Friday, March 27, 2009

The first sewing project : a sofa slipcover

Last week I was busy with making slipcover for my couch and believe it or not, I quite enjoyed it. I didn't even touch my computer for the whole week. Didn't know before that sewing could be this fun :-D

I got inspired to make such slipcover from this book "At Home With White" by Atlanta Bartlette, which I bought about a month ago. You can see from the picture above that a slipcover like this doesn't look too difficult to make. And that's why I decided to buy a new sewing machine so that I could make this pretty-simple-slipcover and god, it is a good investment!!

OK, Let's come and see how I made it...

First, I will show you my couch. This is how my old couch looks. It's not that old actually. We bought it only 2 years ago since we moved in this house. Anyway, I got bored with its dark color and wanted something white and bright. But buying a new couch isn't what I want. I think making things by yourself is more fun and of course money stays in your wallet, hehe...

I first started with cutting fabric in pieces. This process consumes quite a lot of time and you need to measure every piece really good. After that put them together with pins and hand-seam them roughly so the pieces stay together when you start sewing by the machine.

Before sewing the whole thing, you should turn it inside out and try covering it onto the couch again to see if it fits on every angle and curve of the couch. If it does, then let's start sewing!! :-)

And here we go (after so many hours of sewing and a little bit pain on the neck and shoulders)... The new look of my couch... Ta-dahhh!!!

I am not a sewing expert but I am so happy and satisfied with my first sewing project. I also want to have some cute cushions to go with it but right now I don't have any fabric for that yet. That will be my next project then, making new cushions. So for the time being I borrow the old ones from the other couch for this photo shoot :-D.

How incredible that something so simple can make the whole room look completely transformed, right? My livingroom looks so much brighter and better now and that it's just by having this simple white slipcover.

Now I am looking forward to continuing with my next project. See you next time!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My new toy and a little update of my life...

Been absent from here for a while due to the down feeling of my life. A lot of (bad) things seem to keep coming. It's like one day I felt all right and strong and cheerful but then the next day, unexpectedly and unpreparedly, I was hit and crushed into pieces. I knew that life could sometimes be so unfortunate but really I never thought it could be this bad. But that's why it's called 'life', isn't it? Always full of the unexpected. However, I am ok now I think. Not 'completely' ok but at least it's better than the last few months. I am trying to pick myself up from the ground again and hopefully some good things will come along soon.

Well, I didn't mean to come here to moan about my unfortunate life. So let's talk about some fun thing.

I had been thinking about having my own sewing machine for about a year already and always ending up not to because I wasn't really into sewing. I thought it wasn't necessary or every time I wanted to sew I could just go to my mom-in-law and asked her to help me. Anyway last week I changed my mind and decided to buy one!!!

It was also on sale so that wasn't a difficult dicision to make, was it? :-D I am now thinking about making a nice slip cover for our sofa. I already have some white fabric at home but first I have to see how I can get it done. This could be a nice project to put my life back on track and finally enjoy living again, right?