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how to sew custom piping | slipcover series part 1

I finally did it.  I've been promising to do it for years and I have, at long last, made good. Years ago, I made a six part video slipcover series on how to make a slipcover.  I tried to write posts about it and I always fumbled over the wording and the posts were confusing and long.  Imagine paragraph after paragraph of "with right-sides together, insert piping between pieces of fabric and pin  (read more …)

how to sew a zipper closure on a box cushion

We've been chatting about sewing lately and I have something to confess.  Zippers terrified me for years.  Well, maybe not terrified, but I thought they were too complicated and I avoided and side-stepped them.  I just made envelope closures on the underside of cushions.  And they're usually held together by safety pins. Yeah.  If you flip over the cushions of my pretty French bergere chairs in  (read more …)

dear reader | to the one who is scared to sew

This time of reassessing my business and blog has been so rejuvenating for me.  I find myself flooded with ideas, anxious to create, bubbling to write...almost to the point of being overwhelmed by it.  It's like my ideas are little children who keep interrupting one another and I have to tell them to pipe down and wait their turn.  So, I'm making lots of lists and trying to shape them into a plan  (read more …)

hemp sheet slipcovers

One project that's been on my to-do list for a couple of years was making new slipcovers for the wing chairs in the family room.  When things linger on a list that long, it's because I don't really want to do them.  I know how to make slipcovers and I love the results, but I make them out of thriftiness, not out of a zest for making slipcovers.  I usually do my slipcovering and upholstery in  (read more …)

design ramblings | mixing fabric patterns

Once Lucketts was over, Kriste and I turned our attention to the finishing details of my house.   We have a big shoot coming up and I really wanted all of the half-done and 3/4-done and almost-done projects to finally be DONE.  I'm really enjoying having my house as just my house (now that we have the studio) and it's helped me settle down a bit.  I'm not changing things up or moving  (read more …)

the chairs with the ticking skirts

Sewing slipcovers is not my very favorite thing to do, so I saved these until the very end.  I kept looking at them, debating if I should just upholster them, which would be much faster or if I should push through and sew the slipcovers.  I had a vision for them from the very beginning...ticking slipcovers with ties and ruffled skirts.  I knew if I did anything different than that, they would look  (read more …)

Sailrite Sewing Machine Giveaway

I have a really, really awesome giveaway today...just so you know. But, let me start from the beginning.  A couple of years ago, I was upholstering a channel back chair and I found the end of my rope with my $150 run-of-the-mill sewing machine.  Don't get me wrong.  That inexpensive machine has served me so well (and it still does), but I was just asking too much of it and it was starting to  (read more …)

wing chair drop cloth slipcovers

I try not to get too engrossed in my blog analytics and all of the numbers, but it's interesting sometimes to check them out...see what's popular and what is most often pinned.  One trend I've noticed is that my readers loved my drop cloth projects.  I still get questions about which ones I use and how I bleached them.  Well, I thought I would give an update on my pair of wing chairs that I  (read more …)