Weekend Sewing Projects for the Home

antique sewing machineantique sewing machine print by Raceytay

This time of year leads many of us wanting to redecorate and reinvent our space. Sometimes this involves a complete overhaul or renovation and sometimes you can make do with a couple of pick-me-ups in the way of accessories or textiles. That’s why I’ve assembled a list of quick sewing projects that won’t take more than a weekend to complete, and won’t involve superhero-strength crafting and sewing skills. I’ve also snuck in one no-sew project for those of you without sewing machines or the inclination to pick up a needle and thread.

doggie cushionbasic box cushion via Design Sponge

Sewing a box cushion requires slightly more technical skill than making a flat cushion cover but the results are worth the effort.  Amanda Brown’s tutorial is detailed enough (with lots of pictures for visual learners) that even a novice sewer should be able to follow along.

An upholstered headboard is on my epic list of things I’d like to make, and this tutorial seems quick and easy with rich-looking results. You can even use your existing headboard if you don’t mind putting a few staples in it.

duvet coversnappy duvet cover via purlbee

Here’s another sewing project for the bedroom that will give your bed a complete makeover. I love that they’ve used snaps for the enclosure, and that fabric is to die for. You will need to source out extra-wide fabric to complete this duvet cover, but that shouldn’t be too hard if you have access to any decent-sized fabric store.

fabric bin tutorial via Fiskars

There is no such thing as too much storage and that’s why this fabric bin tutorial is amazing. You could use just about any fabric, or combination of fabrics, that you want for an attractive and functional container. It would also be fairly easy to alter this pattern if you want a smaller or larger size.

pot holder made of fabric scrapsscrap fabric potholder by lotta jansdotter via fresh home ideas

If you already sew than you know how many scraps of fabric you can accumulate over time, and while those scraps of fabric are too big to throw away, they usually also wind up being too small to be useful in most projects. Well for those of you hoarding a stash of unused fabric, this stylish pot holder is the perfect afternoon project.

Valance made with iron-on tapeno-sew valance via centsational girl

Here’s a no-sew project for those without a sewing machine or hand-sewing skills. This pretty valance can be made using an iron-on tape that can bind straight pieces of fabric together. This technique isn’t great for seams that need to be functional, but for something like curtains it can give you a clean secure edge.

Sculpture of a sewing machine, by Jennifer CollierSculpture by Jennifer Collier via anthology mag

Sewing is a skill that I think everyone should learn, and it’s indispensable if you’re interested in home design.  Investing in a basic sewing machine and learning how to sew in a straight line will allow you to make curtains, bedding, table linens and more.

If you’re looking for places to buy fabric these online stores are all top notch:

Purl Soho


Fabric Worm

Happy Friday everyone!

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One Response to Weekend Sewing Projects for the Home

  1. holzgrill says:

    I like the paper mache sewing maching. Nice sculpture.

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