A Bit Of Clothes Upcycling

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Dec 122018
 

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Makeing Changes To Some Clothing

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One thing I’ve noticed when buying clothes, of the comfy, loose kind I like to ware, is that quite often there is not a lot of difference between cut and material of dresses, nightdresses, and long t-shirts or tops, or of shorts and shortie pyjamas.

So sometimes I buy a shortie nightdress and ware it as a baggy top.  Or buy shortie pyjamas and ware the bottoms as shorts – I’ve bought ones before where the pyjama bottoms were exactly the same materials as lightweight shorts I’d bought the previous year.  The only difference tends to be pockets on shorts but not on pyjama shorts.

So these days I look at items on sale not just to see if they would fit and be of a style I would ware, but also thinking about whether they would be suitable to embelish with screen printing, or cut and sew into something that would suit me better.  Such as when I put in a bright stripe of material into the sleeve of a shirt where the sleeve wasn’t quite as loose as I’d like for gardening, and then adding some screen printing to the pocket.

Adjusting and playing with something on sale can work out much cheaper, and quicker, than buying matetial, thread, etc., and makeing the same garments from scratch.

What I’ve got to show you today is a pair of pyjamas from Simply Be that I changed.

Bought on sale for £12.  A lighter weight than some I’ve bought, but nice for wareing around the house and puttering at my daily chores.

I tend to ware shorts around the house and garden, (other than when I ware gardening skirt and shirt when doing actual gardening) because I my damaged leg is permanently miss-shaped and swollen, and therefore isn’t comfortable being covered with tighter trowser leg.

So, the first thing I needed to do was change the pyjama bottoms into a pair of shorts. Which is a quick job of deciding on what length I wanted – this time I decided on just over the knee – cutting off the bottom, opening the side seam a bit to give a slit of around 2″.  The pieces that was cut from the bottom were trimmed down to make pockets.

Just turning up the hems and sewing on my machine didn’t take long.  I then pinned on the pockets and sewed them in place.

And that was the job done – One pair of knee length shorts to ware around the house.

Then I turned to the pyjama top, and out came my Screen Sensation screen printing items.

I decided to use the Plumage and Foliage screen. I used several different colours of the Screen Sensation inks.

The material of the top is a bit stretchy and did manage to move a bit while I was working on it, therefore there is a bit of a shaddow image in some places. But, having shown it to my Mother and both of us deciding that actually the effect was quite nice, I decided to heat set it with my small travel iron as it was (rather than washing off the garment and starting again).

This is what the screen printed image looked like.

And this is what the whole top looked like.

(I should habe photographed it straight after ironing, rather than putting everything I worked on that morning jnto a clothes basket and coming back later to pop them on a hanger and photograph, as it got wrinkled before I photographed.)

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While I had my Screen Sensation equipment and consumables out I decided to do some more printing onto clothes and bags.  I need to crop off the photos I’ve taken of those other items and write a blog post about them, so please do pop back to have a look at them in about a week.

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Dec 102018
 

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More About My Big Work In Progress

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I know that some of you who are reading this will have seen my progress reports throughout the year. But some of you won’t have been following the saga, so I’ll start with a bit of a recap this time.

It started with my youngest sister giving me an I Owe You, as a Christmas gift last year, for one day of work to start on the job of clearing and redecorating the small guest room.  But I had an emergency eye operation in the Bristol Eye Hospital the first weekend of the year that meant I was not allowed to do lifting or anything strenuous for ages, which meant the redecorating was put on hold.

I spent some time discussing some ideas with my mother and decided that getting bunk beds for the room would be best and that I’d like to make 2 quilts and two blankets to go on them.

I did get one of our carers to put a die cutting machine on the kitchen table later in January so that I could start cutting the pieces for the quilt out.

It was February half term at my sister spending the day with me – when we took out the wardrobe, etc., leaving the spare room empty, and then set to stripping the wallpaper and washing down the walls.  Well I sat down to do what I could, holding the steamer and topping it with water, pulling a bit of paper off at eye level, etc.

A couple of days later my youngest nephew spent the day helping me paint the room. I can’t climb ladders so he painted everything above my shoulder height when I’m sat down, and did the last wall all by himself. I did the radiator and windowsill once the walls were dry. Doing the limited amount of work that I did still left me in agony that my usual painkillers wouldn’t touch and meant seeing the doctor who prescribed stronger antiinflametories.

