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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. 

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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 Limited Edition Men’s World Cup T-Shirt captures the spirit of this year’s competition perfectly with its vibrant mix of the Brazilian colours and a fun football text design. Available in sizes small to extra-large, it’s the perfect summer-friendly option for football fans, and with a 100% cotton build, it’s a comfortable, lightweight choice for the warmer months too.

If your little ones are as excited about the World Cup as you are, these 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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Summer-Proof Your Kids With Our Top Seasonal Picks

Whether it’s the extended school holiday or sunny trips out with family and friends, kids have a lot to be excited about when it comes to summer. To make sure that they’re ready to get out and about and make the most of the warmer weather, we’ve gathered together our top picks for sun-friendly children’s clothing and accessories, covering everything from headwear to footwear.

Although the summer sunshine offers many positive benefits, prolonged exposure can also lead to sunburn and whole host of more serious ailments, particularly when children’s sensitive skin is concerned. Suncream goes a long way to battling harmful UV rays, but a peaked cap such as this Just Cool Children’s Baseball Cap can help to add further protection, and this Beechfield Legionnaire Hat goes the extra mile to shield kid’s necks too.

Lightweight clothing is a must for the summertime, and that’s certainly no exception for kids. Made from 100% cotton and available in a choice of six vibrant colours, this Contrast Piped Short Sleeve T-Shirt is the perfect choice for boys, and this Floral Pattern Summer Dress is a cute summer-friendly option for girls looking to keep cool and have fun in the sun.
Whether it’s the beach or the pool, at home or abroad, summer is the perfect time for kids and adults alike to take to the water. Boasting a netted inner lining and a trendy Hawaiian design, these Boys Palm Tree Board Shorts are a great option for trips to the coast, and with its stretchy build and high UV protection, this Aqua Sphere Cabana Swimsuit will ensure that girls are ready for the beach when term time draws to a close.

Beach towels are another important consideration for parents taking kids to the coast, and these Children’s Microfibre Towel Ponchos put a spin on the traditional summer staple, turning them into wearable garment. With a host of different styles for girls and boys including pirates, starfish, strawberries and sun glasses, they’re as as fun as they are as effective, and can also work to keep kids warm if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Effective summer footwear needs to offer proper ventilation without compromising on comfort. Sandals and flip-flops are the go-to choice for many a parent, but with a built-in light-up toe, these Boys Skechers Street Lightz Sandals offer something a little different, and will ensure that kids are the envy of their friends. For girls, these Floso Flower Trim Flip Flops are great for easy on-off access, and even boast synthetic flower detailing on the toe strap, perfect for the ultimate girly girl.

Be sure to check out our full range of children’s clothing at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Happy Easter From Universal Textiles

Whether it’s to mark the end of a long, hard winter, the onset of Crème Egg season or for its special religious significance, Easter is a great time for a spring celebration. But if you or your loved ones are trying to curb your chocolate intake this year, we at Universal Textiles have a whole host of non-edible gift ideas that will make perfect Easter presents. Check out our Easter gift guide below!

Pastel shades are perfect for venturing out into the springtime sunshine, and whether you or your loved ones are hitting the golf course or heading out for a leisurely country walk, this B&C Short Sleeve Polo Shirt is the ideal choice for mens and womens casual wear this Easter. Available in soft shades of blue, green, yellow, pink and many more, it’s a great way to usher in the warmer weather and feel the sun on your skin this bank holiday.

Nothing quite says Easter like the arrival of baby animals to our farms and fields nationwide. But if welcoming the real thing into your home doesn’t appeal to you, why not opt instead for the Mumbles Lamb Baby Comforter? A perfect Easter gift for new parents, this soft fabric blanket is sure to bring a smile to the faces of your younger friends and family with its lovable cuddly design.

With this year’s spring-time weather still proving to be rather unpredictable, this Henbury Lambswool Sweater is the perfect choice for keeping any unexpected windy spells at bay. Renowned for it’s soft, comforting build and stylish finish, the 100% lambswool design (available in mens and womens sizes) carries a 9 gauge knit and a Woolmark accreditation, ensuring quality with each purchase.

