Archive for November, 2009

Announcing my Blogshop!


Just opened my Blogshop 🙂   A Tall Order Blogshop

Following my Union Jack cushion covers tutorial I did, it has been visited by so many people, many coming from Google.  I hope you have been able to successfully make your own cover, but if you still have it on your ‘to do’ list, you may like to order one from my shop instead 😉



Or maybe a Christmas star?


Or a grown up version of the backpack I blogged about earlier in the week…..

Don’t forget to visit A Tall Order Blogshop, thank you 😉


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Toddler backpack

Just look at this lovely fabric 🙂 It makes beautiful bags.

I got the pattern from here.

I am loving her blog at the moment.


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We bought one of those cute little bucket sofas a few years ago, the fabric cover was naff and the first thing my son did when we got it was to spill alien goo all over it which never properly came out.  😦

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So, I decided to have a go at recovering it.  I bought a roll end in Fenwicks in Leicester, which looked like it would do the job, so first note please measure your sofa and work out how much you need before you go and buy too little of it!

The next job was to remove the old cover.  You want to see if you can work outside for this as all kinds of grot comes out, and the staples ping all over the place.  As you remove the cover you will see how it was covered, you need to note this so that you recover it in reverse order.

Turn the sofa over

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And unscrew the legs, put these somwhere safe.  Then you will need an old flat headed screwdriver or other such tool to prise out the staples.  Try and get as many of these as you can in the bin.  You will also need some pliers to help with removal of the staples.

To start with you need to remove the black bottom cover, there is probably a posh name for it, but for the purposes of this post, it is a black bottom cover 😉  You need to save this for later.

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The next step is to take out all the staples from the top cover from the base of the sofa.  Your cover sadly will not just peel off at this point, turn it the sofa the right way up and start to remove staples from the bottom of the seat area cover which we will call the blue bottom of the seat area cover.  You will see that the bit that isn’t seen is just some even naffer fabric, but there is a band of the sofa fabric fixed to the front.  Again, you need to put this piece on the ‘keep’ pile.

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Ugh, forgive the crumbs……….

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This bit is really quite tedious, so you might want to make yourself a drink, turn the radio on, or just stick the thing in the car to take to the tip………I persevered 😉

Once the blue bit is removed, you will find even more staples fixing the sofa cover to the seat base, keep going, nearly there now.

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YAY!  this was a good moment!  Notice how it’s getting dark tho……. Can you see the pile of staples on the window sill?

Draw a diagram of the cover if you think you might get stuck, write on the pieces, draw little arrows, what ever is going to help you put the bits back together.

The next bit is to use a stitch unpicker to unpick all the seams of this cover, and the blue bottom seat cover, so you have all the different pieces separate.

Lay your chosed fabric down, work out which way is up and MAKE SURE THAT YOU PLACE YOUR PIECES ON THE RIGHT WAY UP!!  This is most important as even if you don’t have a pattern on your fabric, the light will not be right, it will look wrong, and you will always regret not listening 😀 Trust me, I’ve been there.

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Pin your pieces down and cut out.

Give your sewing machine a good clean out and re oil, get a good strong needle in there, I used a denim one.

Pin your pieces back together like this:

Pin your front piece, the bit you will be leaning your back against, to the two inner side bits, the bits you will lose your loose change against.  Sew these together.

Now pin the back to the front, and stitch together.

Pin the two skinny bits for the arm front facings (not sure what you call these) to the large piece you have made, hold it up and take a look at it, does it look right?  Are those skinny arm bits the right way round?  If so, stitch in place.

The temptation to just put the new cover onto your sofa must be resisted a little as you need to check your frame, we found that one of the arms was a bit wobbly and required a few screws to make it solid again.

Smooth down the wadding covering making sure you don’t have any anoying wrinkles.

NOW you can pull the cover on.  You might need another pair of hands, it will be a bit snug, but that is good.

Once the cover is on, you need to staple the inner bottom edge to the top of the seat base scroll up to pic 5 if you are not sure.

Now you need to make a copy of that blue cover, I used a toning piece of fabric, along with my panel of matching fabric for the bit which goes under the sofa cushions.  Staple that in place tucking it in at the front bit making sure that it is all covered up there.

Turn the sofa upside down, staple the bottom of the cover in place, pulling it down each time to make sure it is nice and tight, don’t go over the top tho, you don’t want it ripping the staples out.

Remember the black bottom cover?  You can either use that or cut a fresh piece, fold down the edges and staple to the bottom to cover everything up.  If you made a new black bottom cover, you will need to snip holes in to allow the legs to be replaced, just feel for the hole, stick your scisors in there and snip towards the middle of the sofa in case you slip and make a big slit in it.

Srew the legs back onto the base of the sofa turn it the right way up and breathe 🙂

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See, it’s night time now, the kids are all starving, the school run is the only other thing done all day, more another time………….

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Getting organised

So, there has been a break in blogging, time to get back to it 😉

I bought one of those Ikea computer cupboards from a lovely lady via Ebay last winter to store some of my sewing goodies in and to have somewhere to sew and stash my WIP’s. I know how I LOVE looking at other peoples storage ideas to pinch them, so maybe you might recognise some things……

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Here is the top shelf. I used Ikea storage mostly. The top shelf has media boxes for the smaller fabric samples you get, the scraps you can’t bear to throw away because they WILL come in handy for something, WIP’s small enough, and bunting in progress. The drawer unit holds zips, bindings, sewing machine gubbins, scissors etc.
The beautiful pin cushion was made for me by the lovely Shelly

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Here is the main body of the cupboard, I can pop my chine on the pull out shelf and then put it back on top for storage. The red, blue and green pop up baskets are from the kids section in Ikea and are full of pieces of lace, ribbon and buttons. The plastic drawer unit is full of reels of ribbon. There are a couple of plastic boxes from Dunelm mill to the right, good square boxes with good snap on lids.

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Do you like my thread holder? My son made it this summer with my dad who was a cabinet maker. I just LOVE it.

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The bit at the bottom is supposed to be for my fabric stash, and no where else, but um, well, you can clearly see that there is not enough room there! But this is all in clear plastic boxes from, you’ve guessed it, Ikea. Then there are some slotted in to the left from Dunelm filled with tassles, any ideas what I can make using hundreds of tassles…………

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