Category Archives: Sewing Tutorials

How to Add a Ruffle to a Ready Made Comforter 23

How to Fix a Comforter That’s Too Short

How to Add a Ruffle to a Ready Made Comforter 23

Have you ever searched the world over to find the perfect comforter for your bedroom only to bring it home and discover it’s too short?

I’m not sure if the problem is the big, pillow top mattresses we have these days or the comforter people trying to save on fabric?

Either way, we tend to make do with the front side of the bed looking beautiful while the back side is hiked up showing the sheets.

Comforters are, of course, sewn together, usually with decorative stitching holding all the comfy layers in place. Taking it apart to add anything to lengthen it would be a nightmare.

For several of my clients, I’ve found the answer is to add a 6″ gathered ruffle, or a flat flange depending on their preference, to the outer edge of the comforter. Ultimately, how we attach this ruffle depends on how the comforter is made.

Today’s solution also involves a ruffle that’s a bit different because this ruffle is HUGE!
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Valance Tutorial 1

How-to Make a Lined Valance with Contrasting Band

Valance Tutorial 1Today I’m sharing an easy tutorial for this simple lined valance.

It’s simple but the contrasting band takes it up a notch. It’s definitely not boring.
You can also add trim along the upper portion of the band to jazz it up a bit more if you prefer.

While this is easy it’s not “no-sew” easy.
But if you’re wanting to make a nice, lined valance…this is the a great way to go. Continue reading

Ruffled Corner Flange Pillow Tutorial 24

Pillow Tutorial with Pleated Corner Flange

Ruffled Corner Flange Pillow Tutorial 24

Today’s tutorial is from another pillow grouping I made for Bobette. Two floral pillows with 1/4″ piping made from the same fabric and an adorable plaid pillow featuring a center fabric covered button and a pleated corner flange.

Recently I shared this same technique for a continuous pleated flange. In today’s post I’m sharing all the details for making this pillow with it’s pleated corners.  Continue reading

Cafe Curtain with Cuff Tutorial 1

Tutorial – Cafe Curtain with Ruffled Cuff and Trim

Cafe Curtain with Cuff Tutorial 1

Several years ago I made a collection of aqua & brown animal print pillows and window treatments for Laura’s master bedroom & bathroom.

Recently she sent the remnants from that project and asked if I could make a small cafe curtain for a tiny window in her bathroom.

Today I’m going to show you how I pieced the various remnants to create a coordinating cafe curtain.  Continue reading

Playing with Stripes Pillow 20

Pillow Tutorial Playing with Stripes

Playing with Stripes Pillow 20

Several years ago I accidentally discovered the fact that you can create some pretty amazing designs by playing around with stripes.

I was working with a large piece of fabric that featured a big bold stripe. As I tossed it aside, I noticed it folded in on itself to form a cool pattern. I started playing around with the fabric that eventually ended up being pillows for a boy’s bedroom room and game room.

Of course, manipulating stripes is nothing new – I see it all the time in quilt patterns – but it was new to me!

Recently, I had the opportunity to play around with a bold stripe again. This time using a bright pink stripe for Bobette’s living room.  Continue reading

Ivory & Gray Cafe Curtain 2

Beaded Cafe Curtain and How to Sew On Curtain Rings

Ivory & Gray Cafe Curtain 2

When it comes to curtain hardware – rods, brackets and rings – I have a few standards that I tend to use the most often.

This small 1″ black metal ring is available just about anywhere curtain hardware is sold. The trouble is it’s usually available as a clip ring.

What if you’d rather sew on the rings? No problem. Nothing a pair of pliers can’t fix.  Continue reading

Mud:Storage Bench

Tutorial: How to Make A Grocery Tote Bag

Mud:Storage Bench

I love bags. I’m not a purse girl but I love bags.  All shapes and sizes and purposes.

If I’m honest, this obsession could get out of hand.

Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own, inexpensive if not free, tote bag!

A few months ago I came across the black and white striped wedding runner we used in Kaleigh and Jared’s wedding and surprise, surprise decided to make a tote bag.

Actually, I made 2 bags and a pair of curtains for Kaleigh’s apartment! (see end of post)
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Baby Duvet Cover 1

Orange, Green & Pink Baby or Toddler Duvet Cover

Baby Duvet Cover 1I recently had the opportunity to make a baby duvet cover for a client’s grandaughter as she progressed from her crib to a toddler bed. The large scale floral was used as part of the crib bedding so we carried the pattern over to the duvet cover adding solid orange, green & fuchsia to the mix.

Today I’m sharing a semi-tutorial for this project.  Continue reading

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