DIY Fabric covered lampshade

By Simone Hasker
on September 18, 2017
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So I was recently was sitting in my tween daughter's bedroom and happened to trail my finger over my old lampshade cover during the daily homework fight. First problem? The lampshade was seriously dusty.   Second problem? Seriously old. I wasn’t exactly enthused at the idea of spending time in various homestores trying to find one that she liked and that would perfectly fit. But then…a stroke of genius! She could simply cover her lampshade with some beautiful fabric!  Fabulous Summer activity!

I have SO many fabrics that I have always wanted to use for homewear but she finally chose a Morocco Blues because of the content (97% cotton, 3 % spandex) and because my daughter is into monochromes. You definitely want a fabric that has a little bit of stretch but that isn’t too stretchy. I made sure to select a woven (that is, not a knit or t-shirt fabric) which wasn’t see through as the old lampshade had a little ugly pattern all of its own.

So choose your fabric (this is probably the hardest part) and let’s get crafting!



  • Spray or PVA glue (found at Craftbox here)
  • Bull clips
  • Scissors
  • A lamp in need of some love


Lampshade fabric cover steps 123



1. Choose a fabric and cut it large enough so that it covers the surface area of your lamp.

2. Wrap your fabric around the lap and secure it in place with clips. Do this carefully to ensure that the fabric will fall flat, avoiding creases and bubbles.

3. Cut the excess as precisely as possible.


4. You will want to spray section by section; uncover your first section and hold the spray fixative about 30 cm away from the surface and lightly spray.

5. Immediately smooth your fabric over the sprayed area. Try not to touch the spray- this stuff is sticky!   Kids can have more fun safely with PVA glue.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the lampshade is completely covered. Pull the excess at the top upwards to form a cone.

7. Cut the excess off, leaving about 2cm of overspill.

8. Spray the inside of the 2cm excess overspill fabric and fold it neatly over the top of your lampshade. Secure with clips and allow it to set for several hours.

**Please note that the spray fixative can is flammable, and should never be used in the vicinity of heat or open flames.

You may opt to trim your lampshade with ribbon of your choosing, or add any embellishments desired.   Some little pop-pom trim would have been my idea - but Miss Prim thought I was being a dork!


DIY Turban

By Bouchra Rebiai
on May 26, 2017
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With Ramadan around the corner, it reminds me of local beliefs and I’m always trying to find new ways to be respectful and still look put together and stylish.

I’m not a huge knitter like my Mum, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make my own turban! I was first introduced to the turban trend a few years ago when some acquaintances begun a small business to support friends with Breast Cancer and I loved it. This year I decided to revisit it in the lovely maroon color we have been seeing everywhere. I think you’ll love the results!

Turban Style

I was really inspired by all of the lovely street style images i’ve found on the web. Over the past few years I have seen so many turban inspired looks, from headbands to cleverly tied headscarves to knitted hats. I love them all!

Turban finished product

I used this tutorial to make my hat. I highly recommend it, it was easy to follow and offers three size options. There are many more tutorial options on the web, like this one, and this one for a headband style (turband! get it?).

Fabric and more's Organic Knit is perfect for a Summery light version of this Turban, but pretty much any knit would do the trick!

Turband Tutorial

Will you make yourself a Turban or Turband?  Show us what you make!



5 Minutes with .... Yasmine Hammad of Salaty

By Simone Hasker
on May 25, 2017
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Yasmine Hammad, is the founder and Creative Director of Salaty and a mother of two beautiful girls. She founded Salaty with sincere passion towards making prayer a beautiful experience, especially for children. Her own children were her true inspiration to the process of designing and producing interactive educational products as well.

Before devoting her work and full attention to Salaty, she worked with Non-Governmental organisations like UNICEF and 1001 Inventions as a consultant. Also, worked in the Egyptian government straight after majoring in Political Science from American University in Cairo.

She hopes that one day, she will be able to see the Aurora Borealis and start a foundation focusing on unfortunate children and further inspire younger generations.

