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Tough, durable and versatile, canvas is a fabric that can be used for many projects in and around the house such as making your own blinds, deck chair seats, and garden furniture covers, as well as to make bags, backpacks, clothing and even promotional banners.

Here at Spotlight, we stock canvas fabric for use inside as well as weatherproof canvas for exterior use, in a wide range of different colours and designs.

Available by the metre, and available in plain, striped, and with many different colourful patterns.

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Can I purchase canvas fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, browse our collection of canvas fabrics that are suitable for indoor use as well as our weatherproof canvas fabrics that can be used on the patio, in the garden, as well as in caravans, on boats and in many other different places. You will find plain, striped and patterned canvas in our range in various colours to suit your decor and style.

How canvas fabric made and what is is it used for?

Canvas is a very sturdy and durable plain-woven fabric that is often used for making sails, tents, marquees, backpacks, and other items for which strong fabric is required. It is also popular with artists as a painting surface, typically when stretched across a wooden frame, as well as being used for many fashion items including shoes, handbags, shopping totes etc. Canvas fabric can be treated to become weatherproof and water-resistant. Originally this was done by rubbing the canvas cloth with wax, but more modern treatments are also in use these days.

What can I do with the canvas that is available from Spotlight?

As stated above, canvas fabric has a large number of uses including fashion, interior design, camping and artistic. It makes great cushions and covers for outdoor furniture such as garden chairs, swing benches, tablecloths, awnings, parasols and more. You can even make outdoor beanbags, kids play tents and covers to protect your garden through the winter months from weatherproof canvas. Plain canvas fabric is ideal for making sturdy shoulder and shopping bags, storage items and decorative objects.

What else do I need to know about canvas fabric?

Because canvas is quite thick and heavy, you will need to have a sharp needle to get through the fabric for sewing. Not all household sewing machines can cope with canvas, and your sewing machine will need to be equipped with special needles that are suitable for canvas, leather and such, as well as strong, preferably nylon, thread, for sewing. Fastenings can include zips, or metal poppers that can be pressed into the canvas with a specialist tool.

How do I care for canvas fabric?

Canvas can usually be cleaned with warm water and soap to get rid of stains and surface dirt, but if you have specially weather-proofed canvas, make sure that you do not get rid of any water-repelling properties by cleaning the canvas. Special chemicals are available to clean and re-proof canvas tents and other outdoor or marine canvas items.

Does Spotlight stock other fabrics as well as canvas?

Yes, Spotlight has a large collection of different types of fabrics that includes everything from dressmaking and tailoring fabrics to curtain and blind fabrics, interior design fabrics, craft fabrics and general purpose fabrics. All our fabrics are available by the metre or in pre-cut quantities, at great prices, so please browse the whole range today to see what is on offer.

Can I purchase decorator fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Decorator fabrics tend to be heavier than dressmaking fabrics, which means they lend themselves to a variety of interior uses such as upholstery, bedding, curtains, cushions and more. Of course, they are also often used for craft projects including quilting, and the making of bags, hats and other accessories, as well as many storage objects for around the home.

What types of decorator fabric can I find at Spotlight?

Our range includes a variety of fabrics, some heavier than others, in plain, striped and patterned varieties. This means you can easily mix and match fabrics for a stunning effect. Choose from ethnic stripes, bright plain colours, elegant pastel designs and several fun animal and garden designs, which would lend themselves to making animal baskets, cushions, garden seat covers and more.

What are the uses of cotton canvas fabric?

Cotton canvas fabric was originally manufactured from hemp but is now primarily made of cotton. There are two kinds of canvas, cotton duck canvas and cotton plain canvas. Cotton duck canvas is woven more tightly than plain canvas. Canvas is often divided into different categories based on its weight, sometimes displayed as a measurement of ounces per square yard or grammes per square metre.

Canvas is used in almost every area of everyday life. Canvas cotton fabric is used to make tents, sails, backpacks, trampolines, shoes, bags, purses, and even signs. This fabric is also a major part of craft projects, often used in scrapbooking, needlepoint, and decoupage. The tight weave makes canvas waterproof and windproof, and it can take treatments to improve those properties even further. This makes it ideal for many outdoor uses around the home and garden too, including covers for garden furniture and sun blinds to name but a few. Canvas can be treated with fire-retardant materials, as well as giving it mildew-resistant properties, which means the fabric requires very little maintenance compared to many other types of fabric.

What else should I know about the decorator fabrics range?

One of the most popular fabrics in this range is cotton ticking fabric. Originally prized for covering mattresses and pillows, as the tight weave stopped feathers from poking through, it is usually found as white and blue striped material. In recent years, it has regained popularity as an upholstery material for bench seats, cushions and even blinds. Its design lends itself well to a country-look or maritime style, and the fabric is sturdy enough to withstand daily use.

Does Spotlight sell other fabrics too?

Yes, as well as decorator fabrics, why not check out our large range of curtain and blind material, upholstery fabrics and general-purpose fabrics? You will find everything you need for all your projects in and around the home, in traditional and contemporary fabrics as well as wide selection of kids designs. Of course, there are also dressmaking fabrics, craft fabrics and specialty fabrics to be found here at Spotlight, so check out the whole range of fabrics today!

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