I hope your year has been a good one too and that 2018 brings you good health and much joy! At Designs by Donna my mission is: To use my passion, gifts, and abilities to bring joy and beauty into the lives of others through exquisite design, teaching, and sharing.
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 [...]
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 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. [...]
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 [...]
Patchwork chair seats and following your gut. You may be wondering how these can possibly be related. Well, really, they aren't. Except that because I followed my gut I created these one of a kind chair seats for the sample room here at Designs by Donna. And I really like them much better than my original [...]
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 [...]
Hello everyone! And Happy New Year! I'm starting a new feature on my facebook page in 2017. You can see my facebook page here: DesignsbyDonnaAtlanta facebook page It's called Tips and Tools Tuesdays. Each Tuesday, I'll be sharing a tip or a tool I use in the workroom, or when designing a new product, or [...]