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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

DIY sewing machine cover

8 May

A cover for your sewing machine is necessary to keep the dust out and keep it running smoothly. Covers that come with most sewing machines are not the most visually-pleasing so make your own from fabric to match your style and decor. With this tutorial it’s super easy to make your own.

You will need:

  • Fabric, sewing machine & sewing supplies. In this project we used Ada&Ina’s Grunge 100% linen fabric.

First you need to measure the dimension of your sewing machine (height, lenght and width)

Cut the fabric according to your measures and add 1cm to each measurement for seam allowance. You can drape the largest piece over your sewing machine to ensure measures and fit are correct. Place the larger piece on the table right side up and measure the center point, to this you will pin the side pieces.

Sew the pieces together and remember to leave 1cm without sewing from the both side pieces edges. Pin the sides to main section with both fabrics inside out and sew together.

Turn the cover right side out and finish bottom edge with zigzag sew. Finally hem at the bottom all the way around, pin in place securely so that the bottom edge will be straight, sew and you’re finished!

Feel free to share this project!

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

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