Covering a footstool

Construction, Homeware

Another of my homeware projects included covering a donated footstool to fit in with our living room!

I started off by measuring the footstool and sorting through my excessive bags of fabric to see what I could use. And then cut out the top panel first…I used an old bean bag cover (waste not, want not) which would tie in with my recently upholstered chair!

And, using my serger!, I overlocked the edges to keep the wading and lining together as one piece. Next, I cut out strips of the mini fabric (I know, how match-y match-y am I?!) and tried my best to line up the pattern as much as possible. I think it worked out quite well!

Spur of the moment impulse alert!

I decided to insert some piping, again out of the blue wool used on the chair, to add a little more colour and interest to the footstool!


I then had to assemble to whole thing – no easy task since there were so many layers, and thick ones at that! Nevertheless, with a bit of brute force we succeeded. And the final touch was to insert some elastic into a channel hem on the underside of the footstool to make the cover easy to pull on and off!

So, an afternoon well spent, I think! Very proud with the way the two items of furniture match!


Keeping myself busy…

Construction, Uncategorized

After moving, and half being able to unpack and half not, I kept myself busy still with little home improvement projects and tasks for family members.

There was a lot of moving sewing machines around and going back and forth between rooms…but that was part of the fun!


Firstly, accompanied by Bake Off!, I constructed these adorable advent stockings (a little early you may say!) and attached them to a festive ribbon to brighten up the walls at Christmas – now we can do personalise chocolates to count down to the festivities!


More home improvements…in my boyfriends collection of prized possessions are some basketball scarves and he really wanted them to be turned into some sort of decoration for the flat. So I didn’t want to start cutting the beautiful items up, so I simply ladder stitched them together to form a throw for the sofa! Now everyone can appreciate them!

Finally, the new addition to my sewing family is my overlocker! And I am totally in love!

I was tasked with the project of taking in a dress…a jersey dress…but this wonderful piece of equipment made it easy! Felt very professional and feel I have conquered my fear of not being able to thread a serger, etc! Love it!