I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post is sponsored by Laura Ashley
by Libby Vasquez
When sewing finding the right fabric is essential. Laura Ashley is a site most known for its apparel and home furnishings but they also have a selection of fabrics on their site. Laura Ashley started the company in 1953 when she was 28 years old and since then the company has been known for their unique style, colors, availability and excellent quality. They have unique fabrics styles in cotton, cotton linen, PVC and other nylon blends perfect for home Upholstery projects and more.
Laura Ashley has great styles that can be conservative with a nice flourish of color and design without being overwhelming. They have great customer service, fast shipping and variety, which all sewing fanatics need and want. They have great fabrics for making curtains, upcycling home upholstery and have cotton and cotton blends that could work well with apparel projects. Laura Ashley is a one-stop shop that has you stopping and looking for more appealing products for your home.
We received the Laura Ashley Ice Lollies PVC coated cotton fabric for a review and jumped at the opportunity to make something for my little girl. We used the awesome Art Smock pattern from the DIY Mommy. I loved that I could just jump into the sewing project itself, without having to pre-wash or losing fabric to shrinkage. I kept touching the material as it was so smooth and glossy to the touch. We received 1 yard to be on the safe side, as I am used to adjusting to shrinkage, but with 1 Yard you can make one small size (3-4T) as well as a bit larger one at 5-7T or you can make a small one with reversible panels and pockets. I unfortunately had no boy colored bias tape to finish the slightly bigger one for my son, but will update later this week on Instagram. I knew if I added pink he would have a fit. The style of this fabric is great for both boys and girls, with large old-fashioned sundaes and popsicles which is awesome in a household with both genders and would appeal in the summer for a quick gift. The material was a bit thicker because of the plastic coating but no so much so that it created a problem at sewing and because it was sturdier it was so easy to mold the bias tape to. I was concerned about that initially but I had nothing to fear. The material will definitely keep any paint or other liquids from messing up your child’s clothing or your floors if you use it as a floor mat. This material would also be great for a toddler placemat, baby diaper change pad, table cover or for a toddler rain coat project.
You can find this material on their homepage, priced currently at $24.00 a yard and many others starting at $10.20 a yard with free shipping at $75. Their shipping was speedy, as I received my package around Christmas. I was surprised it was not delayed due to the bustle of the holidays. If you are looking for more project ideas and reviews check out My Sewing Roots later this week with her own review of the cotton linen blend material for a women’s jacket project. Follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook for their newest deals and fabric choices.