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Sewing Designer Details With Simplicity

with Joy Macdonell
Dress up your decor and learn a variety of decorative sewing techniques to elevate pillows, slipcovers and more, with guidance from Simplicity’s Joy Macdonell!

Add specialty details to timeless Simplicity sewing patterns and instantly enhance your decor. Simplicity Education Director Joy Macdonell will provide you with the personalized support you need to create custom piping, ruffles, topstitching and more. Sew professional-looking details, including envelope closures and invisible zippers that make it easy to change out your decor at a moment’s notice. Plus, find out how to create your own fringe, tassels and covered buttons for a unique twist on these classic adornments. By the end of this class, you’ll have essential skills for sewing designer touches that lend personality and charm to any room. 

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, home decor sewist and television host Joy Macdonell. Gain an overview of the techniques you'll learn in class that can be applied to pillows and many other projects of your choosing, including pillows, curtains, slipcovers and more!


Lesson 2. Decorative Seams & Finishes


Lesson 3. Creating Ruffles


Lesson 4. Designer Edges


Lesson 5. Fringe, Tassels & Buttons


Lesson 6. Envelope Pillow


Lesson 7. Invisible Zippers

"I really enjoyed this class. Joy is a great instructor and answers questions quickly. The class works with a wide variety of trims and decorative edgings and teaches you how to create your own covered buttons and put in invisible zippers. Joy also suggests that the same trims and edgings could be used on curtains, duvet covers, and etc. As a novice with a sewing machine, I greatly appreciated Joy's tips and techniques with both edgings and with patterns. (...) I now feel confident in tackling ruffles, rickrack, pom poms, zippers, envelope closures, and using whatever pillow pattern I want to purchase even if it doesn't include these elements (because I just learned how to make my own). In my opinion, this class is a fabulous jumping off point in home decor, and a great confidence builder. Love it!"
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