Ridiculously cheap fabric for making a toile

June 5, 2011

I was at Ikea on Friday buying a new kitchen table. We have an IKEA high chair so I thought it would be an easy matter to find an IKEA table under which the high chair will fit. Silly me! The high chair is just a smidgen too high for all of their kitchen tables – not particularly joined-up thinking for a design expert like IKEA. Never mind, I found a solution by buying a small office desk with adjustable legs, and pretty reasonable at around £60 including two chairs.

Anyway, I am one of those people that cannot go to IKEA without walking around the whole store following their chosen route, helpfully painted on the floor to guide you on your way. I felt a bit like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, following the yellow brick road. And I am glad I did, because I stumbled across a gem. Have any of you ever been to IKEA’s fabric department??

I swear last time I was there (the Croydon store) the was only a tiny selection of fabric. This time, they have a whole section devoted to it. Gorgeous. And yes, sorry, I forgot to take a picture!! I was too enthralled.

Of course I have a huge stash and for once I was good and didn’t buy anything to add to it. But I did find (and buy) the most ridiculously cheap unbleached cotton, which is perfect to use for making a toile. It is only £1.62 a metre, and I bought 5 metres. It’s incredible value – I couldn’t even get it from my wholesale supplier at that price when I was running my online shop!

It’s nice and soft, and I would describe it as light to medium weight; I think it will makes a good approximation for a dressmaking weight poplin. The fabric is called Bomull and you can find it on the IKEA website here, though it’s not available to buy online.


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Gaye January 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Now £2 a metre!


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