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					              Contents at a Glance
Introduction ................................................................1
Part I: Window Treatments & Slipcovers 101 .................7




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Chapter 1: Covering the Basics Before You Start ..........................................................9
Chapter 2: Choosing the Right Fabric for the Job .......................................................21




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Chapter 3: Buying, Pretreating, and Caring for Your Fabrics .....................................47
Chapter 4: Latching On to Hardware ...........................................................................71




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Chapter 5: Getting the Right Tools within Reach ........................................................83

Part II: Window Treatments in a Snap .........................93
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Chapter 6: Measuring, Making Patterns, and Cutting Fabric for Your Windows .....95
Chapter 7: Making Easy No-Sew and Low-Sew Window Treatments ......................111
Chapter 8: Accessorize! Window Details That Dazzle ..............................................143
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Chapter 9: Quick Fixes and Timesaving Techniques for Window Treatments ......161
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Part III: Slipcovers Made Easy ..................................171
Chapter 10: Calculating, Measuring, and More: General Tips for Slipcovering .....173
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Chapter 11: Tackling the Easy Stuff: Simple Slipcovers ............................................191
Chapter 12: My Slipcover Is Better Than Yours: Knockout Accessorizing ............211
Chapter 13: Easy Street: Slipcover Shortcuts and Mistake Meltaways ..................219
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Part IV: Challenging Projects to Try ...........................227
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Chapter 14: Intermediate Window Treatments to Sink Your Needle Into ..............229
Chapter 15: Gearing Up for More Ambitious Window Treatment Projects ............251
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Chapter 16: All in a Day’s Work! Intermediate Slipcover Projects ...........................279
Chapter 17: Slipcover All-Stars: Advanced Projects .................................................303

Part V: The Part of Tens ...........................................332
Chapter 18: Ten Interior Design Tips to Follow .........................................................333
Chapter 19: Ten Interior Design Rules to Break ........................................................339
Chapter 20: Ten (or So) Web Resources for Fabric, Hardware, and Notions .........345

Index .......................................................................349
                 Table of Contents
Introduction ..................................................................1
          About This Book ...............................................................................................1
          Conventions Used in This Book .....................................................................2
          What You’re Not to Read .................................................................................2
          Foolish Assumptions ........................................................................................3
          How This Book Is Organized ...........................................................................3
                Part I: Window Treatments & Slipcovers 101 ......................................3
                Part II: Window Treatments in a Snap ..................................................3
                Part III: Slipcovers Made Easy ...............................................................4
                Part IV: Challenging Projects to Try .....................................................4
                Part V: The Part of Tens .........................................................................4
          Icons Used in This Book ..................................................................................4
          Where to Go from Here ....................................................................................5


Part I: Window Treatments & Slipcovers 101 ...................7
     Chapter 1: Covering the Basics Before You Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
          Thinking about Color .......................................................................................9
               Using the color spectrum ....................................................................10
               Are you feeling it? .................................................................................11
               Picking prints ........................................................................................11
               Making use of texture ...........................................................................12
          Uncovering Sources of Project-Planning Inspiration .................................13
               Catalogs and magazines .......................................................................13
               The good ol’ public library ..................................................................13
               Museums and historic homes .............................................................14
               Open houses and house tours (also known as barging in on
                 the neighbors) ...................................................................................14
               TV and the Internet ..............................................................................14
               Fabric stores ..........................................................................................15
          Some Assembly Required: Necessary Construction Skills .......................15
               Measuring makes it right .....................................................................15
               Folding, draping, tying, and more .......................................................15
               Sewing (or gluing or bonding) ............................................................16
          Creating a Workspace and Gathering Your Supplies .................................17
               Your worktable ......................................................................................17
               Let there be light ..................................................................................18
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                         Bags, baskets, boxes, and more ..........................................................18
                         Nearer to thee (your references, that is) ...........................................19
                         Iron and ironing board .........................................................................19

