Bolster Pillow With Contrast Button Ends

A pool noodle inside the pillow makes for easy insertion of the button twine into the pillow.

I love a bolster pillow with sunburst ends. Depending on the fabric you use, the ends will either create a pleated sunburst or more casual gathered sunburst as in the photo below. Once you gather the fabric into the center of the bolster pillow ends, you will have a small hole in the center.   […]

How to sew a interlock stitch in drapery panels

An interlock stitch in drapery panel

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. Here are a few quick and easy steps to add an interlock stitch to your drapery panels.  Work from […]

Fabric Check-In Process

Fabric and hardware

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. There are a few things for you to check when your […]

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 […]

Patchwork chair seats – the challenges, fun, & following my gut.

Patchwork chair seats

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?

Organize thread and spices

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. As a workroom owner, keeping sewing thread organized by color and thread type helps me in more […]