Some Great Sewing Guides I’ve Found Today!

Hi everyone!

I found some great guides online today which I’m going to attempt to do myself this weekend.

How To Make Lined Curtains

How To Make A Cushion Cover With A Zip

I actually found these two guides by mistake, I was actually looking on Selby Soft Furnishings I ended up looking through quite a lot of their site as well. There’s a lot of really nice fabrics on there but what really caught my eye was their sewing guides.

How To Make Scatter Cushions

How To Make a Simple Set of Curtains

They’re really good and detailed, especially for someone new to sewing. I’ve already given them to my daughter so she can make herself some cushions and curtains for her bedroom.

 

My Scatter Cushions

Unfortunately, I still haven’t got around to making those vintage scatter cushions just yet but I hope to do so this week!

These cushions were made a few weeks back. The cloth is from Ebay mainly and I believe the pink cushions is an old Dunelm’s cloth I’ve had lying around for a couple of years. I’ll hopefully get the vintage cushion covers done this week.

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I hope you like them, I can’t wait to make more soon.

Wonderful Fabric From Selby

Sorry for the slow update on this. We’ve had a very hectic Christmas and I now have a new grandson so I haven’t had much time.

I got my sample for the vintage fabric I was talking about earlier in the month from Selby. What a lovely service they provide, very helpful when I rung up to ask what they knew about the fabric. The sample arrived very quickly and it was just perfect. the quality is really good so I’ve ordered some of it and if there’s any left I’ll likely order more. I haven’t found anything that compares with it on Ebay.

I should have the cushions made this weekend all going well! I’ve been struggling a little bit with the fabric as it keeps sliding under my machine, but I’m sure the final result will be worth the wait!

Some Really Nice Vintage Upholstery Fabrics

gold vintage upholstery fabricI’ve always loved vintage fabrics but it’s getting harder and harder to find them.

I still look on Ebay occasionally but the majority of them aren’t genuine vintage and you can often tell by the widths of the fabrics. The genuine upholstery fabrics are much more narrow (the looms weren’t as wide as they are now). I wanted some vintage upholstery fabric to create some new cushions to match my living room and I’ve found one that will look perfect.

It’s sold by selbysoftfurnishings.com and is priced at £15 per metre and I’ve ordered a free sample of it.

I also noticed they sold scatter cushions in the same fabric, which look really good, but I really wanted to make my own!

What’s happened to Dunelms?

I haven’t been in Dunelms for a couple of years. I used to go quite a lot with my youngest son who would drive me there and carry all the fabric I’d buy! :o)

Yesterday he asked me if wanted to go as we hadn’t been in a while as I’ve been buying most of my fabrics online. We went in to see what their selection was like and it wasn’t there anymore? They must have really cut back on selling fabric now. I always loved buying the clearance fabrics that used to have in the big bags. The fabric area has shrunk to almost nothing. The made to measure curtains they used to have on display are now gone. You can only choose from swatches, which is a real shame.

We had a look around but we didn’t see much, they seem to have moved more towards selling electricals. On the way out my son commented that a lot of people were coming out with 1 or 2 items. A few years back you’d see people coming out with bags. Perhaps the Internet has killed the market?There are lots of bargain fabrics online, most with free samples available so it’s fool proof and all from home.

There are lots of bargain fabrics online, most with free samples available so it’s fool proof and all from home.

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Curtains, The Need For Privacy And Warmth

The original idea of curtains was to keep the warmth within our homes and cold out. They were certainly a necessity, rather than for just decoration.

Curtains were once made from one piece of cloth which was then hung on a rod. The cloth had metal rings sewn to the top, which were then threaded onto the rod. The curtains were drawn from only one side of the window, unlike how they are commonly found these days. Back then, door curtains were far more common and made from thick tapestry. Bed curtains were also a common feature and again, were mainly used to keep you snug, warm and free from draughts. It did help of course that they looked quite pretty.

