Cozy "Homespun" Decorating Details

DIY decorating ideas to make your house cozier!

N ow is the time to gather up your soft blankets, wool scarves and felt to re-purpose them around the house! I’m not that skilled with a lot of the domestic arts, but I love ideas that make me feel like I had some “hands on” experience in creating special things for my home. So, grab your glue gun or glue sticks and get ready for some EASY “homespun” ideas! Fall is in the details.

  • How about creating your own monogram with felt & glue? Trace and cut a monogram out of felt. Adhere it on a pretty piece of fabric and tack around an ordinary pillow. Instant personality!
  • Add a strip of wool and some fringe to ready made curtains or sheets with a trusty glue gun and even I can be a seamstress!
  • I loved those cute little “balls of yarn” in a bowl. These are simply strips of wool wrapped around craft Styrofoam. Such a cute fall accessory for a coffee table or entry table!
  • Bundle up your summer pillows, shams and bedding with layers of coziness! Wrap existing shams with scarves, old blankets, flannel sheets, or a sweater. Tie and or tack in place for instant fall warmth.
  • Make a seasonal dust ruffle with a blanket or flannel sheets. Tie loose edges with ribbon for a special detail.
  • Create sweet little silhouettes of your favorite pooch to fill up an empty wall! Spray paint mismatched frames in autumn colors. Trace whatever shape you want onto black felt. Cover the frame’s cardboard insert with a flannel sheet (how cute to use hounds tooth with a hound silhouette!). Glue the felt shape on to the sheet and reassemble frame.
  • Warm up a cold doorway with a no sew blanket curtain! Fold over a rod or hang from hooks. For a custom look, fold over top to create a “valance.” Looks great and can save energy if you use a warm blanket around a drafty door or window. This is something I do every year because we have old windows!
  • Use plaid or autumn colored wool scarves to dress up a table or chair!

Find monogram templates here (you will probably have to shrink them down to size if you want to use them on a pillow) as well as other templates for decorating pumpkins!

Photos and ideas found at Better Homes & Gardens!
Click here for lots more ideas on BH&G “100 Days of Holidays” feature!

Related articles on The Inspired Room:

20 Little Things To Treasure in Autumn

Seasonal Nesting Tips


  1. Bella Casa

    I love Houndstooth! I want black/white Houndstooth curtains in my kitchen. I have yet to find any yet. If you see any, let me know, thanks!


  2. Sunday Baker

    This post really does make me feel warm and cozy…love it!

  3. Emily

    I love those silhouettes!! I am so copying that!!

  4. Vee~A Haven for Vee

    Oh good! I just bought a plaid dresser scarf yesterday at the flea market. Perhaps I’m doing something right. :D

  5. Sugar 'N Spice & Mostly Nice

    I have some pillows in our foyer that look so homely. I think the monogram is exactly what they need. Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Kara

    These are wonderful ideas! I love the balls of yarn!

  7. Beth

    Love the ideas you shared with your bloggers! I just printed out my letter template. Thanks so much for sharing this information! Love your blog!

  8. Dena

    Oh those are some awesome ideas! I’m going to make some of those foam covered balls this weekend :)


  9. Girly Stuff

    I love all the details. I just finished getting the “bones” of my house done and now I am on to the fun part…details! I might try the felt pictures for Halloween.

  10. Deanna

    I love all the ideas you have been sharing! Thanks for the link to the stencils!

  11. Maven

    I love the monogram idea. All of them really. Thanks!!

  12. Meghan

    Oh! Oh! I do the blanket thing in my son’s room b/c it’s so drafty.
    Who knew I was conserving energy & being on top of the trends. LOL

  13. teresa

    I love you picture collage- everything you do is very creative-
    and I just received a warm brown, fuzzy blanket to keep me warm-
    Love this post-
    Happy Day

  14. Elizabeth

    Great ideas! I’m going to have to go digging around my local Goodwill for some flannel bits!

  15. Lisa & Alfie

    I have to say houndstooth is my one of my favorite patterns. It is just a classic. I am not gifted in the Domestic Arts either and it is great to get some easy tips like these. Thanks Melissa!
    Lisa & Alfie (who sends his best to Winston)

  16. brandi

    love, love, love this post!!! THANK YOU! i cant wait to get started on this….

  17. blessedmama

    Monograms…glorious little things aren’t they!

  18. Karen B

    Melissa, this is such a great post. I LOVE the doggie silhouettes and of course the houndstooth. I have the huge black and white on my daughter’s headboard, just wish I had some leftover fabric! I was thinking about knitting a pillow, maybe that will be my next project. Well, I’ve been so wrapped up in wedding plans, that it’s difficult to change gears. I’ll manage somehow, ever so slowly! Great job as usual.

  19. Liz

    Such fun ideas. I just love this time of year, makes me want to start from scratch in the whole house!

  20. Mrs. B

    Oooh, I love it all! Those wool balls are such a great idea!

  21. Jinx

    I would love to leave my nice woolen blankets around, but unfortunately, one of the cats thinks the make delicious snacks! He once ate a 7 inch hole in my best Black Watch lambswool scarf!

  22. Pat

    I love BH&G ideas! They always have the best looking houses and decorating ideas of all the magazines.
    Thanks so much for the nice template web site –lots of goodies on it!
    Hugs, Pat

  23. Tamara

    Great ideas! Thanks

  24. Rosie's Whimsy

    That was a great collection of pictures. They do make me feel all warm and comfy. Great ideas!

  25. Schotzy

    Good Morning! I was pleased to see youn had visited my site this morning. You asked about my 20 things about utumn and it is posted under thre autumn tag here.
    Hope that tkae you to the right place. Also, I so enjoy your blog. Very inspiring and chock full of great ideas!!I’m delighted I found your little corner of blogland!

  26. Schotzy

    Good Morning! I was pleased to see youn had visited my site this morning. You asked about my 20 things about utumn and it is posted under thre autumn tag here.
    Hope that takes you to the right place. Also, I so enjoy your blog. Very inspiring and chock full of great ideas!!I’m delighted I found your little corner of blogland!

  27. The Pleasures of Homemaking

    I like those balls covered in scraps of fabric in a bowl! I did that once and used them as Christmas Ornaments on our tree. Thanks for the link to the Monograms – I’ll have to think of a way to use that!


  28. this is glamorous

    These are all such fun ideas. And since some of them use a glue gun, perhaps even I could be crafty?

    Hope you’re having a splendid week, Melissa.

  29. Kelly


    I absolutely love the monogrammed pillow idea and the photo with the puppy dog silhouettes – monograms and silhouettes are two of my very favorite things. :o)

    What a great post!

  30. Pumpkin Pink Cottage

    I love all those ideas, just wonderful and the colors so warm and cozy,,,hugs, lisa


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