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5 Creative Ways to Use Cute Animal Print Fabrics

5 Creative Ways to Use Cute Animal Print Fabrics

If your home or closet is looking a little lackluster, you can pump it up with a few animal print accessories. Animal prints are versatile and fun, and there’s no shortage of ways to use them. Just take a look around your favorite department store, and you’ll likely see a variety of different products that utilize zebra or leopard patterns. From clothing to accessories, animal prints stand out and make a bold impression. If you’re looking for ways to get creative with this style of fabric, read on to find a few projects to try.

Animal Print Apron

Working in the kitchen can get messy. To protect your clothes, you’ll need an apron that’s easily washable.…so use this opportunity to create a handmade apron. Many apron-sewing patterns are super customizable and can be completed in under an hour, including this quick, easy tutorial. Whether you like zebra stripes, leopard spots, or something else entirely, you can spice up your kitchen attire with an animal print apron.


If you live a busy lifestyle, it can be difficult to tame your hair throughout the day. If you love the cute and comfy look, try this headband pattern and incorporate your own unique style. For the days when your outfit is mostly plain and you want a pop of something unexpected, an animal print headband does the trick. Plus, it’s always nice to toss your hair into a ponytail and keep fly-aways at bay with a comfortable, wide headband.

Decorative Throw Pillows

If your living room or bedroom is looking a little bland, liven up the area by adding a homemade, animal print throw pillow or two. Contrasting colors like black and white zebra print pair well with nearly any color scheme, so you won’t need to worry about matching. To tie the room’s look together, pick an animal print fabric in a specific color to complement the space—similar hues look pretty when paired, but opposites add a splash of unexpected boldness. Many crafters don’t realize how easy making a throw pillow can be, but creating accent pieces for your home can actually be simple when you use a good sewing tutorial.  

Pet Beds

Pets are members of the family, and each one has its own distinct personality. If your pet has a sassy personality, an animal print bed is perfect. To keep your pet comfy and stylish, sew a bed using your favorite fabric. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can also create a matching collar using the leftover material!

Hair Bows

If you have about ¼ yard of leftover animal print fabric, that’s all you’ll need to craft a hair bow. A zebra or leopard print hair accessory is eye-catching, and it pairs especially well with shoes or handbags that are similarly styled. Hair bows are versatile, and they make great gifts, as well—if bows aren’t your style, someone in your life may appreciate a cute hair tie.

Ready to embark on your next sewing project? Get creative with animal print fabrics. To begin, shop our selection of fabrics online. If you have any questions, contact us—we’re always happy to answer questions. 

Featured photo courtesy of Pixabay under Creative Commons 0 license

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