Not the best photos I know.  The light wasn’t the best for taking photos.

Our cleaner then helped me get the old underlay out of the room and she brushed up the floor ready for the carpet layer from Teifi Furniture to come and put the new carpet down.  We’d ordered it quite some time before, and the company had been out to lay new carpet in the hall for us previously.  They had been very understanding about coming back to do the small room at a later date.

Once the carpet was down the youngest nephews helped me get the wardrobe back in, and then we started furnishing the room.  Other than the wardrobe and curtains, which I added some patchwork to, nothing else was available to go back into the room.

I’d discussed our bed needs with Teifi Furniture and ordered bunk beds that were full single bed size, could take adult weight, and could come appart into two single beds if needed. Suitable matresses were also ordered.  Not cheap to carpet and furnish the room with beds of course, but then again I had asked for good quality that would last.

The beds were delivered flat packed.  I could have arranged for the company to build them for me, but 12 year old nephew wanted to do the job and earn a bit of pocket money.  So between us we got on with the job. Anything I could do while sitting down I did.  Mostly holding things for him to connect and passing him screws.  A bit of lifting one side when it came time to put the lower and upper bed together, but the slats were not in place then so it wasn’t quite as heavy as it would be when complete.

We didn’t try to do it all in one go, we built it in short sessions over several days, and a couple of slats hadn’t been delivered so Teifi Furniture sent out a couple of men with some more, who put those in place and lifted the second matrass up for us.

As the room isn’t big enough for ordinary sized bedside units or cupboards, I ordered a couple of different, flat pack, slimline units. One to go by the bottom bunk (there’s a shelf by the top bunk that the person sleeping there can put some stuff on), and the other, taller one, to go by the side of the wardrobe. Again I had some help from both the young nephews to put these pieces of furniture together, though with these I managed to do more myself as most could be done sitting down over a few days.

And with the matresses in place we were ready for bedding.

And this is where my crafting “Big! Work In Progress” comes in.

I won’t go through every stage again.  You can follow my work by going through my progress report blog posts.  I’ll give you links now to make it easier for you to find them.

In the first blog of this series I said – “Hopefully, by blogging as I go, it will keep me on track to steadily work at the project and get it finished quickly – well sometime this year!

Now you can all chear – I have indeed finished it this year!

The last quilt has been completed, washed at a 30 degree Centigrade quick wash and dried.

This is it hung over the side of the top bunk to finish airing. Doesn’t look too different to the first one finished that I showed you in my last progress report.  This was made using a second box full of the same material as the first all cut out using the same selection of Go! 8″ cube dies, but both were constructed in a random manor.

I then got the wonderful woman who comes to clean for us to make up the beds.

And here we have the room completed.

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Of course, this is just one project I’ve got on the go.  There will be more blog posts over the coming weeks about other crafting I have done, so please do come back in the future to see what I have been creating.

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A Little Project For My Crutch

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Dec 062018
 

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A Little Repair Project For My Crutch

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I’m not showing you a particularly decorative item today, but it is practical.

I know that many a crafter that I’ve come into contact with online have health issues, many with disabling conditions.  Many needing to use canes or crutches to get around if they’ve not reached the stage of needing wheelchairs. I’ve found it a little less of a struggle moving around since I got an Arthritic Crutch.

But, of course, the more use such an item has, the more the covering on the trough/arm rest becomes warn and tattered.

I have bought a new cover for mine in the past, but it wasn’t cheap for what it is.

So this time I decided to make my own.

I had a piece of faux leather that I’d bought a while ago to make a bag (a project I’ve decided to put to one side until next year). I knew that the piece would be more than enough for the proposed project so out it came.

The first thing I did was remove the worn out one from my crutch.

It really had become very tatty.

I cut off the elasticated edge and used this old one to make a template.

I copied this onto the back of the faux leather, including the lines inside the corners, and then cut it out.

Putting the corners, right sides together, I sewed along each corner with my machine using a zig zag stitch, and then attached a piece of bias binding around the edge. (The binding was from the piece I bought when I made my towelling robe and other towels a while ago.)

Then it was a case of getting out a reel of 1mm hat elastic, and a bodkin needle, and threading the elastic through the bound edge.

Once that was done I put the new cover onto my crutch.

And while I was at it I made a couple extra so that I’ll have spares the next time my crutch looks tatty.

So that left the strap that goes around the forearm to do next.

