Call for SMS contributions & Free Fabric Friday

on August 15 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 348 Comments

We’re busy planning September’s Sewing for the Home projects and resources! Would you like to contribute? Do you love to sew for your home? Are you itching to use the latest home dec fabrics in fun ways? Do you have time to create a great tutorial in the next three weeks?

Contributors with original content get lots of fun traffic to their blog, some beautiful fabric (which doesn’t have to be used in your Sewing for the Home project) and our endless appreciation! Below are the types of new projects we’re looking for, or you can proprose one of your own.

  • Gussy up a lampshade
  • Recovering chairs
  • Hanging organizer for beds (to stash books, notebooks– hangs down from between mattresses)
  • Pillow variations (ruffles, tie backs, using thrifed shirts for button backs, reverse appliqué top, cording, etc.)
  • Fabric bulletin boards
  • Appliance covers (sewing machine, mixer, TV, etc.)
  • Innovative coasters
  • Unique table runners
  • Curtain variations (adding ribbon, ties, appliqué, etc.)
  • Fabric organizers
  • Patchwork potholders

Send us your proposal by Monday, August 18th. Tutorials need to be completed before September 8th. *Projects need to be new (never published)!

Email: [email protected]
Subject: Home Sewing
Include: Your idea, any pics/discussion of similar projects you’ve completed, a blog link (if applicable), your tutorial plan

As if that wasn’t enough fun, it’s Friday!  We have lots of new fabric:

Mendocino by Heather Ross

Bijoux by Heather Bailey (Coordinates)

Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson

Hannah by Anna Griffin

In addition to the new groups, we’ve restocked Park Slope and Garden Party.  What an amazing summer for fabric!

We’ll give away one yard of fabric to four people on Monday.  Comment below to enter, and tell us what you’d like to learn or share about Sewing for the Home.

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348 Responses to Call for SMS contributions & Free Fabric Friday

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  2. Rita says:

    Spring is just around the corner and it is time to get out the outdoor furniture. I just covered my Better homes and garden, three cushion swing. I would love to see some sewing for outdoor furniture. Thanks.

  3. PENNY FOSTER says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE SOME INEXPENSIVE COVERS FOR MY THROW PILLOWS. I HAVE HEARD OF SOME THAT SIMPLY SLIP OVER THE PILLOWS AND ARE EASY TO REMOVE AND WASH.

  4. PENNY FOSTER says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME IDEAS FOR DECORATING MY HOME USING BEADS. I HAVE BEEN BEADING ABOUT A YEAR, SO I NEED SOMETHING SIMPLE AND RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE.

  5. Tricia B says:

    I would love to see a tutorial on potholders, fancy throw pillows, and window treatments!

  6. Beagoodmom says:

    My wish list: car orgnization ideas, toy storage, and a bathroom rug. Any idea on how to make those? I am getting really good at following tutorials!

  7. Maggie says:

    I always love a great apron idea or some oven mitts, you can never have too many of those!

  8. Genevieve says:

    I would love tutorials on duvet covers, different pillows, lampshades, organizational item and basket liners..just to name a few

  9. Cheyenne says:

    I love home dec! I can’t wait for Sept, now!

  10. Andrea says:

    Oh Man I love the new heather ross. I love sea stuff.

  11. naomi says:

    I’d love to see any home projects! I’ve made a fabric basket, and simple curtains in the past.

  12. Nichole D. says:

    I would love to see some home sewing projects that would make good gifts! the holiday season is closer than we think!

  13. Erica says:

    I hope you have more coasters and potholder tutorials or other items for the kitchen. Those are some of my favorites!

  14. Morgan says:

    Hmm… I’d like to see patterns for organizers that hang on your closet door, an ironing board cover pattern, placemat designs and patterns, fabric box patterns, some ideas for fancying-up cloth napkins (in fact, ideas for fancying-up anything!), and…. that’s all I can think of right now!

  15. Amanda P. says:

    There are so many things I want to know how to do but to narrow it down to just a few, here’s the list:

    Item’s for a girls nursery (crib pads, window treatments, crib sheets)
    A slipcover for a large couch
    Grocery bags
    And last of all a cape for my boy – a good durable design.

  16. Carol says:

    I’m trying to figure out how to sew Roman shades. It’s the construction at the top that’s flipping me out! I accept any and all advice.

  17. Heather says:

    I would really love to see some ideas for decorating in the bathroom… shower curtains, embellishing hand towels, window curtains, wall deco etc. I am actually getting ready to cover my bathroom cabinets with fabric (it’s a rental and the kids love peeling paint off of the cabinets!!) to spruce the place up. ::fingers crossed::

  18. Lauren says:

    I would love to learn how to re-fabric my couch and couch cushions.

  19. Blayne says:

    I would love to learn more about fabric organizers for the home! There are so many different ways to get organized. It would be fun to be able to make those options!

    Also, the fabric bulletin board sounds fantastic!!

  20. Jen Borley says:

    I love getting inspired by all of the ideas for the home & for me on this blog! I need to make pillows for my bedroom & living room. I also need to start finishing my basement so I can have my own little crafty, sewing space. . . so inspiration for that is always much appreciated.

  21. Norma says:

    Floor pillows that are functional for kids and adults laying all over them and yet pretty sitting there piled all on their own. :)

  22. Christine says:

    Looking for some holiday ideas. I am tired of the same decorations I have had up year after year. Time for something new that all of my friends and family will be shocked that I made. Thanks for all the great inspiration.

  23. Ruby says:

    I have a few chairs that need some reupholstering. A project which I am determined to do myself. My previous attempts have resulted in a detonation of tacks and staples upon seating. If there are any upholstery masters out there, I’d be eternally grateful for a tutorial. Thanks!

  24. Amy Rollogas says:

    Wow what pretty things! The tutorials are why I come here, so hopefully you will get good submissions!!

  25. candi says:

    i would love to see some organizational tool tutorials from cute fabric. with fall coming round, i want to clean up the house and get it organized since i will be stuck inside all winter!

  26. Lora says:

    I’d love to learn how to make slipcovers for my sofas and chairs, as well as how to make variations on pillows and curtains. I’d also love a great and easy tutorial on how to make a cover for my sewing machine. All the ideas sound great though! Thank you for such an inspiring blog! Lora

  27. sarah says:

    I would love to see window treatments. Tips on black out shades and curtains too.

    thanks!

  28. Beth says:

    I am in need of a tutorial showing how to recover sofa cushions. I’d love to know the easiest way to make the piping and put in a zipper.

  29. Karen Peterson says:

    I would love to see what can be done to design and sew kids rooms!

  30. danna osen says:

    The home dec fabric is so refreshing and I look forward to all tutorials, maybe to actually do or more likely “for my reading pleasure.” Everyone who contributes does a great job.

  31. Heather says:

    Oh yeah for home dec! I’ve been sewing baby/toddler gear for so long I think I could do it in my sleep so I’m SO ready for a fun new idea for the house!
    I’ve got some great suggestions for super modern curtain sewing starting with a store bought curtain!! Super easy for the beginner sewer but yields a very polished, expensive look. Best of all it’s the perfect way to incorporate some of the fabulous fabrics coming out now without blowing your budget!

    Thanks for always having the best ideas SMS :)

  32. Kari says:

    I would LOVE to see someone do an ambitious reupholster of a couch…I know tall order…but I really hate my couch. =) Otherwise, simple but inventive ways to use fabric to hide or organize “junk” in the craft room would be wonderful. Thanks1

  33. Elisabeth says:

    I want to learn how to gussy up a lampshade! :)
    The free fabric is gorgeous!

