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Our Festival Survival Guide

With Glastonbury only five days away and a whole host of other fun festivals coming our way over the summer months, now is the perfect time to pick up the essential items you’ll need to make it through the season in one piece. We’ve gathered together our top picks from our extensive range of clothing and accessories, with styles for men and women all at great prices. Check out our festival survival guide below!

Although it’s often hard to guarantee what the weather will do on the day, it’s always best to come prepared for the worst. This Splashmacs Adult Rain Poncho is the perfect remedy to a sudden rainstorm, with drawstring fasteners and a pop stud placket to really keep the damp at bay. Available in a choice of clear PVC or seven vibrant colours, it can even fold away conveniently into a handy carry case when conditions improve.

A sturdy backpack is the best way of keeping your valuables with you whilst on the move, whether it’s travelling to your festival of choice or zipping between your tent and the stage. This Bagbase Heritage Retro Rucksack is a stylish choice for festivalgoers of all ages, and comes with a storage capacity of 18 litres, perfect for holding onto everything from water bottles and umbrellas to spare jumpers and coats.

If you’re planning on camping out during a multi-day festival, comfortable and warm bedding is a must. In addition to sleeping bags and pillows, blankets are a great way of keeping snug and adding extra warmth if needed. With a super soft build and an anti-pilling finish, this Result Plain Outdoor Fleece Blanket is the perfect choice for a great night’s sleep, and comes in a choice of four colours.

Last but definitely not least, the all-important British festival staple; the wellington boots. With thousands of feet churning up the field, wellingtons  can be a life-saver if the weather takes a turn for the worst. These unisex Dunlop Wellington Boots are the perfect choice to keep feet warm and dry, and at just £12.20, they’re an effective and affordable option. For those wishing to be a little more adventurous, these Cotswold Ladies Sandringham Wellingtons are a vibrant, colourful choice, with striking pink and purple shades on offer, as well as metallic silver and gold.

Next week customers can get an extra 15% off top summer staples including Wellies, Raincoats, Backpacks, Summer Hats and Dresses when you spend over £30 by using voucher code VP43JVB7 at the checkout. 

Check out our full range of clothing and home textiles at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Grab Some Football Bargains With Our World Cup Gift Guide

It’s official, the 2014 World Cup has arrived! To celebrate the efforts of all the teams that have gathered in Brazil to battle it out over the next four weeks we’ve selected our top football-friendly picks from our range of clothing and accessories, with everything from socks to duvet sets all at great prices. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for the football fanatic in your life, there’s something for everyone. Happy shopping!

If you’re not able to make it to Brazil to catch the action in person this year, fear not! This Kids England Football Design Trainer Socks are the perfect way for them to show their support. Available in both girls and boys designs, the colourful mix of football patterns and England text motifs are sure to go down well with kids, and their cotton rich build will ensure that smaller feet are comfortable and protected throughout the World Cup and beyond.

If you want to support your favourite team without pushing the boat out when it comes to pricey official football shirts, these SOLS Short Sleeve T-Shirts are a subtle but effective way of donning your favourite country’s colours. With designs for men and women in a wide selection of vibrant shades, they’re also a great choice for casual summer wear, and with prices starting at just £2.45, there’s little reason to say no!

This official England Football Double Duvet is a fun and functional option for die hard
England supporters, and with a comfortable polyester build and matching pillowcases, you’ll be able to grab a great night’s sleep after each and every game. If you’re looking to take your support further afield, these St. George Car Flags are the perfect patriotic choice. With two flags per pack, they’re easy to clip onto any car door, ensuring that everyone knows who you’re supporting this year.

Check out our full range of England merchandise and more at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Stress Free Spring Cleaning

Springtime can mean many things to many people. Whether it’s the celebration of new life or simply the end of a long, hard winter, there are lots of things to look forward to (including those Easter eggs). However, it can also mean that spring cleaning is on the horizon. But if the idea of shifting sofas and spending hours de-cluttering doesn’t really appeal to you, check out our guide to giving your home an easy and affordable face lift.

A great way to make a big difference in your home is to rethink your existing colour schemes. Tired of a bland, beige living room? Spice things up with a few touches of red by pairing these Fleur De Lis Design Cushion Covers with these Copper Red Luxury Faux Silk Curtains. Little changes like this are sure to make an impact in your room of choice, without the hassle of removing and replacing larger items.

Getting your kids involved with the yearly clear-out may seem a near impossible task, but one way to ease the transition is to include some familiar, friendly faces in their re-designed rooms, and make sure that they have some input too! Whether it’s the Ben 10 Duvet Set, these Hello Kitty Storage Boxes or the Thomas The Tank Engine Floor Mat, whatever they’re into, there’s something for everyone!

