How-To Guides

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Bedding | Cornices | Cushions | Hardware | Headboards | Notions | Pillows | Shades
Swing Door Treatments | Table Dressing | Upholstery | Window Treatments | Workroom

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BEDDING

 

  Down Duvet

This luxurious duvet is layered and then filled with a heavy down duvet insert for a timeless, comfortable duvet. Learn how to fabricate this duvet with step-by-step instructions.
 

  Down Duvet Inserts

Learn the in's and out's of down duvets including: what materials they are made of, different construction types, how to choose, the difference between "all down" and “100% down", plus how to order samples.
 

  Inverted Box Pleat Bedskirt

Adding a bedskirt is an important step in dressing a bed. For this project, we've fabricated a 54"W x 75"L x 15" drop inverted box pleat skirt with coordinating fabric in the pleats. Learn how to cut the pieces and construct the bedskirt from start to finish.
 

  Make a Cozy Pet Bed

Show the pets some love too with this fluffy, soft and cozy pet bed.
 

  Standard U.S. Mattress Sizes

Find U.S. mattress sizes with diagrams in this quick reference guide.
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CORNICES

 

  FirmaFlex™ Awning Cornice

Add flair to any window treatment with an "over-the-top" awning made from our exclusive FirmaFlex™. Learn how to create this easy-to-construct project from start to finish, including: materials needed and step-by-step instructions.
 

  FirmaFlex™ Roll-Top Cornice Project by Holly Bucciarelli

Add style and charm to an arched window with this roll-top cornice project made from our exclusive FirmaFlex™. Follow along as guest Holly Bucciarelli, of Holly's Custom Window Treatments, gives step-by-step instructions.
 

  Peek-Through Cornice Board

Adding a second layer that peeks through to the front on a cornice is a nice way to tie panel fabric to the cornice. Learn the steps to create this light weight cornice using FirmaFlex™ or ContourFlex™.
 

  The Perfect Upholstery Corner

Get tips and tricks for creating the perfect upholstery corner including how to eliminate the bulk in the corner - something every upholsterer should know.
 

  Top Down Panels

While panels can be constructed using many different methods, this how-to guide will walk you through the top-down method, where bulk is eliminated in the header.
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CUSHIONS

 

  Covering a Removable Seat

Refresh old dining chairs with this technique. Learn how to cover a removable seat cushion for a new look and feel!
 

  Tie-Back Seat Cushions

Adding a cushion to a hard chair is an easy way to add immediate comfort. This how-to guide will walk you through the steps to make a simple, hand-closed cushion with hook and loop ties.
 

  Wrap & Staple Seat Cushions

Re-covering a removable seat is an easy and fast way to update a chair. This how-to guide teaches a technique that anyone can do - even a first time upholsterer.
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HARDWARE

 

  Ripplefold Hardware

Ripplefold panels are gaining popularity in the residential market. This guide will help you to clarify carriers and track combinations for your projects.
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HEADBOARDS

 

  Channeled Headboard

This headboard utilizes a traditional upholstery technique with a large scale print for a more contemporary look. Learn how to construct this 58"W x 40"H headboard with this project list.
 

  Headboard with Decorative Hardware

Learn how to construct this classic upholstered headboard design that has been updated with hand-finished Finestra® Wood Hardware.
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NOTIONS

 

  Iron-On Bonding Tape Examples

Find illustrated instructions on how to use iron-on bonding tape to bond fabric around welt cording with and without a fabric tab.
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PILLOWS

 

  Beautiful Bolsters

Get tips on how to cut your pattern pieces, tools and materials needed and how to construct beautiful bolster pillows.
 

  Bolster Pillow

Learn how to take your bolster pillows up a notch with a welt cording trim and glass bead embellishments in this presentation.
 

  Concentric Square Pillow

The concentric square pillow style is made by using striped fabric to create a concentric effect. View instructions for one finished 17” square.
 

  Decorative Welt Detail Pillow

Add visual interest and dimension to a bed with this decorative pillow with welt detail. In these step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to construct the pillow and where and how to sew on the welt detail.
 

  How To Make a Round Pillow with Button Accent

Beef up your pillow repertoire with this round pillow using a cinching technique and finished off with a button accent.
 

  Make a Pillow with Knotted Welt Cord

Learn how to make a pillow with knotted welt cord that can be used to enhance pillow edges, custom duvets, valances or upholstery.
 

  Micro Pleat Detail Pillow

Discover how to micro pleat on the worktable, as well as on the machine and get instructions on how to create your own pillow with micro pleat detail.
 

