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I love the look of hand-sewn hems.  Hand stitching is considered a high-end technique in the drapery-making world, not because it is technical, complex or unique but because it is so simple.   It is the simplicity of the stitch.   The intimate, personal attention and care given to the materials while cradled in the … Continue readings

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Phoomph_Applique_Pillow

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 … Continue readings

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I am excited to share a fun project that I made recently.  I call this type of sewing a V.S.P. (Very Special Project).  A baby quilt!  A gift for our friends Brad and Brandy, who are expecting their first baby. The hardest part of this project was picking out the fabric!  I walked the aisles … Continue readings

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P1140839

It is important to cut fabrics square and straight.  You can mark cuts using long rulers and t-squares but often the fabric is slippery, and no matter how hard you try it moves every time you make a mark. There is another way!  Pulling threads to mark a cut-line is a timeless sewing technique that … Continue readings

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P1150086

Have you ever made draperies or curtains?  What method did you use?  Pillow-cased or sewn side hems, double fold side hems, top down… bottom up? There are many different construction techniques when it comes to drapery making.  One of my favorites is a hand sewn drapery with interlining and interlocked layers.  This method, often called … Continue readings

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HomeDecGal Chow…. Summer Gazpacho

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Are you looking for an easy summer meal that is healthy, delicious and will keep your kitchen cool? Make Gazpacho!  This cold tomato soup is a great way to use up a bowl full of summer tomatoes from the garden.  It is described in the book Food Lovers Companion (Sharon Tyler Herbst, published by Barrons Educational … Continue readings

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Do you remember tab-top draperies? Quaint curtains made of calico or muslin for historic homes or country decor? Well, tab-top curtains or draperies do not have to be quaint…. or boring! In this tutorial I will share how to make an updated version of tab-tops with faux leather, a gorgeous floral printed linen and burlap.  Decorating … Continue readings

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P1130374

I am excited to share that the first HomeDecGal how-to video is now ready for sale! In this video you will learn step-by-step how to make this pretty neckroll pillow which is also known as a bolster pillow. Anyone with basic sewing skills can create this pillow by following along with the video instruction. You … Continue readings

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We don’t have a garden but we do have a few tomato plants and herbs in containers on the patio.  It is amazing how much two tomato plants can produce!  Rodger and I have been eating tomatoes in one way or another every day. In addition to tomatoes, my  brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Tammy, … Continue readings

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P1130854

What is HomeDecTech? HomeDecTech is a series of how-to sewing lessons from my workroom.  These simple techniques will help you create window treatments, bedding, pillows and other decorating projects with quality and efficiency. The first HomeDecTech lesson is about matching fabric pattern motifs, a detail that sets custom work apart from lesser quality products.  In … Continue readings

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