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Once upon a pillow, I decided it was time to dress up the bed. I decided on shams and it gave me pause to think. What exactly is a “sham”.  Further, I realized that there are shams, and there are more shames. Like Bubba Gump shrimp, you’ve got European shams, king shams, cushion shams, basic pillow shams…sham, sham, sham shammity sham! In my mind they’re all just pillows, and I had simply merged them into my brain as one lump sum.

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We’re smiling with you!

So ya wanna do your own upholstery…

Awesome! Go for it! You’ve got chutzpah! Upholstery isn’t rocket science. But a hasty approach could spell doom. With a few basic tips, you could avoid a reckless ride down Epic Failure Boulevard and a costly stay at Wasted Days Motel! (Been there, done that, got the T-shirt!)

In this post, we’re not going to learn HOW to upholster, rather, we’ll look at some things to avoid, a few flair tips for points, and maybe just a hack or two for good measure! It’s Upholstery 101, and I promise there won’t be a quiz.

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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.

Whether you’re having it done or doing it yourself, you’ll want to read this.  Read the rest of this entry »

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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