When I was at Sew Expo, I found some super fun Echino fabric by Etsuko Furuya, at the Pacific Fabric & Crafts booth. Japanese fabric always so inspiring for me. Last year I put some Echino fabric on my Amy Butler's Birdie Swing Bag. I LOVE it when a vibrant fabric inspires me to get into my “sewing room”.
I took my fun new fabrics and made new slipcovers for my tired throw pillows in my family room. It was so fun and easy and I love the way the great graphics contrast my dark brown sofa. It makes the whole room feel fresh and new. Download these free step by step instructions for pillowcase slipcovers from Bernina here.
I also took one of the large scene fabrics and spread it over an artist canvas, making it into a quick wall hanging for my daughter's room. This was very easy to do. I bought an inexpensive wood framed canvas at a local art supply store and used my husbands staple tacker to get a more heavy duty professional staple. (An office stapler can work too but you are more likely to have to pull staples out and re-staple to get them to lie flat.) Then I measured my fabric, making sure that I left plenty of extra on the edges to wrap around canvas side and making sure that the scene I wanted would be positioned correctly. I ironed my fabric and then lined it up on the canvas. Then I pulled the fabric over the edges to the back side and stapled the fabric to the wood frame, making sure the fabric was pulled taut and even as I stapled. Voila, my daughter has a new wall hanging for her room. Easy, fun and sew satisfying.