  34. Deidra says:

    I would love to see some different styles of pin cushions to make. Also great gifts to make for christmas, birthdays etc.

  35. Holly says:

    I’d love to see some tutorials for rugs. I love the idea of making rugs for my girls’ rooms, but am a little daunted by it.

  36. Bree says:

    Ooh – I gotta learn more about fabric organizers. I hope someone posts a tutorial!

  37. Tanja says:

    I would like to see a tute for some sort of organisational item or system for a child’s toys.

  38. Rachelle Dorroh says:

    I have an old bedspread that I’ve been waiting to make a duvet cover for in order to spruce up my guest bedroom. Anything that involves a creative way to hang or display pictures on a wall. Also, I love organizers – so fun ways to incorporate fabric into organizing (or hiding!) everyday stuff around the house!

  39. micki says:

    I really want to learn to make a fabric covered bulletin board. I’ve seen some cute ones but I’ve never ever found the time…

  40. Melissa says:

    I’m a very new sewer (learning as I go, been doing it for a month now) and I would love to learn tricks to make my dining room gorgeous for the holidays. Tablecloths, napkins, placemats, chair covers, chair cushions, etc. Or, even better, I’d love to see some tricks on how to make personalized, heirloom stockings for my family!

  41. Ollie says:

    Free Fabric! Woo hoo!

  42. Jessica says:

    I can’t wait to see these ideas – I am looking forward to making some of these as Christmas gifts!
    Love your blog!!!

  43. Angela says:

    I’d like to learn how to make a blackout shade for my daughter’s window.

    Thanks!
    Angela

  44. Larici says:

    I would love to see window treatments and pillows for kids/babies bedrooms.

  45. Celeste says:

    How to make various styles of curtains–I’m not sure on lining them, that sort of thing. Reupholstery would also be great.

  46. Angie says:

    I’d love to learn more about recovering chairs and fabric covered bulletin boards. I’m looking forward to the tutorials :-)

  47. sue says:

    Have one yard of fabric, 45″ wide, and while I could make napkins out of it, my family is wont to mop up anything with the cloth napkins. I’d like to see some clever one yard ideas.

  48. Jerilyn says:

    I would like to see tips and tricks to home decor sewing. I recently finished decorating a room for my daughter (sewed her comforter, bed skirt, pillows) and was frustrated with the end result. Even though the sewing itself wasn’t difficult, later I would find that the batting inside her comforter had split apart after it was completed. I was quite frustrated as I had followed the directions VERY carefully. So any tips and tricks to sewing WELL MADE items would be wonderful!!!

  49. Ramona says:

    I’d like to make a fabric screen to hide my treadmill in the living room when it isn’t in use. I also look forward to all the great ideas this is sure to generate. Thanks in advance!!

  50. Mandi says:

    I want to learn how to make a simple pillow cover! Seriously! I can’t find a nice, basic pattern.

  51. ms firefly says:

    oh, i would love to contribute but i just moved in a new country and i don’t have my sewing machine yet. :(
    the fabrics are all beautiful, i am drooling!
    i just got here this blog through wiksten, and i love the tutorials!

  52. Missie says:

    I just love coming here every day to see what’s new!! What a wonderful site!

  53. Melissa says:

    I love sewing for my house. Maybe some rug patterns would be nice. I really need rugs for my floors but they are so expensive for nice ones.

  54. mojoandco says:

    Some projects I’d like to see others ideas for are placemats, pockets/tidies for the side of beds/cots, storage ideas, and anything else to make our home our favourite place to be.

  55. DizzyMom says:

    Making a a new slipcover for my discontinued Pottery Barn ottoman is next on my project list. A good, simple tutorial would be perfect for me right now. Oh, and a simple way to make cusion covers fr my chairs would be nice as well. ;)

  56. Karen H says:

    I’d like to see a tutorial for making an insulated carrier for baking dishes, especially a 13″x9″ pan.

  57. Georgia says:

    I would love a tutorial on curtains! Anything that isn’t just the normal:)

  58. chrissy says:

    I would love to see projects that are quick (I have a pathetically short attention span) and require small pieces of fabric. Can’t wait to see what you have in store.

  59. Jennifer says:

    I love some of the new fabrics! I’d like to see some ideas for window treatments.

  60. anna w says:

    Oooh! I love it! Homey things!
    I love the fabric, too – oh, so gorgeous!!!
    (pick me! :u))

  61. Emilee says:

    I’d love to see a tutorial on Roman shades. Or other interesting window treatments. Or duvets. Anything, really. I love all the Sew, Mama, Sew tutorials.

  62. i have not done much home sewing yet so i am anxious to learn it all! i am planning to recover the pillows for our pillow back sofa very soon so i will definitely check back in for tips! :)

  63. Leah says:

    Home decor sounds like fun. I can’t wait to see everyone’s response. I am looking for organization inspiration!!

  64. Victoria says:

    I’d love to learn about reupholstering furniture. I always see cute stuff at garage sales and think…if only I could recover that…

  65. Toni says:

    I’d like to see a tutorial on making fabric boxes to put in cubbies (I need them and have no clue where to start!)

  66. Katie Mitchell says:

    I would like to learn how tutorials on how to make things to keep you organized around the house.

  67. Karen L says:

    I also am interested in window treatments. Seems like a lot of people only want a nice valance at their windows now instead of heavy drapes. I would love to see some interesting valance treatments and ways to hang them that would be appropriate for the specific room that the valances were made for. Thanks.

  68. stephanie calkins says:

    I would definitely like to see some fabric organization ideas. I also am partial to the new Sandi Henderson Fabric! Great stuff here as always.

  69. Rachel says:

    I would love to learn how to sew a window seat cushion cover. It needs to be removable.

  70. mikawendy says:

    I’m looking forward to the tutorials! I’d love to see one on how to handle home dec weight fabric (needle and thread choices) and also what to do if you have a lighter-weight fabric (such as a quilting cotton) that you want to use in a home dec project. Thanks!

  71. Wroth says:

    Almost all my sewing has been for my home, and next on my list is making a bolster-pillow cover, a big one, the width of my (queen-size) bed. I may have to wing it, but I’d love a tutorial to help with welting, zippers, etc.

  72. Laura says:

    I’m really looking forward to September! I saw somewhere, not too long ago, that someone had covered their window blinds (the vertical kind) with fabric–they were made so that when the blinds were pulled up, the fabric would gather up and look almost like a ruffled valance, but when the blinds were lowered the fabric was a flat panel. I’d love to see a tutorial for how to do that.

  73. Leesa says:

    I love to see all the tutorials and I also have been trying to come up with my own. Maybe I will enter the contest. I wrote my first tutorial just last week but I don’t really have a blog or website yet. I am working toward that.

  74. Regina says:

    I would love to share how I slipcovered my sofa – but don’t know if I want to make another set just to do the tutorial. It was easy and satisfying -but still a cumbersome sewing/stuffing job. It’s a great purchased slipcover/ sewn cushion cover combo though that works great -especially with a pre-schooler climbing all over it.

    Can’t wait to see everyone else’s tutorials.

  75. kerri says:

    I too am interested in chair-recovering. I am also interested in any advice on convincing a husband that covering a chair in a wild pattern is a good idea. He is stuck on solids. Ho hum…

  76. Cara says:

    I would love to see some ideas for covering plain wooden kid chairs with fabric!

