Archive for October, 2008

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New Old Curtains

October 17, 2008

I have been trying to figure out what I can do to my living room to make it more cozy.  I went to the thrift store yesterday and found a pair of curtains in pumpkin orange and fell in love.  Then I went to Ross and found a cute curtain rod.

Before (no curtains on double doors)

After

In My Kitchen the sink is in direct sunlight and so when I wash my dishes in the afternoons, it is very uncomfortable.  At the thrift store yesterday I bought a couple old cute pillow cases to use as curtains.  I ripped out the seams and put the tension rod into the hem and put them up.

Before (no curtains over sink)

After

I think i might move them down a little bit.

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Black & White Seat Cushions

October 13, 2008

I had been ogling these Pottery Barn seat cushions for a while.  But at $26 each and I would need 6, I just couldn’t do it.  I thought this would be a fun project to do with my mom.   I found a cute black and white canvas fabric from Wal-Mart.  I wanted a good cushion inside, since we spend a lot of time playing board games in our house.   I purchased a twin size memory foam mattress topper, and I cut that up for the cushions.

We started by making an outline of the shape of the seat.  That was our pattern that we worked from.  We cut out fabric and foam for one cushion, we would adjust the size of the pattern if it wasn’t quite right.  Our cushion consisted of top piece, bottom piece, piping sandwiched in the middle, and velcro ties in the back.

We were just about to start sewing the piping and we could not locate the zipper foot for my sewing machine.  We turned my house upside down, but to no avail.  We went to my mom’s house to see get her sewing machine, and she couldn’t find her zipper foot either.  We searched everywhere, so in the end we just had to go buy a new one.  Is there anything more frustrating then getting ready to start a project, and something little stops you from getting started?

Once we had the zipper foot we were rolling.  First, we sewed the piping.  Second we sewed the top, bottom, and piping together on the left side, bottom side, and right side.  That left the top open.  We sewed on the velcro ties and left a gap in the top to add in the foam.  Once the foam was in we hand sewed the little opening closed.

We ran into a few snags along the way.  But in the end it was all worth it.  I really like the way they turned out.