Monday, February 13, 2012

Home Decorator Sewing

Recently my sister in law came for a visit. JoAnn’s was having a home decorator fabric sale and she purchased several fabrics to update her screened porch.
She doesn’t sew, but I agreed to be her “sewist”.  First stop was a tablecloth for the round table. Then reversible green and blue napkins. So far I’m just cutting and doing a rolled edge on my serger.

tablecloth and napkins
There was enough left over from the tablecloth fabric to make placemats. I used simple pillow case construction  and edge stitched them. 

Next were covers for the porch swing and two wicker chairs. Again, easy sewing, no cording, no boxed cushions, just simple construction.


She purchased some additional fabrics to make a curtain for the west end of the porch and cover some dining chairs, but these are no-sew projects with duct tape and a staple gun.

She also bought 100% cotton decorator fabric for two tablecloths for her indoor dining table. This was supposed to be a simple serged rolled edge.  I washed the fabric, cut off the selvedge and was left with only 49” of width; not enough for a nice drop.  I found a pattern by Janine Babich  I had cut out of SewNews from 2005 and decided to adapt it for a wide mitered flanged border that would leave no raw edges. It took several stops and starts, and my brain cells were definitely on “firing” mode.  Now I’ll do another one in blue. Since I now know what I’m doing, it won’t take long at all. I’ll have enough fabric left over to make some placemats.  But that’s another day.

flanged tablecloth

1 comment:

  1. She has great taste in the fabrics... love the leaf prints. You had your work cut out for you, but I'm sure the screened porch is going to look fresh and pretty.