            Chapter 2: Choosing the Right Fabric for the Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
                 Factoring in Fiber Content ............................................................................21
                       Types of fibers ......................................................................................22
                       The fiber effect ......................................................................................22
                 Weighing Your Fabric Options ......................................................................24
                       Lightweight fabrics ...............................................................................24
                       Mediumweight fabrics .........................................................................27
                       Heavyweight fabrics .............................................................................32
                       Keeping style in mind when choosing fabrics ..................................34
                 Examining Window Fabric Essentials ..........................................................39
                       Considering window fabric details .....................................................39
                       Meeting your design needs .................................................................40
                 Slipping into a Comfortable, Sturdy Slipcover ...........................................42
                       Making an informed slipcover fabric choice .....................................42
                       Other important factors to consider .................................................44

            Chapter 3: Buying, Pretreating, and Caring for Your Fabrics . . . . . . . .47
                 Gathering Info — At Home and at the Store ...............................................47
                      Figuring out what you need .................................................................48
                      Chatting with your friendly salesperson ...........................................50
                      Rolling out the bolts .............................................................................50
                      Taking some fabric home .....................................................................51
                 Shopping for Fabrics in the Right Location ................................................52
                      The fabric store ....................................................................................52
                      Fabric outlets ........................................................................................53
                      Online fabric companies ......................................................................55
                      Other places to find fabric ..................................................................56
                 Deciding How Much Fabric You Need (and Can Afford) ...........................56
                      Sizing up your fabric needs .................................................................57
                      Pricing fabrics .......................................................................................59
                 Cheating with Sheets .....................................................................................62
                 Pretreating: A Must for Happy Fabrics ........................................................64
                      Fighting fraying .....................................................................................65
                      Washing and drying your fabric .........................................................65
                      Ironing before you sew .........................................................................66
                 Caring for Your Finished Products ...............................................................67
                      Laundering your cherished creations ................................................67
                      Scotchgarding against stains ..............................................................68
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    Chapter 4: Latching On to Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
           Why Choosing Hardware Early On Matters ................................................71
           Honing In on Hardware for Your Window Treatments ..............................72
                  Knowing the basic components of mounting hardware ..................72
                  Counting your clips and rings .............................................................73
                  Choosing a rod that works with your treatment ..............................74
           Installing Window Hardware .........................................................................78
                  Deciding where to place it ...................................................................78
                  How to mount your window hardware ..............................................80
           Utilizing Slipcover “Hardware” .....................................................................81
                  Using no-slip rubber .............................................................................81
                  Bed stays ...............................................................................................82
                  The joys of Velcro .................................................................................82
                  Upholstery locks ...................................................................................82

    Chapter 5: Getting the Right Tools within Reach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
           Identifying the Must-Haves in Your Sewing Tool Kit ..................................83
                 Cutting to the core: Must-have shears ...............................................84
                 On pins and needles .............................................................................85
                 Measuring up: Essential measuring devices .....................................86
                 Making a mark and chalking it up .......................................................88
                 Using thimbles ......................................................................................88
                 Ripping it out .........................................................................................89
                 Doing trial-runs with muslin ................................................................89
                 Ironing out the details ..........................................................................89
           Zeroing In on Special Accessories ................................................................90
                 Stuck on you: Using bonding tape ......................................................90
                 Staying fray-free with sealant ..............................................................91
                 Having glue gun fun ..............................................................................91
                 Adding a zipper foot to your sewing machine ..................................91


Part II: Window Treatments in a Snap ...........................93
    Chapter 6: Measuring, Making Patterns, and Cutting Fabric for
    Your Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
           Considering Form and Function ...................................................................96
           Lining Up Your Measuring Tools ..................................................................97
           Acquainting Yourself with Your Windows ...................................................97
                Identifying different types of windows ..............................................98
                Dissecting a window .............................................................................99
           Looking Closer at a Window’s Measurements ..........................................100
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                      Getting the Gist of Measuring .....................................................................100
                            Mounting your rod first for better measuring ................................101
                            Measuring your windows for width, using outside-mount
                              measuring ........................................................................................101
                            Measuring your windows for width, using inside-mount
                              measuring ........................................................................................102
                            Determining cut panel width .............................................................102
                            Measuring your windows for length ................................................102
                      Making and Using Patterns .........................................................................105
                            Creating patterns for window treatments .......................................106
                            Pattern placement tips .......................................................................107
                      Cutting Your Fabric ......................................................................................109

