Your Guide to Outdoor Fabrics

Outdoor living has become almost as important as indoor living to many homeowners. More focus has been put on finding quality products to furnish outside spaces since they are now considered an extension of the interior of the home. A wide array of furniture choices is available, which means there is a wide array of fabrics to choose from as well. Here we’ll take a look at some common characteristics of outdoor fabric and what kind of materials are available.

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Common Characteristics of Outdoor Fabrics

  • Water resistant, not waterproof (however, there are waterproofing sprays you can use)
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Weather resistant
  • Fade resistant
  • Permeable/breathable
  • UV blockers

In most cases, these characteristics can be found on the product’s label.

Now, let’s talk about what the fabric options are. We’ll break them down into 3 categories: best, better and good.

BEST Fabrics

  1. Solution-Dyed Acrylic for upholstery, cushions and pillows
  2. Marine-Grade Vinyl/Nautolex for boat upholstery, patio furniture, car interiors, RV interiors, offices, home decor and automotive upholstery

Why they’re awesome: 

Solution-dyed acrylic remains colorfast after sun exposure, as well as wear and tear because the coloring takes place before the yarn is ever created. Liquid acrylic solution and color are mixed together, formed into a fiber, and then spun into yarn, which contributes to its incredible fade resistance. It’s also soft, comfortable and breathable.

Marine-grade vinyl has special pigments that provide long-lasting performance when exposed to the sun and other harsh elements. It’s easy to maintain with a simple cleaning of soap and water.

BETTER Fabrics

  1. Vinyl-Coated Synthetic Fiber Mesh
  2. Olefin/Solar

Why they’re great: 

Vinyl-coated synthetic fiber mesh is widely used on patio sling style chairs. Its ability to support the weight of the occupant without stretching is what makes it so popular. It also has a high UV rating, remains colorfast, and is easy to clean.

Olefin is a great choice for cushions, pillows and umbrellas because of its durability. Although it isn’t extremely water resistant, it can be treated for extra water protection. Comes in a wide array of colors and costs far less than solution-dyed acrylic.

GOOD Fabrics

  1. Spun Polyester/Outdoor Canvas

Why it’s worth considering: 

Spun polyester is a good choice for pillows and cushions. Out of all the other fabrics, it is the most decorative and the most affordable. It’s strong and resistant to stretching and shrinkage. It remains resilient when wet or dry, doesn’t wrinkle easily and dries quickly. Patterns and colors also hold up well.

Caring for Your Outdoor Fabrics

Reading the manufacturer’s instructions tags are a great place to start when it comes to caring for your outdoor fabrics. However, there are some other things you can do:

  • Cover outdoor cushions when not in use
  • Store outdoor furniture during the winter months
  • Avoid wrapping cushions in plastic as it does not allow the fabric to breathe. This could cause mildew if there is moisture present.
  • Spread a towel over cushion when using suntan oils and lotions. Products such as these can break down the UV factor.

If you’re in the market for new outdoor fabric, check out our selection, which includes some beautiful colors and patterns.

When you are looking for a fabric store to buy winter fabrics near you in Keller, stop by our Cutting Corners location in Fort Worth, TX on South Hulen Street for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

How To Sew A Shower Curtain

Making your own shower curtains is simple and easy. All you’ll need is fabric, matching thread, a sewing machine, and either a grommet kit or a buttonhole foot for the sewing machine.

You can use any fabric you would use for window curtains to make a shower curtain. It doesn’t have to be waterproof fabric since you can add a vinyl shower curtain liner when you hang the curtain in your bathroom.


Measure and Cut Fabric

Standard shower curtains measure 72 inches square, so that’s the measurements we’ll be using in this article. If you want to make a different size curtain, take the finished measurements and add 8 inches to the height and 4 inches to the width for hems. You’ll also need to add an extra 1/2 inch to the width for a center seam if you’re joining fabric panels.

