Run by two popular Canadian style authorities, publisher Lynda Reeves and editor Suzanne Dimma, House & Home is a brand that shares some of the most unique and beautiful homes in North America. One of our favorite features on the site is the gallery of amazing Weekend DIY Projects. Those that require sewing aren’t particularly difficult (in fact they’re super easy!), but the style is truly exceptional—think Martha Stewart with a touch more luxe.
Here are five of our favorite projects for sewers and fabric lovers! Each project comes with printable instructions and a materials list so that you can start organizing your DIY to-dos for the New Year!
Presorting clothes into these durable bags sewn from canvas drop cloths will make laundry day a cinch—giving you more time for your sewing projects! Who knew a drop cloth could look so elegant? The pattern pieces are included in the tutorial.
These lentil-stuffed leather satchels are a great way for beginning sewers to experiment with pricey materials. (It only takes a square foot of leather to make these.) Or, better yet, upcycle leather from an old coat or bag instead. Depending on the thickness of your leather, you may want to use a leather needle (they’re longer and stronger than the standard needle) and waxed thread.
This tutorial shows you how to transform four fabric strips into ruffles and then apply them to an ordinary shower curtain. All it takes is a few runs through your machine set to the longest stitch to customize your bathroom decor.
These fabulously rustic runners are made from thrifty tea towel fabric stitched with a simple hem, but even the hem is optional since this type of fabric doesn’t tend to fray. It doesn’t get any easier, but the results are gift worthy.
This quick tutorial walks you through working with fabric dyes. After you sew up your own tea towels, why not take the extra step and dye them to match your existing decor? Or—let’s face it, we’re all fabric hoarders here—dye that stash of vintage flea market finds you have in the closet.
Here’s to a happy, handmade home!
About the Author
Handmade Charlotte offers a daily dose of DIY craft projects and design inspiration to help families live each day to the fullest. Named one of the Top 50 Design Blogs for Moms by Babble.com, the site has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, Craftzine.com, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and more.