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Ankara Dresses

Purple and Lime Green Ankara

Ever wondered what to make with your African wax prints? Ankara dresses are a great way to make a fashion statement and have the added bonus of being the perfect canvas for a bold large print. You get to appreciate the more intricate fabric designs especially the larger print motifs.

Here are a few of our favourites from Etsy.

Long Ankara Dress by Maggiegold56

Long Ankara Dress by Maggiegold56



Hoody dress by Meenmarket


Green Ankara Dress by Nasbstitches



Dashiki Dress by MADKollection


Ankara Apple dress by Gitas PORTAL


Esta Dress by BeccaApparel


Maxi Ankara Dress by AmarysDesigns


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Indigo leaf adire

Fabric fun, fabric friday. Today we have a batik as the fabric of the week. The Indigo Leaf Adire is a handmade batik from Nigeria. This type of batik is known as ‘Adire Alabere’ as the unique designs are created by stitching white cloth before  dyeing the fabric to create these beautiful rich organic patterns.

The fabric comes in a 5 Yard length and is made from 100% cotton.


Indigo leaf adire

Indigo leaf adire

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A new addition to our ‘Look What They Made!‘ gallery is from Chinedu of Chinedesigns. He makes (and styles) shirts beautifully and his fabric of choice is from our Adire selection. Handmade batik fabric from Nigeria.

Please send images of your wonderful creations, I would love to share them on our blog.

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Festival of Quilts 2017- Win Free Tickets

The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show. The show is a celebration of quilting with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, extraordinary galleries from well-renowned international artists, 350 textile workshops, talks and demos from the leading lights of the quilting world and a magnificent display of over 700 competition quilts. If you quilt or sew this is the place for your to stock up on new fabric, tools and to take part in workshops and the like.

The Festival of Quilts takes place from the 10th to the 13th of August, 2017 at Birmingham’s NEC (National Exhibition Centre).

Urbanstax will be on STAND G20 (stop by if you are visiting) and we have 6 free tickets to give away. All you have to do is read our blog! Yes, we’d like you to get to know us a little bit more and have a look at the blog where we write about things like new fabric, sewing ideas, sourcing trips, and more about the fabric we stock.

Just leave a comment on a blog post that you’ve found interesting (or even this post) so we know what it is that catches your eye. We will then select  names at random from all those who leave a comment and send them tickets to the show.

Good luck and keep the comments coming. We look forward to picking the winners!

Shweshwe Fabric

We’ve got some really exciting news! We now stock Shweshwe fabric from South Africa. We are starting with a selection of 10 new prints from the Three Cats range.

Shweshwe or shwe shwe is a printed dyed cotton fabric widely used for traditional South African clothing and now for even more uses. Originally dyed indigo, the fabric is now produced in a variety of colours and designs usually of intricate geometric patterns.  It is also sometimes referred to as ‘German Print’, ‘Ujamani’ or ‘Blauwdruk’


  • 100% cotton
  • Width: 90 cm (35 inches)
  • Length: Available by the metre
  • Weight: 158 grams

The name shweshwe is said to be derived from the fabric’s association with Lesotho’s King Moshoeshoe I, of the Basotho who was gifted with the fabric by French missionaries in the 1840s and subsequently popularised it.

The fabric is trademarked and is manufactured by Da Gama Textiles in the Zwelitsha township outside King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Shweshwe Fabric


The Three Cats brand is one of the most popular brands of the fabric; identifiable from the 3 CATS backstamp that confirms the products are ‘THE ORIGINAL SHWESHWE’.

The fabric has a distinctive stiffness when new and this is attributed to the starch historically used to preserve the fabric during long sea voyages for transportation. The fabric, when brand new, still comes quite stiff from the manufacturers so make sure you wash before you start your sewing project.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with yours!

Check out our selection of via this link: Shweshwe fabric selection


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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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