10 DIY Projects Using a Yard or Less of Fabric

10 DIY Projects that use a yard or less or less of fabric from Confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Hey Friends! I’m back today with my Décor Enthusiast Girls for this month’s Décor Challenge. Each month we pick a theme or a topic to write about that is related to decorating in some way. You can see all my previous Decorating Challenges HERE.

Today we were challenged to come up with a project using a yard or less of fabric. Well, I have a bunch of those already! Good thing because I spent the better part of last week on a yard saling adventure shopping to help furnish a Habitat for Humanity home for one super awesome and very grateful family, so I will be sharing a few of my favorite DIY fabric projects from my archives!

Trust me there is a LOT you can do with less than a yard of fabric!!

One of my favorites is my Toaster Oven Cover I made out of bleached drop cloth I had left over from chairs I slip covered:

DIY Toaster Oven Cover from Drop Cloth

Not Your Mother’s Toaster Oven Cover

SO super simple to make (I promise) and it looks much cuter than the appliance alone did. Easy to wash too!

Next up, I used almost the very same concept for this little stool I shared recently:

How to easily make a foot stool cover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Sew Easy Footstool Cover

The cover can easily be removed to throw in the wash as well!

How about this thrifty little project, a Fabric Framed Mirror made from thrift store parts:

Fabric Framed Mirror from a thrift store frame and mirror!

Fabric Framed Mirror

That was my final March Madness 2015 project and one that I actually kept for my own space. Imagine all the fabric possibilities!

Another fabric project from last year’s March Madness Series is this round basket I covered with fabric:

Basket recovered with fabric. #swapitlikeitshot

Fabric Covered Basket

That was done with the help of hot glue, and was part of the Swap it Like it’s Hot tour where we all swapped thrift store crap to make over. I got good crap. 🙂

Covering a chair seat is a simple way to update a chair and can easily be done with less than a yard of fabric:

Sewing Chair with a Secret Compartment

Sewing Chair with a Top Secret Drawer

This was a $5 yard sale ugly duckling but I had to bring it home because the seat had a hidden drawer…how cool is that? I also like to finish my chairs off with piping. I share the sew and NO SEW methods for making it HERE.

Next up is this dresser makeover, also a bit of an ugly duckling but I had high hopes for it:

This thrifty dresser got a whole new look with some paint and fabric!
Fabric Inlaid Dresser

I may have used a tad more than a yard here, but the fabric adds so much character. I also did the night table to match, and reupholstered a beautiful headboard in this fabric as well.

Another super easy project I did a couple of years ago using this same fabric was this Ballard-Inspired fabric covered garbage can:

Ballard Inspired DIY Fabric Covered Garbage Can

Ballard-Inspired Fabric Covered Waste Basket

This started as a cheap plastic can from Kmart!

A yard of drop cloth is also enough to make these drop cloth rosettes that updated this oval thrift store mirror:

Thrift store mirror made over using dropcloth rosettes from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Oval Rosette Mirror

I just love the shabby look and feel of these rosettes! See my video tutorial for making those in that post.

Or how about updating a lampshade with fabric? Easy to do!

How to cover a lampshade from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

How to Cover Lamp Shade

And finally, find a pretty fabric to use as a backdrop for some of your favorite photos. I used this fabric shower curtain I found at the thrift store to cover this bulletin board:

Fabric-Covered Bulletin Board from all Thrifted Items. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Fabric Covered Bulletin Board

I cut the bulletin board first to fit this pretty frame. Love the combination!

And there you have it! 10 DIY projects to try using a yard or less of fabric!

BUT WAIT…there’s more! My Décor Enthusiast friends are sharing Fabric projects too!

DIy Fabric Projects using one yard or less of fabric

 Refresh Restyle    Restoration Redoux

Artsy Chicks Rule    Duke Manor Farm    Our Southern Home

Want to share your own DIY Fabric projects that use a yard or less of fabric?  You can!!

Take pics of those fabric projects and share them with us on our Decorating Enthusiasts DIY Forum on Facebook! We created this forum not only so you could participate in our fun decorating challenges, but also so that you have a judge-free zone to share your projects any time, ask questions, and hang out with other creatives just like you!


I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing all the details of my amazing trip with GMC traveling The World’s Longest Yard Sale in partnership with Habitat for Humanity!! Talk about a feel-good experience!!

UPDATE: Read all about the details of my awesome yard sale trip with GMC HERE now! 🙂

See ya’ll then!



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  1. Good morning Christy, love these fabric projects . They all look so pretty! Great inspiration to tackle something in this way!

  2. Marcie Lovett says:

    I love seeing the old projects that I missed the first time! I think I am going to have to copy that mirror idea – spectacular!

  3. You know how I love your slipcovers. I so need to make one of the stool covers. You make it look so easy!!!

  4. Such cute projects!

    I actually sat down at my machine for the first time in a long, long time yesterday to do a little bit of sewing.

    • Thanks, Paula! I actually enjoy sewing for a change and I like that you can see real progress in a short amount of time. 🙂

  5. Love these projects Christy, it’s amazing how far a yard of fabric can go! I especially love your rosette mirror…so cute!

  6. I love it all! I need to do a March Madness, so I can get some projects done!!

  7. GGGRRRRRR!!!!! Okay….OKAY….first you kill me with the first picture of my VERY favorite
    toaster cover!!!!! As I ohh and ahhh in envy, I move to the next picture quickly~ so as to calm my nerves!!!! BUT!!!!! But WHAT??? do you do? Pour vinegar in my wounds!!!! With the bird cage and those hydrangeas!!!! In the very next picture!!!! Bad Christy….bad, bad, bad. Call the paramedics!!!
    That will be Ms. Adeline to you!!!!!…………….XOXO

    • Ha ha you crack me up!! Unfortunately my hydrangeas are pretty much toasted for the season unless I get a few late bloomers before the cold comes. Trying to dry out a few so I can enjoy them a wee bit longer, but those are fall colors now. You can make one of those toaster oven covers…totally easy to do! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. Love them all! Xo

  9. These are great ideas! You had one great tip some time ago about using shellac — putting it over stain before painting but I can’t seem to find it again. Can you give me an idea of what to do when painting over stain? (or tell me where the tip is hidden?!?!)

    Thank you so much!!


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