  77. Kelli says:

    yea–it’s like you read my mind…I would love information on simple quilt throws and also seat cushions for dining chairs! I need simple projects that don’t take a long time or hassle since my sewing time each day consists of a 2-year old’s naptime! :-)
    And some free fabric wouldn’t come amiss either!

  78. Tammy says:

    I have quite a few bare windows that need some dressing. I’d love to see some tutorials on unique window coverings. Thanks for FFF!!

  79. Andrea says:

    I would love to hear more about table runners and coasters. I have been wanted to explore more with them and would love to see tutorials or even some great inspiration.

  80. Lil' d says:

    I’d like to see containers and organisers – as my curtains have been hung unhemmed for 2 years now (and no one has noticed…). I like small interesting projects!

  81. Caroline says:

    I’m interested in organizing & decorating my sewing/craft space. It’s not very big, so I need really creative ways to store/organize my goods.
    Love reading your blog – I always learn something new.

  82. Chris Worthy says:

    I would love a tutorial on slipcovers. I have actually reupholstered several chair seats and a sofa (the same sofa — twice). I used the old upholstery as a pattern, which was actually super easy, but for some reason I can’t get the hang of slipcovers, even though that should be easier, in theory. I’m stumped. (Here’s a photo of the sofa: http://chrisworthy.blogspot.com/2007/12/quilt-binders-anonymous.html).

  83. lizap says:

    I just bought some fabric to make new pillows for my couch. I have a basic pattern, but I’d definitely be interested in some new inspiration.

  84. Jennifer R. says:

    I had no idea that the Mendocino line was designed by Heather Ross until just now. No wonder I love the entire line! I’m crossing my fingers that I’m picked for the FFF because I have every item from that line on my wishlist.
    I would love to learn about recovering furniture. A specific project I’d like to work on is to create a fitted slip cover for our patio furniture chair pads.

  85. Chassie says:

    I would love to know how to reupholster chairs!

  86. Rachel says:

    I’d love a good tutorial for recovering chairs. I can do the basic seat part, but anything more tricky than that has left me confused.

  87. Dorte says:

    Oh, if anybody comes up with a great tutorial on how to organize fabrics…. I’ll sing of joy!!!

  88. Amy Hunter says:

    I would love to see the ideas, the bed book organizers sound just like something I need. Oh and those fabrics are great!

  89. Hi! I’d like to see fitting a standard pattern to a less than standard body.

  90. Sandy H. says:

    I would love to see some holiday things especially for the fall and Christmas seasons ahead.

  91. Julia Molewyk says:

    My “Sewing for the Home” fall project is to make a new bedspread for my master bedroom. You have some great ideas for tutorials listed in your post. I’m not sure what more to add. Midered corners would be helpful to me, for pillow shams or even the border or binding on my bedspread. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

  92. Becky says:

    I need curtain ideas!! It seemed easy in the cafe and poofy valance days…now I’m clueless!1

  93. Cami Paul says:

    I’m always wanting a new idea for pillows or curtains… this sounds like a lot of fun!

  94. Leah says:

    Oh the Hannah Fabric is just lovely. As far as Home Dec month I’d love to see a How-To on slipcovers!

  95. Christi says:

    I would LOVE to find a generic tree skirt pattern / tutorial. I have been searching and cant find anything.

    Also…does anyone have experience w/sheer curtains? I want to do new ones in my kitchen and would love some ideas.

  96. bu&bau says:

    So many new fabrics!!! and they are lovely…

    I’d love to learn ao to make a patchwork blanket. I’ve tried but all the squares turned out “not squares” after sewing them together…

  97. Jen says:

    I’d love to see something about wallpapering walls with fabric.
    xox

  98. helen says:

    after having just bought my own home I am really excited to see the projects for making for the home! But there are so many great tutorials on here already, the ideas out there are purely insparational.

  99. April Zderad says:

    I’m a beginner at sewing and would love an easy tutorial with lots of pictures for making some curtains.

  100. Joy says:

    I’d like to see a good project for something related to organization of
    a little girl’s room!

    I have good ideas for tutorials but, sadly, we go back to school on Monday
    and the first few weeks of school are crazy hectic for me!

    I’m looking forward to some good projects I can do once we really get back
    into the swing of school!

  101. Jan says:

    I love quick and easy gifts.

  102. elle doughty says:

    I’d love to learn about detailing – interesting layering techniques, shirring, cloth covered buttons, balloon shades, etc. I have curtains, cushions, custom bedding and other items I’m starting for my house. I want to do fun, cottage-modern. Your tutorials are SO helpful to a returning sew-mama!! Thanks :-)

    p.s. I came on yesterday several times to find the area to enter the free fabric friday contest but it didn’t come up), but I commented on other areas of the site hoping that would also qualify me to enter.

  103. Nancy says:

    couch and chair slipcovers….please!!! I hate my furniture, but it is still in good shape…

  104. Sarah S says:

    I’d love to learn how to sew a slipcover for upholstered furniture. I bought a chaise at a yard sale that needs recovering (got a four-digit estimate for reupholstering —- no thank you!), and I’m a little daunted by where to start. I’d love some advice.

  105. Andi says:

    I am so excited! I love to sew things for the home! Recovering chairs is definitely something I would like to learn, as well as new curtain ideas – I still have two rooms in my house without curtains and have also just agreed to make two sets of curtains for a friend. Thanks for all the great ideas and tutorials!

  106. kimmer says:

    I’m very excited to see all the projects listed, but please don’t forget some basics about curtains!

  107. kim m says:

    I would like to learn how to recover chairs. Love your blog!

  108. Tara H. says:

    I think a shower curtain tutorial would be helpful or different variations of oven mitts or hot pads. Oh, I thought of another tutorial that would be great, an over-the-door shoe organizer.

  109. aida says:

    hanging organizers!! thanks

  110. Jennifer says:

    I would like to learn how to make simple chair covers!

  111. Adrea Shef says:

    I love free fabric fridays! :)

  112. Jennifer says:

    I would love to see some fun new designs for throw pillows. My living room could use a face lift! Pillows are wonderful at adding a splash of color or simply giving you a direction to take the rest of the room.
    Hmmm… I need to convert my daughter’s room from a baby room to a toddler room. Maybe a toddler duvet with an appliqué’ pattern or a fun rug tutorial would be nice for her room.

  113. marcia says:

    I am very excited to learn some new ways to decorate my home! I have a window seat in the dining room I need to cover and I am also looking for some creative, new pillow ideas. Also, am always looking for fresh curtian ideas! And, of course, I would LOVE to be the winner of some of that gorgeous new fabric!

  114. Allison says:

    I would like to see some new ideas for curtains and window treatements. Preferrable not a lot of fussy stuff though!

  115. Petchy says:

    Well I have three old chairs that need to be re-upholstered… This might be a kick in the butt for me to get cracking – I have the fabric ready and everything!!

  116. Tamera says:

    I’m totally going to post something!

  117. Kate says:

    I’d like to learn about making curtains… I’m supposed to be making some pretty soon and I could use some help. I don’t even know which kind would be best… maybe roman shades.

  118. anna donato says:

    I would love to learn how to make different kinds of pin cushions. some are so cute. I would also like to see some tutorials on some simple pillows.

  119. Lauri says:

    Oh wow! I have so many “home” projects going on right now I could probably fill up your whole month! My 2 daughters decided to switch rooms, so lots of new pillows for them and I’m wanting to do some lampshades, too. I have about 4 rooms that I need to make curtains for, and I have the fabric to do them all, already. I have a very old wooden couch that has 6 big, giant pillows for cushioning (3 across the seat and 3 across the back) that I’m planning on recovering-I already have the fabric for those, too.

