Thursday, December 15, 2011

Another one for Barb

A great chair I mean great bones and so comfortable! but the stripes had to go. Barb found this chair and footstool that were not a set, at a Thrift store.
 She wanted to give a new look and opted for something neutral.  I was in total agreement as I am all about neutrals since I love changing my decor for the seasons.  This was the ticket!
 This color fabric went with almost every pillow I sat on the chair ( again I thought I had more pictures ) anyhow  I was so pleases with how it turned out
oh yeah and for those stripes, It took black out drapery lining to hide them  but there is no sign of them now.
I was so happy to get a call from Barb after she got the chair home to tell that she Loved the chair and it went perfectly everywhere she put it.    yahoo!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

I've Figured it out!

Well, finally about a month after I got my new "smart" phone, with  the help of a very patient  son I have figured out how to get pictures that I've taken with my phone onto my computer! I really have been working.
   anyhow.... here is one of my November projects and I really thought I had taken more pictures. There were six of these chairs these 4 and then 2 captains chairs. Amy chose white linen and a pretty robins egg blue print.
Of course a little extra detailing on the back since with dinning chairs you see more of the back than the front.
I will be posting the rest of my November projects this week! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Chair for Paula

Just finished up with this little number last week
Here is the before

 and here is the after  I am pleased with the way this one turned out and will be delivering to my client tomorrow
ahhhh stripes

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Couch for Carmella


 A great couch for a favorite client, she wanted a relaxed fun ruffly slipcover for a great couch that she found recently.  A perfect fit for her Florida home  with frayed ruffles around all of the cushions as well as on the skirt 
 yes that's right no hemming just leave it raw and let it fray out   I love the way that it turned out and love love love the back. I think its the perfect contrast to the rufflie front
 and I got to work with one of my favorite fabrics,   linen  its  just my all time favorite to work with
A wider shot of the back before I finalized the back.   oh and wooden buttons for the closures beautiful!
Note: lots of trial runs on this one as I did not know how everything would work with leaving the ends to fray so I ended up making up little sample pieces and washing them  lots of extra little stringies after the first washing as expected but very few on the second washing  so it was a go.   As for the wooden buttons on the back  they were marked " dry clean only "  so I tested one out in the wash before I used them on the slipcover  I washed as normal on a scrap of the linen  hot water bleach dried in he dryer the whole works  I wanted to make sure the buttons would not discolor the fabric and that they would hold up to the harshest laundering  ...  and yup they did  great.
Thanks for stopping and have a great week

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A different kind of Slipcover!

Some fun things for the sale 

Wine bags or wine bottle slipcover if you prefer ; ) complete with wine bottle opener   yup that's what in the pocket!  Perfect hostess gift for the upcoming holiday parties
Hope to see you at the sale!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why I have and love slipcovers

yup this is the reason that I am loving my slipcovers right now!
 Here he is (my sweet grandson) at his birthday party he is two now ... need I say more!
 he is busy busy busy  I had taken my slipcovers off the dinning room chairs for a couple of weeks and he found them to be the perfect canvas for his art work!  its just chalk and you would think I could get it out but NO!
so the slipcovers are back where they are suppose to be~
what do you love about your slipcovers?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A sweet little rocker

Recently I had a friend ask me if I could do a reupholstering  job for a client that she had met threw her store and although I don't do upholstery I gave it a shot

 I love the fabric that was chosen  and I think it turned out cute. The arms will be added on later by the client.
A sweet little rocker

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Muted Fall Fabric Slipcover.

Fun Fall Chair for the Hog Shed using a fun muted fall fabric. This is what the chair looked like before it's Re-Creation,

 This is a great outdoor fabric from P Kaufman  It washes up beautifully and is a great weight
fabric to work with for slipcovers. They really are making great outdoor fabric these days
its so nice and soft not that plasticie feel that it used to have.
 A simple back this time with just a zipper up the side  and a simple kick pleat skirt.
and some pillows inspired by this fabric that will also be available at  the Hog Shed's September sale
The Pillows are made using recycled wool blankets!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Gone Green

 Diane has gone from blue to green that is  this is the before of a very comfy wing back chair that
she found at a thrift store, it was in very good condition with the exception of the arms. 

