Our customers are always telling us how much they can fit into our Extra Large Beach Bags, often not just when going to the beach!
Here at The Stripes Company we have know this for years, having used these super handy bags for all kinds things including weekends away, packing for the kids, going to the gym or doing the grocery shop! And they never let us down. They are strong, water resistant, hold TONNES and (even if we do say so ourselves) they also look great!
To put these claims to the test we decided to load them up for various situations and see how much we can fit in them – and they didn’t disappoint! See the results on the videos below, and a big thanks to our own Sally for happily packing and unpacking to put these bags to the tests!
Watch as we show you in 6 simple steps how to make your own deckchair canopy cover using our unique stripy fabric and pompom fringe. You can see our huge range of deckchair fabrics and pompom bobble fringes on our website
How to recover a deckchair canopy from The Stripes Company
Step 1. Preparing Your Fabric
For most deckchair canopies you will need 2m of deckchair fabric cut in half to make 2 x 1m lengths which you will pin and then stitch together.
Step 2. Sewing Together
Iron the seam flat.
Step 3. Measuring Up
You will need approx 3m of bobble fringe.
Note the front and back measurements of canopy frame (back may be narrower)
To find the depth of the overhang subtract your canopy width from the width of the fabric and then divide the remaining measurement by two. Note this down. Do this for front and back.
Step 4. Creating The Corners
Fold the corners and using the previous measurements mark with a pin (remember front and back are different).
Repeat for all four corners.
Stitch and then cut off the surplus fabric from each of the four corners.
Step 5. Adding The Bobble Fringe
Start at a corner seam folding in the edge of the fabric the width of the bobble trim and pin all the way around the canopy before stitching.
Part one of our fabric videos features Maria with a practical guide on how to use our deckchair fabrics with a few top tips thrown in.
Hello I’m Maria from The Stripes Company and I would just like to explain a little bit about all the different fabrics that we do.
First of all let’s have a look at our deck chair fabrics. It’s 45 centimetres wide, woven cotton and fits any deck chair. It’s not intended for prolonged outdoor use so it’s perfect for a chair that is kept indoors and brought out when the sun shines.
Let’s have a look at it on a deckchair. Here is one of our standard teak deck chairs and we have covered it in one of our stripes. Traditionally stripes are always bright colours to allow for fading. The top rail is longer than the bottom rail to allow for the deck chair to be folded up. We supply complete deck chairs covered in any of our fabrics of your choice or, to fit one our canvases yourself we have made a great little video explaining this, just see the link in the description below.
Here is one of our teak directors chairs using the pull-out dowelling method of fixing the seat. As you will notice on the seat and the back the Stripes are horizontal instead of vertical. This is so that the warp threads are supported on either side of the seat. The stripes show the direction of the warp and if you sit on it by putting on the wrong way it will rip. We sell these with covers specially made for you in any of our stripes. Or we offer a made to measure service for your own chair as they are all different sizes and you can make sure that it will fit your chair properly.
Thank you for watching our video, it is the first of many, I hope you enjoy them all and please keep watching.
The Stripes Company are often asked for traditional striped ticking fabric. So often in fact that we thought we really should get some in stock for all you ticking stripe fabric lovers out there. So, we’re happy to offer this great material in three fabulous stripy combinations that will perform just like the ticking fabric of old, but is softer in texture and has an attractive herringbone weave. Indeed, we are so proud of our new up to date, bright stripe version we often refer to it by its full formal title of English ticking.
For those well versed in interior design there are some projects can only be properly achieved by the use of good old-fashioned ticking stripe fabric. However, for those who are making it up as they go along the likely response will be ticking what?
Just in case you are in the latter category ticking fabric is a robust, tightly woven cotton or linen cloth that traditionally comes in a stripy pattern. You can see why it’s right up our street. But it’s also a really useful fabric, it’s hardwearing and is used to make fabulous pillows and quilts that the feather filling can’t poke through.
Some of us are old enough to remember the times as a kid when we stayed overnight at our Granny’s on an old creaky bed. The lovely, soft mattress we bounced around had a ticking fabric cover and it was great (and stripy).
Ticking fabric – the old ways are often the best
Nowadays, those with a passion for interiors are aware of the merits of using traditional materials as a way of making good quality, robust items that look fantastic and will last. It’s no wonder this stripy old school fabric is rapidly becoming a very up-to-date design choice.