    Hmmm…now if I could just get something to you by Monday! Well, and get up off my butt and get stuff actually done! lol!

  120. Tricia says:

    p.s. I am totally in for fabric Friday too :D

  121. Tricia says:

    Oh how funny that you mention that.. I made towel hoodies for all the kids and with the leftovers I have been making Patchwork dishrags and for some reason they all like the rags better (is that like playing with the box?) I will work on getting my stuff together!! how fun!!

  122. Jess says:

    I would really like to learn how to recover a chair with piping. I have a vintage rocker that I’m going to recover, but haven’t ever done upholstery piping. A tutorial would be great!

  123. Stacy Gibbs says:

    I would love to see more tutorials on curtains. I have tons of windows in my house and just can’t seem to find the right look or idea to fit! Also, I would love to see some fun pillow tutorials! Thanks!

  124. Amanda A says:

    I would like to see some different coaster tutorials or other new handmade Christmas gift ideas. Thanks!

  125. goldengirls says:

    I would love to see some easy decoration projects for the home, such as curtains of easy pillows. Thanks so much! I really enjoy the tutorials.

  126. Katie says:

    I’d like to see some tutorials for pillows, organizers and fabric boxes. Thanks!

  127. Amy Maddox says:

    I would love to hear about your favorite equipment you have to make sewing around the house easier.

  128. sharon says:

    I’d love to learn some new tricks for sewing for the home. Also it surely must be time for me to win ;-)

  129. Alison says:

    i’d love to see some nice curtain ideas. i change mine ALL the time, and am always looking for new ideas!

  130. Sarah says:

    I would love to see a tutorial on reupholstering a padded seat or some seat cushions. I’ve been putting these off for too long.

  131. whitney says:

    OH!! I would LOVE to learn how to make a crisp clean pillow! At least a basic thing that I can change as my heart desires! :) haha But anything for the home is always a hit!

  132. Heather says:

    I’m new to this sewing stuff but I’d love to learn how to recover my dining chairs so that my kids won’t ruin them and how to make a kid-proof tablecloth. Oooh…some baby bedding (as in crib sheets and bumpers) would be fantastic too. I can’t afford the set I really love.

  133. min says:

    Well, you gave me a tutorial for the box cushion, so now I’ll throw my next wish out: the roman shade. Just a traditional roman shade. Any links or tutorials for tried and true pleated roman shades would be SO great. Surely someone out there will help me out….

  134. Heather K. says:

    I want to know how to make a pocket organizer that hangs over the door for magazines or the many books that I am currently reading.

  135. Monica says:

    I love reading all of the tutorials on the SMS blog —such inspiration!!! I am especially interested in window treatments and recovering chairs, and quilted throws for the upcoming cooler months.

  136. Erinn says:

    I love the blog! How about a project for a wooden tv tray? It’s so hard to think of something because you cover so much on the blog. Thanks!

  137. Robin says:

    What a wonderful idea! I need to sew some curtains anyway, so I am really glad to find a place where folks are buzzing about home dec. projects. It will help my mojo a lot!

  138. Mrs. Kwitty says:

    I would love to see a tut on how to make boxed end pillows or covers (you know, like to cover a rectangular or square pillow or pad).
    Smiles, Karen

  139. Molly says:

    I love tutorials about everything! All the little ideas that fill your home. Especially blankets and table clothes.

  140. Plum Texan says:

    I love Farmer’s Market! And I would love some ideas on how to reinforce the ties for simple seat cushions.

  141. Kelly G. says:

    I would love to see something about recovering an office chair. I also have a great couch that I love the shape and feel of, but the fabric has not held up as well as I had hoped. I keep dreaming about recovering it using a quilt of some sort, but not sure on the legistics of that.

  142. The fabric is so great! I would like to know how to make couch pillows without zippers.

  143. aimee says:

    Anything creative and I’m sure you’ll come up with it. Love the new fabric. I’m waiting for some Heather Bailey of my own and can’t wait!

  144. B says:

    Hi! I am up for anything when it comes to Sewing for the Home, but since I live overseas where Christmas decor is not readily available, I would love ideas how to make my home holiday spirit-filled. (And, don’t worry…if I win the fabric, you can ship it to my stateside address!)

  145. jacquie says:

    i would love to learn how to make different kinds of pillows and any help with upholstery would be fantastic!

  146. Loralee Clark says:

    oooh! they all look so pretty…

  147. Carrie says:

    I have been wanting to learn how to sew curtains. I sew all the time and don’t have one window with a curtain. I’m a little scared and would love to know a quick and easy way to make them… and make them look FABULOUS!

  148. mandy says:

    I would love to see some new ways to organize my work room!

  149. Jeannine says:

    I am dying to learn how to recover chairs without making the edges scalloped (which is what happened the first time I tried it) I am dying to recover my glider and ottoman.

  150. I’ve always wanted to make a fabric bulletin board, but I never have. They are so pretty!

    :-)
    Sherry

  151. Charity says:

    Two of my favorite hobbies…sewing and decorating! I’ll go through my idea file and see if I have something to contribute. If not, I’ll enjoy everyone else’s great ideas! :)

    Charity

  152. Alice says:

    I’d love to see ideas for (or a tutorial on) Swedish roll-up blinds!
    Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials & how-to’s!!

  153. Liv says:

    reupholstering… slipcovers… any ways to spruce up the furniture we have and won’t replace until our children are well past the smearing/spilling/coloring/vomiting/drooling stage (which really, let’s face it, could be YEARS)

  154. Breanna says:

    I would love to see some sewing projects that I can make for my preschool classroom!

  155. Elsie says:

    More than 27 years ago my husband and I bought an old oak rocker on our honeymoon. Shortly thereafter we had the seat re-done, with leather look vinyl. The springs are poking through now and I’d love some hand holding tutorial on how to reupholster this type rocker cushion!

  156. Anary says:

    Most definately curtains and pillows. That the easiest way to turn things around in the house.

  157. Allison says:

    I would love to learn how to make slipcovers for chairs and couches!

  158. wendy says:

    I’d like to see some good instructions for re-covering furniture. I’ve got some very ugly couches, but I don’t know where to start with covering them up. And all that fabric just seems intimidating, somehow.

  159. Amy says:

    I would like to learn how to properly hem a tablecloth – especially how to miter those pesky corners!

  160. Katie says:

    I’d like to see some slipcovering and some different techniques and how-tos. And some original, simple curtains!

  161. Jennifer says:

    I’m drooling over the new fabrics. I have a chair and a bulletin board that are waiting to be recovered, so I’d like to see ideas in those areas.

  162. Amy says:

    I’d love to learn how to recover furniture.

  163. Pamela says:

    I seriously need to make a slipcover for my couch. How about a slipcover tutorial?

  164. andrea says:

    I have an idea for making a slipcover for something that I’ve been wanting to make a tutorial for. Maybe this’ll get me to stop procrastinating and get it done….

  165. Heather W. says:

    Loving all the fabrics!!! I need to recover an antique desk/vanity chair so any help with that would be great but I’m still learning how to do everything so really anything would be useful!!!

  166. Tamara says:

    I would love to learn how to recover chairs with some fun fabric. I have a set of 4 fugly chairs that are begging for a makeover.

