Fun Ways to Decorate with Fabric

October 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm , by

Out of the corner of your eye, you see it: perfection. Maybe it’s just the right shade of purple to match that new duvet cover. Or a bold pattern with a jumble of colors that magically ties your whole living room together. Whatever the style, there’s nothing quite like the perfect piece of fabric. I can relate—I stumbled across the swatch at right a few months ago and haven’t been able to stop thinking about how great it would look with my sofa.

But now that I’ve made enough throw pillows to last a lifetime, I’m on the hunt for new ways to incorporate fabric into my decor. Here are my three favorite ideas (so far):

Homasote Bulletin Board

Cover a piece of Homasote with fabric to create a custom-made bulletin board. Homasote is environmentally friendly–it’s made from compressed recycled paper–and often used for sound-proofing, meaning it’s perfect if you want to muffle the music coming from next door. It’s available at most lumber stores (check here for local retailers). Just be sure to have your piece cut to size in the store since Homasote can be difficult and messy to cut at home. (Of course, you can also cover a basic cork board.) Check out the post at High-Heeled Foot in the Door for a step-by-step how-to. She did hers in white canvas and yellow rick rack, pictured above, but any fabric would work.

Custom-Covered Lampshade

Recover a lampshade to add custom detail to a room or spruce up an old lamp base. Trace an outline of the original shade on the back of your fabric, adding an inch at the seam line so you can fold the extra under for a clean edge. You can use spray adhesive or fabric glue to attach the fabric to the lampshade (Dritz Liquid Stitch, available at craft stores, works well). Try adding decorative ribbon or trim for added glam. The shades at left were made by Janell from Isabella and Max Rooms; see her blog for step-by-step photos from the project.

Framed Fabric

If you have a really beautiful or special piece of fabric you want to preserve, frame it like a piece of art. By framing inexpensive fabric (or stretching it on a frame like a painter’s canvas), you can create large-scale, visually striking artwork on a budget. Apartment Therapy has some good tips for DIY fabric decorating projects.

I especially love the idea of embellishing a simple or graphic piece of fabric with paint, beading, or other decorative elements. I’ve been admiring this 3D Floral Wall Art (pictured at right) on Etsy for a while now. I think I’ll invest in some fabric paint and create my own version this weekend. Throw pillows, sit up and take note: I’m moving on to bigger and better fabric projects.

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