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Friday, September 30, 2011

Tabletop Jewelry Armoire!

Found this at the DI for $4...pretty good condition too!
Had a few knicks and paint chips...
Originally I thought I would paint it...but it's pretty intricate, 
so I just mixed up some paint the same color and filled in the gaps...
for now...
 
 And while I decide how to go on this, I am happily using it!
Any thoughts on painting this?
Should I just do a stencil on the top?
Rough it up a bit?
Just leave a good thing alone?
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lounge Chair Rockin' Redo!!!!

LOOK WHAT I DID!

My friend asked if I could recover her favorite chair.
I said yes...but she didn't realize I've never actually done it!
(not a beginner sewing project)

{I heard that if your sewing machine is having troubles...
most of the time the needle is to blame!
So best to change your needle after every 4 hours of sewing...}

I took this plaid lounge rocker...
and made it rockin'!
 The zebra print upholstery is from Hobby Lobby...it is so nice!
The back and front look identical, so you don't have
to worry too much about "right" sides!

No pattern...it seriously took some major mental 
preparation to start cutting into the fabric!
I used the cushions as a guideline.
I wanted it to fit tight, so I cut it only about an
inch or two bigger on each side.
I built the pieces to just slip over the existing fabric...
the plaid was sewn right to the padding.
And then cut a "sock" shaped piece to sew in the edges...
I normally don't use pins...
but on upholstery...it's a MUST!
This frayed a lot too...so I did a double stitch and zig-zagged the edges.
Pillow case shape, double hemmed bottom edge.
Fits like a glove!
Bottom cushion...
Made like a box...see the original plaid has a pouch 
to slip over the metal frame...I mimicked that
by overlapping 2 pieces and sewing
them like the back of a throw pillow!

Here's the bottom pieces ready to be sewn!
Ahh, so far so good!
underneath looks great!
Arm rests with side pockets!
I cut the pocket piece about 6 inches wider than 
the arm piece, allowing for "big hand" size pockets
for remotes, drinks, and toys...
I am sure they will be filled with fun!
another weird "sock" shaped piece to round the arms...

The bottom edge was just hemmed under twice and left open.
What to do with the backside?
Sort of a strip with a rounded top...then I left the inside edge
only partly sewn to fit around the metal base
Backside done!
Now the decorative "kick plate" post covers...
I used liquid stitch and my staple gun!
I cut each piece an inch larger around.  
Then folded down a quarter inch, glued and pinned it.
Then I folded the folded edge down and glued, 
stapled in the center and pinned it overnight.
While the glue was pinned and drying, 
I stapled a piece on the ottoman!
Back to these things...
I had never used liquid stitch before.
**I would not make a dress or other clothing item with it...
but I was pleased enough for this project...it was 
more time than just sewing, but there are times, 
like this, that you just can't sew it.***
Now, a quick throw pillow...while the glue is drying!
I thought this could go on a different couch to tie into the room...
Awesome, and done!
They were coming to pick it up...so I hurried and
took it outside to take pics!
Don't judge my spray painted driveway!  :)
(that side pocket has the extra material in it!)
See those fabulous "kick plate" things...they turned out great too!
They just velcro on around the posts.
Huge success!  Everyone loves it!
I love it so much...I went and bought a
small ugly rocker at the DI for $8 yesterday...
which I am so stoked to recover!

Total time: 6 hours.
Mental prep: 3 months.





(and my other fab places I party!)
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

400 Cards!

We did a day of service in our church last week...
I was asked to help design/cut/prepare (just not assemble)
400 cards!
4 cards, 100 of each!
Here they are--doesn't look like a big deal, 
but that represents 4 hours of service alone!  :)

There was a great turnout! 
Lots of families there to help put cards together!

They will be donated to a local meal delivery service
to brighten the days of the elderly.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rockabilly purse!

 I had a purse in mind that I wanted to remodel...
but just needed the motivation to do it!

So, here's that purse in all it's faded, stained glory!
Okay, when I bought it for $1,
I secretly knew all I wanted was the hardware...
 So I took it all apart and use the faded yellow hearts as a semi-pattern...

If you remember my Houndstooth bow pillow...
You'll recognize that it was the precursor to my purse...

 Same houndstooth fabric...cut into pieces
 Decided I wanted a fat zipper a couple inches from the top...
 sewed in the zipper to start...I am assuming if you are 
actually reading this tutorial that you have a basic sewing education...
so I don't need to give over-detailed info.
{sorry if I am wrong}
 Decided the lining and accents HAD to be RED!
 Cut a piece the same as the zipper side and sewed it together right sides out.
 For the other side, the lining was made with pouchy pockets...
perfect for "Girl treats", cell phone, gum and 2 sharpies.
{always have sharpies with me. always.}
 see.  perfect.
 Side piece has a weird angle, but I hemmed it all the same.
 here's the basic pieces with the lining already stitched on...
you'll see my tactic in a second.
 Ahh, of course!  The Bow!
I was in love with the bow idea from the pillow too!
So I duplicated it in RED!
 Then began sewing it to the side and bottom piece.
 Then I used double fold binding (pink was all I had)
and went around the raw edges inside the bag.
 See how pretty the insides are now?
 Another shot of the outsides on the insides...
 Flipped right sides out and then a little binding (this time white)
around the top edge.
 Then the trusty, but next to nearly impossible to get on,
snappy thingy!
 Yes, I used pliers, an exacto knife, a little hot glue, 
and some kind of poker thing...
to cram that top edge into the said snappy thingy.
 Nearly there.  Granted, not the best factory job in the world, 
but I love it nonetheless!
 Here she is all snapped up!...oops--handles!!!
 I used some woven fabric webbing...
and the rings from the original purse.
Sewn on with a little loop of houndstooth.
Ah, Ta da!  The insides!
Perfect for all the things I carry around regularly...
and tons of room for more things...
like kids drawings, receipts and garbage...
Although not perfect, I love it!
I am by no means a perfectionist!  :)

Here are a billion pictures of the finished
"Rockabilly" purse!
 

  I think it looks like a monster with its mouth open!
 Seriously, don't you love it!
(only answer that if you DO love it...)
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