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.
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? Amazon.com, 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 (chicagocanvas.com). 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, farmhouseonboone.com, 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!