January 3, 2011

I Am A Fearless Seamtress

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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  1. Love the wine bag. Very romantic.

  2. I am so with you. Someday, I too will conquer a slipcover! For now, I need to make some pillow covers...not quite the most ambitious sewing task for a beginner, but a good start! Good luck to you...I'm sure you will sew the best little slipcover there ever was! Visiting from Metamorphosis Monday.

    Blessings to you and thanks for sharing!

  3. Happy new Year! I have no doubt you can make the slipcover, and BEAUTIFULLY! wow0 do I love that wine bag...


  4. Hi Rhonda,
    I read Marian's post too and felt very inspired as well!
    I know you can make the sofa slipcovers and I can't wait to see them. I love the wine bottle cover, who would have ever thought to use vintage lace! Love it.


  5. Hi Rhonda, I know that your slipcover will be beautiful... I love your wine bag, it's so pretty! I went over and read Marian's post too, it's very inspiring, thanks so much for sharing!!!
    hugs~~~ Daphne

  6. Hey Rhonda, I forgot to tell you, I love your new header, it's gorgeous... I've been wanting to change mine up too for the new year!!!

  7. You "think" you can; I KNOW you can! Happy New Year, Rhonda! Best of all to you and yours.

  8. Rhonda I know how you feel! I'm a great at sewing myself, used to make all my own clothes, have made pillows, curtains, but never a slip cover! I can even weld! Yes, I said weld, and that's really scary cause it involves getting burned most of the time! But I really wanted to learn how to do it! I guess you just have to set your mind to something! Good luck with the slipcover, I can't wait to see your tutorial series!

    The wine bag is so cute! Resling in my favorite!


  9. Good for you!! Your work is beautiful and I know your sofa slipcover will be as well. And you'll have all of us to cheer you along! :)

    Thanks for the kind words.

  10. Great job, Rhonda! I love this! I think you could use that bag for lots of things, too. I have a tablecloth very much like that {packed away at the moment} that I got at my wedding shower 25 1/2 years ago. You go, girl! : )

  11. Very nice and I am looking forward to lots of excitement in this year ahead!! (slipcovering perhaps!)

    Happy New Years Rhonda!

    Art by Karena

  12. Oh I KNOW you can do it!! I can't wait to see the finished project! And I love the wine bag! I would leave it out year round!

    LOVE the scrunched ribbon too!

    Lou Cinda

  13. Hi Rhonda, Marian really is an inspiration for all of us. Her post was wonderful! Your wine bag from the tablecloth is so perfect, unique, vintage, and feminine. Thanks for the encouragement on the photos. I'm now addicted!

  14. oh goodness i wanna be fearless to..i cant wait for tutoral on slip covers!

  15. Rhonda- I got faith in ya,baby! Anybody that can miter the bottom of a bottle bag can make a slipcover. Probably 98 out of 100 reading this post never even THOUGHT about mitering a bottom for a bottle bag! Hugs- You go girl! xxoo Diana

  16. Rhonda,
    I'm sure it will be BEAUTIFUL as all of your work is...love that wine bag! I really like your new header...great pics. I need to change my header soon since the holidays are gone. Counting down to the big day...think we will going to Auburn to watch the game from there.


  17. Rhonda I too believe you can do it and can't wait to see how it turned out. Oh how I would love to be able to sew a cover for my couch.
    Just came by to wish you a very Happy New Year.

  18. Rhonda you have such amazing talents at so many other things I have no doubt that within a few weeks there will be a post with your sofa slipcover for all to view. I recently started taking an upholstery at the local community college. I have really enjoyed the new things that I have created in this class. My instructor said half the battle with these things is in the measurements. Good luck!

  19. Rhonda,

    I KNOW you CAN! I've seen your work and you can do anything you put your mind to!
    My mother won scholarships and awards for sewing but decided to become a nurse. She did teach me to sew but I haven't in years and forget most of what I learned. It's intimidating. Perhaps I will take the old gal out and give her another go -- my sewing machine, not my mother! -- after watching Marian's tutorial.

    Your Friend,


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