Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Resource Library: Home Decor with Fashion Fabrics!

     One question that is often asked by our customers is "Do you carry home decor fabric?" And often to our customer's great disappointment, our blanket response is "No, we only carry apparel fabric". And if you look at everything in black and white, it is true we only carry "apparel fabric" because we find that is what we do best! However, that has not stopped me from designing and making all of my curtains from Fabric Mart's fashion fabrics. Additionally we carry some fabrics that I would make pillows, duvet covers, tables cloths and even upholster with, you just need to get creative, which is what fabricistas love to do.
            When choosing a fabric for home decor you  want to look for a material that is durable, timeless, and hopefully washes easily. Some great choices for window treatments are;

  • Dupioni, the stiffness lends itself well to folding and draping, adding volume to your treatment. Using a silk gives a rich and lustrous look.
  • Chiffon, this is a great material for making sheers or treatments where you want to allow some light in. Both polyester and silk work well.
  • All types of cottons, as you know they come in great prints, different weights, and wash well.
  • Some other fabrics that would lend well to window treatments are brocades, challis, and taffetas. 

Below are pictures of window treatments I made for my home. These were all made from Fabric Mart Fabrics, however they are no longer in stock. I like to keep it very basic with valances and traditional curtains, but your options are limitless. 
Gold Silk Dupioni for the kitchen
Cream silk chiffon sheers for the foyer

Apple Green textured taffeta in the living room

Leaf print cotton lawn for the sliding back doors

Grey and white woven cotton with a purple beaded trim for the master bath

Embroidered scalloped black and white silk taffeta for the master bedroom


Happy Sewing!
~Lisa D. 

3 comments:

  1. I have some Maggy London brocade I purchased from FabricMart, that I intend to use for a bed skirt. Since it was on sale, I paid less for this great designer fabric than I would have for home dec fabric at the big chain fabric store. However, it's 100% polyester; I plan on washing it first before sewing the bedskirt, as I'll probably have to clean it eventually. Hope it works - I didn't remember a cleaning care suggestion when I bought it.

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  2. That sounds like it will look beautiful! Polyester should not shrink in the wash, but if you plan to wash it later you should always wash it first. Polyester you can wash in the machine. Just be cautious if there are metallic threads. I would suggest washing it cold/gentle to protect the brocade design.
    Happy sewing!
    Katie

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  3. Wow! Great to see this awesome blog. Love it. Gary

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