Yasmine Hammad Salaty


  1. Do you remember the exact moment you fell in love with designing? Or the moment you knew you wanted to make a career of it?

I fell in love with the concept, which developed into real passion of designing and perfecting Salaty’s products. It all started in 2013, when I launched a pilot collection in Sauce boutique during Ramadan.  The sales weren’t impressive but people who received the products kept on asking why did I stop making them.  So finally, in 2016, With much support and encouragement received from family and friends, “Salaty” in Arabic: My Prayer, business was started. I was personally motivated to further develop the concept to inspire more people, especially children, to pray.

Children's prayer gowns


  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

The inspiration behind tailoring prayer gowns came to me a few years back.  Always praying in plain cotton prayer gowns, I thought to myself, why is it that when praying to God we are optioned to wear plain ill-fitted gowns while we spend so much time, effort and money to put on our best items and impress when going out with friends. I felt enthused to ‘put on my best’ when praying too, and started experimenting with tailoring a few items.

 Mommy and Me Prayer Gowns


  1. Do you have a celebrity fashion muse? If so, who and why?   What would you like to see him/her in?

It actually took me a long time to think of one person who could be my fashion muse… and the answer is I strongly believe that every woman is a muse.  Every woman has her own fashion outlook which oozes confidence in her own way and that’s what I admire the most. I feel influenced and empowered by the different styles, color palettes and creativity in how women put outfits together.

 White Prayer Gown Ladies


  1. How would you describe your personal style versus the style of your brand?

I am in blue jeans, white t-shirt and trainers every day. On very few occasions, I would rock a skirt but with the same combo of white t-shirt and trainers also J

  1. Tell us a bit about your customer. What are they like?

They are mainly young women, children and mothers who believe in our vision which is: looking great and feeling modest and comfortable while praying to God. Wearing something that fits you properly and looks good, adds up beautifully to the experience of praying.

 Women on the go Prayer Gown


  1. What is the hardest thing about being a designer?

I believe that the hardest thing is trying to please all tastes without compromising your own style. I tend to be a very plain jane person so adding vibrant colors to the designs is done with great caution and admiration for the other women who can rock these colors.

  1. What’s coming up for you? What are you working on?

At the moment, we are developing new educational and interactive products to teach and encourage children to pray. Things like waterproof flashcards that can be used in the shower/bathroom showing children the steps of ablution. In our design, we included animated children faces from all over the world with bright colors. I am a strong believer that learning should be done through fun and playful tools.

 RAK Best Startup 2017


  1. How can we purchase your merchandise?

You can purchase our products directly from our website:

Whether you are in UAE or any place in the world; we ship internationally. We are also available at Sharjah Ladies Club boutique.

 Colour Me Prayer Bag


  1. Any advice for anyone thinking of going in to fashion design?

My advice for new designers would be

  1. BE CREATIVE AND PASSIONATE: try to find an edge to your concept and designs.
  2. NEVER GIVE UP: even when you have bad days and get demotivated; have faith in God, yourself and your project.

Children Prayer Gown

 Do your children do anything different during Ramadan?   We hope you are all busy explaining the meaning of fasting, Ramadan tents and why we need to remember those in need.    Have a blessed Ramadan Fabric lovers!

Fabric and more tailoring and dressmaking partners

By Asaad Abdo
on April 19, 2017
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Dubai | Tailoring and Dressmaking partners | Fabric and more

Couture Clothing: All the celebs do it, so why should we, right?

Fabric and more has made making your own clothes even easier than before, by partnering with selected, tried-and-tested, professional, trained tailoring companies throughout the city.     Gone are the days you need to schlep to Satwa and have your items shoved into a co-op bag in the hope they come back as requested.   More importantly, gone are the days when you have to put up with contorting into high-street clothing that was clearly designed for a amorphous mutant.

So, without further ado, here are the tailors that come with the Fabric and more stamp of approval.   Hurry along to visit and view a selection of our fabrics in store, and take advantage of the free delivery of our fabrics directly to the store.