Tired of tatty old textiles lurking in the bathroom? Replacing your towel set is another great way to add new life to a room with minimal effort. The 6 Piece Embroidered Cotton Towel Gift Set will do the job nicely, and at 100% cotton, comfort and quality are guaranteed. Try pairing these with this 2 Piece Fish Pattern Bath And Pedestal Mat Set to easily refresh your bathroom.

When it comes to bedrooms, comfort is a must. So if you’re tired of itchy winter bedspreads and looking to add a few new, stylish touches, there’s no better time than now. This Flower Pattern Embroidered Quilt And Duvet Set will do the job nicely, and in single, double and king size, you can bring a new look to your bedroom however big or small. Try matching this with these Flock Print Tab Top Curtains to give the room a fashionable, modern look.

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Children’s Stocking Fillers from Universal Textiles!

With Christmas just around the corner, you’ll be looking for those extra stocking fillers for the kids this Christmas. Featuring many of their favourite characters and brands at prices you’ll love, find great Christmas gifts at Universal Textiles. Choose from a wide range of Children’s clothing and accessories, including Onesies, Bedding, Sweaters and much more. Below we review a select few of these products.

A real favourite amongst kids, this Angry Birds Hat, Gloves and Scarf Set would make a great stocking filler. Featuring the star characters of the original Angry Birds games, this warm winter set will be great for wrapping up on the cold walks to school in the new year.

We have a large selection of Kid’s Onesies in multiple colours and designs. Always a hit on Christmas morning, our range of high quality Onesies include these Fireman Sam and Barbie design Onesies. Made from a snug fleece fabric, these Oneises both come in two designs. With a zip through front and ribbed cuffs, these Onesies are both warm and comfortable.

One of our most popular ranges is our selection of Children’s Character Bedding. This high quality bedding can be found at some of the cheapest prices online. One set in this range is this Toy Story Bedding Set. This set includes a single duvet cover and pillowcase and has a reversible design, giving them twice as much Toy Story to enjoy!

Lastly, prepare them for the new school term with one of our lunch boxes. This Moshi Monster Lunch Box has proved to be a hit with Kids as well as parents due to its easy clean design! The lunch box has a strong fabric handle and a name tag on the back.

So avoid the last minute rush this Christmas and do your Christmas shopping on Universal Textiles today.

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Choosing Children’s Bedding

With so many brands and designs, it can be difficult knowing the right Kid’s Bedding to choose. Here at Universal Textiles we offer a great range at competitive prices, with junior, single and double bedding sets available. From One Direction to Ben 10, we’ve got bedding we’re sure your kids will love. Below are just some of the products on offer.

We have several new additions to our collection of Kid’s Bedding, including this One Direction Double Duvet Set. Unsurprisingly an instant hit with customers, this cotton blend set includes a double duvet cover and two pillowcases. Adorned with an image of the bands five members, the “Crush” duvet set would make the perfect gift for many a “Directioner” this summer.

Another new arrival comes from one of the highest grossing films of recent times. The Avengers Assemble Reversible Duvet Set allows your kids to see their favourite Marvel Comics characters. Whether it be The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor or their companions, the reversible designs feature all the stars of the film. This set is made for a single bed from 100% polyester.

An exceedingly popular item with customers next, the Boys Camouflage Duvet Set is perfect for those trying to hide from their parents come the school run in September! The cotton blend single duvet set represents great value at just £11.95 and can be matched with the Valance Sheet, Fitted Sheet and Curtains also available on our website, making the perfect environment for any budding young soldiers.

Another girls set next, in the form of this Hello Kitty Double Duvet Set. An ever popular brand, the “Hearts” design features the famous Hello Kitty character upon two backdrops of black and bright pink. Made from cotton blend, this soft and comfortable set would be ideal for your kid’s summer sleepovers.

Finally, we have two brands which are ever popular on our site. We have several Ben 10 duvet sets, including this Ben 10 Alien Force Duvet Set. As with much of our bedding, we also offer a fantastic range of Ben 10 pyjamas, making the Ben 10 fan truly prepared for a great nights sleep!

We also have a great range of Peppa Pig sets, fitted for both single and junior beds. One such product is this Peppa Pig Junior Duvet Set, which would be a great addition to a young girl’s first bedroom.

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Children’s Bedding

Your child’s bedroom is a place where they should feel safe, comfortable and entertained. A great way to do this is by introducing their favourite character into their bedroom design, but doing this every time they get a new favourite character becomes a costly nightmare. Adding a character duvet set is an easy way to ensure that the child has the style they want and your budget remains intact when their tastes change.

