Reupholstering Chairs & Cushions

Reupholstering Chairs & Cushions Scottsdale AZ

General wear and tear is bound to happen on furniture, especially items that are sat on regularly. When this happens, pitching it to the curb isn’t always the solution. Often times, it can be revived with a little TLC. Instead of replacing an old chair, give it new life by recovering the cushion. Not only will you improve its look, you’ll save a lot of money as well. Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to reupholster a removable chair cushion.

Step 1: Choose Your Fabric

Often times, the reason homeowners replace a piece of furniture is because the fabric is outdated. Visiting a fabric store like Fabric Resource opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to new choices. There will be multiple fabrics to browse through and speaking with an employee will help you find exactly what you want for your chair. For one chair cushion, you’ll need approximately 1 to 2 yards of fabric to complete your project.

Step 2: Remove the Seat

For this, you’ll need a screwdriver and either a staple remover or pair of needle-nose pliers. Turn the chair upside down and unscrew the seat. Be sure to keep the screws handy for later.

Step 3: Change the Fabric 

This can be done in two different ways. The first, being to remove the old fabric and the second, to just cover it with the new fabric. There’s really no reason to remove it unless the inner padding needs to be replaced, but if you decide to, be sure to use a staple puller or needle-nose pliers to remove the staples. If you plan to just cover the old fabric, spread out your new fabric, place the seat on top, and then measure 4 to 5 inches beyond the seat on all sides. A piece of chalk works well for marking your lines. After the lines are marked, cut the fabric.

Step 4: Attach the Fabric 

Make sure the seat is centered and that the pattern isn’t crooked before attaching it. Fold the fabric up and over the straightest side of the seat and begin to staple. Start with a center staple and then work your way out to the edges. Keep the fabric tight so it doesn’t bunch. Repeat this with the opposite side of the seat, pulling the fabric firmly. If you make any mistakes, pull the staples and start over. Once those two sides are done, wrap the fabric around the remaining two.

Step 5: Pleat the Corners

Take the corner of fabric and point it towards the center of the seat along the diagonal. Fold one side down alongside the diagonal and then fold the other side so you have a nice, straight pleat. Once you have it like you want it, staple it in place. Continue this for the remaining three corners.

Step 6: Apply the Finishing Touches 

Now it’s time to wrap the project up. Trim any excess fabric, hammer in staples that aren’t flush and stain protect your seat.

Step 7: Reattach Seat

Now that you’re done, return the seat to the chair. Screw it back into place and enjoy your beautiful new chair.

At Interior Fabrics Scottsdale, we will be happy to help you with your selections for your project. We carry a wide range of designer fabrics at discount, wholesale prices to save you money without sacrificing quality.

 

Design the Perfect Teen Girl’s Bedroom

Design the Perfect Teen Girl's Bedroom

With the ever-changing styles of young girls, it may seem impossible to design the perfect teenage room. With the right fabrics and furnishings however, it can be done. Here are some design ideas that will express your teenage girl’s maturing style.

Think Chevron

No, we don’t mean the gas station, but rather the pattern. A chevron is an inverted V-shaped pattern and it’s becoming one of the latest decorating crazes. If you have a girl that loves a bold look then chevron chic is the way to get it done. This pattern can make a really strong impact on a room, and although you want to make a statement, you don’t want to overdo it.

A great way to use the chevron pattern is to incorporate it into your flooring. When it comes to girls bedroom design however, that might not be the best way to go. Instead, focus on chevron patterned fabric. For your bold, shabby chic girl, go for gold. Gold chevron fabric is super sophisticated and will look great pretty much anywhere you put it. Try incorporating the pattern on the bedspread or on throw pillows and drapes.

Animal Kingdom

For your girl that has some added flair, focus in on animal prints. Whether you venture on the bold side or stick with subtle colors, animal prints are the perfect way to add some fun to her space. One of the best places to add animal prints is on furniture. Faux gator, zebra or leopard patterns, made out of faux leather or suede, make great upholstery fabrics for chairs, cushions or ottomans.  If there aren’t many furnishings to reupholster, focus on the biggest piece in the room: the bed. A comforter made out of suede animal print will definitely make the bed the focal point of the room.

Silky Smooth

The glamorous girl should be surrounded by silk. Two amazing fabrics that will make the perfect teen girl bedroom are taffeta and dupioni silk. When combined, the results are stunning. The natural bumps and impurities within dupioni silk make it a beautiful fabric for bedding. The smoothness of taffeta makes a lovely contrast when used for drapery throughout the room. You really can’t go wrong with either one of these fabrics so whether you use one or both, just have fun with it.