  1. Cut fabric into 80-inch lengths. If you’re using a patterned fabric, cut so the patterns match at the center seam.
  2. Place rights sides of the fabric together, matching patterns if applicable, and sew a 1/4 inch seam along the selvage edge to join the two pieces of fabric.
  3. Cut the same amount off each side of the joined fabric panel so it measures 76 inches wide.

Sew Hems

We’re going to use a simple turned hem technique to finish the edges of the shower curtain. You can iron the seams as you fold them to help keep the hem smooth and even, but this is not strictly necessary.

  1. For the side seams, turn the fabric edges under 1 inch, then turn again and pin. Sew on the wrong side of the fabric along the inside fold.
  2. Hem the bottom seam exactly the same way you did the side seams.
  3. For the top seam, turn the fabric edges under 3 inches, then turn again and pin. Sew on the wrong side of the fabric along the inside fold.

Hanging Curtains

You can hang DIY shower curtains using the same hooks you’d use for purchased shower curtains. There are two main ways to do with – with button holes and with grommets.


  1. Mark the location for 12 evenly spaced 1/2-inch button holes across the top hem of your fabric.
  2. Using a buttonhole foot on your sewing machine, stitch your button holes.
  3. Open the button holes using a seam ripper or a buttonhole cutter.


  1. Mark the location for 12 evenly spaced 1/2-inch grommets by placing the grommet on the fabric and tracing the center of the grommet.
  2. Cut a small X in the center of the circle marked for each grommet. Do not cut all the way to the edge of the traced circle.
  3. Push the “male” side of the grommet through the cut X, starting from the right side of the fabric.
  4. Place the “female” side of the grommet over the part of the grommet that’s poking through the hole.
  5. Use the tool that came with the grommet kit to seal the grommets.

If you are looking for an upholstery fabric store near Katy, TX, we have just what you need! Come by either of our locations in Houston where you will find interior (and exterior) fabrics that will be the perfect addition to your Wingback Chair!

DIY Table Covers

Table covers help protect kitchen or dining tables and dresses up the table settings. While you can use tablecloths, runners and placemats all at once, you can also just pick one or two that work for you. If you want a formal table setting you might use all three, whereas a more casual kitchen table looks great with just a pretty patterned tablecloth thrown over it. If you want to let the table show but still protect the surface, runners and placemats will do the trick.


Table clothes, runners and placemats are simple to make yourself. If you can sew a straight seam with a sewing machine, you won’t have any problem making any of these three projects. All you’ll need is fabric, a sewing machine, scissors, thread, pins, and a ruler or measuring tape. Depending on your fabric, an iron and ironing board may also be useful.


Fabrics that can be machine washed and dried are the best choices for tablecloths. Since they’ll be covering an eating surface, tablecloths need frequent laundering and you don’t want to have to worry about them shrinking or wrinkling when you try to clean them. Choose the widest fabric available – 54 inches or wider is best if you want to use one continuous piece to cover the table.

To determine the finished size of your DIY tablecloth, measure the width and length of the table top, then add about 12 inches to each side for the drape. The finished tablecloth should hang over the sides of the table and 1 inch above the chair seats, so adjust drape length as-needed for your table. If the width measurement for the tablecloth exceeds the width of your fabric, add an extra 2 inches for seam allowance when piecing fabric panels together. Once you have the fabric cut out and/or pieced together, finish the edges with a rolled hem, using seam-binding, or with trim.

Table Runners

While table runners will also require cleaning, they’re washed less frequently than tablecloths and you have a bit more leeway when choosing a fabric. This is a good way to use home décor and multipurpose fabrics. You can also add fringe, tassels or trim if you like.

Table runners should measure 1/3 the width of your dining room table and be long enough to hang 6 to 10 inches over each end. Once you’ve determined the size you want for your finished DIY table runner, add 1 inch to the length and width for seam allowance. For a more finished look and to prevent fraying, zig-zag stitch all the way around. Next, measure and pin a 1/2 seam all the way around and sew.


Use the same sewing techniques you used for table runners to make placemats. For rectangle placemats, just cut the fabric to 14 by 18 inches, then sew a 1/4 inch hem all the way around. You could also just leave the edges raw and let them fray a little for a less formal look.

