Thursday, May 20, 2010
One day we'll own a house and one day I'll have a sewing room. Until then I have a large dining area right off my kitchen, this serves the dual purpose of eating and sewing. Since it sits in my dining room everything is very visible, the result has been me feeling the need to turn every day sewing items into show pieces. This has led to such projects as the, We Built This Shelf and most recently Ned the pincushion. This next project was the other one I'd had in mind as I headed down to Great Falls knowing it would take a long piece of fabric.
I wanted a patterned fabric that would compliment the shelf, the pink box (which I have since washed and it looks incredible. My Mom took one look and said, "Oh, the lid is see through?) and the place mat that sits under my sewing machine (you can see a picture of the fabric here). When I picked up this flowered fabric my Mom thought I was crazy but she hates most fabric I choose anyway so I took that as a good sign. Hopefully now she sees how they tie in and thinks it's as cute as I do.
Following Sharon's inspiration I pulled out the spray paint and turned my boring white legs into luscious buttercream. Using the old cover as a guide I cut out my new fabric, sewed in a casing for my rope and then spent the next couple of hours trying to insert the stupid thing. My fingers are sore, I bent multiple safety pins and I unpicked and re-sewed half of the cover but the thing finally made it where I wanted so I could cinch it tight on the board. I did this project while Brad was away and I think I'll be happier if I retie the rope when someone is here to hold it so it doesn't loosen at all. I then used my lovely new ironing board to iron out the creases in the cover. I love the way it turned out and perhaps this will encourage me to iron clothing a little more often (okay, let's be honest... ever.)
The only sad part of this project is that by the time I remembered I hadn't taken a before picture I had already taped up the board for painting. This picture will have to do, you ca see it leaned against the wall in all it's awful glory. The padding was so thin I would occasionally get grid marks on my projects but this has been replaced with something much nicer.