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Friday, February 24, 2012

Homestudy Approved!

We just got the call today! We are officially homestudy approved! We are now a waiting family. 

Have a great weekend! 
Please visit hazel skies! She did an amazing job on our pictures. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Slipcovers: The Cushion part 2

Now that your cording is attached to the main pieces of your cushion,(cushions part 1)it is time to add the banding.
Take one long strip that you already cut out for the cushion. It should be the length of the fabric (about 54-60") and however high the side of your cushion is plus the seam allowance. Wrap it around the sides of the cushion. You want to make sure that it is long enough to go around 3 sides.  The fourth side will be the zipper. If it is not long enough you will have to add partial pieces to each side to make it long enough. See second and third pictures.

whenever I sew two pieces together I iron the seam allowance to one side and then top stitch. It makes the seam stronger.

Serge your edges.

Get out your zipper tape. Mine comes on a roll like this one.

Take your two zipper sections and serge down the one side of each piece. Take your zipper tape and zipper foot and sew down the serged side of your strip. Iron flat.

Take your other strip of fabric and iron over a 3/4" hem on the serged side.

Lay the ironed side on top of the free edge of the zipper.

Pin in place.

Top stitch making sure not to sew over the zipper teeth, but catching the edge of the zipper tape.


Take your zipper pull and slide it down on the free end of your zipper.

Now, go back to the long piece that is for the front and sides of your cushion. fold it in half and put a pin at the fold.

Do the same thing with your cushion piece (that has the cording around it) on the side that will be the front of your cushion.. Take the pin of the long piece and the pin of the long strip and match them right sides together.

You are going to pin around the front and side pieces of your cushion working both directions away from the two pins you just matched. This makes sure that your seams are at the same place on either side of your cushion. Do the same thing with your zipper section, only matching the pins on the back side of the cushion. As you pin away from the matched pins, you will meet the side of the long front section. You can see from the picture below that I have a little bit of length left over on the long front section. I will cut it off in a minute.

Once you make sure it is matched you can cut the extra off.

When you sew the zipper section to the other front strip, use a little piece of fabric to cover the zipper teeth. It will keep you from breaking your needle and help the thread not to rub directly against the teeth and break.

Top stitch your seam and do the same thing on the other side.

Sew all the way around the cushion.

Once one side is on, all you have to do is pin the other piece of the cushion to you free edge of banding.
When you match the two together, make sure to start at the corners and ease any extra fabric in on the sides. If you don't start at the corners, the bottom and top pieces of the cushion will not match and your cushion will  look twisted.

Repeat on all of your cushion pieces. Turn right side out and add your cushion. Please don't be discouraged by the amount of work. You are over half way done, and the fitting of the body of the couch goes much faster!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

How is it that my open-shelving in the kitchen looks terrible? It is a slow process, but they gradually end up in total disorder. 
Maybe it's because of my helpers?!

He's an awfully cute helper!

This is what they looked like this morning.

I decided to go to Pinterest and get some inspiration.

Kitchen, Open Shelves

open kitchen shelves shelves

Open shelves in the kitchen

 Notice every picture is of a white kitchen!
I think I see a pattern; I love white!  But... I can't paint today, so I will just stick with cleaning and re-organizing.

Clean Slate

Much Better!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Slipcovers: The Cushion part 1

To start the cushions, lay your fabric out flat. I do mine on the floor so I can have a very large surface to work with.
Remeasure your cushion and add 1.5" for your seam allowance. Look again at your layout sheets so you know were you should be cutting. 

lay the pieces of fabric on top of the cushion. This will prevent you from getting your pieces mixed up.

If you cushion piece is curved, lay the actually cushion on top of your fabric and trace around the edges with a pencil. Add your seam allowance and cut.

Serge around all your cushion pieces.

When all of your square pieces are cut out, fold the fabric in half and get your rotary cutter out. Even up the top edge.
measure exactly the width of the band of fabric that goes around your cushion. Add 1.5".  We will use the entire length of the fabric. You should end up with strips. For the back zipper section, you will need 2 pieces. Lets say my band measures 5". I add 1.5" for seam allowance making it 6.5".
The zipper sections need to be half of the width (6.5) plus enough to make a fold and seam allowance. 3.25" + 1.5" making the zipper band 4.75". You will end up with 1- 6.5" strip and 2- 4.75" pieces.

Iron all your pieces.

Get out your large pile of cording. We are going to attach it to the edges of your cushion pieces. We will not need the band pieces for a while.
Find the back, or bottom of you cushion pieces. Place it right side up. Lay your cording on the edge with the corded side towards the middle of your cushion piece. You will need your zipper foot on your machine.  leave about 2" of cording free of your machine. Start sewing. When you get to a corner, clip the seam allowance on your cording. This will help the cording turn a sharp corner. (second picture below).  Stop sewing about 5/8" from the edge of your fabric. Leave your needle down in the fabric and pivot the whole piece of fabric. Sew down the next side.

When you get all the way around, sew right up to the edge of the other end of your cording and stop.

Cut the long end of your cording off, leaving yourself 2".

Take out about 2" of the stitching on your cording.

Sew the two ends of the cording together without attaching it to the cushion piece.

Clip off the extra cording.

Cut the free piece of cording fabric at an angle.

Fold in the angled edge.

After wrapping the angled piece around the other piece of cording, sew.

When you look at the right side of your cushion piece it should look something like this...

Sew cording on all of your cushion pieces.

Take a break and eat a snack!