No-Sew Projects with Fabric

Now I know the majority of you that read my blog are sewers; however, I do know there are some that are not.  As you can see from my previous post, I LOVE fabric!  I think it is so gorgeous and just looking at it gets my creativity going.  But did you know there are plenty of ways to incorporate fabric into your home that does NOT involve sewing?

I thought I would show you a few no-sew fabric projects that I have around my home:

These are basic square frames purchased from IKEA.  I simply framed some fabric that I really loved that seemed to coordinate with our store-bought bedding.  Personally, I think it really adds a lot to the room and gives it a completed look.

Here is the framed fabric hanging over our bed.  And do you see the accent pillow on the bed?  Yes, that was done in my days before I had my sewing machine.  I made that using heat-bond and just ironed it all together!

This is the wall-art that hangs over my 7-month old daughter, Matilda’s crib.  I purchased an inexpensive painters canvas from Michaels and covered it with fabric (I staple gunned it to the back of the canvas).  I then painted a wooden “M” pink and covered it with pretty floral wall-paper accents (found at Joann’s).  I added a pink ribbon on the top and stapled it to the top of the canvas (and hid the staples with the upper flower……shhhhh….don’t tell).

This was another way I incorporated fabric into my daughters room without sewing.  I covered a foam board with batting and then covered it with fabric (securing with straight pins on the back).  I added ribbons across the front and secured them in place with pearl straight pins (found in the sewing notions section of Joann’s).  I added a hanging ribbon on top (secured by straight pins) and hung it on the wall.

Here are three pieces of wall art I created using fabric for my daughter Savannah’s “big girl room”.  I’ve shown these to you in a previous post (see here), but I don’t know if you realized there was no sewing involved.  I simply covered the mats that came with the frames in polka dot fabric.  Then I deconstructed the animal templates and used different fabrics to rebuild the look of the animals.  All of the animals have a pearl as their eye (found in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby).

Finally, this was one of the easiest no-sew projects.  This was a bookcase we purchased from IKEA to use in my daughters bedroom.  It came with a “not so lovely” cardboard backing to the shelves.  So, I decided to cover this with fabric before we put it together.  This is secured using duct tape on the back-side of the cardboard – gotta love that stuff!!

So as you can see, there are many different creative things you can do with fabric if you don’t sew.  I always encourage my friends and family to start sewing if you have any interest in it – it’s really not as hard as you think.  But if you don’t have the interest or the time, you can still have fun with all the beautiful designer fabric that is on the market today!

Cottage Mama’s Note:  If you have any questions about these projects I have described, feel free to leave me a comment or email me and I would be happy to go into further detail.

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12 Comments

  1. So clever.

  2. Great Ideas!

  3. I Love love love these projects! I’ve always wanted to try out the frames w/fabric animals, flowers, etc in my girls’ rooms! Thx for sharing!

  4. Lots of great ideas! I really like the M, so cute!

  5. Awesome ideas, I LOVE how you covered the back of the bookcase. It makes it look so nice, great job.

  6. You have some clever ideas here…love how the pillow coordinates with the framed fabric above your bed!

  7. Love the color and clever use of the fabrics. So fun.

  8. I really love that you covered the mats in fabric. I’ve never thought about that before, but it’s a fantastic idea!

  9. what a darling blog you have! You are so creative and I love the animal/fabric art. My little sis is redoing her 1 yr olds room and she is looking for something fun and differnt for a big old wall. These are so perfect. I can’t wait to see what other great stuff you have on this lovely blog! Please, stop by sometime and say hello! Love meeting new creative people!
    ps-I am having a giveaway! Please, stop by!

  10. I love your blog! How did you make that cute pillow in the IKEA bookcase?

  11. A very cool blog. Like it all

  12. Love the framed fabric idea. I recently found some beautiful Ralph Lauren pillow shams that I will not use on my bed, but loved the fabric….now I know what to do with it…thanks.