December 24, 2011
Happy Christmas Eve! I'm just checking in this lovely Saturday without a usual lengthy essay. Let me tell ya, I fully intended on a full post this week but I'm having technical difficulties with the 'ole point and shoot so I'm going to have to take a rain check and get this week's holiday flavored post up next week. Sorry! I'm off to wrap the remaining few presents we've got to give and then family will be my top priority! Have an incredible Christmas everyone! Thank you Lord for this day of celebration, for sending your Son so that we might know what love is!
December 10, 2011
Behold, a glider. It's a glider my mother-in-law rescued from either a curb or someone ridding themselves of extra furniture...I forgot the real story. Either way though, it was free and my sister-in-law took it in as her own with hopes of reupholstering it and making a new seat bottom. And that's where I come in. :) Making a trip up to New York (where Anthony's fam is from) for a wedding, gave us a great weekend to recreate this glider together. It was my first experience ever sewing upholstery and it actually turned out pretty darn good...although I had an incredible sister-in-law-sidekick who actually did most if not all of the actual sewing...her first time too! I tried to take a bunch of pictures of the whole process but we were so hard at work I ended up limited in the pic department but I'll do my best to explain.
I might mention before I start too, that this was a very, very low budget project (the story of my life). With that in mind, we first had to find a seat cushion. In comes my wonderful mother-in-law. She found an old couch cushion that we cut up just a little here and there, fit together like a puzzle, and glued back together.
I know the picture looks a little rough but before making a fabric slipcover for it, we used some "improvised batting" to smooth it out. You see, normally we would have just used regular, store-bought batting from the store, but we didn't think about buying it while we were there, went home without it, and then didn't want to make the trek back out to the fabric store. Soooo, we used...one of Alicia's old fleece blankets! I had heard once before of someone using fleece as a substitution for batting but never had the chance to try it until now. Basically we just wrapped the entire homemade cushion up and then glued the fleece together along the one and only seam.
Then we concocted our new fabric slipcover. Unfortunately, I didn't take one picture of us making the slipcover but basically we sewed together six pieces of fabric - a top panel, a bottom panel, and four side panels. Pinning the fabric together inside-out over the seat cushion, then removing it with the pins intact to the sewing machine helped us to get a perfect fit.
As for the seat back cushion, we decided to just sew a fabric slipcover right over the existing fabric to make life a little easier. However, the existing fabric was a little too textured to remain completely smooth under the new fabric so first we covered it with...yep, the same fleece blanket! First we wrapped the cushion in the fleece, glued it together along the seam in the back, and then pinned our way along the curved edge. After sewing along our pinned edge, we had a perfect fit.
To make the new fabric slipcover, we used the same pinning technique using two panels of fabric. We pinned along the cushion while the fabric was on the cushion, removed the cushion (very carefully so none of the pins came out), and sewed along the pinned edge. Here's the finished slipcover, ready to be put on:
Alicia then used her mad hand-sewing skills to sew both slipcover openings (top and bottom cushions) closed.
That was the extent of what I witnessed that weekend. Alicia was left to recover the arm rests herself...and she did an incredible job! Here's a picture she sent me a couple weeks ago of the finished product:
Doesn't it look incredible! It's a whole new chair! Seriously! Add a cute, patterned throw pillow, Alicia, and her future babes and it'll be one rockin' chair, huh? :)
The fabric Alicia bought was from JoAnn's. It was a soft, faux, blue suede and cost around $30. I can't remember how much we bought so I'll have to put in an update once I find out. Everything else was F-R-E-E. So, 30 beans for a brand new glider and a wealth of sewing experience for both of us...not too shabby!
Anyone else taken on revamping a glider? I'd love to see pictures! Send 'em on over!
Have a great weekend everyone! I'll be back next weekend to tell a couple of secrets we've been keeping from y'all! :)
December 6, 2011
So, you Saturday readers of mine, you might've noticed I just might've made an oops last Saturday in the form of zilch for a blog post...so sorry. We got some ground-breaking news on the home front (I'll divulge later, gotta love cliff hangers...whatever keeps you coming back, right?) Friday and then celebrated our four years of blissful marriage in New Orleans on the day when I should've been pressing PUBLISH. (I was just gonna write this here post a week late becasuse of my blunder but my kindly sister sweetly reminded me that she had been looking forward to a blog post last weekend and guilt-tripped me into this little post here...just kidding, she just provided the mid-week motivation I needed.) Ah well, it's now Tuesday and I'm currently in the middle of whipping up some oh-so-good enchiladas for dinner so I'll give you a spoiler for being so patient with forgetful me. Since I don't have time in the present to write a whole this-is-what-I-did post for ya, I'll just post all the delish pictures and you can figure out your own story line until I get a couple of minutes (or an hour) to fill in all the words. So, here ya go people! Imagine away!