For anyone who enjoys making their own clothes, here's how to make your own sewing mannequin using a few supplies you probably already have!
In a small home or studio apartment there isn't always enough room for a solid room divider, but here's how to make a fabric room divider that can be hung from the ceiling.
Dog collars can be pretty pricey, but here's a way to make your own unique dog collar at a fraction of the cost.
Use super-soft plush fabric to make everyone's favourite cookie eating monster. Using plush faux-fur fabric and some other supplies, I was able to make this rug in under an hour. This soft rug is great for kids, and the cookie pillows really make it complete.
This fabric teepee is perfect for indoor or outdoor play. In the summer months it will keep children out of the sun and also keep them occupied during the cooler months.
Super easy to make, once you have made one of these fabric poufs you will want to make more.
This old chair might not look like much before, but after some re-upholstery and TLC it becomes a stunning piece. You can pick up a similar chair for around R50 and spend about R100 on materials and supplies, for a beautiful chair that only costs R150 in total.
Felt is an inexpensive material to work with if you buy small squares, and you can buy felt in so many colours - making it the ideal material to use to make a colourful and fun nursery mobile.
These fabric wrapped chargers are made using Masonite / hardboard cut into circles and wrapped with your choice of fabric. Make them for your spring table, a special celebration, or a unique wedding place setting.
One of my favourite and most comfortable chairs is a tub chair. These days a tub chair can cost anywhere from R1500 upwards, but you can make your own for a fraction of the cost. I don't care if they are trendy are not... they are comfortable and if you can upholster or make a slipcover in your choice of fabric.
This kitty tent is made using an old (or new) t-shirt, a couple of coat hangers and a few inexpensive supplies. You can make in an hour tops and use colourful or printed t-shirts for a custom kitty tent design.
Here's a very easy Mother's Day gift idea that the kids can make and mom will love. All you need is some colourful ribbon, a few buttons and hair elastics and a sewing kit.
Arm knitting is a funky new trend for anyone who wants to knit items quickly and easily without the hassle of using knitting needles. In this project we show you how to arm knit a warm, cosy throw blanket for cold winter evenings.
This easy knitted throw has a colourful striped pattern and you can choose your own colour combinations to match your home decor. The chunky design means you can cover up on cold nights and stay snug and warm.
It is possible to use a PC printer to print designs on fabric. With this technique you can print out almost any design onto thin cotton fabric to make your own unique accessories.
Find instructions on how to upcycle an old towel into a cute kitty. This is just one of many ways to recycle old towels or clothing into toys for children.
Make your own cotton tote bag or dress up a plain tote bag with a handmade stencil and some colourful acrylic craft paints.
With a basic sewing machine and a few practice runs you can soon discover how easy and affordable it is to make your own home decor accessories.
Having upholstered with navy blue bull denim, I wasn't quite feeling the sense of achievement that I should. The sofa itself is perfect, but the dark blue fabric didn't add anything and I decided to swap with a different fabric.
I have seen sun loungers similar to this, but this design has a couple of practical and eco-friendly differences. First, I used old pillows for filling the sun lounger, and second, it has an adjustable back.
Basic sewing skills and some scraps of fabric are all that you need to make a cute and comfy mat for baby to play on. Filled with layers of soft batting, you can use this mat indoors and out.
Now that I have finished my outdoor patio sofa I want to upholster in a navy bull denim. The only problem is that bull denim isn't waterproof, or stainproof for that matter. I still have some Rust-Oleum Never Wet left over from my breakfast table project and decided to conduct a test to see if it would make fabric waterproof fabric.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of upholstery projects on the Internet. Some of these upholstery projects are so-so, some totally lack instructions that make any sense, and then there are a select few that provide detailed instructions that you can follow. With a view to showing you how easy re-upholstering furniture can be I decided to post a few projects for you to take a look at...
This colourful rope rag bowl is easy to make using scraps of fabric that you have lying around, old clothes, or pick up in the bargain bin at your local fabric store. Use your own made rope rag bowl on a patio table to add a splash of colour, in a children's bedroom for storing small toys, or just to add a splash of colour to a room setting.
These three playhouse tents are made using a PVC pipe frame, a circular table and a couple of tension rods. The fabric is scraps from duvet covers, sheets and fabric offcuts, which means they cost practically nothing to make. All that's required is your sewing skills, some time on your hands, and a little patience.
Discovering that my tablecloth had been decimated by fishmoths, I needed an urgent replacement for Christmas lunch. Not wanting to face the mad shoppers doing their last minute rush for gifts, I remembered a piece of fabric left over from one of our projects and, since there wasn't enough time to dig out the sewing machine - I frayed the edges to make a fringe.
