosesbasket, we are now stocking this range of lovely designs and some soft pastel shades as well.

 

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Halloween Fabrics

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Pop in to our magnificent fancy dress section at Livingstone Textiles.  In both our Yeovil and Bridport shops we have a great selection of cobwebby, spooky and sparkly fabrics as well as fur, all ready to turn you into the scariest werewolf or witch in town.

 

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Summer Holiday Fun

Yay the summer holidays are here, most schools will have broken up for the summer by now, you might have had your children at home with you for a few days already or maybe even a week? Are they getting bored yet? Have they already been watching too much TV or they haven’t moved from the computer?

DSC_5631Have you thought about getting them into sewing? We sell a range of books for sewers at every level and for the younger sewer. This is a great way to get them having a productive summer and they can learn a very valuable skill.

This book is aimed at a younger child maybe 7 or 8, it has a DSC_5632range of sewing games to give the child sewing machine skill but along side, it also teaches the child safety skill that they will need to know to sew safely.


Texola sewing packs

If your child is not quite ready for the sewing machine but you want to get them into sewing, why not have a look at our sewing packs. Livingstone Textiles has a range of pre- packed sewing sets to help any eagar sewer on their way. These packs range from cushion packs with in-depth instruction and everything they will need to make their cushions. We also have lovely craft packs which come with felt, ribbon and buttons and great way to get your little ones sewing this summer.  We also have a wide range of craft fabrics, ribbons and buttons in both our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset which would be idea for any craft projects you might want to undergo with your little ones this summer.

We also have a range of craft cottons on our webshop Buy online via our Webshop

 

 

If you would like any further information on what either of our stores have to offer please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Fabrics for the Teenagers Bedroom

Teenagers bedrooms can be the hardest rooms to decorate, as there isn’t a great deal of choice for them out there. We have been trying to find fabric that will work in their rooms.

These colourful fabrics are part of a range of materials that we think would look fabulous in a teenager’s bedroom or in a child’s room of any ages. It doesnt define gender or age, it is only a fabric that illustrates a modern twist on shapes.

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This shows a cushion we have made for a teenager for his bedroom, you can see how fun this fabric can look. The black covered piping works especially well to frame the fabric.

Another fabric that is great for teeneager’s bedrooms is graffti fabric, this fabric is fun and modern. Another great fabric for a child’s room. Graffiti detail 2

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First Prize Show Winners

WIN_20160827_140559Show Stopper Meg, of Livingstone Textiles wowed the judges at The Melplash Show this year and took First Prize TWICE!WIN_20160827_093758
Her adorable childrens bag is made from a durable cotton fabric featuring cars and has multiple storage inside.  Meg lined the bag with polka dot cotton poplin and then featured different pockets and dividers in different coloured polka dots. One of the larger pockets is secured with a zip and the bag even has a safety strap for your keys!  We agree with the judges, it’s a top bag

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Her entry into the Bunting category also took First Prize.  The judges were impressed with the crispness of the lines and the neatness of the sewing. Meg used cotton poplin again, plain white with applique chickens interspersed with red polka dots. She used a red marbled batik fabric on the back and sandwiched red ricrac between the layers.

The marbled batik, along with the polka dots fabrics can be bought from our online shop.  The bunting is on display in our Bridport shop and Meg also made some more for the Yeovil shop which we are busily preparing to open very shortly. Watch this space………….WIN_20160827_094104

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Back in Stock Monkey Fleece!

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Now back in stock is one of our favorites soft cuddle monkey fleece. We have had the full range of colours but this time, we have gone for the navy. This fleece is one of our silky soft cuddle fleece. This is available to purchase on our web shop for £8.90 per metre. It is 150cm wide/ 59″ and is made from polyester.

The stock a wide range of fleece from plain coloured fleece to beautifully patterned fleece both on our webshop and our store in Bridport Dorset.

Another fleece now back in stock is the lovely soft and snuggly elephant cuddle fleece2016-05-11 14.55.12 this is for sale online and in our Bridport shop. It is also 150cm wide and is priced at £8.75 per metre.

For samples of any fabrics you have seen on here or any other post on our webshop please contact us with your details and details of the fabric you require and we will be happy to send it out to you.

Buy online via our WebshopTo view your full range of fleece follow the link to our web shop.

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BGF- Big Friendly Giant

With the upcoming release of the B.F.G movie in July this year, we have managed to get some beautifully illustrated curtain weight fabric.

The B.F.G is a children’s book written by Roald Dahl in 1982 it was dedicated to his daughter who died at the age of 7 of measles. The book was originally illustrated by Quentin Blake and that is the illustrated images that are used on our fabric illustrations.

DSC_4826 Fabric Width- 140cm/ 55″

Pattern Repeat- 63cm/ 25″

Price-  £11.90 per metre

 

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This fabric is available to buy on our web shop.

If you would like a sample of this or any other fabric you have seen on our web shop please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require and we will be happy to help.

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Prestigious Fabrics- Play Time

Children’s bedrooms and play rooms are always fun rooms to decorate, and they are rooms where you can have more than one colour and even more than one theme.

