Sunday, April 19, 2015

                                                                      Week 16
For this week's project I did something completely different. Well, it did involve sewing, but that was pretty much a given. I needed to have a cushion for my new couch in the studio, and I couldn't find one anywhere that I liked or that fit. So, being the person that I am, I decided to make my own. First, I found out that foam rubber is expensive, especially locally, so I ordered what I wanted online. Second I had to measure the exact shape of the couch that I wanted to cover and make a paper pattern so I could cut my foam. Now, I am a firm believer that you can google anything and find an answer, so I googled the best way to cut my foam. So, armed with an electric carving knife, I cut that foam like butter. Really, it was way too easy. I then went in search of upholstery fabric and needed supplies (aka zipper, piping or whatever else I thought I might need). Again, everything that was beautiful was very expensive so I checked out the sale table and lo and behold I found fabric in the exact colors that I needed and for about 1/4 of the price. Geez, I wanted to sit on the cushion, not marry it.
The final steps
I then proceeded to make a pattern and take many measurements. I opted for just a zipper and no the piping,( make it easy on myself.) For the life of me, I could not get the zipper pulls on the zipper that I was supposed to be able to attach so I bought a zipper already put together. It really wasn't difficult, I didn't use too many swear words and of course it's not perfect......You will have to judge it on your own when you visit the studio. At least you will have somewhere to sit.
The zipper in place

The end result. Makes you want to come and sit for a while, doesn't it?
So, come on out to the studio sometime soon. There will be lots of classes, lots to learn and lots to talk about. Remember that you will always be welcome but don't forget to call first to make sure that I will be there to greet you. Have a great week and keep on quilting.

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