Sunday, November 15, 2009

7 hours!!! Good Grief.


Last weekend my sweetie and I were out Garage Sale-ing and found this old ottoman for $5.00. I have been wanting to add one under my desk in my studio for quite a while now and it was the perfect size. So I took it home, and today decided my project would be to try to make a slipcover. It's taken me 7 hours give or take. (I'm shaking my head in shame) One stupid mistake after another caused me to fix things a couple of times but I'm finally finished and very happy with the results....


It's not perfect, but it's close enough for me! I found these fabrics at a discount fabric store near me and fell in love. That's cotton duck on the bottom. I tried something new this time and bought plain cotton cording to make the piping myself so it would match the top. Much more time consuming but I think it gives it a little more professional look.


No more sewing slipcovers for me for a while. This was A LOT of work!!!! But I'm glad I did it.



63 comments:

NicNacManiac said...

Gorgeous...the next one you make will take you half the time and the next will be even less!!
The fabric is so pretty and I love the ruffle!! Enjoy the rest of your evening!! xOxO Nerina

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

It looks great! You did a wonderful job, I think. I am a sewer but I am not sure I could do something like this and have it turn out as well as yours. Very pretty!~Patti

Jackie said...

I love it!

Marilyn said...

Wow...Turned out perfect it looks like to me. Love the fabric.

Teresa said...

Nice job! Don't you just hate it when it takes so much longer to complete a project than you imagined it would? Lovely.

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

I wish you 7 hours of compliments! It is beautiful! I have an old hassock I want to cover, just bc it has always been around and useful. I am not a sewer, but in my mind I am! I have it planned, but...yours is amazing!
~Nancy

Brynwood Needleworks said...

It's really lovely, Karen. Don't you just hate it when things take longer than you originally anticipated? argh!

I'm launching my 200th Post Giveaway tomorrow. Hope you'll stop over to visit!

Blessings,
Donna

sissie said...

I really love what you did with the ugly ottoman. The slipcover is gorgeous. You did a great job!

chicroses said...

Your ottoman is gorgeous.You did a good job. I bet it was kind of fun sewing it. Now you should take a pic of where you are going to place it.
About you sweet little boy Rocky is he a springer spanial? As I scrolled down.. there he was. As you remember maybe.. we just put our Hank down last march. So I melt when I see a springer spanial. hugs to Rocky! Sally

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This turned out great, Karen! I love the fabrics you chose!

Lenore said...

Wow!!!An absolutely fabulous makeover....it looks like it was well worth your time and effort.

Nancy said...

Great job! You are so talented. And it looks very professional. No one would ever know that it took you 7 hours!! Way to hang in there!
XO Nanxy

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

It looks beautiful, love the fabrics!
Hugs~Kelly

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness! It's gorgeous! The fabrics are perfect and the deep ruffle is divine. You did a fabulous job!

Lynn Richards said...

Oh my!!! It is aMAzing!! So beautiful. I would imagine worth every minute and a labor of love!!!
lynn

Linda K. said...

It's stunning, Karen! Comfy and cozy for your studio. Stop over for a super giveaway! Tell all your bloggy friends!

Blessings,
Linda

Queen of Dreamsz said...

That turned out great! The piping really does add that special touch. Good for you..on not giving up! Sewing is all about trial and error..how else to we learn, right! :0)

Scatter Bliss,
Stephanie

Outofmymind said...

O MY GOSH!!! I'm coveting the footstool and also your ability to sew! It's BEAUTIFUL!!!When you are tired of it look me up!

Mary said...

Karen, you did a beautiful job...the slipcover is gorgeous! I adore the rose pattern in the top, and you did a superb job on the welting...it does take time, but adds the decorator finish to it that is well worth the effort. I've also made slipcovers, and once the project is completed, I don't want to think about another one for a long, long time!

You should be very pleased with yourself for a job well done!

God bless,
Mary

SharDon Exclusives said...

Very very nice redo! Only you will see the mistakes because from my point of view it is perfect!

Viola said...

Really gorgeous! You did a great job, Karen! :)

Sue a/k/a MOUSEMOM40 said...

Wow! This is just beautiful! I love the color! Oh, and so you don't feel bad, it once took me several hours to make 2 pillowcases. My sewing machine is like a defiant teenager that cannot or will not behave. It's been in the time out closet for awhile now. LOL. Hugs!

CeCe said...

You did a great job! Cording takes a lot of time but yes, it certainly does add to the looks to make it match. Do you know the trick of making the bias strips for the cording out of a square of fabric? If not, you should google it as it is a big help. My books are packed in boxes at the moment and I know not where to find them or I would tell you.
Love the top fabric and I always love canvas. What discount store did you use? I might want to visit it!
Enjoy your new creation. It is lovely.

Karen said...

Well - at least it turned out beautifully! 7 hours . . . you sound like me!!! But it probably would've taken me 17 hours - a seamstress I do not profess to be. LOL.
Great job!
HAGD! Karen

Christine Edwards said...

Wow! Gorgeous! The effort certainly paid off. I can certainly relate to the stupid mistakes and doing things over 2-3 times...seems to be a pattern I've found myself in lately. (big sigh) Thanks for sharing your great makeover!

prashant said...

It looks great! You did a wonderful job, I think. Work from home India

Atelier de Charo said...

