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.


:: 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?



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?


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'.


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!


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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