Thrifty ideas to make expensive fabrics go further

Fallen in love with a gorgeous new imported fabric but simply haven’t got the budget to remake the curtains or recover an entire sofa? The good news is that you don’t need reams of pricey fabric to make a stylish statement. Here’s how to get the most mileage out of the fewest metres

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A small amount of fabric goes a long way when it comes to creating a wow factor at the end of the bed. In this dreamy bedroom Julia Twigg covered an ottoman in a pretty turquoise floral and added scatters to match.

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Even fabric off-cuts can be reinvented into something stylish. Here, Tracey Johnson of & More Design has used an off-cut of Mavromac’s Babette Check in Khaki to create a practical pinboard.

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Wondering what to do with that metre or two of fabric you found at the bottom of the bargain bin? Take your cue from Generation Furniture who’ve used a crisp white cotton/linen band of fabric on two thirds of this chair with an arresting yellow spandex on the rest.

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To get more bang for her buck, Tracey Johnson of & More Design used the bold botanical Raphael in Berry from The Fabric Library on this headboard. She’s paired it with an understated lilac chambray bedspread from Whatnot Natural Fabrics.

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The back and skirt of this pretty chair have been upholstered in Mavromac’s Babette Check in Khaki, allowing the more expensive feature fabric, Harlequin Twinkletoes from Black Fabrics, to really make its mark upfront. Decor by & More Design.

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Add a pop of colour by covering a drum lampshade in a punchy print. Here, By Dezign Interiors have used Swatch Box Suki in Cerise from Home Fabrics to maximum effect.

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Tiggs Crozet from Indigo Interior Design teamed two of  St Leger & Viney’s fabulous fabrics sparingly without compromising on a single ounce of springtime sass. She cleverly turned a length of  Shalani in Ivory/Raspberry into a table runner which complements the GP & J Baker’s Medway napkins, in Aqua, to perfection.

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Designer Sandra Bowler gave a stark white sofa a fresh look simply by layering a selection of linen scatters in shades of lime. She included one of Marcelle Halstead’s chic ikat fabrics by using it on just the front of two of the scatters.

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Sarah Walters of Sarah Walters Interiors created a striking contrast by using a daring band of fuchsia linen from Medici as a deep border along the bottom of these curtains in Saint Paolo linen from Whatnot Natural Fabrics.