I think I can, I think I can....
If you didn't visit Miss Mustard Seed yesterday, you need to stop everything and go read it! Marian's post "Don't Be Afraid" pretty much pegged me perfectly.
I like to think that I am a brave soul, but it's only a front and a weak one at that. I am afraid of a lot of things - everything she named and lots more. In fact, I would say I am a big old scaredy cat!!!
I actually commented on her New Year's Eve post that was all about her incredibly blessed year. My comment was about my fear of trying to tackle a project as big as sewing a slipcover for my sofa. She answered back by email and encouraged me to try it.
I sew. I sew quite well. I grew up wearing a lot of very nice handmade clothes that my mom painstakingly made. Three out of four of my formal gowns for my high school Coronation were made by sister #4. I took home economics. I have a fairly new sewing machine. I have taken some specialty sewing classes. I make pillows that I sell on Etsy and at my booth at Old Banks Antiques. I HAVE MADE SLIPCOVERS FOR HOSTESS CHAIRS...two sets in fact - they both turned out great. So, you're asking, what's the big deal about sewing a sofa slipcover??? I Am A Scaredy Cat, remember?
But, not for long!
"Look out for a video slipcover tutorial series on my blog. I'll show techniques and short cuts on different styles of upholstered furniture. This series will hopefully become a resource for you and a place for beginners to get the courage to venture into the world of slipcovers." --- These are words straight from Miss Mustard Seed's blog and you better believe I am excited about it. I fully believe that I will be able to accomplish this with her help.
In the meantime, I will continue to make pillows, table runners, etc. I whipped up this wine bag at Christmas just in case I needed a last minute gift, I could grab a bottle of wine and have an instant gift.
I used a vintage table cloth that had seen better days!
Hand dyed, scrunched ribbon was woven through the lace openings
I used silver rub-on French graphics on the gift card
The lace trim that I attached around the top is from the same tablecloth
I used the oh-so-versatile drop cloth as a liner since the lace is see through
And yes, I took the easy way out on this step!
I mitered the bottom to make it sit flat
We get this wine from Sam's Club. It is inexpensive, I usually get cork in the bottle, so I appreciate the screw off cap, and it's a great bottle! Oh, it's slightly sweet and it's great with cheeses
The vintage table cloth cost $2.00 and I only used a small piece.
I figure the cost of this bag was under $.25
I am closing with Marian's beautiful slipcovered sofa and hoping that mine will turn out beautiful too!
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