I love fall. It’s absolutely my most favorite season. I would give you a list of all of fall’s features, but it needs no introduction. I don’t need to tell you that football starts in earnest, it’s boots and leggings season, and there are so many decorating opportunities!
I joke with my husband that fall is the start of my busy season with the big three: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Although the official start of fall this year is September 22nd, I start putting fall decor out the first cool morning that rolls around.
I’ve acquired a lot of decor over the years and one of the easiest ways for me to tie them all together is with fabric. I use fabric for so many things, (and I stopped sewing years ago). Why? Because it once took me two weeks to sew a shower curtain. Anyway, I digress. I love fabric. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to kick up your decor a notch and make everything look tied together.
One of my favorite things to do with fabric is to make table runners. I started doing this out of necessity. I change my table runners out at least three times during the fall season and I’ve historically had a hard time finding table runners in the lengths that I need. Now I don’t worry about it. I head to the local fabric shop, pick some fabric, and make my own at home. I’ve been doing this for about a year, and it really adds to my dining room without a big expense. Since my tabletop decor is so colorful, I chose a neutral, patterned fabric to make this fall table runner. (Directions on the blog.) It’s the perfect backdrop to the decor that I have in my dining room.
I’ve also used a lot of fabric around my fireplace to tie all of my decorations together. We’ll start at the bottom and work our way up. I have a lot of pumpkins, but I wanted to make them look like they all go together. I used some candlesticks, draped the fabric on
top of both of them, and placed the pumpkins. It’s such an easy and simple thing to do, but it completely changes the look when you add the fabric.
I started doing this by accident. I went to an estate sale at the home of an interior designer a few years ago and bought a huge box of Christmas decor (because I’m obsessed) and it had so much fabric in it! I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it, so I started putting it under several things in my house that Christmas, and I haven’t looked back.
I also made a pennant banner to hang on the fireplace. I love this fabric pattern, so I used it on the banner, and to drape over the candlesticks.
Mesh fabric was so easy to wrap around the base of the greenery and drape over the side of the vase and beneath the pumpkin sitting right beside it.
Finally, I had some really thick corkboard fabric that I had leftover from a project. I thought it might be fun to cut it out into leaf shapes. These were then used to hang on the greenery and I used gold thread to tie it around the vase. All of these were really easy to do!
I used fall colors here, but you can use any kind of fabric. I generally like to use thinner fabric because it drapes more easily.
The possibilities are endless! I’m planning on covering a few pumpkins with fabric in the near future. So happy fall and happy decorating, y’all.