  Non-Slouching Couch Pillow

This non-slouching couch pillow is great for use on leather couches or chairs and will not slide or slouch down once it’s placed on the furniture. Learn the secret to this non-slouching pillow in this project list.
 

  Octagon Floor Pillow with Handles

This octagon floor pillow is a fun shape with handles that make it easy to tote across the room. Learn how to add simple details like handles and fabric covered buttons to take your pillows to the next level.
 

  Parsons Chair Pillow

This how-to guide will cover how to make the coordinating decorative pillow for our Dining Room Roomscape Parsons Chair.
 

  Pillow with Pleated-Smocked Front

Wow your customers with this pillow featuring a pleated-smocked front. Follow along and learn how to create this eye-catching accent pillow, from materials needed to step-by-step instructions.
 

  Pillow with Split-Mitered Flange

This style of pillow features a soft flange that is split at the corner. Get the expert tips & tricks to construct this pillow design without getting bulky corners where the flange sections meet.
 

  Round Floor Pillow with Concentric Stripes

This concentric striped pillow features a pleated boxing, as well as welt cord and button details. Learn the fabrication steps for this modern pillow design from our Living Room Roomscape.
 

  Sash Pillow with EZ-Set™ Grommets

Use EZ-Set Grommets to add flair to a decorative pillow. Get tips for setting grommets to use in your pillow design.
 

  Shaped Foam Pillow

Learn how to measure and mark foam cuts for this shaped foam pillow that will add depth and function to your top-of-bed designs.
 

  Velvet Tufted Pillow

In this how-to guide, you'll learn how to fabricate a velvet insert and surrounding for a velvet tufted pillow.
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SHADES

 

  Mock Roman Shade

Learn the fabrication steps for making a stationary, mock Roman shade.
 

  Relaxed Style Roman Shade

Learn how to create a relaxed style Roman shade, perfect for any room or client looking for an "unstructured", casual window treatment.
 

  Reverse Mount Hobbled Shade

Discover the steps to create a reverse mount hobbled shade and a box pleated valance.
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SWING DOOR TREATMENTS

 

  Swing Door Kit Construction Tip

In this guide on swing door kit construction, you'll learn tips from measuring and planning to construction and installation, as well as creative ways to use swing door kits.
 

  Swing Door Top Treatment with Mock Roman

This how-to guide will walk you through the steps for a Stagecoach treatment with a mock Roman shade, using the Swing Door Top Treatment Kit.
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TABLE DRESSING

 

  Placemats & Napkins

Learn how to fabricate napkins and placemats to match your window treatments in dining rooms and kitchens.
 

  Table Cloth

Table cloths set the framework for additional layers that can be quick up-sales for your business. Get the fabrication steps of the table cloth in this how-to guide.
 

  Table Napkins - 3 Ways

Table napkins add a pop of color and set off beautiful table cloths, runners and placemats for additional layers that can be quick up-sales for your business. This how-to guide covers the steps for creating table napkins.
 

  Table Runners

Discover the fabrication steps for creating a table runner with shaped ends and knife pleat detailing in this how-to guide.
 

  Table Runners & Placemats

Learn how to create coordinating table runners and placemats to dress up any dining room table or kitchen countertop with this how to guide.
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UPHOLSTERY

 

  Band for Board Mounting

Get step-by-step instructions for adding a band to a mounting board including helpful construction tips and tricks.
 

  Bias Welt Strips

Get step-by-step instructions on cutting and sewing bias welt strips.
 

  ContourFlex™ Buttons

Add a custom touch to pillows, bedding, cornice boards and more with these decorative buttons made with ContourFlex™.
 

  Covering a Removable Seat

Refresh old dining chairs with this technique. Learn how to cover a removable seat cushion for a new look and feel!
 

  Double Welt Cord

Make a statement on any project with double welt cording. Get the how-to tips and tricks in this how-to guide.
 

  Memory Board

Memory Boards can be made in multiple sizes and shapes and trimmed out in a variety of ways. Learn the basics with this how-to guide, and switch out the fabric to match any room.
 

  Parsons Chair

Parsons chairs create beautiful and comfortable formal seating. This how-to guide will walk you through how to measure for needed yardage, lay out and cut fabric and upholster with a few decorative details.
 

  Round, Tapered Semi-Attached Pillow Top Ottoman

For this project, we've combined a semi-attached pillow top ottoman with a shaped base. Learn how to construct and cover the base and the top cushion, then finish out the ottoman with banding and decorative elements.
 

