Sewing is an invaluable DIY skill to have, but if you've never learned how, that doesn't mean you're barred from ever working with fabric. In fact, there are lots of materials (like oilcloth, felt, and ultrasuede) that don't require hemming, while some fabric-based projects call for a staple gun instead of a sewing machine.
- Fabric-Covered Bulletin Boards: The framed and fabric-covered bulletin boards at Etsy shop High Street Market inspired us to try this no-sew project, which requires a staple gun instead of a needle and thread. For the how-to, click here.
- No-sew Bag from Martha Stewart: Learn how to make a handy grocery tote using just a piece of ultrasuede fabric and some scissors.
- Basket Liner from Martha Stewart: This project, also from Martha, shows you how to make fabric drawer or basket inserts using oilcloth, a fabric that doesn't require hemming.
- Oilcloth Dining Table Makeover from Yvestown: Yvonne (of the Yvestown Blog) posted this project, which involves using oilcloth to "upholster" the top of a dining table.
- Swatch Portraits from the Purl Bee: If you're not handy with a needle, but you like to look at fabric patterns, try decorating your walls with embroidery hoops filled with leftover swatches.
- Woven Felt Placemats from the Purl Bee: This project is so simple that kids can do it and the result is really gorgeous.
- No-Sew Cloth Napkins from Re-Nest: This popular post from the Re-Nest archives provides step-by-step instructions for working with heat-and-bond hem tape.
Fabric-Covered Drawer Dividers from Lovelydesign: These are some of the best instructions for drawer dividers we've found on the web. A bookcloth covering adds a final layer of finish that looks professional.
Photo: High Street Market