Summer Dress Making with Jersey Fabric

In 1987, the New York Times published an article exclaiming how jersey fabric, a new development in the fabrics industry then, is the finest stretch material for comfortable movements. Even after decades, jersey materials have not lost their charm and comfort. In fact, the material has improved over time with variations in its thickness, design and finish, adding to its variety for combining with other materials such as jeans, cotton, silk etc.

Floral jersey fabricWhy choose jersey fabric?

When selecting a fabric for clothing, we generally keep three elements in mind.

– Season (Winter or Summer)
– Event to wear the dress (casual, formal or informal)
– Durability

All stretch fabrics are usually more durable than non-stretchable materials, however, the benefits of jersey materials over other stretchable fabrics are their usability for a wide variety of applications.

You can wear a casual jersey t-shirt to a sports event or a knee-length formal dress to your best friend’s wedding. You can also use jersey fabric for pet clothing, furniture coverings and various other applications.

Unicorn jersey fabricMaking Summer Dresses with Jersey Fabric

Jersey is a soft and draping material that adds value to the flair and style of your dress. A unique and light-weight choice for silhouette, it brings style along with comfort. Thinking about making summer dresses with jersey? Have a look at our tips.

Choose Fabric from a Reliable Source

Jersey materials are available in a variety of weights and thicknesses. Needless to say, low quality or thinner jersey fabrics are susceptible to wear and tear when exposed to pressure or environmental conditions. High quality jersey fabrics go a long way as they are treated to withstand extreme conditions. When purchasing fabric, make sure that you choose it from a reliable source that provides top quality jersey materials. If you are on a budget, you can purchase jersey fabric at Doughty’s Online, a trusted supplier of high quality, low cost fabrics and quilting supplies. Continue reading

What Is Osnaburg?

osnaburgOsnaburg fabric originated in Osnabruck in Germany. After this Scotland began to weave a copy of this material. It is a piece of fabric that is coarsely woven, natural in colour, and was initially made from flax yarns of a medium to heavyweight.

Originally this material was created from flax, although other combinations include the use of jute weft combined with tow warp. Osnaburg fabric that is of a high quality forms a sheeting. These various types contain between twenty to thirty-five threads per inch and ten to fifteen picks per inch.

What Can Osnaburg Be Used For?

It is a multi-purpose fabric and can be utilised for lots of different things. Below we’ve put together some examples of how you can use Osnaburg fabric within your home:

  • Osnaburg fabricNeedlework Projects or Quilting – Osnaburg is a good fabric for your embroidery and quilting projects because it consists of a loose weave which enables the needle to move the needle at ease. Due to the Osnaburg fabric being plain in colour, it also allows sewers to use bright threads to practice various stitches. The material has a lower thread count that would be suitable bed linen and sheets.

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Lewis & Irene Fabric

Lewis & IreneDoughty’s stock a wide selection of Lewis & Irene fabric that is suitable for a range of craft projects. Lewis and Irene were two exceptional people who inspired this British family run business.


Lewis & Irene produce stunning fabric designs which are printed on cotton with a Schreiner finish.

Lewis & Irene fabricThe company was established in 2013 and are a small team of designers who work together closely on print designs inspired by their passion for nature and life’s adventures. The team also works with their friend Sally who is a quilt designer who helps with projects and attends trade shows with the team. The team combine their creative skills to create some beautiful fabrics that have originated from their personal experiences and brought them to life.

Lewis & Irene dove houseThe Lewis & Irene – Dove House fabrics consist of some of our favourite designs which have taken inspiration from the countryside with precious cottage houses, leaf patterns and cute love hearts. We also love the Lewis & Irene – Picnic In The Park designs. One of the most popular activities for families during the summer is a picnic! These fantastic patterns incorporate bicycles, ice-creams, love hearts, cakes, into gorgeous summer designs, ideal for your patchwork or quilting summer projects. Continue reading

Linen fabric

2 Simple Linen Fabric Uses: Quilting and Patchwork

Linen fabric is well-known for its long durability and stylish texture. It is made from the natural fibres of a flax plant and is easy to sew with, making it a great alternative from cotton.

There are many linen fabric uses from clothing to home decor, including quilting and patchwork. At Doughty’s Online we offer a range of linen fabric for craft projects. We explain what quilting and patchwork is and focus on eight tips to keep in mind when practising these techniques.

