Rather than always popping down to the big chain stores, why not have a go at making a few of your own home furnishings (ideally using scrap leftover material). It’s best to learn at a class but if there’s none near you (or you can’t afford it), here are a few good books to help. Keep fabric scraps away from pets and children, and keeps pins and needles securely stashed. Always keep flammable home furnishings (curtains etc) well away from candles, if used.
Sewing for the Home shows how to sew 50 beautiful projects including curtains, cushions and throws. From lampshades to lined curtains and bed throws.
You’ll also find a chapter of cook’s accessories including a cook’s apron and table mats. Plus there is plenty of guidance on choosing fabrics, and accurate measuring/cutting.
Stylish Sewing Projects from Preloved Items
Refashion, Restyle, Restitch is a beautiful book of 20 stylish sewing projects, from preloved clothes and homewares. Ideal for anyone trying to cut down on fabric waste, these projects by a dressmaker team of mother and daughter, include ways to use up unwanted garments, bedsheets and curtains. As well as invaluable guidance on choosing fabrics, discover a collection of contemporary projects to create old garments from around the house (or saved from thrift shops). The projects include:
- A tea towel tote
- A boho-style lampshade made from an old dress
- Pillows made from men’s shirts
- A fab handbag (cut from pre-loved ladies’ jackets)
- A chic shirt-sourced throw
- An upcycled armchair cover
- A rope basket
- A blind (made from a double duvet cover)
- A rag rug
- A bag made from two tweed jackets
- A reupholstered footstool
Each project includes easy instructions and illustrated steps. The variety of techniques used for the projects include English paper piercing, piping, fitting zips and dying. All explained clearly and with photographs, for professional results.
This pinafore dress is made from ladies’ wide-leg trousers. The beauty of working with pre-owned fabrics is that you won’t get shrinkage or risk colour running. Plus you’ll have a fabulous choice of unique fabrics that you would not be able to buy new. Be inspired to give it a go, and keep your fabric from landfill. Take a look in your wardrobe, salvage old favourites, and give them a new lease of life.