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If you’ll be heading off for your annual family summer holiday soon, now’s the perfect time to dust off your sewing machine and try your hand at creating some summer holiday essentials that you won’t find in any high street shop.

Here’s a few project ideas to get you started – just don’t forget to place your order and choose from a colourful selection of fabrics available on our website first!

 

A colourful cover-up

You don’t need to be a sewing expert to create a beautiful sarong or beach cover up. Cover-ups are great for days at the beach or as a long scarf to cover the neck and shoulders on chilly mornings, so it’s an essential piece for any holiday wardrobe.

The great thing about cover-ups is that they can be made from a wide range of materials including cotton or tulle for sheer look. You’ll just need a few meters of fabric and some thread to create them too which means that you can treat yourself to a few different fabrics.

Our new range of African fabrics make amazing sarongs or cover-ups thanks to their vibrant colours and beautiful patterns, so check them out here.

Tablet or book holder

Sand gets everywhere, so if you’re planning to take your favourite book or tablet to the beach to keep the kids entertained, you can quickly whip up a quick tablet or book holder to stop that pesky sand creeping into the pages or ports.

A perfect summer holiday project for beginners, all you’ll need is two contrasting pieces of fabric and some snap fasteners from our online haberdashery to get started.

We love the beautiful range of new Indian brocades and stunning silks for a really eye-catching and luxurious lined look, but you can use any of our cotton fabrics if you want a softer holder.

Once you’ve cut your fabric to the correct size leaving an extra inch or so at the top for the fasteners, sew the edges leaving a quarter inch seam allowance before turning inside out. Iron flat and add your fasteners, and you’re ready to hit the beach!

Basic tote

Tote bags are a holiday must-have as they’re just so useful! From days out at local markets to carrying sunscreen and flip flops to the beach, you can quickly knock up a colourful tote in no time at all!

Our range of canvas fabrics makes a hardwearing and strong base for your bag and handles, but if you’re looking for something a bit prettier, then why not add an external pocket and lining in vibrant cotton fabric for a pop of colour?

 

Have you made any of the items above for your summer holiday? Then don’t forget to share your creations with us on our Facebook page!

 

 

With Easter just around the corner, we know that you crafty lot will be looking at a few springtime projects to keep you and your little ones entertained over the holidays, so we’ve come up with a few super simple but fun Easter projects and special promotions for you to get your teeth into this year.
Read on to discover a few of our top picks for Easter crafting and special offers to help your money go even further when you shop with us!

 

Bunny Bags

Rabbits and Easter go hand in hand, so if you’re gifting a few choccy eggs this year why not bin the box and present them in a super cute bunny bag instead? Ideal for beginners, all you’ll need is some of our gingham checked fabric to create a basic drawstring bag, a length of ribbon and a metre of our clearance cotton prints to create contrasting ears!
Once you’ve created the bag element, cut two more ellipses shaped pieces for the ears out of the gingham check and the same from the cotton fabric. Carefully machine or hand stitch the ear pieces together before turning inside out and pushing out the corners. Next, sew the ears inside of the bag opening facing upwards and add some tasty treats!

 

Egg decorations

 

Who says that decorations are just for Christmas? With our latest collection of fun and colourful springtime fabrics, you can bring a pop of colour to your home and keep the kids happy with a little fabric glue, polystyrene egg shapes and fabric scraps that you’ve got hanging around at the bottom of your sewing box.
Simply cut the fabric into strips just a little longer than the egg and apply the glue to the egg shape. Repeat the process until the egg is completely covered and add a ribbon loop with a spot of glue and your new fabric eggs are ready to hand around your home and garden.

 

Special outfits

During the Easter holidays, you’ll notice that there are plenty of fayres, parades and events for you to take part in, so give your wardrobe that spring feel with some of our new poly and cotton print fabrics.
From cute shift dresses to tote bags lined with summery shades of silk fabric, your new Easter outfits don’t need to cost the earth thanks to Cheap Fabrics! We won’t be beaten on price, so whatever Easter crafts you’ve got in mind for the coming holidays, you’ll be able to make something specular and still have plenty of money left over for those chocolate eggs and hot cross buns!

 

Spring has most definitely sprung and new additions to this season’s catwalk are providing us with an array of vibrant hues and engaging prints. It’s all the inspiration needed in fact to give our wardrobes a much-needed lift after the dull and dark winter months.
But if you don’t want to blow your monthly budget on the latest looks, our new spring range of fabrics is a great way to help you sport some of 2019’s hottest trends and create something totally tailored and unique that will leave everyone asking where you bought your outfit.
Here’s a few of the on-trend looks for this spring and how you can replicate them at home with a little sewing skill.

