We're thrilled to announce the arrival of our new fabric, Faux Suede. The first suede we've offered, this fabric is perfect for upholstery and opens up a new world of possibility for custom DIY home dec projects. We whipped up these ottomans to show off just a slice of what this new fabric can do. Check 'em out.
Samarra created a two-yard design that features totem-inspired faces and striped coordinate squares, which Kate used to reupholster inexpensive ottoman cubes in our new Faux Suede for a quirky and colorful addition to the Spoonflower office.
If you're inspired to design your own unique ottoman, or if you'd like to DIY a stack of cubes with Samarra's Totem Faces fabric, check out Kate's Faux Suede sewing tips, and a little info on how she made her masterpiece below.
Samarra's fabric design is two yards long and fits onto the width of the Faux Suede perfectly, so you will get enough faces for two ottomans with each two yard piece. She also included two top panel squares in her Totem Faces fabric print, so if you’d like to make your own soft pouf, instead of re-covering an existing ottoman, you can simply sew the six panels together in a cube and stuff them with bean bag fill.
Remember to clip the extra fabric around the corners where the three panels meet to keep the corner clean when its turned right side out. There is a ½” seam allowance included around each of the face designs to leave some room for fraying. The top panels have an extra fat stripe around the outer edge to allow for a bit of flexibility in sewing the top panel to each of the sides for the best fit after you have the four sides sewn together.
Faux Suede Sewing Tips
Ironing If required, use an iron with a light touch on a synthetic setting only.
Pinning Instead of pinning Faux Suede try using paper clips, bobby pins, binder clips, metal hair clips or Clover Wonder Clips to hold fabric pieces together for sewing.
Fraying To help prevent fraying we suggest using a product like Fray-Check or you can finish seams by overcasting, serging or making a flat-fell seam.
Sewing Needle A universal needle that is size 90/14 or 100/16 with a new sharp point will work best for Faux Suede. If you are sewing several layers you may have more success with 100/16.
Thread We suggest using 100% polyester spun thread for best results. A cotton-wrapped polyester thread should work well too.
Sewing Machine Foot While a standard foot should be just fine, if you find that the fabric is not gliding under the foot while sewing you can use a piece of wax paper or tissue paper between the foot and the fabric; then, simply tear the paper away after sewing.
Stitching Using a standard straight stitch should work well for Faux Suede. Though, when topstitching it is recommended that you increase your stitch length. If you find that seams are bunching or puckering it may be helpful to use a zig-zag stitch or a double needle.
Testing Always take care to test your machine settings on a scrap of suede before starting your project.
Faux Suede DIYs in your future? Check out even more projects made with this versatile new fabric on Flickr.