Popular children’s duvet cover bedding sets at the moment include Bart Simpson, Fireman Sam, In the Night Garden, Winnie the Pooh, Peppa Pig, My Little Pony, and Bob the Builder. Disney characters remain popular and feature Disney Princesses and Fairies, and Cars. No matter what the child’s tastes, there is a set to suit. Fortunately, these are available at reasonable prices, and great quality, so giving the child the design they love will not cost the earth.

The sets that we sell at Universal Textiles, include a duvet cover and pillowcase of a standard size. Some designs are made with Polyester and Cotton. This is ideal for those who prefer a natural fibre but want the same benefits offered by a synthetic one. Browse our range here.

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Children’s Bedding

A new bedding set can really refresh your child’s bedroom, instead of having to spend too much on paint and new furniture.

We stock a wide variety a children’s character bedding, featuring everyone from the Disney Fairies to the Toy Story gang to Ben 10, to suit every child from a little princess to a spaceman to an explorer! Whatever your child is into, we are sure to have something to match their favourite character or film.

We also stock a lot of matching items to really bring together the new look of the bedroom. We have play mats and rugs for your child to play on, curtains which match the bedding and cushions and fleece blankets to further decorate the bed.

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The Advantages of Mattress Protectors

Mattress protectors can be purchased to fit all sizes of beds and come in a range of styles.  Prices will vary according to the size of the protector and the type, but the cost is very reasonable when compared with the cost of replacing mattresses.  Not everyone can afford to replace a mattress when it begins to get uncomfortable and a protector can be the obvious solution.

The available mattress protectors also come in different fabric counts.  Percale is the name used for fabric that is often used in bedding materials.  The word is a reference to the weave of the fabric so the actual fibres used will vary, with some being a blend of natural fibres and synthetic fibres and others will be only natural fibres.   Anyone considering this particular type of mattress protector can choose from a 200 or a 330 percale.

The 200 percale is 100% cotton for the top and reverse fabrics, the filling, and the skirt of the mattress protector.  On the 330 percale, it is 100% cotton for the top and reverse fabrics but 100% polyester for the filling and the skirt.

A mattress protector can add to the level of comfort experienced by the user, and these are machine washable.  There is no danger of the filling moving around as close quilting has been used to keep it in place and the protector is easy to care for.  With proper care, it should last for a couple of years and will help to ensure a good night’s sleep.

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Choosing the Right Embroidered Duvet Sets

In recent years, the cost of embroidered duvet sets has come down in price remarkably and it is now possible to purchase good quality sets without breaking the bank.  Embroidered sets are particularly fashionable at the moment and are considered elegant.  The right duvet set can finish off the design of a room and these can easily be chosen to complement or contrast with the colours on the walls.  As they are easily changed, the style of the room can also change regularly, so there is no danger of getting bored with it.

Reversible duvet sets are a great option as it is effectively two designs in one purchase.  The sets come in a variety of sizes including single, double, and king size.  The double and king size sets will include two pillowcases in a matching design.  The embroidered duvet covers are best if choosing a good quality fabric.  The higher the thread count, the better quality the fabric is, and a number of sets that are available will have a thread count of around 200.

Simple designs are often best for those who prefer a minimalist look.  Popular colours at the moment include jewel-coloured fabrics in purples and emerald greens, although the softer teal is a favourite. These colours can be picked out with other accessories in the room such as curtains and rugs, all of which can be changed if the homeowner changes their mind about the décor.

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Freshen Up for Spring

With spring right around the corner, many people decide it is time to sort out their homes, put away the winter woollies and fleecy bedcovers for something lighter and much cooler on those warm nights. Bedding is one of the first things to be changed when spring rolls around. Gone are the flannelette sheets and thick duvets, and out comes the cotton covers. Cotton and polyester blend sheets and covers are machine washable making them easy to keep clean.

Kids bedding comes in a range of designs suitable for any child’s bedroom décor. Adorning a little girls room with princess bed covers or a little boys room with Star Wars themed bedding also helps to make the room a great place to play and let their imagination run wild. Bold pinks, deep blues, and a whole rainbow of colours in between can brighten any child’s room in time for summer.

There is also a fantastic range of fresh and fancy styles of bedding for the grown-ups too. The bedding comes in several sizes suitable for double beds, king size beds and super king size beds. Some of the designs also come in single bed sizes making them perfect for a guest room.

Changing the bedding of a home to suit the seasons can help the home to remain cosy yet fresh looking. Choosing a style for the bedroom that also has matching accessories such as curtains can help to carry the flow of the style through the room for a touch of elegance.

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