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DIY window valance

Good evening from New York!  I spent the better part of the day driving through the rolling hills and small towns of PA and NY and even got to stop in at an antique store and eat dinner at an amazing restaurant, so I can't complain. Anyway, earlier this week I worked on a valance for the dormer window in Calvin's room and I thought I would share how to make this simple window treatment... (I'm  (read more …)

yardage for upholstery

When I share upholstery projects here on the blog, I'm often asked about yardage, so I thought I would share how many yards of fabric you need for certain upholstery projects. Before I give those estimates, I'll say that there are ways you can save on yardage.  Every detail added means more fabric.  Piping, pleating, tufting, and ruffles all add yardage, so you can cut those out if you're on a  (read more …)

simple pillow tutorial (with piping)

I've shared a few pillow tutorials on my blog over the years, but it's been a while, so I decided to take some pictures as I was making a couple of pillows today. Since I shuffled things around in my family room a few months ago, I've needed (well, wanted) to make a couple of pillows.  I finally got the push I needed when a sweet reader sent me a beautiful antique woven coverlet.  I just about  (read more …)

cross-stitching on linen

I have fallen in love with an old-school craft...cross-stitching. I know it has a reputation for being dated, but that has a lot more to do with the patterns and the cross-stitch kits available than it does the craft itself. So, this renewed interest in needlework came about when I noticed that my favorite antique textiles were those that were monogrammed.  And then I noticed that most of those  (read more …)

how to make a ruffled bedskirt (with a no sew option)

I had several questions on how to make the ruffled bedskirt I had on the antique iron bed frame, so I thought I would make a tutorial. Bed skirts are the kind of thing I've always preferred to make myself.  I feel like most store-bought versions are skimpy on fabric and are rarely exactly the right "drop" or length, so I've opted to make my own for years.  Even before I was sewing with any  (read more …)

tufting a sofa | fabric covered buttons

I totally understand that tufting is intimidating.  It's tedious and it can look really bad if it's not done well.  And, if you're tufting from scratch, it involves math. Geometry at that. So, if you've shied away from tufting, that's okay.  You are in the company of many, many other good people who would just rather buy a piece of furniture than deal with tufting. I generally don't buy tufted  (read more …)

textile sale & how to make a slipcover | part 5

As I've shared, I've been in a major cleaning and purging mood.  It's been happening at home and at the studio.  The more I get rid of, the better it feels and I want to get rid of more, so I'm running with it.  Before we took a break for Christmas, Kriste and I cleaned out the fabric stash at the studio and I'm selling or pitching over half of the fabric I've been hanging onto. We're  (read more …)

slipcover series part 4 & reveal

Well, I finally finished the slipcover for my mom's room makeover!  Slipcovers aren't my favorite and catching every step on film slows my progress to a crawl, so it's taken me much longer than usual to get this thing finished.  I gave myself a pep-talk and threw some air-punches in the studio and I made it happen. If you're overwhelmed by your slipcover project, just take it one step at a time  (read more …)