              Chapter 7: Making Easy No-Sew and Low-Sew Window
              Treatments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111
                      Skip Sewing: What Rings, Pins, and a Little Glue Can Do ........................111
                            Rings with clips ...................................................................................112
                            Safety pins ...........................................................................................113
                            Hot glue ................................................................................................113
                      Draping Windows: Easy-To-Create Looks ..................................................113
                            Swagging scarves and throws ...........................................................114
                            Swag baby — with a simple drape ...................................................115
                            Sassy scarf swags ...............................................................................119
                      Hiding Your Unmentionables: A Simple Lace Shelf Valance ....................121
                            Gathering your supplies ....................................................................122
                            Making your shelf valance .................................................................123
                      Whipping Up Ultrasuede Curtains .............................................................125
                            Basic Ultrasuede panel ......................................................................125
                            Ultrasuede net curtains .....................................................................126
                            Ultrasuede cutout curtains ...............................................................128
                            Ultrasuede strip curtains ...................................................................130
                      Fashioning Frayed-Edge Draperies ............................................................132
                            Gather your supplies ..........................................................................133
                            Get ready to fray .................................................................................133
                      Cruising with Car Wash Curtains ................................................................134
                            Ribbon car wash curtains ..................................................................135
                            Ultrasuede car wash curtains ...........................................................136
                            Shower liner car wash curtains ........................................................137
                      Avoiding the Sewing Machine: No-Sew Shades .........................................139
                            Shades with color transfers ..............................................................139
                            Clear Contac paper “shades” ............................................................140

              Chapter 8: Accessorize! Window Details That Dazzle . . . . . . . . . . . .143
                      Decorating Your Curtain’s “Face” ...............................................................143
                           Adding fabric embellishments ..........................................................144
                           Using paillettes and sequins and Be-Dazzling .................................145
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            Adding Charm with Decorative Trim .........................................................146
                 Choosing your decorative trim .........................................................148
                 Attaching fringe trims ........................................................................149
                 Adding weight with beaded fringe ....................................................151
                 Edging curtains with ribbons ............................................................152
            Tweaking the Look with Tiebacks ..............................................................152
                 Creating basic fabric tiebacks ...........................................................153
                 Traditional tiebacks ...........................................................................154
                 Alternative tiebacks ...........................................................................155
            Tassels: The Final Touch .............................................................................157
                 Gathering your supplies ....................................................................157
                 Making your tassels ............................................................................158

    Chapter 9: Quick Fixes and Timesaving Techniques for Window
    Treatments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161
            No Fretting Over Those Inevitable Mistakes .............................................161
                 Lengthening too-short curtains or draperies .................................162
                 Shortening too-long curtains or draperies ......................................162
                 Balancing uneven curtains or draperies .........................................163
                 Using accessories to cover holes, rips, or stains ...........................163
                 Weighting curtains that just won’t hang well ..................................165
                 Uniting panels that don’t “meet” ......................................................166
            Taking Shortcuts That Nobody Notices ....................................................167
                 Using trim to hide selvages ...............................................................167
                 Trying shower curtain rings and grommets ...................................168


Part III: Slipcovers Made Easy ...................................171
    Chapter 10: Calculating, Measuring, and More: General Tips
    for Slipcovering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .173
            Measuring Furniture and Cutting and Sewing Fabric for Slipcovers .....174
                 Measuring tips ....................................................................................174
                 Cutting and sewing tips .....................................................................174
                 Construction tips ................................................................................175
            Calculating Fabric Needs Based on Your Furniture’s Measurements ....178
                 Gathering the supplies .......................................................................179
                 Taking the measurements ..................................................................179
            Calculating Seam Allowance, Hem Allowance, and Tuck-ins ..................180
            Making Patterns ............................................................................................181
                 Creating paper patterns .....................................................................181
                 Making a muslin pattern ....................................................................182
                 Creating a rub-off pattern ..................................................................188
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                     Fitting Tips ....................................................................................................189
                           Using ties .............................................................................................189
                           Adding Lycra in unseen areas ...........................................................189
                           Getting some closure .........................................................................190

