Ikea Fabric Fashion

Monday, April 29, 2013

Ikea, I have a bone to pick with you. I'm afraid your fabric is far too tempting to a thrifty stitcher.  You are cheap, you are easy to obtain, and your designs are too good.

I do admit to shopping at your store on occasion Ikea, and sorry to say, I'm a sucker for your mushroom crepe, plus your free tea and coffee offered during the week, in your oh-so-invitingly cheap cafe.

Also, don't get me started on your picture frames, I own 7 of them now.

You see, the problem is, I can't bring myself to buy new material, I just can't. There is such an abundant of fabric that can be sourced second-hand, I can't justify it.

Although recently, I've been drooling over some of your material, thinking of ways to recreate it into a fashion piece. It appears I'm not alone, Ikea, I've found many others, all over the world, that think the same way about your way-too-inviting material.

In the United States Carly made a beautiful dress using Ikea fabric and Vogue pattern V106:

DIY: Ikea Fabric Dress

:: As seen on Chic Steals ::

In Hobart, Tasmania, a cute pinafore created with Ikea fabric and sold on Etsy by designer 3 Red Buttons:

:: As seen on Pinterest ::

In Slovenia, Tejka made a stunning 20's inspired dress using Ikea's nautical themed fabric:

:: As seen on BurdaStyle ::


 In Holland, Sacha's little girl's dress combines a t-shirt with Ikea fabric 

:: As seen on maarnietvangrijs ::

In Singapore, 'The Tropical Sewist' made a fur collared Ikea fabric dress using a vintage pattern.

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:: As seen on BurdaStyle ::

Do you see what is happening here Ikea?  Did you know?  You are creating a global dress sewing phenomenon, with worldwide stitchers incorporating your very own fabric design into their work.  Congratulations Ikea, you're onto something good here.

Although, I don't know if you are going to like this Ikea, but did you know that some of your fabric is sold second-hand online?  It may not be as cheap your fabric in store, but, there are pre-owned Ikea material options available ...

I've got my eye on this Skyscraper fabric, although it is not quite large enough for a dress:

 :: As seen here ::


Readers, do you shop at Ikea? What do you think of Ikea fabric?

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11 comments:

The Redgewells said...

dashing off to Ikea!

Helen Le Caplain said...

I didn't even know Ikea sold fabric! But as you point out - it's so pretty!

Can't you buy Ikea this once and still source from thrifted goodies?

www.mancunianvintage.com

Erica Louise said...

Helen - probably could buy some, just the once, very tempted!!

Marieke said...

I sometimes use Ikea fabrics for clothing too, made some skirts for the girls last year for example. I also like using it to make bags. Lucky me, I recently found a large piece of Ikea fabric at the thriftstore ;-) Perhaps you should just give it a try for once....

Alison said...

I am also often tempted by the fabric but instead get my fabric fix by visiting the clearance section and nabbing duvets and tablecloths and occassionally bits of fabric. That way I feel a bit better as I don't know what they would do with them if they didn't sell, possibly recycle them, but at least I am saving that energy even if they are 'new'.

Alison
x

Sharon said...

I have a gorgeous dress from ikea fabric that I bought at a handmade market. I love it!

Erica Louise said...

Alison - good idea looking through Ikea's clearance section!

Eddie Roued said...

I feel like you Erica. They have really cool designs, but it still makes me feel a bit guilty.


Eddie's Room on Facebook come over for some crafty ideas and conversation.

Sleekit said...

Indeed, I may just knock myself up something with my offcuts from the sofa! These examples are great.

Sleekit x

Iliska Dreams said...

Have not been to IKEA in years and years. But now you have me thinking about their fabrics!

http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

Curtains Made Simple said...

Apologies for the shameless plug but Curtains Made Simple sells online all of IKEA's current fabric by the metre.

We only mark it up by 15% as we receive no trade discount ourselves and we ship to anywhere in Europe!

If you are looking for discontinued IKEA fabrics, we have a load or remnants that we are selling off at cost at our eBay store.

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