The hook and loop fastening on the strap I’d got on at the moment didn’t look too bad, so I decided to start off by removing the strap and unpickicking the hook and loop.

I used the strap itself as a template for cutting out a new one – basically a strip of faux leather twice the width of the strap.

I then folded in both sides to the middle and clipped them in place.

Then I put on the hook and loop fastening  – positioning it as it had been on the old strap – and moving the clips to hold all the layers together.

I then stitched the hook and loop into place as well as sewing around the edge of the strap to help hold it flat.  Somehow or another I always manage to wobble my sewing lines, but everything is held in place so I’m not worried by wonkey lines.

The places the strap had been folded over were still visible on the hook and loop strip so I could easily see where I needed to fold over and sew to create a ‘tube’ that the metal attachment on the crutch goes into.

Once the sewing was done I put the strap onto the attachment piece on the crutch – and here it is finished –

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Now, when I do get a bag made in the new year, I will have one that matches my crutch.

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So, that’s another project done.  I’m plodding along slowly with several projects. No telling what I will finish next, but I’m sure I’ll have another post about something to show you again, so please do pop back again soon.

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A Couple Of Pairs Of Shorts

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Aug 062018
 

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A Couple Of Pairs Of Shorts

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A few months ago I sat down with my brother’s eldest son and showed him how to make a pattern for some shorts to fit him using the Lutterloh Golden Rule system.  With basic guidance and a steadying hand to hold and pass him things he made quite a good job of it.

He’d chosen some black material some time previously so the pattern was immediately put to use.  He did most of the pinning, cutting, and sewing himself as well.  He’s been doing bits of sewing on my machine, supervised of course, since he was very small, needing the foot pedal to be placed on the same footstool the boys used in the bathroom to get onto the toilet and stand in front of the washbasin when they were small.

I did have to take over for doing the waistband with chanel for the elastic, the actual threading of the elastic, and sewing the hem, so he’d done the most of it before he ran out of steam.

With one thing and another – schoolwork, exams, life in general – he hadn’t had time to make up any more shorts, so I decided to make both the youngest nephews a pair of shorts each this month to make sure they had something to change into when here.  At the moment the boys are near enough the same size, and the shorts he’d made definately still fit the nephew who’d made it as I’d seen him wearing it the day before I decided to make up the two pairs.

So out came the patern and material – the sewing machine and thread already being out because of the work I was doing on my “Big” Project.

I’d seen a flat seam demonstrated on TV, similar to the side seams on jeans, so decided to give it a go for the outside leg seams.  I didn’t change thread colour to stitch down the outside of the seam, but I do think the seams look neat.  For the other seams I sewed them as normal, right sides together, and then used the machine’s equivelent to an overlocking syitch to sew over all the raw edges.

For the first pair I sewed the top of the shorts over to make a chanel for threading an elastic through.

For the second pair I got my nephew to measure a 1″ wide length of elastic round his waist and pin it at the correct length.  I then pinned it every 8th of the way round before sewing the elastic directly to the top of the shorts, that I’d turned down around half an inch behind the elastic to hide the raw edge, using a zig-zag stitch.

I got my nephew to try on the shorts when I’d finished.

He was happy with the fit, so it was then a case of tidying up the tgread ends.

The second nephew was more difficilt to grab hold of to try his on, so I had to photograph his shorts hanging on a hanger over a door handle.

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That’s it for today.  More card making and other crafting before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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May 202018
 

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UFO Quilting – An Further Update

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Today is another update on how I’m progressing with the patchwork fronts for my two single bed quilts for our new bunk beds.

In my last update about this project I told you I had finished one patchwork front.

Well, I’ve had my sewing machine out on the kitchen table again, and had several more short sessions of sewing up 8″ square blocks and adding them to the second quilt front.

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The good news is that I’ve now finished the second patchwork quilt front.

The matress that was airing, that I used to spread out the first quilt front, has now been put on the top bunk, but I’ve managed to hang this second patchwork out over the side of the bunk to photograph it, using some pillows to weight down the one row that’s over the top to hold it in place.

Quite like the first one, obviously, as I’d used the same materials in 8″ blocks for both, but because I’d added blocks randomly there is some difference in actual layout between them.

So now it is on with the next stage of the project – preparing the fronts ready for the actual quilting. I went over the 1st one carefully snipping off thread ends before begining the actual layering.

Now I know many do the layering on the floor, but my health/disabling conditions mean I can’t do that. So my solution is to open out the pull out sofa bed and work on that while sitting on a box stool.

