3 No-Sew Ideas for IKEA’s Punchy New Fabrics

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IKEA is well-known for its furniture, excellent tableware, and meatballs—but a hidden gem among them all has always been its textiles. For more than 80 years, the Swedish superstore has sold fabrics in all kinds of vibrant patterns, and starting in July, it’s adding 20 new ones in a collection called Tyg. 

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The 100% cotton, precut rectangles come at a tempting price ($10 to $15 for 59-by-118 inches), but the eternal question remains: What do you even do with a bolt of fabric? Thankfully, IKEA has thought of that. The brand has offered up several brilliant ideas for using the textiles around the house, no matter your sewing level. In fact, some don’t require a needle and thread at all. Here are our three no-sew favorites.

Instant Art

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All you need is a stapler and a blank (or not) canvas to create one-of-a-kind wall art. Just cut the fabric to cover a piece of foam board, stretching the cotton tight along one side and stapling the edges to the back. Repeat until all four sides are secure.

Better Boxes

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Storage never looked so chic. Armed with your fabric, scissors, and glue, you can transform shoeboxes (or even books!) into beautifully covered objets. Honestly, it’s not that different from wrapping a present.

Orderly Walls

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Apply fabric glue to one end of a fabric rectangle and roll it up around a wood rod. Use the glue to add pockets in a contrasting textile, then tie two cuttings to the ends of the rod to hang your organizer on the wall with a big bow. 

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Julie Vadnal

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Julie Vadnal is the deputy editor of Domino. She edits and writes stories about shopping for new and vintage furniture, covers new products (and the tastemakers who love them), and tours the homes of cool creatives. She lives in Brooklyn.