slipcover series part 4 & reveal

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Sewing, Tutorials

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 … Read More

slipcover series | part 3

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials

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, Tutorials

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, Tutorials

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, Sewing

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, Sewing

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

design ramblings | mixing fabric patterns

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Design Ramblings, Sewing

Once Lucketts was over, Kriste and I turned our attention to the finishing details of my house.   We have a big shoot coming up and I really wanted all of the half-done and 3/4-done and almost-done projects to finally be DONE.  I’m really enjoying having my house as just my house (now that we have the studio) and it’s … Read More