Nowadays the choice of curtain fabric is truly immense and long gone is the conventional way of thinking to dress windows. Anything goes, even those boring blinds that are so common these days.

paddle-curtain-designI recently saw an interesting design that featured an oar as the curtain pole. Certainly an innovative concept and fun to look at too. It’s nice to see some originality.

I wonder, do we still follow the tradition of changing from winter heavy weight to spring and summer light weight curtain fabrics? It was quite an occasion at the beginning of spring, taking down those dark, heavy curtains and replacing them with the light and bright floral curtains.

Washing those thick heavy winter curtains was certainly a task, but with the nicer weather on the horizon, we could finally be able to dry them outside! Or in the case of chenille fabric, having them dry cleaned. I remember my mother would always spoil the nice clean smell of our curtains by storing them away with moth balls (yuk)!

That nice clean smell would of course be long gone by October, when it was time to rehang them, ready for those cold winter nights.

Picking the Right Upholstery Fabric for a Busy Home

You are proudly inspecting the redone home décor and the new silk cushion covers are clearly the showstoppers.

Looks like you’ve earned boasting rights in the neighbourhood and you are itching to show it off to your friends. But there’s one thing that you didn’t account for, your child’s favourite Yoghurt tube.

There it is; a fist-sized stain right in the middle of the cushion. Oh wait, there’s more. Marvin, your pet Siamese has tracked in the best dirt of the yard into your home and right onto the cushion.

Your heart sinks as you see it and realise that no amount of paper-towel scrubbing is going to get rid of that.

The fact is that silk, despite its luxurious appearance is not the best of choices for everyday use especially if you have kids or pets in the house.

What you need is a resilient upholstery fabric that’s going to withstand an onslaught of staining liquids, dirt, dust, scratches and just about anything else that children or pets can subject it to.

Contrary to what most people believe, you do not need to compromise on the aesthetics.

Engineered vs. Natural Upholstery Fabric

For a long time, there were a limited number of resilient upholstery fabric choices which were mainly natural fabrics like cotton and jute. That’s no longer the case.

Today, engineered fabrics are a much better choice for everyday use and they are designed to mimic the appearance of their natural brethren. So there’s no tradeoff in aesthetics either.

They are waterproof, do not fade even when used in the sun and stains can be washed right off.

Does that sound like outdoor fabrics?

Well, you are not entirely wrong, because outdoor fabrics are slowly making their presence felt in living rooms.

We are not talking about the hard and waxy Sunbrella range of fabrics, though.

Viscose, polyester and solution-dyed acrylics are some of the upholstery fabrics in this category with polyester being the cheapest of them all.

One of the newer additions is Sensuede, an eco-friendly fabric made from recycled fibres that are almost impervious to wear and tear. So is vinyl which is so easy to clean no matter what you spill on it.

If you wish to go the natural fabric way, then leather is your best choice.

However, it does require frequent upkeep that may include conditioning using a leather conditioner at least once or twice a year. Scratches can be a problem if you are using leather upholstery with a smooth finish. Distressed leather is a better bet because small scratches will blend right into the natural crevices that are formed on it.

Also, it acquires a natural patina with time which accentuates the look of the fabric.

Styling

With an endless array of colours, textures and patterns to choose from, no matter what upholstery fabric you pick, styling should be the least of your concerns. However, it does pay to spend some time making wise colour choices because you will be living with it every day, possibly for a long time.

Trendy colours are voguish and will most likely look dated in a year from now. So, unless you plan to redo the cushion covers again next year, stick to timeless colours. Neutrals are the safest of them all. They are versatile and can be used anywhere in the house and have a pleasing and positive vibe about them.

From Home Catalogues To Online Shopping

cataloguesI think the catalogue has got to be an easy second to the industrial revolution.

