Monday, November 17, 2014

Another Wing Chair Tutorial, Part 2

The other day we started this tutorial and completed the wings and arms.

So let's get this chair finished!

 I decided to move on to the drop cloth for the next part,
so I draped a piece over the top front of the chair and cut it to fit,
making sure to add seams, and sewed it to the wings, right sides together.

 I then cut a piece for the seat (this chair doesn't have a separate cushion)
and pinned it to the top piece, folding the fabric of the top under so 
I could top stitch it instead of turning the fabric.

Pinned and topstitched along the sides of the seat as well.
I do it this way because at this point it's just easier than constantly turning 
the whole thing, which is getting pretty heavy!

 Do the same where the arm meets the wing.

Next, on to the sides. cut pieces to fit and pin to topstitch.
I used the drop cloth for the sides and the blue for the front.

 I added the custom piping in the front as well.
(See directions for the piping here)

Finished front.

Finished side.

 The last part was the back.
I wanted to use the drop cloth, but I added 
a strip of the blue first, 

 and the piping as well.

Finished back.

 The final detail is the velcro to close the slipcover
and the buttons along the side.

Slip covers are not difficult if you just take them step by step
cut and pin each piece on the chair for a good fit.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another Wing Chair Slipcover Tutorial, Part 1

Turning this

Into this:

I had some leftover drop cloth and 2 yards of this blue canvas, but I wasn't sure 
in what ways I wanted to use them to make the slip cover.

After playing around with the fabrics, trying it in different areas of the chair,
I decided to use the blue on the wings as a start.

I began by laying the fabric on the inside wing and trimming the top edge.

Next, lay fabric against the outside wing and pin to inside wing.

Trim the excess fabric.

Outside wing.

Inside wing.

Repeat for the other wing and sew along the pin line.
Make sure you pin exactly where you want to sew, making for a snug fit.
When you turn the wings inside out, they will then fit on the opposite wings.

Next, I moved to the arms.

Again, lay the fabric against the arm, wrapping from the inside
below the top of the seat, to just below the rolled part of the arm.

Then add a piece of fabric to the front of the arm and pin.

Pin close together so you get the shape and it will fit well.

Trim excess fabric.

Move on to the other arm.

And remember, when you sew these and turn them, 
they will fit on the opposite sides.

I like to add piping when I sew the rolled arm fronts.

 I decided to make my own piping with some scraps 
of fabric and piping I already had,

 by just wrapping the fabric around the piping.

Place the piping in between the raw edges of the arm front, 
all raw edges together, and sew along the round edge of the piping.

If you feel more comfortable sewing the piping together before you add 
it go ahead and do that. You also might be more comfortable
pinning it inside the raw edges when you pin it on the chair.

When you turn in right-side out, the piping should be just right.

Tip: Make sure to use a heavy duty needle on your machine!
I went through 3 regular needles in one day before I
went to the store and bought some heavy-duty ones!

Next post, we will add the drop cloth and finish the slipcover.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Another Wing Chair Slipcover!

My son has been storing this leather wing chair in my shed for over 2 years
and I just recently thought of bringing it in to the house and slip covering
it to match the one in the living room.
What took me so long??

 The lovely before shot!

And after!

It doesn't match the original exactly. I wanted  it to coordinate, not match,

 so I used a pretty blue canvas with my dropcloth.

 I will get started on a tutorial this week!

I can't believe it took me 2 years to think of this!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall Tour Complete, I Promise!

This will be the last post on Fall Decorating
as we move on from the living room, into the dining and family rooms!

 This is where I start to add a little color with pumpkins and gourds,
but I still keep a lot of white.

 More of my music sheet leaf garland works well with all my white dishes.

 I started with a banner as well, but decided it was too busy,
so it was moved into the family room.
 I love to use chalkboards, so I added one to the top
of the Welsh Dresser,

 and I always keep this one on the door.

 This year's basket of gourds, corn and pumpkins.

 The family room is already full of fall colors,
so not much needed in here!

 I like the banner much better over the window.

 Lots of pillows!

And some more random shots:

Happy Fall!

Joining a new party this week:

 A Joyful Cottage