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Playhouse Tent - Lounge Cabana

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 1:00

Here in the Pacific Northwest, it's been a hot-hot-hot summer already. Definitely "bring-your-own-shade" kind of weather. Our fun portable shade tent fits the bill. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read, and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering. This project was created last season and in just that sort amount of time has risen to the tip-top of our Most Popular lists in several social media outlets. In Pinterest alone, it has well over 3,000 re-pins! We can see why: it's easy to make, fast to set-up, and rolls-up for travel or to store after the sun sets. 

Outdoor Hanging Shade Screen: Fabric Depot

Monday, 06 July 2015 1:00

Ahhhh; it's a lovely summer day on the patio. Blue skies, bright sun... actually, really bright. Blinding might be a better word! If you have an outdoor space you likely also have those one or two areas that always get blasted by the sun, making them virtually unusable at certain times of day. Enter our innovative Shade Panel. It's an outdoor curtain with a center screen that filters in light while blocking out the worst of the blinding rays – all without destroying your view. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to come up with the perfect combo for this project: bold Outdoor Fabric and unique Pet Screen (100% woven vinyl-coated polyester).

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Shower Curtain with Pom Pom Valance

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 1:00

This beautiful shower curtain is guaranteed to improve your singing in the shower by 110%. We're not sure how we will ever back up that claim, but since everyone figures they sound like Beyonce when the water's running, how can we go wrong? We chose two coordinating Waverly Sun N Shade fabrics: one with a bold motif for the main curtain, the other in a smaller design for the valance. Pom poms provide a pop of color. Toss that plain plastic shower curtain and go for gorgeous instead.

Traditional Hook & Ring Curtain Panel: Waverly World

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 1:00

We recently showed you how to create a Classic Grommeted Curtain Panel. This sleek modern look works with a wide variety of decorating themes, but if you prefer a more traditional style, you'll enjoy today's Hook & Ring Curtain Panel in gorgeous Waverly fabric. Called Splash of Color in Passion, this 100% cotton twill has a subtle Ikat treatment – where the edges of the motifs appear to bleed into the background as if done with brush strokes. In addition, there are metallic accents throughout the pattern, making it a beautiful choice for a living room or bedroom where softer lighting could catch these shimmering highlights.

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Classic Grommeted Curtain Panel: Fabulous Fall with Fabric.com

Friday, 26 September 2014 1:00

Fall is fabulous for getting back to basics. It's a great time to re-set and renew before the holidays hit with a vengeance. One of the best ways to refresh your home décor is with new curtains. They instantly transform any room and are the perfect fabric and color building blocks for other transformations, like cushions or table linens. As part of the Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com, we've developed a classic grommeted curtain panel. This is a project you will turn to again and again. It's fast and easy, plus we give you all the formulas you need to adapt the design to fit your unique window scapes. 

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Lovely Lace Valances

Friday, 12 September 2014 1:00

Looking for a quick and easy way to fancy-up your windows? A valance is faster than traditional curtain panels, and can even be used in conjunction with curtains or blinds to add some fashion flair. They've always reminded me of little window skirts - even though they're up high. I think it's the way they gather across the rod and flare out along the bottom. These were so pretty when done, I could totally envision wearing them as a skirt. The key is the mixture of fabrics with pretty lace. Choose a solid and a coordinating print divided by narrow, see-though lace insets.

Cafe Curtains with Accent Bands & Fabric Hanging Loops

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 1:00

Mom always said, "Never do things halfway." But I don't think she was talking about curtains, because you can do curtains halfway with very beautiful results. The cafe curtain is designed to be hung at a window's halfway point, covering up the bottom but letting in light from above. It's a great solution that gives you privacy while still letting the sun shine in. 

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Nature's Palette by Marjolein Bastin for FreeSpirit: Cafe Curtains with Accent Bands

Friday, 28 June 2013 1:00

Mom always said, "Never do things halfway." But I don't think she was talking about curtains, because you can do curtains halfway with very beautiful results. The cafe curtain is designed to be hung at a window's halfway point, covering up the bottom but letting in light from above. It's a great solution that gives you privacy while still letting the sun shine in. The Nature's Palette collection by Marjolein Bastin is delightful for this type of curtain. Her gorgeous prints bring summer's bright blooms inside. Curtain panels are a perfect beginner project. They're fast, super simple, and give the new sewer a great sense of satisfaction when she/he hangs them up and instantly transforms a window from plain and boring to pretty and bright.

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Ribbon-Tie Cafe Curtains in Flirt by Moda Fabrics

Friday, 21 December 2012 1:00

Welcome to the first day of Winter 2012-2013 - the shortest day of the year! I don't know about your corner of the world, but here in the Pacific Northwest, we've already entered our gloomy gray days. The leaves have fallen from the trees (except for our famous Oregon evergreens) and the gardens are barren and wet. Today's cute cafe curtains are a wonderful way to cheer up your window treatments during the winter months. As half curtains that hang on a tension rod, they cover the bottom of the window, shielding those sometimes less-than-lovely vistas while still letting the pretty white winter light shine through above. The main vertical panels are made from split fat quarters. We used the cheery Flirt collection by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics

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A Romantic Bedroom Retreat with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabrics: Layered Bed Curtain Backdrop with Velvet Valance

Monday, 16 July 2012 3:00

We sat down with our friends at Rowan & Free Spirit several months ago to look through the dozens and dozens of beautiful collections on their drawing board. Each one seemed more wonderful than the next, and we were having a heck of a time narrowing the field for our upcoming series. Finally, we asked, "Why not widen the field?" Why not give our Sew4Home visitors the tools, inspiration and confidence to mix and match designers, fabrics and substrates (cotton versus voile versus laminate, etc.)?! The resulting blend could create a special kind of beauty within a single project or an entire room." This was the inspiration for the Romantic Bedroom Retreat series with Rowan & FreeSpirit Fabric: nine tutorials, five techniques and one Great Giveaway. Three weeks of beauty and imagination. We start today with a set of lovely layered curtains and a tasseled valance. It's a richly elegant look that is actually quite easy to make. The four panels and the valance are hung on a standard double curtain rod, and the panels are held in place with conventional tie-back hooks. What a great way to turn a plain wall into a picturesque backdrop for your bed!

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