June 8th, 2011

Sew News Article

Just received my copy of the June/July ’11 issue of Sew News magazine  hitting new stands now. My article answers common bedding questions. On pages 20-21, I explain the difference between a coverlet, comforter, duvet, bedspread and quilt. Includes tips on how to measure the mattress, comforter or duvet to ensure the proper fit. Check it out!

Donna Babylon is a DIY and sewing guru. Her latest book is Decorating Sewlutions: Learn to Sew as You Decorate Your Home. Learn more at www.MoreSplashThanCash.com

April 14th, 2011

101 Patchwork Projects & Quilts (2011 issue)

Just received my copy of the 2011 101 Patchwork Projects & Quilts and want to share that I have two projects included. I am so excited!

A bedroom isn’t complete without a profusion of pillows. My first project (page 75), Serenity Sham, is so easy to make! My second project is a Pieced Shower Curtain on page 86. Brighten your morning with this pieced shower curtain topped with colorful grommets. Check it out!

Donna Babylon is a DIY and sewing guru. Her latest book is Decorating Sewlutions: Learn to Sew as You Decorate Your Home. Learn more at www.MoreSplashThanCash.com

April 6th, 2011

Sew News Article

Just received my copy of the newest Sew News magazine (April/May 2011 issue). My article “Polished Pillows” is featured on page 22-23. One of the questions that I regularly hear is “How do I make professional-looking pillows that hold their shape”. The article features tips, tricks and photos. Check it out!

Donna Babylon is a DIY and sewing guru. Her latest book is Decorating Sewlutions: Learn to Sew as You Decorate Your Home. Learn more at www.MoreSplashThanCash.com

April 5th, 2011

FIRST Magazine

I am so excited that my book, Decorating Sewlutions was featured in the April 4, 2011 issue. The article, Clutter Busters, offers great tips and tricks on how to get your craft & sewing essentials organized. Check it out. On newstands now!

Donna Babylon is a DIY and sewing guru. Learn more at www.MoreSplashThanCash.com

March 11th, 2011

Grommets are Here!

Grommets are being used everywhere in fashion—especially on apparel and tote bags. And since home decorating and fashion trends go hand-in-hand, grommets are also being used on many items for the home. Grommets are showing up as embellishments pillows, ottomans, shower curtains, and of course, curtains.

Until recently, grommets were limited to those pesky metal rings that need special equipment to install or were whacked together with a hammer.

Grommets are now available to the home sewer and they require NO TOOLS and are super-easy to install—they simply snap together! Here’s some tips to help you include grommets in your next sewing project.

Check out my HUGE selection of grommets.

Donna Babylon is a DIY and sewing guru. Her latest book is Decorating Sewlutions: Learn to Sew as You Decorate Your Home. Learn more at www.MoreSplashThanCash.com

March 4th, 2011

Pillows Speak Loudly in Decorating

When people ask me how they can spruce up their room quickly, I always suggest making some pillows.  Pillows are a very inexpensive and colorful way to add colors, shapes and texture to your home—especially if you make them yourself.

Pillows soften the lines of contemporary furniture and add splashes of color where needed. One of the best features of using pillows in decorating is that they are a good way to change your decorating schemes on a whim—and on a budget.

Think beyond having pillows match your decor. Consider using customized pillows to celebrate events or holidays. There are so many theme fabrics to choose from, you are certain to find fabric that interests you.

If you are thinking about learning to sew, pillows are the perfect place to start.

More tips on making pillows can be found in Donna’s new book, Decorating Sewlutions: Learn to Sew as You Decorate Your Home.

Donna Babylon’s More Splash Than Cash decorating concept is designed to help everyone have a beautiful home. More Splash Than Cash doesn’t mean cheap. It means that the time and cash you invest–whatever the amount–are well spent and the results will be enjoyed for many years. Learn more at www.MoreSplashThanCash.com.

February 25th, 2011

Patterns for the Impatient Sewist

I am an immediate gratification kind of sewist. And, I know there are many of you with a similar mindset.

