We are excited to share with you what busy bees we have been in the V&A Shop office. Eight members of the team rose to the challenge to make some crafty, DIY, upcycled items using our new collection of beautiful printed cotton fabrics inspired by the V&A’s collections.
The fabrics are truly one of a kind and will add an original touch to your home. The range of patterns and colour schemes suit a number of interior themes. Featuring Edouard Benedictus designs in Art Deco styling, to patterns adapted from furnishing textiles in the Art Nouveau style by 19th century company F. Steiner & Co., and 18th century designs by Anna Maria Garthwaite – one of the leading pattern designers in the English silk industry – the range flourishes with fabulous fabrics for all.
All that needs to be done now is to follow our gurus and your next design move is all but guaranteed to be more stylish, cheaper and less work. We hope that their projects will inspire and encourage you to pick up a needle and thread.
For each fabulous design, follow the link through to our Facebook page to see a step-by-step photo guide.
Hairband by Frances, V&A Publishing Fashion Editor
Frances loves all things hip and vintage. We were so impressed by her fabulous floppy bow hairband made from our pretty V&A fabric, ‘Tree Buds’ in navy.
Knickers by Lucy, V&A Publishing
Lucy decided her knicker draw was looking a bit tired, so she used two of our Fat Quarter Bundles of fabric to create a perfectly pretty pair. Clare’s combination of ‘Tree Buds’ in tan and ‘Feather’ in tan works wonderfully to make some flattering and rather flirtatious undies!
Keyring by Charlie, Buyer
Charlie used this beautiful fabric ‘Coral Leaves’ to make this cool keyring.
‘The keyring was inspired by one my sister brought back from Thailand which is a Holly Hobby style character! Although a little silly, I really like the idea – it makes your keys easier to find and it stops your keys scratching things in your handbag!’
Tea cosy by Charlie, Buyer
Charlie also made a sweet tea cosy to brighten up her kitchen and prepare the perfect brew. Measure, stitch, press, thread, tie… and put the kettle on!
Make-up brush holder by Sophie, Retail Operations and VM Co-ordinator
Sophie made an utterly gorgeous and highly practical make-up brush holder. She used one Fat Quarter Bundle of ‘Peacock’ fabric in fushia. This pattern, created by our partner Westminster Fibers, was adapted from a furnishing textile in the Art Nouveau style by F. Steiner & Co., 1922. We think this pretty pattern is perfect for dressmaking, patchwork and quilting and it makes for an especially delightful, girly addition to the bathroom as Sophie’s make-up brush holder.
Cushion cover by Anni, Book Buyer
‘I wanted to prove that you can make the most of beautiful fabrics even if you don’t have a sewing machine and are no friend of needle and thread.’
‘Just Married’ sign by Davina, Production Controller
Davina is getting married! She used a combination of ‘Seed Head’ in red and ‘Leaf’ in brown to make this brilliant boho, upcycled, vintage looking ‘Just Married’ sign for post-wedding celebrations. Congratulations to the nearly newly weds!
Canvas by Anni, Book Buyer
Anni used ‘Medallion’ in teal to add a splash of colour to her walls.
’A great way to get some colour and/or pattern on to your walls is to use fabric stretched over canvas. Easy to do and reasonably cheap, it makes for a great weekend project.’
Wash-bag by Laura, Print Designer
Cool clever creations by Rita, Image Licensing Executive
To round off, Rita explains the inspiration behind her cool clever creations made using our gorgeous fabric. You’d hardly believe that out of one fat quarter came this array of cute little accessories. We love her laid back attitude to these projects and hope this will persuade you to just have a bit of fun!
‘I’d like to say we thought about it intensely, mused over the inspiring nature of the patterns and colours of the fabrics, but in truth these creations were spawned in a mass-chocolate-egg-binge during the Easter weekend. I chose the two fabrics, ‘Peacock’ and ‘Feather’ because of the bold colours and interesting patterns on both. We created a small green-rimmed coin purse, an ipod and phone sock, an interesting two-layer broach, a cushion cover, a t-shirt pocket combining the two fabrics complete with a small gold button, a camera strap and a diary cover. Both fabrics are fun, dynamic and vibrant and it is this essence we tried to realise when creating our pieces.’