If you’re using a plain, basic fabric for your placemats that takes dye well, like a cotton or linen blend, you can take the DIY a step further using different dye techniques. Shibori dye techniques involve pleating the fabric tightly and then immersing it in the dye (much like tie-dye). Using a dip-dye technique gives you a more gradual transition between colors.

Come visit us at one of our retail locations or shop online! Looking for one of our discount designer fabric stores near Addison, TX? Stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx (located off Midway between alpha and Spring Valley) for great deals on animal print fabrics. You will find something for every home drapery and upholstery project.

Find Your Decorating Style

Not sure what fabric to buy for your new curtains? Can’t decide on a color for repainting your walls? Maybe the problem is that you haven’t discovered your decorating style yet.

Our individual personalities influence the kind of decorations we find most pleasing in our homes. A traveler who collects eclectic souvenirs from their trips won’t be happy with a minimalist house with no room to display their treasures. On the other hand, a busy professional who hates clutter wouldn’t want to live in a room decorated with mismatched prints and piles of accent pillows.

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You can take several online quizzes to narrow down your decorating style. There’s a wide range of different styles out there, and different designers give the styles different names. Here’s a brief overview of the most popular ones:


This is a laid-back style that focuses on creating a comfortable atmosphere. It often incorporates natural items, like driftwood, and uses light colors to make the room feel open and airy. Coastal style is closely related to cottage style. Neutrals, earth-tones, blue and green are common colors used when decorating cottage style. If you live near the sea, love the open air, and/or want a house that feels calm and peaceful, this could be the style for you.


The boho style is carefree, relaxed and experimental with lots of color. The purposefully-messy style speaks of freedom and adventure. Homes decorated in Boho style often mix-and-match different patterns, fabric textures, and furniture styles even within a single room. Many items used in Boho decorating are recycled or repurposed. Rugs are a popular decorating item, including Persian rugs if they fit in the budget.

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Modern decorating styles can go in several different directions. The basic style has clean lines and minimalist décor. Color is often incorporated in bold patterns, like with contemporary rugs. The closely related style Industrial Modern stays minimalistic but often incorporates raw steel, up-cycled decorating items, and exposed brickwork in the walls. Mid-Century Modern style merges furniture styles from the mid-1900s with modern minimalism. Modern styles are popular for homes and apartments in cities.


The “rustic” label includes styles you might see described as shabby chic, farmhouse, and country. Like the cottage styles, rustic decorations are more casual than either traditional or modern decorating. It’s an inviting style that works well for people who like to entertain informally and want their home to feel lived-in.


Traditional style embraces a timeless, classical look. It’s perfect for those who want their home to look tasteful and elegant without pushing decorating boundaries. This style generally has a formal feel and uses lots of neutral colors. Traditional couches and chairs often have rolled arms.


This style incorporates Asian design elements to create a relaxing space. Blue and green are considered calming colors, so they’re often used in this style and paired with natural wood and stone. Solid-print fabrics with a subtle texture work well for pillows and curtains used in zen style homes. This style works well for anyone who wants their home to feel like a retreat from the rest of the world.

How to Use Floral Fabrics Without Overdoing It


When spring has sprung it’s time to phase out the cozy palette and replace it with something light and airy–and what better way to do that than with flowers? The thing is, as beautiful as florals are, they can be overdone. Although decorating with florals can be tricky to master, it’s not impossible. By following a few guidelines, you can integrate florals into your home smoothly.


Find the Balance

Honestly, if you keep it balanced, there are no limits to what you can do with florals. The key is to limit the number of florals to a few key elements in the room. For example, if you’d love to reupholster an accent chair in a floral pattern, showcase it by keeping other elements around it relatively neutral. If you have solid-colored furniture you’d like to spruce up, bring in some floral accent pillows, a floral lampshade, and/or a floral area rug.

Mix Your Match

As long as you have a common accent color, you can mix and match any way you want. Feel free to mix florals with stripes or plaids or any other pattern of complimentary colors. You can also mix big florals with little florals if you’re maintaining a nice balance. If you have a piece that’s overly flowery, offset it with something neutral in both color and pattern.

