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Flower Trim Guipre Braids

Guipre flowersAn addition to our haberdashery range – these 26mm wide flower quipre trims would look great on a dress, coat, cushion or bag. We have three plain colours – purple, dark turquoise and lemon – at £1.65 per metre and a stunning multi-colored trim at £3.20 per metre. All are available to purchase in our shop in Bridport, Dorset, or telephone us on 01308 456844.


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Houses fabric ideal for making clothes and craft projects

Houses grey Houses creamThis fabric is ideal for making clothes and craft projects. The material features quaint folksy looking houses. The cloth is 100% cotton, ideal for quilting. The fabric is available in the two colourways shown. This material may also appeal to children.

Fabric composition: 100% cotton
Pattern repeat: 16cm/ 6 1/4″
Fabric width: 112cm/ 44″
Price per metre: £7.95

STOCK UPDATE : Please note this fabric is now out of stock and unavailable. Please contact us to request samples of current fabrics or see a selection of our craft fabrics below


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Cups and Plates Craft Fabric

Cups and plates 2This is a fun craft fabric featuring rows of cups and plates in soft pastel colours on a cream background. Suitable for many craft uses including patchwork and quilting. There are many different cups and plates featured and you could also make a lovely lightweight kitchen curtain. Please note the narrower width than standard curtain fabrics.

Fabric composition : 100% Cotton
Fabric width : 44″ / 112cm
Pattern repeat : 12.25″ / 31cm
Price : £7.95 per metre

STOCK UPDATE : Please note this fabric is now sold out an unavailable. Please see some of our other craft fabrics below

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Owl Fabric

OwlsWe really loved this bright and cheerful owl fabric, which also has flowers in the same combination of colours as the owls. This is a good weight craft cotton and could also be used to make lightweight curtains if you line them, as well as bags, quilts and other uses.

Fabric Composition : 100% cotton
Fabric Width : 44″/112cm
Pattern Repeat : 8.25″/21cm
Price : £8.80 per metre

STOCK UPDATE : This fabric is now out of stock and unavailable. See below for some of our other animal fabrics, or contact us to request other samples.

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Rustic Christmas Craft Fabric

xmas 3 designsOur crafting customers are already stocking up on their fabrics, our Christmas sewing workshop is fully booked and the mince pies have arrived in our neighbouring supermarket. So we thought you might like to see these additions to our range of Christmas craft fabrics. Featuring lovely designs of snowflakes, trees etc these xmas fabrics have a very different look with their rustic calico type background fabric.

Fabric composition : 100% cotton
Fabric width : 44″/112cm
Price per metre : £7.30

STOCK UPDATE : These fabrics are now discontinued and unavailable. Pop into our stores in Bridport or Yeovil to view our current range.

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Sewing fabric – featuring historic dressmaking scissors, sewing machines…

Sewing frenchThis fabric is brilliant for any keen sewer. Featuring many haberdashery items including dressmaking scissors, tailors dummies, thimbles. This fabric is ideal for craft projects – making bags, fabric boxes, patchwork and backing quilts.

Fabric composition: 100% cotton
Pattern repeat: 31cm/ 12 1/4″
Fabric width: 112cm/ 44″
Price per metre: £9.10

STOCK UPDATE : This fabric is now out of stock and unavailable – see below for a lovely alternative sewing fabric

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3 years this week that Livingstone Textiles was taken over by Tom & Meg

Shop interiror July 2013
Our range of upholstery and curtaining fabrics

It was 3 years on the 1st October 2013 since Tom & Meg took over Livingstone Textiles! Where has the time gone?

During this time all staff have had a say in the fabrics we stock. We have all enjoyed selecting such a wide range of fabrics – from patchwork, dress materials, upholstery fabric and curtaining, we try to supply a wide range of materials that will appeal to our customers.

We also have a wide range of haberdashery and upholstery supplies and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting ideas.

Sewing class in progress
Sewing classes

We offer a range of sewing classes that give people the confidence to use and understand their own sewing machines.

During the 3 years we have developed our website and also have opened our Ebay shop. Recently we have opened our very own webshop to enable people to buy fabric direct from our website.



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Fabric for children and crafts – cars and tractors, diggers

tiny cars 2These fabrics are 100% cotton and are ideal for children’s clothes, toys and craft projects.

Pattern repeat: 8cm/ 3 1/4″
Fabric width: 112cm/ 44″


Pattern repeat: 15.5cm/ 6″
Fabric width: 112cm/ 44″
Price per metre: £7.15

STOCK UPDATE : Unfortunately both these fabrics are now sold out and discontinued. See below for a newer car fabric or contact us to request samples of our current selection.

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Our fabric shop now online – visit our webshop

fabric-swatches-cropped2.bmpAre you wondering where you can buy fabric online?

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new webshop. For many years we have sent out fabrics by mail order and in recent years we have been using Ebay as well as having our shop in Bridport, Dorset.

Anne Orchard has been working extremely hard to get our webshop up and running and it is now possible to buy fabrics directly from our website. Currently not all of our fabrics are listed but in time we shall be adding more and more and this will soon also include haberdashery supplies, clothing fabrics, upholstery fabrics, curtain linings and other materials.

We hope you enjoy looking at our website and webshop.

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Brightly Coloured Feathers

Indian Feathers

We now have in stock some lovely brightly coloured feathers, ideal for fancy dress and pantomime costumes and craft projects.

The “Indian feathers” are approximately 30cm (12″) long and come in the following colours:-
Red, white, emerald green, yellow, royal blue, orange and black. They are priced at 50p each.

The “Baby ostrich feathers” are approximately 25cm (10″) long and come in the following colours:-
Red, black, baby pink, yellow and royal blue. They are priced at 70p each.

