How to Guides

Welcome to our 'How to Guides' section! Here you'll find all the tutorials and step-by-step instructions you need for fabric and upholstery-related projects. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out, our guides will help you create beautiful and professional-looking projects with ease.

From basic sewing techniques to advanced upholstery skills, our guides cover a wide range of topics to help you achieve your desired results. You'll find guides on selecting the right fabrics for your project, measuring and cutting fabric, stitching seams and hems, and much more.

In addition to our basic guides, we also offer tutorials on more complex projects, such as reupholstering a chair or making custom draperies. We provide detailed instructions and helpful tips to ensure that even the most challenging projects are manageable for anyone willing to give it a try.

Our 'How to Guides' section is updated regularly, so be sure to check back often for new projects and ideas. Whether you're looking to update your home decor, create custom clothing, or just improve your sewing and upholstery skills, our guides will help you achieve your goals.

So, whether you're an experienced crafter or just starting out, we're confident that our 'How to Guides' section will provide you with the resources and inspiration you need to take your fabric and upholstery projects to the next level.

  1. How To Care For And Maintain Different Types Of Fabrics

    How To Care For And Maintain Different Types Of Fabrics

    Here at I Want Fabric, we know how important it is to maintain fabrics in your home or business. If you're a hobbyist, professional upholsterer or even an interior designer, you'll want to take into consideration how durable each material is, and how much effort it will take to maintain.

    Understanding the durability, reliability and lifespan of different upholstery or curtain fabrics, or any other kind of fabric, is a key factor when making your decision about which fabric to choose for your project.

    Synthetic Vs Organic Fabrics - A Quick Overview

    When it comes to synthetic fabrics, like polyester or microfiber, these are by far the easiest to care for and maintain. Generally speaking, most synthetic fabrics can be machine washed

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  2. The Art of Dyeing Fabrics: A Beginner's Guide

    The Art of Dyeing Fabrics: A Beginner's Guide

    Dyeing fabrics is an art form that has been practised for centuries, and it can be a fun and rewarding activity. Whether you are looking to create a beautiful quilt or just want to add some colour to your wardrobe, dyeing fabrics is the perfect way to express your creativity.

    But before you start dyeing fabric, there are a few things that you should know about the process.

    Here at I Want Fabric, we are one of the UK's leading providers of fabrics which are suitable for dyeing, in addition to pre-dyed and coloured fabrics which can help you create the perfect look and feel, without having to go through the rigmarole of dyeing fabric yourself. Whether you’re looking for water proof fabric, or other kinds of

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. How to choose the right fabric for your project: a beginner's guide

    How to choose the right fabric for your project

    Whether you’re a professional interior designer or a DIY enthusiast, finding the right fabric for your project can be tricky. With so many different types of fabric on the market, it can be hard to know what will work best for your needs.

    Luckily, I Want Fabric offers an extensive range of upholstery fabrics that are perfect for any project – from home decorating and furniture upholstery to automotive and marine applications. 

    In this guide, we'll show you how to choose the ideal fabric for your next creative endeavour.

    Why Is It Important To Choose The Right Fabric?

    Choosing the right fabric is essential for any project. The right material will ensure that your project looks great, performs as expected and lasts for years to come. From comfort and durability to style and functionality, selecting the

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  6. How to get the most out of your free fabric samples!

    How to get the most out of your free fabric samples!

    Today, it’s easier than ever to get fabric samples. Simply go to the fabric you’re interested in, select the colour and and click the free sample button.
    Once you have your fabrics in hand, it’s time to play around with them! We want to highlight the importance of ordering fabric samples prior to ordering and how to use them to match with their decor, so we created this blog post. We hope you enjoy!

    Why Should I Get Fabric Samples?

    The answer is simple: because they are free. Yes free! We all know that shopping for fabric and furniture can be pricey so why not get order some free fabric swatches? We also know when you are buying fabric for your home, you want to ensure that it is going to look great. This can be difficult when you're shopping online. Ordering free sample swatches will allow you to envision your finished piece in any colour or pattern imaginable before making any purchases. You'll also be able to see how it feels on your skin

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  7. 5 ways to use upholstery foam to revamp your home

    5 ways to use upholstery foam to revamp your home

    Upholstery foam is one of the most versatile materials that you can use in your home. Whether you’re re-purposing items or making new things from scratch, there are plenty of ways to put upholstery foam to work. By using it as a starting point for DIY projects, you can save money on materials and make your house feel like a place where people want to hang out!

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