Efficiency

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 [...]

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 [...]

Zippers In Pillows course for The Workroom Channel

I love pillows.  And I love inserting zippers in pillows.  Invisible zippers, lapped zippers, zippers next to welt cord, bound zippers in pillows, and zippers as embellishments in pillows.  Love them all!  I love inserting them so much, it always surprises me when someone tells me they would rather close a pillow with hand stitching [...]

By |2018-06-29T16:05:26-04:00June 29th, 2018|Efficiency, Pillows, Zippers|

Difficult Fabrics – Working With Pleated Fabrics

Have you ever had to work with difficult fabrics?  If you've been sewing for any length of time, you probably have.  You know the ones.  The slippery fabrics that move around the table by themselves.  Or the loosely woven fabrics that begin to fray the moment you begin cutting.  Or fabrics with a nap, such as velvet, where special [...]

How to sew a interlock stitch in drapery panels

When making multi width drapery panels, adding an interlock stitch at the seams will help keep the seams lined up as they hang.  Without this stitch the fabric layers may shift making the draperies look untidy or messy. Sewing the interlock stitch is quick and easy when using your thumb to pinky measurement. Here are [...]

Fabric Check-In Process

Fabric arriving at Designs by Donna is checked in and inspected as soon as it arrives.  Doing so may avoid delays with the project if any flaws, inconsistencies in the repeat, or wrong yardage amounts are found upon inspection.  And the same is true for drapery hardware received. Check-in fabric and hardware as soon as it arrives. [...]

Three quick sewing tips for efficiency in the workroom.

Today I have three sewing tips for you to use for more efficiency in the workroom.  First of all you'll need a few simple things in order to use the tips I'm sharing.  1.  A thumbnail; 2.  Blue painters tape; and 3.  A magnet.  Oh, and as these are sewing tips, you will also need [...]

What do sewing thread and spices have in common?

What do sewing thread and spices have in common?  Nothing really.   Other than when your sewing thread and spices are organized it is easier to find what you are looking for, making you more efficient at what you are doing. Organizing sewing thread by color and type, like alphabetizing your spices, allows you to quickly find [...]