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Recovering chairs

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When I moved into my house I ended up with 5 mismatched dining chairs. I don’t really mind the mismatched look, but some of the chairs had definitely seen better days! They were grubby and one was slightly torn. Here they are in their original state…

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I decided that fresh fabric would do them the world of good. I bought this lovely spotty  fabric (I was tempted by some stripes, but decided it would probably end up looking wonky!) and was ready to get started.

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I started with the chair that Mum covered a few years ago. I took off the cream fabric and used it as a template for the first cover.

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After ironing it (using lots of spray starch to get rid of all the creases) I began stapling it in place, making sure that I pulled it tight on each side.

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The end result was pretty scruffy on the bottom…

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…but I was really pleased with the top.

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And it looked even better actually on the chair!

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I’m sure this isn’t the most professional way to add new fabric to a chair seat, but it’s quick and easy! I timed the last one and it only took me 15 minutes from taking the seat off the chair to putting back on again. That included cutting and ironing the fabric and beating the dust out of the seat!

Here are the finished chairs, still mismatched but looking a whole lot better than before.

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My ‘new’ chairs make me smile every time I walk through the room!

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All stitched up

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I’ve been working on a sewing project the last couple of days. I can’t show you what it is yet as it’s a birthday present. There are a lot of people with birthdays at the moment. I have a few coming up and just hoping I’ll have enough time to actually make presents. Amazingly I’ve been quite inspired and even got to the point of having 2 or 3 ideas for someone and having to choose my favourite!

Anyway, even though I can’t show you the finished product just yet (partly because I don’t want to spoil the surprise, and partly because it’s not actually finished yet!) I can show you the things that have gone into it.

A range of fabrics in varying sizes.

A few buttons from this section of my button box.

A snippet of embroidery thread.

And a length of spotty ribbon.

Any guesses? It could be just about anything really couldn’t it?! But all will be revealed soon. In the meantime, enjoy your evening 🙂

Fabulous fabrics

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Here are my fabric purchases from this week:

These were my first buys. I’ve had an idea in my head for a couple of weeks and finally got round to getting the fabric for it. I’m hoping to make a start on it tomorrow, so will reveal all then! I wanted a boy fabric and a girl fabric and especially love the pretty girl fabric. Cute little cats, butterflies, bees, flowers and fruit – all in one place!

These were my Dunelm bargains.

Don’t you just love the dottiness of the red and green? Beautiful.

These came from another shop, and I wasn’t actually intending to buy either! Don’t these just look good enough to eat?!

And this recipe fabric is just fab. No idea what I’m going to do with it, but sure I’ll find something 🙂

I have also been buying little people clothes. These will be made into something practical (and will hopefully show you that tomorrow too). I especially love the white flowery dress.

Hope you all enjoy your evening 🙂

Circles of delight

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My lovely friend Helen and I took a road trip yesterday. It wasn’t far, but we had so much fun! Because she was driving I got to crochet in the car – an entirely new experience for me. It took a little getting used to, but it was great to be able to use that time productively and managed to finish 10 of these colourful circles during our travel time.

These are for yet another project I’ve started, and will show you the finished items as soon as I can.

Our little trip mostly consisted of shopping and lunch. I hadn’t really planned to get much, but these little beauties just jumped off the shelves and into my hands, so what could I do?! The first thing to leap at me was this lovely little Cath Kidston bowl. So lovely and summery, and just right for cheering up a gloomy day.

Just around the corner was this beautiful sugar bowl. I just love the colours, and even though I don’t need a sugar bowl for sugar I was sure I could find some use for it.

And indeed I did – it now holds my paper clips, split pins, pegs and other random items that have no other home. The best part is that I can put the lid on and stop them getting all dusty – bonus!

As I was wandering around one shop I suddenly spied these lovely spotty tea towels, and immediately thought of notebook covers! I washed them all as they felt just a bit too new and needed softening up.  

(Apologies for the quality of the photo – the ironing board is in a particularly gloomy corner and my poor little camera just can’t cope with gloom!) Anyway, as I was paying for them Helen suddenly exclaimed “Tea towels!” No, she wasn’t losing the plot, she had just been hit with a flash of inspiration! She had seen some draught excluders that she kind of wanted, but didn’t really like any of the colours or patterns available. So I said I’d make a cover for her. But out of what? We decided to work on it at a later date, but then came the flash of inspiration – why not make a cover from tea towels?! So here are the 3 she decided on…

I’ll let you know how the tea towel cover turns out!

Oh, and here are the notebooks that I will cover with the other spotty tea towels…

As they are quite pretty as they are I’ll try to work out a way of being able to see the pictures. Perhaps a pocket would be bettern than covering them entirely. Hmmm… I’ll think about that.

I bought several other things too, but nothing quite so pretty that needed pictures. However, when I got home there was a little parcel awaiting my attention. Upon opening it I discovered these…

Blank buttons! In my Coriandr shop I have a few Buttons on Buttons for sale. These are tiny buttons stitched on to pretty fabric and used to cover bigger buttons. This may seem like an odd idea to you, but I love them! Anyway, I have just received an order for 100 of these buttons to be made for a button seller in Canada. Hence the ordering of a rather large quantity of blank buttons.

I have started to cut out circles of fabric to cover these buttons, which are currently residing in the lovely Cath Kidston bowl. These will all need to be ironed before the tiny buttons can be added. What joy!

And now for something a little less round and circley – hexagons! I sorted out the order I wanted them in on Tuesday night and took a picture just to remind myself of how I wanted them. Here they are in all their colourful glory…

I did wonder if there were in fact too many colours – I used 19 different shades in the end – and if it was just a bit over the top.  But since starting to join them with the white wool I’ve decided that actually they look quite lovely. The white between each colour is enough to balance everything out a bit.

I think it also helps that I have worked 2 rounds of white around each hexagon.

This serves a double purpose – 1) so that the vast amount of colours are not too overwhelming, and 2) to make the blanket bigger! I’m really quite please with how it’s looking so far, and it’s a lot easier to work in the ends as I go along than it was on the squares blanket – which means alotless work at the end. Fabulous!