Business writer Ashley Jones. Photo: Sarah Harvey/ The Queensland Times
Business writer Ashley Jones. Photo: Sarah Harvey/ The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey

Firm Focus: Bargain Box Fabrics follows pattern for success

COOLER days and long nights are ideal for those who want to rug up and take to craft work or dressmaking.

Bargain Box Fabrics is a great location to find all the necessary items to help you.

Co-owner Margaret Ingham said they had a lot of interest in craft, especially quilting and patchwork, and exciting products in stock.

The range includes a product from Batik Australia, which is a single piece of fabric that is like a tie-die fabric and from it you can create your own patterns.

Quilters can create what is known as a bargello quilt, made of strips of fabric sewn together to create movement.

For the record, the difference between the "one fabric" bargello and the traditional bargello is that there is no horizontal piecing.

This makes it a quick way to achieve a creative piece of work.

Well-known quilter Christine Forrester is using the Batik fabrics to great advantage under her banner of Coochin Creek quick quilts.

Today is the last day to take advantage of some great fabric specials as we move into the new financial year. Bargain Box Fabrics is living up to its name.

The business has served the local community for 28 years and is set to do so for many more to come.

"We are still very much in business; we are looking to the future. It is a great location with plenty of customer parking," she said.

For Margaret and Alan Ingham, their Darling Street business is a big part of their lives. It is just a short walk down Ellenborough St, very much part of central Ipswich.

FABULOUS FABRIC: Alan and Margaret Ingham stock a range of exciting products in their Bargain Box Fabrics store on Darling St.
FABULOUS FABRIC: Alan and Margaret Ingham stock a range of exciting products in their Bargain Box Fabrics store on Darling St. FILE

The Inghams have a great range of products at competitive prices, offering their customers that wonderful touch of good old-fashioned service and knowledge.

"We have a big range of patterns including McCall, Burda, New Look, and Kwik Sew. We have catalogues for the latest patterns. It is a real sense of satisfaction to make something yourself," she said.

Bargain Box Fabrics has fashion cotton prints, stretch woollen cotton, which Mrs Ingham said was "perfect for today's fashion".

"It is less crushable and it breathes, there are patterns and plains in stock," she said.

They also have Dillinger - a cotton and spandex blend that is ideal for suiting - along with a range of woollen blends.

"The tweed style is very popular for winter. It is a serviceable garment and classic fashion," she said.

Mrs Ingham believes people are getting back to basics and dressmaking and craftwork is part of that.

"People can buy clothes off the rack at very cheap prices but it is about making clothes that are quality, fun for the person making it and importantly, the garment will fit perfectly," she said.

Bargain Box Fabrics is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am-5pm and Saturday from 8.30am-12.15pm. You can call them on 3202 2887.

 



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