Go me! The couch is officially finished! I made some puffy armrests out of some of the new pillow cases from the previous post and I added some pluff to the seats to help disguise the bare bones shape under the blanket. While it doesn't look like it's an actual couch, I don't really think you look at it and say "Hey! That's a camp couch!" and it's really comfortable, compact for the room which is already packing so much in, and is easy to fold up and tuck into a corner even with the slipcover on. I think it was a really good, inexpensive project that does the job I hoped it would, better than I expected.
Even though I was concerned about the idea of the woven cover getting pulls and loops in it, the other option I had was a fleecy kind of material that would grab onto everything that touched it and look really dirty. Pro vs. Con... The woven material also looks really good with the crocheted floor mat my cousin made and that helps it tie into the room better. I really need to do all I can to dress up the room since I live in a rented "All White Special", y'know? I think it's helped do that!
To support the stress points when you sit, I stitched with the yarn darning style and I littered it with all the stuffed animals and now I find it inviting and cute! I don't often get into the closet, so right now it's a good spot for it. And by the way, I don't spoil my baby by giving her a lot of toys. Those are all mine. She's only borrowing them. Let that be well-known right now!
While I'm on the topic of baby things- no, this isn't a baby themed blog per se, but since I have a daughter, I do things for her here and there. There are too many really good baby blogs that already do their job well.
In the end, I finally was able to paint the inside of the globe to make the continents green for a little visual contrast. I decided to replace the globe upside down. Globes are always drawn with the richest countries on top and I like the reminder to look at the world in a new way and point out that there are other places out there than just the US and Europe.
I looked at the 'book' with the pictures of the animals and thought about how I'd wanted to open them and put in pictures of distant family or replace a bell in one of the spinners that doesn't work well, but this thing is sealed like a high security prison. Forget that!
So... can't pull off the toys, don't want to pay to repaint the parts... That leaves the seat!
The material is one of my receiving blankets that has all the different colors of the play center in it, but it's a much more muted pattern. I laid the seat out and traced around the flat side and then the bottom half of the side with darts and cut out the shapes with my serger to finish the edges.
I'm still learning how to make patterns, so I didn't know how to measure and cut out this piece. I pinned it in the legs and then met it on the sides with the piece I knew was right and then fit the darts in to make it smooth. The leftover here, that I'm motioning over, I ran through the serger to cut it off and finish it.
We're enjoying sitting on the floor today.
When it was all pinned and the darts found out and sewn, I turned it inside out and put it over the old cover and ran stitches around the holes. I didn't want to replace the fabric because I knew the factory sewn seat would have been made in such a way as to be very sturdy and safe so covering was the better option. I didn't add an underside cover because I wanted the safety warnings to be visible to whoever takes this seat after I am done with it. That meant it was a little trickier to get the leg holes smooth, but it's not too obvious and I felt it was important to not cover the under side.
The finished project leaves the grommets for attaching it to the seat ring uncovered.
The seat is now a ring with toys around it rather than a giant eyesore color puke pile! Yay! Even though red, blue, and primary colors aren't what's going on in my family room or nursery, I'm really glad that this seat is at least mellowed out a little. I also think it'll be easier to resell it for what I had to buy it for used in the first place. I bet I'm not the only person who will be glad to have a play center with more muted colors on the unit. x....x
Now a shop update:I've been working on new things for the shop and stockpiling for these next few months so I can reopen with a selection. Unfortunately, my last video file got corrupted and I lost all the footage of my sister and I working together making cards and my new mini scrapbook cards so I have nothing to show for the making, but I -have- finished them!
The books are all filled with little scrapbooking accents, cards, labels, picture corners, and all kinds of other little bits so you can jot secrets, keep a small brag book in your wallet or purse, or send a surprise message to a friend as a gift. They use hand printed paper in neutral and gold stripe and have inside grunged floral covers and a recycled brown exterior the size of a gift card. Each book is hand stamped and sewn biding and have four or more double sided pages with decorated insides.
You can see some more clips on my Flickr gallery.