  167. Joanne Pons says:

    Any ideas for a covering or curtains for a bookshelf? Sometimes I just wish I had a tailored cover for my bookshelf so I wouldn’t have to see my bins. The bins are organized and neat, but a sharp tailored cover in beautiful fabric would add to the room.

  168. Karie says:

    Ohhh sewing for the home! That will be so cool… I cant wait to learn how to recover a chair… I have one just waiting to be prettied up!!

  169. Brooke Burns says:

    It would be great to see tutorials on ways to make simple projects look just a little more elegant. For example, piping for pillows. Also, tips for working with large amounts of fabric for items like curtains and duvets. I’m always plagued with anxiety about cutting and sewing these things!

  170. I would love to learn how to make my own slip cover for couches. I’ve tried and failed miserably. Beautiful fabrics!

  171. Gen says:

    Were moving in a few months and I’ll need all the home sewing ideas I can find. I love simple, earthy designs.

  172. Somer says:

    I would love to learn to make Roman shades.

  173. Jackie says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing all of the inspiring ideas that come our way next month!

  174. I love the mermaid fabric. No clue what to do with it but love it.

  175. Lauren says:

    I’d really like some tips on kids rooms–for school age kids especially! And maybe a “how to design your own slipcovers” tute!

  176. Susie says:

    I’d like to see organizing ideas – basket liners, hanging organizers, fabric boxes etc. Or how to make cloth napkins and ideas for embellishing them.

  177. Stacy says:

    My serger is in bad need of a cover. Maybe you could give some easy tutes on how to make those? Curtains are on my to do list too and I’d love some easy ideas.

  178. Anne says:

    I would love to see a tutorial or two on projects that you can make with your kids. Possibly re-using/recycling fabric from old projects, clothes, etc.

  179. Missy says:

    I recently discovered the awesome blogging world and have refueled my sewing addiction! I would love to see some tutorials on slipcovering furniture, pillowtops and table linens!! I have been making so many purses lately from all the awesome tutorials I have found!! Thanks to all of you for sharing your talents!!

  180. Sarah says:

    I am so excited about home sewing month! I have a great idea, too, but no time to execute it. Can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

  181. Caitlin says:

    I’d love for someone to post an easy kitchen aid cover tutorial. I also would love to have some unique window covering patterns or tutorials! I hope I win some of that amazing fabric!

  182. Feather Webb says:

    I would love to learn about curtains and recoving a chair would also be great. I am also looking forard to being surprised because you always manage to do that!

    Feather

  183. Liz Reese says:

    i would love to learn how to make window treatments. not just pretty, but functional too – as in the raise up and down with a pull cord or something like that.

  184. Kristine says:

    Along with many people, I can’t get enough of tutorials. SMS has gotten the juices flowing in my head, though, with this request for submissions. Perhaps I can get one together to send in.

  185. Mel says:

    I’m just starting to teach myself to sew and would love to see some smaller projects that would help to change the feel of my rooms.

  186. Rina says:

    I love the new fabrics! I would love to hear about fabric organizers.

  187. Glenda says:

    I’d love some ideas/instructions on making a soft fabric toddler chair, something for the grandkids to use while watching videos. I’m looking forward to this series!

  188. Yetta says:

    I’d definitely like to see a recovering furniture tutorial. I’d also like to see a children’s chair tutorial. Thanks for all the inspiration you always put on your blog.

  189. Charlotte says:

    You know what I’d like to know how to make? Some kind of clever disguise for the cats’ litter box. I’d also like different ideas for curtaining undersink areas and shelving areas.
    I absolutely will not have time to put together a tutorial, but if I did I’d do one on creative uses for thrifted and/or clearance sheets and table linens — as window treatments, shower curtains, aprons, etc. Another fun one would be on creating curtain tiebacks from old jewelry and random household objects.

  190. Samantha says:

    Oh my gosh, the new fabric keeps getting better and better! I am excited for home sewing month. The kids are back in school and I have a bunch of bare windows that need loving. So I’m looking forward to window treatment ideas–especially quick and easy ones.

  191. Annie says:

    If I didn’t spend so much time reading about things to sew for the home, I’d probably sew a lot more of the things I have planned.

    One thing I’ve learned is not to sew too late at night, although I keep repeating the mistake anyway. Last night I put the pieces for my pillow cover right side to wrong side instead of wrong side together. I didn’t realize it until after I finished sewing and clipped the corners, oops! I was done for the night and left the seam ripping for today.

  192. Katherine says:

    More designs for sturdy fabric boxes, for storing toys, pens, stuff. I have too much stuff, and I need some inspiration to make some more boxes and organizers for our shelves.

  193. Laura says:

    Would love to see a tutorial on making covers for my sewing machine and KitchenAid mixer! Thanks for the chance to win!

  194. Staci says:

    I would love to see a great slipcover pattern. It seems like there are not many out there that are not either totally bland or totally expensive! I am so excited for some new inspiration for my home.

  195. Maggie Collins says:

    I would like a tutorial on machine applique techniques and troubleshooting. I always have the hardest time on knit fabric and bunching! Please Help!
    Maggie

  196. Linda says:

    Okay—what about a great idea for closet doors. The closets in my bedroom were the old “sliding wood” variety and they get off-track so regularly that it has been easier to just take them down. I hung a curtain up there, but it is so blah!! Help!

  197. Sounds like a lot of fun –I’m looking forward to all the tutorials. I wish I had time to join in –maybe next time.

  198. Erin S. says:

    I would love to see some tips on making slipcovers, since this is something I need to do and I’m very intimidated by it! Or tips on making roman shades. I’m looking forward to September now!

  199. Liz J says:

    Pretty fabrics.

  200. I am starting an upholstery project and I am “flying by the seat of my pants”! I would love to see new window treatment styles. I am so tired of the draping effect. I need something new.

  201. Laura Versteeg says:

    I would like to see some ideas on decorating my little girl’s room (1 yr old) in a fun, fresh, funky way! I will possibly also contribute along that line, but I’ll have to think fast on it, because I’m leaving to go camping on monday! But maybe, I have a few ideas I’ve been mulling over, so it might be a good idea to do some sketching and work them out, and then share them!

  202. amy says:

    I need some major help with slipcovers. I would love to see what people have done to their couches. Mine is in baaaaaad shape and needs to have something pretty covering it up.

  203. Christina says:

    I would love to see anything that would help with organization! I’d also love to see a tutorial on a hanging bed organizer that maybe isn’t completely open, maybe has flaps with buttons (like an envelope). To keep the cat and my ten-month-old out of it! :) I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Oh, it would also be great to see tutes that use fat quarters, half a yard, or a yard of fabric!

  204. Tracey says:

    I would love to see Fall/Halloween and Christmas ideas! I love to look. I am working on my craft room and would love to see what ideas that could be conjured up.

  205. Marilyn says:

    I’d love to learn how to put a fabric roll on the outer edges of pillows!

  206. Marissa Waldrop says:

    I would like to see something on how to make roman shades. I look forward to all the tutorials.

  207. Carishma says:

    Great idea! I’d love to see something about recovering old chairs/couch. We have an old couch that we love, but don’t really want to spend so much to have it re-upholstered. Thanks!

  208. Del says:

    I would love to see a tutorial for making curtains, and any fabric organizing tips would be great, too.

  209. I’m game to learn anything new…..recovering chairs

  210. Keri says:

    The new fabric is AMAZING. Totally inspiring me to sew – and I haven’t sewn anything in a couple of months!

  211. Meredith says:

    I would love ideas on how to make organizers for all my scraps / wips / etc.

