Category Archives: Sewing Tutorials

Box pleated bed skirt (9)

The Anatomy of a Box Pleat Bed Skirt

Box pleated bed skirt (9)

The thought of making your own bed skirt can be a bit daunting. Especially a gathered bed skirt made for any size larger than a twin.

The process is really not hard. It’s handling all that fabric that can be bulky and tiresome.

A box pleat bed skirt takes less fabric than a gathered skirt and is much easier to handle.

Today, I’m breaking down the anatomy of an unlined, box pleat bed skirt.

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Tuffet and Mr Darcy Quote Pillow

No-Sew Poof CoverUp

Tuffet and Mr Darcy Quote Pillow

Aren’t poofs just the cutest things?

Several years ago a friend gave us an adorable pink, multi-patchworked poof which had long ago lost it’s luster. I had grand schemes in mind for re-covering it with awe inspiring sewing skills, the cutest of fabrics and trims like you’ve never seen before.

What I got was a no-sew, duvet-cover-turned-poof-cover with it’s own “flower top” detail.  Continue reading

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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