Fabric Buying Guide

Welcome to our 'Fabric Buying Guide' section, where we offer expert advice on how to choose the right fabrics for your projects. From clothing and home decor to upholstery and drapery, selecting the right fabrics is essential to achieving a beautiful and functional end result.

Our blog posts cover a wide range of topics related to fabric selection, including how to choose the right weight and texture, what to look for in terms of quality, and how to match fabrics to your project's specific requirements.

We also offer guidance on understanding fabric terminology, such as the difference between natural and synthetic fabrics, and how to care for and maintain your fabrics over time.

Our 'Fabric Buying Guide' section is updated regularly, so be sure to check back often for new blog posts and insights. We believe that knowledge is power when it comes to fabric selection, and our blog is designed to help you make informed decisions when purchasing fabrics for your projects.

So, whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out, our 'Fabric Buying Guide' section is the perfect resource for anyone looking to choose the best fabrics for their projects. We hope you find our blog posts helpful and informative, and that they help you achieve beautiful and successful results with every project.

  1. How to Choose the Right Fabrics for Your Van Conversion

    How to Choose the Right Fabrics for Your Van Conversion

    When it comes to crafting a stunning and functional interior for your van conversion, the fabric you choose plays a pivotal role. From upholstery to curtains, each fabric choice can impact both the visual appeal and practicality of your van. 

    In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about choosing fabrics for your van conversion.

    Fabrics for Van Conversions: An Introduction

    Van conversions can be a great way to customise and personalise your existing vehicle, with the right fabric giving your van a complete look that matches your style and personality. 

    There are a variety of fabrics available for van conversion projects, from durable vinyl and canvas to colourful upholstery. It is important to carefully consider the type of fabric that will best suit your project needs. 

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  2. The Ultimate Guide to Velvet: From Manufacturing to Care

    The Ultimate Guide to Velvet: From Manufacturing to Care

    Do you fancy a bit of velvet? Ever wondered how this luxurious fabric is made or how to care for it? Maybe you're curious about its history, the role it plays in fashion, or its environmental impact. And wouldn't it be handy to know how to identify top-notch velvet, or maybe even fix a snag?

    Well, this comprehensive guide's got you covered. We're going to delve into the fascinating world of velvet–from its historical roots to its modern production techniques. We'll guide you through different types of velvet and help you understand their unique features. Moreover, we'll also share some practical tips on buying, storing, and cleaning velvet. Plus, we'll explore velvet's place in sustainable fashion and its use in interior design. Get ready to become a velvet virtuoso…

    Where Is Velvet From?

    Velvet is steeped in rich history. Its story begins in the Far East, specifically in China, around 200

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  3. Guide to Choosing the Best Fabric for Your Upholstery

    Guide to Choosing the Best Fabric for Your Upholstery

    Overwhelmed by the sheer range of upholstery fabrics in the UK market? Uncertain about jargon like 'fabric grades', 'thread count', or 'textile weave types'? Torn between synthetic fibres and natural ones? Or simply unsure whether to re-upholster or buy new, and where to find quality fabrics?

    This guide is your easy-to-follow roadmap. In it, you'll find clear, concise explanations of these key topics and more. You’ll learn the essentials about fabric durability, the importance of British Standards, and how to test fabric samples at home. Plus, we'll explore popular choices in UK homes, compile a handy checklist for selecting your fabric, and share tips on top UK retailers. So, arm yourself with knowledge, and let's get your upholstery project off to a confident start.

    1. What Are Upholstery Fabrics?

    To start, let's talk about what upholstery fabrics are. They're special materials used to cover f

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  4. Choosing the Best Fabrics for Outdoor Use

    Choosing the Best Fabrics for Outdoor Use

    The right fabric can shape your outdoor experience in the UK, wouldn't you agree? It's about battling weather tantrums, making colours last, ensuring comfort, warding off mould, and caring for the environment. But how do you know which fabric ticks all boxes without breaking the bank?

    This blog post will guide you through everything you need to know - from the importance of the fabric choice, understanding UK's weather conditions, to the durability and characteristics of robust outdoor fabrics. We'll also explore UV resistance, water and moisture resistance, breathability, mould resistance, colourfastness, ease of maintenance, top brands and much more. So, if you're ready to master the art of choosing the best fabrics for outdoor use, let's get started!

    What Makes a Fabric Suitable for Outdoor Use?

    When it comes to outdoor fabrics, the right choice can truly make or break your experience.

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  5. 5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Fabric for Upholstery

    5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Fabric for Upholstery

    Choosing the right fabric for upholstery is a crucial aspect of any interior design project. The material you choose can significantly impact the aesthetics, comfort, and longevity of your furniture.

    In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the five key factors you should consider when selecting upholstery fabric.


    1. Durability: The Lifeline of Your Furniture

    When it comes to furniture fabric, durability is a crucial consideration. After all, the most beautiful fabric for covering sofas or chair fabrics won't be of much use if they wear out within a few years! The durability of upholstery fabrics is determined by several factors, including:

    • The fabric's thread count
    • Weave tightness
    • The material itself

    High-quality upholstery textiles are designed to withstand the rigours of daily use without showing signs of wear and tear. They

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  6. The Top Fabric Trends For Spring / Summer 2023 & How To Incorporate Them Into Your Projects & Objects

    The Top Fabric Trends For Spring / Summer 2023 & How To Incorporate Them Into Your Projects & Objects

    As the temperatures begin to rise and spring/summer 2023 is almost upon us, it's time to start thinking about what fabric trends are in this season.

