Saturday, April 24, 2010

2 more dresses for Kate

This is the fabric that I wanted to do the chairs in- and Mike said was baby fabric, AND- the UGLIEST fabric he had ever seen in his ENTIRE life- a little dramatic? I think it's really cute, I don't know what I'll use the rest for, maybe our baby some day.

I need to learn how to do this for babies, so I can make some for Megan's baby.

Friday, April 23, 2010

A dress for Kate

OK- so if you look on Lizzie's blog- she made some dresses for Kate, and I had never done shirring, so I thought I would try it. For your info- I did the scrunchy part! I didn't buy the fabric that way- that is what shirring is. Uhhhhhh. OK- the actual shirring part isn't hard- the part that is hard is determining how much the fabric is going to shrink, therefore determining how much fabric to use in the first place. Mine didn't turn out the same size as Lizzie's- I started with 42 inches- and after shirring it went to 22 inches. SO- I decided to use less fabric, I then started with 38, and then after shirring it, it was still 22 inches!!!!!!!!!!! AHhhhhhhhh. I messed with everything, tension, bobbin, stitch length, everything- Lizzie said she did the same thing- only she tried doing 36 inches- and hers still ended up being the same size as when she started out with 42! SO- the shirring part isn't hard- it's just exhausting and frustrating figuring out how to get it to the size you want. So hopefully this fits Kate! Or I'll be really sad. And this was all with fabric I had laying around! Nice to use up that random fabric.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

What Danielle was talking about- poka-dots

OK- alot of people read Danielle's comment about the poka dots and asked what the heck she was talking about- I originally showed her a pic with poka dot fab-
But I didn't do it- because I had the tiny red piping laying around- which is more like a burgundy actually- and I thought maybe it'd look good since it was so tiny- but I kind of think the opposite now- maybe the tiny is not enough- and maybe I should have done this poka dot with regular piping- I haven't done any other pillows so it's not too late to change- opinions?

Friday, April 16, 2010

pillows so far-

Ok, so here is my 12x16 corner pillows

But I didn't know what to do for piping. I thought maybe red to make the red in the flowers pop- so I did a tiny red piping. I don't know if it's the tiny piping, but the pillow ended up being kind of weird shaped, plumpy, but there's a smooth brand new pillow form inside? I don't get it. I wasn't sure about the red- so I have this green laying around, to give you an idea of what it would look like- and if I did the green, I would do a regular size piping, not the tiny.
Mike (I am shocked by this) suggested that we could paint our table and coffee tables red, to match the red piping, and make the red in the flowers stick out- we would try to mimic pottery barn, with a black stain over it, or whatever makes the black grains show through- our frames are the light blue- green hutch- green curtains- all black furniture and mirror..... I don't know- what do you think?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I love it. I still need to do the back pillow for the other chair and accent pillow, but then I'll be done. The back pillow isn't as puffy and full as I would like it to be, so eventually I will buy some batting and just wrap it around the form, to give it more puff. Anyway- I love it- and I'm so glad I changed it. Now- I need to decide how I want to do my couch pillows, I have enough fabric to re-do my couch pillows- but...another day. It's been nice to have something to occupy my time. I wish I could take a pic with my other couches and make it look nice, but there isn't enough room down here in this basement- so- this is the best I can do. I've had alot of people ask me how to do piping, and I took the pics along the way and was going to do a tutorial- but it would be alot of work to post all the pics, and explain- so just youtube how to do it- I'm sure there are a million videos on how to do piping, and just trust me- it's not hard. It's one of those things you'll say "oh my gosh- I can't believe I was so afraid to do this!"