  212. Alisa says:

    I’d love to see a pattern for covering dinning room chair pads that is both easy and stylish as well. Thanks for all the great information. Your blog is wonderful!

  213. Mikaiya says:

    I would love some advice on doing a window treatment for a sliding door, that isn’t just a valance! I’m finding that a home sewing challenge…

  214. Paige says:

    I’d love to see some fabric storage boxes and pillows!

  215. Sandy says:

    p.s. Slipcover tutorials would also be fabulous!

  216. Sandy says:

    All these ideas sound wonderful. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

  217. Harley says:

    Beautiful fabric!! From Sewing for the Home I would love to see old sweaters turned into throws or pillows. And something different than the usual that you see in all home sewing mags. Thanks so much!! :D

  218. megan says:

    I would love to do a tut on my new design for pot holders. I’ll email you!!

  219. Kelly says:

    I’d love the idea of organizing, anything. Also, slipcovers would be great.

  220. Melinda says:

    I am all a-swoon over that octopus fabric!!!! I would love to learn more uses for bias tape…I’m a bit addicted :)

  221. Marquita says:

    Monday the 18th will be a turning point for us:we will start decorating our new studio/workshop. It is situated next to whwere we live in the countryside. It’s a small old house :-D One of the rooms has got a spotty dotty floor which we will keep as it is old (datae from the middle forties…) and the rest we will paint in a matching colour.
    We are recovering a small chest of drawers by covering the front of the drawers with different matching fabrics :-) I think this will look very nice!

  222. kristine hanson says:

    anything to do with finishing quilts on your sewing machine! PS…if i win I will be out of town until the 23rd, thanks! not able to check my emial, or get online!

  223. MeganVS says:

    I would love some pillow tutorials!

  224. Nikki says:

    Organizational stuff hands down!

  225. Ambimom says:

    I’ve just completed a slipcover for a custom-made living room ottoman that started to disentegrate after 14 yearss. The ottoman used to match my drapes and a chair-and- a-half in my lliving room, but not anymore. The color scheme is the same as everything else but it looked out of place. I had some extra fabric so I made a matching (oversized) neckroll pillow which is filled with buckwheat hulls instead of fiberfill. I don’t think I have the patience to do a tutorial, but I’ll share pictures if you like. Here’s the ottoman for starters ]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/Before_After.jpg

  226. I would love to see a really good curtain tutorial! I want some elaborate curtains.

  227. Ellen B says:

    I would enjoy seeing ideas on fabric organization, easy curtains, duvet covers and table runners.
    Keep it coming! You are so inspiring!

  228. Cassie says:

    I would love some small, quick projects…like appliques. Something I can use as embellishments in my mini books. I also love to alter clothes. I have small babies so I need to keep things on a smaller scale! Thanks!!!

  229. Michele says:

    Anything for organizing in a Nursery/Toy Room. Also help on Curtains…I was almost too embarrassed to say it because I’m sure that they are super-simple to sew up…but I would still be interested in any helpful tips!

    Thanks. I’m looking forward to September!

  230. jodie says:

    I love tutorials! I am excited for Septemebr here on Sew Mama Sew!

  231. alison says:

    People always tell me curtains are easy but they terrify me! They’re so big and if you make a mistake it hangs there for all the world to see. Some hand hints would be great.

  232. We have been renovating a 100 yr. old bungalow and now i’m on to decorating. We spent a ton of money adding bathrooms, replacing the front porch, etc. So i have to be frugal when it comes to decorating. I would love to make some pillows for the living room, dress up some lampshades, make some coasters to save my furniture!, and make some bullitin boards for my sewing room, my husband’s office and my kids rooms. So much to do and so many talented woment to learn from!

  233. daniela says:

    what ever creative things you guys come up with, i’m a happy reader and many little projects have been done in the past year.

  234. Dana says:

    I am interested in creating some hanging organizers…maybe one for gift wrap supplies, one for little girl items like hair bows, and maybe one for traveling…and some free fabric would be super fun!

  235. jodi says:

    I would go along with the slip covers but am looking forward to seeing new trends and new ways of doing things. I will be an empty nester in a week and am looking forward to making some house changes and would love ideas to inspire.

  236. whitney says:

    I’d love to see new ideas for curtains.
    I would really really love to see something on making slipcovers for furniture, not just recovering furniture.
    Great idea for next month!

  237. Dana Nichols says:

    I am always on the lookout for ways to decorate my home on a budget. We don’t own our home so painting and flooring are not an option. A great way to show my own style is through accents. I would love new projects using fabric that don’t require a lot of yardage. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!
    Dana

  238. alissa says:

    Things you can do with sewing to coordinate a room (for example… a kitchen with curtain/barstool/potholder/dishrag combo for a kitchen).

  239. JoAnn says:

    I’d love to see more projects on organizing stuff in the home, really beautiful and creative ways to organize! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

  240. Holly says:

    I would *love* to see some roman shades!

    Holly

  241. Linda says:

    I’d love some info on recovering chairs. And making curtains. And placemats. And napkins. Pretty much anything.

  242. Rachel says:

    I would love to see a tutorial on making oven mitts. I’ve tried a couple of times and they didn’t turn out well.

  243. Nikki says:

    I would love to learn how to make giant pillows similar to the Amy Butler gum drop pillows, or making slip covers for chairs.

  244. LIndsay says:

    I would love to learn more about making my own bedding, like duvet covers, shams, throw pillows, etc. (not to mention coordinating window treatments!

    Id also like to read about things for babys room like bedding and table covers

  245. asprinkling says:

    I’d be interested in learning about curtains.

  246. EmmyLizzy says:

    New cute storage solutions would be awesome!

  247. Denise says:

    I’d like creative ideas for Christmas gifts.

  248. Brooke says:

    I am trying to recover a chair and would love a tutorial from someone who has done it.

  249. erinmalia says:

    i’m so excited to see what people have to share!

  250. Ann says:

    I am interested in learning how to make kitchen chair pads because the ones in the stores are always too big for my chairs. Thanks!

  251. Ali says:

    I would love inspiration and instructions on making simple, but elegant window treatments.

  252. Rebecca says:

    I’d love to see some instructions on recovering a chair or making pads for a rocking chair.

  253. ...t. says:

    I’m always looking for a quick new way to freshen up something old….Like starching new fabric onto your old lampshade…GENIUS! Looking forward to seeing what you’ve come up with for us!
    …t.

  254. Denise Powers says:

    I would like to learn about making curtains, any kind!

  255. Heather says:

    I’d like to see some tips for making my own table linens

  256. Celeste says:

    I need to make some light blocking curtains or roman shades for my kids room so we can sleep in past dawn!

  257. Adrienne says:

    I am looking forward to any ideas that might show how to reuse items (ie: unused curtains, tea towels, pillow coverings) to make new items. Any lamp covering ideas for kids rooms would be fantastic!

  258. Aj says:

    I recently bought some of Heather Ross’ Medocino and I absolutely love it. The fabrics will make a great quilt!

  259. tammie says:

    Oh, I love all of those new fabrics! I need to learn how to make a box cushion with piping for our bay window seat. I’m also itching to make some fabric shades for the same bay window, so any ideas on that would be wonderful!

  260. Andrea Methvin says:

    The new fabric is so pretty! I am looking forward to more sewing time with the kids back in school, and I would LOVE to see a tutorial on covering my most unfavorite appliance in the house-our GIANT T.V. Anyone willing to give that a whirl?

  261. Baba says:

    I would love to sew and make a tutorial, but alas no room. Can’t wait to see what you come up with tho. Am really looking forward to it. Good Luck Ladies!