    From bright colours to bold prints, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate these fabrics into your projects and make them look fresh and modern. Whether you're looking to create a stunning, timely piece of furniture, or update your existing furniture with some chic fabric additions, there's never been a better time!

    Here at I Want Fabric, we can provide a complete range of fabrics, including specialist upholstery fabrics, to help you design stunning pieces of furniture, clothing and more to match the on-trend colours and styles of 2023.

    In this article,

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  7. How to create Your Dream DIY Padded Upholstered Headboard

    How to create Your Dream DIY Padded Upholstered Headboard

    A headboard is a great addition to any bedroom. It can instantly change the look and feel of the room, making it more cozy and inviting. One way to make a headboard is by upholstering it with fabric. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of upholstering a headboard.

    Tools needed: Staple gun, upholstery fabric, dacron, foam padding. + woodworking tools if you're baseboard is not yet prepared

    Step 1: Choose the fabric

    The first step in upholstering a headboard is choosing the fabric. I Want Fabric have a wide range of fabrics to choose from, including velvet, linen, cotton, and more. Consider the color and texture of the fabric, as well as its durability and maintenance requirements. It's also important to measure the size of your headboard to ensure you purchase enough fabric.

    Step 2: Prepare the headboard

    Before you can upholster the headboard, you need to prepare it. If the headboard is already

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  8. How to measure how much fabric is needed to reupholster a sofa

    How to measure how much fabric is needed to reupholster a sofa

    Reupholstering a sofa can give it a new lease of life and is a great way to update your furniture without having to buy a new one. However, it can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to measuring the amount of upholstery fabric needed. But don't worry, in this article, we'll provide you with some helpful tips and tricks to make the process as easy as possible.

    If you're looking for just a rough guide, take a look at our buying guide to get an idea of how much fabric is needed for different types of furniture. Click here to view our upholstery buying guide.

    Measuring Your Sofa

    Measuring your sofa correctly is the most important step in determining how much fabric you will need. Here's a more detailed guide on how to gather

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  9. The Difference Between Natural And Synthetic Fabrics - Which One Is Best For You?

    natural vs synthetic fabric

    Fabrics have been used for clothing since ancient times, and today there are a variety of different fabrics available to choose from. Natural fabrics are made from natural sources such as cotton or wool while synthetic fabrics are created in labs by combining chemicals into fibres.

    But which one is best for you if you're looking for high-quality upholstery fabrics or other interior design fabrics?

    In this article, we will discuss the differences between natural and synthetic fabrics and how they can affect your day-to-day life. We’ll also provide some tips on which type of fabric may be the most suitable choice depending on your needs.

    What Is A Natural Fabric?

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  10. Which upholstery fabrics are most durable?

    Which upholstery fabrics are most durable?

    Upholstery fabrics are a great way to bring personality and style to any room, from your living room to your kitchen. But you may wonder how well they stand up to everyday life. We've put together this guide to help you choose the best upholstery fabrics for durability, so that you can enjoy them for years to come!

    Faux Leather

    Faux leather is a synthetic material that looks like genuine leather. It is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and has a high abrasion resistance, meaning it can withstand the stress of repeated use.

    Faux leathers are good for both domestic and commerical upholstery projects because

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  11. PU Leather vs Faux Leather : For Upholstery

    Nevada Upholstery Faux Leather on a Sofa

    Choosing the correct material for your next upholstery project can be a hard task. It's important to consider how long the material will last, the durability of material and whether it will work for your intended application. There are a few different types of synthetic leathers the most commonly used are PU (Polyurethane Leather) and Faux Leather, we'll explain the main difference between these types to help you decide which will be suitable for you.

    Real leather is great and long lasting but expensive.

    Real leather is a great fabric, but it's expensive.

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  12. Boucle fabric is back!

    Boucle fabric is back!


    Boucle fabric is back! It's very popular today in mid century modern and scandinavian styles of home decor. Boucle has a somewhat fuzzy look, but the loops are actually small circles of yarn woven together for a soft, nubby texture. It originated in France, and remains popular there to this day. The word Boucle means looped in French, and also makes an appearance in the word puckered, when describing wrinkles or creases in cloth.

    It's very popular today in mid century modern and scandinavian styles of home decor.

    Boucle fabric is back in style today, and it’s being used to create upholstery for f

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  13. 5 easy ways to add colour to your room

    5 easy ways to add colour to your room



    If you’re feeling the urge to add some colour to your room, but don’t want to commit to an expensive and permanent paint job, try one of these five easy ways!

    Using statement fabrics

    Bolder fabrics are often easier to work with because they’re less likely to clash with your existing decor. If you don’t have any bold fabrics in the house, it might be time to invest in some—but just one or two pieces at a time so they don’t overwhelm your space. For example, if you want to add more colour and texture to a room, consider adding a bright throw blanket or pillow cover; if you want to bring in more pattern and texture, try painting that old dresser in an unexpected colour (like turquoise).

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