Once you find the perfect apartment, you probably don’t want to keep it bare. However, you also might not be sure what to use to decorate your new home. One of the best ways to get a one-of-a-kind look is to make your own decor.
Here, we’re going to look at seven fun and easy sewing projects to get you started.
Throw pillows are a great way to make a living room look a little warmer or a bed just a little more comfortable. You can make your own by picking up some of your favorite fabric and some stuffing.
The process for making these pillows is simple. Just sew three sides of a pair of squares of fabric together. Then, add in the stuffing and close it up.
2. Fabric coasters
To make the new coffee table you bought for your apartment last, you’re going to want some coasters. These will help to prevent ring stains from cups.
An easy way to make a set of coasters of your own is by using a thicker fabric. Like the pillow, sew squares together but you don’t need stuffing this time. You’ll also want to remember to wash these from time to time.
3. Sewing ideas for remote workers
If you work remotely, your apartment doubles as an office. As such, you’ll need some office supplies. Don’t worry — you can make some of these on your own too!
The first office supply you can make for yourself is a mouse pad. Start with a piece of cardboard and add a non-slip liner to the bottom. On top of that, add a thin piece of foam board and then on top of that, the fabric of your choice.
Fabric notebook organizer
To stay organized, create your own fabric notebook. The easiest way to do this is to sew a length of fabric with two pouches to make a cover for an existing notebook. Alternatively, you can attach the fabric to a stiff material, fold it and use a leather cord to tie it shut.
4. Easy DIY ottoman
Ottomans can be a great place to throw your feet up at the end of the day or store items. You can make your own by creating an easy ottoman cover. The goal here is to use your favorite fabric to cover the ottoman. For this, you’ll need to sew a top, sides and skirt. The seams should go around the edges of the ottoman and the top of the skirt.
5. Hanging ornaments
If you have a little fabric, stuffing and twine, you can make your own ornaments to hang on the walls. Sew the shape you want and add some stuffing before you close it off. It can be personalized with craft supplies such as ribbons, lace and buttons.
6. Fabric basket
For storage, you can make your own fabric basket. To start, you’ll need something stiff such as a cardboard box. Then, much like the ottoman sewing project, you’ll want to sew a cover that fits over this basket shape.
When using a box, it’s easier to use something that doesn’t have a bottom so you can sew one on. This way, you can create a seam along the bottom of the box rather than trying to sew a sleeve around the entire basket. Creating a fabric cover that’s sewn around the sides of the basket to the bottom is also a good way to make sure the decor is a permanent piece.
7. Table runner
Another simple project is to create a table runner. For simplicity, you can use a single piece of fabric. To do something a little more complex, you can quilt your own table runner with different fabric pieces.
To create a simple table runner, start by cutting out the fabric. The most popular choice for this is to use a long rectangular piece with pointed ends. Sew two copies of this shape together right side out. This allows you to flip the runner either way and still have the right design.
Break out the needle and thread
With these projects, you can make your apartment a little more homey and more reflective of your personality. Even better, they aren’t hard and you can do them even if you don’t have a lot of sewing experience!