Lately it seems like whenever I am leafing through a catalog or browsing store aisles, I am struck more and more by how many handmade-look items are for sale. The trend has grown steadily over the past few years, and that pleases me. I know that if people are buying items for their handmade look, taking the next step to actually trying to make something is definitely a possibility.
Some of my first sewing projects were home dec items. I think that we all have a natural urge to customize our spaces, and my urges were driven by my limited budget. But what I found in the end was that I could come up with something much nicer and more meaningful than I could ever buy in a store or hire someone else to do. (And I saved a pretty penny, too!)
Take the pillow, for instance. It's square or a rectangle at it's most basic. But from there, you can incorporate patchwork, add some embellishment with appliqué or embroidery, or trying a nice piping. And because pillows have two faces, you can get two pillows in one, too.
It's so nice to know that us sewist are right on trend and even ahead of the curve. I predict that the numbers of people who turn to sewing for creative outlet will only increase as more and more take up the needle and thread.
For plenty of modern home dec projects, including the fabulous kitchen set cover project, check out Stitch Fall 2014 in the Sew Daily Shop.
P.S. To push your handmade and embellishment skills to the next level, try taking classes at a live event, such as the seminars RNK Distributing presents across the country.