  Shaped Rosette with Button

Embellish valances, cornice boards, swags, tiebacks and more with this adorable accent. Get step-by-step instructions, including a rosette pattern.
 

  Shaped Seating Cube

From wood construction to fabrication, learn step-by-step how to make this shaped seating cube.
 

  The Perfect Upholstery Corner

Get tips and tricks for creating the perfect upholstery corner including how to eliminate the bulk in the corner - something every upholsterer should know.
 

  Tie-Back Seat Cushions

Adding a cushion to a hard chair is an easy way to add immediate comfort. This how-to guide will walk you through the steps to make a simple, hand-closed cushion with hook and loop ties.
 

  Upholstered Seating Cube

From wood construction to batting and fabrication, get the step-by-step instructions for creating your own upholstered seating cube.
 

  Wrap & Staple Seat Cushions

Re-covering a removable seat is an easy and fast way to update a chair. This how-to guide teaches a technique that anyone can do - even a first time upholsterer.
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WINDOW TREATMENTS

 

  Color-Blocked Silk Panels

Color-blocking is an easy way to bring additional color to a room and can be used to add length or width to your window treatment. Learn how to add a top and bottom band of color, as well as a band on the leading edge for width.
 

  Contemporary Layered Ripplefold Window Treatment

Contemporary layered Ripplefold takes less fabric length than a traditional pleated panel since it only uses 1" in the header. Learn to replicate this popular look to wow your customers with this how-to guide.
 

  Drapery with Square EZ-Set™ Grommets

Get the instructions for creating lined, single width panels with square grommets that are super "E-Z" to set in place - giving your classic panels a modern twist in just a few quick steps.
 

  Elegant Silk Panels

This formal treatment features an embroidered silk panel with a silk swag overlay. Get the step-by-step instructions on fabricating elegant silk panels for any room.
 

  Fabric Laminated Crown Molding

Get step-by-step instructions on how to construct a fabric laminated crown molding that adds a beautiful custom detail to many styles of window treatments.
 

  Grommet Panel for Sliding Door

A grommet panel, anchored by Grom-A-Links™ and a convenient front baton is the ideal treatment for a sliding door. Follow this guide to fabricate such a panel, set off by contrasting fabric in the header.
 

  How To Make Perfect Drapery Pleats

A drapery pleat style can set the tone for any window treatment. This how-to guide lays out the steps for a wide selection, including pinch pleats, goblet pleats, Euro pleats and more.
 

  Mock Roman Shade

Learn the fabrication steps for making a stationary, mock Roman shade.
 

  No-Sew, Shaped Tieback

Learn how to create this no-sew shaped tieback for window treatments, traceable pattern included.
 

  Panel Tie Backs

Tie backs can be made in any shape, length and width. Learn how to cut and sew panel tie backs in this step-by-step how-to guide.
 

  Peek-Through Cornice Board

Adding a second layer that peeks through to the front on a cornice is a nice way to tie panel fabric to the cornice. Learn the steps to create this light weight cornice using FirmaFlex™ or ContourFlex™.
 

  Relaxed Style Roman Shade

Learn how to create a relaxed style Roman shade, perfect for any room or client looking for an "unstructured", casual window treatment.
 

  Reverse Mount Hobbled Shade

Discover the steps to create a reverse mount hobbled shade and a box pleated valance.
 

  Ripplefold Hardware

Ripplefold panels are gaining popularity in the residential market. This guide will help you to clarify carriers and track combinations for your projects.
 

  Shower Curtain with Inverted Box Pleat

Bathrooms need love too! Learn how to dress up a custom shower curtain with an inverted box pleat including tips for easy operation.
 

  Swag Overlay

A beaded swag overlay is the cherry on top of a formal window treatment. Learn how to fabricate the swag overlay, as well as tips for final decorative elements.
 

  Top Down Panels

While panels can be constructed using many different methods, this how-to guide will walk you through the top-down method, where bulk is eliminated in the header.
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WORKROOM

 

  Band for Board Mounting

Get step-by-step instructions for adding a band to a mounting board including helpful construction tips and tricks.
 

  Bias Welt Strips

Get step-by-step instructions on cutting and sewing bias welt strips.
 

  Pinsetter Pick-Off Replacement

Use this quick tutorial to learn how to replace the pick-off replacement in our pinsetter.
 

  Worktable Underlayment Size Chart

Use this pinnable worktable underlayment size chart to determine what size underlayment you'll need for your worktable.
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