cross-stitching on linen

Marian Parsonscrafts, Popular, Sewing, Tutorials71 Comments

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 … Read More

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

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials26 Comments

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 … Read More

tufting a sofa | fabric covered buttons

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery23 Comments

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 … Read More

textile sale & how to make a slipcover | part 5

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials19 Comments

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 … Read More

slipcover series | part 3

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials14 Comments

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 … Read More

slipcover series | part two | cutting the fabric

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials22 Comments

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. … Read More