COZY FABRIC WALL ART
The wooden picture frames and shiny glass-covered prints on your walls create dimension and help define your space, but the addition of some fabric art will contribute a tactile element that traditional artwork just can’t match. Textures invite you to touch them – a compelling way for your family and guests to experience art.
Alexandra Stoddard, interior designer and popular design author, calls textile wall art some of the most compelling and beautiful art you can add to your rooms. You aren’t limited to hanging up your grandmother’s Oriental rug, either. From quilts to wall tapestries, you can find textile wall art at almost any price point and in any size.
Use the canvas strings to tie your cushion to the chair! I chose vinyl for my cushions because I knew they would be wipe-able and easy to clean!
To make the dining room cozier, I wanted to add in a soft texture. You can never go wrong with pretty (faux) fur in my opinion, so I got to work on creating soft covers for our chairs.
Step One: First, measure your chair and decide how long your cover will need to be. Once you get your numbers (mine was 18″ x 44″), carefully cut your fur. Try to stay as close to the fabric/under the fur as possible. If you just cut this like normal linen fabric, you will have fur that looks like it just went to the barber—all chopped. Cut your cotton fabric to the same size.
Step Two: Now it’s time for pinning! Lay your fur out so the fluffy side is up. Place one piece of canvas trim at the top right corner and one piece at the top left corner. Place one more piece of trim 14″ (more or less depending on the length of your fabric) down from the top on either side. Layer your cotton fabric on top of the fur and trim face down. Pin all the edges, leaving a gap in the bottom right corner.
Step Three: Stitch along the edges, remembering to leave that gap at the bottom corner. Once you’ve made it all the way around, flip your cover right side out. Stitch the gap closed and tie on to your chair!
SHAG RAG RUG
Here is what you will need (I included the links where you can buy the Rug Pad and Fabric that I used for my Shag Rag Rug)
- Non-Slip Rug Pad (I purchased a 5×8 and then cut it to make a 4×6)
- Cotton Interlock Fabric (I used 5.5 yards of Pink and 5.5 yards of Ivory Cotton Interlock Fabric) You can also use old t-shirts or pieces of leftover fabric; however you want to make sure the fabric you use is all the same type of fabric (cotton interlock, Jersey knit, etc.) otherwise it may not have a seamless look.
- Tweezers (I used a pair of curved jewelry tweezers, this makes it a lot easier)
- Fabric Chalk
Step 1: Cut your rug mat to your desired size and shape. If you are going to make your rug the exact size/shape of the rug mat then you can skip this step.
Step 2: Cut your fabric into strips. I think it’s easier and less time-consuming if you cut multiple strips at a time. Start by folding your fabric in half vertically then fold in half again horizontally making sure the ends are as even as possible. Then you need to measure 5 inches from the bottom of the fabric and draw a horizontal line all the way across using your fabric chalk.