The catalogue is a large book, full of things for you buy, all in one place and without the need to leave the house. This was the way forward, window shopping in the comfort of your own home. Hours spent wishing and hoping your budget would cover this gorgeous dress and pair of shoes.

The stores soon realised people were quite happy to choose items from a photograph and so, Argos and Index took advantage of this fact and opened store across the country. In theory, the idea of going to a shop, not seeing the item you’re buying other than from a tiny photograph in a catalogue in a corner all sounds fairly laughable, but the concept actually worked really well in practice.

The success of it mainly came down to the ability to buy pretty much anything you wanted, all under one roof. Brilliant at Christmas (although a nightmare as everyone else has the same idea!).

As the items are all stored in the warehouse to the rear, the storefront itself can be quite small. Occasionally of course you’d get the size of the item completely wrong and only realised this when the staff brought this rather small package to the collection desk. “That can’t be mine surely?”

The other downside to all this were the long queues and let’s not forget the store not having the item you want in stock, but not to worry, the one 20 miles away does!

Now we’ve taken a massive step forward with online shopping, going back to catalogue shopping from the comfort of your own home. What’s even better is the amount of information online that’s available to help you choose what you want. Detailed reviews and even videos showcasing many of the items you can buy online, not just from this country but from abroad too.

Just put in Google your requirements and hey presto, the world is your oyster.

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Giving your Home a Makeover with Cushion Covers

I read an interesting blog post the other week about changing your home décor to match the seasons. While the world around you transitions from a dull and drab winter to a bounty of colours each spring, why not spruce up your home to match it?

That sounds like a wonderful concept. But it’s the practicality and the economics that make most homeowners think twice before attempting such an exercise.

The question is, ‘Can you do that each year without breaking the bank?’

Well, giving your home a seasonal makeover does not necessarily mean that you have to do redo the furniture. The idea is to play around with colours and textures to reflect the changes that are happening around you.

And one of the best ways to do that is to switch around your cushion covers.

Cushion covers are the most underrated décor piece in the house.

It can instantly add colour and depth to an otherwise outdated furniture piece, be it a couch or an accent chair, you can mix and match them, you can switch them around the house and they are available in an endless number of designs.

Yet, if this is the first time that you are shopping for decorative cushion covers, there are a few aspects that need to be thought out well before you swipe the card.

The Style

Cushion covers are no longer limited to those mundane single-colored ungainly slip covers that strangely, were so popular. Today, you can pick trendy and casual designs to match or juxtapose your décor. Traditional seamless designs are passé. So, covers with decorative trims, tufting, ruffles, art prints, glitter or patterns make for a much better idea for that contemporary look. You can always add them to formal furniture pieces too.  When it comes to the fit, you have the option to pick one that hugs the cushion or one that loosely covers it and tucks around the back.

The Fabric

The style will largely be defined by the type of fabric that it is made of. It’s a given that everyday use will subject it to some amount of wear and tear. If you have kids or pets at home, that ‘some’ can turn into a ‘lot’. So, along with the aesthetics, you also need to keep durability in mind while selecting a cushion cover fabric. Luxurious fabric choices are silk, linen, velvet, chenille and even leather. But these are also pricier and will require frequent upkeep. Cotton, canvas and polyester are more suited for use in the living room or for floor cushions. These are easy to maintain and are inexpensive too.

Usage

You’ll need covers that are easy to remove, be it for maintenance or for swapping them around the house. The easiest one to use is the zippered cover where the zip is usually concealed under a piping. The other option is an envelope cover that has two layers of fabric on the back of the cushion that overlap each other and is typically Velcro covered. These are easier to remove as compared to zips but are generally used for occasional furniture pieces.

Last but not the least; always compare prices when you buy cushion covers. With some research, you should be able to redecorate your home in no time.

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my new blog! :o)

I really love fabric and in this blog I’ll share all the fabrics I love and own, as well as all the fabrics I really want too own too!

I’ll also share some of the guides and some of my own creations. I hope you like them!

 

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