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Weekend Fabric Projects

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Beautiful Bulletin Board

Fabric is one of the hardest-working and most versatile decorating tools we have at our disposal. I’m sharing three quick, no-sew projects that will have you adding pattern and color to your home like a pro. First, this pretty-as-a-picture covered bulletin board.

What You’ll Need:

  • A corkboard (ones with no frame work best)
  • 1-2 yards of fabric (depending on the size of your corkboard)
  • Fabric scissors
  • A glue gun and glue sticks
  • Approximately 4 yards of leather trim (optional)
  • 40 nail heads (optional)

1. Begin by positioning your fabric on top of the corkboard.

2. Wrap the edges of the fabric around the back of the board, and secure them with glue.

3. Cut four lengths of leather trim long enough to run along the length or width of the board with 1-2 extra inches to wrap around the back. Position the trim in place, and secure with glue. For added detail you can embellish with nail heads evenly distributed along the trim.

Tip: You will need about 4″ of extra fabric all around the board to fold and glue onto the back.

Resources: Nail heads and trim from M & J Trimming. Corkboard from The Container Store

Colorful Seat Cushion

Revamp an old chair with a fabric you love. I especially like the eclectic look of this traditional-print fabric paired with a modern chair. Here’s how to get the look…

What You’ll Need:

  • A chair (one with a simple-to-remove seat works best)
  • At least 1 yard of fabric (depending on the size of the seat)
  • Fabric scissors
  • A staple gun
  • Paint (optional)

1. Begin by removing the seat from your chair. If you plan on painting your chair, now is a good time to do it. For maximum impact, choose a color present in your fabric.

2. Position the fabric on the seat in the desired position, and fold the extra fabric around to the back of the seat. Secure with the staple gun, pulling the fabric taut as you go.

Tip: Spotlight your favorite part of the pattern by centering it on the seat.

3. Trim away excess fabric, and reattach the seat.

Elegant Lampshade

Revive an old (or new) lamp by dressing up the shade with a cinched fabric design. I especially love the understated look of a solid fabric. It adds soft, subtle texture.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 yard of light gray fabric
  • 1 yard of light pink fabric
  • 1 13″ x 14″ x 9″ white paper drum shade (not pictured)
  • Fabric scissors
  • A glue gun and glue sticks
  • Spray mount
  • 14 1/4″ silver decorative rings
  • 3 yards of 1″ light gray twill tape or ribbon
  • Iron
  • Ruler or measuring tape

1. Begin by cutting 14 rectangles, each 10″ x 4 1/2″, out of your light gray fabric.

2. With the right (front) side of the fabric facing down, iron back the long edges of each rectangle 1/4″ along each side.

3. Using your light pink fabric, cut out a 15″ x 52″ rectangle. This will wrap the long way around the shade to form the underlayer of your design.

4. To attach the light pink fabric, mist the outside of the shade with spray mount, and neatly wrap the light pink rectangle around it. Cut off the excess from the top and bottom of the shade, and place it aside.

5. Cinch your gray rectangles by threading them through the decorative rings.

6. Use your glue gun to attach the cinched gray strips to the bottom inside edge of the shade. Repeat the processes along the top edge.

7. Finish by gluing twill tape or ribbon to seal the raw edges on the inside top and bottom of the shade.

Resources: Lampshade from Just Shades. Decorative rings from Toho Shoji.

(Photography by Nicole LaMotte)


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