Thursday, June 28, 2012

My new ironing board cover from a sheet

I found this amazing Rowenta ironing board at Goodwill for $4.99. The cover was a very stained white.

Here's the new one.  I used this beautiful sheet (probably not vintage, but I love it). I just measured the old one and added about 2 inches all round.  Turned it under and sewed  for casing, then added the string that was inside the original.



Saturday, June 23, 2012

More refinishing of chairs

Once I got started I had to put a soft bottom on everything.
This chair was a cheap glider I had in my sewing room for years. It was an awful gray that was peeling.

I moved in to my living room and made slip cover for the back and seat of the chair. Took the arms and the stool top off and tacked them in place.

I had two stools in my dining room with straw bottoms. Just took the seat off like the dining chairs added batting and the bottom back on.

I had these two ikea chairs in my kitchen. Refinished them with some thrifted fabric.


Had 2 stools in my husbands room. I used some fabric that was left over from a bag project.  On these two stools I used one of the old cushions from the kitchen and tacked it down.



Friday, June 22, 2012

Tutorial for refinishing a chair bottom

I got this awesome fabric at Old Time Pottery (didn't even know they sold fabric. Got 6 yards for $25.00.  The batting is rather expensive. I had a coupon at Joann's and it was still $10.00 a yard. I bought 4 yards. It was plenty enough to do 6 chairs.  I pieced some together and made 4 more seats for some stools. When I finished I sprayed the bottoms with Scotch Guard.
I have 6 of these dining chairs and decided they needed a little extra something.  I had cushions on them, but they never seem to stay on.

The bottom had 6 screws.  I only put 4 back when I finished, that was enough to hold it. 
I laid the seat on the fabric and allowed about 2.5 inches all the way around
I laid the seat bottom onto the 1/2 inch batting (made for cushions) and traced around. Then cut it out which was kind of hard to do.

Then lay the fabric, right side down, then the batting, then the chair bottom (upside down). Pull the fabric taught and add a tack to the middle of each side.

Cut the corners diagonally.


Turn the middle to the corner.

Then neatly fold each side to the middle.

Then tack each side.

Tack all along the edges, pulling the fabric taught.

Screw bottom back on. I loved it.

I went a little crazy with this fabric and refinished several things.  I'll show you tomorrow.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I received the Liebster Award

 I just received the Liebster Award from one of my favorite bloggers, Liz at Liz Taylor Handmade




The German word "liebster" translates into English as "beloved" or "favorite." This award is given to new and up coming bloggers
that have less than 200 followers.

Thanks so much Liz. I've really enjoyed reading your blog and all of the creative things you do.




In order to accept this award, I must...


1. Link back to the person who gave it to me.

2. Post the Award to your blog.

3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.



Here are my picks:







4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know they have been offered this award.

5. Share 5 random facts about yourself:



1. My husband has been my best friend for 39 years.

2. I've lived in Franklin, Tennessee all of my life.

3. Even though I don't do a lot of it, embroidery is my passion.

4. I watch General Hospital every day.

5. Robert Plant is my all time favorite singer.


Thanks again Liz. You are great.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Crib mattress and sheets

My friend Angie's husband made a baby crib and needed a mattress for it.  I use 1 inch form 35.5 x 21. Then covered it with rubber sheeting and added a zipper to take off and wash. The foam and sheeting is so expensive. I couldn't believe it. Glad I had two 50% off coupons, but still too high.

Then I made her 2 sheets, because I thought it was an odd size. Turns out I had 2 little vintage clown sheets that fit perfect. I had sheeting and fabric left over so I made her 2 lap covers. Turned out pretty good.



Friday, June 15, 2012

Founds lots of vintage sheets and pillowcases

I have found the most amazing sheets this week. All of these sheets were at the same Goodwill store.
 I love the beautiful floral with the sunflowers.  I had this in a pillowcase once and made a bag.
 Never had the pink or the green below.



 Never had any of  these 3 sheets before.


AI found 6 pillowcases at another Goodwill store. The yellow floral at the bottom is my favorite. I had a sheet once in it, but was faded.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

New sheets, my new (old) planter and SMS winning

Since I've used so many sheets on my new quilt I just had to buy some more. These 2 were .99 each and the pillowcase was .99.


I had seen a swan planter just like this one at an antique store and it reminded me that my Mom had one when I was little.  She said "I think I still have it.  It's in the smokehouse and very dirty and maybe even cracked".  I said "I don't care if it's cracked or dirty.  I want it.".  So here it is with some lovely ivy she gave me.  She said her Mom gave it to her. I remember it sitting on the coffee table with  a philodendron plant inside.  My aunt on my Dad's side also has this swan. 

 I won this lovely fabric on Sew Mam Sew giveaway. Thanks Christy at Hopeful Threads.