No-Sew Fabric DIY Projects

You don’t need a sewing machine to create a unique project you’ll want to display in your home. DIY expert and owner of Upsy-Daisy in white bear lake, Danielle Rode stopped but to share three no-sew fabric projects.

Boho-Style Lamp Shade

Materials for glowstick/sparkler holders:

  • Old lamp shade
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

How to:

  1. Remove the original lampshade fabric and set aside lampshade frame
  2. Tear or cut strips of fabric into ½” to 1” wide by approximately 5-8” long strips
  3. Wrap the fabric strips tightly around the lampshade frame – start at the top with a dap of hot glue and work your way down.
  4. Use the hot glue at the ends to keep the fabric in place.
  5. When done you can either use a light kit and hand the lampshade like a chandelier or put back on your lamp.

Wall Hanging

Materials needed:

2 wood slats (1’x3″ cut to length of finished fabric)
220 grit sandpaper
Wood stain
Heavy twine
2 screw eye hooks
Iron-on hem tape
Staple gun or hot glue gun

How to:

Prepare fabric:

  1. Cut your fabric to your desired size (leave ½” on each side for hem allowance)
  2. If you would like the edges of your fabric to have a finished look:
    1. Fold the edges in ½” on each side.
    2. Iron the edges flat.
    3. Iron on the hem tape to secure the finished edges.

Prepare wood slats:

  1. Cut the wood slats to the length of the finished fabric, or an each longer if you prefer the wood to be longer than the fabric width.
  2. Sand the edges with sandpaper to remove rough edges
  3. Stain the wood


  1. Use the glue gun to spread glue along the strip of wood and press the front of the top edge of the fabric onto the warm glue.
  2. Glue the front of the front, bottom edge of the fabric to the other wood strip.

Screw the eye hooks to the top piece of wood and tie your twine. Your art will hang from them

Fabric as Wallcovering in a Hutch or Cabinet

Materials needed:

  • Fabric
  • Corn starch
  • Water
  • Tupperware type of container
  • paint brush
  • squeegee or spatula

How to:

Make cornstarch paste:

  1. Combine ¼ cup corn starch and ½ cup cold water in container. Put lid on container and shake until well blended.
  2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil Add cornstarch mixture and stir until has consistency of thick gravy.
  3. Allow mixture to cool before using.

Paste fabric to surface:

  1. Use a paint brush or roller to coat surface you are going to apply fabric to.
  2. Position fabric on top of coated surface.
  3. Apply a generous layer of corn starch paste to the top of the fabric.
  4. Use a spatula or squeegee to smooth down fabric and remove air bubbles.
  5. Allow to dry.
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