Hemlines are falling
For those that aren’t a fan of short skirts, you’ll be pleased to know that hemlines are getting longer this season with the flowy A-line shirt making a huge comeback.
Flowing skirts are really comfortable and forgiving if you want to flatter your shape plus they can be dressed up or down and go from day to night with ease. If you want to be completely on trend with your latest creation, then take a look at our new range of African print fabrics as they’re also one of the most fashionable print types that you’ll see in clothing shops all over the UK this year.

Relaxed tailoring

For something a little more difficult, you might want to test your sewing skills on some relaxed tailoring – a silhouette set to be another standout trend for spring 2019. Tailored jackets are getting casual this year, with the oversized look being increasingly popular for those that just want something chic yet simple to keep their arms warm or for an evening out on the town.
For something really attention-grabbing, our Indian Brocades can add a showy pop of colour to any wardrobe and create a feeling of pure luxury when paired with a contrasting lining.

Hang loose
Keeping with the relaxed tailoring feel, the wide leg or palazzo trouser is back for spring 2019 in a staple piece that can take you right through to the summer months. This essential piece of tailoring has undergone a bit of a revamp for this year with many designer brands experimenting with new materials and prints, and with a bit of practice, this is something that you can replicate at home at a fraction of the price!
Take a look at our latest range of patterned poly and cotton prints and don’t be afraid to whip up a pair of trousers in a pattern or shade that works for you.

Once you’ve chosen your fabric of choice for your latest creation, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to receive some fantastic benefits including special fabric and haberdashery promotions, giveaways and new fabric arrivals direct to your inbox.
Happy sewing!

You might have noticed that the Cheap Fabrics website has undergone a big makeover recently and we’ve received some amazing feedback from our wonderful customers who are happily browsing our website and purchasing from our vast range of great quality fabrics.
Here’s just a few of the changes we’ve made to help make your experience with us even better!

New pricing structures
We understand that many of our customers like to buy their fabrics in bulk, whether they are small businesses who are lovingly creating their own products or just creative crafters that like to try their hand at something new.
That’s why we’ve created a new pricing structure so now it’s even more cost effective to stock up on our range of exceptional fabrics at a great value bulk buy price.
You might notice that we’ve also added more filters and increased our range to offer you a fantastic array of fabrics for many purposes.

New categories
Another change we’ve made to help make your online shopping experience with us better still is the new categories you’ll find on our website.
From a range of beautiful trims, fabric dyes, tassels, feathers, fasteners and dressmaking tools, our new haberdashery means that you can pick everything you need for your next project online, so there’s no need to go elsewhere!

Fabric inspiration
We know that you’re a crafty lot, so we’ve created a fantastic new blog packed full of new fabric ideas for your next project as well as some handy tips and advice to help you create something beautiful from the comfort of your own home.
We’re big fans of all things homemade, so head over to our other blog posts here and let us know if there’s anything you’d like the experts at Cheap Fabrics to cover in future posts.

Rewarding loyalty and great giveaways!
By subscribing to Cheap Fabrics, you won’t just earn loyalty points with every purchase, but you’ll also be able to enter our free competitions and giveaways!
Let us take the opportunity to congratulate our latest winner is Lesley Gunn from Beeches Entertainers who has won a £150 personalised fabric bundle. She was very delighted to have won and we look forward to her future projects to showcase.

So don’t forget to join us for our monthly quiz to win a £50 e-voucher or join in the fun with regular giveaways here. You may very well be lucky enough to win, so don’t forget to subscribe and share this post with your friends too because we’re always looking for our next lucky winner!

Like all elements of fashion and design, the world of fabric is constantly changing and evolving with trends and patterns being introduced and older ones coming back into vogue. Whether you are designing outfits for yourself to wear throughout the upcoming months or are creating new accessories for living area interiors, it’s important that you stay on trend and make sure that what you’re designing is both current and eye-catching. Read on to learn about the top trends in fabric for 2018.

 

 

THE SWINGING 60’S

The 60s was a decade that is renowned for eye-catching prints and stunning fashion, with many of the trends still relevant today. The likes of Twiggy made the mini skirt and shift dresses iconic wardrobe essentials, but it wasn’t just the shape of these styles that was important, prints played a big part too. If you’re looking to relive the 1960s through the prints that you choose to design with, stick to a few golden rules to get it right. When it comes to colours, choose off-white, camel, yellow, teal, navy and burgundy red. Let the prints really do the talking by choosing florals, geometric, circular swirls and stripes.

