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Crafting ideas: Where to buy fabric

July 13, 2012

Any newbie crafters out there might be surprised when they find out that the price of fabric from department stores can often be quite pricey. I know I once was. But there are cheaper ways to source your fabric, so for anyone looking for a bargain, here’s my pick of the best places to buy fabric.

1. Number one: Jumble sales/vintage fairs

I’ve often found a great bargain at one of these fairs and, if you look hard enough, so will you. The key is not to go to a fair specifically to buy fabric, but when going along anyway, have a look and you might just be surprised. They may not be a great length, but these kinds of fabrics (offcuts, usually) will do for making homemade bunting and to jazz up existing clothes. Once I even managed to pick up enough fabric offcuts to make a skirt.

The offcuts of a fabric I once found at a vintage fair

2. Number two: Charity shops

Fabric from charity shops isn’t usually dressed up as fabric, so here’s where you can get creative. Any charity shop will do, as most of them sell some ok-ish stuff in the forms of old curtains, bedsheets and pillowcases. Don’t look at them like curtains, sheets or pillowcases, but as potential fabric. For example, an old curtain will make an ideal winter skirt or dress (the extra weight will keep you warm in winter), a sheet gives you enough fabric to make a summer dress and a pillowcase can easily make an A-line skirt.

Incidentally, charity shops are also an ideal place to pick up extras, such as buttons, either on their own (just ask if you don’t see any), or on old, affordable granny cardigans and the like. Seriously, £1.49 for a cardi with some amazing buttons is a bargain!

3. Number three: Ebay

This was where I first ventured when looking for cheaper fabrics and I still manage to find some great bargains now. When I first discovered Cath Kidston and Laura Ashley fabrics, for example, I scoured Ebay for them and found some older stuff for a lot less than in the shops. Ebay shops offer the best selection and one of my absolute favourites (and one I’ve been using for years) is this one. One thing to remember is that if you’re planning on using a lot of fabric, then it might be worthwhile buying a roll. Although it can be expensive, in the long run it actually works out a lot cheaper per metre and you can get some great quality fabric if you look in the right places. For example, I once bought a roll of old Liberty fabric for a steal!

A roll of Liberty fabric I once bought on Ebay

Crafting ideas

New projects

July 8, 2012

Since moving home at the end of June, I’ve had a long list of things that I’m planning to make. This is what I do when I have no other plans. I form lists of things to make and store them in my head.

Right now I’m dreaming of summer dresses, elastic skirts, book bags and bunting. So I thought I’d change this blog’s direction a bit. Although I want it to keep its fashion and vintage elements, it’ll now focus on craft a bit more and making things yourself. Hopefully, I’ll be able to include some easy DIYs to get you, the readers, started on your crafty journeys.

Street Style Wales has always been a slightly crafty blog- remember this, this and this– though I didn’t intend it to be when I started it. But I suppose that’s what happens when a little part of you seeps into your blog and, to be honest, I like it this way. It feels more like me.

So, here’s to new beginnings and the first of many DIYs starting tomorrow- the easy to make book bag.

Clothing

New market for Cardiff

June 29, 2012

A new vintage market selling clothes and crafts will open in Cardiff this weekend.

The market will launch outside the indoor market, on St Mary’s Street, tomorrow and will sell vintage clothing, arts and crafts, homeware and even garden items.

It has been set up with support from the RCMA and there will be performances to celebrate its launch this weekend.

The weekly market will run from 11am until 5pm on a Saturday.

A link to the original article, via Wales Online, can be found here.

Clothing

Jumble sale at Milgi’s

June 22, 2012

Photo courtesy of Idlepines (http://www.flickr.com/photos/idlepines/4570499306/)

Every month, Milgi’s host a £1 jumble sale in the warehouse behind their restaurant. Last Sunday, I went along for a browse.

Milgi’s is a wonderful place and I felt completely at home as soon as I got there. I’m ashamed to say that, in ten months of living in Cardiff, I had never been, so of course I was eager to go. I wasn’t disappointed either. My friend told me that their milkshakes were to die for and my banana one certainly lived up to expectations.

But anyway, back to the clothes. A jumble sale is a perfect way to grab some bargains and at Milgi’s, everything was a pound. As you can imagine, a sale where everything is that cheap certainly brought in the punters and the small space soon packed out.

For anyone planning on going to the next one, I’d advise you get there early, for the above reason and to grab yourself the best items.

I came away with a Topshop cardigan (in very good condition), a top (which was only slightly too big) and two bags of fabric offcuts, for only £1.50.

All for the very reasonable sum of £3.50.

Information on the next event can be found on their website.

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Ty Hafan clothes swap

May 9, 2012

If you’re in or around Cardiff on the 6th June and looking for a welcome distraction from exam stress (or is that just me?), then you might want to head down to Le Monde (61 St Mary Street) for a clothes swap.

The only deal is that you bring along three items of clothing, shoes or accessories and you can then swap them with another three items. Entry tickets cost £5 and all money raised will go to the three Welsh peaks challenge, who are raising money for Ty Hafan. The challenge hopes to raise £2,400 so clear out your wardrobe and get swapping.

More information can be found here.