I’ve got as far as just spreading everything out.

I know I had done some measuring and calculating before staring the patchwork, and cutting the black cotton sheet and the wadding, but I wanted to be sure that the wadding was slightly larger than the patchwork and the backing larger than that – and would you beliece it – I’d actually got things right. And as it is coming out at just longer and wider than the top of a double bed sized sofa bed I know it will totally cover somebody sleeping in either of the two 3 foot, single bed, sized bunks.

And rest! I’m finding the whole project an exhausting, mamoth, task, and have to rest a lot both while working on each stage of the project and before I tackle the next step, but I am pleased with how my “Big” Work In Progress is coming along.

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So, that’s how far I’ve got at the point of writing this post, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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Final PHD Cushion Complete

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May 082018
 

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Last Cushion Cover Complete

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I’ve previously shown you four slightly different foam cushions I’d made patchwork, quilted, covers for – here, here, and here.

I also showed you a foam cushion I’d made by sticking three pieces I’d cut off when making the others fit the chairs I wanted them for.

A bit of trimming to even the edges and it was ready to cover.

This isn’t a cushion specifically for anywhere, in fact it will probably be used on the floor or out the garden by my nephews, so I wasn’t planning on making such an effort for the cover this time as I’d made on the previous foam cushions I’d shown you.

I went searching through my stash and found a piece of materisl left over from when I made myself a pair of shorts last year.  (I need to check but I do think that the shorts are one item in my unbloģed items that needs to be put into a “catchup” post before long.)

This time I simply cut a long piece of the material that would go all the way round the cushion with extra to hem both ends, and of the same width as the cushion plus seam allowance.  I also cut two strips 2.5″ wide by the length of the cushion plus seam allowance.

It was then simply a case of sewing in the side panels to join the cushion cover together.

I did oversew the seams with a zig-zag stitch as I thought it would need it it the cushion would get used and thrown about by the youngest nephews.

Then it was simply a case of putting the cover on the cushion.

One extra photo – on the 16th April I showed you one of the patchwork cushions I’d completed but I didn’t show it in its final location. So here it is positioned just inside the front door.

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So, that’s the last of the foam cushions with covers and one PHD project complete.  I do have some ordinary cushion pads to make covers for, but those are amongst the things not yet started not PHDs. I’ve also got a round boulster cushion to complete a cover for – that is part done but I just can’t find where the bag of partly sewn pieces have been put, but with other projects on the go I’m not stuck for crafting to do.  Keep an eye out and find out what I tackle next on my blog on a future date. And I’ve still got some more Items I’ve never blogged to show you in more catchup posts as well.

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May 062018
 

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UFO Quilting – An Update

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Today is another update on how I’m progressing with the patchwork for the fronts of my two single bed quilts.

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Yes, I’ve been doing some more work on my quilts.

I did create a bit of a mess, but I got my Accuquilt dies out and cut some more patchwork pieces out.

I know I was going to try and photograph each planned and cut block before putting the pieces in bags and making them rumpled, but with so many different shapes of different materials being cut, and me being a bit clumsy and knocking things onto the floor, I decided to go back to putting each piece for a particular block into a bag and then taking out to photograph once I’d got all the bits cut, even if it rumpled everything.

When I came to sewing this block up I realised I’d cut enough of the center pieces to make four blocks but only cut enough to make three blocks of the outside triangles.  So next time I have a cutting session I need to cru some more.

After pressing all the pices I’d cut, I set about sewing them into squares. Then randomly picking squares to attach to the started patchwork front of the quilt I’ve shown you previously.

And now is the time to cheer! I’ve got one complete front for one quilt made up.

The matress that will go onto the top bunk that my quilts will go on is still down being aired in front of a radiator. So I hung the patchwork quilt front over the side of it. You can’t see it properly but there is another complete row of patchwork blocks as well, as a row of sashing/border, over the top of the matress making the piece five blocks plus sashing wide and seven blocks plus sashing top to bottom.

And the good thing is that I’ve already got 15 blocks sewn up as well as 10+ cut out ready for the second patchwork quilt front.

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Please keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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Another Two PHD Cushions Complete

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Apr 242018
 

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Another 2 Patchwork Cushion Covers Complete

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I’ve previously shown you two slightly different sized foam cushions I’d made patchwork, quilted, covers for – here and here)

I also showed you some more ready cut out foam pieces from more cushion Projects Half Done (PHDs).