Additional Tips for Girls Bedroom Designs

  • Most teens like to stay away from a lot of white color.
  • Many teenagers love bold colors.
  • Painting the walls is a great way to incorporate change without redesigning.
  • Find out from your daughter if she wants a specific theme or color scheme.
  • Nice, doesn’t have to equal expensive. Look for sales and visit your local fabric store for materials and advice.

When deciding on your selections for decorating, come in to Interior Fabrics in Austin, Tx to view our collection of discount designer upholstery fabrics, custom furniture pieces, drapery hardware and more!

Choosing the Best Upholstery Fabric

Although color seems to be the most important reason people chose fabric, there are other factors that should be considered as well. Factors like style and durability, as well pets, fade resistance, and ease of cleaning, should also be taken into account before making a final decision. With that said, it can still be difficult to narrow down your choice without enough information. Here we’ll look at the different traits of fabrics, which will help make your decision a little easier.Choosing the Best Upholstery Fabric Houston Tx

Fabrics fall under two categories: natural fabrics and man-made fabrics. Natural fabrics are cotton, cotton blends, leather, linen, silk, wool, ramie and hemp. Man-made fabrics are acrylic, microfiber, vinyl, rayon, olefin, nylon, acetate and triacetate. Each has their positive and negative points, but once you take your needs into account, you’ll be able to figure out what will work best.

When it comes to fabric durability, think about where the piece of furniture will be. Will it be in a high traffic area like a family room or will it be a formal piece that won’t get as much wear? As a general rule, woven patterns will hold up longer than printed ones. Fabrics with higher thread counts will also be very durable.

Fabric swatches have a fabric wearability code, which will help you determine if the particular fabric will meet your needs. If you are at the fabric store and are unable to find this code, ask the salesperson for help.

A double rub test is used to determine fabric strength. The double rub, is a back and forth motion that gives an approximation of the wear and tear. 3,000 double rubs are equivalent to one year’s worth of use.

Heavy duty (HD) fabrics withstand more than 15,000 double rubs. These fabrics tend to be stiffer and thicker than most fabrics. With that said, newer blends are now available, which give you more supple and softer options. Heavy-duty fabrics are a great choice for family rooms.

Medium duty (MD) fabrics withstand between 9,000 to 15,000 double rubs. The fabrics are a bit more versatile, making them perfect for family rooms, as well as living rooms.

Light duty (LD) fabrics can handle about 3,000 to 9,000 double rubs. These fabrics are more delicate, only withstanding one to three years of regular use. This fabric is best on pieces that get minimal use like formal dining room chairs or for sofas and chairs in formal sitting rooms.

Delicate duty (DD) fabrics should only be used on pillows or purely decorative furniture. This is because it withstands 3,000 double rubs or less.

Other tips when it comes to fabric:

  • Color is important, so make sure your choice is appropriate for the room and its purpose.
  • Keep fabrics that fade out of direct sunlight.
  • If you live in a humid climate, look for mildew-resistant fabric.
  • Microfibers are best at keeping certain allergens to a minimum.
  • Avoid delicate fabrics if you have indoor pets.

Keep in mind that quality fabric doesn’t necessarily mean expensive fabric. So before you buy, shop around. Visit us at Interior Fabrics in Houston, Tx, tell us what you need and let us help guide you to the right choice. Fabric and furniture is an investment, so make sure you gather as much information as you can before you make a final purchase.

Interior Fabrics, Houston named as one of the ‘Best Fabric Stores’ by CBS Houston!

 

Window Treatments: Getting Them Right

Window Treatments Getting Them Right Houston

One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when it comes to window treatments is getting the proportions wrong. It’s important to understand that scale and proportion are different. Scale refers to the size of an object compared to the space it’s in, while proportion is all about relationships. For example, an overstuffed sofa crammed into a small living room would be a scale issue. Proportion, on the other hand, would be something like a rectangular dish on top of a square table. The dish wouldn’t necessarily look right since it’s not the correct proportion for the table.

Take a look around your home. Are the elements of the room in harmony? What about the windows—are they? The harmony comes into play when the scale and proportion work together. If you don’t understand how the two go hand in hand, then you can end up with window coverings that are too small, too skimpy, too top heavy or too side heavy. It’s these little design flaws that make all the difference if you want a finished appearance to your rooms and windows.

