It’s no secret that #TeamNate is filled with creatives, champion DIY’ers, and general smart cookies. So when we found ourselves with some spare yards of fabric from Nate’s collection sold at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, we knew it was a prime opportunity to bust out the scissors and sewing machine to show off how to make the most of extra yardage.
The Nate Berkus Studio team in Chicago whipped these projects up and shared the online tutorials they used. To level the playing field they had one of the “sewing newbies” take them on to make sure they were beginner-friendly.
To start: Half a yard yielded us a pretty beautiful totebag, as seen at left. Here’s the tutorial from Purl Soho (we chose the “easier” option), and the fabric used here is Nate’s Iko in Paramount Onyx.
Another use for a yard? You can make a pillow – or two, if you go with the smaller “boudoir” size. The tutorial is from Newton Custom Interiors, and the pillows seen here are made with (top to bottom): Iko in Paramount Onyx, Iko in Paramount Seashell, Cleone in Paramount Caspian, and Dree Floral in Paramount Nectar.
Or, take that yard and create your own travel kit, with a quartet of pouches – each one requires just 1/4-yard. This tutorial from Purl Soho lays out how to make these – and we used Clestre in Paramount Pearl Gray and Clestre in Paramount Seashell – so fun to make a set in the same pattern but different colorways.
Another two-yard favorite? A pouf. Because just about every living room could use another guest-friendly touch of decor. Check out the tutorial from Dwell Beautiful (and the fabric here is Dree Floral in Paramount Nectar.
Happy sewing! We hope you’ll be inspired to try one of these projects. As always, keep us in the loop with #MyNateBerkus.
Photography courtesy of Nate Berkus Associates