x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Home Shopping: Innovative, all-in-one sewing kits at Clothkits

This family-run firm supplies the fabric, thread, haberdashery and instructions you need to create your own clothes, cushions, bags and soft toys.

Rob Ryan tapestry kit. Courtesy of Clothskit
Rob Ryan tapestry kit. Courtesy of Clothskit

In 1970s Britain, Clothkits was a name synonymous with home sewing. Founded in 1968, the family-run firm, initially operated from a kitchen table, sold all-in-one sewing kits with which you could simply and cost-effectively make your own outfits.

In the late 1980s, it became a victim of its own success, vanishing from the radar after being bought out by a large mail-order company. Three years ago, however, it was relaunched and revitalised and is now a unique online store supplying all-in-one kits to make beautifully designed clothes for women and children, plus cushions, bags, soft toys and tapestries and a range of junior craft kits.

In addition to the fabric, most of the kits contain everything you need - thread, buttons or any other necessary haberdashery - to complete your project, plus well-illustrated instructions to guide you through. Best of all, there are no fiddly paper patterns to battle with; all the cutting lines are printed directly on the fabric in a simple format that means even the most needle-challenged novice can make something special.

Clothkits works with some of the most innovative names in print design, including Rob Ryan, Mini Moderns and People Will Always Need Plates. Highlights of the collection include a line-up of very fashionably dressed rag dolls, the Rob Ryan embroidered cushion and an excellent fabric section that sells designs by the likes of Marimekko, Amy Butler and Liberty.

And if there wasn't already enough here to get you threading, pick up one of the inspirational craft and sewing titles from the site's extensive book section.

To order call 44 1243 600 301 or visit www.clothkits.co.uk. Shipping costs to the UAE start from £9 (Dh52)