Category Archives: Sewing Tutorials

Pleated Bell Valance with Medallions

Pleated Bell Valance – 2 Designs plus Tutorial

Pleated Bell Valance with Medallions

This window treatment, which a friend and I dubbed the “Marsha” valance (named after the first client I created this style for), is just the thing if you like a simple and uncomplicated look for your windows.

While many of my designs are inspired by existing window treatments (aka – I copy them), I’d never seen a valance like this one when we dreamed it up. Then again, “there’s nothing new under the sun” – Ecclesiastes 1:9. :)

A very simple design, the main detail is the two pleated “bells” at the edge of each valance. While I’ve made this style several times now, I never seemed to remember exactly how to make the pleats! I needed to write this tutorial as much for myself as to share with you! 

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Cafe Curtain Collage

Sheer Cafe Curtain with Ruffled Cuff – Tutorial

Cafe Curtain Collage

The possibilities and combinations for this style of cafe curtain is limited only by our imaginations.

The basic concept – curtain with a cuff/flap and accented with a small ruffle – can be customized by the length, with trim, double ruffles, a tiny flange and more!

Today’s tutorial shows the steps for a sheer curtain but the concept can be altered to accommodate a lined curtain as well.

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Faux Roman Shade (6)

Bonus Room Faux Roman Shades and a Semi-Tutorial

Faux Roman Shades

When Holly, a Beyond the Screen Door reader, contacted me several months ago about new window treatments for her bonus room she already has a design in mind as well as fabrics.

She wanted 4 faux roman shade valances and had already purchased three different fabrics to use. Fabrics that happened to include two shower curtains, a table cloth and one sheer curtain panel all found on clearance at Target! I love a challenge!

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Recovering Pottery Barn Stools (16)

Easy Makeover/Re-Upholstery for Pottery Barn Stool

Recovering Pottery Barn Stools (16)

Recently, I shared this gorgeous living room, stunningly decorated in shades of ivory & gray, as well as the window treatments we made to dress the windows. My client, Stacy, also had two little Pottery Barn footstools she wanted recovered in the same fabric as the window treatments. Which, although it may look purple-ly plum…it’s not. It’s gray. I promise.

The process of recovering these stools was really quite easy. Hopefully, taking a look at the how-to steps shown below you’ll see just how easy and try this yourself!

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Baseball Diamond Pillow (4)

Baseball Diamond Pillow & Tutorial

Baseball Diamond Pillow (4)

When my niece, Libby, told us she was using a baseball theme for her nursery decor the creative wheels started turning. What could I make for baby Cooper?

I’m not always able to make baby gifts but when I can I really enjoy the process. For Cooper I wanted to piece a baseball pillow so I began my search on Pinterest.

Nothing. Nada. I couldn’t find one quilt, one pillow, one anything that fit the idea I had in my head as well as my quilting skills.

So, I did the next best thing and made one up!

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Bosphorus Toile & Cheetah Window Treatments (5)

Easy Tutorial for a Board Mounted Under Valance

Bosphorus Toile & Cheetah Window Treatments (5)

Today I’m sharing the behind the scenes, under the scenes, details and tutorial for this simple animal print valance.

This window treatment came about when my client said she’d like to upcycle a pair of existing window treatments that she had from her previous home.

The original curtains were the Bosphorus Toile panels. We only had 2 curtain panels to use between 2 windows so we added the valance to create an entirely new look. We chose a brown & black animal print called Cheetah, a red velvet & green chenille to complement the toile.

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Tutorial: How to Make a Rag Quilt Tree Skirt

Shaggy Rag Quilt Tree Skirt

Making a rag quilt anything is not a quick project. It takes a bit of time and patience but I simply adore the texture this process creates.

Rag Quilt Flag Pillow 1

My first rag quilt project was a Rag Quilt Flag Pillow. I liked the results so much I decided to try it out on a tree skirt.

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Window Treatment Tutorial (26)

Tutorial: Window Treatment Sheers with Cord Loops

Jan 4

My friend Jan has one of the warmest, most inviting homes I’ve been in. Several years ago she had these cotton sheer panels made for her living room which include a cord trim along the upper edge that forms large loops from which the window treatment hangs.

While updating her adjoining dining room Jan asked me if I would duplicate the look and style of these sheers.

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While not an exact replica, I was able to get pretty close to the original.

Today’s tutorial includes all the details, how-to’s and what-to-avoid’s in creating this look for yourself.

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