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 [...]
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.
Working with difficult fabrics can be challenging and stressful unless you first determine your course of action. This is the second edition of working with difficult fabrics. I'll show you how I used upholstery weight silk velvet to make narrow bands on silk taffeta panels. Now these are two fabrics that couldn't be more incompatible. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 Mix Patterns Like A Pro Mixing fabric patterns can make or break a room design. This article will get you up to speed allowing you to choose just the right fabrics for your rooms.