Monday, August 24, 2015

Chalk Painted Longaberger Baskets

I was at it again this weekend painting a Longaberger basket with Chalk Paint! I have quite a few of these basket and most of them live in closets because the colors aren't just right for my home. I'd really like to enjoy using them again so a few of them have been painted! I know, you may cringe at the thought of painting one of these baskets but I figure I'll enjoy them much more this way. I've been seeing these baskets quite often at thrift stores so I like this idea of updating them instead of donating them!
Here are the two that I've painted so far. They do take quite a long time to paint and I've used a combination of a big brush and a small brush to get into all the spaces with the paint. Each basket took two coats and I did paint the inside as well. The paint I've used is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The color of the big basket is Duck Egg and the small is Provence. I haven't waxed either basket but I've thought of trying it on the small one. 
This small basket is from 1994 and is called a Jingle Bell Basket. It had a Christmas fabric liner in it so I cut it apart to make a pattern for a new one. It's so cute now, even my husband was impressed with the results!
The fabric is from a collection called Clementine by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit Fabrics. It's so cute! I'm inspired to make some more things with that collection soon.
This large basket now holds lots of smaller quilts and lives in my sewing area. I love it now.
My husband has been working on a new cutting table for me. This weekend he worked on the bottom shelf. The table legs are from an old rope bed that I found at a neat salvage store called Cherry Pickers in Shipshewana. I love these chunky turned bed posts! The table is going to be nice and tall and I'm so excited to not have to cut everything on the floor anymore. I'm hoping this will save my back and provide a lot of storage for my slipcovering projects.
Thanks for visiting!
~Jessica

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Box Pleated Arm Chairs & Bench Cushions

Hello!
Over the past couple of months, I helped my sister make some new slipcovers for a pair of arm chairs that she wanted to use in her newly finished basement. I found a bolt of light gray fabric for super cheap at our local Habitat Restore and we used that to make the slipcovers. It wasn't the best fabric for slipcovers because it had a sticky backing on it but for $3.00 we could make it work.
The picture above is what one of the chairs looked like when we started. Jennifer had made the slipcover years ago and even though it is still cute, it didn't go with the new look in her basement.
We used lots of velcro to help go around all the arms and parts of the chair that are wood. It was a little tricky to figure out, but the box pleats helped in working around the arms.

We ended up not having enough fabric to do the box pleats all around both chairs, so the back has a flat panel and part of the sides do too. I think it works just fine and since the back is up against the wall most of the time and you'll never notice the difference.
I also found a few pictures of a pair of bench cushions that I made earlier this spring. It was such pretty upholstery fabric!
I hope your week is off to a good start. 
~Jessica

Friday, July 17, 2015

Slipcovered Loveseat

Good Morning!
I'm up early in a quiet house (so far) and I thought I'd take some time to share with you a slipcover that I've worked on over the past few weeks. The before picture is above and a few in progress pictures are below.

Here it is with it's new slipcover. The fabric is the same herringbone fabric that I used on another loveseat a few months ago! It's a great fabric with a little pattern to it and a neutral color. (the fabric is by Richloom...named Olson Woven Herringbone in cement)
This loveseat has a tight back (meaning there were not any separate back cushions). There was a bit if a dip in the center and a crease there, so I ran piping down the middle back to fit in that groove.
I hope your Friday is off to a good start! I'm going to be working on some sewing projects and maybe  a little painting, too. The summer swim season for my kids is almost done so I'm looking forward to a little more time with projects around the house.
~Jessica

Monday, July 13, 2015

Scrolled Back Chair Slipcover

This week, I'm going to try and play "catch up"! I have quite a few slipcover projects to share and the first one up is a scrolled back chair that I finished up a month or so ago. As you can see from the picture below, this chair started with a heavy floral pattern. The chair was in great shape and was still comfortable so a new slipcover gave it a whole new life!
My client's interior designer choose a heavy weight upholstery fabric just to make sure that the floral didn't show through. It was a beautiful fabric with a little sheen to it.
I followed a lot of the same lines as the base of the chair with the piping and I really like how the side profile looks. It was a bit of a challenge with all the curves but I'm really pleased with how it all came together.
I hope to be back in the next day or so with another slipcover project. My kids are finishing up the summer swim team this week so I hope to have a little more time for some fun sewing, too! Maybe even a knitting project...I haven't picked up the needles in quite a while and I'm itching to knit something, too.
Thanks for visiting!
~Jessica

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Vignette Mini Quilt

Today was one of those days where I just needed something new and fun to work on for a little while. Laura Gunn so kindly shared with me some of her new fabrics several weeks ago. I've been thinking about them ever since and today I just decided to cut into them and try something out! 

The fabrics are from Laura's collection called Vignette by Michael Miller Fabrics. I had a sampling of fabrics from a colorway that includes lots of pretty blues, oranges and greens. There are a couple prints in that have flowers in little glass bottles that are so cute and many others that have great textures. I used a gray texture print for the background on this little quilt and a green one for the back side.
For this little quilt, I drew out a petal shape and used that to cut out all my pieces. I layered the two texture fabrics with a piece of batting on the inside and pinned all the petal shapes through the layers. I just stitched around the petal shapes leaving about a 1/4" border. Then I cut out the mini quilt leaving a border around it all and threw it in the wash! 
I quite like the raggedy edges. It's casual and fun and just what I needed for a couple hours today!
Happy Sewing,
Jessica

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