Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Somebody pinch me! My "no sew" bech seat cover was featured at Knock Off Decor! Un-stinkin'-believable! Head your sweet little self over to Knock Off Decor for some of the most inspirational projects on the face of the Earth! Thank you soooo much Beckie!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Story of a Bench

This is a story of a bench. A bench that is really old, nobody knows for sure just how old, but it's been in the family as long as anyone still alive can remember. For some reason my husband loves it. Maybe because it's the only thing that was permanent in his life as a child (deep I know!) I'm not here to psycho analyze my husband (although, believe me I've tried!) This bench has been a part of our lives for about 20 years. I've never thought much about it, it was just a bench. It's made all 5 moves with us unscathed. I've recovered the cushion on it a couple times to match the ever changing decor. But this time is the last. Why? Because it's now perfect. It's more than a bench you see. Now it's dare I say it..... a work of art! Ok, maybe that's an exageration, but I absolutely love it! I saw this picture in my House Beautiful magazine and inspiration hit me!
sorry horrible picture
It's from Hillsdale General Store I've never heard of them before, and for good reason! This bench costs $895! What?!?! I recovered my cushion for less than $25! All I did was weave upholstery jute webbing and glue it to the underside of the foam! Love it!!

Im sure you're saying, but yours doesn't have the cool metal and boot tray underneath. And my answer is "no, but mine has history"! And it's no longer just the bench that's been in my husbands family forever, now I love it just as much as he does!

Here is a quick idea of how I did it- it was just soooo easy!

First this is what you are going to need:
It's called jute webbing, you can find it at any fabric store in the upholstery area, it comes on a big spool and you buy it by the yard. Mine only cost .79 (that's cents people!) a yard! For my bench I bought 22 yards. The cushion is 3 inches thick and it's about 3 ft long and just less than 2 ft wide.
Next: you will measure all the way around the outside edge of the cushion. Cut a piece of jute about 5inches longer than the distance around. Fold one end over and glue it to itself to make a nic clean end. Then wrap that piece around the cushion, pull it tight and glue it together (using a hot glue gun).
 Can you see the little flap? That's where I glued it together, it's in the back, so no one sees it!

Now you are going to measure the top of the cushion, from left to right over the edge and about 3 or 4 inches under. (I glued my jute to the underside of the cushion rather than going all the way around)
Cut enough pieces of jute to go across the top (over the edge and underneath) mine took 7 pieces. Now measure from front to back, again over the edge and 3 or 4 inches underneath. Cut enough pieces to cover the top.
Now that you have all your pieces cut it's time to start weaving! The easiest way it to lay your long pieces on the top of the cushion and weave them over or under the piece you have glued around the edge. Once they are all weaved under or over the edge, glue those pieces to the underside of the cushion. Then start with the short pieces. Weave them in and out of the long pieces across the top of the cushion. Don't glue them until you have them all weaved so you can adjust the spacing as needed. Once it's all weaved and spaced just right glue the ends to the underside of the cushion!

Here's a close up of the top weaving

Closer picture of the weaving and our other family heirloom, the quilt my great-grandmother made.

I made this pillow for said bench after the original photo was taken, just thought I'd show you that too!

Linking to:

Shabby Creek Cottage
Somewhat Simple
House of Hepworths
Crafty Scrappy Happy
The 36th Avenue

Monday, April 16, 2012

Eeek! Featured!!

Hey! Lindsey at Better After featured my chair reupholster! Im soooo excited! Please check out her blog for more amazing Before and Afters and her hilarious quips!

Thanks Lindsey!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Baseball Jersey Floor Pouf

Being the mother of 3 boys has provided me with an over abundance of sports jerseys and t-shirts. Since I am constantly thinking of ways to recycle rather than add to the dump. I decided to make a floor pouffy (is that a real word?!?) for the "sports room" aka place where the boys gather in the basement to play foos ball or X Box and generally make a big mess. This one was made with Baseball shirts from my  now non-playing 17 yr old.


I made my own pattern, centered it on the front to cover as much of the team name as possible, then on the back to get his name and number (#5 is obviously his favorite number!), cut out the pieces, sewed them together, and stuffed it with bean bag beans.

It's great for the boys to sit or lay on while playing X Box! Now what did I do with all those football jerseys......

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Simple Home Life
House of Hepworths
Somewhat Simple
Freckled Laundry
Addicted 2 Decorating
AKA Design
Be Different Act Normal

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Straw's Cheaper, Grass is Free

Reupholster a chair? Sure, why not!? No, I've never actually reupholstered a chair before. How hard could it be? Hard. Very hard. It took me a couple weeks, and a lot of swearing. But I did it. And I think I could do it again too!
I've had this chair for a long long long time. I made a cover for it a few years back, but that was getting a little rough too. Besides that, everybody hates the chair. It's saggy and very uncomfortable. So, it was either haul it to the curb or fix it. For some reason this chair speaks to me. Not sure why, it's just a plain ole' chair, but I've always loved it, so I just had to fix it.
 Remember in my last post I mentioned my mom is here? Well, I get brave when she is around, so we ripped all the fabric off and discovered the reason the chair was so saggy is because it's all springs and half of those springs had come untied. Something else we discovered is that the "stuffing" was STRAW! Yuck!
Most of the burlap and STRAW fell apart and dissintigrated in our hands once the fabric was off. All I could think was "please don't let there be any mice living in this straw!" Yuck! After ripping EVERYTHING (including the springs) off the chair...............
We started the reconstruction. I opted for plywood and foam cushions instead of springs, mainly because I don't know how to tie springs and I didn't want to pay someone else to do it! I know some of you are screaming that I've ruined the authenticity or the integrity of the chair, or something along those lines. But, I figure it's better than the dumpster. I didn't take any during pictures of the upholstery phase. But I do have the after.......

I love her even more now.........
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