Use basic crochet to make a colourful rug for your home. This rose rug is made up of different coloured roses that are sewn together. You can make the rug in your choice of colours and as small or as large as you want.
Baby bean bags or bean chairs are a practical and comfy way to have your baby by your side. The built-in strap ensures that baby is safe at all times. We even managed to find instructions on how to make a baby bean bag.
Even if you have never used a crochet hook before, you're going to want to after seeing how easy it is to make a Mandala floor rug. Mandala means circular, and this large circular Mandala rug is made using t-shirt yarn, so start asking around for old clothes and get started!
You don't need fancy sewing skills to be able to make this summer wrap. Hats off to the designer of this summer wraparound for the simple design that makes dressing for the beach a wrap!
Wrapping your plastic hangers in colourful fabric scraps gives them a refreshing and charming appeal. You can wrap them up roughly so that the loose threads are visible, or wrap them tightly for a cleaner look.
These petal cushions from Pier 1 are just the thing for adding colour and texture to your lounge. You can use fabric or felt in colours to match your existing decor, or punch up the fun by adding bold, bright colours.
Still hoarding last year's t-shirts, despite the fact that they are full of holes? Time to cut them up and make this decorative cushion cover. You can use a single t-shirt, or combine coloured t-shirts for an even more decorative effect.
Quite a few of my readers who sew have requested sewing patterns for rag dolls and soft toys. I have found so many beautiful patterns and cute designs that I decided to share a few of these with you. You can order these patterns online for immediate download.
Here's an affordable way to add a splash of colour and pattern to any room by making your own cushions. With their pretty patterned fronts and plain fabric backs, you can afford to make a selection of colourful cushions for your home.
Adding piping to dining chairs, or chairs with wooden frames, can be tricky and troublesome. But this technique is quick and easy and your chairs will look stunning with the addition of piping.
Here's a fun way to inject colour and texture into a room... with a pom-pom rug. Making pom-poms is quick and easy and you can use bought or leftover wool to make a whole bunch of colourful pom-poms - or choose a single colour for your pom-pom rug.
When doing upholstery projects for DIY-Divas, I often receive enquiries as to what is the best fabric to use for particular projects. Upon choosing fabric for upholstery, you should be aware of its durability, be easy to clean, and resistance to fading. Here are a few tips to guide you in choosing the right upholstery fabric.
Chilly days don't mean that kids have to stay indoors. This warm wig-wam will keep them warm and snug and still let them enjoy their outdoor fun during the cooler days of the season.
I stumbled across this post that shows how you can recover a really grubby armchair without using a sewing machine. The project uses sprayable adhesive that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse, where you will also find extremely affordable canvas dropcloths that you can use as the fabric.
Don't toss out your old sweaters or jerseys. If you can't donate them to someone in need, turn them into decorative cushion covers to add a warm texture to your winter living room or bedroom
Looking for ideas to transform an old sweater, jumper or jersey into a wonderful cushion cover? Here are some great ideas that you can put to use.
By learning just a few basic upholstery techniques and methods you will be able to re-upholstery worn and faded pieces, or make your own pieces of upholstered furniture.
A question that always pops up at our DIY Workshops, especially when doing upholstery projects, is where to buy upholstery supplies. There are several tools and accessories that make upholstery easier and provide a more professional finish. So here are some upholstery accessories, supplies and tools that you will definitely find useful.
Joanne at Craft Passion shows how to make your own gorgeous doily rug using sash rope and a large crochet hook. A giant doily rug or floor mat is one of the most sought-after and you will find plenty of doily rugs on the Internet. The rug featured here is the nicest one that I have seen so far, and I hope Joanne doesn't mind my sharing with you...
Di van Niekerk is the author of ten books: Di van Niekerk’s Roses in Silk and Organza Ribbon, A Perfect World in Ribbon Embroidery & Stumpwork, Flower Fairies™ in Ribbon Embroidery & Stumpwork, Embroidered Alphabets with ribbon embroidery, amongst others. See some of Di's beautiful silk rose embroidery.
Pop over to West Elm and you will see these gorgeous dhurrie poufs. I think they are fantastic, but so is the price. They sell from around R2600 each - and that's without the shipping cost. Way too pricey for me. If you would like to make one of these dhurrie poufs, or find out how to make one using a rug, see below.
Giant knitting is the latest trend for home decor, and the bigger the knitting needles the better...! have only been able to find extra large knitting needles and these aren't big enough for some of the projects shown here, but it's easy enough to make your own knitting needles with pine dowels and sanding down one end to a blunt point.
