Since it’s a lazy summer day here and I’m fighting a summer cold, I thought I’d bring back an oldie for some of our readers who may not have seen this project yet. Our Fabric Samples to Finished Art DIY project was completed almost a year ago and has since been featured on Dollar Store Crafts and in the Asian version of Reader’s Digest! Pretty cool, huh?! And just for fun, I also added a couple of new pictures.
A little while ago I came across a blog that mentioned a company called Tonic Living located here in Toronto. Being eager to find more local sources for decorating things, I popped over to their site immediately…and fell in love. They have the most gorgeous retro, funky fabrics. They even offer samplesof many of their fabrics for $1 each. I ordered a few samples for a couple of projects I was planning (roman blinds for the kitchen, throw pillows for my girls room, etc.) and waited with much anticipation for them to arrive in the mail. I didn’t have to wait long and I wasn’t disappointed.
These are just a few of the samples I ordered:
After I decided which I preferred for certain projects, like the Roman blinds for the kitchen, I had a quick fun idea for what to do with some of the sample pieces. They were, after all, in the right colour scheme. How perfect!
So my project was going to be three square pieces that each had a different fabric.
Here’s what I started with:
3 small square canvases (from the Dollar Store)
3 fabric samples
a staple gun & staples
Basically, I just laid one canvas upside down on each piece of fabric. I then pulled the fabric tight and stapled it to the back of the wooden frame, working on opposite sides to be sure the fabric laid straight. For the corners I just folded them up like presents and stapled them too.
Right here is where I ran out of staples in the staple gun and had to recruit hubby to look for more – out in the shed, under the bed, in the closet. (Don’t ask, some of our stuff is stored funny at the moment).
Tonic Living also sticks these great labels onto the back side of their samples. I just removed them and put them on the back of each of the canvases so I could still remember which fabrics were which should I decide I wanted more.
Here is the finished product:
And here is the cost break down:
$3 ($1 each x3) for the fabric samples (Tonic Living)
$2 for all three square canvases (Dollarama)
$0 for the staple gun we already had (you could use a regular stapler or a hot glue gun too)
Not bad for a such a nice little space filler. What do you think? Where could you put a splash of colour or a shock of pattern? Something you could totally do, yes?
(Fabric photos belong to Tonic Living, remaining photos were taken by AKA Design).