I was thrilled when I was asked to participate in the JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store review for a new line of fabric that is an exclusive collection featuring HGTV Home décor fabrics and trims.
This past week I received a package that contained one yard in Checkered Past in Berry ( a blend of 58% Cotton and 42% Linen at 57″ wide) and one yard in Urban Blossoms in Berry ( 100% cotton at 54″ wide), a length of matching trim, and the April Issue of HGTV Magazine.
For my review I was asked to create a project using the fabric that I received by either using one of the online projects available at JoAnn.com or by creating something of my choice. I opted to create a new valance for my knitting studio and felt that I would have enough fabric leftover to create a small matching table runner. With an idea in mind, off to my local JoAnn store I went and came home with two patterns, 3 yards of cream-colored braided trim and 3 yards of beaded trim, which was way too much but I’m going to use it for another project later on down the line.
Braided Trim, Beaded Trim, Patterns and Fabric
I decided to start with the valance, as it seemed to be a fairly easy pattern. After cutting out the pattern paper piece, I placed it onto to the fabric and cut out six pieces ( three pieces in each color), which meant I would be eliminating the standard backing.
Pinned and ready to cut.
My idea was to alternate the fabrics.
Next it was time to place one piece of each color right side together, add the trim and get ready to sew them together. The trim was placed from edge to edge only, and pinned down in place. At the point, I carefully snipped the trim so it would create a smoother and more flawless edge.
Right sides facing, pin together.
When adding a braided trim, place the trim edge at the edge of the fabric, laying the top piece of fabric down on top of it. Pin in place.
Points can be a bit touchy at times and if not down correctly, can cause an uneven edge.
To avoid an uneven edge, gently snip the trim at the center portion of the point in the fabric, careful not to go through the braid itself. By doing this, your trim will lay smooth and create a nice edge.
Be sure to pin your layers in place for sewing, edge to edge works the best.
Remember to remove your pins as you go!
I opted for a 1″ seam and used my guide on the sewing machine to help me keep a straight line.
So the edging would not show, I made sure to sew snuggly against the braided trim, which was easy to do as I could feel the edge.
After sewing the edges, I left the top portions of each piece unsewn so I could turn the fabric right side out for creating the rod pocket. Each valance was turned right side out, gently ironed and the top edges were folded twice (one fold for the hem and the second fold for the seam) to create the rod pocket. After pinning down each fold, I seamed the rod pocket opening down in place.
Creating the rod pocket was a snap – two folds of the fabric, ironed gently in place and a 1/4″ seam sewn.
I was very pleased that all three valances turned out exactly the same and looked great on my window. I realized that I had a small gap between the two end valances and the rod, so I made two small squares to fit on each end to give a more finished look.
Finished with five pieces total, each one separate that can be moved around for interest.
I had just enough fabric leftover to create a reversible table topper. I used the beaded table topper pattern so I could cut out the ends for a perfect point. Like the valance pieces, I pinned the right sides together, adding the beaded trim at each point. On one edge, I left a 3″ space unsewn so I could draw the right sides through. Once this was done, I gently tugged each point to help make everything lay smooth and flat, then ironed each side.
I snipped one bead post off each end before pinning down the edges to sew.
One tip I forgot to mention when sewing corners, remember sew just before the corner, place your needle down, raise the foot, and turn to sew down the other edge. By doing this, you have a smoother edge and corner.
One side finished in Checkered Past Berry
The reverse side in Urban Blossoms Berry.
I love my new look for the window and the table topper was just the perfect size to lay on top of my antique cedar chest.
So what do I personally think about this new line of fabric? I love it! It’s sturdy, high quality and available in a variety of colors and patterns that are warm, and vibrant. I would also venture to say it’s not only perfect for upholstery projects, throw pillows and decorative accessories (table runners and place mats), but perfect to use for the bedroom to create a decorative headboard, curtains, valances, bedding, such as a quilt, duvet cover or comforter, and more.
Here’s a few other things to know:
Be sure to print off the coupon below, a special 10% off HGTV home fabric and trim valid April 7th through May 4th. This coupon can be used during the sale for extra savings!