Updating your soft furnishings can be a great way to give your home a fresh, new look. So if you like a little DIY, here are few easy sewing projects that you can make yourself without spending too much money.
A really easy way to give your sofa a new look is to update your cushion covers.
For Christmas I wanted to add a few different Christmassy decorations to the house but didn’t want to clutter the house with more objects (remember, “cosy” house?) so I decided to make a few cushion covers. And let me tell you, I am no whizz at the sewing machine and in fact only just received my first sewing machine last year as a birthday present. So if I can master this (well let’s face it not master but fumbled through) then you can do this too.
To make things even cheaper for myself I didn’t purchase material, I actually purchased a cheap table cloth that I measured and cut out to the size I needed.
Sometimes materials, particularly when you are looking for what’s fashionable at the moment, can be a little expensive and not any cheaper if you were to purchase it already made. By thinking outside the square, you can sometimes come up with a brilliant idea that can help you save some pennies. Another option is to look around you house and see if you have any old blankets or even shirts you can upcycle. These can make great cushion covers and something unique.
Measure and cut the material to the size required. For my cushions I made a pillowcase style (long end tucked into the other side).
Then all I did is sew a small hem around all sides.
Then folded again to make a neat hem and hide the scrappy ends and sew.
Then fold up the end (make sure its inside out) and sew the sides leaving a length of material at the top for the fold.
Using the left over material from the cushions, I made a matching table runner (keeping in mind that this was for Christmas). Table runners a really simple and easy way to dress up a table without much effort and making your own table runner is even easier.
Cut the material to the length you want the runner to be and then sew the edges to give it neat edges.
Just like above I sewed a small hem then doubled over to hem again to hide the scrappy ends. Like I said I am no master at sewing and I find this method to be the easiest for me as I’m learning.
You can also sew the ends like Em showed you with the folder covers (see post here).
Another easy project to get you started in sewing is to make your own napkins. These are great not only to make an event, but fantastic to keep on your table all year round and save on using disposable napkins.
Just like above, cut material to the size you want and sew all four edges. I will confess that the corners on my napkins are a work in progress and I found the below method to be the easiest way to get a neat corner.
Once you have sewed the first small hem I then cut the corners off before sewing the hem that will hide the scrappy ends. This gave me a pretty good corner, but like I said, it’s work in progress. I am still pretty happy with the way they turned out.
This makes a real statement at the table and you can use just about anything lying around the house.
Do you have any other soft furnishing sewing projects you’d like to share?