Cushions are always the perfect fast and easy project. We designed a great trio of cushions: there's a 60cm x 60cm jumbo cushion, an all-around 50cm x 50cm cushion and a comfy 30cm x 50cm lumbar cushion.
Here is my first project for the new year. I have been dying to make one of these oversized poufs for ages and have just found the pattern for it on Etsy. Now all I need to do is collect enough t-shirts to make the yarn or plarn to make it... think it's time to raid closets and see what I can come up with.
Using embroidery hoops for embroidery is a craft that has been around for hundreds of years. The new take on this craft is to add felt and fabric to create mini works of art.
If you're driving down to the coast for holidays, or up north to visit relatives, this car organiser will ensure a smooth, 'whine-free' trip. The kids can pack all their toys away in the car organiser and they're easy to find without bothering mom or dad.
If I hadn't seen these beautiful crochet lampshades when writing this article I would have laughed. Who on earth would want a crochet lampshade? Now I am seriously considering making up a crochet lampshade for me dressing room. Not being good at crochet, it's going to be a bit of trial and error, but have seen so many other crafters making the attempt, there's no shame in trying.
Quilts are a wonderful way to decorate a bedroom. You can incorporate a variety of fabrics, textures and colours in one go to match any style of room decor. They are also more personal than bought bedding and you can custom design a quilt as you wish.
I just HAD to share these projects with you. A really cute way to sew up towels hooded towels that resemble monkeys, angry birds, a dinosaur and a ladybird... to cute! These hooded towels are easy to make, inexpensive and wonderful to use with little ones!
If you have some basic sewing skills, this project shows how to make a pleather cover for golf clubs. Of course, you have the option to use pleather or leather, but remember to use the right sewing-machine needles for either one.
If you learn how to knit you can be creative in so many wonderful ways. A few basic stitches are really all that you need to know if you want to knit blankets and cushion covers, and as you become more confident you can move onto more difficult stitches and start making your own fashion accessories.
Green Wedding Shoes designs for weddings, and as part of the design process they are often called upon to come up with unique wedding decor ideas. This string art heart is one of those decor projects. I think it would also look good on a bedroom wall.
Once you discover how easy and affordable it is to make your own scatter cushions, you will also realise how creative you can be. Small pieces of fabric, buttons and embellishments go a long way towards creative unique decor accessories for a home.
Winter might be over, but that gives you plenty of time to get started on this cabled bed throw by Ideas magazine. Ideas magazine is one of my fave mags, and I just had to share this project with you. This bed throw or blanket is designed and knitted in panels, which are then sewed together.
I have recently posted an article on the resurgence of string art. This is a fun way to create your own colourful and dramatic art with only a few accessories. If you start off with a small string art project, you will soon be creating intricate masterpieces for your home.
This adorable rag quilt is filled with wonderful colour and pattern that is perfect for any little girl's bed and you can choose your own fabrics, either from scraps that you already have, or from offcuts in the bargain bin at your local fabric store.
Wanting a unique piece in the kitchen? You can easily make your own personalised Roman shade with scripted text. This kitchen window already has blinds on it, so a decorative, non-functioning shade was needed. A simple roman blind of linen was inscribed “bon appetit”, the perfect French bistro/cafe touch.
Here is a great project you can whip out in a weekend. This designer beach bag is a wonderfully tall tube, perfect for loading with all your sun and fun supplies. The soft rope handles are woven through grommets to gather the top and make their own shoulder straps. the bag is lined with waterproof fabric for a lightweight bag, water resistant bag.
Decorating a nursery is such a loving project to undertake and being able to repurpose items that you already have to add personal touches can save you a lot of money. Here's how to use an old lamp shade and transform it into a beautiful fabric rose lamp for a nursery.
Make your own fabric roses that look great in any fabric and can be applied to various projects. Fabric scraps and old clothes are perfect for making fabric roses and you can add as accents on shirts, hats, headbands and lamps.
You can make these hanging fabric baskets in any size, hang on bigger thicker rods for more drama, or single baskets hung one over the other in a narrow space - so many storage possibilities. You can use them for storage in a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or for storage almost anywhere in a home.
For some time now I have wanting to make myself a lingerie bag. A little drawstring bag that I can use for my underwear for washing. I hate popping underwear into the laundry basket and this little bag keeps everything safe so that it can be washed separately. It's also a handy little bag for when you go on holiday or to visit friends.
