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Teapot Planters Revisited

Posted by supermom on September 8, 2011

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Christmas on a Budget Series – Two No-Sew Christmas Ideas

Posted by supermom on July 25, 2011

 

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Getting Things Done – 5 Lawn Chair Cushions Completed

Posted by supermom on July 13, 2011

Last week, for WIP Wednesday, I posted pictures of the lawn chair cushions that I was in the process of making.  Well this Wednesday, I can report that the lawn chair cushions have been moved to the 2011 – Projects Completed list.

Here’s a before picture.

We'd already removed the buttons from these two before I thought to get the camera to take a picture of them.

Of the 5, the one on the left was in the best condition and the one on the right was in the worst.  The others were in varying condition between those two extremes.

A comparison picture… before and after.

When I was editing that picture to downsize it, I realized that we’d put the cushion in the chair backwards, but as the cushions are all finished now, it’s too late to take another before and after, so here’s a better picture of one of the finished cushions in the chair with the cushion facing the way its supposed to.

To keep this project as economical as possible we reused the batting (after washing it) from all but the seat of the worst cushion and I also covered the old buttons with the main upholstery fabric so that we could reuse those.

I’m working on a how-to post detailing the steps I took when recovering the lawn chair cushions… from making the pattern to cutting the fabric to sewing the cushions together.

And here are the lawn chairs with their newly recovered cushions.

We can once again use all 5 of our lawn chairs.  I may have to invite the neighbours over for a cold drink and a visit on the front porch, just so that I can to show them off.

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WIP Wednesday – New Lawn Chair Cushions

Posted by supermom on July 6, 2011

Another of the major projects that I wanted to get done this year was recovering the cushions for our lawn chairs.  We bought the set of 5 chairs in the fall of the year 2000 when we first moved to Maui to give us something to sit on (both out on the lanai and inside the house) while we waited for our furniture to arrive from Alberta, Canada.  They’ve been through two moves since, all sorts of weather conditions and were looking much the worse for wear.

This past weekend, I carefully unpicked the seams on one of the cushions so that I could use the pieces to make a pattern.  Once I had that done, it was time to start cutting and sewing.

So far, I’ve got one completed except for replacing the buttons on the back of the cushion and two more seats and backs waiting to be sewn together.

I’m reusing the batting (after giving it a wash) from all but one of the cushions as that one was in the worst condition of the lot.  Each cushion had four buttons, front and back so I’ll also be covering all those with new matching fabric before reinstalling them.

This is the first major project for which I’ve been using my Singer 15-91.  Which means, that yes, Dave has completed refinishing the Art Deco cabinet and you can look for a photo laden post later this week.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the 15-91 sews.   While my modern Singer would have been able to handle sewing the cushions covers, there’s no way I would have even attempted to then sew those cushions together using it.   However, the 15-91 handled the four layers of upholstery fabric without any hesitation.  Due to the bulk of the cushions it was awkward getting them in position to sew and that did become a two person job.   Dave held the cushions in position while I guided the ends through the sewing machine.

I’m hoping to have this project finished by the end of this week.  Now that I’ve seen how beautifully the 15-91 handles this kind of project, I can’t wait to try her out on the other projects I’ve got on my 2011 list.

This post has been added to WIP Wednesday #34 over at Freshly Pieced

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Recent Thrift Store Finds

Posted by supermom on June 24, 2011

I thought I’d share some of my recent thrift store finds.

I collect these glass wire bale jars to store my home grown dried herbs in, so these were a nice find at 99 cents each.

The rose shower curtain (100% cotton) will make a pretty quilt backing.  And the bright floral vintage sheet; I’m deciding between aprons or perhaps a fun summer skirt… maybe both.

I found this vintage Singer Buttonholer and extra set of templates at the Habitat for Humanity HomeMart.  They had it marked at $10.   I offered $5 and they accepted.  But I didn’t buy it for the buttonholer.  I bought it because I wanted the templates (those little grey things.)

When I bought my Singer 15-91, it came with a buttonholer but only one buttonhole template.  It’s the only part of the transaction that I wasn’t pleased with because the seller more or less shrugged off the fact the templates were missing by saying that you rarely find buttonholers included in the sale of vintage machines and there were lots of buttonholers available on Ebay to buy if I wanted more templates.

