Welcome back to Flawed yet Functional! Emily Stauch here again to talk a bit about home decor and why you should DIY the home textiles. As you may have read above, a fulfilling life is important to me. Life is more than health and food, challenging and enjoyable hobbies play a big role too. Today I’m chatting about my sewing hobby and why I think you should give it a try. Custom drapes, shades, blankets, and even throw pillows can cost a fortune, so why should you make your own custom home textiles? Well, I’m so glad you asked! Click through to read the top 4 reasons!
While I was finishing up my custom flanged Euro shams for my master bedroom, thoughts of “is this worth it?” and “why am I doing this?” rang through my head.
Sewing is a cathartic process for me, so I mulled these questions over as I put the pieces together for my shams. I came to the resounding conclusion that everyone should try to make their own custom home textiles.
Wow, that’s a huge statement, Emily. Yes, it is. Let me explain why.
Custom Home Textiles
Home textiles are things made of fabric that are used in the function and decor of your home. Drapes, shades, throw pillows, blankets, etc. are all home textiles. It is these pieces that will help your home look more cozy, cohesive, intentional, stylized, and even high-end. These are the all-important finishing touches that make a room.
I’m coming to learn that I love to make my own home textiles, and there are multiple reasons you should make your own textiles beyond just monetary savings.
Let’s just get the money one out of the way first. It is cheaper to make your own home textiles. You can afford a much higher quality fabric and design if you sew it yourself than if you purchase from a store or hire someone to do it for you.
I cannot think of a case when it is actually cheaper to buy something from a store versus make it. Well, that’s not true. It is very cost effective to buy curtains at Ikea. However, the quality and fit are miles different than homemade. Not that there is anything wrong with buying pillow shams or curtains from Ikea, but don’t compare them to homemade because they aren’t in the same ballpark.
Pull Together a Mis-matched Space
There are limited color and pattern choices available at the nearest big box store or online site. There’s a good chance the item you are looking for will not be exactly the right thing you need to pull your space together.
Don’t settle for less! Sew those throw pillows yourself! The sky’s the limit as far as color, texture, and patterns available! You CAN find the exact robin’s egg blue you need to pull patterned drapes together with that new rug.
When you are making home textiles yourself, you CAN find a pattern you love for curtains that will pull together grandma’s old quilt and that garage sale rug! A few homemade textiles can help bring cohesiveness to your eclectic furnishings.
Pride in Accomplishment
There’s a sense of pride and accomplishment when you make your own home textiles (or really anything you make yourself!). You made those Roman shades or shams YOURSELF! You sewed something together that not only looks beautiful and fits your space perfectly, it is completely functional! That’s an amazing accomplishment!
Reflection of Personal Style
Odds are your personal style is not completely reflected in what’s available at Pottery Barn, World Market, your local supermarket or…Ikea! So make it yourself! You will learn a new skill and make your home beautiful in the process. That, to me, adds joy and fulfillment.
Selecting and sewing your own window coverings and soft accessories will allow you to shape each room to your own color and style preferences. Your home is a reflection of you, and making your own home textiles will show your personality more clearly.
Am I really saying that sewing is for everyone? Well no. I know that some people will find no joy in sewing, but I think many people long for a cohesive, beautiful home but lack the budget or availability in stores to buy everything. For that, I say buy a cheap sewing machine from Costco and sew it! (hint hint…I may be doing just that on this blog!) If we’re being honest, most of home decor sewing is straight lines! Try making your own custom home textiles and see your home transformed!