I decided to work on both the ones with the rounded end to fit two different kitchen chairs next.

The first job was, of course, to sew together the patches I’d cut some time ago into two pieces large enough to cover the tops.  For some reason I had more of one colour than the other cut out but decided to go with what I’d got and make a different top to one cushion cover. It’s not as if all the chairs are the same, or that all chairs will have cushions with my covers on, as some of our kitchen chairs already have cushions.

Next came the bit to make the cushion covers fit the shaped foam cushion.  After a bit of thinking I decided on this method – I sprayed the back of the patchwork with the temporary fabric glue I showed you previously and put the foam down on top of it.

After checking that the patchwork was flat on the foam, and making sure I had a seam allowance on the three straight sides, I cut the patchwork in a curve, following the line of the foam but out enough to allow for the seam.

Then it was simply a case of pulling the patchwork off from the foam and placeing it back down onto the batting/wadding I’m using.  This is the one that turned out a different pattern.

I cut out the batting, leaving it a bit larger than the patchwork in each case.  Then it was a case of quilting the cushion tops.

I decided to stick with the idea of quilting a quarter inch either side of each patchwork seam.

Once the quilting was finished I trimned off the narrow margin of excess batting, and made some ties so that the finished cushion can be attached to the chair.

All that remained then was to sew the sides to the tops as I did for the last two cushions, and then sew on the two pieces of the envelope back.

And this is what one of the cushions looks like on the chair it was made for. A perfect fit even if I do say so myself!

The other also fits perfectly and looks the same except for the slight difference in pattern.

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So all I’ve got left of my cushion PHDs is the one cushion I made up by sticking left over pieces together. I’ll probably just make a plain cover for that one.  Then it’s on to work on something else from my half done collection of various crafts.  What will it be next? I don’t know.  Keep an eye out and find out on my blog on a future date.

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Apr 222018
 

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UFO Quilting

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Today is an update on how I’m progressing with the patchwork for the fronts of my two single bed quilts.

Once I’d got together a dozen or so squares with one piece of sashing by the side, I decided to start sewing some of the blocks together to see how it looked and get feedback from others. I didn’t want to waste time sewing together more of the blocks I’d already cut out, or cut out more blocks either, if everybody thought it was a disaster and looked bad.

I stiched 5 blocks with side sashing into a row, adding a piece of sashing to the other end.  I then stiched together another row with a different assortment of blocks. A row of sashing was added top and bottom of one row before sewing on another row.  Over a period of several days, just doing a little at a time, I’ve now got 4 rows sewn together plus five or six blocks ready to put into rows, as well as quite a few blocks cut ready to sew.

This is what I’ve made so far looks like.

This is just thrown over the edge of the kitchen table so you can’t see it all.

So far the family members and friends who’ve seen it like the colour combinations, and they think the black makes the colours ping.

So I’m going to keep going, adding a bit at a time untill it is the required length.  I may even have another cutting out session next as I’ve not cut quite enough blocks to make two wuilts yet.

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Please keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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Another One PHD Completed

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Apr 162018
 

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Another Patchwork Cushion Cover Complete

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A few weeks ago I showed you one completed quilted patchwork cover for a foam cushion that I’d made for one of the kitchen chairs (blog post – here)

I said at the time that I have a lot of Projects Half Done (PHDs), including cutting up some more foam into the right size for other chairs.

And sewing together more of the squares I already had cut out to make covers for them.

So, by now I’ve cut four more pieces of foam to the required size. One for a box stool inside the front door, two for kitchen chairs, and one more of a more random size made by glueing three bits I had left together with Pinflair Glue Gel.

The glued together one needs a bit of trimming to make sides even once glue has completely dried.

I also sewed together the patchworks for the cover of the one for the box stool and quilted it. (Have a look at my previous post to see what I used as I followed the same method for these as I did for the previous one.)

This cushion was wider than my first, hence 5 not 4 blocks to each row, but it isn’t as deep front to back.  Rather than cut one row in half I decided to wrap it round the front edge rather than putting the strip all the way around.

I sewed the 2.5″ (2″ finished) strips round the other three sides, which is the depth of the foam, before adding the back.

And here’s the finished cushion.

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So another done and a few more to go.  I do these when I feel up to doing a bit of crafting but not up to constructing more complicated blocks, so keep ane eye out a post in the future showing how I get on with covers for the two with a curved back.  Need to get my brain in gear for them.

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