My upholstery machine & “the sofa”

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With all of the slipcover and upholstery posts I've been sharing lately, I've received a lot of questions about the sewing machines I use.  I have two.  One is  $150 Kenmore machine that I've been using for about six years.  I have used and abused that poor little machine and it has done an amazing job and is still going.  I have never oiled it, never had it cleaned and have asked it to do way … [Read more...]

Dining Chair Slipcover Tutorial

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I wrote a tutorial on making dining room chair slipcovers years (and several dining sets) ago when I was a contributor to Cottages & Bungalows magazine.    It's so neat to see how far I've come in my sewing, photography, writing, styling.  I've really grown a lot.  Anyway, since I've improved in a few departments, I thought it was time to make a new tutorial as I worked on my last dining room … [Read more...]

$100 Shopping Credit to Pine Cone Hill…

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I have the honor of being a guest over at Annie Selke's Blog Fresh America today.   Annie Selke is known for her flawless taste, fabrics, Dash & Albert rugs and Pine Cone Hill Bedding, so I wanted to share a project that would compliment her products.  I came up with making a slipcover for a small ottoman/foot stool out of a vintage tea towel and some trim.  The sewing is super easy and quick! … [Read more...]

Better than Drop Cloths…

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My family room has been undergoing some changes over the past few months...years, really.  It's been one of those slow makeovers that has happened (and is still happening) as the money and time are available.  It started a couple of years ago when I painted the walls and cabinetry and made new curtains.  In January of this year, we installed new hardwood floors.  Since then, I've been waiting. … [Read more...]

shortcut to hemming curtains

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When I was a newlywed, I traded my mom my rollerblades for her sewing machine.  I wanted to learn to sew and make things for my house.  And she wanted to...well...rollerblade.  I don't know if she ever took up rollerblading around the neighborhood, but it was a great trade for me.  Today, I helped her hem 12 premade drapes for her family room and that trade paid off for her as well. Hemming can … [Read more...]

How to Make Slipcovers – a Six Part Video Series

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A little over a year ago I made a six part video tutorial series on making slipcovers.  I used a wing chair as an example, but you can take these skills and make a slipcover for any piece of furniture.  I've received so many wonderful e-mails and comments from people with all level of sewing ability who used this series to make their first slipcover.  I thought it was time to put them in one post, … [Read more...]

the most frequently asked question

I get a lot of e-mail and comments asking questions, but the most common one I receive is, "Where did you get your curtains?"  Since I originally posted about them over a year ago (Has it been that long?), I decided to share the tutorial on how to make them again.When I was looking for a fabric about 18 months ago, I wanted a large-scaled paisley print in blue and white.  Well, I didn't … [Read more...]

Can you help a blogger out?

Alright all of you wonderful readers out there...I need your help.  Remember those mossy green pillows I purchased at TJ Maxx a couple of weeks ago?I used them on my living room sofa and now I want more.  In usual bargain store fashion, though, the ones that I passed by are no longer there.  If you think of it, would you check out your local TJ Maxx or Home Goods to see if there are … [Read more...]

Dining Chair Slipcover Tutorial

For those who have been waiting for a tutorial on how I made my dining room chair slipcovers, the wait is over.  I got the green light from my editor at Cottages and Bungalows to share the tutorial I wrote for them on my blog, since the issue is no longer sold on newsstands.  If you would like to order a back issue of the April 2011 magazine, visit Beckett Media's website. Here's the chair … [Read more...]

Wordsworth Pillow Tutorial

A few days ago, I got a new toy from Artograph and I couldn't wait to put it to work.  I've been eyeing a light box for a long time, but it was always bumped down the priority list after lenses and sewing machines and other tools of my trade.  My new Artograph LightPad A930 arrived on my doorstep last week and I knew my days of taping things to a window to trace were over.  Can you … [Read more...]