It's not easy to upholster an old sofa or couch, but it's not that difficult either. If you are prepared to put in the effort, reupholstering an old sofa or couch can save you a lot of money, either spent of sending the piece out or buying a new sofa or couch.
Inspired by nature, this design features two birdies calling to each other through the woods at sunset. For this project, I used part of a burlap coffee sack as my canvas and small fabric scraps to create my picture. If you can't source burlap coffee sacks you can also use plain burlap from a fabric store.
I know it's not Easter, but I just had to share this project. These little bunny cushions are super easy to make, even if you aren't very good at sewing!
When it come to projects - the bigger, the better, and that applies to my crochet as well. I have been wanting to make a cotton rug for ages but didn't want to sit forever with thin cotton thread and tiny hook. So, as usual, I decided to go big by making my own super-sized crochet hook.
Sew up a portable baby changing bag that offers a ready-made soft surface to lay baby on, and can carry spare nappies and wipes. Plus this changing station is machine washable. Shop around for colourful fabrics to make your own portable baby changing bag.
I love cotton tote bags. If you make them out of a fairly thin cotton, you can easily fold them up and carry a few with you in your handbag, and quickly pull them out when you go shopping - no plastic bags necessary thank you very much!
Snuggle up with a faux sheepskin knitted cushion for warmth this winter, or knit one to add texture to a living room sofa. The cushions measures 45,5 cm square and has a solid fabric back.
These warm and comfy slipper socks are durable and attractive and you can wear this around the house to keep you comfortable during the colder months. Plus they make a great gift.
I have always wanted to learn how to do quilting but I'm just not sure that I have the patience. For those of you who want to get started in quilting, here's a nice and simple project that provides a good beginning for anyone wanting to start.
What's the latest craft craze... knitting with a fork. Not your average fork, mind you, but a carved wooden fork. Since I haven't been able to source a knitting fork locally, as usual I decided to make my own!
Add hand made pom-poms to a luxurious faux fur blanket to keep warm and snuggle in the colder months. And, as we head towards autumn, this is a great project to do now.
Today I woke up and felt a distinct chill in the air. Amazing when you think that last week was hot and sweaty. Microwaveable rice bags stay warm and don't slip around. I thought I would make a rice bag that's a tribute to the old-fashioned hot water bottle. It's a simple project that can be done in an hour.
How cuddly are these fleecy bunnies. Wrapped in a soft, brushed cotton with a snuggly filling. I think they would look lovely made with matching fabric and placed upon a little girl's bed or for a nursery.
Once you discover how easy it is to crochet you will be able to make gorgeous items for your home. This project shows how to make a baby blanket using pretty basic crochet stitches - either for your own nursery or as a gift.
Isn't this the cutest thing you have ever seen! Pretty crochet birdies on a mobile to hang over baby's bed.
String art designs are popping up all over the Internet. It's a fun and affordable way to get creative and make your own artwork with nothing more than embroidery thread and some pins.
Using doilies and lace is one of those crafts that appeared to go out of fashion for a while - the kind of craft that only your granny did - and is now back in fashion with a new take on techniques and designs.
Lace lamp shades look stunning over a romantic dining room table, in a bedroom, or as table lamps and they are simple to make.
Slipcovered wingback chairs are practical - you can take the cover off to wash - but if your prefer your chairs to be more stylish, then you need to consider reupholstering a wingback chair.
If you have odds and scraps of fabric at home, we've come across so many unique and wonderful ways to use fabric scraps.
Feeling all soppy and romantic this year? Or perhaps you would like to do something different this year. Crafty Sisters have a wonderful red felt heart wreath that is fairly simple and only requires a few basic crafting tools.
They're fun and if you shop around, they're cheap, and you can use silk flowers in so many different ways, and if you're crafty - you can make your own fabric flowers to dress up and adorn so many accessories.
There are so many ways to make your own gift cards. In this project we show you how to make a crocheted wreath to decorate plain cards to create a gift card that really says "Thank You".
Bamboo blinds are a nice option for windows, but when you get tired of the look or want something different, instead of throwing them away, cover them with fabric and give them a new life.
Framed fabric and prints is just one of the easy ways to add interest to a plain wall, or create an instant feature on a wall.
Crocheting rugs from recycled sheets, comforter covers and pillow cases is simple and the results are great! The rug is heavy-weight and can be thrown into the washing machine for cleaning.
A visit to your local fabric store will have you drooling over all the gorgeous ribbons, and there are so many ways to use ribbon to dress up fabrics, furniture and everyday home items to transform them from drab to fab!
