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sew fun

Blogging 31 days in a row about one specific topic is enough to wear a girl out.

I recovered by diving headfirst into sewing/crafting. The problem is that every craft I start seems to breed several spin-off crafts, and I never finish one before starting another (much like my book-reading bad habit.) Nonetheless, here is what I’ve (partially) accomplished in the last few weeks:

Let’s start with last month when my mom gave me yards and yards of a beautiful white damask fabric. I decided to recover my ottoman. I have no pattern, by the way, I just sort of eyeball things and pin and cut and sew.:

…but I still had lots of fabric left over. Since we’re having fifteen people for dinner on Thanksgiving, I decided to sew up some proper dinner napkins using this tutorial:

…complete with mitered corners. They are beautiful. I also made cocktail napkins.

Then Rene at Bargain Hoot went and showed me a project I simply had to make for our Thanksgiving centerpiece: velvet pumpkins! With real stems. They are easy and the cutest thing ever:
The hardest part were the stems. You have to get them off a pumpkin, bleach the bacteria off of them and then dehydrate in the oven. But the end result is so worth it! I mean, couldn’t you just die over how cute they are? SPLEND.

So, once I cut the stems off the pumpkins, I couldn’t exactly waste the pumpkin itself, so I baked, scooped and pureed all the pumpkins so I could make this pie next week. Then I remembered that I had been wanting to make this pumpkin seed brittle for weeks, so I whipped up a batch of candy:

I have been so dead tired from this crafting/sewing frenzy that I can barely crawl into bed at night. I love that kind of tired. Then I don’t even open my eyes until the next morning when I hear Locke. Bliss.

Okay, last but not least…I completely finished recovering one couch. And it is beyond. Seriously…

…this is how it looks after kids have literally jumped on and off of it for about a week now. Don’t tell me if you don’t like it, either. I may curl up into a fetal position and weep after all the work I put into it.

I do not recommend this project. It was a killer. The ONLY reason I did this project was because my mom told me how much these couches cost in the first place. They are just a few years old and filled with down (so they are ultra comfy). Luckily my mom and Sally were here to watch kids, sew and watch Downton Abbey with me at the same time, otherwise I never would have finished it. The other one is mostly finished, it just needs to be velcroed around the bottom, and the pillows need ties. Otherwise it looks like this after kids have jumped on it for, oh, two seconds…

Phew. Well now, I hear can hear that Locke is up from his nap, so I’m off to the market for a turkey, cranberry sauce, etc., etc., etc.,…

What are you up to?

5 Responses to “sew fun”

  1. Simmons
    November 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    AND you like Downton Abbey. I wish we lived closer so we could live our identical lives together.

  2. Jess
    November 18, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Wow! Great job on all your craftiness. And I love the couch. If I ever have to cover a couch/ottoman/etc I am coming to you for advice.

  3. Jessica
    November 18, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    I’m looking ahead to sewing pillows and napkins and coasters. And replacing some art in my house (more about that later)… and attempting attempt #2 in putting together a corner media stand from Target. It requires a drill and screwing some small holes. Ugh.

    But I love your pumpkins Sam! :)

  4. Sally
    November 18, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    The picys do not to it justice, those covers look BEAUTIFUL!!!