Oh, my lovely followers… I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading through your comments of gratitude on Monday’s giveaway post. If you just need some encouragement, go read some of them. Readers are sharing gratitude for simple things like gardening and enjoying a good book to big things like a successful kidney transplant decades ago and the love and health of their family. Gratitude is a cure for so many things. Thank you for taking the time to share pieces of your story with me and my readers.
Moving forward, I wasn’t sure if I should continue posting on the blog this week. There are many difficult things happening in the world and I am not an expert on the best way to deal with it all. Social media, especially, has become a landmine and there is just no way to do or say the right thing that’s going to be understood the way it’s intended by everyone who sees it. Here on my blog, I’ll just say that I hurt with those who are hurting.
I hope my blog will be a place of encouragement and inspiration to those who read it and I will continue to post here as long as it feels appropriate to do so.
Soooo, do you remember this sweet ottoman I slipcovered a few years ago? I intended to sell it, but I just fell in love with it and kept it in my house.
You can find the tutorial for how I made it HERE.
And it has been well used and loved since I brought it home! The antique fabric just couldn’t hold up to regular use. The antique quilt block and homespun fabric started to deteriorate until the holes and fraying could no longer be ignored. When it first started wearing, I sort of liked the texture and frays…like a well-loved blanket that’s been dragged around behind a toddler for a few years. It started to go a little too far, though.
The sides and skirt of the ottoman slipcover were fine, so I wanted to replace the top without having to sew the entire thing again.
When I removed the ottoman slipcover, I had forgotten there was a pretty sweet needlepoint cover underneath! I considered just keeping it uncovered for a while, but I like it better in the room with the cover on. I always have that option in the future, though!
I started by carefully using a seam ripper to remove the top from the sides.
If you’ve never used a seam ripper before, you insert the point into a stitch and push it up to cut the stitch. It’s then easy to pull open the seam and continue using the seam ripper ever few stitches…
With the top of the ottoman slipcover removed, I put the side piece around the stool inside-out and pinned the new cover in place. I used a piece of antique toweling that matched the homespun fabric pretty well and is a sturdier fabric, so it should hold up much better to daily use. It’s not as pretty as the quilt block, but it’s hard to beat an antique, hand-made, tree-of-life quilt block with indigo-dyed fabric. Hard to beat.
I trimmed off the excess fabric before I sewed the top on and removed the pins. It only took me about 30 minutes and it’s one more little sewing project checked off my list.
While I was working on it, I was reminded about a pale pink K that was stitched on the homespun fabric. It’s so pale that I hadn’t noticed it for years. I loved it when I first made the ottoman slipcover and glad I rediscovered it.
Over the past few days, I’ve been working on other projects… putting up the trim and chair rail in the sewing room, planting new bushes and flowers in the yard, putting down landscape fabric, working on pieces of a linen slipcover for the chaise in the master bedroom, hooking up new hoses to make watering easier, cleaning up the area under the deck, and more. I have been getting 12,000-14,000 steps on my Fitbit and have been sweaty and sore at the end of each day, but it’s felt so good to see some clear progress being made on large and small projects.
Jeff has taken this week off for a “stay-cation” since we weren’t able to take any of the trips we had planned this summer, so he’s going to help me get a few more projects finished this week. We’ll be working on trim in the master bedroom as well as some landscaping projects.
Because we’re making a push to get projects done while he has time off and because of everything else going on in the world this week, I’m going to bump our painting class back one more week. That just seems like the best thing to do.
Take care, everyone…