No Sew Decorating Ideas
Using pinking shears can be a little more cumbersome than typical
scissors. Some find that cutting more than one piece of fabric at a time
helps keep their edges neater.
It’s important to remember to keep the shears as straight as possible,
take your time and go slowly when making the cut.
Due to the teeth on the shears, you’ll not be able to move them forward as
you cut as you would with regular scissors – each cut will be new and be
the length of the shears you are using.
Pinking shears can be used to cut a variety of papers and fabrics. If you
plan on cutting quite a bit of both – you may want to invest in two
separate pairs as you need extremely sharp shears for fabric cutting and
paper can dull the teeth faster and they cannot be sharpened.
It’s important to
take good care of these shears for many reasons including that they are
not an inexpensive investment when compared to other types of scissors and
If they are dropped the teeth can become misaligned and any excess of
humidity or moisture can affect how they open and shut.
Other useful ideas for using pinking shears – use them to trim wax paper
wrappers for home made caramels and trimming ribbon for gift baskets and
With pinking shears and
fabric, you can be on your way to quick decorator fixes.
From sheer organza to homey
plaids, we all know there are great fabrics available in the marketplace.
It’s also easy to incorporate them into your décor with little or no
sewing and all the while saving money.
Sheer fabrics are great
for incorporating into elegant table settings, draping over mantles hung
with garland and quick window scarves. During the holidays, try adding a
string of lights (look for wedding lights with white cords for lighter
fabrics) for a bit of sparkle. Battery operated strands are available for
Use themed fabrics for simple tabletop accents - not only are there many
seasonal and holiday prints available, but also many to fit other themes
such as barbecues, hobbies, collectibles, etc. Fabric accents can be
trimmed and used as runners, table toppers, and more. Plus, it's easy to
get colors to match your other decorating items.
Napkins, bandanas from the craft store (check out the large selection of
prints next time you're there) and other themed fabrics make for a custom
and often inexpensive way to line a gift basket. See our Celebrations page
for more ideas.
Fabric is also great for
wrapping around potted plants and for decorating the back of tables for a
special dinner party or event.
Many fabrics such as polar fleece and ultra suede don't ever need sewing.
A quick and easy polar fleece blanket is as easy as cutting to size,
trimming the edges in by 3-4 inches for a fringe, for an extra touch,
knotting the edges.