 Diane showed up at the shop with some great green fabric and this what we ended up with
I'm really happy with  the way it turned out

 She also had me slipcover a footstool

Thank you Diane for letting my Re-Create for you!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wedding Dress Pillows

I had the pleasure of transforming my client Marlyn's wedding dress into some great  gifts for some of her family and special friends.
What  a great way to share something very special.
Have a great weekend

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I've been having fun making slippers using vintage fabrics along with some recycled wool blankets

yup I think i'll be getting some more of these guys

Love that vintage fabric!
Have a great weekend

Thursday, May 26, 2011

More Stuff

Working in the shop Just a little bit these beautiful summer day's. A fun print that I picked up at Hancock Fabrics I love the Color combo on this one. unfortunately I did not pick up enough fabric to match the pattern but I like it anyway.

This set is on it's way to" Yesterdays Charm" A cute shop in Buffalo Mn.

Have a great weekend

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New Chairs for Kathy

Another fun project for a client that had some great chairs that needed a little bit of an update.
The Before~ The After~ This is actually a great textured neutral fabric ( I should have taken a close up of the texture )

There was however a challenge with this chair or set of chairs as there are two of them. The Challenge was I had about 5 yards of the pretty fabric to make TWO slipcovers with so I combined a cream colored duck cloth

I used the duck cloth for the pipping, insides of kick pleats and the back panel along with a little boarder at the very bottom of the skirt. I really like the way it turned out just so soft and classy!

Next was this little guy or gal I should say. She's seen better days but structurally she's in great shape

So we Slipped her in this cute stripe .

buttons in the back ... this time their only for show. I ended up putting a zipper at the side so that the slipcover could be removed easily.

So that's what's been happening in my shop this week.

How about you?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Seeing Red

A fun Slipcovered chair in a bright and fun Waverly print This one goes to a new shop I'm involved with .....

I'm really happy with her.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 22, 2011

For Spring

A couple more things for The Hog Shed I made these pillows using recycled wool blankets for the flowers and some super soft burlap looking fabric that I found.

Perfect for spring (if it ever gets here)

Having fun with these.

Have a great weekend.

Hope to see you at the next sale

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ready for the Shop

I Finished up my the Chair that I started while my sewing machines were getting serviced. I am pleased with the way the one turned out and it truly is stunning in person. I'm not sure why it doesn't photograph very well

I used the contrasting fabric for the under side of the cushion and piping.

Painted the legs black

and didn't do anything special to the back. I felt the fabric had enough going on that it didn't really need anything else.

This chair also comes with a cute foot stool that I didn't get a decent picture of.

I'll be back tomorrow with some more things that will be at the May Sale

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sharing some of my Process

Since I have received quite a few emails about Slip covering I thought I'd share with you some of my process. This is a Chair that I am doing for one of the shops that I sell threw which is the only way that I advertise my business at this time. 1~ Acquire Chair that is in good solid condition free of major stains and any odd smells. I vacuum out all the cracks and crevices ( you'd be surprised at what I've found in them ) 2~ Acquire fabric that inspires me!!

3~ fill out my project worksheet with cost of materials and time spent on project so that I can come up with a fair price for the finished project.
4~ for this Chair since the back is heavily tufted I cut up little pieces of batting and spray glued them into the wholes
5~ Then I spray the whole back with the glue and attach a thick batting to the back
and tack it at the edges with a quick running stitch
6~Next I measure all the parts and pieces of the chair
and make a pattern for the cushion
7~ Now I cut all my fabric to the measurement specified and take a moment to be thankful that the ice is almost melted off the lake ( did I mention that its been a loooong winter?)
The only other thing that I actually make a pattern for it the arm fronts This eliminates any pinning when I put the arms together.... More on that later.
Now every thing is ready for me to start sewing
There you have it, Some of my Process

Oh yeah I will be painting those legs black too