DIY FABRIC PLANTER BAG

diy-fabric-planter-bagdiy fabric planter bag from Craft Hunter

These fabric storage/planter bags have seriously grown in popularity over the 12 month’s haven’t they? You’ll probably struggle to find a homewares store without at least one version of them. Whether it’s for displaying your pot plants or storing your nick nacks, they’re an awesome addition to your home and considering how ridiculously easy they are to make and customise, you really should jump on the train and make one up for yourself!

Mid-last year I created this DIY planter bag project just for Winkelen magazine and since then I’ve made this project at least 5 more times, either out of fabric or paper. They’re such awesome gifts and are really cute for just around the home. I thought it was about time I shared the full tutorial on Craft Hunter for you so you can re-live the inspiration!

For this one I used some Ikea fabric for the patterned side, and I just used white cotton for the inside. If you want yours water tight, try a laminated fabric for the inner layer.

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • 2 pieces of fabric for the outer layer 45x65cm each
  • 2 pieces of fabric for the inner layer 45x65cm each
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Sewing pins
  • 2 pieces of craft foam or scrap cardboard
  • Sewing machine and thread (or needle and thread)

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Measure out and mark up a 40 x 60cm rectangle onto the back of 1 piece of fabric (obviously go bigger if you have a large plant though!) Place on top of your 2nd piece of fabric so the backs are both facing out and pin around the sketched rectangle. Sew 3 sides of your rectangle with a simple straight or zigzag stitch, leaving one of the shorter sides open. Trim around your sewed edges with your scissors.

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Place both hands inside your pillow and flatten it out so that the seam is facing up and is in the centre. Push a pin through the seam and ensure its centred with the seam on the underside.  Mark a 20cm straight line across the point.
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Sew across the line, trim off the fabric and then repeat for the other side of your bag. You should then be left with a base that looks like this:
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Repeat these steps for your 2nd fabric design and when you’ve finished, place your liner bag inside the other. To keep the bag sitting up nicely I placed a couple of pieces of craft foam in between the layers, cardboard would work a treat too.
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Roll down the two pieces of fabric from the top and you’re done! Be sure to pop a drip tray under your plant pot to protect the fabric, if you haven’t used a laminated fabric.
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diy fabric planter bag from Craft Hunter

DIY WOOD FABRIC HEADBOARD

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Check out the newest addition to my bedroom! All thanks to a trip to Ikea over the weekend where I spotted this fab new wood-look fabric. I’ve wanted a headboard for my room for ages now and have had to rack my brain for a rent-friendly idea which didn’t involve screwing it to the wall.

I actually only picked up a metre of this fabric on Saturday as I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. Naturally as soon as I got home I decided on a bed head and had to have it in my life immediately, so a quick boyfriend food bribe later and back off to Ikea we went.

I love those moments when you are really excited about a new DIY project and you can’t wait to get it finished! I was like a loopy kid jacked up on sugar. I had some polyester pin board left over from a previous headboard project flop, so the process was crazy simple. If you have some sheets of MDF this would also work a charm and I’d recommend gluing a layer of padding or extra fabric to soften it up a tad before putting the wood fabric in place.

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Lisel Fabric from Ikea (I have a king bed so bought 2.5 metres)
  • Polyester pin board (also known as acoustic board – I got mine from Bunnings) or sheets of MDF to fit the width of your bed.
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Staple Gun

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

First step – Measure out your headboard width and cut your wood or pin board to size. I went just 10cm wider than my bed, so 5cm either side. The pinboard I purchased was 1200 x 800mm so I left the height as is and trimmed the width of each board.

Step 2 – Iron your fabric

diy wood fabric headboard by craft hunter

Step 3 – Measure and draw a straight line down the top of your headboard wood/pinboard on the back. Use this line to check your fabric design is straight. The wood design has a nicely annoying pattern with vertical lines so it’s important it lines up well when finished or your headboard is going to look a wee bit drunk

diy wood fabric headboard by craft hunter

Step 4 – Tape your fabric down in place, keeping it a little taught.

diy wood fabric headboard by craft hunter

Step 5 – Now you can get to work with the staple gun. Start at the top over your taped section. Be sure to keep it nice and straight and staple around 5cm from the edge, every 10cm or so.

Step 6 – After the top is secure, start on a top corner and work your way down a side.  Pull it tight before each staple and watch that the design looks straight.

Step 6 – Now you can staple the bottom edge. Be sure to really give it a good pull and make it nice and tight. Then do the same with the final edge.

Step 7 – Pop it behind your bed! The mattress itself is enough to hold it in place fine and I just left it resting on the floor, but if you’re keen to secure it properly you could use some 3M velcro back strips too which are also rent-friendly as they peel write off.

diy wood fabric headboard by craft hunter

Has a real Scando feel don’t you think?

Really excited by this fabric and kind of want to put it on everything. If you use it in a project, or make your own headboard, please make sure you let me know by tagging me on instagram – I want to see! @crafthunter

Fiona x

diy wood fabric headboard by craft hunter

Dailylike Launches in Australia

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There seems to be a huge growth spurt of modern and quirky craft companies popping up in Australia at the moment and it’s slightly AWESOME! My latest fave find is Dailylike who are a Korean company and only recently launched here in Australia. Their online store is full of fun, cute-as-a-button goodies. Especially loving the fabric tapes in the below pic. Move over washi tape, fabric tape is where it’s at!

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Along with their shop, they are kicking off their own DIY workshops called “New Beginnings” as a tour around Australia as we speak, with classes set in Sydney for this weekend and Adelaide and Melbourne later this month.

I have a new found addiction to workshops and day classes and highly recommend all of you to try one this year. It’s such a a great, non-awkward way to get away from the computer and get properly inspired among new people who are on your craft-obsessed wave length.

You can check out their shop and workshop schedule over here – www.dailylike.com.au 

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Do you know of other cool workshops happening in your area? Fill me in!

Fiona x

 

DIY Potato Printed Cushion

Don’t you love seeing modern craft projects that take you back to kindy days? I remember printing shapes on paper with potatoes back in kindy thinking it was the bee’s knees and clearly I haven’t changed a bit because this DIY idea made me RIDICULOUSLY excited 25 years later!

Potato stamp printed cushion

It’s a one hit wonder as the potato obviously wouldn’t last too long, but it’s a perfect project for DIY-ers who just want a quick and simple way to spruce up some fabric. I kind of love how it is faded in some areas too, gives it more of an industrial feel. If you want to cut your design onto something that will last longer, try a small block of rubber or lino instead which you can just pick up from craft stores.

Head here to check out the tutorial on Grandma Glamour

Really like her orange and black combo. Cute huh?