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About Donna Cash

I’m an award winning custom soft furnishings designer, sewing fabricator, and teacher of exquisite custom fabric items, also known as custom soft furnishings, for homeowners and interior designers. These products range from custom pillows and valances to draperies, slipcovers, and upholstery. Sewing has always been my creative outlet. Designs by Donna has been serving Atlanta and the and surrounding areas since 1987. We are located in Flowery Branch, just outside of Atlanta, GA.

Pillow Making – dog ears or no dog ears?

  Let's talk about pillow making. With so much information available online these days, I can see where someone getting into the soft furnishings/workroom business may get confused on fabrication techniques.  Today, let's talk about pillow making.  Specifically how to sew the corners of pillows.  Do you taper the corners of the pillows to remove [...]

Top Tips for Inserting Zippers Next To Welt Cord

Tips for Inserting Zippers Next To Welt Cord Zippers next to welt cord.  How are you doing inserting zippers next to welt cord in pillows, cushions, and bedding?  Do you ever wonder if yours are sewn well enough?  Do you ever struggle with the size or type of zipper you should use?  In this [...]

Learning to upholster a chair through the eyes of a drapery gal

Plaid chair no more! Now it's fun and happy with new colors, patterns, and textures. A drapery gal's perspective on learning upholstery. Learning to upholster furniture is a totally different skillset than drapery making.  For one thing, you don't have to strip naked before making draperies.  My friend, [...]

Drapery panels at 25 widths each & how to tackle such a project.

Drapery panels at 25 widths each?  Have you ever been asked to make a really wide drapery panel?  What did you do?  Did you turn and run the other way?  Or did you accept the drapery panel project and then wonder how you were going to tackle the job? I was recently hired to [...]

Flowery Branch is a beautiful place to visit.

Designs by Donna is located in the cute town of Flowery Branch, GA.  So let me show you around downtown, in case you're wondering what there is to do when you come and visit while taking a workshop at Designs by Donna. Flowery Branch crossroads of Railroad Ave. and Main St. Don't you love [...]

Won’t you be our guest? Tips for creating a comfortable guest room.

Won't you be our guest? When it comes to creating a guest room, comfort is key.  Therefore, a guest room should be a warm and welcoming space so include some of the amenities found in a hotel room and have the intimacy and charm of a home. Listed below are 8 of [...]

Contrast Mitered Flange Pillow – our latest instructional PDF

Let me introduce to you the latest instructional PDF we've added to our website, the Contrast Mitered Flange pillow.  This pillow is easy to make once you understand the process.  The instructions include photos with step by step directions for you to follow along with as you sew. This contrast mitered flange pillow is [...]

I cut up my son’s high school letterman jacket and turned it into an upholstered chair.

If you have grown children, you know they leave some things behind when they move into their new places, right?  Trophies, books, papers, and clothing like letterman jackets.  Sound familiar?  I bet it does!  And what do you do with all this stuff? Here's what I did with our son, Justin's Cross Country High School [...]