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Victorian Fainting Couch circa late 1800’s

Every once in a while, you come across something special; something so utterly splendid that you would be remiss, with a lifetime of regret for passing it up. Meet Rose! How could I not want to take her home! The opportunity to restore a Victorian fainting couch was too tempting to pass. The price closed the deal! Follow her journey from start to finish.

Throughout this project, I ask and encourage you to comment here or on Facebook/Instagramn/Twitter. This is a very personal project for me, one I want to share with you. I hope it inspires you to believe that you can do this too! Don’t let the tufting scare you. We walk that road together. Other than hand sewing, this is a NO-SEW PROJECT.

No, really! None.

N…O…N…E. whatsoever!

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Not an endorsement, just loved the image!

Congratulations! You’ve just purchased (found, or were gifted, had dumped on, had left behind, etc.) a be…a…u…tearful couch/love seat/chair/vintage settee, again…etc. And you absolutely…HATE IT. So, the million dollar question where to start when you choose upholstery fabric.

The answer is, I don’t know, because I don’t know what’s right for YOU. But, I do have what you need to know to make some informed decisions. Don’t forget to check out my recent (still ongoing) series You Made That Outta What? to help you sift through different fabric types to get a handle on their strength, versatility, and appropriate usage.

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Zig Zag Lipstick on Polka Dot Blue

Polka Dot Blue on Zig Zag Lipstick White

If I told you that a DIY reusable tote bag in two hours or less was possible, you’d say, “Mary, that’s a fairy tale!” To which, I would reply, “Au contraire mon frère! It is no child’s tale, it’s real!”

This is a ridiculously easy project continuing with my challenge to use up your stash scraps and find creative ways to DIY with one yard or less. Reversible, practical, reusable, and downright adorable, you can’t have too many tote bags, can you?

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Marine Spa Expanded Vinyl Espresso

Vinyl

PVC

Urethane

Bonded Leather

Marine

Backed

Nonbacked

OY VE! What the hey! So how many licks does it take to get to the center of this Tootsie Roll?

One…two…a whoo whoo…three

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Back-to-school means back  to life if you’re a parent! No more 24/7 entertaining. No more constant whining complaints of boredom. You’re ready to throw them back to their teachers. I know, I’ve been there. Of course that doesn’t mean you don’t want to throw them back in style. Of course not! That’s a direct reflection on you Mom.

Lunch bags are a big deal. They continue to be a hot trend with kids and adults. That statement lunch bag could spell the difference between the cool kids and everybody else table! But hey Mom, this doesn’t just have to be for the kiddos. Absolutely not! You deserve a new, colorful cool kids table lunch bag for those days you “brown” bag it! This is more than your run-of-the-mill brown bag.

With it, you’ll lighten your stash as well as know that you’re leaving a substantially smaller footprint. These bags are not only reusable, they’re also leak resistant because its secret core is a plastic grocery bags! But be warned! This is a bag you can look good and feel good about too; so don’t be surprised if your admission of who made it lands you back in the sewing closet to make more for your friends so they can be cool too!

But that’s okay, because this is a quickie project. Read on to learn how with another one yard or less/one hour project.

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Lots of decorating going on since we bought the farm. Too much to do! Too many windows, which means privacy is a challenge since I don’t want to cocoon the house in drapery! And then there are the door windows, which pose a unique challenge. This was my solution after a Pinterest (yep, a Pinterest idea) moment.

Rather than putting a drape or a shade on the door which requires an installation, we’re going to install a window covering that is unique and will have your friends and neighbors wondering what you are doing, now that they can’t eavesdrop on you anymore! And the best part about this…it’s easily removable and costs a fraction of those expensive window cling things.

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Knock-knock…

Who’s there?

Ikat…

Ikat who?

Ikat’s got your tongue or do you have no clue what Ikat is?

Ikat has gained in popularity over the years with designers. While many people think Ikat refers to a design or pattern, it’s actually a process. Read on to find out more!

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Of all the projects we post to our Pinterest, this particular one has gotten a whole lot of attention. So, in response, I’d like to first thank Robin Vines Smith for the original publication, and offer an update based on a similar project.

Like Robin said, most people think adding a pocket to a garment, retail or otherwise is simply not possible or too difficult. Fact is, adding pockets to a garment isn’t all that difficult. To be truthful, it’s easier when your garment has a side seam. But you can do this with a little tweeking even to a garment without side seams. It’s riskier if you’re not familiar with how pockets are installed, but still doable.

In this simple tutorial, I’ve added pockets to a dress I created a while back that just needed a place to hide my hands! Read on for instructions and a printable pattern you can use if you need it.

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Of all the projects we post to our Pinterest, “Adding Pockets to Any Garment” has gotten a whole lot of attention. So, in response, I’d like to first thank Robin Vines Smith for the original publication, and offer an update based on a similar project.

Like Robin said, most people think adding a pocket to a garment, retail or otherwise is simply not possible or too difficult. Fact is, adding pockets to a garment isn’t all that difficult. To be truthful, it’s easier when your garment has a side seam. But you can do this with a little tweeking even to a garment without side seams. It’s riskier if you’re not familiar with how pockets are installed, but still doable.

In this simple tutorial, I’ve added pockets to a dress I created a while back that just needed a place to hide my hands! Read on for instructions and a printable pattern you can use if you need it.

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If I had your endless attention, I could really go deep on the subject of any fabric. Since I don’t, I’m going to do my best to just keep you entertained and teach you a little history while we’re there. No NO!! Don’t run away! There’s no quiz or paper due, I promise!

So riddle me this. How are Jacquard/Damask Brocade and the modern day computer directly related? Wait, what? Yes, they are. And you’ll have to read on to learn how.

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