SEW FOR HOME
When it comes to quilting, I’d say I know my way around pretty well. Now, ask me what I’ve made for my house lately! When it comes to sewing other types of projects, I feel a little daunted, even though I want to be able to make (maybe even curate?) all the things that go into making our house our home. Most recently, the desire of my heart is making window treatments, all the window treatments. Especially ones that don’t look like a rookie made them. I’ve been so paralyzed, that there’s literally nothing on the windows.
Like anything, though, knowing where to start and having a guide are going to make a huge difference in feeling successful. When Erin at Schlosser Designs told me about her new book Sew Home (find a copy here!), I knew I had the perfect resource at hand. Not only that, I first met Erin while taking a class, and I know for a fact that her knowledge and skill is rock solid, so I had a feeling her book would be, too.
Filled with more than 30+ projects with a modern vibe, excellent diagrams and beautiful photos, I could quite literally fill my house with cool pillows, floor coverings, lamp shades I would adore instead of just tolerate, and more.
And best of all, she shows how to make window treatments. For a novice like me, there are a series of options, and every project in the book is assigned a level of difficulty (so I know what I’m getting into). Of course, while I am probably at a skill level 1 (capable of tackling the Cafe Curtains), what I am hankering to make are the Roman Shades (Skill Level 3).
But the thing of it is, while I have felt daunted about making things of this complexity in the past, I feel I can do this. That’s because in each project, Erin has thoughtfully laid out
- The tools
- The raw materials required (there’s something called Roman shade tube tape? For reals?)
- The specific skills required (In this case, how to properly measure the window, sew with monofilament, and how to use Roman shade tube tape.)
- Helpful hints to make it successful
Erin has thought through what a total noob like me needs to know and presents it in a way that I feel confident guides me through the process. At the same time, if you were more advanced on your home dec skills, then these same things would be a handy way to quickly check that you’re all organized and ready to go. Win-win.
There was only one problem for me. That’s getting my fella and I on the same page when it comes to fabric decisions! Hopefully we’ll get that sorted this weekend, because I’m ready to get sewing!
Thanks to C&T Publishing, I have a copy of the book to give to one lucky winner! To enter, tell me your own dream sewing project for your home! I will keep the entries open until Monday morning at 8 am. If you’re in the United States, I can send you a physical copy, and entrants from outside the U.S. will receive an e-copy. To see other projects and to increase your chances of winning, make sure to visit the other blogs on tour!
Thursday, September 29 – Erin at Schlosser Designs