How to Sew a Professional Finish – Better Than Store-Bought!

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Granted, I buy table-cloths on clearance.  They always are finished around the edges in the same way, no matter where I purchase them.  I should qualify that…anywhere in my  realm of shopping. If you shop at exclusive, high-end stores, there might be better table-cloth edging quality there. 😉 A friend recently asked me to sew […]

Don’t Miss This Black Friday Deal

Black Friday Deal

I have a surprise for you today.   In general, this Friday I’m offering a course for free with the purchase of another.  So, take advantage of this deal for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family member.  There’s no limited number of deals available and no waiting in line while fearful of […]

Waterfall Panels – A How-To Video

Waterfall Portion of Curtain Panel

During the last four years, people have asked me about the dining room window treatments they see in many of my tablescape pictures.  I made these before I began blogging, so of course I made no pictures as I made these panels.  With no in-process pictures, how can readers understand how to make these? Another […]

How to Make FALL PILLOWS from Thrift Store Shirts

Fall Pillows from Thrifted Shirts and Sweaters

If you were around the last two years, you saw fall home decor made from thrift store sweaters.  Click the images below for posts you’d like to review.     This includes front-button shirts, too. Several years ago, I pulled HH’s pin-point dress shirt from the stack that was headed for donation.  I made a […]

True Confessions: The Day My “Aah…” and “Aha!” Intersected

Why did I wait so long?  The panels hanging on the family room window when we moved here were exactly the right colors, but they needed to go.  They were off-center with the sofa and needed to hang higher on the wall.   But, I put off the project for over eight years!  Why? Within a […]

True Confessions: How THIS Time Organizer Changed My Life – Free For You Today


I made a big mistake when I started blogging.  Rather than treating it as a full-time job (which it soon became), I continued my usual commitments and worked blogging time around my life.  You probably know how that didn’t work! Soon, my time in the yard lessened, I cleaned house only when absolutely necessary, reading […]

Dollar Tree Paper Clip Balloon Shade TRICK

Dollar Tree Paper Clips

While visiting Dollar Tree recently, I noticed these cute paper clips. They also have stars, which I wound up getting, too. My wheels started turning as I thought of the empire balloon valances I was making for my friend. Remember the treatments with Butterfly Pleats?  Here’s the treatment before collecting the ring “columns” together on […]

How to Make Butterfly Pleats

Making Butterfly Pleats

If you read my Magnolias on Pink and Gold tablescape post, you saw this fabric used as a table-cloth before starting this project for my friend’s grand-daughter’s bedroom. I hope to get pictures of the treatments after they are hung in the room.  I can’t guarantee that, though. This special friend wanted a set of […]

Curtain Header Buckram Strips in 3 Simple Steps

Two-Finger Euro Pleats

I don’t know about you, but I’ve suddenly realized that it’s nearly impossible to purchase four-inch buckram by the yard.  A couple of years ago, I ran across a partial roll on clearance at Wal-Mart for pennies per yard.  I bought all on the roll and wondered why such a thing would be on deep […]

Just for You, My Review – Singer 44S (White) and 4423 (Grey)

Singer Model 44S

Since publishing my post about choosing the right machine for sewing home decor, several of you have been asking for this review of the Singer 4423 model.  I’m happy to finally have this review completed for you…but it’s with a twist. As I stated in the post about home decor sewing machine choices, for sewing […]

How to Choose a Machine for Home Decor Sewing

Choose Your Sewing Machine Wisely

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A MACHINE WISELY? That has been a popular question this week.  I’ve been planning to make a video on exactly what you need for sewing home decor.  Later. Through my Hometalk post on my 3-Step DIY on Covering Outdoor Cushions and my contact page email, the questions keep coming up NOW.  […]

A Fellow Reader’s Bedroom Sewing Success

Master Bedroom Shams and Spread

I’ve not published a post that included pictures of a reader’s sewing project before today.  But why not, right? Thanks, Christene, for sharing your success with us! Christene found this great fabric on clearance at Boca Bargoons, a decorator fabric shop in Orlando.  Don’t you love that texture? This was Christene’s first time to make […]

3-Step DIY – Covering Outdoor Cushions

Covering Porch Cushions

When I published my Sunflower Yellow Farmhouse Porch, some of you requested a tutorial for covering your cushions with new fabric.  Once you get everything cut out, it doesn’t seem to take that long. With four rockers and two metal chairs, I set up an assembly-line type of situation. Step 1: The Cut-Out Cut away […]

Curtain Fabric Calculator Phone App – Queen Tested and Approved

Curtain Fabric Calculator Phone App - Queen Tested and Approved

I was thinking of running ads on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for a reputable expert to design my new app idea.  Don’t you know how much a phone app to calculate our decorator fabric yardage would be so helpful? I was going to be the star who thought it all up and hired a developer […]

