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For the Love of Fabric

Okay, I admit it… I love fabric! It is such a wonderful medium to work with as you can pretty much make anything from it, in any color, and any style.  The selection of fabrics to choose from continues to improve; it just keeps getting better and better.  For instance, the cottons that are available today are much nicer than the fabric I sewed on when my daughters were little.  It’s so easy to get inspired.  At home, I simply wander into my sewing studio and peruse through some of my sewing and/or quilting books.  For years, I have enjoyed more of a country style in my decorating and alot of my sewing.  But I must admit I adore some of the newer, more innovative designers like Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett.  Their exiting and bold use of color has inspired me to try new combinations of both color and patterns.   We’ll talk more about them in the near future.

Examples of books from Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler

Keep in mind, you don’t necessarily need to sew to work with fabric.  There are lots of ways to use fabric to brighten up a room or object.  For instance, by following a few simple steps, you can easily create a cute fabric covering for a vase of flowers.  Here’s how:

1) First, measure the height of the vase and double this number

2) Next measure the width of the bottom of the vase

3) Add these 2 numbers together for Total

4) Add 4″ to the Total number  (This is for the overlap of fabric at top of vase)

For instance, if my vase is 4″ tall, with a bottom width of 3 1/2″ (or 3.5″), then my total would be:

4″ x 2 = 8″ (Height X 2)

+ 3.5″ (vase bottom width)

+ 4″ (fabric overlap)

For a grand total of 15.5″

5) Cut a square piece of fabric that is 15.5″ x 15.5″.  (Note:  To create a nice finished edge, cut out your square with pinking shears.)

6) Once you cut out your 15.5″ square, lay it flat with the wrong side of the fabric facing up, next put a piece, a few inches larger than the base of bottom of the plant) of plastic wrap, along with a piece of paper towel (about the same size as plastic wrap), in the center of the fabric (to absorb any moisture from the plant). Place the plant in the center of the fabric square, on top of the paper towel and plastic wrap.

Place vase of flowers on top of paper towel that is on top of plastic wrap that is in middle on top of wrong side of fabric.

7) Now lift each corner of the square of fabric, wrapping it around the plant as you go.

Gently lift each corner of fabric square, keeping the pot in the center.

8) Secure the fabric to the vase with a large rubber band.

Slide rubber band from bottom of vase up to the top edge to secure fabric in place

9) Presto, instant vase cover.  It is so quick and easy to make and you can personalize it by your fabric choice.