How To Choose Fabrics For Home Decor (Video)

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How do you choose the right fabrics for home decor? I shared tips with Keri Adams on Morning Live, plus I showed her some easy, no-sew projects for the home that anyone can do!

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Host: Keri Adams
Well if you’re looking for some easy ways to add a colourful punch to your home décor, why not consider pattern textiles? Here, with her best tips on how to incorporate fabric into your home, is sewing expert Denise Wild.

Denise:
Hi.

Keri Adams:
Thanks for being here.

Denise:
Thank you for having me. Thank you.

Keri Adams:
So, what should one consider when incorporating textiles into your home?

Denise:
There are so many different ways of bringing in textiles to your home, as you mentioned. It adds warmth, it adds colour, and it’s a great way to bring in a new style or a trend without committing. So you don’t have to reupholster your entire couch. You don’t have to, you know, re-drape the whole room. You can just add little touches of color, and I want to walk you through how to do that.

Keri Adams:
Yeah, with the smallest of budget, we can really change the look of something. So–

Denise:
Exactly.

Keri Adams:
—what are we making?

Denise:
Well, I’m so glad that you mentioned budget, because you can do anything with any amount of money. I’m here at the BC Home + Garden Show this week – it starts today, runs through until Sunday – and I’m talking about bringing textiles into your home. So, how do you do that? How do you choose those fabrics? I have a little project for you, but first I want to talk about choosing those fabrics.

Keri Adams:
Yeah.

Denise:
So, of course, there are definitely home fabrics that you’ll go to. If you go to a fabric store, you’ll find the home décor section. You want to think about fabrics based on your finished product. So, is it an area that’s going to get a lot of wear and tear? Will you be, you know— is it just curtains where it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t have to be as durable? If, you know, it’s a couch or a bench or something that you’re going to be moving on or sitting on, you want to get very, very durable fabric.

Keri Adams:
Yeah, so we have some photos here. Nice armchair.

Denise:
Exactly, yes. So, these you definitely want upholstery-grade fabrics, but if you love a pattern – that little chair is so super cute –

Keri Adams:
Adorable.

Denise:
—and you can bring in simple cottons. So, quilting cottons or even garment fabrics – you can work those in. If you have sentimental textiles or like an old t-shirt – race t-shirts – you can work those into your home.

Keri Adams:
Okay.

Denise:
And that’s very easy to do.

Keri Adams:
Okay, so we’ve a little ‘do it yourself’ thing here we’re going to do.

Denise:
Yeah, exactly. So, I was at Walmart last night, because they have so many great products that are very inexpensive for doing crafts, for doing sewing, for getting your DIY on.

Keri Adams:
Okay.

Denise:
This little embroidery hoop I did for my daughter’s room.

Keri Adams:
That’s cute.

Denise:
And it’s so easy to do. All you do at the craft store you can buy the embroidery hoop–

Keri Adams:
Those are just these right here? You buy them like that.

Denise:
Exactly. And then you get some great fabrics that you love the prints of. You can get pre-cut bundles of fabrics. So they’re already chosen for you.

Keri Adams:
Oh, and they kind of match.

Denise:
They’re already grouped according to colour.

Keri Adams:
Okay. Nice.

Denise:
Yeah, and you can just pop those into the embroidery hoop and you have a gorgeous design all ready to go.

Keri Adams:
Very nice. I like that.

Denise:
And what I want to get you doing – to get you hands-on.

Keri Adams:
Okay.

Denise:
So let’s say you have some pillows in your home; they’re a little bit dated or you just don’t like the style anymore. You need a pop of colour—

Keri Adams:
Jazz them up.

Denise:
Exactly. So, what we can do is you spray adhesive here. I’m going to clear this off so we have some nice working room.

Keri Adams:
Is this a ‘K’ for me?

Denise:
It is. Of course it is.

Keri Adams:
Aww, that’s so sweet. Thank you.

Denise:
So, what I’m going to get you to do is put that onto this pillow.

Keri Adams:
Okay.

Denise:
Just using some spray adhesive. So we’re really getting dirty in here. You’re going to put that on – flip this upside-down.

Keri Adams:
Oh, okay. So we’re –

Denise:
I’m actually making you do it.

Keri Adams:
—spraying the backside?

Denise:
Yeah.

Keri Adams:
Okay.

Denise:
So this is a craft, text–

Keri Adams:
Oh, that’s easy.

Denise:
—spray adhesive. Just spray it on there.

Keri Adams:
Oh, this is way easier than using the little tube thing, eh?

Denise:
Exactly.

Keri Adams:
Yeah, way easier.

Denise:
So, of course, you could use a sewing machine. I love this Janome sewing machine and I’m always sewing on it. It’s good for beginners, because it has, like, a speed function. But if you aren’t quite as, you know, capable with a sewing machine, there are lots of no-sew and–

Keri Adams:
That’s so cute.

Denise:
—etcetera and other products that you can use. Yeah.

Keri Adams:
Ta-da! Got my very own little ‘K’ pillow. Sweet. I like that.

Denise:
Exactly.

Keri Adams:
Okay, so that’s easy.

Denise:
So easy.

Keri Adams:
So an easy way to jazz up a pillow that–

Denise:
Yeah.

Keri Adams:
—maybe is, you know.

Denise:
Exactly. This one too, I have a little design. So you can use a letter, you can write a phrase, you can do any kind of decorative motif – whatever you want. You know, just craft products. It’s easy to do and that’s a simple way of updating your home and bringing fabrics into your décor.

Keri Adams:
Okay, so one of the problems, though, with things like this or with your couches is that you can’t throw them in the washing machine all the time.

Denise:
Right. Yeah.

Keri Adams:
So how do keep them clean? How do you – is there a way to do that?

Denise:
Well, that goes back to your fabric selections. So if you’re choosing fabrics for pillows, think about using like an outdoor fabric – where it’s more stain resistant, where it’s easy to wipe. Definitely, if you get something on a fabric or one of those soft furnishings–

Keri Adams:
Because accidents happen.

Denise:
Accidents happen. You know, it’s always like that. Definitely, treat it right away as soon as you can; you know, blot, don’t rub. And then if you’re going to use a product, like a stain removal product, make sure you test it in a small area of the fabric that you can’t see. So not – you know, if that tomato sauce spilled in the middle of your couch, you know, don’t go treating it right away; test around the back of your couch and see, does this product work to get something out.

Keri Adams:
Okay, wow. Good advice.

Denise:
Yes. Lots happening.

Keri Adams:
Thanks for that, Denise. Good advice and I love my little ‘K’ pillow. Appreciate it. Okay so, if you want to watch this segment again, go to our website ctvmorninglive.ca.

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