Fathers’ Day at Emporia


There’s only a couple of weeks left before you have to come up with some brilliant idea of what you can buy your old man to make him feel special on Fathers’ Day. Buying presents for most men is always an uphill struggle as they claim to want nothing more than to be left alone in the shed with some beer/watch the football with some beer/pretend to be someone from the Lord of the Rings or an SAS type on the X-Box, with some beer etc. But fear not – we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you give Dad the kind of treats he deserves for putting up with you and your siblings.


You may not think that a crafty shop is the obvious place to buy manly gifts, but you would be wrong. What spectacle wearing father could be disappointed in a delightful glasses case decorated with anchors? Especially if he is a nautical type. We’ve also got notebooks covered with these rather dapper gentlemen – perfect for keeping track of who’s in which round of the World Cup, or taking notes on the beers he likes and doesn’t like from a real ale festival.


For those that want to get crafting and make their dads a present with their own fair hands, look no further than the vintage patterns box. Check out these cool dudes and their funky flares! Make him a full three piece suit if you are feeling adventurous, or just opt for a crazy tie for him to show off at work. There’s nothing dads like more than strutting their stuff in something made by their creative children, especially in the office – although if he work’s somewhere quite conservative, I would steer clear of some of the more adventurous prints, unless he really likes getting attention.

And if all of those look a bit too much like hard work, you could always make him a sophisticated smoking jacket style dressing gown, or what about a snazzy pair of summer pyjama bottoms from some of our funky fabrics.


For dads that like to keep things simple, we have a full range of plain coloured cotton at £6.50 a metre, or there are the subtle dice pattern prints from Makower at £12.00 a metre. And for those that like their music, take a look at the guitar and musical note fabrics from Makower at £11.00 a metre.


And if your dad is one to make a statement with his clothing, no matter what time of day or night, these bright and bold prints of glasses and cameras (Michael Miller), cassette tapes and records (Riley Blake) at £14.00 will make some of the funkiest pyjamas around.


For inspiration on making your own pattern for Fathers’ Day pyjama bottoms, take a look at this link which talks you through the basics of self design. Or you could always simply make up a pattern from a pair he already owns. Either way he is sure to be touched that you wanted to give him something hand made to tell him how fab he really is.


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