The design solution is based off the requirements of the room. Determining whether your window treatments are function or decorative, will help make the selection much easier. Even with purely decorative window treatments, scale and proportion is important. You want to make sure that window treatments are appropriate for the room. Window treatments in simple rooms don’t need to be overdone and they shouldn’t be skimpy in room of a bigger scale.

Tips for Scaling Window Treatments

  • Most windows will need 1½ widths of fabric to make a side panel. Two story windows at least two widths are needed.
  • Tall window treatments often need a deeper return to hang properly. As a general rule, 5 ½ inches for a single drapery and up to 8-10 inches for exceptionally tall windows.
  • Smaller-scale rooms look great with small tight pleated draperies, such as pencil pleats, pinch pleats or fan pleats.
  • Pleats need to be over-sized in tall window treatments.
  • For top treatments, start by dividing the finished length of your drapery by five or six to determine the approximate finished length.
  • Before purchasing rods or rings, take into consideration the size of the room, the height of the windows and the scale of the treatment.
  • Tiebacks are the most pleasing to the eye if they are placed high (about 1/3 down) or placed low (about 2/3 down).

If you still find yourself struggling with your window treatment, don’t hesitate to visit us at Interior Fabrics in Houston. Taking time to become more educated about scale and proportion will help in all aspects of design around your home.

 

Area Rugs for Your Texas Home

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Sometimes the interior design of a home just isn’t complete without an area rug. Area rugs are multifunctional and should really be considered when decorating your home. Not only do they bring color and style into a room, they also protect your flooring. With that said, not all rugs are alike. When it comes to rugs, they are constructed differently both in material and weave, come in variety of sizes, and require specific care and cleaning based on their design. Keep in mind that a high quality rug is going to be an investment. You want to buy the best rug you can afford, so if you have to go without, until you save up enough money, it’s better to do so.

Although machine-made rugs can be produced more quickly, the same basic techniques used in hand-woven rugs, still apply. Whether you purchase a machine-made product, or a handcrafted one, knowing the features of each type of weave will help narrow down your options.

 

Hand-Knotted rugs are made up of individual knots that are tied to the warp yarns that make up the length of the rug. All of these knots are what makes up the surface, otherwise known as the pile, of the rug. The amount of knots in the rug, enhance both the durability and the value, meaning the more, the better. Another key feature is that no two hand-knotted rugs are the same.

Tufted rugs don’t have knots, which make them easier to manufacture. The surface of these rugs is created by loops of yarn that are pulled through the backing material. The loops are then sheared, making the rug smooth. Keep in mind that tufted rugs tend to shed more than other rugs, which means more vacuuming may be required.

Hooked rugs are similar to tufted rugs, but without the sheared loops. Instead of a smooth surface, you have a knobby, embroidered look.

Flat-Woven rugs do not have a pile like the above-mentioned rugs. Instead, the vertical yarns are woven through the horizontal yarns.

Braided rugs do not have a pile either. Another special feature is that they are often reversible. These rugs are extra strong and durable, because the yarns are braided into one continuous rope, which is then sewn in a spiral.

As mentioned earlier, rugs are made from a variety of materials. The main natural fibers area rugs are made from are wool, silk, cotton, sisal, hemp, jute, bamboo. Rugs also come in synthetic fibers like nylon, polypropylene (olefin) and rubber. Before making a purchase, think about your needs. Will the rug be placed beneath furniture? Will the rug be used in high-traffic areas? Understanding more about fibers will help you make a decision.

  • Wool – strong, durable, soft and easy to clean, but prone to fading.
  • Silk – strong and soft, with sheen, but harder to clean.
  • Cotton – durable, machine washable and biodegradable, but wears quickly.
  • Grass fibers – strong and durable, with great texture, but prone to staining.
  • Synthetic fibers – strong, durable and stain-resistant but crushes easily.

As you can see, all have their pros and cons, when it comes to durability, feel and ease of cleaning, so it’s really going to come down to your budget and your needs.  Talking with the rug supplier will help you figure out what will work best in your home.

Fabric Resource has a wide variety of Persian, contemporary, and shag rugs for you to choose from. Often times, when a rug is purchased from a department store, there is a huge price markup involved. This is why the best option is to purchase from a reputable rug dealer. The quality of our rugs is exceptional and we offer a 25% off introductory offer. Shop online or come visit us at Interior Fabrics in Austin, or another of our Texas locations!

