Thursday, February 18, 2010

Slipped and covered

While organinzing the other day I ran across a booklet by the Singer Company, "How to Make Slip Covers", from 1961. It caught me at a weak moment and I decided to try doing a simple slipper type chair. Two days later -->

As far as I can tell, fitted slip covers use more or less the same amount of fabric as re-upholstering, the advantage being they can be removed and washed. While I wouldn't say that making a slip cover is for the faint of heart - mistakes can be costly - it's certainly doable with some sewing skills and plenty of time. I thought the booklet helped understand the process much better than the patterns you can buy.

Looking around, I now have thoughts of "covering" 5 more chairs and 2 couches. First I have a some hemming and a zipper to install. Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Keeping warm

I think if I could figure out how, I'd stay indoors all winter long. I'm fine with admiring the snow through the windows but our alaskan husky isn't cooperating. He hasn't learned to use the toilet and loves the snow. I'm doomed!