DIY and Crafts

4 fun projects with fabric to do over a weekend

Get creative this weekend and try your hand at one of these super easy craft ideas with fabric


Type the word of your choice in a text document, increasing the font to your desired size. Print and cut out the letters. Place each letter on the fabric, trace the outline with a marker pen, then cut a square around each. You will need some two-sided iron-on adhesive for the next step (ours was from Spotlight). Cut pieces of adhesive the same size as your fabric squares. Iron the fabric and adhesive together with a hot iron. Cut out the letters, peel off the backing, then iron into place on your pillowcase.


If your old mousepad is looking a little tired, why not spruce it up with your fave fabric? You can also use an inexpensive new pad, as we did. Apply clear craft glue thinly to the top of your mousepad, spreading it right to the edges. Cut a square of fabric bigger than the mousepad and place this on top, smoothing any bumps. Allow to dry well, then trim around the edge with sharp scissors.


Take some plain black magnets and apply clear craft glue to the top. Cut small fabric squares slightly bigger than the magnets and place them on top. Once the glue has dried, trim around the edges to remove excess fabric. Use on a whiteboard or fridge.


Cut 12 strips of fabric measuring 2cm x 36cm and lay them on top of each other. Take a key ring hook clip and thread the fabric through the loop, folding it in the middle so the ends of the fabric strips meet. Take another small piece of fabric and tie it rightly around the top of the looped fabric to secure. Add your keys.

Shop the look

Fabric from Spotlight. Wall painted in Resene ‘Black White’.

1 Mousepad, $3, mug, $6 for 4, from Kmart.

2 Magnets, $3 for 12, from Look Sharp. Gift tag, $4, Rifle Paper Co map of NZ card, $9.90, from Father Rabbit. Magnetic whiteboard, $12, bamboo pen cup, $4, from Kmart. Earth Luxe soy candle in spearmint basil, $34.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond. Pedestal plant pot, $10, from The Warehouse.

3 Vintage white canopy, $89.99, from Adairs. Cotton velvet cushion cover, $44.90, from Citta. Conscious organic cotton single duvet cover set, $49.99, cotton pillowcase, $12.99, from H&M Home. Lily & George Florence the Flamingo, $34.99, from Shut The Front Door.

4 Key ring hook clips, $2 for 6, from Look Sharp. Dixon leather handbag in jungle, $159, from Citta.

Words by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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