A friend of mine recently gifted this amazing antique glider to our family.
Her Mom had slip covered it for her and I decided I would try to do the same (leaving the red and white underneath, in case we do some redecorating in the next year or two :))
I started by laying out the cushions on the fabric and tracing around the edge – giving an extra inch or so around each cushion (for the side part of the cushion/seam allowance).
(I think the seat looks like a loaf of bread….) Don’t forget two pieces of fabric for each cushion!
I was hesitant to use this dark of fabric with our notoriously hairy cat, but there is no way she will jump on this glider – the moment it starts rocking she would freak! David suggested this color and I’m so glad we decided to go with it.
I sewed both sides together inside out, leaving the straight side at the bottom/back of each cushion open.
Then it was “fitted” and by fitted – I mean, put on the cushion inside out and deciding which areas needed to be brought in a little. I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to covers – especially with this fabric being a Kona cotton and not a heavy upholstery fabric – it was destined to show lines. You can be as picky as you like… 😉
I also wanted to put ties on the top of the back cushion (as had been done before). So I cut some two inch strips and basically made them into bias tape. Looking for a good bias tape tutorial? Head over to MADE and check out Dana’s amazing videos. I can NOT get enough of her fantastic tutorials.
Then I went singer stitch crazy, and found a fun stitch to close it up with. I took two of each strip and put them at about 10 and 2 o’clock on the rounded top part of the cushion. I chose to attach these ties as I sewed the back cushion pieces together – it worked out well!
After I was happy with the fit, I hemmed the bottom. Notice I left the bottom open.
The seamstress before me had closed the back of each cushion by hand stitching, but I really want to be able to take the covers off and wash them… So for right now, I’m leaving them open, with an intent to eventually sew on some velcro for easy on/off.
And there it is! (with one of my Koi pillows)
I also made a… cough… quick stop to my local quilt/fabric shop, Intown Quilters, and picked up a few fat quarters (as well as the Kona that I used for the slip cover). Here’s a quick Fabric Friday for you.
Top: Pretty sure that first one is Kaffe Fasset (Sadly no detailed selvage on this one!), Kona Solid
Middle: Gem Tones Color Story by Michael Miller (both)
Bottom: Grey, Fox and the Houndstooth – Andie Hanna for Robert Kaufman
I can not pick a favorite, though I am a sucker for foxes… I’m looking forward to using these for some fun new projects coming up!
What have you been working on? Any projects on your horizon?
I think it’s safe to say that I LOVE Koi.
And I don’t mean the fish. Or do I?
This collection by Rashida Coleman-Hale is my current favorite line of fabric. I found it around the same time that we moved into our new apartment. Needless to say, Koi can be found pretty much everywhere right now – so here’s a little tour…
And of course the pillows I featured in please pass the piping. I still have more plans for Koi… perhaps some potholders, or tea towels, a set of placemats or a small blanket… The skies (pond?) the limit with Koi (#dadjoke)
Rashida Coleman Hale has some amazing fabric collections (and books!). She recently announced that Koi would be her last line with Cloud9 Fabrics and that she would be moving on to something new – Cotton and Steel. I am so excited to see their first fabric line come out this spring. Check out their stellar video if you get a chance.
Any other Koi fabric fans out there? Made anything cool with your stash?
I am currently in LOVE with this fabric line – Fanfare flannel by Cloud9’s Rae Hoekstra.
Rae has a wonderful blog – Made by Rae – which is full of awesome patterns, projects and pictures to get you creating too :).
What am I going to make with this AMAZING fabric? Definitely some Christmas-y plans with these. To be honest, my family doesn’t keep secrets very well. We also have this ‘bad’ habit of giving Christmas gifts super early. Here’s the back story…
When I was kid, we would travel every Thanksgiving and Christmas to visit each set of Grandparents. One set lived 8 hours away, the other 10. In opposite directions. We would leave around December 21st, so of course we would open presents before we left. Now you might be asking – Why did your parents not just pack your gifts and open them at the gparents? Because we didn’t have the space in our little dodge shadow. And secretly, I think my Dad couldn’t wait. Seriously. Dad always puts on a firm face about things, demanding we wait until Christmas. But every year I’m home, we still totally open presents up on the 22nd or 23rd… Love you, Dad.
So this year, in October, I got an email from my Mom. She had found a deal on a new sewing machine and wanted to see if it was what I was looking for. It was. SO – a new early for my family – but a wonderful surprise for me – was this fantastic Christmas in October (You might be thinking – this family is crazy. Not only can we not wait for Christmas nor keep a secret – we can NOT resist a good deal ;))
I LOVE this machine. It’s amazing and I have been using it like a fiend since I got it (cough) four weeks ago…
All that to say – I am going to use this Fanfare fabric to make some pjs for my Mom and Sister for Christmas (which they both knew before I posted this… again – bad with secrets). This will be my first adventure with pj pants, which I’m pretty excited about. I’m also thinking about making a nice wintery scarf – since it is flannel and all.
Making anything fun for Christmas? Have you ever made pjs before? Any advice?
Welcome to my new blog. As many of you know, I’ve been caught up in the new world of sewing, quilting, fabric and thread over the last year. As I begin to spend more time on this venture, I thought I would start blogging more of the journey. But before we jump in to sewing projects, crazy cat stories and such… Let me tell you about my Grandma.
Growing up, I could always count on Grandma to make cool things, whether it was piggy banks, dolls or mittens, dresses or pj pants. Her basement was filled with wonders – bolts of fabric, multiple sewing machines, a kiln, a ping pong table… (the list of wonders would continue for days). Gram would have the quilting ladies over on Mondays and make blankets for new moms. She would do craft fairs and make costumes.
She even made my 11th grade prom dress.
Blue is my favorite color, so of course – a blue quilt for graduation.
Another blue themed quilt for my wedding (Kitters not included…)
This summer, my Mom and I road tripped up to see family and I had the special opportunity to actually work with my Grandma. We spent some time going through boxes of old fabric, deciding what was good and what wasn’t. We worked on a blanket, pinning and sewing it together.
I took along pictures for her to see all of the little things I’d started and even brought along one of my quilted placemats to show her (she really liked the fabric ❤ tsuru).
As I sew and start to create my own costumes, pj pants, quilts… I think about her and how much she has made and given throughout the last 80+ years. Gram is a pretty amazing lady.
So thanks, Gram. ❤
What about you? Who inspires you? How did you get started sewing?