Friday, August 8, 2014

Old Chair, New Chair

I have had this chair since 1997. No joke. I have been moving this sucker around for 17 years. It is one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever owned. But as you can see, badly in need of an update. Not to mention repair.


The totally worn out spot you see is courtesy of the dog, as is the discoloration of the wood on the arm. She spent years standing on this chair looking out our front window, wishing us home whenever we were gone.


Plus, let's be honest. The plaid is UGLY! 


Once I got the fabric off, I went ahead and restained the arms. It already looks a million times better.


I did a little touch up around the bottom frame, and re-sealed the wood. 


Then I started on the fabric. Oh, this fabric. It's a dark navy and tan herringbone pattern. I had spent months looking for the perfect fabric for this chair, I came close to settling for something that was just okay. I am SO glad I waited. 


Because this is the right fabric for this chair, am I right? I knew it the moment I laid eyes on it. (My husband wasn't sure at first, he thought it may be too busy, good thing he can admit when he's wrong!) 


Here is the front of the chair with the new fabric. 


The side, without trim.


And the back.

Now, this chair also has cushions, which I made using the same fabric. I found a dark navy complementary fabric to use for the piping on the cushions, and since I had some extra bias strips, I used them as trim on the chair.


I think the flat trim works really well, it finishes the chair without competing with the the patten of the fabric.


And here is the new beauty of the house in all her glory.


A nice modern look for the old girl, don't you think? Still plenty comfortable too. Not that I will let anyone sit on it ever again. 

Just kidding---maybe.



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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Zippered Pencil Pouch

Here's a fun, quick little project to whip up when you're in need of a unique birthday gift, or something special for back to school, or if you're really ambitious, you could make a bunch as party favors.

I found this version on Pinterest, and I thought it was so cute! I decided to try making one of my own.

I used 3 cotton fabrics from my stash for the pencil appliques and some off white home decor linen for the pouch. (This project would be an excellent scrapbuster.)


First I cut the linen to the size I wanted to make the bag. Next, I fused small strips of each cotton fabric to Heat Bond, then cut them to size.


I also cut some plain taupe cotton and small pieces of black cotton to make the pencil points. Once I had everything laid out, I used the iron to fuse all the fabrics to the front of the bag.


I used black thread to stitch the pencils in place as well as add some details. I also sewed the birthday girl's name near the top since I had plenty of room. Then I assembled the bag, including a lining and a zipper. (For an excellent zippered pouch tutorial, try this one at Sew Minty.)

Here is the finished project.


Simple, but super cute!


Once I had made one, I seriously wanted to make a dozen of them. I think these bags would work for almost anything, change the size, do a different applique and you could have a make-up pouch, a travel pouch for toy cars, a cell phone holder....just about anything! 



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Friday, August 1, 2014

Quick Thrifted T-Shirt Skirt

I'm in a re-fashioning mood today. I'm also a bit unfocused, so I pulled this project out of the bin and made a thrifted women's tank top into a cute new skirt for my girl in less than 30 minutes.


I picked this up at the local Goodwill store for $1.50 last week. I'm really into stripes right now and I really like the colors in this shirt. (Thank goodness it had pink or the girl wouldn't touch it!) So, let's get started.


I cut the top of the shirt off right below the buttons. The stripes gave me a nice line to follow.


Then I ran a gathering stitch along the top edge. See that lovely, already hemmed bottom edge?  Nothing to do there!


Using what was left of the shirt, I cut out 2 pieces for the waistband.


 I serged them along each side making a tube which I folded in half and ironed. Now, you could sew the yoga style waistband onto the skirt at this point just the way it is, but since I have a super-skinny daughter, I added some elastic in the waistband to help hold it up. (If it were for me, I would skip the elastic--I don't have the super-skinny issue.)


Then I pinned the waistband along the top of the skirt, right sides together, and serged the 2 pieces together.


Once that was done, I gave the seam a quick press with the iron.


And your thrift store t-shirt is now a cute little girl's skirt! (I think it took longer to write about it than to make it!)


Just add the cute little girl and you are all finished!


She has some kind of style doesn't she??


The skirt ended up a bit longer than knee length, which I like because it gives her longer to wear it. And really, what is more comfy than a nice knit skirt in the steamy month of August?




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