Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

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Amy Butler Pillows

March 4, 2009

Just finished some accent pillows for the living room (with the help of my mom). I used Amy Butler fabric from her Lotus collection.  I think they really add a nice little pop of color as I’m trying to bring a little more green and yellow into my living room.

Before:

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(Boring solid color, nothing too exciting over here)

After:

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(Now its a party!)

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tattoo finished

January 13, 2009

Remember this post?  Well,  it looks like it is done!

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Looks good, but slightly painful…

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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.

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Sewing Tattoo

September 25, 2008

Should all of the Knight girls get this matching tattoo?

Via Boing Boing)

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Ottoman Slipcover Bliss!!!

September 2, 2008

My little bohemian sister Robin is moving to San Francisco, and I inherited from her a nice, comfy ottoman. I could tell the ottoman was in good condition but a little dirty and did not match my decor.  So I made a slipcover for the ottoman using McCall’s pattern 3278, with the help of my mom.  She’s a pro.

This was SO easy!  It took us about 3 hours from start to finish.  The pattern called for piping, but we did not include it.  The pattern could be used for any size ottoman, since you put the dimensions into a formula in order to figure out how much fabric you need.  The sewing was basic, it took longer to cut out the fabric than it did to sew it.  I plan on making a couple more slipcovers. I want to use the ottoman in all of my rooms.  Next time I plan to use a stiffer fabric and add piping.

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I LOVE having an ottoman in the living room.