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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 …)

slipcover series | part 3

Welcome to part three in this updated version of my slipcover series. In part one, I covered how to make custom piping and in part two, I show how I cut my fabric pieces to get ready for pinning and sewing. And now we're going to start pinning and sewing.  This is where people start getting nervous, but we're going to take it section-by-section and you'll be surprised how it all comes together  (read more …)

slipcover series | part two | cutting the fabric

Hello, all!  I hope you had a great holiday weekend.  We just got back from visiting Jeff's family in Raleigh, which is always a fun trip.  I had the chance to meet up with some readers for a day of flea-ing and antiquing and I'll share all about that in another post. Today, I am continuing the new slipcover series.  You can see part one, the introduction and a tutorial on making custom piping,  (read more …)

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 …)