For the first time ever, I decided not to leave feedback for a seller.   I didn’t want to leave completely negative feedback because the 15-91 is exactly as described and sews great.  On the other hand, a buttonholer was advertised as part of the sale and it was missing important pieces; a buttonholer without templates is pretty much useless.  Ebay really doesn’t give enough room to explain things properly on their feedback form, so I decided no feedback was better than incomplete feedback.

Anyway, back to the buttonholer I got from the HomeMart.   That buttonholer was missing the needle plate cover but that wasn’t a problem since I was only interested in the templates.  I took all the templates from it and put them with the one that came with the 15-91 and now I have a complete set and I didn’t have to pay any extra for shipping like I would have done if I’d bought one off of Ebay.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the buttonholer from HomeMart.  Though I am thinking I might list it on ebay making sure to note that it only has one template.  Perhaps someone will want it for parts.

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An Art Deco Cabinet For My Singer 15-91

Posted by supermom on June 2, 2011

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An Art Deco Cabinet For My Singer 15-91

 

 

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How to Make Bedding for a Doll Cradle

Posted by supermom on April 12, 2011

 

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How to Make Bedding for a Doll Cradle

 

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What To Do With an Old Doll Cradle

Posted by supermom on April 10, 2011

Just after we moved to Northwest Georgia, I came across a handmade doll cradle at a garage sale.  At the time, I had intended to sand it down, paint it white and do a tole painting of a teddy bear on the ends.   The plan was to use the cradle to display my childhood teddy bear and two of my old dolls.

Well… that was the plan.  But now that our children have all left home, Dave and I are thinking that with our next move, we might downsize to a smaller house and I’m looking around at the things we’ve accumulated over the years and deciding what must stay and what things we really wouldn’t have room for with less square footage.  I decided that the cradle (which I never got around to painting or displaying) was one of the things that could go.

So Dave sanded it down, put a few coats of polyurethane on it and glued some felt in the bottom.

Then I got busy and made a mattress, pillow and doll quilt for it from the flannel leftover from the baby/toddler quilt I made for Dave’s granddaughter.

Doll cradle with handmade mattress and pillow

With doll quilt added

Another view of cradle and doll quilt

Dave’s grandchildren live thousands of miles away.  Shipping the cradle would have been prohibitively expensive so instead we listed it on freecycle earlier this week.  After it was picked up, I got an e-mail from the young woman we gave it to.  The e-mail said that her little girl was so excited she couldn’t wait for her to get the cradle out of the car and had been playing with it ever since.

Now that’s a much better use for that doll cradle than sitting in our living room filled with my old toys!

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Homemade Gift Tags

Posted by supermom on March 25, 2011

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How to Make a Seamstress Very Happy

Posted by supermom on March 11, 2011

For the past week and a half, I’ve had to move my sewing machine back to the dining room table while my husband worked on refinishing and modifying a vintage sewing machine cabinet that I picked up at a local thrift store a few years ago.  It is solid wood with a cherry veneer and was a bargain at $30.

He’d gotten it all sanded down soon after I bought it but then with working away from home so much never had the chance to do the necessary modifications and finishing to turn it into a cabinet that would fit my sewing machine.  During that time, I sewed with my machine sitting on top of the closed unfinished cabinet.  But that is now a thing of the past.

Last week when the weather warmed up enough for him to work in the garage, he installed the Regal/Horn airlift mechanism, modified the cabinet so that my sewing machine would move smoothly from storage to flatbed to free arm positions and then began applying several coats of clear satin polyurethane.   That took longer than expected because the weather turned colder causing it to take much longer for each coat of polyurethane to dry and cure.

But he did the final sanding and polishing this morning and moved it back into the house.

Isn’t she a beauty…

My refinished vintage sewing cabinet with the top closed.

Front view of the sewing cabinet.

Top view with the lid open.

All ready to sew with the sewing machine in the flatbed position.

Moved to the free arm position.

And he finished just in time for me to sew up a little something for a giveaway that I’ll be announcing tomorrow.

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