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This is my favorite office chair. I purchased it at Habitat Restore and it is oh so comfy. But oh so ugly. Looks like it needs a makeover.
After making my first office chair slipcover I had some of my hand printed fabric left over. Just enough to cover this chair. This chair is a little different from the typical office chair you find. It does not have any adjustment knob in the back, along with that weird hump they usually have. But even so, it still needed a pleat in the back because the bottom tapers in. The pleat allows it to go on easier.
I complimented my hand printed fabric with a white tone on tone stripe sheeting. I decided not to use any cording, it looks cleaner and simpler. A look that I’m very attracted to these days.
For the skirt I used my 1/2″ Quick Pleater but left the pleats unpressed for a soft look. The tie is threaded through 2 vertical buttonholes just at the edge of the pleat.
I love how soft and sweet this office chair slipcover turned out and I enjoy my favorite sewing chair even more. I hope you like it to.
I love making wing chair slipcovers. So even though I’m not taking much work these days, when I got a call to do 2 wing chairs in a ticking type stripe, I gladly took the job. The chair wasn’t in bad shape “(forgot to take pic) but it looks beautiful now, don’t you think.
Love these bows. They add such charm.
A nice transformation, I would say.
One of my favorite gospel songs is “A change gonna come” especially sung by Aaron Neville. Actually anything he sings is my favorite.
In early 2012 our daughter decided it was time to spread her wings and leave our protective nest. So she became a solider girl. While very proud of her we were also apprehensive about her going out into the big bad world. But we taught her well, so we knew she would survive it well.
2013 brought a lot of sadness and a lot of happiness at the same time.
Mom suffered a devastating stroke that left her paralyzed on her right side and unable to talk. There were days when visiting her in the nursing home I would have to step outside and have a good cry. It was so difficult to see her suffer so much. Mom eventually died from the complications of the stroke, but it does give me some comfort to know that she is no longer suffering such horrible pain.
She was a classy and elegant lady until the end.
At the same time, joy came into our lives. In June soldier girl got married to soldier husband Nestor.
And in August they informed us there would be a soldier baby arriving in April. Talk about joy! It was a big surprise to us, didn’t see it coming.
Here they are at Christmas time at Manhattan Beach, CA visiting his family.
What a beautiful couple they are.
It still baffles me that I could have such feelings of joy and pain at the same time. Now it is a new year–although almost half of it is gone, for me it feels like it is just starting. Over the last few months, I’ve managed to tie up some loose ends and have energy for moving on.
That means you will see some changes here. Actually, the changes have already started and more are on the way.
Until next time, have a beautiful life.
I stopped taking a lot of slipcover work when Mom got sick, but when an old time client called and needed some pieces slipcovered due to a wedding, I couldn’t let her down.
This piece is a large ottoman–more like a bench if you ask me. The upholstery is very textured–almost like a carpet.
I was initially concerned when I saw this piece. That is a lot of texture to cover with a slipcover. But it was needless worry, as she chose a nice weight fabric that covered the texture beautifully.
She asked to keep it simple–no cording and just a hemmed bottom. I gave her the no cording, just topstitched the seams. But the hemmed bottom looked unfinished in my eyes. So I took a chance and did something else.
I banded the bottom instead. I think it still has a simple look, but much more finished looking. And she was very happy with it. I knew she would be.
It has been so long since I’ve made a slipcover, this took longer than usual, but it also felt good to just take whatever time it needed and not feel so rushed. Maybe I’ll do more soon.
NOTE: I am working to redesign this site, so hopefully you won’t see any funny stuff going on here.
It has been a long time since I’ve shown my face around here, mainly due to a difficult last year. Last April my mother had a major stroke that she never fully recovered from. She lost her ability to speak and was paralyzed on right side. At the beginning we were very hopeful that she would recover, but it soon became evident the damage was too much.
Since my sisters and I were not able to care for her at home, we had to put her in a nursing home. So our main priority became to make sure she received the best care possible. We established shifts where at least on of us 4 daughters were there with her almost all the time. Since my work schedule was most flexible, I spent most of my days at the nursing home with Mom. That meant a lot of things in my life got put on hold, including this.
In December Mom moved on to another phase of her life. I miss her so much, but now I must move on also. I will never stop missing Mom, but I feel her here with me all the time.
So what does that mean for Sew It Yourself Slipcovers? Well, I need to revive and revamp–it is time for a new look, don’t you think? Also, there are some technical problems that I have not been able to solve myself and no one else has either. As you may have noticed, none of the comments show up and I can’t figure out why. Very frustrating.
For the next few weeks, I will be working behind the scene rebuilding the site. What I have now will stay up until then. I hope to see you back here real soon to reveal the new look.
Well, not exactly new, but one I have not used before. Although I’ve had it draped across my furniture for a while now and I love how comfortable it feels.
My only concern is how durable it will be. Although it looks like a knit fabric it is a woven waffle weave. Lighter weight than what I normally use, but I gotta give it a try.
So I will be slipcovering my living room chairs that get totally abused by me and the dogs. I will wash and bleach it twice a week and see how it holds up.
Here is hoping for the best.
I like to consider myself something of an organizing guru, but with downsizing our house several years ago and some recent life events over the past few months has cause a breakdown in my organizing systems. But just in time the book Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen arrived.
I’d requested a copy of Kathryn’s book to review and it was just what the doctor ordered. With the help of Small Space Organizing I was able to quickly get things back in order and to and to tackle a few thorn in the side issues.
Here is what I like best about Kathryn’s book:
The two main things I took away from Small Space Organizing—
So if you need help getting organized, get yourself a copy of Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen and get to it!.
Drop cloth slipcovers have been a rage for a while now, but I did my first one just before Christmas. I was a little dubious about working with drop cloths, but overall, it was a pleasant experience. But not totally without some issues and concerns.
Here is what the loveseat looked like before. Very pretty, but a little dated
And the finished slipcover. My client likes things simple. I really wanted to do a pleated skirt, but she nixed that idea. So, just a plain hemmed finish.
Next post I’ll review my experiences with the drop cloth.