Romantic Room with Rod Pocket Panels

Romantic Rod Pocket Panels

Happy Friday, everyone! While I still have a few more small touches for the guest room, here’s the look so far.  I’d planned to re-cover the Euro pillows, but I think this look is more true to the time period.  So, I don’t know…maybe I’ll leave the bedding as is. Then again, maybe I’ll get […]

Gathered Bed Skirt DIY

Gathered Bed Skirt DIY

The bedroom I’m redecorating is turning into something rather unexpected.  The four-poster bed from my MIL set the mood for some dressed up decor. While I work on the finishing touches, I wanted to share a tutorial for making a gathered bed skirt. For the base, I use an old bed sheet.  The flat sheet […]

Corded Table Topper DIY

Corded Table Topper

I’m a push-over when it comes to fabric.  I guess maybe you knew that already.  Last week, I shared how I made a Tailored Table Skirt from a remnant and also one from a table-cloth.  I love adding toppers for color and versatility because you can change them easily. This table topper piece was a […]

Today is THE DAY Community Groups Begin

Be A Panel Queen Sewing Community

Happy New Year!  How will your today  be different from your yesterday? When discussing New Year’s Eve with our kids on Wednesday, HH and I tried to explain that, to us, it’s just another day.  Their strong reply? No, it isn’t!!!! Ha…we really know how to push their buttons.  (And, they are right in some […]

Tomorrow, Your Home Decor SOMEDAY Begins

Home Decor Project Communities

Happy New Year’s Eve! Can you believe we’re at the end of 2015?  It feels like it went so fast! Did the posts about prioritizing and organizing/scheduling your time in 2016 help?  Did you calendar time for home sewing projects you need to do?  I’ve found that when things get on my calendar, they get […]

Quick Gift – Make a Tea Towel Christmas Pillow Cover


I hadn’t planned to publish a post today.  I’m sure you know by now that if I don’t publish a post by 10 a.m., there will probably be no post…except occasionally. Just a little while ago, as I was preparing tomorrow’s post about our Leg Lamp Dirty Santa Excitement over the weekend, I received an […]

Dinner Napkin Pillow Cover DIY

Joy Pillow Complete

I wrote a blog post for Pillowcubes recently, and it went live on their site yesterday.  You can see the collection of seasonal pillow covers at Pillowcubes here. Today, I have another pillow cover to add to that collection. In case you don’t remember, I ordered the package of 24 dinner napkins last year from […]

Santa’s Beard Table Runners

Santa's Beard Table Runners

I’ve been so excited about decorating for Christmas this year! I made two different sizes of table runners with fringe for Christmas tablescapes.  After finishing, I realized the fringe resembles Santa’s beard.  Remember how I made fringe recently with My Own Fringemaker?  That’s what I used to make this “Santa’s Beard” fringe. Here’s how I […]

Plan Your Someday!

Your Someday

I have big news for you today – something fun in our future.  I’m very excited about it all, and I hope you will be, too. Do you have projects you’d like to complete someday?  Do you put off sewing projects, only to find someday  never comes? For your home decor sewing projects, your someday […]

Acorn Pillow DIY

Acorn Pillow DIY

I’m so excited to finally reveal today’s acorn pillow.  I designed the sweater pillow cover for two guest post tutorials over at PillowCubes, my favorite pillow insert source. I love how this little coloring book acorn turned out, and with the family quote and the tassel stem, I can get past the orange color among […]

Banded Bed Skirt for Added Length – An Easy DIY

Trash Can Bedside Table

Do you remember last month when we moved our two kids into a college apartment together?  Our upstairs bedrooms suddenly had empty spaces (which was a little refreshing, actually).  I’m still in the process of re-arranging and tweaking bedding. HH’s mother gave Spunky Daughter (SD) a 4-poster bed and mattress set.  SD thought a 4-poster […]

How to Compute Drapery Pleats

Goblet Pleats

Do you get confused when trying to compute your drapery pleats?  Between the spacing for each pleat and the spacing between, it can get pretty confusing sometimes. And, I don’t know anyone who can explain it as well as HomeDecGal, who is a whiz at window treatments.  Actually, her name is Susan Woodcock, and she’s […]

How to Attach Buckram Seamlessly

Attach Buckram Seamlessly @

Last year, I signed up for the Sewing Custom Curtains and Draperies* class at Craftsy.  Even if you’ve been making window treatments for a long time, there’s always something new you can learn. Susan Woodcock, the class instructor, is very neat with her sewing, is very organized, and is calming in her delivery.  I enjoy […]

How to Clean Decorative Throw Pillows

Clean Plaid Pillows

Here’s the link for the free e-book, Why Jesus is the Best Friend You Could Ever Have.  Enjoy! Here are my newly sewn plaid pillows with the inserts I ordered recently.  Don’t they look much better?  The inserts are nice and soft.  . They sit up straight now, and they are clean and fresh […]