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with Joy Macdonell
Online Class

Sewing Designer Details With Simplicity

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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.


  • beginner
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h17m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

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!

2. Decorative Seams & Finishes

2. Decorative Seams & Finishes

Dive into basic decorative seams and finishes with Joy's expert advice along the way. Begin with an overview of how to choose fabrics, learning how to identify grain and bias lines that will work best for your projects. Then Joy demonstrates how to measure, cut and sew piping, including tips on how to avoid puckers and achieve gracefully curved corners. Finish the lesson with Joy's tips for seamlessly joining purchased braided cord, from start to finish.

3. Creating Ruffles

3. Creating Ruffles

Learn how fun ruffles can be as you work through a wide variety of styles. You'll have a close-up view of Joy's techniques for creating fold-over, circular, hem-stitched, two-toned and chic tubular ruffles. You'll be amazed by the "wow" factor of your finished ruffled pillow projects!