With recent news in mind, we are all thinking of how we can make our homes as cosy as possible as it may be a long hard winter this year. So, at FG Headquarters we have turned our minds to what we can whip up to keep as warm as possible.
Cosy Patchwork and Quilting
Now this one is a no brainer, not only will the finished quilt keep you warm either on the sofa or in bed but the process of making it can also keep you warm. Just think as you watch the next must-watch TV while hand quilting a quilt to keep your knees warm. Double winner.
We have long spoken about the benefits of a simple quilt with just two quilting fabrics to really make a statement and for extra ease. So here are some of our latest combinations. By doing this you can also let a great print shine in a way that other projects might not allow, and we would hate Frida not to shine.
You can also play around with the way you quilt these too, we always thought it would be cool to hand quilt around the various parts of Frida’s Garden.
Frida's Garden and Mustard Double Gauze
Fleece backed Blankets
We have also spoken before about using fleece as a backing, now nothing says cosy like a warm fleece backing on a blanket. But our latest obsession and we think yours too is Bouclé and we thought that would also make another marvellous quilt backing or maybe combine the two?
These selections are neutrals would make a modern addition to any home, for a quick but effective quilting project.
Bouclé in Cream and Charcoal and Fleece in Taupe
But if you were thinking more about adding a patchwork project to your winter list, then we have some great new Indian Woven cottons which are so soft they would be incredibly easy to hand quilt in front of the television to keep your hands busy (warm) and your knees cosy. These dark blues and greys could even mix with some well-loved cut up shirts or even denim for a more home spun vibe.
Indian Woven Cotton in Grey Check and Grey Gingham
You may be looking for more ways of keeping the cold out of your house than just a pretty bedspread. We had a think and have come up with some nicely insulating projects for you.
Draft excluders are a great way of keeping pesky cold winds from ruining your vibe, but they don’t have to be unattractive. If you used one of our great furnishing prints they would become a design feature of any room. It might be worth using a water repellent fabric on the back if you were going to use it on an outside door because it’s Britain - it rains.
Now we can’t talk about cosy homes without mentioning the interior’s trend for all things bouclé. Now available in a range of 12 colours, we continue to be amazed at what can be made from this versatile fabric, showcased perfectly by Studio Gem.
If a draft excluder just isn’t going to work for your home how about a curtain to go over the door? This is a great way of introducing curtain-making to your skill set because a doorway is going to be around 80cm meaning you only need one drop of fabric as most furnishing fabrics are 140cm wide. Curtains are a simple and effective way to insulate your home so maybe start with a doorway curtain and then build up to the other windows….
Although we don’t currently have them online, (we are working on it we promise) in our fabric shop in London, we stock a range of curtain interlinings which can bulk the curtain out to add an extra layer of insulation.
Fabrics Galore has many great curtain fabrics, in fact we have a whole collection of suitable cloths, for you to look at but here are just some of our current favourites.
Orla Kiely Linear Stem Tomato and Cath Kidston British Birds in Pastel
Many members of Team FG are plagued by the cold, even surrounded by so much fabric but we have come up with ways to combat it over the years.
Our first top tip is layers, we cannot imagine arriving at work during the winter months without a vest on. The best fabrics for these are jerseys for simple long-sleeved t-shirts. As you know we have a large selection of jersey fabric, but we are especially keen on plain layers as they go with everything and if you do warm up (never at FG headquarters) it’s not a disaster if you shed some layers. But a pop-up colour never hurt anyone.
Organic Cotton Elastane Jersey in White and Cotton Elastane Jersey Neon Coral
These may not be work appropriate but with so many of us working from home, slippers are basically work wear now. And this free pattern from Tilly & The Buttons (which we have already mentioned in our Christmas Gifts Blog) are a great way of keeping your tootsies warm during the winter months. One member of Team FG who has made a pair in wool and boucle is frankly smug about how warm her feet are.
Wool Check Fine Lines and Navy Bouclé
Cosy Dressing Gowns
But why stop at just slippers, the mornings are always a struggle in the winter months so how about whipping up a cosy brushed cotton dressing gown possibly with a warm fleece or bouclé lining. Just remember not to wear it when you are on a zoom call…..
Brushed Cotton Tartan Orkney and Brushed Cotton Arthur
Shop all the Cosy Fabrics Online
We're feeling warm and snuggly just talking about all the ways to cosy up your home for the winter ahead. From cosy furnishing fabrics and snuggly quilting fabrics to soft dressmaking fabrics, visit our online fabric shop for the best fabrics to make yourself cosy this winter.