Florals to Suit Your Decorating Style

If you have a love for modern design, then opt for decorative florals in bold, unexpected monochromatic colors such as black or white. To keep with the modern feel, go with large, graphic prints that pop.

If your fondness lies in traditional design style, try using florals that have a whimsical element to them. Smaller, more intricate patterns can have just as great an impact as large modern prints, when used correctly. Smaller rooms, such as a study or bathroom, can benefit from a single wall covered in a pretty floral wallpaper.

Always remember that size and scale is important no matter which style you choose. Repeating the pattern a few times throughout the space–while maintaining balance–will have your space looking fresh for a new season.

When you are looking for a fabric store near you in Conroe, stop by our Interior Fabrics locations in Houston, TX for great deals on discount designer fabrics. You will find something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics to lightweight cotton fabrics and luxurious Dupioni silk fabrics.

Creating a Beautiful Feature Wall

If you’d like to add a punch of personality to your home considering doing it with a beautiful feature wall. Highlighting one wall is a great way to add interest, style and energy without the bother or expense of redecorating the entire room. Additionally, creating one is quick and easy to redecorate. If you have a hard time committing to one color or think that wallpapering an entire room is just too much, then a feature wall is exactly what you need.


As a general rule, you want to choose a wall that lacks doors or windows. However, an alcove or chimney breast make beautiful features as well. In a bedroom, the most common wall to feature is the one behind the bed.

In many cases, feature walls are used in rooms that are primarily neutral in color. The neutral colors allow the feature wall to stand out and make a statement.

Choosing the Right Color

Choosing the right color isn’t as challenging as you may think. It’s really based on your preference for subtle or dramatic. For a subtle effect, choose something in a shade that’s complementary to the rest of the room. A good rule of thumb is to pick something either lighter or darker than the other three walls so it becomes noticeable. If drama is your thing, choose a color that contrasts (i.e. something that sits on the opposite side of the color wheel).

Choosing the Right Covering

Once you’ve decided on a color and pattern, you’ll have to choose a covering, meaning paint, wallpaper or fabric. Paint is the quickest and simplest material to apply–and with so many options, you’ll have no problem finding the right shade of color for your wall.

Paint is the quickest and simplest material to apply–and with so many options, you’ll have no problem finding the right shade for your wall. If you choose paint, think outside the box. Paint a mural, do some stenciling or make stripes in graduated colors. Wallpaper come

Wallpaper isn’t quite as easy to apply as paint but it’s worth the effort. Today’s wallpaper has come a long way from the wallpaper of past, so there really are no limits when it comes to finding something that fits your style and personality. Wallpaper patterns are anything but dull these days, so you’ll have no problem finding what’s trendy or new.

Covering your feature wall with fabric is an option not as many people are aware of. Just like wallpaper, a fabric can bring you a wealth of color and texture–but with much less hassle. The fabric is so much easier to apply and remove than wallpaper, which means you have the option to change it up more frequently with ease. We have a gorgeous selection of fabric that would be perfect for your DIY fabric wall project.

Whatever you decide, be brave. Your feature wall should make a statement, so don’t hold back.

When you are looking for a cushion and fabric store near Dallas, TX, take a short drive to our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx for great deals on discount designer fabrics and cushions. We have something for every home interior project from gorgeous drapery fabrics, colorful outdoor fabrics, light weight cottons and luxurious Dupioni Silks.

Why You Should Embrace Sheer Curtains

Window treatments come in a number of styles, colors and patterns, making the process of choosing something a little overwhelming. If you ever find yourself in a window treatment dilemma, remember this: you can’t go wrong with sheers. Ever. Not only are sheer curtains timeless, they are extremely versatile for any space and any style of window. Hopefully learning more about sheers will make it abundantly clear that they are worth embracing.


As mentioned earlier, sheers are timeless. Have a modern space? Sheers! Love traditional design style? Sheers! Seriously, they go with anything. Because they allow light and shapes to filter through, they are an excellent choice for using as a wall-to-wall treatment. Think of it as a backdrop that anchors the space without taking away from beautiful architectural features.

