Fabric is such a wonderful material to work with for hand-made creations for the home. I love going to stores and seeing rows upon rows of fabric in all colors imaginable, lovely floral and graphic prints, and possibly all kinds of textures! Fabric is versatile, too, as it allows you to create a variety of items from unique card designs and decor to adorn walls to necessities like throw pillows and personalized clothes.
Just looking at textiles stimulates my creative juices so much so that I try out new craft projects whenever I could. I have more than a few items of my little girl which started out as simple clothes but were transformed into adorable fashion wear with a creative touch from me.
Some might say that DIY projects that involve fabrics are only for those who have learned the art of sewing or those who have a sewing machine). With the following projects, you don’t need to be a master of using the needle and thread since you can do just as well in producing crafts from fabric even without sewing.
Wall Décor and Furniture Accents
With its vast array of designs, fabric is perfect for adding flair to your home using wall decor. Look for fabric that has a charming motif and that fits your character and overall home or specific room design. Just cut a portion of the textile you want, maybe a big, ornate pattern, and mount it in a solid-colored frame. Or you can cut out simple images (like a butterfly profile), cut different pieces of cloth, paste them on thick or sturdy paper to fill in the cut-out image, and then frame it.
You can also make usable wall items minus the frames. Using a staple gun, cover a Styrofoam board with a pretty piece of cloth, attach a ribbon at the top to hang it from, then mount it on a bedroom door as a cute board for notes.
Another way of brightening up simple home furniture is by accenting it with fabric. Bookshelves and closets become room décor while still serving their purpose when you line them with fabric. In the same thread, you can cover a corner table with fabric to add a pop of color to the room.
Unique Tote Bag
Make a DIY fashionable tote bag and go to the supermarket in style. With Martha Stewart’s simple but stylish no-sew bag, all you need is some Ultrasuede fabric and a craft knife. Download the bag template from Martha’s website, cut away, and you’ve got yourself a tote bag! What’s great about this bag is that it is sturdy enough for vegetables and fruits but easily folds up so you can put it in your purse or handbag.
Pillow cases are another item you can easily make from fabric without sewing. You can use heat-bond or fusible tape to make personalized pillow cases for throw pillows or for your bedroom pillows. One advantage of doing this is that you can choose a gorgeous fabric that you can’t find being sold as a commercial pillow case.
Centsationalgirl.com suggests using pretty cloth napkins that are available in exquisite designs but are cheap. Purchase two matching cloth napkins in the size of your choice and some fusible web. With basic cutting and ironing skills, you can have pillow cases for your living room throw pillows in no time.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to fabric projects for your house. With duct tape, a staple gun, and fusible tape, you can cut and paste your way to creating fantastic handicrafts for your home without sewing.