Striped Roundup and Bistro Awning MINI-Tutorial

After our fabulous Messenger Bag tutorial this morning with kojo designs I thought it would be fun to really spread the striped fever. So I did a round-up of projects created with IKEA stripes! (plus a mini-tutorial at the end).Sadly, you can only buy IKEA fabrics in their store (no online shopping). And it’s not like they’re the most fabulous fabrics ever invented. But they’re pretty wonderful. So if you know someone who lives near an Ikea you might ask them to buy you a yard or four….or search around for other options. Stripes are obviously one of the oldest tricks in the book. So I’m sure yellow/white fabric is easy to come by. I just love the weight of the Ikea stuff. It’s a heavier cotton, twill-like fabric with stripes printed on top. It’s the perfect weight for bags, pillows, and items that need more structure. And, it looks like many of us had similar ideas. Ready for an overload of stripes? Here we go….

Computer Case, by me!
Lots of zippers; lots of pockets. A project I don’t want to do again but I appreciated the process.

More WIDE Ikea stripes…

Messenger Bag from kojo designs (just had to include it again)
A limited edition pair of Toms shoes; photo by Collective Nouns
Sorry, not yellow. But it was the first time I had sewn with the stripes.

Made from skinnier Ikea stripes….

Pencil Case by Lolikins
Chevron Pillow and Table Toppers, by me

NOT made with Ikea fabric but stunning and beautiful. From the Kate Spade summer collection (not sure if they’re still available and definitely out of my budget).
Made with the same stripes but in Navy color; the perfect color contrast to yellow.
Jordan’s Living Room as seen on Pearl Street Interiors *** Henry’s Carseat cover, by me!
And speaking of Navy stripes…..how cute would these be with a yellow dress or skirt?
Cute bedroom curtains made from a variation of Ikea stripes. They’re from an Ikea duvet cover! Funny….I looked at these covers for Lucy’s bed but thought they were a bit too bright. Anne thought the same thing! So she bleached them a few times and then turned the fabric to the wrong to tone it down even more. Great idea.
And lastly, a striped Bistro Awning from Lucy’s room makeover.
Many of you have emailed asking for a tutorial and I wish a lengthy one to share. But honestly, I was making it up as we went and wasn’t really sure it would work out. Thankfully it did! So instead of a full-blown step-by-step, we’ll call it:

(also found in the TUTORIALS link above)

You’ll find all the details and photos HERE!

And that’s a striped roundup. If you have any more goodies to share, please link them in the comments!

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