Baby ostrich feathers






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Remake Stripe Fabric – New Colours

Pink & Green

This is one of our most popular fabrics – a lovely heavy cotton with a soft feel, which makes up brilliantly for roman blinds, curtains, cushions and light upholstery such as bench seats or dining chairs. Each fabric has a range of subtle colours which tone beautifully to give a great overall effect whichever colour you choose. Our latest colourway, Pink & Green, is shown in the picture to the right and the other colourways below.

Fabric Composition : 100% Cotton
Fabric Width : 54″/137cm

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Curtains Made to Measure

Our skilled makers can transform your home with high quality made to measure soft furnishings. Curtains, roman blinds and cushions are all made to your specification and to our exacting standards, fully bespoke and hand-finished. 

Come and view our fabrics and discuss your requirements in store; we understand that you will be making an important decision about your home, so any of our staff will be happy to work with you until you’re completely happy with your order – our customer service is second to none.

To help you make up your mind, we offer free samples of all our rollstock and also the option to borrow our books and hangers so that you can see the fabrics in your own home before you choose.  We can work to your measurements, or alternatively one of our makers can come out to your home to measure up and help you with the process.

We offer a wide variety of curtain headings, including pencil pleat, triple pleat (pinch pleat) and eyelet headings. Triple pleat curtains are made using buckram, and our eyelet curtains use buckram and punched metal eyelets for strength. All curtains can be lined or interlined; you can choose from our range of linings which includes thermal and blackout linings.

Curtain making prices are quoted per width of fabric in each curtain. So for a pair of curtains made with one width of fabric in each curtain you would pay for 2 widths of making. For a pair with 1.5 widths in each curtain you would pay 4 widths of making. Current maker’s prices are shown below; these don’t include fabric or other materials. These prices include VAT, which is charged on mail orders. For curtains collected from our shops in Bridport, Dorset and Yeovil, Somerset you may pay the seamstress directly, and VAT is not then incurred.

Curtain making prices (per width)

Pencil Pleat Lined curtains up to 70″/179cm – £26.40
Pencil Pleat Lined curtains over 70″/179cm – £28.80
Triple Pleat Lined curtains any length – £38.40

Blackout lining additional £2.40 per width
Eyelet curtains additional £7.20 per width
Tab top curtains additional £3.60 per width
Interlined curtains additional £7.20 per width

We also make Roman Blinds (making cost from £82 each), pelmets, scatter cushions, boxed cushions, bedspreads and valances, tiebacks, chair arm protectors and many other items. Quotes are available on request.

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How To Make Eyelet Curtains Using Eyelet Tape

No special tool is required to make eyelet curtains using our tape and eyelets. To calculate fabric requirements for eyelet curtains see How To Measure for Curtains and Drapes. This tape is suitable for light to medium weight curtains and not heavy or thick fabrics. Please ask about our punched eyelet curtain making service for heavier fabrics supplied by us. Continue reading How To Make Eyelet Curtains Using Eyelet Tape

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Cushion pads and Bolsters

We stock high quality cushions in a variety of sizes and shapes. The picture shows some of the different sizes hung up on our visit to the Melplash Show. These are in cushion covers we have made from fabric we stock. Sizes range from 30″ large cushions (floor cushions) down to 14″ square cushions. Every cushion inner pad is high quality fibre filling, and well stuffed right to the corners.

Cushions Pads

These cushion inner pads come in the following sizes and prices :

14″ square (approx 36cm) – £3.15 per cushion pad
16″ square (approx 41cm) – £3.50 per cushion pad
18″ square (approx 46cm) – £3.80 per cushion pad
20″ square (approx 51cm) – £5.10 per cushion pad
24″ square (approx 61cm) – £9.40 per cushion pad
30″ square (approx 77cm) – 16.50 per cushion pad

Bolster Cushion

We stock these bolsters in our standard size of 7″ (approx 17cm) diameter and 18″ (approx 46cm) long. Each bolster pad is £6.00. We can also get bolster cushions made to your specification – contact us with your measurements to request a price. This can be particularly useful for caravan or camper van seating.

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Roller Blind Fabric Service

If you have a roller blind which needs replacing but your fixings are still perfectly ok, or if you want a roller blind to match other window dressings in your room such as curtains, you need a specially treated roller blind fabric. You can buy ready stiffened fabrics, but this limits your choice. Or you can buy a spray on stiffener, but these can be tricky to get right. The best solution we have found is an iron-on roller blind fabric stiffener. Using this stiffener you can turn most fabric into replacement roller blind fabric so long as it can take a hot iron and is not too thick to roll up once it is stiffened. In this way you are able to have your roller blind in a matching or co-ordinating fabric to curtains in the same or a nearby room and you broaden your choice of fabrics.

We offer this roller blind backing fabric to create fabric for roller blinds from any of our suitable fabrics either in stock or to order from our extensive range of hangers. Please contact us with your blind measurements for a quote or call in to the shop to browse our range of fabrics.

This treatment is also suitable for creating large fabric banners – these were made for the window display at our local Oxfam shop and are eight feet long! The fabric is stiffened and then sewn so that it can be hung on a pole in the shop window, and weighted with a metal pole in the base.

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How to Measure for Net Curtains

Measuring for net curtains involves taking two measurements on your window. If you already have a net curtain wire or net curtain rod in place measure the drop from the wire or rod to where you want the curtain to end. If not, then measure from the top of the frame (not the glass), inside the window reveal. For the width measure the width of the existing wire or net curtain rod, or the frame if none is currently fitted. Continue reading How to Measure for Net Curtains