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Diy Linen Lantern Lamp

27 May

You will need:

  • Linen fabric. We used Ada & Ina’s Lotta White and oatmeal 100% Linen fabrics.
  • The lamp cage & lamp cord
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Sewing supplies

For this tutorial we used the old Ikea Orgel lamp. If you don’t have this old Ikea lamp it’s ok to use any other lamp frame if available. Start by removing the paper around the lamp cage and clean them thoroughlyMeasure the circumference of the frame, prepare your fabric and cut to size.Dimensions of the fabric 84cm width and height about 65cm.  This includes the seam allowance. You can regulate the  height measure according to how tall you want your lamp to be. Turn the seam on the upper edge, pin in place and sew.

Repeat the same for long side seam, except don’t hem it or it will look too thick, just sew 1 cm away from the edge. Don’t need to finish the other edge. You will end up with a tube.

Fit the fabric on top of the frame and pin in place. Sew the fabric by hand onto the frame in four points. This should be enough to keep the fabric in place. We don’t want it  to look too finished.

From the unfinished edge measure about 20cm up and mark the point. Take the same color thread (length 50cm) as your fabric and with long stitches sew it around entire fabric starting from the place you measured and marked. With the thread in place pull and the the fabric will crinkle. Finish the thread securely so that the smocking will stay in place.

 

Feel free to share this project!

Just remember to link back to us: www.linenfabrics.co.uk/linen-aspirations

 

By Soile Makkonen

How to care for linen fabrics

13 May

Here we have put together a few pointers to how to take care of your linen fabrics and to get them remain in good condition for longer. If you would like further advice please contact us!

Linen washing instructions:

  • Always follow the instructions included in the product.
  • Linen products are usually washed separately from other laundry.
  • Fill the washing machine only half full.
  • The linen product should also irrigated in lukewarm water before washing, as it reduces washing wrinkles from forming.
  • Check the lint filter before and after washing.
  • Washing temperature of 40 and 60 degrees.

The detergent according to the washing temperature:

60 degrees: white laundry detergent, bleached linen

40 degrees: colored laundry detergent, natural colored linen and linen terry.

Lots of water and the slow rhythm during washing to reduce wrinkling and shedding.

Linen fabric care instructions (after washing):

  • Straighten the linen fabric immediately after washing and hang to dry.
  • Avoid using a tumble dryer. It consumes natural fabrics.
  • Mangle or iron linen fabric when it’s moist.
  • Washing and ironing straight linen shrinks about 7%
  • Store linen products straight or rolled , as the linen fiber is fragile, which brakes easily if folded in long term storage.

 

How much fabric do i need? Upholstery fabric metrics guide

30 Apr

Are you unsure how much fabric you need for your upholstery project? This upholstery fabric guide is meant to help you decide the amount of upholstery fabric you may need for your upholstery project. In this guide we are showing the images of different furniture and number of meters  typically needed for reupholstering. This guide is meant to be a general guide  since all furniture are unique and not necessarily match what is shown on the guide. Try to choose a typical shape which is the closest match to your furniture and add meters as needed. If you are taking on an upholstery project on the very first time – it might be good idea to order about 10% extra fabric – just in case something goes wrong. Sometimes fabric retailers have a limited stock of the fabrics and if you run out of fabric it might be impossible to get some additional fabric if needed.

Some tips:

-Not all furniture fits easily into a general category. Special furniture (ottomans, love seats) require different amounts of fabric than other similar size furniture.

-Sofas with tall backs and ruffled skirts need an extra 2 to 3 meters of fabric. It is better to buy too much than too little, you can always use the excess fabric to make extra sofa pillows.

-If you are upholstering a fabric with a pattern, you need more because of the repeat.

-Take your needs into account and consider fabric durability. Especially if your furniture is heavily used. Lighter and less-woven fabrics are suitable for decorative purposes.

-Please remember to check a shrinkage for the fabric you have chosen. If the fabric shrinks – normally the natural fibers does shrink – please wash the fabric before cutting it. Some natural fiber fabrics can shrink up to 10% which will make huge difference if the fabric is ever washed. 

This guide was created by Ada & Ina. Ada & Ina is specialized in natural upholstery fabrics and curtain fabrics.

 

By Soile Makkonen