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Crafting and DIY can add up to become quite an expensive hobby. With multiple fabric swatches needed for certain projects, you can use all the scraps you can get. At Contrado, we now offer free fabric scraps for upholstery and more in 1kg, 2 kg or 5 kg mixed bags - maximum of 1x bag per order. These free fabric remnants come from our range of 103 customisable textiles and are mostly white or cream. Rather than wasting these fabric scraps, you have the opportunity to recycle them into exciting new projects - for free. Featuring a mix of anything from silk and chenille to fleece and neoprene, this bag of free fabric scraps is as essential for your next creative project.

  • Lucky dip of mostly white mixed fabrics (neoprene is black)
  • Four bag options available
  • Small postage charge, UK only
  • Weights are +/- 10%
  • Maximum 1x bag per order

Your Bag Of Free Fabric Remnants

Repurposing fabric from other sources can not only make your project look better, but you are helping the environment by reducing waste. This is something we advocate strongly, which is why we are now offering fabric scraps free of charge.

All the bags can be delivered to your door (within the UK only) for a small postage charge. We always strive for sustainability, and hope that by offering our creative customers the chance to own a bag of fabric scraps, that we are continuing our mission to decrease fabric waste. 

What Do The Bags Of Free Fabric Scraps Contain?

We now offer four different options for your free fabric scraps. The larger bag incurs a small uplift charge to cover the extra cost of delivery.

  • 2 kg mixed bag 
  • 5 kg mixed bag
  • 1 kg cotton/naturals bag 
  • 1 kg neoprene (black only)

Every bag is filled with fabric offcuts, which will vary in size from small to large, and are packed at random. These offcuts come from the rolls of fabric in our London warehouse. With so many different types of textile, you can never be sure of what your bag will contain - which just adds to the excitement. The mixture of scraps could include silk, fleece, twill, muslin, lace, jersey, scuba, denim, neoprene, lace, Panama, leather and so much more. Our fabrics also range from organic and natural to waterproof, stretch, knitted, and woven. Whatever fabrics are being used at the time will end up in your free bag. Most of the offcuts will have a white or cream base tone, but you could also receive a bundle with some colourful prints thrown in, some text or even a bar code. Our coloured fabrics consist mainly of blue, cream, pink and black fleece, however, this is not exclusively the case. Natural fabric remnants tend to be long and thin. 

Please note: Each bag of remnants is packed randomly using whatever fabrics are available at the time - you cannot customise your fabric scraps. The bags consist of a lucky dip of mixed content. Bags may be + or - 10% weights.

How To Get Your Free Fabric Scraps UK

Step 1: Add to Cart

Step 2: Select 1x bag

Step 3: Go to secure checkout to pay the delivery charge

Step 4: Fill in your details

Step 5: Done

Please note each order is subject to a maximum of 1x bag per order (this is due to delivery costs) if you would like extra bags, please place a separate order for an extra bag. If you order more than 1x bag in a single order, you will be contacted by one of our customer service agents regarding an extra delivery charge. We do not make any profit from the delivery charges, we charge you what our carrier charges us. 

Please note that we can only ship fabric scraps within the UK. If orders are placed for shipping outside of the UK then your payment will be automatically refunded to you, and the remnants will not be sent. 

What Can I Do With My Free Bag Of Fabric Remnants?

There are so many possibilities, all it takes is your creativity. Our customers have used their free fabric scraps for a whole range of end uses. Fun and practical DIY projects using these scraps are the perfect way to repurpose textiles as well as creating something that you can use in your everyday life. As the offcuts are mainly white, you can use dyes, paints and ink to add your preference of colour. Just experiment with what looks best for your end-users and have fun getting creative with colour.

Scraps are the best material to use to make patchwork projects. Design your very own patchwork blanket, cushion, scarf, or anything else you want. The mix of textures, weights, constructions and base tones will lead to a beautiful finished result.

The fleece remnants are perfect for making warm winter garments and accessories for the cold months. 

You can also use the fabric scraps to learn how to make your own DIY prints at home. Check out our transfer paper, upload your design, and use your fabric remnants to get practising. 

Share Your Creation

If you do something amazing with a bag of remnants, we'd love to know about it. Feel free to share your ideas and projects on our social media accounts - Show us an amazing idea or make something truly special and there may be a reward for you. 

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Frequently asked questions:

What can I expect to find in my bag of remnants?

These scraps come from the fabric rolls in our warehouse. Some are offcuts from other orders, some are end of the line rolls, and some just (pardon the pun) didn't make the cut. When you open your bag, you can expect to find a wide range of offcuts, including woven, knitted, organic, natural, man made and so many more.

What will the fabric scraps look like?

Every bag of upholstery fabric remnants contains up to 5 kg of textile scraps. These scraps are mainly white or cream, but there is usually a dash of colour or print thrown into the mix too. This is somewhat of a mystery bag, as the free fabric scraps UK made you receive can be anything from cotton and silk to tulle and chiffon.