Today the classic striped design looks great as blinds or curtains especially in houses that are looking for a traditional or retro look. And, rather than being a utility item, modern ticking fabric is a great design alternative especially for those who, for some reason, prefer their stripes in more muted shades.
It’s ticking versatile
Ticking fabric has many great uses especially where you need stripy and durable performance. You can use it for any number of purposes including furniture upholstery, cushion covers, tablecloths, basket liners or curtains. As our modern ticking is also lovely and soft so you can be sure it will make plush, comfortable cushions, pillows or mattresses. Indeed, you could even knock up some distinctive stripy clothes if you’re that way inclined. We would love to see the results!
Order some today – the clock is errr ticking
At 150 cms wide, our modern ticking stripe fabric is suitable for any number of soft furnishing or decorative uses. We know you like things stripy so why not order some of this classic fabric for your interior design project and discover why, sometimes, the old ways of doing things are still the best. As ever, we will do our utmost to supply our sumptuous stripy ticking fabric that is sure to make your project look simply marvellous!
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! So goes the oft-sung ditty as families on the great British Bank Holiday get into the car and set off for their local resort full of the joys of summer, anticipating the life affirming benefits of sea air, candyfloss and a cone of steaming chips. Time to hit the beach! Alas, it’s never that simple is it? Even on our best days in the UK the weather will always have its say. Despite the sunshine the inevitable coastal breeze can still bring a distinctly chilly edge to your trip. That’s where one of our typically stripy windbreaks for the beach will save the day.
Got Wind? You need one of our Windbreaks for the Beach!
Nothing will take the gloss of your lovely day out than shivering under your stripy towel and grimacing at the grim crunch of sand that’s blown into your cheese sandwich. If only you had taken one of our windbreaks to shelter you from the cooling breeze allowing you to fully enjoy your day. Better still, our fantastic windbreaks for the beach will add a vibrant lift to your day beside the sea as you can buy your beach windbreak from our wide range of stripetastic colour combinations. Just like a sugary display of seaside rock. There’s bound to be one that suits your sunny personality especially when you’ve got that holiday feeling.
Don’t Like The Beach? You need a Beach Windbreak…
Even if you’re the type that doesn’t enjoy the seaside one of our stripy windbreaks for the beach will still improve your days out. Let’s face it the key word here is ‘wind’ and that doesn’t, unfortunately, confine itself to the coast. Having your lovely stripy beach windbreak handy will protect you from the breeze on picnics in the country, on a weekend camping trip or even in the garden when you want to spend some time lazing around at home on a sunny but blowy day.
Out of Puff? – Not with our Windbreaks for the Beach
There’s some unusual contraptions around that purport to offer shelter from the wind. Complex things with poles and guy lines that flap around uselessly as you angrily try to put them up. Our brilliant stripy windbreaks couldn’t be simpler. Just unroll, press the four wooden poles into the ground and you’re ready. They’re sturdy and even have a handy pocket to stow those things that blow away and have you comically running down the beach as you try to get them back. When it’s time to go home just roll up your beach windbreak secure using the Velcro ties and you’re off!
Here at the stripes company we think our wide array of cool, stripy beach windbreaks are just the ticket for a great British day out no matter how blustery it is. We’re sure you’ll agree!
Is there any other product that says: ‘Celebration!’ ‘Fun!’ ‘Party!’ more? If there is, we can’t think of one and believe us we’ve tried. Just the very word ‘Bunting’ conveys images of memorable days, get togethers and collective happiness. We think it’s just fab’ and is just the thing to make your good times simply great.
It’s not just for street parties
Everyone’s classic image of bunting is when we’re all having a great British street party. Usually strung round lampposts and fences along a suburban street. Always in patriotic red, white and blue, fluttering in the breeze as a neighbourhood celebrates a jubilee, royal wedding or birthday. Oh the nostalgia.
However, there are so many more occasions where this colourful addition can make our lives so much better. When well-displayed it can transform virtually any occasion into a bright, colourful spectacle. What ’s more, it’s such a simple idea we’re surprised you haven’t thought about it already. All you need is some handy poles and fences to hang the garlands, a colour scheme that’s meaningful and everything else will fall into place. Promise!
So I can use bunting for other events?
Of course, you can. Our party bunting will elevate any kind of event be it: a wedding, a garden party, a landmark birthday, a corporate event or even an outdoor concert. Simply put some up and see your occasion transform.
