My new best Twitter friend, Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff, writes her witty blog about everything I love. It's like I found my Canadian counterpart, only she has killer abs and a TV show. I chuckled aloud as I read her blog and then, being a big fan of an easy chair re-do, my jaw dropped. She's so much more clever than I am! My mom always said "the cream always rises", and sure enough, her chair re-do pops up on
These sexy and practical chair covers come to us from isew. Inspired by something you'd find in a Victoria Secret catalog, the chair covers cinch up in the back--just like a corset--and have satin straps--just like a camisole. They're the perfect way to sizzle up boring square dining chairs! To make one, you'll need the following:
If the thought of reupholstering a sofa gives you the case of the yips, you might want to consider making a sofa wrap instead. They don't involve any complicated sewing and fitting like a slipcover either. Basically, they consist of two parts: An outer layer and an under layer, which is optional.
Hot off the press over on ApartmentTherapy is an easy summer ottoman slipcover tutorial. Read step by step
Fern loves to jot down notes in notebooks, so she goes through a lot of them. But forking over cash for those pretty bookstore blank books only to deface them provoked a certain amount of guilt. Sooooo Fern decided to stock up on inexpensive notebooks from the dollar store and make a pretty fabric cover that she can transfer from book to book. Tweak the construction a bit, and you could even make yours machine washable. To whip one up, you'll need....
If you think making a slipcover has got to be easier than re-upholstering a piece of furniture, do both and get back to me. Okay, so slipcovers CAN be easy...but the one featured in this VERY DETAILED article wasn't. THAT I can guarantee.
I mean, seriously, what an undertaking?! The whole project took 8 days and cost $213.55. See the entire story here.
While suffering disappointment earlier today at my favorite craft store--they were out of the yarn I wanted--I meandered over to the pattern books and found a copy of Erika Knight's Simple Knits with a Twist: Unique Project for Creative Knitters ($15.96). I about let out a whoop when I flipped the pages to a picture of this knitted slipcover. I'm not sure how practical it would be, but it certainly is beautiful! Now...if I could just convert...
If anyone reads ApartmentTherapy online, please be sure to look for my two entries of furniture re-dos and vote. Here are my two Before and After entries. Let me know what you think.
Check out the materials and how-to on www.fliptstudio.blogspot.com.
AMY BUTLER UPHOLSTERED NIGHTSTAND
and......SLIPCOVER FOR A SCRIBE
I first saw this quick and easy to make pillow slipcover technique on BBC America’s fabulous DIY make over show "Changing Rooms" three or four years ago. It’s an oldie but a goodie.
What You Need
- A pillow form or old pillow you no longer love
- Fabric one inch wider and 2 ½ times longer than your pillow’s dimensions
- A sewing machine, although you could get by with hand stitching in a pinch
(Before we go on, a note about sewing machines...