Tuesday, May 26, 2015

White Linen Pillows

I've been doing some sewing for my own home over the weekend and today! I purchased some white linen fabric and used it to make a couple of pillows. I'm interested to see how the linen wears and softens over time since I've seen some really pretty linen slipcovers online.
The first pillow is made using bias cut strips of fabric that are sewn onto the pillow top in a lattice pattern.
I simply drew lines on the pillow front with a pencil and top stitched the bias strip through the center. Super simple and I think it really makes a nice textured design. I kind of roughed up the edges to make it a little more crinkly and worn look. Hopefully it will only improve over time!
The second pillow has a box pleat all around the outside. It's also simple and pretty. I like to think the texture of the linen fabric is best shown off that way.

Here they are all ready to be put to use!
fabric source: European 100% Washed Linen White from Fabric.com
While I was outside taking pictures this morning, I came across these mushrooms. We seem to have so many different mushrooms that pop up throughout the seasons. I'm thinking I should take more pictures of them just for fun. There seems to be an amazing variety and it might be fun to do a little picture book of them at some point. I'm not sure it will ever happen, but it's a nice thought. :)
I know I've been seeing tons of peony pictures already but here are mine so far this year. There are many more buds than last year and of course, I can't wait for them to bloom!
~Jessica

Monday, May 4, 2015

Loveseat Slipcover

I finished up this slipcover project last week. The before (picture below) and after pictures are fun to see. The furniture was in great condition, it just needed an update with fabric!
Here's a good shot of the fabric (and as far as I can tell the most accurate for color). From far away, it looks like a solid but it's actually a tan/gray and cream woven herringbone. It's quite a heavyweight upholstery fabric but it worked well for this project.
I hope your week is off to a good start! I'm off to do some slipcover sewing this morning.
Thanks for visiting,
~Jessica

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Slipcover Workshop

Shelley's Studio Space
This past weekend, I had the treat of travelling to the Salt Lake City, UT area for a Slipcovering Workshop hosted by Shelley of Slipcovers by Shelley. I wanted to attend so that I could learn how she runs her business and to pick up some tips and tricks with making and sewing slipcovers. But, I think I learned so much more than that! 
The Workshop portion of the trip was held on Friday and Saturday but Meredith (one of the attendees) and I did a job shadowing day on Thursday. We asked all sorts of questions about how Shelley runs her business and just generally picked her brain on all aspects of slipcovering. It was a wonderful way to answer all my questions and see first hand to things can be done... especially since I don't know a lot about the business aspect of all of this. But, I'm learning and that's the important part. I'm glad to have Shelley as a mentor and I'm so grateful that she is so open and generous with her knowledge.

On Friday and Saturday we (Shelley, me and three other attendees) gathered to work on a slipcovering a piece of furniture. Shelley found this wing back rocking chair for me to work on. I wanted something that would challenge me (lots of curves) and since I haven't slipcovered a wing back chair yet, this was perfect.



Here's the set up that we had in the studio. We each took over a corner...Amy in the upper left, Vicki in the upper right, Meredith in the lower right and me in the lower left. Shelley started demonstrating on the blue and white chair in the front and then we were all off to start our own chairs.
Here's what mine ended up looking like. It was too bad I couldn't take it with me...it turned out really cute!
I did a box pleated skirt around the bottom (I ripped off the old skirt that was there).
There wasn't even a need for a zipper on the back of this one. Since the tuck ins on the front wings are large enough it just slips on and off easily.
Shelley, Meredith, Amy and Vicki were such a nice group of women to spend time with. I'm so thankful I was able to attend and I'm excited to apply the things I've learned!

Yesterday I worked on rearranging my sewing area and tonight I'm looking at adding another industrial machine to my collection... a blind hemmer. :) I hope that turns out well, I think it would be nice to have for the future.

Happy Sewing,
Jessica

Monday, March 9, 2015

White Slipcovered Chair and Ottoman

chair and ottoman - before
I think white slipcovers must be a thing for spring!
 They're fresh, clean and bright... all of which I'm loving right now, too. Along with the couch slipcover I just made, I also covered this chair and ottoman for the same client.



These projects were so fun to do. I think I keep saying that slipcovers change the whole look and feel of the room and that I love seeing that change. Maybe it's just that it's "me" who gets to create that change and execute it and I suppose that gives me a great amount of joy and satisfaction. I really am loving this kind of work and am excited about what the future holds.
Thanks for visiting!
~Jessica

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

White Slipcovered Couch

I've been sewing a lot the past few weeks, so I have some fun things to share with you. First up is a couch that I sewed a white slipcover for. It looks like a completely different couch (you can see the before picture below)! It's a sleek and trim slipcover with a waterfall skirt and a 2" blind hem.
Ethan Allen Couch - before slipcovering
I love how all the piping looks on the cushions and slipcover base. One of the fun things for me with creating slipcovers is seeing the change in the look of a piece of furniture just by cutting up and sewing fabric back together. It's really satisfying when it all works out and comes together in a finished piece.

Another bit of exciting news for me is that I will be attending Shelley's Slipcovering Workshop in April! I'm so excited to spend a few days near Salt Lake City and learn some tips and tricks for slipcovering from Shelley. More on that to come, for sure. :)

Thanks for stopping by!
~Jessica

Thursday, January 22, 2015

White Couch Slipcover

Good Morning!
I feel like I haven't been in this place in quite a while. It's 2015 already...wow. I have a feeling that this will be a good year. I'm working hard at sewing almost every day. I've been making lots and lots of vinyl replacement chair covers for another company, so that has been a blessing and has kept me very occupied during the day (and sometimes the evenings, too). 

Over the past few weeks, I've had the pleasure of making a couch slipcover for a client. 
Here's the before and after (below).  My client chose a white bull denim from fabric.com. It's a beautiful and surprisingly soft fabric. It's wonderful that it's thick enough so that the floral upholstery doesn't show through.
She didn't want the back cushions removed from the couch (they're attached) so I draped the fabric over it all and added some pleats on the side to help it drape nicely. I pieced the fabric in 3 sections to follow along with each of the back cushions.


It sure is quite the transformation and I'm so happy that my client was pleased with the results.
I'm looking forward to sewing more slipcovers this year!
~Jessica

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tie-on Chair Cushions

Another project I've worked on the past couple of weeks is a couple of chair cushions with ties. My client provided a custom printed canvas fabric from Spoonflower for the top and a gray textured fabric for the underside. It's a very pretty aqua and gray print, I'd love to see what the whole room looks like with these!
I used a tutorial (found here) to give me an idea of how to make these. I ended up finding some upholstery batting at the fabric store to cover the foam pads with. It sure gives the cushion nice rounded edges and I think it will hold up much better than regular batting or stuffing.
Here's the cushion tied to one of my dining room chairs. It doesn't have the same outline as the chairs these were made for, but it gives you a good idea of what it would look like.
Now this kind of makes me want to make all new covers for my dining room chairs in a fun fabric. :) The list never ends! 
~Jessica