Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Its Done!

I've finally finished my chair! After painstakingly hunting down a fabric, and then modifying it to fit my decor perfectly, this weekend was the crux of the whole operation.



I've made covers for this chair before (I decorated the living room in the house Bradford used to live in and his beloved bright red and black trimmed chairs did not make the cut for the color scheme). So this time around I knew better what not to do and what would work well. They ended up being a nice snug fit and looking pretty darn good.



They were super easy to make. All I did was pin and sew the fabric around the cushions to get a tailored fit and then I added a zipper to the back sides so I can take them off and recover them again if I ever feel like it. The hardest part was getting the zipper on, but even that was more or less a cinch.



Above is the twin to my chair. Its currently residing in Bradford's bedroom. He loves them. And I love them too. They are super comfortable. But I like them best when they are covered :) ... they're just so... RED. And my very red couch is PLENTY red for this room.


I was nervous that I might not have enough fabric for both cushions but- wonder of wonders- not only did I have enough fabric for both cushions, I had enough to make a pillow cover too! I haven't decided where I'm actually going to put the pillow yet, I have some other ideas in mind for the pillows on my couch, but for now that's where it sits. Side note- I've never understood why throw pillows or even just pillow covers cost so much to buy from the store. Seriously, they are so easy to make that I have a really hard time buying pillows from the store. Unless they are on clearance at TJ Maxx or something... Anyway, to make this I basically just made an envelope with the fabric and had the two ends overlap eachother in the back so I can slip the pillow in and out if I want to change the cover or something. Easy peasy.



Also, on another home operation note- I recently purchased and recieved from Amazon a little vacuum for my place! I couldn't afford a normal vacuum, plus I only have about a 12' x 15' space of carpet, the rest is wood flooring and tile, so I don't really need a full size vac. And this guy is perfect. He was only $46, I can use it on my wood, tile, and carpet floors, and it actually has a pretty powerful suction so it does a great job. Its also easy to store in my limited closet space since its compact. And its red, I love red... just not red chairs obviously... strange. And the cherry on top- its called a Hoover "Flair". How cute is that? I can't take the credit for this find though, Bradford, with his astute deal finding skills, did some research and found this one after comparing reviews and products. Gosh I like having him around.

7 comments:

Caitlin said...

YAY! You're so thrifty. I want to come over sometime! It's been awhile. ..I should probably let Grandma know we're coming for Thanksgiving, eh? Hmm..

Courtney Rae said...

How cute. I love it all. I'm not so much into sewing... never learned; sometimes this makes me feel out of the loop as I cannot make and create my own projects (in the fabric department anyway).

Kimberly said...

Looks good lil' sis! :) I wish I were good at that crafty stuff...I just never was much for all that. I guess I didn't get that creative gene or something. :) And I'm a little jealous about the vaccuum because I desperately need one. That's all I want for Christmas, a vaccuum How lame am I?

april said...

Oh Julie. I wish I had your skills. Your place looks lovely! Party time!

Jak said...

You are so crafty and so awesome! I want to learn how to make those pillows and the chair! I have an ugly foot stool to redo. You are cool!

bradford said...

They look awesome Julie! I love how great my chair looks now. I'll admit, it looks better than the original fabric. And I get to sit on it too.

Aimee said...

Cute Julie! You're awesome! So you should come to OK again and spice up my house! :)