Crochet is making a come back into the crafting scene and I for one love the new, trendy designs that are appearing. This gorgeous rose cushion cover is just one of many crochet projects I will be featuring on Home-Dzine.
Recently I came across a window treatment that I loved but was a bit too costly for my budget. When I looked closer, I thought it would be so easy to make myself at a fraction of the cost and without sewing a stitch.
Reupholstering your dated dining chairs is an easy and affordable way to have new chairs done in a fabric you love - without the expense of buying new chairs.
In this project we show how a worn and shabby Victorian loveseat is stripped down to the frame and then padded and reupholstered into a beautifully restored piece.
Customise your curtains with a decorative band of fabric for a custom look and the perfect curtains for any room in your home.
Roman blinds are perfect for both small and large window treatments. You can make your own Roman blinds in any colour or fabric pattern, to match your existing room decor. Here's how to make a Roman blind...
It's easy to makeover a set of plain curtains (or cotton flat sheets) with fabric paint and stencil. There are no fancy techniques involved; simply find a design that you like, cut out the stencil and stencil the design onto the fabric.
When pruning bushes and trees, look for nice branches that you can turn into your own wood buttons.
Set the table with this matching serviette and napkin ring holder - in pretty blue and yellow. The rhinestone flowers will add a touch of glitz to any table.
Crochet is a fun and relaxing hobby that is easy to learn and you can easily create your own beautiful fashion and home décor projects.
Make a dramatic statement with the floor to ceiling upholstered headboard
These little ric-rac flowers are adorable - you just want to put them everywhere! Some assorted ric-rac, scraps and felt and a few other tools are all you need to make these gorgeous buds.
Here's how to make a storage pouch for an iPod or cellphone using coloured macramé cord.
A few pieces of cord are all that is needed to make these knotted serviette rings for a special occasion.
Start off with our easy macramé bracelet and then move onto more difficult projects.
If you're feeling more confident with macramé, try making this macramé shoulder bag.
Use up all your fabric scraps to make these beautiful fabric flowers.
Here's a clever storage ideas for the nursery or children's bedroom. They're not only cute and handy, they're also a secret recycling project.
I know of several people that create wonderful rugs from fabric scraps and plastic bags, and they look great in a cottage bedroom or bathroom and are perfect for outdoors on the patio.
Non-fraying felt makes this project a cinch, and the zebra motif will have your family and friends demanding where you found it. It's so simple you can adjust the technique to make a rug in just about any size or style.
Use felt to create eye-catching cushions.
Learn how to make beautiful and simple ribbon flowers! Make a bunch and have lovely flowers that bloom on and on! This is a perfect project for Valentine's Day or a wedding in need of some handmade touches.
Adding new cushions to your home is a quick and easy way to warm up your home decor for the winter months. I recently stumbled across this project and thought it was a nice one to share with you, plus the fact that you don't need any sewing skills for it!
Create contemporary kitchen island lighting with easy-to-make custom fabric-covered drum shades on pendant fixtures.
Does your little guy like to get handy around the house? Here's a way that he can help you with everyday DIY - with his very own toolbox!
This project shows you how you can cover your own buttons - without a kit - to decorate cushions, upholstery or a headboard.
I have always wanted to make some colourful applique cushions for the floor, but I find the time consuming process rather daunting! Recently I started thinking about a way to simplify the process and felt popped into my mind.
I had been toying with the idea of a mobile project and our adorable bird pattern seemed the perfect fit. I knew it would be gorgeous!
I have been coveting a coffee-table ottoman, but the R3000 price tag is a bit out of my price range. Then I found this secondhand ottoman for R250.
his alternative to reupholstering or slipcovering is fast and simple to make, easy to launder, and, if you choose to make a wardrobe of wraps, can be changed frequently for the occasion or season.
Tired of losing your garden tools? Keep them together in one stylish package.
Make a beautiful bolster cushion for your sofa or bed. For an affordable project use remnants to make the bolster cover.
Brighten up your window with a colourful cafe curtain.
I am sure that many of us have an old chair hidden away somewhere with a death sentence waiting to be passed. Here's how to make a simple slipcover.
A braai apron is something that every dad will appreciate, especially when you add your own unique message!
Use basic upholstery techniques to give an old, outdated chair a new life.
Add a touch of colour to your table with these handy tablemats. Make up a set or two in bright primary colours to dress up your table for family gatherings or fun entertaining.
The only things sweeter than itty-bitty baby feet may be those itty-bitty baby socks - always outgrown or missing their match long before they're worn out. Give them new life as an easy-to-make mobile that you can hang over a crib, a changing table, or even a new big-kid bed.