 

Warm Up Your Home for Winter

Warm Up Your Home for Winter Dallas

It’s that time of year again. Those warm days of summer, and mild days of fall, are about to be pushed aside by the cold. Even though the temperatures are dropping outside, that doesn’t mean it can’t stay warm inside. 

One of the easiest ways to bring warmth into a home is with rich fabrics. Accessories like blankets, bedding, table linens, draperies and pillows covered in luxurious fabrics, can take the chill out of any room.

Organza 

Organza, a lightweight fabric, is shiny and sheer. Since it is usually made with silk, it can be on the expensive side, however, there are less expensive versions made from synthetic fibers. Organza is a wonderful choice for sheer drapes, or something less dramatic like napkins.

Cashmere

Although cashmere has predominantly been used for clothing, it can now be found in home décor. Cashmere blankets, throws and duvet covers in warm earth tones are a wonderful way to warm up spaces around you.

Organdy

Organdy is often confused with organza. They are very similar in appearance but organdy is made from cotton, rather than silk. Although its luster is more on the muted side, it still makes a great choice for curtain panels. For something different, try making organdy ribbons to top off your holiday gifts.

Velvet

Thanks to the industrial revolution, velvet is much more affordable and attainable. A fabric made from both natural and synthetic fibers, velvet has been a popular choice for curtain panels and upholstery fabric. You can’t go wrong with using it in that manner, but try mixing it up by warming up your dining room table with placemats, a tablecloth or chair slipcovers made of this luxurious fabric.

Silk

This natural fiber is highly decadent and makes any room look luxurious. The great thing about silk is that it absorbs moisture, which makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Warm up your bedroom with a silk duvet cover paired with a couple of decorative velvet pillows.

Another great way to bring warmth into the home is with accents. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your seasonal home décor changes:

  • Add rugs to cold floors.
  • Use natural elements for decorations. Think dried flowers, pinecones, and leaves placed on the mantel or in glass bowls.
  • Place candles with scents associated with the season around the house or use oil warmers.
  • Create a more intimate seating area around your fireplace.
  • Replace bold-colored artwork with black and white prints.
  • Purchase low-wattage bulbs to create a cozy and romantic mood.

Interchanging fabric and accessories for the season doesn’t have to be too stressful or too costly. Even little changes can make a big difference in warming up your home for those cold winter months.

When you’re searching for your favorite designer fabric, make sure to visit us at our Cutting Corners location in Dallas, Tx  to get discount prices without sacrificing quality!

Understanding Drapery Fabric

Understanding Drapery Fabric North Houston

The drapery you choose is a key component to a successful room design. Drapes do more than just serve a purpose in blocking unwanted light and providing privacy. They also pull the look of the room together. Before any final decision should be made, it’s important to evaluate the style of the room. Doing so, will help narrow down the fabrics and colors you need to complete the look. Continue reading to learn more about drapery for you home.

Drapery fabrics can basically be broken down into four categories: sheers, lightweight, moderate weight and heavyweight.

Sheers seem to be popular for rooms with lots of windows, natural light and open space, because they allow light into a room, while still providing privacy. While they can be used alone, they are often paired with heavier curtains or drapes. Sheers can also soften a room when looped over decorative drapery rods or used to adorn bed canopies. Sheer drapery fabric comes in a variety of colors, both plain and patterned, and can be made from both natural and synthetic fibers—the main ones being organza, lace, muslin and batiste.  

Lightweight fabrics are more substantial than sheers and tend to be the most popular because they are stain resistant and easy to clean. Cotton is the most lightweight and the fabric most widely used in home decorating. Cotton blends, acetate and linen are also popular lightweight drapery fabrics.

True to their name, moderate weight fabrics are weightier than sheers or cotton-based fabrics and are better at blocking light. They work well in homes located in harsh climates, aiding in keeping the cold out in winter and the heat out in summer. Two great materials that fall into this category are canvas and brocade.

Heavyweight fabrics are widely used in formal areas, such as dining rooms and sitting rooms. Velvet is one of the most formal options available and is primarily found in solid colors. Other popular choices are chenille, a soft-textured fabric, and tapestry, which is normally beaded and accented with tassels or beads.

