Terrys Fabrics

Terrys Fabrics

September 10, 2009 03:30 ET

Consumers Get Crafty With Curtains

STOKE, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2009) - Those sewing classes at school weren't a complete waste of time after all for a growing number of people, according to Terrys Fabrics, the supplier of quality curtains, blinds and curtain poles helping you to transform your home for less.

In a recent survey conducted by the company, 47% of respondents said they are undertaking more sewing projects around the home than this time last year. While 55% of these stated that they used their craft skills mainly to make new curtains and cushions, 45% said that they had turned their hand to more adventurous projects, such as making elaborate duvet covers and even sofa covers.

Around a third of respondents indicated that they were now more likely to mend soft furnishings they already have in the home compared to the beginning of last year, when they wouldn't have thought twice about going out and buying brand new replacements for anything that was showing the slightest signs of wear and tear.

Women aged 40 - 55 years were most likely to get their sewing machines out (33%), closely followed by women aged 25 - 40 years (30%).

Paul McGuinness, of Terrys Fabrics, said:

"What we've seen as a direct result of the uncertainty in the economy is people becoming more self-sufficient in terms of their homes. The 'grow your own' trend has been around for a while now but 'sew your own' is a relatively new phenomenon. Customers coming into our stores regularly ask for hints and tips about sewing techniques. Some of them want advice on getting a new sewing machine set up, so we know many people out there are discovering these skills for the first time.

"While the trend may have been prompted by a desire to save money, it seems that many people who have taken up sewing to maintain their homes have actually started to derive real enjoyment out of the pastime. It's now not just about mending things but also about creating something unique for your home. You can buy whatever fabric you want and make almost anything out of it, so your home can be completely coordinated whilst also having your stamp on it.

"It will be interesting to see if this new craze will continue once people have more spare cash again. This time next year all of those new sewing machines may be gathering dust in the attic."

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