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Traditionally, drapery pleats are tacked by machine, or hand stitching after the pleat has been sewn vertically in the top heading.  I have developed a new method where the pleat is tacked first, to the inside with machine stitching, before the vertical seam is sewn. This works especially well for two-finger or double pleats that … Continue readings

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2016 Custom Workroom Weekend

CUSTOM WORKROOM WEEKEND Join together with others who create custom soft furnishings for a weekend of learning, inspiration and fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Custom Workroom Weekend is organized and presented by Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker, owners of HomeDecGal and Custom Workroom Conference.  Click HERE to see the full Custom Workroom Weekend brochure. Custom … Continue readings

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I am excited to share that I have joined with Kim Chagnon of Kim’s Upholstery to present a new event for sewing and upholstery enthusiasts of all levels!  If you own a custom workroom business or just love to create beautiful things for your home, this event will have something for you. Join us October 5-7, 2014 for the SEWING & … Continue readings

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HomeDec Tech: Linings and Interlinings Part II

In Part I of this topic I shared a little about sateen lining, the basic go-to lining for window treatments.  (See HomeDec Tech: Linings and Interlinings Part I). The next most popular linings are “dimout” and “blackout”, which are valued for their insulation and light blocking capabilities. Most light blocking linings (blackout and dimout) have a foam … Continue readings

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Bold and Easy Appliqué Pillow: A HomeDecGal “Can-Do” Project

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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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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Faux Leather Tab-Top Drapery: A HomeDecGal “Can-Do” Project

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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HomeDecTech: Matching Fabric Patterns with Iron-On Adhesive Tape

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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