Are these fabric offcuts free?

Yes, they are! If you want to purchase a bag of upholstery fabric offcuts from Contrado, it is totally free to do so. A bag of offcuts for free is a brilliant deal. The only small charge comes to have your bag delivered to you. This will be a standard postage cost.

You have the amazing designs, but do you have the amazing place to sell?

All you have to do is design what you love and we bring your creations to life. We take care of the hand crafting and manufacture, the sales and the shipping. You the designer, control the products and designs from wherever you are, from home, the office, even on the go. Meanwhile the orders start to roll in and you get commissions fast.

Print Guideline

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      What's the best resolution to print in?

      We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally, your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi; this means that no resizing of your file occurs, preventing any interpolation. Our design interface will have a quality marker next to the design that you have uploaded, this will change colour using a traffic light system and display a message. The message will let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image. 

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    How will my image scale?

    When you upload your design our system will automatically scale it to fit your chosen fabric dimensions. In the ‘Product Image’ tab, the displayed dimensions under ‘Print Size’ will show the dimensions of the piece of fabric that you are ordering. For image/design dimensions you need to see the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab. You can see and edit the dimensions of the image under the quality information next to the thumbnail.

  • RGB-CMYK Print Guideline Icon

    Which colour model should I choose? RGB or CMYK?

    We advise providing images in the RGB colour space. Specifically using the sRGB image profile, to achieve best colour results. What does this mean? In your editing software choose RGB as the working space, and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)

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    Maximum dimensions

    For most of our fabrics, there is no limit on the length of the fabric that you can order. We have a preview design window set up to 10m max to visualise the print, but that's not a print limit. If you'd like to order more, increase the quantity (x2 for 20m or x4 for 40m for example) and then you can order as much as you'd like, with a built-in automatic volume discount too. The maximum print width of each fabric can be found on the individual fabric pages or in our design interface.

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    Do I need to incorporate white space within my design if I want a border or some cutting space?

    Yes, that might help you! Always incorporate any extra space or borders into your purchased fabric size. We trim squarely around fabric samples and fabric prints, leaving approximately 5mm white space. Cutting neatly on the line has an additional fee.

  • crocking-Print Guideline Icon

    What is crocking and why might it occur?

    Crocking, which is fading along the creases, often after washing or heavy use, occurs when you digitally print on natural fabrics - more so when dark or dense colours are used. It can be minimised by using a cool hand wash instead of machine washing as the tumbling of the machine is the main cause of this. To avoid entirely, we would advise using a poly fabric.

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    Why do my colours appear lighter on organic fabrics?

    Our organic fabrics do not have any coatings that the non-organic fabrics have. This means the ink absorbs into the fibres, reducing the colour strength slightly (by approx. -40%). For super strong colours we recommend a non-organic natural fabric.

  • Transfer-Print Guideline Icon

    Do you print on fabric a customer supplies?

    Unfortunately not; we like to test meticulously so that we know what gets best results on our fabrics, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. We do however print sublimation paper to order, and if you have access to a heat press you can press your own fabrics easily.

  • Jpeg-Tiff Print Guideline Icon

    Should I save my file as a TIFF or JPEG?

    For multi-coloured or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colours and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.

  • Shrinkage-Print Guideline Icon

    What is the situation with material shrinkage?

    Just like many fabric printing processes, there is the potential for shrinkage. Depending on the fabric, please expect and allow between 2-8% shrinkage which you need to plan for in your dimensions. This percentage can vary from print run to print run and between fabrics, so we would advise ordering a little more material than you require for your project. 

  • Print-Both Sides Print Guideline Icon

    Can I print on both sides of the fabric?

    We do not offer to print on both sides of the fabric. A lot of our fabrics are semi-transparent or have some show through and this wouldn't work with double-sided printing. This is not a service that we offer on any of our fabrics.

  • Labels-Print Guideline Icon

    Can I order labels in another fabric? Would you cut them as you do with the normal fabric labels?

    At the moment no, our labels are all printed on the same satin fabric. We may introduce more in the future, but for now, this is the best choice. The labels are all cut the same way. You can order the fabric of your choice and make the labels yourself, but we do not cut different fabric into label format.

  • Eco friendly Printing

    How is your fabric printing eco-friendly?

    With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are all printed using completely water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat fixing procedure fixes the colours and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility in London where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfilment. Rather than roll the fabrics, or send them in a tube, we fold them before they are sent out to you. This saves over 150 tubes a week, as well as a lot of space on the delivery van. (For delicate fabrics we ensure to package appropriately).

  • colour palette

    Why are there slight colour differences between my orders?

