Dining Chair Slipcover Tutorial

Marian ParsonsDining Room, My House, Popular, Sewing, Tutorials46 Comments

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 … Read More

HGTV Cafe Curtain

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials30 Comments

As a freelance writer for HGTV, sometimes I’m assigned specific projects and other times I’m asked for project ideas that fall under a broad category.  When I was asked for kitchen window treatment ideas a few months ago, I immediately thought of cafe curtains. When it came time to sew the rod pocket, I wanted to figure out a simple … Read More

$100 Shopping Credit to Pine Cone Hill…

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials973 Comments

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 … Read More

Better than Drop Cloths…

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Furniture Makeovers, Miscellaneus, My House, Secret Weapons, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery95 Comments

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 … Read More

The totally wrong way to hem curtains

Marian ParsonsMy House, Sewing, Tutorials85 Comments

  I took the tree down a couple of days ago and it left me staring at my unhemmed curtains that I finished about two years ago.  I came to the realization that I am never going to hem these curtains.  There is always something more fun to do than pinning, measuring, ironing and sewing straight lines.  They don’t look … Read More

shortcut to hemming curtains

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials1 Comment

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 … Read More