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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 Create Patterns for Window Treatments

The advantage to making patterns for your curtains or shades is that you can easily create many panels that will be identical to each other. You can also easily replicate a treatment in many different [more…]

How to Make Scarf Swags for Your Windows

Scarf swags are a wonderful way to dress up a room by adding romance and a bit of softness to already existing draperies, such as sheers. They loop and drape over a decorative rod, jazzing up some plain [more…]

How to Make Ultrasuede Strip Curtains

This ultramodern “curtain” allows plenty of light to come through, sways in the breeze, and is sure to be a conversation piece among guests. It’s created with horizontal panels of Ultrasuede [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…]

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…]

Solving Common Furniture Problems

If you don’t have the money to go out and buy completely new furniture, some of these troubleshooting tips may be perfect for you. Whether your couch is too big, or your furniture is showing its age, here [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 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 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 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 Mix Patterns in a Room

You can use a traditional design strategy and combine a plain background on the walls and floor with patterned furniture. Then spread coordinating patterns around the room on the draperies, decorative [more…]

How to Decorate a Room with Texture

Walls, floors, and ceilings are your rooms’ background. Some people give more thought to the color of these surfaces than the texture. Think of them as equally important. Color can create spatial illusions [more…]

Choosing the Right Bed for Your Bedroom

To figure out which bed suits your decorating needs, think about the bed you currently have: its size, its style (which may be the starting point for your room’s style), and the comfort of the mattress [more…]

12 Accessories that Revitalize a Room

Just what accessories do you really need? Accessories that have a function have a competitive edge. For example, pillows can cushion as well as add color and pattern. An [more…]


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