  262. Christina says:

    I would love to learn how to gussy up a lampshade. We just moved into our first house and some of the lamps are horrible…just the other day my honey’s grandma gave us an old lampshade. Now I just need a nice little tutorial on how to do it:)

    All the best,
    Christina

  263. Ms. Cleaver says:

    Things for storage!

  264. DawnMarie says:

    Since we are moving into a new house I woule like to see some tutorials on making curtains and roman shades!!

  265. Shelley says:

    I would love to see creative ways to use fabric in a laundry room – mine is in desperate need of sprucing up.

  266. Yolanda Webb says:

    I would love to learn about fabric organization and fabric covered bulletin boards. I currently have my fabric on a bookshelf in a closet which keeps it protected from the sun but I cannot see and appreciate it, so ther options would be helpful. Thanks!

  267. Julie says:

    I am currently with out my sewing machine, so I would love to see some creative no-sew/hand sew ideas (i.e, stretching fabric in a frame, stapling to a bulletin board) to use these beautiful fabrics!

  268. Tiffany says:

    I’d love to see some ideas for sewing room organizers and sewing travel kits to take to sewing classes and sewing circles. Also quick, little projects for instant gratification and the ability to casually say “Oh that? I just whipped it up last night. So glad you like it! It was nothing!” at dinner parties!

  269. Ashley says:

    I really want to know an easy way to sew cute, SIMPLE curtains, nothing too foofy. All the patterns I find I are really fluffy, kind of country. I kind of want something more modern looking:)

  270. Crisanne says:

    Slip covers are top on my list! I’m excited to see projects for the home…store bought items are so expensive and never the right colors.

  271. Kim says:

    I’d love to see ideas for halloween projects!

  272. Katy says:

    I have just finished up a bunch of home-dec bartering jobs for people. Home dec is not my favorite thing to sew, I much prefer constructing clothing. The most recent home dec thing that I finished was a set of ENORMOUS cushion covers (the smallest was 3 foot by 6 foot!) for a friend. I learned many many things on that project: how to make giant pillows with gussets, how to insert giant zippers so that you can actually get the cover on and off the cushion without ripping it (did that on my first attempt, ugh!), and how to use the rolls of adjustable length zippers. I also finished a set of 12 curtains for another friend’s sun room. I became an expert on blind hemming with that project. : ) I actually found a trick to it that my mom (who has been sewing for 50+ years) didn’t know! I’ve had enough of gussets for awhile, but if you want tips on humongous zippers or blind hemming, I’m game.

  273. JEN says:

    I would like to learn more about making pillows, beyond the standard square cover. Esp. with all these new home dec. weight fabrics.

  274. Jessica says:

    Fun and easy curtains!! Also, ideas for decorating the baby room.

  275. Jessica says:

    My dining room chairs are a garage sale find that desperately need recovered! I know the seats aren’t gonna be a big deal, but I don’t know about the backs because of the shape!

  276. Joy says:

    I would love to learn how to gussy up lapshades

  277. Shawn says:

    I love that Mendocino fabric! My next home project will be a slipcover for a child’s chair that was once my son’s, and now will be used by my daughter. Thanks!

  278. Nicole N. says:

    I would love to see anything that has to do with organization–my desk however could really use some help! I would also love to see a tutorial on a duvet cover–I love bedding!

  279. Beth says:

    I have lots of things on my to do list that might work. I guess I need to kick it into high gear…

    I need to make dining chair pads and curtains, recover a couple of thrift store chairs!

  280. Sally says:

    I can’t wait to see all the creative home stuff! I could so use help with curtains… simple Straight modern curtains.

  281. Christi says:

    I would love to see something about roman shades, curtains, any window treatments, and how to recover dinning room chairs! Love the new fabs!

  282. Melanie O. says:

    I’m actually making fabric covered bulletin boards and I’d love to see how to do it right! Also, how-to cushions for dining room chairs would be nice (not recovering, but making them for hard, wooden chairs). Thank you!

  283. Jean says:

    I can’t wait to see a tutorial on recovering a lampshade! Some of these new fabrics seem like the perfect fit for the job!

  284. knittin mama says:

    I’ve got lots of ideas, but not much time or money. Some quick and frugal decorating ideas would be nice.

  285. nettie says:

    I’d love to see window treatments, simple ones.

    and I completely agree…it has been a wonderful fabric summer!

  286. Stephanie says:

    Since I’m in the middle of having babies, I am interested in sewing nursery items. I’ve tried to make crib bumpers but have failed miserably with piping. Any organizer things for a nursery as well (ie diaper stacker things, toy bins, etc).

  287. Billie says:

    I would like to see a tute on pillow covers that can be removed for cleaning, I’m sure I can figure it out myself, I have lots of patterns, but would like to see how someone makes them.

  288. april says:

    I second Alisha’s comment in that I have a vintage couch that my cats have clawed up and I want to recover it instead of toss it out..would love to know how to recover/slipcover it!

  289. Synamon says:

    I am looking for easy crafts and skirt tutes for me and my daughter since I am just learning to sew. Once I figure out how to sew, I will gladly contribute!

    Thanks,
    Synamon

  290. Kate says:

    I am looking forward to seeing ideas for curtains and fabric organization.

  291. Joanna says:

    I have more projects for the home to tackle than I can count! A slipcover for my couch would be great, but I’m not sure my sewing machine is up to the task! I need to make pillows, a box cushion for my thrifted Danish chair, recover the seats of my kitchen chairs…the list is endless!
    I dream of making some pillows with the Garden Party fabric…

  292. Sarah says:

    I would also like to see some great ideas for organizing my sewing stuff and great ways to decorate for the holidays!

  293. Lisa says:

    All such beautiful fabric! I would love an easy tutorial on chair cushions or chair back covers. All the chairs in our house were given to us and would love to punch it up!

  294. We just bought a house with several window seats, and I’d love to see a tutorial on how to make cushions for them! I’m also wanting to try making my own Roman shades, but I’m seriously intimidated!

    The fabrics in today’s giveaway are beautiful!!

  295. Lisa says:

    I knew exactly what I home dec skills I wanted to improve until I read the comments . . . now i want to learn it all! Priority: curtains for a sliding door to my deck, off the dining area of my very small kitchen.

  296. kathy says:

    I need to reupholster the cushions in our camping trailer and would love to get rid of that ugly, but wears like iron, fabric. Any pretty, long-lasting, fade resistant fabric for the job? Along with how to keep it from looking like I did it myself!

  297. Bean Paulson says:

    great ideas! I emailed Beth about a patchwork potholder tutorial, I’ve just finished up some really cute ones with the farmers market line– the fabric is so fun & vibrant, perfect for the kitchen!

  298. molly says:

    I would love to see a toaster cover tutorial. Random, I know. My parents have a cute one and it would be fun to have one for our kitchen.

  299. Kathryn says:

    I’m interetsed in just learning about home decorating. My experience so far is just in making pillows. I’m excited to try lots of new projects for my home! Can’t wait to learn!

  300. monica says:

    i would like to see some tutorials on makeing slip covers.

  301. Margaret says:

    I would like to learn an easy way to make lined curtains, I’ve tried but can’t seem to get the hemming done.

  302. Chris says:

    I’d love to learn how to make a fabric basket/box with a square bottom…

    Or how to line all my wicker baskets with something pretty…

    Maybe I can enter something for making the plain out of the box curtains fancier and more coordinating with the decor?

