Creating your own Batik designs

BeeswaxIf you are looking for a simple yet stunning way to add a personal touch to fabrics, batik designs are a superb choice. Originating from Indonesia, this was traditionally a way that Indonesian ladies would produce fine patterned linen. Once made, the batik fabric can be used for a variety of purposes such as patchwork quilts, dressmaking and home furnishings.

Literally meaning ‘wax writing’, Batik uses wax imprints of objects on dyeing cloth to give a sublime pattern. The outline of the printed shape remains white where the wax has resisted the dye to give the finished effect.

white dyeing clothHow to create your own Batik design

You can create your very own beautiful Batik design by following these easy steps:

1. Wash the dyeing cloth you will be using to remove the sizing. Next, melt some beeswax in the top of a double boiler and boil water underneath to melt it. Continue reading

Cosmo and Sevenberry: Beautiful designs for Japanese Patchwork Quilts

Cosmo & Sevenberry Japanese Fabrics

Japanese patterns are increasingly popular at the moment and it’s easy to see why. They rely on delicate designs and tasteful repetition to produce an aesthetic feel that few other cultures can replicate. Whether you’ve visited Japan in the past and are looking for a tasteful reminder or you just adore the style, our range of Japanese quilting fabrics is sure to make an effortlessly chic addition to your next project.

Cosmo & Sevenberry Japanese fish fabricA patchwork quilt is a brilliant way to spruce up a room and our Cosmo and Sevenberry range of fabrics will truly set your handiwork apart from the rest. These quilting fabrics are 100% cotton, authentic Japanese designs and are printed perfectly every time.

Cosmo and Sevenberry Gilded Japanese prints feature a broad range of gorgeous, bold colours and stunning patterns that would make an ideal focal point of any quilt project. This bold collection features delicate flowers, beautiful butterflies and an absolutely sublime fish pattern that will look right at home at the centre of your project. We love the contrast of the colours in the fish against the true black fabric and the delicate detail in the scales that never fail to draw the eye.

Cosmo & Sevenberry dragonflies on dots fabricIf you’re after a delicate pattern to add to your project, our Cosmo and Sevenberry Japanese prints are the answer. This range is full of delicate repeated patterns that are sure to fit with any theme and they just become increasingly gorgeous the closer you look. We just adore the dragonflies on dots print, especially due to the way the delicate dots spiral around the sweet little dragonflies.

Cosmo and Sevenberry’s newest range of Japanese prints follow their trend of offering truly stunning prints. We’ve always loved cherry blossoms; from the overwhelming beauty of their symbolism within Japan to how simply impressive they are on fabric, so this intricate cherry blossom print truly was a dream come true. The contrast of the dark and light tones combined with the delicate pattern will help this pattern to find its new home in your heart.

Make your next quilting project stand out with our incredible range of Cosmo and Sevenberry quilting fabrics! Shop the full range now online at Doughty’s, or give our team a call for further guidance and recommendations.

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