Are you hosting a meal this holiday season? Here is a great idea for creating custom napkins and placemats that are interchangeable.  If an extra person shows up for dinner you can easily re-set the table. Make one-size-fits-all napkins and placemats!  Why are napkins square anyway? I chose a neutral color hopsack fabric that would blend.. read more →

It is officially still Autumn and it is such a beautiful time of year.  The colors of the season translate beautifully in fashion and home decorating.  Earthy soft neutrals the color of straw or wheat  paired with the colors of fall vegetables, flowers and foliage: orange yellows, reds from rust to aubergine with a touch of.. read more →

This eye-catching pillow is made using Coats phoomph for fabric, for a fast and  easy appliqué.  Isn’t it amazing how one pillow can make such a statement? If you are familiar with quilt patterns you might recognize the traditional oak leaf design used on this pillow.   By using bold black and white fabrics, the pillow.. read more →

Do you remember tab-top curtains? Quaint curtains made of calico or muslin for historic homes or country decor? Well, tab-top curtains do not have to be quaint…. or boring! I created a more updated version of tab-tops using faux leather and then combined with a gorgeous floral print linen and burlap.  Decorating is all about textures and.. read more →

Grommet top curtains are very popular.  They are clean, simple and require less fabric than pleated curtains.  Plus grommets are a hot trend.  Just take a look at all the grommet details found in purses and tote bags.  Grommets are everywhere! Have you thought about making grommet curtains for your own home only to realize.. read more →

We are happy to introduce, Susan Woodcock, owner of, a how-to sewing and decorating resource. Susan will be bringing home decorating tips and projects to Sewing Secrets. Can you believe it?  Summer is here!  I found this fun zig-zag fabric and couldn’t wait to make a few pillows to brighten our patio.   Tufted.. read more →