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Sort ALL your problems: a 6 step tutorial!

By 21 days ago 53 Views No comments

Fine, that title may have been click bait...but sewing yourself a cow print bag is a dang good way to start!

September is upon us. Uncomfortable jeans are back on and movement is once again limited by puffer jackets. My phone attempts a break-out from my pocket every time I do more than 2 steps, I spend 10 minutes digging through all my jackets for the only lipstick which matches my outfit, then I realise my wallet is in one of those jackets too and finally I run out the door already late for work...only to realise its 18 degrees and I didn't need a jacket at all.

I can't go on like this.

On Parade Babydoll Dress

By 2 months ago 696 Views No comments

Oh Sundays...

Before I hem the neckline, the sun is already setting.

Every Sunday I treat myself to a sewing day. Today I decided to finally finish off this piece- a babydoll dress made of one of my all time favourites from Michael Miller's borders. I'd got a metre of this a while back, but decided to order some plain white cotton off eBay for the top part. Classic eBay, the fabric took it's sweet time before finally arriving on my doorstep this Friday!

Denim Jacket Makeover Time!

By Ailis 2 months ago 2431 Views 1 comment

This week we have the imponderable pleasure of passing over the blog reins to a wonderful friend and customer.

In this blog post, the talented Ailis of Bibbidy Bobbidy Studio Portrush teaches us how to love our denim jacket again!

Hi my name is Ailis. I'm currently in the process of fullfilling my dream, opening my very own little creative space, Bibbidy Bobbidy Studio's in Portrush, Northern Ireland. My aim to inspire others to be passionate and positive about life. My passion in the creative world is fabric and textiles ... and I find endless inspiration here at FabricYard!

Fabric Weight: Deciphered!

By Oliwia 3 months ago 114 Views No comments

120 GSM, slub, twill, all this fabric lingo is on par with Enigma code...

When browsing our site, you probably have a project already in mind. But what in tarnation is the most suitable fabric?!

First things first, the acronym GSM is short for "(G)ram(S) per square (M)eter". It is the most commonly used measurement for fabric weight, however "Ounce per Square Yard" is a close second, for those of you who prefer the imperial system.

Now, the vast majority of the fabric we stock is a 100% quilting weight cotton 150-160gsm but we also stock cotton linen mix fabrics. Cotton is of course made from the fluffy cotton plant. Linen, on the other hand, is made from flax stems. If you can't get your head around this like me, check out Victoria & Albert Museum's take on it below!

Furnish Your Own Summer!

By Oliwia 4 months ago 203 Views No comments
As the end of May is nearing, we hope your spring snow PTSD has worn off and you are relaxing into the nurturing warmth of the summer sun.

For me, summer means bringing an immense Mediterranean platter into the garden. It takes me back to my mother losing track of time with the confusion of daylight savings, as she read Le Petit Prince at my bedside. It is the spontaneous cheeseboard party with the next door neighbours at 10pm, the cosmopolitan scoop of Tesco's budget vanilla ice cream in my coffee, and looking through old photo albums well into the wee hours of the morning. All these things, at the end of my fingertips. Just one issue.

My home isn't ready to facilitate such fantasies!

I have found myself in complete chaos spending my days off running around B&M Bargains and IKEA trying to find the finishing touches. "Bohemian Salad Bowl" here, "CHOSIGT Ice Lolly Maker" there, my home was slowly becoming the embodiment of Frankenstein's monster and I was only straying from my summer aspirations.

Finally, the solution came in a dream.

A St Patrick-esque vision told me the answer was right before my eyes: SOFT FURNISHINGS!

The Sitting Room

The design trend seems to be screaming: we're bringing back the 70s! Here's a couple options to spruce up the comfy chair. Click on any of the fabrics to shop directly!

Wrap Blouse Tutorial

By Oliwia 4 months ago 153 Views No comments

Scrunchie Tutorial

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Bunting Tutorial

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Lampshade Tutorial

By Oliwia 4 months ago 159 Views No comments

Roisin Muldoon Interview

By Oliwia and Alice 6 months ago 1599 Views No comments

If you follow the #memade tag over on Instagram or learnt your dressmaking craft following online blogs, you most likely will have come across the subject of our next interview. Roisin Muldoon (aka Dolly Clackett which is the name of her blog) has very kindly agreed to answer some of our burning questions!