If you’re thinking of treating your little one to a new themed room, or are just after a new blind or curtains, have a look at this beautiful fabric book called Playtime. This book contains a range of 13 fun fabrics designs from stars and stripes to fun jungle animals, all in a range of different colours.

These fabrics would be suitable for curtains, cushions, blinds and other soft furnishings.

These fabrics are not available on our webshop but available to view in our shop in Bridport Dorset. As with all our fabric samples, the book is available to take home to check colours, we just ask for a cash deposit. If you would like any more information please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Easter Dress

Easter dressWith Easter just round the corner we have been having fun making Miss H a new dress. Her we have simply draped some very beautiful Easter fabrics to show how creative you could become with your fabrics and garments.

We have used 3 fabrics here in her dress the first, this fun DSC_3091cartoon hen fabric is £6.30 and is 110cm/43″ wide. We think it shows how fun Easter can be. The second fabrics we used on the other side of the dress is a beautiful DSC_3089rabbit fabric, this fabric is also £6.30 per metre and is also 110cm/43″ wide. We though this fabric shows off Spring time and so we thought would be a lovely fabrics to show off at this time of year.

The last fabric we uses in the middle of the dress is a lovely green with white spot fabric, this is priced at £6.20 per metre and is 112cm/44″ wide.

If you would like a sample of these or any fabric you have seen on our web page please get in touch with your detail and information on the fabric you would like.

 

 

 

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Great kids fabric – excellent for teenagers bedroom

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We have a great fabrics in stock to satisfy that most tricky customer – your teenager. This is a double width curtain fabric, meaning that you are unlikely to join widths – in fact one width of fabric could even be enough for your windows, making these a very economical choice. They are wide enough to be able to make a bedspread, or if you have fabric over why not make a matching floor cushion or beanbag for your teenagers bedroom? Continue reading Great kids fabric – excellent for teenagers bedroom

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Chinese Dragon Fabric

Chinese Dragon 002Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival will fall on February 8th 2016 and, according to the Chinese Zodiac it will mark the beginning of the year of the Monkey.  A similar celebration to the Western Christmas Festival, it is the grandest and most important to Chinese people and so we thought you would like to see our lovely silky dragon fabric in case you were planning to make your own clothes or decorations.  Its quite a short width and would make a lovely table runner or child’s traditional Manadarin style jacket.

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Talking of Monkeys, here is our lovely Monkey fleece.  It’s super soft and great for making into scarves and hats ready for cold winter days, or you could just by a whole metre from our webshop by clicking here and wrap yourself up in it!

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Felt

DSC_4148 DSC_4149 DSC_4157With Christmas around the corner and the prospect of excited young (and old!) people at home together for a few days, why not stock up on felt supplies and get them crafting?  Felt is a great material for making into stocking fillers and decorations and it requires no hemming at all.  We have now added a whole range of colours to our online webshop which you can find here. Our felts are available in both acrylic and a wool/acrylic mix that you can easily cut and sew together or even glue.  Try cutting out tree shapes, sew them together leaving a small gap and fill with a little toy stuffing.  You can then sew tiny beads on the front and glue on thin strips of glitter ribbon to make mini Christmas trees.  Stitch up the stuffing hole and sew a loop of ribbon to the top and its all ready to hang.  You can make mini stockings for little chocolates as well, or how about a mini felt Christmas pudding decoration?  All you need for this is one square of brown felt and one square of yellow.  Cut two 3″ circles from the brown felt and two 3″ circles from the yellow.  Cut away half of the yellow circles in a wiggly line to represent custard and glue these to top halves of the brown circles.  Now stitch the two brown circles together with a small gap near the bottom.  Lightly stuff the pudding, sew up the gap and add a ribbon loop for hanging.  You could add a couple of red beads to the top of the ‘custard’ and a tiny green piece of ribbon or felt to represent holly.  Happy Crafting!

 

 

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Stretch Towelling

saturday 24 2015 006Our superior quality stretch cotton mix towelling makes comfortable sheets for cots, moses baskets and single beds.  The stretchy nature means it can be pulled tight to give a wrinkle free sleeping surface and the soft, absorbant nature enables moisture to be wicked away from the skin. This makes it an ideal material for backing bibs for both babies and the sick or elderly.

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Snuggle down Fleece

BurgundyThe cooler days of Autumn are creeping in and if you are out and about early in the morning or during late evening, you may have noticed a bit of a change.

Latte The light is later to arrive and is sneaking out of the garden earlier and along with it, the temperatures are taking longer to rise and its cooling off quickly later on.Bottle
So, maybe it’s time to snuggle up in some soft fleece.  Available on our webshop www.livingstonetextiles.com or in the shop and in a wide range of cheerful and practical colours, you could make yourself a hat, a scarf or a cosy zip up jacket .

Or, you could just buy a couple of metres, wrap yourself up in it, make a nest on the sofa and watch the latest ScarletBake Off, however you use it, fleece is snuggly, easy to sew and doesn’t need hemming if you want a quick make so its great for novice sewers.