Naturally, as you’ve come to expect from The Stripes Company, we have put our trademark stripy spin on our own range of cotton buntings. With our version, vibrant colour is everywhere as you have come to expect and all of a sudden, the versatility reaches new levels.
It’s not that we don’t like traditional red, white and blue, we do. We even have our special take on this colour scheme called ‘Jubilee’ made from our boxing interior striped fabric. It’s perfect for celebrations, the coronation of a carnival queen or any royal events in the pipeline they’re not telling us about!
Not forgetting any National sporting fixtures that need supporting.
We also love our vibrant Multi Stripe, Gingham and Ikat versions too. With such a wide range, you can match your choice to the colour scheme of your event. What about pink gingham for a baby girl’s christening? Why not try our best selling multi-stripe for a fancy dress party or Ikat for an outdoor concert of an up-and-coming rock band.
You could even have a favourite team’s colours to personalise a ‘big’ birthday. It will work for all of these occasions and much more. Of course, you could just go bonkers and mix and match from our colourful selection to create a huge technicolour splash. That would be brilliant!
We also have plain coloured bunting but its not plain at all – its full of different colours of the Rainbow, 18 flags worth!
You can also make it unique by sewing PomPoms on to it to make PomPom Bunting!
We have a sewing kit to do just that
I didn’t know it was so versatile!
Hopefully you do now. You are only limited by your imagination. So whatever occasion you’re celebrating we have a colour combination to suit from our unique cotton bunting collection or wedding bunting range. We can guarantee it that will look simply fabulous and add that sensational stripy lift. So what are you waiting for? Get some up and start celebrating!
What could better sum up the ethos of Make Do And Mend than restoring old vehicles back to their former glory? Across the nation hardy Brits are busy in sheds and garages mending, stitching and cajoling their old broken machines into shiny examples of their kind. Of these restorations nothing is more suited to The Stripes Company fabrics than the vintage camper van conversion. Either through reupholstery, new curtains or deckchairs for the outside, a camper van conversion provides opportunity galore for a bit of retro Make Do And Mend!
Over the years we have been sent many examples of camper van conversions using our stripey fabric, here are a few of our favourites:
Welcome to the Stripes Company A-Z where throughout the festive season we’ll be bringing the alphabet to you Stripes style! We’re dreaming of a Stripey Christmas and hope you’ll join us too! We see stripes everywhere and over the December period while seeing our A-Z we’re sure everything will become striped for you too!
Each week between the 1st & 24th Dec we will be posting something stripey that may be in picture, gif or text format. Plus we have a competition! Add your stripey ‘Z’ suggestion in the final week to win a fantastic prize, remember the crazier the better! Enjoy.
The bag – a simple sort of useful product (and probably the most underrated after the pocket!). Having been around for hundreds of years and have been used by both men and women. “Bags have been prevalent as far back as ancient Egypt. Many hieroglyphs depict males with bags tied around their waist. The Bible mentions pouches, especially Judas Iscariot, carrying one around, holding his personal items. In the 14th century, wary of pickpockets and thieves, many people used drawstring bags, in which to carry their money.” (Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 10 Aug. 2004.)
This most handy accessory has developed from being just a practical item for transporting goods to a must have fashion accessory that… well is still a practical item for transporting goods, but now they can be transported in style. From makeup, to sandwiches, clothing, even Chihuahua’s… Yes Paris Hilton we mean you!
It used to be fashionable bags would be the sole preserve of the fashion conscious lady but now the evolution of the bag has given us handbags, straw bags, paper bags, man bags, hand bags, bowling bags, clutch bags, bucket bags, duffel bags (to name only a few!) and that holiday favourite (essential) the beach bag.
Of all the bags out there the one type holiday lovers will always have is the beach bag… why? A certain well known car manufacturer released an advert in which a well muscled beachgoer only had his trunks in which to keep items. Luckily he didn’t need a key for his car though he could have solved that whole problem with any of the funky beach bags from The Stripes Company collections. Just imagine trying to carry your towel, sun-cream, purse, wallet, flip-flops or other beach essential without one, it would be difficult.
Here at the Stripes Company we believe as well as being practical you can also be stylish so our collections of beach bags are styled to emphasise that. Our funky beach bags will turn heads while also allowing you to carry whatever you need for your day out at the beach.