Another furry friend that’s come to be synonymous with our yearly Easter celebrations is the bunny rabbit. With that in mind, this Mumbles Rabbit Soft Toy is another ideal gift for those with a soft spot for all things cute and cuddly. Whilst we can’t guarantee that he’ll deliver you any eggs, it might just draw the real Easter Bunny a little closer to your door.

These Girls Rabbit Slippers are another great way to celebrate the season and raise a few smiles along the way. These comfy indoor shoes are a sure to sooth tired feet after your little ones return from their half term adventures, and with a cute rabbit design, they’re an excellent choice for a fun, kid-friendly gift this Easter.

For further gift inspiration, be sure to check out 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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Choosing Faux Silk Curtains

You may be thinking about redecorating, and if you’re changing your colour scheme, you might want to think about changing your curtains. Why not choose some faux silk curtains?

Faux is the French word for false and when used with a fabric it simply means that it has the look and feel of the fabric that it is supposed to resemble but it is usually a synthetic fibre. Faux silk curtains have the look and feel of silk and ensures a luxurious touch without the luxury price tag.

The styles that are available come in a variety of colours and come complete with linings and tiebacks to ensure that the room has a ‘finished’ look. These are made from 100% Polyester, which is a synthetic fibre and which is designed to be long lasting and easy to care for while the linings are a blend of Polyester and Cotton. The faux silk curtains can be machine washed at a temperature of 30°c.

The curtains can be used in any room in the house and look great in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. As they are one simple colour it is easy to find a pair of curtains that will enhance any chosen colour scheme and they also look great in neutral rooms, where they can be used to add a touch of colour. Browse our range here.

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Choosing Cushions

Cushions are a staple of soft furnishings, mostly used either in the bedroom or the living room. Cushions can instantly change the feel of a room making it much more cosy and comfortable.

Cushions are a very old element of furniture, they were used a lot in the palaces and great houses of the early middle ages and were usually big items covered with leather and served as a seat. Cushions in the modern day have designs and come in many different shapes and styles.

We have cushions for decorating your living room or bedroom and also have children’s character cushions for your little boy or girl. Browse our range here.

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Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom

Children’s rooms should be fun and comfortable. Incorporate their tastes or favourite characters into the room, but at the same time keep the décor flexible enough for when your child grows up. Here are some tips for creating a perfect bedroom:

Use colourful curtains – Curtains instantly transform the room, use bright colours as these make the room look sharper and cleaner.
• Play with toys – This adds decoration and saves on storage. Use hooks to hang large toys and add shelves to display smaller ones.
• Paint – Add prints or drawings of your child’s favourite character. If you’re feeling brave, considering painting a theme directly onto the walls, such as princesses or cars.
• Accessorise – If your child has a favourite cartoon character, buy cushions or other accessories in the range. These will help draw the room together.
• Photos – Family pictures, certificates or holiday snaps personalise the room for your child.
• Bedding – The bed is usually the focal point of the room so select your bedding to create the theme of the room. Buy sheets, pillows and duvets in bright colours that can be mixed and matched. Our bedding usually comes as part of range where matching items are available.
• Night sky – Turn your child’s bedroom into a magical galaxy with glow in the dark stars or planets. This is a good energy saving alternative to a night-light.
• Books – Include educational items such as books, charts and toys so that your child can be learning while having fun.

We have a wide range of items to make your child’s bedroom amazing.

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Choosing Tablecloths

Tablecloths can brighten up a kitchen or dining room. For many families, their daily lives can revolve around the kitchen table, for play time, homework and meal times.

Tablecloths are usually made from Linen or PVC which can be put in the washing machine or wiped clean. In medieval times a high quality white linen or cotton cloth was an important element of preparing for a feast and showed wealth and status.

Our table clothes are available in a round or rectangular options in either linen or cotton in a variety of colours, ideal to suit any table or occasion.

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