If you have a room filled with pattern, sheer curtains will provide a soft visual relief. You can pair them with a pair of solid drapes for extra depth and polish.

With that said, sheers are so beautiful and versatile, they can stand on their own. Stand-alone sheers can provide a dreamy look that’s both casually airy and blissfully romantic.

Sheers often look best when they are long and casual. If your home is shabby chic or has rustic charm, then sheer curtains will add a touch of elegance when they spill just a bit beyond the bottom of a window. As a general rule, opt for longer instead of shorter sheer curtains if you’re ever uncertain about length.

When it comes to color, that’s up to you and your space. In most cases, sheer curtains are either white or off-white. However, if you want to heighten the visual interest, opt for colored sheers. Sheers also come patterned. They look beautiful on their own, but can excel when combined with solid-colored sheers.


Have mismatched window shapes in the same room? Covering them both with sheer curtains makes the difference less noticable. Instead of looking “off” the look will be seamless.

Another great thing about sheers is that they aren’t limited to windows. You can easily use them as a room divider in open concept spaces. Certain areas of the room will feel more private but you won’t totally lose the sense of openness. Sheers are also a wonderful addition to outdoor spaces like porches and patios.

No matter how you spin it, sheers are a no-fail option for your windows. You’ll be happy you gave them a shot.

If you are looking for an upholstery fabric store near you in Houston, TX, we have just what you need! Come by either of our locations in Houston where you will find interior (and exterior) fabrics that will be the perfect addition to your Wingback Chair!

Go Wild with Animal Prints

Animal prints have remained a constant in interior design–and for good reason. Believe it or not, animal prints are extremely versatile, which makes blending them with other fabrics and furnishings a breeze. Using patterns such as these may seem intimidating at first, but there’s no reason to shy away from giving them a shot. From whimsy to sophisticated, let’s take a look at how you can be fearless and go wild with animal prints in your home.


Start Small

If you’re new to decorating with animal prints, or simply want to use them on a smaller scale, ease into it and keep it fun!

Keep it whimsey by focusing on small bursts of animal patterns by adding some accent pillows or a throw. A dalmatian print pillow with piping in a fun color adds a touch of fun to the space without going overboard. Want to add a touch of sophistication? A zebra print is a true classic that won’t disappoint. For a touch of stylish warmth, consider a leopard print throw draped over a sofa or chair.

Another way to easily incorporate animal prints is by adding a rug to your floor. Animal print rugs are readily available, so finding the right one for your home shouldn’t be a challenge. With a rug, you get a touch of fun that easily pairs with other patterns in your home.

For a little burst of fun buy some new animal print dishes. Your tabletop will be anything but boring when you add plates with so much character.

Think Bigger


If you’ve gained some confidence and would like to use animal prints on a larger scale you have some great options as well. For starters, consider dressing your windows in animal patterned window treatments. It’s definitely a bolder move, but when done tastefully, it can make an amazing impact in the space.

Another big move would be to put up animal print wallpaper. If you aren’t ready for four walls covered in it, try sticking to a single accent wall. Or, cover four walls in a smaller space such as a powder room. It’ll be an unexpected surprise to anyone who visits.

Something else to consider would be an animal print stair runner. Imagine how lovely your stairs would look! Plus, depending on the color chosen, it’d serve well at hiding stains, as well as basic wear and tear.

Animal Prints for Sale in DallasFor a fresh accent, have a custom chair, ottoman or bench covered in animal print fabric. Pieces like these are extremely functional, but they’re also a great way to add a splash of personality and style to your home. Feeling a bit braver? Have an entire sofa reupholstered with an animal print!

Whatever you decide, keep in mind that animal prints are always in style. We’ll leave you with some gorgeous fabrics that can be found in our store or on our website so that your imagination can run wild. Be sure to come by or visit the site (just type “animal” into the search bar) to see our entire animal print collection.

