Category Archives: Sewing Tutorials

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

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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

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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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Houndstooth & Burlap Curtain (12)

Houndstooth & Burlap Curtains – An Unexpected Combination

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Houndstooth and Burlap. Not a common fabric combination.
But for this in-home beauty salon, it was the perfect collaboration.

Kerrie’s beauty salon is located in a back-porch-turned-beauty-salon that was enclosed by the previous home owners. The large wall of south facing windows offers an abundance of natural light but can be over powering during certain months of the year.

Kerrie made the burlap cafe curtains to help with light control but wanted a valance to pair with the burlap and provide color as well as additional sun block.

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How to Recover a Lamp Shade

Creating a Lamp Shade Slipcover with Six Different Fabrics

 

How to Recover a Lamp Shade

Meghan sent me this lampshade along with 6 different fabrics in shades of red, gold and black and asked it I’d recover it for her. Well, technically she asked before she shipped it.

As you can see, the before shade is very cute but Meghan wanted to spice things up a bit.

Warning: Lots of how-to pics ahead!

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Sweater Pillow

Why you Should Think Twice Before Throwing out Old Sweaters

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I loved this sweater vest. Especially the fringe.

But it didn’t like me. Every time I wore it I felt frumpy.

As I was relegating it to the garage sale pile I had second thoughts.

No second thoughts about keeping it to wear…thoughts about what I could make with it.

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How to Correct Crooked Fabric (5)

What To Do When Your Fabric Is Crooked

How to Correct Crooked Fabric (5)

Wonky Fabric.

Has this ever happened to you? You roll out fabric for a new project and the pattern on the fabric is wonky…as in uneven, not straight, crooked…wonky.

Options:
Cut fabric as is with a crooked pattern.
Cut fabric according to the pattern and run the risk of the curtains not hanging correctly.
Or
Straighten the wonky fabric.

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