What Is Quilting?

Quilting is the process of layering several pieces of fabric together, creating a thicker material with the use of wadding. Traditionally, quilting consisted of at least three layers sewn together to form the structure of a quilt. The layers of a quilt consist of a quilt as the top layer, a middle of batting and fabric backing at the bottom. The layer of batting is used to provide thickness and warmth. We have high-quality quilting fabrics and durable wadding to help you create a quilting masterpiece.
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Choosing The Right Wadding For Your Quilt

It’s very likely that if you’re working to produce your own quilt using traditional techniques, you’ll need at least a few different materials to hand, even just for a relatively basic design. As we’ve discussed before, most quilts are assembled in layers and sewn together, with the wadding in the middle forming what is usually the softest and thickest layer.

But wadding doesn’t only come in one form. In fact, many different options are available which can make a big difference on the overall finish of your quilt, from how it feels to how easy it is to clean and care for. Here are just a few of the major considerations you will have to think about when getting your choice right…

How has the wadding been produced?

The majority of modern quilting materials are needle-punched to give them a thicker texture. This also helps the fibres hold together for a long time. It typically involves the material being punched through a piece of netting with very fine holes. Continue reading

How To Create Decorative Items With Quilting

How To Create Decorative Items With Quilting

Perhaps you are familiar with different sewing techniques and you enjoy working with fabrics, but you haven’t attempted quilting before. Many people are in this position, but you might be surprised how easy it is to introduce yourself to the world of quilting with a little guidance and some basic materials.

1) Choose your quilting fabric

First, you will need to select your quilting fabric of choice. If you want to decorate other items with quilted additional details, you will obviously need to consider the colour scheme and pattern of the main piece. For small individual items you can perhaps be more creative and bold with your choice of material. Factors you need to consider include:

  • Colour
  • Style
  • Thickness
  • Weight
  • Ease of washing
  • General properties

Here at Doughty’s Online we have a massive selection of patchwork and quilting fabrics to inspire you, so take a look through our collections to find more ideas. Continue reading


What Is Batik?

Traditionally, batik has its origins in ancient Indonesia, but over the centuries this incredible technique has soared in popularity around the world and become a much broader discipline. At Doughty’s Online, we stock a selection of batik fabric which is ideal for quilting as well as many other techniques.

Originally, when batik was first created by the Javanese people of Indonesia, it involved colouring fine fabrics such as silk to create magnificent and intricate patterns. The designs would be carefully crafted using hot wax as if it were paint. The wax would quickly set, forming a unique stencil, and then dye would be applied to the material in order to colour the parts not covered by wax.

After removing the wax, the material underneath having been protected, a clear design will be visible. Complex patterns and images using many different colours can then be created by repeating the batik process over and over, adding layers of colour one by one. Continue reading

Quilting elements to master

Quilting: 4 Elements To Master

We are one of the largest online quilting fabric stockists, and we have a fantastic selection of materials including everything you could possibly need to create your own quilts from scratch. You just need to supply the creativity, and practice until you truly master your craft.

A vital first step in this journey is to understand the four most vital sections you’ll need to choose or create before putting together a quilt.

1) Quilt top

A wholecloth quilt may be your choice for the top layer, featuring a large design or simple colours on a single piece of fabric. Alternatively, using a series of patches may be your preferred option here, which may require a number of different patchwork quilting fabrics. We stock a range of cotton fabrics, designs from highly rated UK suppliers and some wonderful Japanese prints, just to give a few examples. Continue reading

Quilting Fabric

Why Discovering Patchwork Quilting Could Be The Best Decision You Make In 2017

At Doughty’s we are pleased to be one of the largest quilting fabric stockists in the UK. We provide a fantastic range of patchwork quilting fabric, sewing tools and more products for people who are interested in haberdashery as a hobby or even as a business venture.

If you’re just getting started with patchwork quilting fabric or you’re interested in learning more about it, we’d love to give you an introduction. There are a growing number of people who absolutely love this craft, and it’s easy to see why.

How did patchwork quilting originate?

The origins of the word “quilt” go right back to the related Latin term “culcita”, referring to bedding and other sewn fabric products that are stuffed. The process of manufacturing these items such as duvets, pillows and mattresses has changed considerably over the years. Now, quilting typically refers to the sewing together of the two, three or more layers that form any of these items – for example, the backing, wadding and the top layer. Continue reading