Saturday, April 13, 2013

On My Own Wave Length


This weeks theme is Home Decor 
I have been planning on recovering my lounge for ages.
 I can't believe I let people sit on that couch :O

I would say Bec from Chasing Cottons inspired me with this post back in 2011
Then about 6 months ago I came across this post at HoneyBearLane
These were both great post but I found it easier just to do my own thing :)
I started by unsewing the seat covers.
I traced around the all the parts to make my patterns and then added seam allowances.
I then had my first go at making piping (yep you heard right my first go)
I heve heard that you can get a piping foot for your sewing machine but I didn't have one so I used my zipper foot. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and I think it helps it look more finished.
The seats are covered in a cream and gold jacquard material and I have scotch guarded it.
(I have threatened the children with death if I catch them eating or drinking on it lol)

Cadbury Top Deck lol

Because my children are most likely going to ignore me about the food I decided to not use cream for the base. I chose a medium brown suede.
My goodness suede is as hard to work with as velvet (except there aren't bits everywhere)
You need to be really focused so it doesn't move or does move when you need it to.

As I mentioned above when it was finished it looked a little like Top Deck chocolate, so I added some scatter cushions.
I only used materials I had in my stash!
I wanted to try something different.
Chevron is everywhere right now and I love it. A good friend of mine (got me into sewing) Kate is a quilt designer and blogger and recently posted a tutorial for her Frequency Quit, she calls it a wonky zigzag/chevron design and it looked fun and relatively simple.
Simple is good right?
Well each cushion took me 6 hours to make, umm so maybe not so simple

I was however really happy with my work!
I haven't done any quilting for quite some time and certainly enjoyed it, but I'm not in a hurry to do anymore soon.
(actually my fingers really hurt from hand sewing the binding to the back)
I'm glad I only did 2, the other 2 took 10 minutes each max!

I have learnt so much about sewing from this project!
and a lot about myself too :)
and while I am happy with the result I'm not sure I'm in a hurry to do it again, unfortunately for me I haven't really got a choice
it was a matching pair.
This ones in even worse shape lol
Ok now its time to go vote!

Stephanie xoxo


  1. I can't believe you recovered your couch! What a huge job, I'm so impressed! And now you have the skills to do the 2nd one.

  2. oh gosh! I did recover a very old coach when I first moved into my first house. But I didn't use any piping and I just went with plain black to Cover-up any mistakes. So, I know how hard it is when this isn't really what you do for a living. Congrats you're on my top 3 faves. ;)

  3. Having recovered a couch before, I know how much time and commitment that takes!! Holy moly, if I had the couch's twin sitting there to do next, I think I'd probably rethink my furniture arrangement - hahaha! It's a big job - you executed it so well! Good luck with the next one!!!

  4. I love chevron and I especially love this wonky version of it. Very cool!