    We work at improving our colour profiles all the time. Though rare it may happen that from one print run to another, and there could be slight colour differences, this is normal and part of the process when we are constantly improving. It is extremely unlikely that there will be a huge difference (like orange instead of red for example). Please bear in mind such colour variations can be intensified from fabric to fabric due to the varying grains and textures of the fabric; natural fabrics tend to have more muted colours than their poly alternatives. This is due to the construction of the materials as well as the print methods that have to be altered slightly for more delicate, natural textiles.

Sizing For Hemming And Shrinkage

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We have a full Cut & Sew service here at Contrado, and are able to hem your fabric prints for a small additional charge. We create a small one- or two-fold hem that typically uses 5 to 20mm of material, depending on the thickness of the fabric. So, for example, if you want a finished piece of fabric that measures 100 x 100cm, you will need to order a size of 101.5cm x 101.5cm to allow for the hem (on top of that please also allow for shrinkage of min 2%). The thicker the fabric, the bigger the hem will be. You can choose to have your prints hemmed with either Black or White thread. On our silk and other light woven fabrics, one hemmed edge will be straight (vertically down the roll) and the other will be slightly rippled. The hemming material allowances are as follows and you need to make your print bigger to accommodate the hem:

  • Light Fabrics (20-100gsm): For silks and other light fabrics, we use 6-8mm in the hem (2 fold), so overall width/height will be minus 12-16mm
  • Medium Fabrics (101-200gsm): For medium-weight fabrics that fray, we use 15-20mm in the hem (2 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 35-40mm
  • Stiff/Heavy/No-fray fabrics: we use 15-20mm in the hem (1 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 35-40mm
All of these measurements are approximate and can vary. Including with shrinkage, it can mean a fairly significant difference to ordered dimensions, so please plan your print accordingly. Depending on how open the weave is, our fabric can shrink anywhere from 2% to 8% with the average being 2.5%.

How Would you Like the Edge?

We have four finishing options for your fabric order: 
  • As it comes. We cut around your image, leaving a simply scissor cut, perhaps uneven white fabric border. 
  • Hem with thread. We can hem your fabric with a choice of black or white thread. Please allow 1-2 days of additional production time. See below for information on how hemming affects the size of your print. We offer an overlock hem, as well as a folded hem (one or two fold depending on the fabric) however not all fabrics, are suited to both hem types. If you can see both options, it means both are suitable, and you will be able to choose whichever you prefer. 
  • Cut on the line. We will cut neatly on the edge of your design. This means that if you have a border around your design we will cut around that border, if your design takes the whole space of the fabric, then we will neatly cut around the edge of that image. Please be aware, when we cut along the line, we have to cut against the grain of the fabric. This is the standard procedure for fabric cutting. This means that with some fabrics, for example, Georgette and Mulmul, which have a slight wave in them, some fraying will occur. This is unavoidable, as the cut follows the grain of the textile. 
All of our fabrics are cut manually by hand, with the utmost care and attention. If your fabric has a slightly uneven look on the edges or a touch of fraying, this does not indicate a flaw in the textile. It is not always possible to achieve a perfect straight cut with certain fabrics, so please do bear this in mind when it comes to your design. If you have any queries or would like to know about our cutting methods in more detail, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to discuss them with you. 

For further information about our fabrics see our FAQs

Please note: As everything we provide is handmade to order, you may find a slight variance in the sizes. 

Delivery time & Costs

Production times

We handmake your item on site, which takes on average 1-2 days. Please check individual production times which are displayed next to the item price on the product page, as this varies from product to product. In rare cases when we need to re-print an item, this may take an additional 1-2 days.

Shipping methods

After your item has been manufactured, we ship your order via your chosen method. Please add on the production time to the delivery time to calculate when your order will be with you. Select your delivery method in your basket.

We have a range of trusted shipping options:
  • Royal Mail 1st Class Standard (no tracking) - 1-5 working days on average (please note that this can take up to 15 working days in exceptional circumstances).
  • Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded (no tracking) – Usually delivered the next working day. It is not a guaranteed next day service, or a tracked service. A signature is required. (Please note that this can take up to 15 working days in exceptional circumstances).
  • Special Delivery – Delivered the next working day
  • Saturday Delivery (deliver only on Sat)
  • Collection from our London Office (between 4-6pm on working days only)
  • For international orders or large/bulky packages within the UK, we ship via DHL or Fedex services. This takes on average 2-5 working days.
You can then enjoy or resell your hand-made products with your very own designs.

You can also read more about our terms & conditions and refund policy. 

Make use of our Manufacturing and Worldwide Shipping Experience

At Contrado, every product is handmade on site to ensure the highest quality. We provide a dedicated production service as well as a range of fast delivery options. For the past 14 years, we have printed and hand-made countless personalised products for a wide range of customers all over the world and many of them have become loyal customers who love not only our products but also the care, knowledge and dedication from our staff.

A speedy Special Delivery service is available where your item will delivered within one working day, after it has been manufactured.