Your fabric selection will be based on the style you wish to portray, how much money you want to spend, and how much maintenance you want. Talking with your local fabric supplier can be the most beneficial, but for now, here are some guidelines to help:

  • Cotton is strong, easy to care for and comes in a wide variety of colors, weights and weaves, but can wrinkle easily, shrink or stretch, and become weak in direct sunlight.
  • Silk is luxurious, but is prone to sun damage and water spotting. It can also be expensive to clean.
  • Linen is another strong fabric, but lacks elasticity. It also tends to wrinkle and can be shrink-prone unless treated.
  • Acrylic and polyester blends tend to pill, but are affordable, crease-resistant choices.
  • Acetate is economical and offers a nice, silky look, but is weak and easily damaged by the sun.
  • Nylon is durable, washable and reasonably priced.

As you make your selections, think about the hardware you’ll need. Hardware is another essential piece in your window treatment, so it needs careful consideration as well. Rods, finials, rings, brackets, and sconces need to be factored into your decision. Figure out what you’ll need and then choose something that will accentuate your fabric.

Whether you’re picking drapes to be a focal point or a neutral point in your home, weigh out all your options before making a final decision. Adding drapery to your home is an investment, so you want to make sure you purchase wisely.

At Interior Fabrics in North Houston, we are happy to assist you in picking out your designer upholstery fabrics while making sure you pay wholesale prices. Stop by our fabric shop on FM 1960 before your next decorating project begins!

 

Christmas Home Decorating Ideas

Christmas Home Decorating Ideas Dallas Texas

Is your holiday spirit reflected in your home décor on a large scale, or do you have a minimalist approach? Whether you’re a holiday decorating novice or a seasoned pro, here are 6 ideas that might inspire your home décor this season.

Brighten Up Your Front Door

There are quite a few ways you can dress up your front door, but here it never hurts to stick with the classics. An evergreen wreath accented with wide red ribbons, or a long garland wrapped in twinkling lights, are great ways to make your home look warm and inviting.

Accent Your Mailbox

Don’t let your mailbox get left out in the cold. Try draping your mailbox with an evergreen garland wrapped loosely in sheer ribbon. Incorporate a big bow or other wintry items like silk poinsettias or faux berries.

Create an Eye-Catching Centerpiece

Just because Thanksgiving has come and gone, doesn’t mean that your centerpiece has to go. Instead, create something new that will be fitting for the holiday season. An elegant Christmas centerpiece can be created easily with silver vases, red roses and white tallow berries. Accent the bases of the vases with garland, sprigs of berries and votive candles.

Incorporate Greenery

There are many things around the house that can be wrapped in greenery. Gone are the days where garland strictly adorns the mantle. Wrap evergreen garlands around the staircase banister, the backs of dining room chairs and columns or pillars. You can even wrap them around the stems of pendant lights. If it can be wrapped, wrap it! To top it off, incorporate twinkling lights.

Pop Out New Pillows

Throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to change the look of a room. Change out your current pillows for ones in shades of red, green and gold. If you’re unable to find ones you love at the department store, head to your local fabric store instead. A fabric supplier is a great way to get exactly what you want. Whether you sew the pillow yourself or have someone do it for you, it’s a great thing to have handy each time Christmas rolls around.

Make Use of Your Ornaments 

A great way to add big impact to your tree is by clumping small ornaments together in one spot. Simply thread them together with string and then hang. With that said, ornaments don’t have to stay on the tree. If you have extras around, put them to use in other ways. Fill baskets or large glass vases with them and set them around the house as accent pieces. There’s really no point of having all those ornaments if you’re not going to use them!

With the winter holidays coming up, make sure to come in and see us at Cutting Corners in Dallas to get some new fabrics at discount prices. We’ll make sure you get designer fabrics at wholesale prices!

Fall Fabric Color Schemes for 2012

Do you warm up your home for fall this time of year? What are your favorite color schemes? We all have our favorite colors and the two biggest areas that allow us to surround ourselves with them are fashion and home décor.

Pantone, the color experts recently released their fall color picks for 2012. As usual, they don’t disappoint, meaning there is something for everyone. Here’s a peek at this fall’s hottest colors:

Pantone Fall 2012 Colors

 

Surprisingly, these colors don’t fall under the category of typical autumn colors, and that’s OK. What’s great about this palette is that it’s versatile. Not only do these colors work great for fall, but they work well for other seasons too.

It would be hard to use all the colors in your home, so we’ve put together 4 color schemes we love and have also suggested some of our fabrics that would work well within that palette.

Color Scheme #1: French Roast, Honey Gold & Tangerine Tango

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Suggested fabrics: Blooms (orange), Carson (brown) and Lucky (gold)

Not only are all three colors gorgeous, they work very well together. The boldness of Tangerine Tango (also voted Pantone color of the year for 2012) might be a bit much to cover the walls in, but it’s perfect for complimentary fabrics and accent pieces around the home, like lamps and vases.