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Waterproof Children’s Fabrics

We have restocked a couple of our waterproof ripstop nylon fabrics with fun patterns for children or the young at heart! Both are 59″/150cm wide and cost £6.75 per metre. There are lots of possible uses for these fabrics, including changing mats and bags, splash mats, tablecloths, aprons and raincoats!

STOCK UPDATE : these fabrics are no longer available, but you can see our current range of waterproof fabrics on our webshop here, or phone us to request samples of our current offerings.

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First we have a jungle pattern fabric which has a pattern repeat of 19″/48cm.

BirdsSecondly is our popular baby bird design fabric, which has a pattern repeat of 10″/25.5cm

 

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Why We Sew

All TagsWhist at the Melplash Show last week, we decided to ask show goers to tell us in a few words, some of the reasons they had for why they sew.  We stitched a selection of our fabrics to luggage tags and encouraged people who came into our tent to fill them in and tie them around the tent.  The responses were wonderful, people have many reasons why the sew and it was great for us to get that insight.  We will be carrying this on in the shop for a little while so if you’re popping in for fabric, grab a tag and fill it in.  We will be making all the tags into bunting to hang in the shop for inspiration.  Here are a selection of the reasons why you all sew……

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Of course, one of the biggest reasons for sewing and for being at the Melplash show is to share what you have done with others, either as a gift, something you can wear yourself or as an exhibition of your skill that will inspire others.  We are unaware of who made this so we sadly cannot credit the make but we are sure you’ll agree that they have done a wonderful job of making this childs coat from our needlecord fabric, indeed the judges thought so too and awarded them a prize for their efforts.  Well Done!Hand sewn needle cord

 

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Disney Princesses

Disney princess 1Fresh in both our shop in Bridport Dorset and on our web-shop we have this beautiful Disney Princess curtain/ craft fabric. This beautiful fabric is only £11.20 per metre and is 100% cotton. It is 140cm/ 55″ wide and has a pattern repeat of 63.5cDisney princess 2m/ 25″. The design consist of 6 different princesses, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella (Cinderella), Arial (The Little Mermaid), Snow White (Snow White), Belle (The Beauty and the Beast) and Rapunzel ( Tangled). The design then features other things from the films like a glass slipper and birds and rabbits. The design is typical Disney Princess.

This fabric would make beautiful curtains although if being made for a child’s room we would recommend a blackout lining as the fabric isn’t heavy enough to block out light. Other uses for this material could be beanbag show fabric, cushion covers or even for some craft projects.

We also have a range of other children’s curtain fabric’s, both Disney themed and non- themed. Both online and in our shop in Bridport Dorset. If you would like a sample of these or any other fabric you have seen on our web page please contact us with your details and information regarding the fabric you are interested in.

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Country Horse Fabric and Pheasant Fabric

Here are a couple of lovely fabrics with a country flavour.

Fabric composition : Polyester/Cotton
Fabric width : 54″/137cm
Pattern repeat : 12.5″/31.5cm
Price :£16.40 per metre

HorsesThe horse fabric is suitable for anyone with a love of horses and could be made into lightweight curtains, blinds, bags, aprons, cushions or many other craft projects.
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Pheasants
The pheasant fabric will remind you of the countryside, and we thought it would look especially good in a study. It can be used for all the same uses as the horse fabric.
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Graffiti Fabric

DSC_2742 We have lots of our fun and exciting Graffiti fabric in stock, which is available to buy either on our web shop or in our store in Bridport Dorset.

If you would like a sample of this fabric or any other fabric you have seen on our webshop please either send us a email with you address and information on the fabric you are interested in or give us a call and one of our helpful staff would love to help you.

 

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Stamp Fabric

Postage StampsWe have just put two really fun postal fabric on our web shop, both are 100% cotton and are 112cm/ 44″ wide, and both are priced at £6.20 per metre. They would work well for either dress fabrics or patch working.postal Franks

 

Both of theses fabrics are available on our web shop  or in our store in Bridport Dorset, where we have a bigger range of fabrics.

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If your interested in these or any other fabric you may have seen on our web page or web shop why not have a sample sent out. Email us with your address and what fabric you are interested in and we can send you out a sample.

 

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Classic Paddington Bear Fabric

paddington bear 3With the new movie release everyone’s mad about Paddington Bear, so we have got in this beautiful classic design of the loveable bear.

Within this fabric design there is a number of different images of the classical bear, and just looking at this fabric will take you back to your childhood.

This particular fabric is 140cm/55″ wide and ispaddington Bear 2 priced at £12.50 per metre. This fabric can be bought either in our shop in Bridport Dorset or on our online shop which you can get to by clicking on the “buy me now” link.

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If you would like any further information or assistance with this or any other fabric please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peter Rabbit Themed Fabric

Peter rabbitThis classic Peter Rabbit fabric would suit any little child’s bedroom or nursery whether boy or girl and would work well as curtains, blinds or cushions. Its is beautifully printed in the traditional Peter Rabbit imagery, and has a number of different images of Peter Rabbit within the design.  This fabric is only  £12.50 per metre and is 137cm/ 53.5″ wide.

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STOCK UPDATE – unfortunately this fabric is now out of stock and we are unable to source more.

If you would like information on any other fabric you have seen please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.