So you REALLY want to restore a fainting couch. Well welcome back! If you didn’t catch Part 1, read on. In Part 2, we’ll explore the rationale for my fabric choice, briefly explore the tear down process, and how I chose the fabric.

Demo is the love-hate part for me, and you’ll soon discover why. Might be the same for you. Tell me some of your beastly tear downs in the comments. Love with no judgement here. On to the project, Her Majesty the fainting couch awaits!

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DIY Fabric Screen Divider

Ever get an idea that just won’t let go? Every time I’m in the hobby store, I see these rice paper room dividers. I love them, but even on sale, they’re expensive, and frankly, boring. I’m like, I can do this better, but I’m not paying out the nose. As luck would have it, I found one on my local Facebook Marketplace for $20. To that, I said YES!

My DIY fabric screen divider was officially a GO!

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Glucose Test Kit Bag

Difficulty: Beginner – moderate skill level (basic sewing experience required)

Let’s admit it. That glucose test kit bag that came free with your meter is pretty lame. It’s downright ugly. It may be practical, but if you have to carry it with you, it should have some swag, some style, right? In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to make a custom glucose test kit bag in under two hours (Give or take depending on your skill level!).

If you’re a beginning sewist, this is a great project for you. You’ll have the opportunity to practice and learn how to put in a zipper a new way. If you’ve never put in a zipper, don’t panic. I’ll be right there with you! Read the rest of this entry »

Episode 1

The War Ensues

Good scissors for sewing are a thing to not be trifled with.

A long time ago…1995 to be exact…

in a marriage far, far away…

a husband recklessly chose his wife’s good scissors reserved for sewing to strip conduit.

12 stitches later…

Although I don’t necessarily suggest this for your sewing sheers, an interesting project if you’re a metal fan

True story.

Married a smarter man who respects the good sewing scissors. Good man.

A simple tool

And they are; but look closer and you’ll marvel at their design. Let’s take a look at this “cutting edge” technology and learn why if you sew, good scissors matter.

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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




Bonded Leather




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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