              Chapter 11: Tackling the Easy Stuff: Simple Slipcovers . . . . . . . . . . .191
                     Slipcovering a Loveseat or Sofa ..................................................................192
                           Figuring out how much fabric you need ..........................................192
                           Assembling your supplies .................................................................193
                           Getting down to business ..................................................................194
                           Measuring and attaching decorative trim .......................................196
                     Covering an Armchair ..................................................................................197
                           Getting the right amount of fabric and trim ....................................198
                           Gathering your gear ...........................................................................199
                           Getting started ....................................................................................200
                     Making Slipcovers for Dining Room Chairs ..............................................202
                           Gauging your fabric needs .................................................................202
                           Nabbing the necessary materials .....................................................203
                           Pulling the project together ..............................................................203
                     Giving Your Ottoman a New Look ..............................................................205
                           Figuring out the fabric and trim ........................................................205
                           Assembling your supplies .................................................................206
                           Making your easy ottoman ................................................................206
                     Slipcovering a Vanity Stool with Lace ........................................................208
                           Picturing the perfect lace and ribbon — and the perfect
                             amount .............................................................................................208
                           Gathering your supplies ....................................................................209
                           Fashioning your stool slipcover .......................................................209

              Chapter 12: My Slipcover Is Better Than Yours: Knockout
              Accessorizing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .211
                     Choosing Decorative Trim ..........................................................................212
                     Attaching Decorative Trim ..........................................................................213
                          With heading .......................................................................................213
                          Plain (without heading) .....................................................................214
                          Layering trim for even more drama .................................................214
                     Adding Appliqués .........................................................................................215
                     Looking at Alternatives to Sewing on Trims and Appliqués ...................216
                     Embellishing Your Slipcover .......................................................................217
                          Embroidery ..........................................................................................217
                          Stencils .................................................................................................218

              Chapter 13: Easy Street: Slipcover Shortcuts and Mistake
              Meltaways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .219
                     Simple Slipcover Shortcuts .........................................................................219
                          Using sheets as your fabric ...............................................................220
                          Going for solid fabrics ........................................................................220
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                  Creating a rub-off pattern ..................................................................220
                  Cutting down on cutting time ...........................................................220
            Messing Up Isn’t the End of the World ......................................................221
                  Hiding holes .........................................................................................221
                  Getting rid of bagginess with darts ..................................................221
                  Giving a too-tight slipcover some breathing room .........................222
                  Covering a crooked hem with fringe ................................................222
                  Reaching the floor with ruffles ..........................................................223
                  Running on empty ..............................................................................223
                  Reining in an unruly slipcover ..........................................................224
                  Trimming over crooked seams .........................................................224
            A Few Slipcovering Tricks
              for “Problem” Furniture ...........................................................................225


Part IV: Challenging Projects to Try.............................227
    Chapter 14: Intermediate Window Treatments to Sink Your
    Needle Into . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229
            Discovering the World of Valances .............................................................229
                 Lined balloon valances ......................................................................230
                 Dramatic arched valances .................................................................233
                 Simple swag valances .........................................................................237
            Working with Ruffles ....................................................................................240
                 Fabric needs ........................................................................................240
                 Gather your supplies ..........................................................................241
                 Creating your ruffle curtains .............................................................241
            Making Other Types of Curtains ................................................................244
                 Casement curtains ..............................................................................244
                 Double cafe curtains ..........................................................................246
                 Crisscross curtains .............................................................................248

    Chapter 15: Gearing Up for More Ambitious Window Treatment
    Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251
            Easy-Switch Style: Reversible Draperies with Tabs .................................252
                 Choosing the right color, weight, and amount of fabric ................252
                 Gathering your supplies ....................................................................253
                 Tips for sewing success .....................................................................254
                 Starting on your reversible draperies ..............................................255
                 Making tiebacks to show off both fabrics .......................................257
            Weatherproofing Your Home: Lined Draperies .........................................258
                 Figuring your fabric needs ................................................................259
                 Getting your gear together ................................................................259
                 Starting your lined drapes .................................................................260
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                      Seriously Swank: Fabulous Swags ..............................................................262
                           Picking gorgeous swag fabrics ..........................................................262
                           Lined up and ready: One-piece swag and cascade .........................262
                           Super swag: Double swag drapes .....................................................265
                      Fear Not: Stitched Pleats Made Easy .........................................................266
                           Getting the right amount of fabric ....................................................267
                           Gathering your materials ...................................................................267
                           Stitching your way to pleated curtains ............................................267
                      In Charm’s Way: Making Shades for All Seasons ......................................269
                           Classic style: Rendering Roman shades ..........................................269
                           London calling: London shades with ribbons .................................274

