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Ways to use up fabric remnants

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

We announced yesterday on our social media platforms that we now have an extremely large range of fabric remnants for sale. But, for those thinking, What on earth would I want scraps of fabric for? here are a few ideas if you’re feeling crafty.

  1. Pouches

    This versatile little pouch can be used for make up, keys, money, or even project supplies. This one includes a zip, but you could use buttons, poppers, whatever you like!

  2. Blankets/Throws

    Perfect for this season. Wrap up warm in your own personalised blanket or throw, made by you. You could make little patchwork quilts for the little ones, like this one, or a festive-themed throw, or a brightly patterned blanket that will stand out in your bedroom.

  3. Bookmarks

    These are so simple and doable, and could make the perfect stocking filler for bookworms (those guys love bookmarks!).

  4. Notebook Covers

    Kinda goes with the bookmarks, but these cute notebook cover make cheap, personalised and cute little presents for your family and friends. You can even use notebooks or sketchbooks to suit their needs. Everyone needs a notepad at some point, so you know that it’s a gift that won’t be gathering dust. Here’s an example.

  5. Heating Pads

    Ideal for this miserable weather. These pads can be thrown into the microwave and serve as mini hot water bottles. They’re small enough to fit in your bags, so you can warm your fingers on the commute to work, and they’re the perfect size for the little ones.

  6. Pillowcases

    Everyone needs a pillowcase. Not only do they provide comfort, they also add a finishing touch to any room. These would be great if you have family staying round for Christmas - just imagine a guest room with personalised pillows. Take a look here.

  7. Key rings

    These adorable little gifts make really good stocking fillers, for all ages. Another opportunity to create a personal gift. These are probably the cutest things ever.

  8. Cup Sleeves

    Coffee cups burning your fingers? Flask too hot to carry? These cup sleeves are the perfect solution. Why settle for a cardboard Starbucks one when you could have a decorative one that’s softer on the hands?

  9. Camera Straps

    Add a bit of comfort to your camera strap. The perfect gift for photographers. Click here to see how.

  10. Passport Holders

    Again, a gift that can suit anyone. Handing over a custom-made passport holder will certainly put a smile on people’s faces, and you’re sure to feel proud of yourself for making such a lovely item. See here.

There are so many things you can do with fabric remnants, but we’re going to stop at ten. Hopefully you now feel inspired to get crafty this Christmas, whether it be for your family, friends, or even yourself.

We are selling our fabric remnants for £5 per metre, and we have a huge range. Come visit our showroom to find out more.

We found these crafts on Pinterest. If you want to see more of our showroom and recent projects, give us a follow.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

An adventure in illustration: the Villa Nova Picturebook

 
Image by  Villa Nova

Image by Villa Nova

We briefly discussed Villa Nova’s latest collection over on our Decorex blog, but, seeing as we love it so much, we’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to it. It’s even the inspiration behind our new window display! This collection is child-friendly, inspired by memories of the eccentric storybooks that we used to read as children. The website features colouring pages that you can print off, and the collection is told in ‘chapters’. Villa Nova has made this collection more interactive and fun, ensuring that your little ones are going to enjoy it even more.

‘Monkey Bars’ by  Villa Nova

‘Monkey Bars’ by Villa Nova

The first chapter of this range is by Frann Preston-Gannon, a London-based illustrator and author. Her designs are inspired by the exotic Amazon rain forest, and feature many animal-based prints. One of her patterns, ‘Monkey Bars’, feature many fuzzy monkey faces, creating a fun and exciting design. This has been printed as cushions, wall coverings, and fabrics. It is sure to add a mischievous touch to any room.

‘Bear Hug’ by  Villa Nova

‘Bear Hug’ by Villa Nova

In complete contrast to the rain forest, Preston-Gannon also takes us to the Arctic, where polar bears and seals float across the sea on icebergs while fish and play beneath them in the water. A personal favourite of this collection is the ‘Bear Hug’ cushion. This adorable mum-and-baby design features a mother polar bear hugging her child on a blue fabric with a coordinating soft chenille on the reverse side.

In the second chapter of our adventure, Christopher Coerr takes us to the pink city of India, downtown New York and the vibrant Mediterranean. With the ‘Hustle Bustle’ range, we explore the busy Indian street markets, where you can be amazed by the colourful animals and people whizzing by on their bikes. The ‘Hustle Bustle’ fabric, available in two colourways, is an exciting design that captures the busy atmosphere of India, featuring the range of people and animals that you would see on the Indian streets.

‘City Lights’ by  Villa Nova

‘City Lights’ by Villa Nova

His NY designs capture the bright city lights that dazzle anyone who sees them. ‘City Lights’ is a print that portrays the illuminated skyscrapers when their residents have turned on their lights. The design is simple: yellow rectangles and boxes embroidered onto a white background - not a building in sight. This geometric fabric is unique and can be paired with many other patterns in the collection, deeming it to be a very versatile design.

‘Island Hopping’ by  Villa Nova

‘Island Hopping’ by Villa Nova

Coerr’s final collection portrays the white-washed house and the vibrant blue sea. A nautical colour scheme is the basis for the products in this range, but they are still unique and full of life. The ‘Island Hopping’ fabric shows a hive of activity, full of boats sailing the sea, laughing children and pleasant villagers getting on with their day. Or, for a more toned down look, ‘Teeny Santorini’ is a wallcovering available in three colourways and focuses on the villas that line the hills of the Mediterranean. It is a simple print that features the outline of these buildings on a white background, making it the perfect contrast to Coerr’s more vibrant fabrics.

‘Walkies’ by  Villa Nova

‘Walkies’ by Villa Nova

The third illustrator involved in this collection is Yuval Zommer, whose designs gives us a bugs-eye view of the world. Tiny ladybirds, beautiful butterflies and buzzing bees are feature in this playful range, plus larger, much-loved animals, including little dogs! ‘Walkies’ present a range of dogs making friends with each other on their walk, with each one having its own character and design. Chickens peck away at an orchard in ‘Apples and Pears’, while frogs leap from pond to pond in ‘Duck Pond’. There is such a variety of prints in this collection, and the range of animals helps to ensure that children will surely find one they love.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

All three illustrators have also drawn wall stickers based on their designs, to decorate your home even further. We used a few from Frann Preston-Gannon’s jungle range on our shop window, and we can confirm that they really helped bring our display to life.

Villa Nova’s collection is different to most that we have in our showroom, as it’s rare to find an exclusive children’s range. We recommend coming to take a look, as you will be amazed by these exuberant prints that will add a fun element to your home.