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Finishing the Unfinished

I'm not good at decorating marathons.  I'm much more of a sprinter.  I like projects that I can complete in a couple of hours, maybe days.  I don't do months or years.  I want instant gratification, which is why I'm a painter, not a quilter.  So when I found a couple of unfinished needlepoints in my grandparent's attic, I knew they were destined to a life where they  (read more …)

$4.00 Chair + White Cotton Twill =

I absolutely love being able to make slipcovers.  If you don't detest sewing, you really should try your hand at making one.  When we purchased our house 3 1/2 years ago, we were moving from 1010 square feet to about 2500.  We needed furniture, but buying new was not in the budget...nor is that my style.  So, we started hitting yard sales and we came across this chair for  (read more …)

Half Canopy Tutorial

I have received a huge response from my half canopy, so I am following up with a tutorial.  I try to keep all of my posts from being too wordy, but this one will be the exception.  Now, I did not take pictures while sewing, but I've included a drawing and I'll talk you through it.  The sewing part of this tutorial assumes that you have some sewing skills and can figure it out.   (read more …)

Slipcovered Ottoman

I love ottomans. They are so versatile. They can be a foot stool, coffee table, side table, and you can slide them under another table to pull out when you need some extra seating. They are the ultimate multi-taskers when it comes to furniture and they are easy to slipcover. I purchased this one at a yard sale for $4.00. The upholstery was a little tired, but it was in otherwise good condition. I  (read more …)

Slipcovered Chair Reveal!

Well, despite having the flu, I finally got well enough to finish this chair that I started to slipcover last week. Here's how it started. It was a leftover from an auction, so it was free. Can you believe that no one would even pay $1.00 for this? I mean, it's dated, but it's sturdy and the upholstery was in pretty good condition. I guess they didn't see the potential in it. There loss is my  (read more …)

How to Sew Custom Piping

First of all, I have been featured with some other fabulous furniture makeovers on The DIY Show Off, so make sure you check it out!I have had several questions about how I make my slipcovers & pillows, so I thought I would share some sewing tutorials. I am a self- and book-taught seamstress, so I am not a sewing expert, but I can share with you how to sew pillows, slipcovers, and curtains for your  (read more …)

Slipcovering a Chair

I bought this pair of french styled chairs at an auction a few weeks ago. (Only one is pictured, but they are a matching pair.) I was in love with the lines, the style, the down seat cushion...not the fabric so much, but that can be remedied. Those chairs were coming home with me and I kept raising the amount that I would pay for them. Only $50 for the pair...maybe $80...is $100 too high? At the  (read more …)