  303. Lora says:

    I think the fabric organizers are just about perfect for everyone, so I’m really looking forward to that! I’m also excited about the curtain tutorials and would love to learn how to alter some of the old ones I have lying around at home.

  304. Lala says:

    I would love to see tutorials for quick and easy holiday projects to help decorate around the house…

    We recently used the Child’s Tent tutorial and had GREAT RESULTS!

    Lala :o)

  305. Ashley says:

    I agree with a few others above – I’d love to see some tutorials for variations on making pillows. I sew a lot of pillow covers, but they’re all pretty basic. Some ideas for new trims, patterns, etc. would be fun and inspiring. Hope I win!

  306. Alissa says:

    I am so eager to learn more about reupholstering furniture so I hope that there is a tut. or two on that topic included!

  307. Jodie says:

    I’d love to enter the contest for free fabric! :) My wish list would be to view some tutorials on table runners, making reuseable grocery bags, and perhaps some stylish curtain valances? Most of all, I just love seeing other people’s creations that inspire me to make something new.

  308. BethieB says:

    I am so excited to see the curtain variations! I bought the perfect fabric for my kitchen window but I have no idea where to start so it’s just been sitting on my shelf, taunting me with its perfection, lol. Also I can’t wait to see the fabric organizers. Although there is no hope of my life ever being organized, I still love to spend time drooling over the organizers that could help.

  309. Esther says:

    I’d love to learn how to cover a chair, make a bedskirt, cover a light switch with fabric (can you do that?)…

  310. Sarah says:

    I’d really like to learn to sew some cute and relatively easy curtains. And also a Christmas tree skirt.

  311. Shelley Jo says:

    all those tuts sound wonderful. can’t wait for them to be posted.

  312. Angela says:

    Oh, you’ve given me inspiration, and a deadline! I promised my husband I’d recover his office chair and I bought the fabric last spring. I think I’ll put together my proposal this weekend!

  313. Amy says:

    I would like to learn how to line things like straw and wire baskets. Also, ingenious ways to use beautiful fabric as a room divider, under the sink camouflage or anything that would be helpful when living in very small spaces.
    Thanks for asking!

  314. habetrot says:

    Looking forward to all the new ideas to be posted!

  315. Kristena says:

    I’d like to learn how to sew straight curtains. For the life of me, I can’t seem to do this! :)

  316. Karen says:

    Kitchen accessories…and wall art to tie the room together…
    thanks for the chance at free fabric too!

  317. Sunny says:

    I spend more time sewing for my home than I do cleaning it! Yikes. I would like a tutorial on how to make some of those nifty bathmats that I have seen few times. I think they are patchwork, but what do you use to absorb the water and prevent slipping? So many questions. By the way, I just made my first purchase through SMS and it was flawless! Bravo on a wonderful business! I love the Mendocino fabric, it is great for boys!

  318. sara says:

    I agree with Michelle…I’d love to see how people keep their stash organized. I’ve gone through a couple of different plans but still haven’t found a satisfactory way of storing fabrics when space is extremely limited.

  319. Colleen says:

    I would love to see ideas on curtains. I want to redo my daughter’s room and I am thinking about using some of Heather Bailey’s new fabrics. Ideas on pillows would be great too!

  320. Just Susan says:

    I would love to learn how to recover chairs. I have one just waiting for me to learn how….
    Thanks,
    Susan

  321. Marsel says:

    It’s hard to choose between farmer’s Market and Hannah this time around. :)

    I’d love to see a tutorial on making Roman shades — I really want some for my home but am intimidated at the thought!

  322. Rachael says:

    I like all of the ideas, but I’d really like to see some projects that would/could appeal to men. All too often my projects are very cute, but not appealing to my husband.

  323. Amber says:

    Wow – what a fun line-up. I did a pillow tutorial on my blog but it’s already been published so I can’t submit it. I love all the ideas above – they all sound fantastic!!

  324. Tersea says:

    I love doing a little home sewing and look forward to seeing everyone’s posts. I would love to see some tutorials on pillows with trim!

  325. Holly says:

    I’d love to learn to sew a slip cover for a folding chair… I imagine it’s do-able, but I can’t quite make my brain figure it out. I’d also love to win some free fabric!

  326. Emily Keener says:

    I would love to see some sort of a purse organizer that you could hang from your closet door. I have TOO many bags and they get crushed in my current storage in a box situation.

  327. The Mommy says:

    You know, I’d like a rediculously easy tut for creating curtains. A tutorial for someone who has never sewn…or like me, has started many a project, but not finished most of them, lol!

  328. mommymae says:

    i have a handed-down cottage rocker that needs new cushions. i’d love to get ideas for how to redo it.

  329. monica says:

    I’m a beginner so any tutorial you offer is great! The main reason I got into sewing was I wanted to modify a duvet to fit a down comforter that is an odd size. So maybe making a duvet or something along those lines?

  330. Sandy says:

    Any ideas for Christmas would be great!

  331. Bethany says:

    I’d love to see how to make an organizer for beside the bed. That would be nifty.

  332. B says:

    I think anything I can make to help me stay organized would be a dream…

  333. ang says:

    I would love to learn more about curtain-making… my rental house is sadly lacking in that department.

  334. Lori says:

    Ooh, I’d love to learn how to make a pretty fabric-covered bulletin board. Creative ideas for fancy-ing up plain curtains sound nice too!

  335. I would love to see what everyone comes up with for fabric organizers!

  336. Barbara says:

    I’d like to see some ideas for using fabric as art. Also, any ideas for making the bedroom more cozy and beautiful.

  337. Rachel says:

    I would like to see sewing ideas for organization (including organizing sewing materials!). It would also be interesting to see how different people use fabric as art for their walls. I have a few blank walls I would like to fill up but I’m looking for some inspiration. Thanks for such a great blog!

  338. Liz says:

    I don’t know what I want to see/learn specifically, but I’m just excited to see what September reveals over here! Should be great!

  339. Stephanie says:

    I’d like to see some different pillow tutorials. I like this idea of “tie backs”. I’m picturing something really interesting…

  340. Heather B says:

    Yes! I need to do some home projects. Some things I have in mind are recovering a chair, fabric storage boxes, pillows, and the list continues. I’m sure that I’ll be seeing lots here to inspire me to get started. Thanks

  341. Alisha says:

    I’m looking forward to the info on recovering chairs. I’m also interested in learning how to make a fitted slip cover for a couch. I have a funky shaped couch that is begging to be covered, but I’m not sure how to figure out the measurements and what-not.

  342. Lynsay says:

    I need some serious inspiration! I have a slipcovering project that needs to be tackled ASAP. I’d love to see some fun pillow ideas. Preferably something that could be made with a yard of free fabric. ;)

  343. rachel says:

    anything for organizational aids

  344. Sarah says:

    There’s so much I’d love to learn about sewing for the home. Right now, my dining room chairs are in awful need of an update, so learning to recover chairs is top on my list.

  345. Nancy says:

    I can’t wait to see what comes out in the Sewing for the Home projects. And I wouldn’t mind winning some fabric either!

  346. Samantha says:

    It all sounds great. I’d especially love to learn about making curtains.

  347. Michelle says:

    I would love to see tutorials on coasters which are quick to make. Also, I would be interested in seeing how others organize their fabric staff – I live in a small apt in LA, so I don’t have much room to spare (ie, hiding spaces for my fabric from my husband!).

  348. Rebecca says:

    I would like to see some great ideas for decorating my home for the Christmas holidays.

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