How to be your own decorator
Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 15, 2000
For people comfortable at a sewing machine, sewing for the home is a fun and affordable
way to revive home decor.
People who don’t sew will also find many projects suited to
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their skills that enliven their home.Before you tackle a home decorating project, you
should determine your personal style or the family’s style.
Are you and your family
traditional, country, contemporary, romantic or some combination?
To help define your
style and to get a clear idea of your likes and dislikes, visit furniture stores and fabric
Look through decorating magazines and books.
Check out catalogs.
even want to keep a file of pictures and drawings of things you like to jog your memory
when you begin planning a project.Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of tackling a
You don’t have to start with a complete makeover of your
Select a project that fits your skill level.
Easy beginner projects include
making pillows, no-sew window treatments and covering lamp shades and trash cans.
you skills are more advanced, you might want to try making curtains, slipcovers or
perhaps a comforter cover (duvet).Accurate measurements are a key to any successful
Using a metal tape measure (cloth ones may stretch), measure your project and
then measure again.
Make a rough sketch of the item you’re measuring and put your
measurements in the right locations.
Take this with you to buy patterns, fabric and
notions.You will hear about three types of measurements for decoration projects.
size refers to the measurements of the window, table, bed or whatever you’re working on.
Cutting size means the measurement of fabric needed including drop allowances,
allowances for pleats or gathers, seam allowances, hems and casings.
Finished size is the
actual size of the completed project.Commercial patterns and projects from
home-decorating magazines and books will tell you how to determine how much fabric
If the project is a standard size, yardage requirement will be given.
If it’s a
non-standard size, there will be specific instructions on how to calculate yardage from
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