Saturday, 29 November 2014

Ikea Klippan Sofa Makeover

We purchased a cheap and cheerful 'Klippan' sofa from Ikea shortly after we moved into our new home in April. I decided in my infinite wisdom to try to machine dye a canvas cover rather than pay a considerable amount more for the grey cover I wanted -with disastrous results!

So we were left with a rather shabby looking bare cream sofa whilst I pondered hand making a replacement...

Despite checking the fabric content (100% cotton so in theory a perfect dye candidate) and following the instructions to the letter, two packets of Dylon grey machine dye yielded the results below. It ended up a strange mottled blue/green colour (much more unpleasant than the picture lets on!) which I can only assume is due to some fire retardant fabric treatment or something of the sort.

 So I set to making my replacement from some beautiful soft grey fabric I found for a bargain £4.99 per metre. It has a small stretch content which I figured would help create a good fit and a lovely velvety feel.

Learning from past mistakes I pre-washed the fabric in case of shrinkage and used the ruined cover as a pattern by methodically unpicking the pieces (take notes as you go!) for templates. I then pieced my new cover together and replaced the elastic loops and velcro to hold the cover in place (Salvage these from the original to save buying new!).

I'll admit that the finish isn't perfect on this first one but all the same I'm really pleased with the result. The beauty is it's actually a fairly quick and simple project to recreate any time you feel like a change.

The room is still a bit of a blank canvas so to add a splash of colour I whipped up some simple envelope cushions using a Riley Blake fabric from the 'My Sunshine' collection. I love this fabric -sometimes something bright and simple is just the ticket. I have plans to make a matching roman blind for the huge window too -a first for me so we'll see how that goes!!

Hopefully we'll see a little more progress in this room this weekend so perhaps I'll be able to share another update next week.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

London Fun & Shop Update!

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent the weekend in London with my friend Alice. One of the highlights of the trip was our trip to Liberty.

We spent an embarrassingly long time stroking the beautiful lawns and decided it would be rude to leave without a little treat for ourselves so we each picked a print. I plan to simply hem our half metre pieces for festive Liberty scarves.

We also hunted down 'Ray Stitch', a gorgeous little fabric shop in Islington. We were sad to find that there was seemingly no coffee and cake but I did leave with another potential fabric for my bedroom quilt and the very two patterns from my Deer & Doe wishlist. I cannot wait to get cracking on these two lovelies but alas, my festive sewing list has to come first!

In other news you may notice the new addition to the tabs up top! I've re-stocked my folksy shop with a few bits from last week's event at 'Make & Do'. They include free UK postage at the moment so simply click to tab for more details!

I hope your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely! Anyone else still have an enormous handmade haul to get through? Sensible. Just me then.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Hexie Paper Piecing, Maker Showcase & a new toy...

Hello there! My it's been a hectic few weeks, so nice of you to drop by.

Yesterday I picked up my new toy... a brand spanking new camera. It's a Canon Powershot SX600. Now I've yet to really use it properly so will hold off on any sort of review. As you may have guessed I'm far from a practised photographer but the prospect of waving goodbye to the one-out-of-five usable pictures situation amid the blur from my old camera is pretty exciting!

I'm determined over the next few weeks to now photograph and document some finished projects which have been lurking, so perhaps you'll be seeing a bit more of me.

In the mean time -Ta-dah! A few snaps from my cutting table this morning.

I've been sewing my little heart out, during the very limited free time I'm currently afforded, to get some bits together for Make and Do's third Artist / Maker showcase this weekend alongside Emma who will be launching some brand new paper piecing packs complete with pre-cut templates AND fabric (so if you fancy trying your hand and like me are lazy when it comes to prep they're just brill!).

I've been working on some quilted natural linen storage baskets (a few still sitting on my cutting table waiting to be finished). I've hand basted and pieced scrappy hexagons for the front and machine quilted the backs. They're finished off with a little 'Handmade with love' tape tucked in the side seams.

I think they'd be great for storing fabric scraps or supplies but could be lovely hamper bases for toiletry gifts etc for Christmas.

I've also made a few linen patchwork 'Purselets' with either card or mobile phone pockets secured with 'Kam' snaps. They've also got a little lobster clasp for keys. If everything is together I stand more chance of leaving the house on time (Other half & I lose what probably amounts to a significant percentage of our lives looking for keys!).

They have hand stitched lining and are also finished with a little 'Handmade with love' tape as a little extra finishing touch.

After the event this Saturday (22nd Nov) I'll list the remaining items in my folksy store. I'ts a really limited run so there are only a handful of each! ...if I can bring myself to part with them of course.

I hope you're all enjoying the onset of Autumn, I'm off to London for a long overdue visit with a dear friend. So more on our little adventure upon my return!