The sweet ladies at The Fabric Store recently sent me a gorgeous stack of fabric from their shop to kick off their new store opening in Los Angeles. If you live in Australia or New Zealand you’ve probably heard of The Fabric Store already, and now that a US store has opened, everyone here in the states can enjoy it too.
Since this LA location (136 South La Brea Avenue) is the flagship store for the US, it’s kind of a big deal. A.K.A., definitely worth the trip to visit the shop in person. Awesome thing to note: All fabrics at The Fabric Store are grouped by color and type, which makes it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for, even if you’re in a hurry. Kind of like a clothing store. Pretty cool, huh?
I am in love with the prints they sent over (get an idea of the available selections here) and can only imagine how great the selection in-store is. Really wish I didn’t live all the way across the country, so I could visit in person. For now though, I am hoping to live vicariously through all you LA peeps who might take pity on me and post a photo or two on Instagram so I can pretend I was there.
Here’s a quick peek into the shop…
Okay, so do you want to see what I made with the fabrics they sent over?
It’s an easy one and (bonus) uses upcycled materials.
So here was my thought… Vases can be pretty pricey and a lot of the options that are actually affordable kind of suck in the looks department. So, this is my DIY solution for that: fabric-covered vases made from soup (and beans) cans. The short container is the bean can, in case you’re looking for different sizes at the grocery store. Whenever I look at it, I say (in my head), ‘Roll that beautiful bean footage’. Remember that commercial?
empty soup cans // fabric scissors // spray adhesive // fabric
1. Start by cleaning out a soup can with soap and water, then remove the paper label and dry the can off completely.
2. Next, cut a piece of fabric to size (slightly larger than the can – about an inch wider, longer, and taller). Set aside.
3. Spray the can with a coat of spray adhesive.
4. Then, put the fabric down on a flat surface and place the can on top. Begin rolling and pressing down on the fabric as you roll, to secure the fabric and remove bumps. Secure extra end (that overlaps where the fabric started) with more glue/ spray adhesive.
5. Spray the inside of the can with adhesive and then tuck the top of the fabric, where the opening is, inside the can.
6. Add water and flowers and you are done.
What do you think? Will you be saving soup cans and fabric scraps for a project like this?
For more DIYs like this one, visit the DIY & Tutorials page.