Color Scheme #2: Olympian Blue, Titanium & French Roast

 

Earth tones like gray and brown always look good together and set a solid foundation for other bursts of colors. One would think those colors are too masculine together, but when tied together with a color like a bold blue, the look changes dramatically.

 

Suggested fabrics: Kazoo (blue), Mendy (gray) and Glynn (earth)

 

Color Scheme #3: Rhapsody, Titanium & Bright Chartreuse

 

Since Rhapsody is a grayish purple, so it makes sense to pair it with a grey. With that said, a duo like that needs a good punch of color to make it exciting. This is why we picked Bright Chartreuse to round it out. The colors are fun and sophisticated and work all year round.

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Suggested fabrics: Susan (purple), Allen (lime) and Super Silk (platinum)

 

Color Scheme #4: Pink Flambé, Rose Smoke & Ultramarine Green

 

Pink and green go beautifully together, so seeing them on the Pantone 2012 fall list is no surprise. Sure, pink can be a very daring color for the home, but when done correctly, it makes a lovely statement.

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Suggested fabrics: Kazoo (brick), O-Sunburst (petunia) and Jefferson (teal)

Come visit us at Interior Fabrics in Scottsdale, AZ to check out some of these great fall fabrics.

 

Creative Fall Centerpieces for 2012

Creative Fall Centerpieces 2012 Fort Worth

Creative Centerpieces For Autumn

As family and friends gather around your table, make sure you have a centerpiece that shows your holiday spirit as well as your creativity. Here are some great ideas that range from traditional to unique.

The Classic Cornucopia 

It’s classic for a reason. The cornucopia is warm, welcoming, and exudes all things Thanksgiving. Decorative cornucopias come in all sorts of sizes, which allows you to really get creative. A cornucopia filled with gourds, Indian corn and other fruits of harvest, placed upon an autumn-hued tablecloth or runner is a timeless centerpiece perfect for anyone

Coffee Bean Candles

A fun idea that will also bring a nice aroma into the room is a coffee bean candle centerpiece. Fill a mason jar about ¾ of the way with whole coffee beans, nestle a tea light on top, tie a bow around the jar with some twine, and voila, you have a centerpiece not quite like any other.

Candles & Rocks

This is an easy centerpiece and it looks great. Take 3 votive candles (placed in tiny candleholders or tiny flowerpots) and set them on a rectangular porcelain tray or piece of mirror. Nestle the candles in some moss and polished rocks for a simple, no-nonsense arrangement that will work for many occasions. Add polished stones engraved with words fitting for specific holidays (i.e. thankful, joy, love, blessings, etc).

Floral Bell Peppers

It may sound strange, but it makes a perfect fall centerpiece. Get an assortment of colored bell peppers, like green, orange, red, yellow, or a mixture thereof, and cut it an inch from the top, ensuring it is not completely cut off. Hollow and clean out each pepper, so it can be stuffed with seasonal flowers and leaves. To really make them pop, set them on small autumn-colored plates, like brown or gold.

Gourd Vase

Seasonal vegetables don’t have to be just for eating. A butternut squash can make an excellent vase once the top is cut off and the flesh is scooped out. Fill the vase, or vases if you like a fuller arrangement, with fall flowers like sunflowers, dahlias, or mums. Use footed plates to vary the heights of multiple vases.

Leaves & Fruit

Make your own table runner out of fall-colored felt or wool flannel, picked up from your local fabric retailer. Add ribbon down the middle, securing it with fabric glue or double-sided tape. Place baby pumpkins on top of a cake stand, and set it in the center. Scatter leaves, gourds, more pumpkins, pears and apples along the runner to finish it off.

Stemware Flowers

Often times, your very own stemware can make a great centerpiece. Cut the stem off of flower and set the bloom head in the glass. Use a variety or wine, martini or champagne glasses to make it even more visually appealing. For something different, place the glasses facedown on top of the bloom, and set upon a decorative charger. To have the look last all season, use silk flowers rather than fresh.

These are just some of the numerous centerpiece ideas out there. There are so many great elements of fall that can be used as material for all your projects. It doesn’t take much to make a truly unique centerpiece everyone will love.

Fall is a great time to stop in to see us at Cutting Corners in Fort Worth to check out our discount designer fabrics for special decorating projects, as well as ongoing home decor maintenance.

 


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