Sewing Inspiration: IKEA

I don’t know where to begin with explaining my love for all that is Ikea…just about every piece of furniture in my apartment except for my couch is from Ikea. And did you know that there’s a home dec fabric section? I bet you did, you sassy sewists. I took a recent trip to my local store this weekend to buy a coffee table (huzzah!) and spent some time looking at their entire textiles selection for inspiration. Really, once you start thinking outside of the box and not looking at a fabric as its intended to be used, it’s amazing what the possibilities can be for different fabrics to work their way into your wardrobe.  Below are a couple of my favorites with a suggestion on what sewing patterns to pair it with.

All images from Ikea

Jannike Panel Curtain
I could totally see these dot stripes forming an interesting “V” formation on the bodice of a Hazel dress.  Or, wouldn’t this fabric make totally adorable Maritime shorts??

Solrun Fabric
Since this is a home dec weight, wouldn’t it be fun as a tulip-skirted Elisalex dress?  The heft of the fabric would help keep the skirt’s shape.

Ludovika Fabric
I love how nutty and kooky this print is, it looks like someone was doodling on a piece of notebook paper.  How about a Ginger skirt – the home dec weight would make a nice, crisp a-line skirt shape.

Malin Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set
This fabric print makes me think of waves at the beach!  A summery dress would seem appropriate for this fabric, like the Lonsdale Dress.  The full skirt of the dress would be great to showcase the print.

Askertistel Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set

I love this sunny yellow color, and with it’s stenciled-like floral pattern, I think it would make such a sweet Cambie dress.

Sy Sewing Machine
And hey, for the beginner sewists out there, you can pick up a sewing machine at Ikea, too.  For $69.99, I’m not too sure how great the quality is (or isn’t), but Ikea claims that it “satisfies basic home sewing needs.”  Sooo…maybe it’s good for hemming curtains?


  1. May 28, 2013 / 1:23 pm

    Funny you mention it — I'm making a dress with Ikea fabric right now. (I do love their fabric.)

  2. May 28, 2013 / 1:49 pm

    I wish we had an IKEA where I live because I would definetly buy that doodly fabric!

  3. May 29, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    Great ideas! I bought some of their fabric for home dec purposes, but didn't think about other possibilities!

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