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Sewing Designer Details With Simplicity

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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!

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Joy Macdonell
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Creating Ruffles
4. Designer Edges
5. Fringe, Tassels & Buttons
6. Envelope Pillow
7. Invisible Zippers

Taught by

Joy Macdonell
Joy Macdonell
Joy Macdonell is a national spokesperson and education director for Simplicity and EK Success Brands. She is an accomplished instructor and a popular television personality, and has hosted three seasons of the PBS hit multi-craft show Crafting at the Spotted Canary. Joy’s enthusiasm extends to paper crafting, where she has shared her enthusiasm on more than 50 segments of the DIY Network’s Scrapbooking.

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