Craft Cotton Fabric and How to Buy it
Buying fabric for patchwork is not quite the same as for dressmaking. When your
calculations have been done you may find that for some colours and prints you need only a
small quantity of cloth. Because of this we sell the fabric in different ways. Our fabrics
by length (normally 44 inches or 112cm in width) are priced and sold in multiples of QUARTER of
For some projects fat quarters are adequate and to this end we do packs of fat quarter
metres in our plain fabrics and also fat quarter collections.
For other smaller pieces there is sufficient fabric in a piece from one of our Stash
packs. These are approximately 9 x 10 each. It is always useful to have small
pieces of fabric that may just come in handy for a touch of colour here and there.
Lastly we have charm packs and these are approximately 5 squares of different
fabrics. They give you a really good variety of different fabrics for a relatively low
Of course in time you build up your own collection of pieces but this is an excellent way
to start you off.
Printed craft cotton fabrics are sometimes fairly short-lived. The idea is to keep the
choice available fresh so as new designs come out they replace the previous designs.
With this craft becoming far more popular within the United Kingdom some very exciting
developments have occurred and we now as a country design some of our own fabrics. It used
to be that all the craft cottons were imported from the United States and everyone had to
search for American craft cotton. Much of it still is American craft cotton.
People like Makower and Timeless Treasures now have their own designers who produce very
individual and exciting designs. So we have some really British designs mixed with a
selection of American designs and it all makes the market far more interesting.