Thread Up Tailoring and Boutique - ask for Hazel.  Besides fine tailoring specialising in Western and Indo-European sewing, Thread Up also stocks an amazing range of eclectic designerwear and kidswear, direct from up and coming Indian fashion designers.

Dubai Jumeirah | Thread Up Tailoring | Fabric and more

Tailor and Tweak (formerly Tailor and Co.) - Mercato Mall.   Once an alterations and hemming joint in the basement of Mercato Mall on Beach Road, Tailor and Tweak has expanded significantly and now offers a couture creations team.   That means you can pop in and drop off your favourite garment to copy, choosing from the fabric swatch booklet behind the desk or ordering online after you've visited. 

Mercato, Business Bay, Sports City, Silicon Oasis, Mirdiff | Tailor and Tweak Tailoring and Alterations | Fabric and more

Business Bay:

The Sewing Corner - Bay Avenue (Sheikh Zayed Road end).   A neighbourhood staple, The Sewing Corner takes so much pride in delivering a quality product, run by a happy team of trained tailors and dressmakers.   With other locations on The Palm and The Greens, get used to wearing clothing that will have everyone noticing.

 Tailor and Tweak - Bay Square (Al Khail Road end).  

The Palm Jumeirah:

The Sewing Corner - ask for Vijay!   Vijay is one of the nicest blokes you will meet and actually knows his fabrics and design.   What a refreshing change!

Dubai | The Sewing Corner | Fabric and more

Silicon Oasis: 

Tailor and Tweak - Cedre Shopping Centre


The Sewing Corner - Panorama at the Views (next to Regent International School)

Sports City:

Tailor and Tweak - Meaisam City Centre


Tailor and Tweak - Carrefour end, opening April 28, 2017.  Yay!


So, no excuses to have your bra cup showing in your arm hole, a dress that's just a bit too short for your age, or a poorly cut dress.   You are a grown woman who deserves to look amazing.  If not now in this land of opportunity, then when? 

If we've missed an amazing tailor near you that works to the service levels we expect at Fabric and more, drop us a line so we can add them here!

Rainy day sewing with Coated Cotton

By Simone Hasker
on March 24, 2017
With 0 comments

How to Sew a Raincoat using our Eco-Coated Cotton in 13 easy steps.

Children's raincoat poncho easy
As much as we love beach days in Dubai, it’s also great to wake up to dark, looming clouds overhead for a change! With rain on the brain this Spring Break, this tutorial seems perfect for embracing these rare wet days - and if you're like us, you don't already have lots of raincoats just lying around.

Now, let’s jump right in to learn How to Sew a Raincoat…

Step 1

First off, we used 1.5 meters of laminate cotton for the exterior, and an additional 1.5 meters of cotton sateen for the lining. Using a pre-existing T Shirt for sizing.  Check out the amazing Coated Cotton Laminates we have in stock here - there is one to suit everyone in the house!

Step 2

You can actually omit cutting the armholes if you don’t want to add sleeves to the poncho.  We like sleeves for kids so they can still wear their backpacks and scooters in the rainy weather.  Tip: always make the sleeves longer than necessary to extend the life of your kids clothing!

Step 3

Step 4

The great thing when you are doing all of this with the laminate is that you are working with the wrong side constantly against the sewing machine, so you don’t need to worry about the ‘sticky’ factor.

Step 5

Step 6

Step 7

Now for the hood.  Grab a pre-existing hooded sweatshirt for pattern sizing. Be sure to add extra room around the back and top of hoodie for pattern for a nice roomy hood.

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Step 12

We like using this method for hemming the sleeves as it eliminates any tricky sewing with the laminate.  Your machine is always on the cotton!

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Step 13

You will be thrilled with this poncho, and it will last for a couple of years (which in kid life is an eternity).  Cotton laminate can go in the washer and dryer, but better yet – just wipe off and spills and stains! And with all of the absolutely fantastic designs we stock in this fabulous eco-fabric – you just have to try working with it for yourself!

Got some skills?  Try sewing an inside back panel pocket so that the poncho can fold in on itself and turn into a bag you can carry around.  You know you want to.

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