 

HAVE YOU SEEN OUR DESIGNER SATIN FOIL?

 

This unusual print has a subtle foil effect, making it perfect for designing cute dresses and tops that are inspired by the 60s. This fabric also looks great when used for cushions and even bedding.

 

EARTH MOTHER

Millennials are all about connecting with nature and getting closer to the planet, so what better way to make your creations appeal to a younger audience than by incorporating some natural elements into them? Serene and powerful in equal measure, this trend is all about texture. Colours that are featuring in this trend include beige, taupe, nude, blush pink, ochre green and turquoise. When it comes to patterns, opt for natural textures, open knits and tribal influences.
Check out our Tribal Rayon fabric, which makes use of eye-catching yellows and reds.

 

BOHO VIBES

The boho trend is popular every year and looks especially good when it comes to designing women’s clothing. Key colours include purple, mauve, maroon and burnt orange. Look out for floral, swirling and feather patterns.
Take a look at our Chiffon Georgette Prints for some great boho inspiration.

 

 

 

The best fabrics for spring are ready to be discovered as the sun is just getting ready to come out and flowers are in bloom. Yes, when spring has sprung, it’s a great time of year, not just for the weather and your surroundings, but also for fabrics.

Whether you are designing clothes and occasion wear, bed linen and other homewares or toys for children, there’s plenty of spring appropriate fabrics that will inspire you to create stunning pieces that you’ll be keen to make use of all year round.

Read on to find out more about the best fabrics to use during spring.

 

Linen

Linen textiles are some of the oldest in the world and people have been making clothes out of this material for centuries, and when you learn about  the benefits of using this material it’s easy to see why Linen is made of natural fibre and light weave, which means it allows for maximum breathability, perfect for when the weather is beginning to hot up. It can provide you with excellent coolness and is also a really stylish option, particularly when it is used to make shirts or shorts.  Check out our wide range of linen fabric, we have a variety of coloured and prints options available so you’re sure to find something that meets your needs.

 

Florals

 

Florals and spring go hand in hand, so mimic what is taking place outside with the fabrics that you choose. Florals look great when used to design clothes for adults and children alike and also work really well for home interiors. Think crisp, white bed linen scattered with floral pillows. Could anything sound more seasonally appropriate?

We stock a vast range of floral fabrics to choose from.  Have you seen this stunning range of floral prints .  These fabrics will look great when used to create a pretty spring style dress or curtains for breezy bedrooms.

 

Gingham

 

 

What is it with Gingham and making you think of picnics in the park with your friends? There’s something eternally comforting about the print, making it great for homewares like table clothes and tea towels. It’s also a very stylish print that you will see featured in clothes stocked at all the big high street brands so is great for making clothes with to. Check out our range of gingham prints.

 

 


Welcome to Cheap Fabrics, the one destination where all of your fabric dreams and expectations can be met and exceeded. We are a family run business based in Berkshire with over 40 years of experience in the textile industry, so when you choose to shop with us you can be sure that you are investing in both quality and expertise.

Read on to find out more about what we offer.

 

A wide range of fabrics

Beautiful fabric plays a part in so many aspects of people’s day to day lives, which is why we pride ourselves on being able to provide such a vast array of fabrics for you to choose from. Whether its upholstery for a set of gorgeous new curtains or cushion covers, lace for a wedding dress you are designing or fur for a new rug that you just have to have in your living room, you’ll find everything that you need on our all-encompassing site. Other fabrics that we stock include silk, calico, muslin, PVC, corduroy, gingham, Chinese fabrics and much more.

Prices that are inclusive

Fabric is luxurious, but that doesn’t mean that it should be seen as a luxury. We think that everyone, regardless of background or income, should be able to enjoy stunning fabrics at prices that don’t break the bank. That’s why we make sure that all of the fabrics that we stock are affordable. UK customers will also be able to benefit from a low cost delivery service of just £3.95.

Try before you buy

Seeing a fabric that you love on a website is one thing, but experiencing what that fabrics looks and feels like in real life is usually what will make you fall in love with it. We know how important it is to see your fabrics first hand before you invest in them, which is why we offer a sample service on all of our fabrics. Buy samples from us for a nominal cost of just 99p.

AN ENHANCED USER EXPERIENCE

We know how important it is to listen to the needs of the people that we sell to and tailoring our offering, which is why we are now offering a number of optimized features on our site including customer loyalty points, telephone orders, bulk buys,  dedicated student discounts and an enhanced filter system to locate your ideal product..

We hope that you enjoy using our site and shopping for stunning fabrics with us.