              Chapter 16: All in a Day’s Work! Intermediate Slipcover
              Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .279
                      Before You Get Started . . . ..........................................................................279
                      Slipcovering Sofas and Chairs ....................................................................280
                            Striking sofas and loveseats ..............................................................280
                            Armchairs aimed to please ................................................................286
                            Dazzling dining room chairs ..............................................................286
                      Fixing Up Those Ottomans, Stools, and More ..........................................291
                            Outstanding ottomans .......................................................................291
                            Simple stool slipcovers ......................................................................293
                            Covering your washing machine ......................................................296

              Chapter 17: Slipcover All-Stars: Advanced Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . .303
                      Making Slipcover Cushions with Zippers ..................................................304
                            Gathering your supplies ....................................................................304
                            Creating your zippered cushion .......................................................305
                      Adding Piping to a Slipcover Cushion .......................................................307
                            Gathering your gear ...........................................................................308
                            Adding your cushion piping ..............................................................309
                      Concocting Reversible Slipcovers and Cushions .....................................311
                            Making the reversible slipcover .......................................................311
                            Making a reversible cushion slipcover ............................................313
                      Making a Pleated Skirt for a Sofa or Loveseat ..........................................316
                            Figuring out your fabric needs ..........................................................316
                            Gathering your supplies ....................................................................317
                            Determining pleat placement points ................................................318
                            Making your pleated skirt ..................................................................318
                      Stitched Vanity Stool Slipcover with Ruffle ...............................................320
                            Measuring and determining fabric needs ........................................320
                            What you need to make this project ................................................321
                            Making your stool slipcover ..............................................................321
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            Creating Slipcovers for Tables ....................................................................323
                 Rectangular table slipcover with inverted pleats ..........................323
                 Making a multiuse table/ottoman/storage trunk ............................327


Part V: The Part of Tens .............................................332
     Chapter 18: Ten Interior Design Tips to Follow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .333
            Let Color Be Your Guide ..............................................................................333
            Complement Solid Colors ............................................................................334
            Match Colors in Solids and Prints ..............................................................334
            Contrast Print Sizes and Match Print Colors ............................................335
            Avoid Certain Prints .....................................................................................335
            Cheat with Sheets .........................................................................................336
            Be a Copycat .................................................................................................336
            Use a Bit of Black ..........................................................................................336
            Don’t Fuss Over Pennies ..............................................................................337
            Keep Your Pattern Handy (And Out of Sight) ...........................................337

     Chapter 19: Ten Interior Design Rules to Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .339
            Start from the Ground Up ............................................................................339
            Keep the Colors Muted ................................................................................340
            Mind Your Proportions ................................................................................341
            Less Is More ..................................................................................................341
            Never Mix Styles and Periods .....................................................................341
            If You Want Your Treatment to Look Good, You Have to Sew It .............342
            Draperies Have to Be of Certain Lengths ..................................................342
            Draperies Are for Windows Only ................................................................343
            Only Use Home Decor Fabrics for Your Creations ...................................343
            Different = Tacky ...........................................................................................344

     Chapter 20: Ten (or So) Web Resources for Fabric, Hardware,
     and Notions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .345
            Acme Notions ................................................................................................346
            Antique Drapery Rod & Co. .........................................................................346
            Calico Corners ..............................................................................................346
            Curtains on Call ............................................................................................346
            DiscountFabric.com .....................................................................................347
            Hancock Fabrics ...........................................................................................347
            Home Trends .................................................................................................347
            Jo-Ann Fabrics ..............................................................................................347
            Lace For Less ................................................................................................348
            Linens ’n Things ...........................................................................................348
            M&J Trimming ..............................................................................................348
            Reprodepot Fabrics ......................................................................................348

Index........................................................................349
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