To satisfy my impatience, I am creating downloadable versions of my patterns. You can now get the instructions (some with full size patterns) with the press of a button.

For those of you who have never tried a downloadable pattern, I have a free pattern that you can test drive. This easy patchwork oven mitt has complete instructions, color illustrations and full size pattern pieces.

Print them out and sew!

Donna Babylon is a DIY and sewing guru. Her latest book is Decorating Sewlutions: Learn to Sew as You Decorate Your Home. Learn more at www.MoreSplashThanCash.com

February 11th, 2011

Apron with Multiple Personalities

Simply put: One apron, many looks! Change the front panel with a sassy tea-towel or fabric panel quick as a wink!

True to my More Splash Than Cash roots, this apron is one of my favorite items I have designed. I always thought waiters look great in their knee-length aprons at fancy-schmancy restaurants. Always knowing they would be easy to make, I just never took the time to make one.

When I make something, I always want it better than what I can buy. Then it hit me: kitchen towels! They can be added to the front with hook and loop tape. Of course, this morphed into interchangeable towels and voilá—My Bistro Apron pattern was designed and written!

This is what I love about the apron:

  • Uses one yard of fabric
  • Can make it in an hour or less
  • Can personalize it for many people
  • It’s something I can make for the men on my gift list

To make it easy for you, I have also put together kits that include the fabric, hook and loop tape, and apron strings. Then check out the my selection of tea towels— you are sure to find one that “speaks” to you.

Oh, yeah! Did I mention it could be made in less than an hour?

Watch the demo now!

Who is Home Dec Beck? Click here.

Donna Babylon is a DIY and sewing guru. Her latest book is Decorating Sewlutions: Learn to Sew as You Decorate Your Home. Learn more at www.MoreSplashThanCash.com

February 4th, 2011

No-Sew Heart Snowflake

Surprise your valentine with a unique place setting made by you with love.

Ooh-la-la! Something’s cooking for Valentine Day.

Looking to create a fun and easy place mat? Download this free pattern for a heart snowflake and use it to decorate your home for this special day.

You can also make the black and white place mat in minutes. The complete directions are in my book, Decorating Sewlutions: Learn to Sew as You Decorate Your Home. Choose two fun fabrics and a coordinating solid. Such an easy peasy project!

Donna Babylon is a DIY and sewing guru. Learn more at www.MoreSplashThanCash.com

January 28th, 2011

Pillows That Don’t Smile

I just received a question via Home Dec Beck on why pillows don’t look square when complete. The answer to this is: the pillow cover is not square! Stay with me hear… I know it sounds crazy.

Let’s start with the pillow forms (or inserts). This is what gives shape and form to a pillow. First, I never rely on the measurements printed on the bag the form comes in—they many times are wrong. I always measure both the length and width of the pillow to determine the cutting dimensions for my pillow cover (regardless of the shape of the pillow). To both the length and width measurements, I add 1 inch for the seam allowances. For example, if my pillow form measures 16 inches square, I cut my fabric 17 inches square.

To address your concern that your pillows never look square (I always refer to the curved lines as “smiles” and the resulting floppy corners as “ears.” In fact, this is a problem that all sewists experience at one time on another that there is even a template made specifically for this.

  1. Place the pillow front and back (including the fleece type batting and muslin) with right sides together. Line up the see-through template with the cut edges of the fabric.
  2. With a water erasable fabric marker, trace along the template’s curved corner edges. Also mark the new corner pivot point provided on the template.
  3. Repeat this process at the remaining corners.
  4. Cut the fabric on these marked lines through all layers (the centers of each side remain unchanged). Stitch around the pillow following the newly cut edges.

Now turn the pillow cover right side out. The cover will look odd, but once the pillow form is inserted, the pillow will appear square.

You will be smiling, and your pillow will be perfect!

Who is Home Dec Beck? Click here.

Donna Babylon is a DIY and sewing guru. Her latest book is Decorating Sewlutions: Learn to Sew as You Decorate Your Home. Learn more at www.MoreSplashThanCash.com