Did you know that every April is #DecoratingMonth? Especially after a year of lockdown, what better time to sew home décor items to spruce up the place.

Sewing Projects for Your Home 

All the ideas to change up your home décor listed here are suitable for beginner sewists as they are as simple as sewing a straight line.

1. Ottoman Slipcovers 

A décor DIY that consists of accurate measuring and straight line sewing, revamping an old ottoman with a new slipcover makes a bold impact.

The best choice of fabrics is heavy cotton, canvas, or upholstery fabrics – all of which are durable enough to stand up to wear and tear. Machine-washable fabrics are essential if you have kids or pets!

2. Roman Blinds

A practical window treatment that conveys a minimalist elegance, why not make your own Roman blinds?

There are two options – with or without dowel sticks. The former is easier to make but requires you to manually arrange the folds each time they are opened. While this is suitable for blinds that are open or closed most of the time, if you are planning on lifting and lowering the blinds frequently, then a Roman blind with dowels folds up neatly every time.

You also have a choice of installing the blinds inside or outside the recess of the window. Either way, the key takeaway is to measure twice (or more) and cut once!

Weight and structure are the two most important considerations when choosing the fabric for your Roman blinds. Linen and cotton are popular choices.

3. Bunting 

What’s more festive and pretty than vintage bunting? Making your own bunting is an opportunity to creatively customise the little flags to complement your furnishings. Don’t be limited to triangles – think spearhead, semi-circle, swallow-tailed, kites, hearts, even Christmas trees.

4. Reversible Table Runner 

A quick and easy project to enhance your table – be it for a special occasion or daily use. Sewing a reversible table runner reduces storage and lengthens the time between washes!

While thick upholstery fabric is harder to sew, linen and cotton are good fabric choices. Oilcloth is wipeable, but slippery to sew.

5. Cushion Covers 

Freshen up the décor in your lounge or bedroom by sewing new cushion covers. Envelope type covers are the most straightforward to sew.

Choose sturdy fabrics that can be washed such as lightweight upholstery fabric, canvas, or medium weight quilting cotton.

If you are feeling inspired to revamp your home décor and would like more information on a range of sewing machines, overlockers, sewing equipment, and our steam press, contact Empisal today.