Tuesday, May 25, 2010

{almost} the slip cover of my dreams

I'm finally finished!

One more project to check off the list, that's always a great feeling.

and of course I couldn't leave it naked for long, I had toss a pillow and throw on it before I even had the thing hemmed. The throw is kind of hard to see with the sun shining on it, but this is what it looks like:

I think it may have a permanent home right there in the cozy corner with my "new" chair.
(the pillow is made from a place mat I found at pier1 a little over a year ago.)

I've had this nice upholstered rocker since right before my first little fella was born. It has been an awesome chair. It's been in the master bedroom for most of it's life, and I spent many a happy time blissfully nursing my babies in it. It was a floor sample, so we got a killer deal on it, but it was never my favorite fabric and I felt like it was hard to work around. (it was kind of a light sage green with white flowers on it.) I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it.

Now I love this chair more than I ever have.

Yep, it's white.

Yes I have two small boys.

No, I'm not worried about it one bit.

The fabric is 100% cotton twill and extremely washable/bleachable/OxyClean-able. My theory on dirt is why hide it? I would rather see it and wash it out. Having dark furniture wouldn't make it anymore clean... It would just be trying to hide it(even though I don't really believe that works.)So I'm prepared to be washing this baby as needed.

We've been contemplating couches... right now we have dark brown leather (or pleather? not sure.) couch and love seat. When our basement is finished they'll be headed downstairs and I'm thinking I probably want to go with a white slip covered couch and two colorful side chairs would replace the love seat... but for now I'm happy with how this chair fits with what I have and I'm sure it will look great with where this room will be going later.

It made a huge difference bringing this chair out of the bedroom and into the family room. My boys want to sit in it and look out the window with me in the morning, they love to read in it and be rocked in it again because it's right there where the excitement is, in the family room. The room just feels so much cozier with it there.

I'm an impatient sewer. I just want the final product, so it's really hard for me to force myself to slow down and be careful when I'm seeing the finish line in sight. I would consider myself an amature seamstress at best. I don't sew clothing, I hate following a pattern, and I'm happy if it's not perfect, but just "good enough". I would rate this as a medium difficulty level project.

If you look close you're bound to see imperfections... like how after I got it all hemmed up and finished I put it on and it was about an inch shorter than I intended. Oh well. If it bugs me bad enough I'll add to it with a ruffle or something to make it look like I meant to do that, but I don't mind showing it to you like this.... mostly. :)

Here's how I went about it:

* buy and wash about 5-6 yards of 100% cotton twill fabric (JoAnn 50% off coupon made it a little more than $3/yard, less than $20 total.)

* cut and pin pieces around the chair, basically making it from the inside out

* sew!

About half way through sewing I realized I didn't even cut the fabric on the bias... oh well! I don't think it made a difference, but maybe I just don't know what I'm talking about so ignorance is bliss. I was so over it by then and it couldn't be bothered with, so I just kept on chuggin'.

The hardest part for me was seeing how it needed to fit together when it was off the chair, a few times I had to put it back on the chair and re-pin to make sure I was sewing it right.

Here are some gals who can tell you what to do a whole lot better than I can:
the nester

Just do what they did and you'll be all right, promise.

I pinned it all together in about an hour, and then three weeks later I sewed it and finished it on a Saturday night, probably 2 hours of sewing and adjusting total. If you know what to do it's really not a bad little project.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

in progress...

Here's my latest project in progress... I'm hoping to finish this slipcover sometime before 2015. :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

treasure hunting

I want to tell you all about one of my favorite little blogs.

I think some of you will really enjoy this:
We Do Re-Do's

These fun people take in broken down furniture and refinish it and make it fabulous.
I found them from a classified listing actually, sometimes they list some of these pieces for sale online, but mostly they do this big twice yearly yard sale.

My good friend Holly and I went (with our brood of four little boys in tow) on the first day of the sale, within the first hour, and it was so packed that we still missed out on treasures we were hoping to bring home.

There where probably hundreds of things for sale. It was fun to look. We did make off with a few fun things:

this little vintage toy box for my little one's room...

mostly, he likes to stand on it and look out his window, but has stashed some things inside.

this cute mirror I put in a long hallway leading to the garage.

and Holly snagged herself one of these babies:

and a handful of other great things, like a yellow toy box, a red gardening bucket and a mirror of her own.

All in all, I'd say it was a pretty good yard sale. I'm still mourning the loss of this farmhouse table

They were only asking something ridiculous like $180 for the whole set, six chairs and a large table with a leaf. I've been watching this table for months and I should have just gone and bought it before the sale. (I would have for sure covered the chairs in a different fabric, but I love the shape and the color was a nice creamy white. so much prettier in person) Just as I was walking up to it, a girl took the tag off, thus claiming it as her own. If that wasn't bad enough, I had to see it being loaded into a truck that happened to park next to me. Oh, the agony! Next time, I'll jump on it.

Now I'm in a yard sale mood! Need to find another good one!