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Louise bought the Classic Shell Print in Burnt Orange and Green from our Etsy shop and made this simple yet stylish outfit. Thanks so much for sending us your picture! It is really good to see the old school Shell print in action.

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Red and Blue Snail African Fabric

The Big Snail print, also known as Afa ne nwa and Escargot grande. People often fall in love with the colours of these bright prints and bold patterns before they realise what they are. This particular design features a snail! Yes, a snail. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the spiral-type motifs are snails!

Here is our currently collection. Which is your favourite colour combination? I think I currently favour the burnt orange and blue. All are available to purchase by clicking on each image to take you to the product page.

Olive Green and Brown Snail Print

Red and Blue Snail African Fabric

What would you make with you Big Snail print?  Bronwen of Fabazaar made this funky colour popping swing jacket from the Red and Blue version.

Bronwen of Fabazaar

If you have bought the big snail print, do share your creations with us, we would love to see them. Enjoy your weekend sewing!

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Moo Sale

MOO is having an epic sale!

If you know me, you’ll know just how much I love Moo cards. Excellent quality and the ability to have so many different images in one print job. Great for branding your creative business, you an choose from a selection of note cards, postcards, business cards and more. I especially recommend the mini cards which are great as swing tags!

– 25% off Business Cards.
– 30% off Stickers.

And their highest discount ever –

– 35% off the oh-so-versatile Postcard.

Go for it!

[T&Cs] Offer valid only on Business Cards, Postcards and Stickers. Sale runs from 3rd May to 11.59pm on 9th May.

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Look What They Made Gallery

Here is our Hall of Fame, created in part by our lovely customers, who have sent in images of their completed projects. Ranging from shoes, to curtains, to caps and pretty dresses; it is great to see the finished results.

Have you bought fabric from us recently? If so, do send us images of your projects, we would love to blog about them at tell the whole world! Check out the individual projects in the Look What They Made section of the blog.


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Blue Butterfly Print

I am yet to see a butterfly print that I don’t like. It is safe to say I love the beauty of the colours and amazing patterns of these beautiful creatures. Design in nature really is unparalleled. So I am quite pleased to have a growing selection in Ankara print. They make lovely skirts and dresses perfect for the Spring and Summer vibe or even better as part of vacation wardrobe.

Available to purchase right here. Just click on each image to take you to the product page.

Happy Shopping!


Teal and Red Butterfly Ankara

Blue Butterfly Print Fabric

Butterfly Print

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We will be at Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycraft Show in London this April. From the 20th to the 22nd of April in London’s Excel Centre.

Come and check us out on  Stand C42

More information here.

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Christie Brown AW16

A lot of people that sew love the colours and vibrancy of African print fabric but are often stumped as to how to use it. At stitching and craft shows, I often get asked for suggestions on what to make and how to use the fabric. One of  my many suggestions is to mix it up! You don’t have to wear an outfit made entirely in print.

This is perfectly illustrated in Christie Brown’s Autumn Winter 2016 collection which is a mix of African prints, silk jacquards and woven textiles. You can mix your prints with block colours and contrast with different textures and types of fabric.

Check out the beautiful collection which even incorporates the Autumn Floral Print which we have right here!.

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We are so pleased to say that Urbanstax is featured in the latest edition of Simpy Sewing Magazine. Check out the ‘A Fabric of Life’ article from Page 56 onward. We talk about our love for African fabric and design and our mission to bring you more locally produced fabric from the beautiful continent.

There is also a wonderful Crossbody Bag tutorial by Rosee Woodland which uses our Ice Blue and Purple Adire from Nigeria and our Ghanaian circles Ankara print. A very cool combination indeed. That’s on Page 60. Maybe you could make yourself a version in your own take on colours and patterns!

Grab yourself a copy.


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Astrid proves yet again that you can wear prints and batiks with ease and style, pretty much anywhere in the world. Here she rocks the dark blue and white adire from Nigeria as a nice pencil skirt, paired with a white top. 

If you have something similar in mind and like the fabric, the Green and white version is available right here.

Do share you creations with us, we would love to see what YOU have made.

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We are all set up and rearing to go! Join us from tomorrow, Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th of March 2017 at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, taking place in Kensington Olympia.

Doors open at 10 a.m. everyday and tomorrow is late night shopping, with the show closing at 7pm.

Urbanstax will be on Stand H20 in the West Hall. As usual, we have bright African prints and handmade Batik fabric from West Africa!

See you there!

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