Come visit us at one of our retail locations or shop online! Looking for one of our discount designer fabric stores near Carrollton, TX? Stop by our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx (located off Midway between alpha and Spring Valley) for great deals on animal print fabrics. You will find something for every home drapery and upholstery project.

What to Do (and What NOT to do) When it Comes to Window Treatments

Window treatments add personality and style to a room while also making the design scheme look whole. However, as important as they are, it’s necessary to carefully consider–rather than rush–when the time comes to purchase and hang. Here we’ll take a look at what you should and should not do in regards to window treatments.


What to Do

What to do revolves around fabric–basically the color, pattern and fiber. DO choose your color carefully. DO pick pleasing patterns. DO select the best fiber for the space. Since window treatments are often one of the main accents that draw the eye, color and pattern are paramount to evaluate. If you already have bold colors or interesting patterns, you may want to go with something subdued to keep visual balance. Window treatments should complement, rather than overpower the room.

In regards to fiber choice, think about how the room is being used. A high-traffic family room would probably benefit most from easy-to-clean cotton or a casual linen–and most likely in the form of Roman shades or something informal like curtains. A formal dining room, on the other hand, would look best with layered treatments. For spaces such as that, consider sheers and a more formal fabric like satin or jacquard. And don’t forget to think about how thick you need the lining to be. In a nutshell, the use of the room should play a large part in what fiber you select.

What Not to Do

This what NOT to do part focuses on the finishing touches. DON’T neglect the hardware and if at all possible, DON’T forget decorative details. You might not realize just how important the right hardware is. The rods and finials should suit the fabric you’ve chosen for your window treatments (i.e. larger, more decorative rods for heavier fabrics and daintier rods for light-weight fabrics). Additionally, the hardware should complement the rest of the room’s decor. For example, metals and woods should be matched to other common metals and woods found throughout the room.

Trim isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, but it sure can kick those window treatments up a notch! It can be something simple like fringe or something more extravagant like tassels–whichever you choose will make a difference.

Let us help you design stunning windows for your home. Visit one of our locations or browse online. We have a lovely selection of drapery fabric and lining, as well as the trim and hardware you’ll need to create windows that wow!

If you are looking for Window Treatments in Houston, TX, we have just what you need! Come by either of our locations in Houston where you will find everything from comfortable cotton fabric to luxurious dupioni silks and even some of the best faux leathers!

Your Design Style Defined…by Your Window Treatments

Believe it or not, your window treatments can reveal quite about your personality and design style. There are several design styles out there, but the majority of people tend to fall into one of three main design style categories: traditional, contemporary and transitional. Let’s dig a little deeper at the elements that define each of these styles and see if it fits your design style.



Traditional treatments are most commonly defined by their details–and in a traditional room, window treatments are a major design element. Although some drapery can be overly ornate–finished off with swags or pronounced hardware–this is not the only way to represent the traditional style. Something as simple as Roman shades in an elegant pattern, or solid-colored drapes, complete with box pleat and button detail, can be just as traditional as a treatment that’s excessively decorative.

If you feel joy when you look at detail or can’t help but smile at a beautiful pattern, then traditional style may be for you.


Often confused with the modern design style, contemporary is a bit more forgiving when it comes to the “guidelines.” In regards to contemporary window treatments, the focus is twofold, being that it’s on the pattern of the fabric or the simplistic structure–rarely ever on both.

If you actively embrace the “less is more” way of life, then contemporary design style may be for you.


Transitional is the middle ground between traditional and contemporary. Draperies with something such as a pinch pleat up top and more color and pattern throughout is a good example of transitional window treatments. The pinch pleat is more of a traditional trademark while the excess of color and pattern verges more on contemporary. Transitional window treatments allow you to have the best of both design worlds: the familiar and the flexibility.

If a harmonious space makes you feel at peace, and if you enjoy being able to freshen the look of your space on a whim, then transitional design style may be for you.

If you are looking for beautiful fabrics for window treatments near Katy, TX, we have just what you need! Come by either of our locations in Houston where you will find interior (and exterior) fabrics that will be the perfect window treatment fabrics!


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