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DIY Playhouse Tent or Lounge Cabana

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 1:00

When things turn hot-hot-hot in the great outdoors, it's "bring-your-own-shade" kind of weather. Our fun portable shade tent fits the bill. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read, and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering. This project was created a few seasons back, but quickly rose to the tip-top of our Most Popular lists across several social media outlets, and continues to maintain its position there. In Pinterest alone, our cabana has appeared nearly 22,000 times! We can see why: it's easy to make, fast to set-up, and rolls-up for travel or to store after the sun sets. 

Double Gauze Curtain Panel with Side Ruffles: Shannon Metallic Embrace® Double Gauze

Monday, 09 April 2018 1:00

One very gorgeous fabric makes one very gorgeous curtain! One of the best ways to re-fresh a room is with new curtains. They can instantly transform any space and are the perfect building blocks for other transformations, such as pillows, cushions or linens. This dreamy ruffled panel is a look that could work well in any room. The drape and lightweight movement of the Shannon Fabrics Metallic Embrace® Double Gauze is perfect for a full-length panel – with just a hint of sparkle and shine. The construction is fast and easy, and we give you all the formulas you need to adapt the design for your windows. 

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Window Valance Panels with Lace & Decorative Stitching

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 1:00

Looking for a quick and easy way to fancy-up your windows? A valance is faster than traditional curtain panels, and can even be used in conjunction with curtains or blinds to add some fashion flair. They've always reminded me of little window skirts. I think it's the way they gather across the rod and flare out along the bottom. These were so pretty when done, I could totally envision actually wearing them as a skirt! The key is the mixture of fabrics with a pretty lace. Choose a solid and a coordinating print that will be divided by narrow, see-though lace insets. Decorative stitching along the top and bottom adds the finishing touch. 

Kitchen Curtains with Ribbon Ties

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 1:00


Curtain panels are a perfect beginner project. They're fast, super simple, and you get a great sense of satisfaction when you hang them up and instantly transform your window from plain and boring to pretty and bright. These fast and easy curtains combine two fabrics and use a simple row of ribbons to tie the top in place. This is a traditional cafe style hanging method and works well for full-length as well as half-window curtains. We have a link below to our full tutorial on window measuring basics. 

Classic Grommeted Curtain Panel

Thursday, 23 February 2017 1:00

Spring is coming, and with it comes the need to re-fresh and renew. One of the best ways to update your home décor is with new curtains. They can instantly transform any room and are the perfect fabric and color building blocks for other transformations, like cushions or table linens. This classic grommeted curtain panel is a project you can turn to again and again. It's fast and easy, plus we give you all the formulas you need to adapt the design to fit your unique window scapes. 

Hanging Outdoor Shade Screen: Fabric Depot

Monday, 13 June 2016 1:00

Ahhhh; it's a lovely summer day on the patio. Blue skies, bright sun... actually, really bright. Blinding might be a better word! If you have an outdoor living space you likely also have one or two areas that always get blasted by the sun, making them virtually unusable at certain times of day. Enter our innovative Shade Panel solution. It's an outdoor curtain with a center screen that filters in light while blocking out the worst of the blinding rays – all without destroying your view. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to come up with the perfect combo for this project: bold Outdoor Fabric and unique Pet Screen (100% woven vinyl-coated polyester).

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Lace & Decorative Stitch Window Valances

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 1:00

Looking for a quick and easy way to fancy-up your windows? A valance is faster than traditional curtain panels, and can even be used in conjunction with curtains or blinds to add some fashion flair. They've always reminded me of little window skirts - even though they're up high. I think it's the way they gather across the rod and flare out along the bottom. These were so pretty when done, I could totally envision actually wearing them as a skirt! The key is the mixture of fabrics with a pretty lace. Choose a solid and a coordinating print that will be divided by narrow, see-though lace insets. Decorative stitching along the top and bottom adds the finishing touch. 

Tab-Top Panel Curtains with Button Accents

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 1:00

To be perfectly honest, I hate to cover up my windows. Staring out into the world is one of my favorite pastimes. But, I also realize you need a little privacy and some protection from the sun. And, the softness of curtains and drapes adds a distinct coziness to a room. Okay -- window coverings win! In true Sew4Home fashion, these pretty tab-top curtains are very easy to make. Clever seaming gives you fully lined, finished panels with no visible stitching on the sides. And, we go through all the equations needed to figure out the correct width and height for your windows.

Playhouse Tent - Lounge Cabana

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 1:00

Here in the Pacific Northwest, it's been a hot-hot-hot summer already. Definitely "bring-your-own-shade" kind of weather. Our fun portable shade tent fits the bill. It's perfect as a children's outdoor playhouse as well as a comfy lounge cabana for "big kids" to relax, read, and doze. We show you how to create the easy-to-assemble PVC frame as well as the slip-on fabric covering. This project was created last season and in just that sort amount of time has risen to the tip-top of our Most Popular lists in several social media outlets. In Pinterest alone, it has well over 3,000 re-pins! We can see why: it's easy to make, fast to set-up, and rolls-up for travel or to store after the sun sets. 

Outdoor Hanging Shade Screen: Fabric Depot

Monday, 06 July 2015 1:00

Ahhhh; it's a lovely summer day on the patio. Blue skies, bright sun... actually, really bright. Blinding might be a better word! If you have an outdoor space you likely also have those one or two areas that always get blasted by the sun, making them virtually unusable at certain times of day. Enter our innovative Shade Panel. It's an outdoor curtain with a center screen that filters in light while blocking out the worst of the blinding rays – all without destroying your view. We worked with our friends at Fabric Depot to come up with the perfect combo for this project: bold Outdoor Fabric and unique Pet Screen (100% woven vinyl-coated polyester).

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