So. . . .  it turns out Improv isn’t just for quilting and comedy anymore! Those of us who stitch can jump on the Improv train and enjoy the creative ride, too. And, if you’re a Tim Holtz fan, you’re going to love this fabulous Stitches and Lace Improv Pillow created by a Paula Cheney, a very.. read more →

Charming and delightful, all the vintage style campers we see on the road today seem to call out loudly – “Let’s Go!” Even if you don’t own one,  you’ll love creating Retro Camper Art. You can surround yourself with that wonderful “out on the road” vibe even if you’re actually at home! Fabulous Bev from.. read more →

04 Mar 2016
March 4, 2016

Heart Pom-Pom Pillows

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Pillows! Do we ever have enough? They’re enjoyable to make and a marvelous way to update your décor without spending a lot of money. I’m totally smitten with the Heart Pom-Pom Pillows I found on the Tater Tots and Jello blog. They combine three things that I dearly love – hearts, burlap and pom-poms! Jen made her.. read more →

  We’re in the midst of a major overhaul on our house and the first thing on my wishlist is an extra room for my studio space. Not the spare room, not the home office, not the catchall storage room with a table in the corner. I need an official room with natural light, room.. read more →

13 Jan 2014
January 13, 2014

Brighten your Sewing Room

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  Did you resolve to sew more in 2014?  Brighten your sewing space with our Sewing Machine Cover. The front pockets are great for holding machine accessories or keeping items needed for your current project together. Sewing Machine Cover Instructions Keeping your sewing tools handy eliminates the frustration of having to stop and look for.. read more →

Fall is my favorite time of year for seeing all the imaginative ways people hand make decorations. With all the clever DIY tutorials, it’s fun and easy to dress up your home in festive ways. As the weather turns crisp and you begin planning for parties, dinners, or even the everyday, you’ll want to make.. read more →

This simple, cheerful tablecloth with matching cloth napkins are a snap to sew with men’s shirting fabrics – the woven selvage edge can serve as a casual “hem,” while the raw edges of the napkins, reinforced with a straight row of stitches, fray to a soft and comfortable edge. This tablecloth is perfect for a.. 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 HomeDecGal.com, 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 →

Floor cushions are such a great addition to any seating, even if used temporarily when the guests overflow. We love them in kids’ rooms, too, so they can sink into a great book on a gloomy day. They’re also hard to find and often expensive, which is why we’re always excited to find ideas for.. read more →

Spring is about new growth in both nature and our own routines. Give your sewing repertoire a fresh dusting by trying something a little out of the ordinary — and we can help! Today we’re featuring five DIY sewing projects from the fantastic blog At the Picket Fence, a resource for living an inspired, handmade.. read more →