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How to Measure Fabric for Slipcovers

There are several tricks to determining how much fabric you need to buy before you begin making slipcovers for your sofa or chairs. Fabric is woven in several conventional widths: 36 inches; 42 to 45 inches [more…]

Budget Fabrics for Making Curtains

If you have decided to make your own curtains to save money, you may be shocked by fabric prices. A few different factors can add up to a higher cost for your fabrics. Keep the following points in mind [more…]

How to Make Sure You Get Enough Fabric for a Slipcover

One of the most important parts of planning your slipcover project is measuring your furniture correctly. You need to understand the different parts of your slipcover and how they come together to make [more…]

How to Lay Out Your Curtain Pattern on Fabric

When making curtains, placing your pattern properly on the fabric is an important step in making your panel come out right. Keep the following information in mind when laying out your pattern on the fabric [more…]

How to Cut Fabric to Make Curtains

After you know your measurements, have placed your pattern correctly, and secured it with pins, you can cut the length and width of the fabric to create your window treatment’s panels. When you lay out [more…]

How to Make Swag Window Coverings

Swags are easy to make and have a casual, airy look. After you’ve measured to determine how much fabric you need and picked out the perfect fabric for your swags, you are ready to begin sewing. Follow [more…]

How to Make a Shelf Valance for Your Windows

Although lace is an ideal fabric for this valance project, a light, checked gingham is also a good choice. If you decide to use a nonlace fabric that needs a hem for your curtains, add another inch to [more…]

How to Make Ultrasuede Curtains

These Ultrasuede curtains are very simple window treatments that effectively block light and give your room a modern look. They’re great for young men’s rooms, or any room where you want a bit of style [more…]

Tips for Making Slipcovers

A well-made slipcover can be an easy way to change the look of a room without incurring the expense of buying new furniture. The biggest sewing challenge you face when making slipcovers is how to manage [more…]

How to Make Your Slipcovers Fit

If you find that your slipcover doesn’t fit as perfectly as you’d hoped for, or if it’s doing a slip and slide when certain members of your family hop or jump on it, consider using a few of these tips: [more…]

How to Make a Quick Armchair Slipcover

Armchairs are naturals for slipcovering. If you’re covering an armchair that has a rounded back, consider a fabric that drapes well, such as slipcover-grade chenille or soft twill. A stiff or overly crisp [more…]

Ideas for Decorating Slipcovers

Deciding what kind of trim you want to add to your slipcover project is mostly a matter of taste. For example, if you like an ornate look, consider using a jasmine, which is a trim that features a cut [more…]

Making Slipcovers Fit by Adding Darts

Not all slipcovers give you the nice neat look you want. If you have a slipcover that slides off or pouches out and makes your furniture look tired and lumpy, you can improve the fit by adding darts. Darts [more…]

Correcting Slipcover Problems

Whether your slipcover is too long or too short, too tight or too loose, there are ways to improve your slipcovers so they add charm to the room. Here, the biggest slipcover problems are solved: [more…]

How to Make Lined Balloon Valances

A fully lined balloon valance on a curtain rod is a nonmoving treatment that looks complicated and fancy (when made with an ornate fabric, it harkens back to Victorian style), but it’s simple to create [more…]

How to Make Casement Curtains

Casement curtains attach to the window sash. This two-panel treatment works for windows that open in the middle and swing outward, but you can also use one panel of this style for a glass-paneled door. [more…]

How to Make Roman Shades

Roman shades pull up in sections with the help of a traverse cord or Roman shade cord (both available at a crafts store). Roman shades look elegant and streamlined in either the up or down position. [more…]

How to Make London Shades

London shades look a bit like the balloon valance, but they’re more utilitarian. They have the same shirred, puffed look when the ribbon is pulled up to make the shade ascend. Perfect for the bedroom, [more…]

How to Create Storage Space with an Ottoman

In this project, you create a useful and tasteful ottoman made of two inexpensive trunks that’s perfect for an apartment where extra storage is at a premium, or for anywhere that you want to add a bit [more…]

How to Make Lined Drapes

Depending on where you live and how many seasonal changes your home endures, you may want to give your windows a little extra insulation. An extra-thick curtain or a curtain lined with cotton duck can [more…]

How to Make a One-Piece Cascading Swag

The genius of this swag is in its lines. No matter how you turn it to create folds, the swag looks great because both sides are made of the same fabric. This project uses used two panels that you sew into [more…]

How to Make Pleated Curtains

Stitched pleats add a flat plushiness to the top of your window treatment, but also maintain a managed, structured fullness at the bottom. They’re great where you don’t want so much billowy fabric represented [more…]

How to Make a Vanity Stool Slipcover with Ruffle

This project is an adorable vanity stool slipcover for a bathroom, changing room, little girl’s room, or cabana. The ruffles are worth the extra time and effort. Try a fabric that keeps its shape, such [more…]

How to Make Slipcover Patterns

You can go to the store and buy a slipcover pattern that loosely conforms to the dimensions of your piece of furniture, but making your own pattern allows you to get your slipcover’s curves, contours, [more…]

How to Make Reversible Tabbed Drapes

Making reversible draperies takes a bit of extra effort, but it’s well worth it. Try a striped fabric backed with a solid or a vivid pattern (polka dots or small-print fabric) backed with a solid, or try [more…]


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