Al­most ev­ery pil­low, apron, and slip­cover in this dar­ling bun­ga­low has been lov­ingly cut, pressed, and sewn by Lisa Bass. Here she shares her se­crets for savvy sewing.

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Long live linen

“It’s my fa­vorite fab­ric to sew with,” Lisa says. “No mat­ter what you make with linen, it fits into the farm­house style.” Her source? Ama­, where she searches for Robert Kauf­man linen fab­ric. If linen is too pricey for a project, Lisa will opt for a linen-cot­ton blend. “It’s a lot cheaper, but it still has the same loose weave,” she says, “so it gives the same ef­fect with­out hav­ing to spend $20 a yard.”

Drop cloths for the win

For large home decor projects (slip­cov­ers and cur­tains), Lisa pulls out the big guns: Chicago Can­vas cot­ton drop cloths (chicago­can­ They’re heavy, wide, read­ily avail­able, and ul­tra-cheap (about $2 a yard!). Lisa clips out the cen­ter seam, then bleaches the cloths so they’re snowy white. Her blog, farm­house­on­, fea­tures a tu­to­rial for bleach­ing—note that only 100-per­cent­cot­ton drop cloths will bleach prop­erly.

Re­use and re­cy­cle

If Lisa runs across a ready-made item that’s too be­guil­ing to pass by (say, striped IKEA dish tow­els or a vin­tage ce­ment sack), she might in­cor­po­rate it into an­other project. Many a pil­low have ma­te­ri­al­ized this way!

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