Guest Post—Fun With Fabric

Good morning all!  I have a guest post to share today with some fun options for home décor fabric. You know how I love me some fabric…

Curtain Fabrics Aren’t Just for Making Curtains
The term curtain fabric is a generic name given to material which is suitable for making soft furnishings for your home, namely window dressings such as curtains and drapes. However, curtain fabrics can be used for more than just making curtains. They can be used for all manner of other soft furnishing projects around the home.

With regard to window dressing, fabric can also be used to make roller and Roman blinds, tie-backs for curtains, it can also be used to cover pelmets, often referred to as a lambrequin or catonniere, and make valances.

(Kimm here, sorry to interrupt, but isn’t this carnation fabric SOO PRETTY??)

Move away from the windows and fabric can be used to make cushions and even carry out lightweight domestic upholstery such as foot stools, recovering dining room seat pads, chair slips for both the living and dining room.
(me again, sorry,but this would be fabulous on dining room chairs…)

The trend for bed canopies is another great example of how curtain fabrics can be used in the home. From the simplest form of canopy which is made by draping a lightweight fabric over a basic frame to the more elaborate canopies and curtains for four poster-style beds where curtains and canopies have been used for centuries to provide privacy and warmth in the bed chamber.
Easy home-craft projects can include lining a pretty wicker basket or covering a food tin for storing knick-knacks and jewelry in, to the more complex patchwork designs made into gorgeous bedspreads and quilts. Large scatter cushions and bean bags are easy to make and form informal seating which compliments other fabrics within a room.

(you can just imagine how I feel about this one…)

Curtain fabrics can also be used as a wall covering or hanging. Once again this is not a new interior design concept. Famous designers, such as William Morris, made and used beautiful printed fabrics to cover walls. The process is ideal for DIY buffs and those who love a challenge, but the end result can look and feel fabulous. One great advantage to using fabric to cover walls is that it can be removed far easier than most wallpapers when it’s time to redecorate. Fabric starch is used to give the fabric stability or another method is to use a sugar syrup solution.

(cover an unsightly wall in a nursery with this one, or upholster a screen as a room divider, so cute!)


Fabric wall hangings, screens or panels are an effective way for people to hide walls that aren’t in perfect condition or for those who are restricted to the amount of alterations and redecoration they are able to make in a rented home.

These are just a few of the uses for curtain material and fabric, the possibilities are only as endless as your imagination and interior design prowess.
Thanks for visiting today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with some awesome Trash to Treasure Finds for your garden and patio!

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