Category Archives: Sewing Tutorials

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

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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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Pinch Pleat Valance

How to Sew a Pinch Pleat Valance

Pinch Pleat Valance (6)

What do you think of when you hear the phrase Pinch Pleat?

Do you think formal? stodgy? old fashioned? not my style?
Or do you think cute? neat and tailored?

I have to admit I understand the old fashioned perspective especially when phrased as “pinch pleat drapes”. Doesn’t do a thing for me. And there was a time when I didn’t like them at all but they’ve grown on me. I actually like the look of pleats on a window treatment and use them quite often.

Today I’m sharing a simple little pinch pleat (aka a three finger pleat) valance out of a shimmery aqua fabric with a contrasting band along the lower edge.

I’m even sharing all the how-to’s so you can create you own pleated window treatments!

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Recoved Lamp shade (4)

Curvy Lamp Shade ~ Updated & Recovered

Recoved Lamp shade (24)

I’ve shared several lamp shade projects over the years but this one may be the most difficult to date.

Working with only two fabrics plus a lining wasn’t the struggle but the shape of the shade made things a bit tricky.

I began the process by taking a good look at how the shade had been constructed in the first place.

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