Musings on Re-purposing My Sofa Fabric

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

First of all, I have to say, I’m sorry—I’ve totally been that girl who starts a blog and then goes on an extra-long hiatus. I could give a whole string of excuses, but let’s skip that and get to the good stuff: sewing and decorating!

Hubby and I have now moved into our house and started getting settled. The whole process has involved needing tons of new furniture, including our biggest item yet: a new sofa.

As much as I LOVE my old sofa—the one my mom reupholstered in a gorgeous light turquoise fabric—its bones were old and worn. The cushions were caving in and misshapen, and the lowness of the seating was hurting our backs. It was not a good situation, but I really didn’t want to part with that lovely fabric—it’s just so me, and I got every last yard that was left.

So before getting rid of the old sofa to make room for the new, my mom helped take the light turquoise fabric back off so we could re-purpose it elsewhere. I already have a couple ideas about what to use it for:

1. Barstools. Our kitchen has an amazing island, but it’s begging for barstools. I think the fabric would make a perfect seat cover that would tie them in with the adjacent den.

2. Ottoman. We have a very old, ugly ottoman that I’ve saved because it has so much potential. Recover it with the blue-green fabric and paint the legs, and voila—it would be adorable.

Happily, we have kept the turquoise sofa’s matching reupholstered love seat, and it works really well in our den. This room is still a HUGE work in progress, but this gives you the idea:

The new sofa is in our living room, and since it’s a neutral tone, I can sew fun, colorful throw pillows to my heart’s content.

What do you think I should use the old sofa’s soft turquoise fabric for?

BIG News for Life at Sew Alluring

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

I’m very excited to tell you that later this month, hubby, Buttercup and I will be moving from our apartment to an adorable little house that felt like home the second we laid eyes on it. Suffice it to say, this house is “the one.”

This news means a couple things for life at Sew Alluring. Firstly, posting may be less frequent as we work on getting organized, going through everything, packing boxes — and actually undergo the process of moving. Secondly, I’ve naturally started planning where things in the new house will go and which sewing projects might arise to help make the house our home. I won’t know exactly what will need to be done until we move in, but some of the sewing projects I’ve been thinking about are:

  • Turning the outdoor fabric remnant I got on my accidental shopping venture into a pillow for lounging on the patio.
  • Sewing a valance for the window over the kitchen sink. (By the way, how amazing will it be to have a view while I’m doing the dishes?!)
  • Possibly making an upholstered headboard for the master bedroom — one way or another, the bare bones bed could use some dressing up.

Exciting things are in store for sure, and I really couldn’t be happier. Have you done any sewing projects to make your space more homey?

Most Unexpected Yet Relevant Vanity Plate Ever?

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Let me preface this by saying I spent a lot of time with family and friends this weekend, so this is going to be a short post. But I’m still very excited about this…

My hubby and I were in a mall parking lot when I spotted a vanity plate that says, “SEWING.” True story. I was so excited we snapped a picture on my phone!

Honestly, it was just so unexpected and coincidentally relevant I couldn’t help but share. I know this is a crazy short post, but hopefully you got a kick out of it because I know I did.

My Mom’s Antique Singer Sewing Machine

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

My mom inspired me to learn to sew, and I remember using her antique Singer sewing machine when I was a kid. At the time I wasn’t interested in sewing décor or adjusting clothes for myself. Back then, my sister and I sewed sleeping bags for our Beanie Babies (remember those?!), and I made a few little fabric notebook covers — nothing difficult or fancy, but a precursor to my current interest in sewing. The Singer was not only my mom’s, but my grandmother’s as well.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, and especially to mine! I honestly can’t imagine a better mom.

Sew Alluring’s Alphabet Soup

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

On April 1 I explained I had decided to participate in a month-long challenge: Blogging from A to Z. Essentially, I had to write a post for each letter of the alphabet, resulting in a new blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Admittedly, the challenge was far from easy. But it was certainly rewarding, and I’m happy to say I was able to complete the whole alphabet successfully — notice the new survivor badge on the right side of the blog! Here are the Sew Alluring posts from A to Z:

A = Apron

Sewing Project Complete! Apron Reveal…

B = Bag

What’s in My Sewing Bag?

C = Camera

Better Camera Means Better Pictures

D = Decorating

Living Room Décor: My Pillow Project in Context

E = Evolution

The Evolution of a Sewing Project

F = Fabric

A Tale of Accidental Fabric Shopping…

G = Guide

Easy DIY Seam Guide Made with Household Items

H = Hunger Games

Hunger Games Costumes: The Girl on Fire

I = Inside Sew Alluring and IT

Inside Sew Alluring: My IT Guy and My Mascot

J = Journey

My Sewing Journey So Far…

K = Kravet

Daydreaming: Designer Fabric from Kravet

L = Lessons

3 Very Important Sewing Lessons

M = Magazines

Catching Up on My Magazines

N = Needles

Sewing Machine Needles: Size Matters

O = Organizing

Organizing My Sewing Supplies

P = Pinterest

Pinterest: An Inspiring Paradise for DIYers

Q = Quotes

Sewing Quotes and Adages

R = Reupholstered

My Reupholstered Furniture: Ooh La La!

S = Stitches

Built-in Sewing Machine Stitches: Options Galore

T = Tiny Thread Trash Can

Tiny Thread Trash Can: A Handy Accoutrement

U = Unrelated Update

What I’m Reading Now (An Unrelated Update)

V = Valances

Valances: Sewing and Design Inspiration

W = Wardrobe

Sewing to Enhance Your Wardrobe

X = X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot, Sewing-Style

Y = Yardage

Fabric Yardage: Getting It Just Right

Z = Zebra Print

I Spy Zebra Print Chairs in Modern Family

Here’s to a happy (and less frantic) May!