confessions of a fabric obsessive

WIPs on Wednesday

It’s been quite a long time since I got some serious sewing done, so I haven’t bothered posting about my WIPs over the last few months.  There’s been a lot of manic spring cleaning and decorating, not to mention finally dealing with all of the stuff from the loft that had to come down when I had new insulation put in. I now have a loft full of fluffy insulation and no storage space, so the boxes and boxes of things I’d kept from when the kids were little needed to be gone through and sold/donated/stored properly.

I also have a kitchen with paint on ALL FOUR WALLS AND THE CEILING!! and a fresh white (instead of pastel blue and yellow from over a decade ago) back room with my doodled daisies painted on the wall too. I’ve been doodling five-petalled daisies for months now, so I thought I’d put them on my wall.

Yay, this is my new creative space that also serves as a dealing-with-household-bills-and-writing-essays-for-college space.

Back to the WIPs, my pile of shame  is still shameful. I can see a time when I give up on some of these mending and alterations and just donate or recycle them.

The cloak for this costume is still cut out and waiting to be sewn (cloaks are a big project and this one in particular is huge, therefore a small amount of procrastination may be happening).

I did upcycle a skirt into this tote bag for me and it has made me very happy !! It fits all my stuff perfectly and I can carry it on my shoulder or in my hand.

My most recent project has been to make a slip cover for my footstool. I bought this footstool in ebay about a year ago, and love its height and size (high enough to rest my feet on, big enough to be extra seating if needed), but not the original upholstery fabric.
A bit brown for me, I saw this tutorial and though, yes, I’ll do that for my footstool. I found some fabric in my stash (just don’t ask how big my stash is: I’m a hoarder, OK?) that goes beautifully with the upholstered blanket box (also extra seating, plus hiding space for some of my stash), my navy sofa, and the natural wood and wicker baskets that are in that room too. .
Last weekend, with an hour to kill before Mr CB arrived, I decided to go for it.
I didn’t really follow the tutorial at all, I just pinned the fabric to the stool and marked where I needed to sew, I also made a lining exactly the same way and sewed them right sides together so that all of the manky bits would be hidden.
You can see that I stopped at the stage where it is usable, I just need to add some elastic around the bottom of it so that it’s not so baggy. I did iron it all before I sewed it, but the fabric is a linen mix, so the creases are expensive creases.
I’m pretty happy with it though. All part of my master plan to make my living room look presentable.

Happy Wednesday!

Claire Bear

WIP Wednesday (iknead2knit.wordpress.com)
WIP Wednesday (onlymuttix.wordpress.com)
light to a sunrise {wip} (piecinglight.wordpress.com)
A little “Lotta” Chevron Quilt- WIP (bloomingpoppies.wordpress.com)


6 responses to “WIPs on Wednesday

  1. iknead2knit June 6, 2012 at 14:00

    Especially love “will blog for comments”. Can I use that?

    • Handmade by Claire Bear June 6, 2012 at 16:31

      The little graphic saying “will blog for comments” is one of the “shabby buttons” I found on shabbyblogs.com and can be downloaded for free here (scroll down until you find it)

  2. Mrs M June 6, 2012 at 21:30

    Well done on being motivated to do other stuff. I’ve failed at that. Theoretically I should have cleared out our dining room (home of some of my stash) so that we can get a plasterer in. Our lounge hasn’t had any skirting board since last year! (I’ll do that at the same time as the dining room…)
    Luckily the baby sampler I’m working on is slowly getting done!

    • Handmade by Claire Bear June 7, 2012 at 09:34

      One thing I’ve learned is not to beat myself up with the things I “should” have done, just keep working down the list. Do half an hour of clearing your dinging room today, another half hour tomorrow and keep going in half hour sessions. You’ll be surprised how quickly it gets finished.

  3. grady_i_george December 9, 2012 at 03:57

    This tutorial comes at a perfect time as I have two nearly identical chairs to yours that I have been wanting to refinish but didn’t really know where to start. Thanks so much! Your pics make it clear and completely doable! My pink Amy Butler fabric is standing by!

  4. Idebenone December 27, 2012 at 04:24

    Both links to “fabric bliss” leads to the chevron tutorial; did you mean to do that?

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