Make This: How to Make Fabric Vases + A New Fabric Store in LA

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DIY // upcycled cans to fabric vases

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…

The Fabric Store (storefront)

The Fabric Store // interior shot

If you aren’t able to make it into the store, you can always check ’em out online as well: Website // Blog // Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook // Twitter

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?

step by step fabric vases

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Materials:

empty soup cans // fabric scissors // spray adhesive // fabric

How-To:

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.

upcycled can to fabric flower vases

geometric fabric vase diy

DIY fabric vase project

DIY vases made from recycled cans

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.

The Fabric StoreThis post is brought to you by The Fabric Store, a company that specializes in designer dress fabrics stocking an amazing range of silks, cottons, linens & wools as well as specialty pieces such as sequins and leather. You can follow The Fabric Store on Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // and Instagram. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

22 comments | Click here to reply

oh I love this one! I’ve been using pretty water bottles as vase alternatives, but I’ll have to save my next few cans to try this out. the fabric store looks amazing!

juni | September 19th, 2013 at 8:22 am

Thanks Juni. It’s so easy too…I made three in about an hour (after I got the hang of it).

papernstitch | September 19th, 2013 at 8:43 am

Love the fabric choices and looks super easy to do!
My husband is in LA twice a month, maybe I have to go with him one of these times 😉
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Laurel (@abubblylife) | September 19th, 2013 at 10:38 am

Definitely Laurel! And if you do make it into the store, takes some photos for me. :)

papernstitch | September 19th, 2013 at 10:45 am

Those prints are amazing!! I can’t wait to pop into the shop! The vase idea is so smart too, time to start saving my cans!
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Kelly @ Studio DIY | September 19th, 2013 at 11:23 am

Aren’t they great? The geo triangle print is my fave (of course).

One thing I forgot to mention in the tutorial section is…be careful with the cans when you are washing them out. I sliced my finger on the inside lip where a part of the metal wasn’t smooth (caused by the can opener, I guess). Just FYI. Safety first. :)

papernstitch | September 19th, 2013 at 11:28 am

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hehe easy tutorial but pretty cute! I need cans!
thanks for sharing this :)

happy saturday,

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jessie | September 21st, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Thanks Jessie. Happy Saturday to you as well.

papernstitch | September 21st, 2013 at 3:00 pm

What keeps the water from soaking into the fabric and showing on outside of can?

B | September 21st, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The cans are air tight because they previously had a food product in them, so no water should soak through onto the fabric at all. Does that makes sense B?

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I have lots of empty Campbell’s soup cans and Alpo cans. Now I know what to make of them, I just have to get a spray adhesive. :)

Thanks for sharing your ideas Brittni. :)
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Sherri | September 27th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Love the idea!

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Sorry you sliced your fingie :( I discovered that you can use the can opener a second time around the opening (yes, even once the lid is gone) and that it will smooth out any jagged sticky-outy pieces of tin.

Taurean | November 6th, 2014 at 3:16 am

Oh, good tip, Taurean! I’ll have to try that next time.

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