New year, new hobby: patchwork quilt making

Lewis & Irene quilting fabricIf you want to mark the start of the New Year with a bang, why not try taking up a new hobby? This will not only be something fun to do but will also give you a new string to add to your bow.

If you are not sure which hobby to take up, then why not consider patchwork quilt making. Great fun to do, it is also inexpensive and you will have a unique quilt at the end of it to enjoy. Here’s a few tips to help you get started:

Know your terminology first

Before you jump straight into the excitement of making your very own quilt, it is worth getting to know the difference between patchworking and quilting. Patchwork is the art of sewing separate fabric pieces together to form the top of your quilt. Once the individual fabric pieces have been cut, they can then be formed into one large quilt top by joining them all together.

Quilting on the other hand refers to the sewing together of the three layers that form a quilt – namely, the patchwork top and wadding along with the backing.

Get the correct equipment


The first thing you need to think about when taking quilting up as a hobby is getting the proper equipment in to use. This is very important as it will allow you to produce better quality results, easier. You will need a rotary cutter, a self-healing mat and a clear, acrylic quilting ruler. It is also wise to have a mechanical pencil handy for marking seam lines and the like on your material with.

Obviously, you need the relevant fabric and wadding to work with too. In terms of fabric, cotton is usually advised for beginners as it looks great, is easy to work with and washes well. Continue reading

Christmas gifting at Doughty’s: hampers & fabrics

Christmas fabric

Christmas is approaching fast and we are all starting to think about all the wonderful things it brings, from building snowmen to putting up the decorations. Of course, many of us are also starting to think about Christmas shopping too and what we can buy for the loved ones in our lives.

If you have someone who enjoys working with quilting fabric and creating beautiful items, why not think about the ideas below for their perfect present? If you have been really good this year, you could also treat yourself too!

Christmas fabric hamperChristmas Hampers

If you have a loved one that is passionate about crafting, then why not treat them to one of our fabulous Christmas hampers? All the hampers contain everything they will need to sew or quilt, from luxurious quilting fabric in various lengths to a selection of brightly coloured threads. Coming in a stylish hamper basket, they are superb value for money whilst offering the best quality materials.

Scandi print Christmas fabricChristmas fabrics

This is the ideal thing if you enjoy making quilts, decorations or clothing to give as gifts to family and friends for Christmas. We offer a wide range of Christmas fabrics to buy so you can create something unique based on your personal preference or to the taste of who you are making the gift for. Classic Christmas themed fabric will get you in the festive spirit or you can try something different like our Scandinavian fabric to ring the changes. All the various ranges we offer have eye-catching designs and will allow you to craft something truly original. Continue reading

Why choose cotton fabrics for your quilting project?

Purse friendly cotton fabric

One of the best things about quilting is the fabulous range of fabrics to work with. One of the very best for beginners and more experienced quilters alike has to be cotton. Available in many designs and colours, it is the one fabric many people return to time and again.

If you are about to embark on your next quilting project, then read on to find out why you should choose to use cotton quilting fabric.cotton prints

Christmas scandi cotton fabricIt’s simple to find and great value

Cotton quilting fabric has the distinct advantage of being readily available in both big chain stores and smaller craft shops. This means that you will be able to find some easily wherever you live and will not have to spend lots of time hunting around for it. It is also great value for money and will not end up costing you inordinate amounts by the time your project is done. Continue reading

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