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

how to sew a zipper closure on a box cushion

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials14 Comments

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 … Read More

dear reader | to the one who is scared to sew

Marian ParsonsSecret Weapons, Sewing78 Comments

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, … Read More

hemp sheet slipcovers

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Family Room, My House, Sewing38 Comments

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 … Read More

Sailrite Sewing Machine Giveaway

Marian ParsonsSewing, upholstery2385 Comments

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), … Read More