Great job and a pretty fabric!

The White Bench said...

Hi Karen Valentine,
you did such a tremendous job with your ottoman!! My Granny used to say that the amount of time it takes you to make things is not visible, it is the result which is important! I don't count the hours I use to finish off my creations, a makeover or everything I do anymore... it takes me soo much time to do even small or simple things (and now that my hands give me trouble even more than usual!), but what's important to me is the result! I am in awe of that beautiful ottoman you've made with patience and love, and the color combo is fabulous too! I know how difficult could be cover cording and insert the piping (I too made it myself for some pillows), but I totally agree with you, it makes things look so professional!
Hugs,
Monicax.

sissie said...

I said it before and I'll say it again......you are a really talented artist.
Thank you for visiting my blog and I'm proud to display your button.

Annabelle said...

It turned out great! Only 7 hours? I still wouldn't be finished! :)

Charlene said...

IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful! Oh Karen you did an amazing job! I want to learn to do that so badly. But, I think we had that discussion. Hee Hee. The cording does give it such a finished look. GREAT JOB!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Wow Karen, it's amazing what you made out of that ugly thing! It's such a gorgeous piece of furniture now! You have chosen a beautiful fabric and did an awesome job sewing the slipcover!

Jeannette said...

HI Karen! Take it from someone who has done this also YOU DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB! It looks very very professional and you'd pay a lot lot more than the five dollar base price tag! Excellent job and I like your background change on your blog too! Have Fun - Sincerely, Jeannette

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

I love the muted fabrics....7 hours WHEW!

It looks very professionally done.
You are so good at doing those sort of things...I would have tried to slip a sheet over it and hot glue the trim~lol

Susan S. said...

I'm impressed...that probably would have taken me 7 DAYS! It's beautiful and such a great way to repurpose that ottoman! GOOD JOB!

Cyn said...

Beautiful! I wish i knew how to make slipcovers..but I don't. ;9 Maybe someday I will tackle that.

Dreams and Decor said...

So gorgeous! Your perseverance paid off! I'm loving those fabrics you chose. You turned such a bargain into a really stylish piece of furniture! (Wish I could sew like that!)

And Karen, a huge thank you for the info you gave me about the digital scrapbooking photo borders! I am going to check them out on the internet. I just had no idea where to even start until the info from you! You are so sweet to help!! I wanted to print out a vacation photo for a friend with a border like that! She will love it! I will let you know how it comes out! Thanks again, Patti

T's Daily Treasures said...

Even if it doesn't look perfect to you, it looks perfectly beautiful to the rest of us. I could never attempt anything like that since I can't even sew a button on anything and get it to stay. :) Blessings, Tammy

Rosemary said...

Wow!
Great job!
I love it, I can't sew!
Rosemary

caren said...

Oh, it is beautiful!!! Such wonderful work you do....I'm a bit jealous! lol

Cottage Rose said...

Beautiful; I love it,, you did a a wonderful job, for only 7hrs... it would have taken me two days... lol love the colors...

Have a great week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Linda said...

Seven hours...that would be a record for me!!! It looks outstanding...thanks for sharing it! Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings,
Linda

Debbies Doodle said...

wowo i am impressed. $5. .. 7 hours.. not bad.. what a great piece.. you did good ... the edging really adds to the look.. nice.
Deb

Debra said...

Hello My Friend,
I'm a stranger to blogging for too long. Loving your new ottoman, it's very nice, give yourself a big hug! I did a makeover in my studio it's black and white now and I covered my bedroom chairs for my space. Made some pillows, lots of yard work now it's cool. Your yard is a dream, I don't have a green thumb.I'm getting ready for the holidays. I hope all is well with you.

Natacha said...

It is so beautiful Karen! I wish I could make something like that, but I don't even know how to use a sewing machine...

Martha, Vintage Trifles said...

Karen, What a beautiful transformation! You did great, but I know what you mean about time consuming. Thanks for your sweet comments and I wish you could come for one of the shows! I guess we will have to keep in touch through Blogland! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Martha

Ana said...

Hi Karen,
I think it looks perfect. Nice job. It was definitely worth your time and effort. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

angie said...

what an adorable before and after! you did a foabulous job. :)

Elyse said...

hi charlie brown -- i mean -- karen,

beautiful results!

xo

Bea said...

Loving the slipcover! You did a great job!

julie Haymaker thompson said...

OH Karen!!! Awesome and yes ottomens are a lot of work but slipcovers are sooo worth it. I am a big fan of slipcovers.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

It turned out beautiful, Karen. You have a lot more patience than I and it shows in your lovely ottoman.
~Tracie

starsfault said...

I disagree! I this is IS absolutely perfect. The different fabric on the skirt is really a great touch and the cording, while a pain, I know, really does take it up several notches.

Most Excellent!

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Queenie said...

Congratulations on this gorgeous slipcover! It looks amazing and I love that fabric!
Hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Big Hugs,
Queenie

Cindy-Stitches-N-Stuff said...

Hi Karen, I've missed seeing you. I had to drop off of white wednesday. I can't keep up with my followers, my sewing, my kids and grandkids and everything else. But I do miss you. You are so dang talented.

Come and join my followers and you can be included in my christmas drawing. I'm drawing a name next week.

Have a great Thanksgiving
cindy@stitches

iggysmiles said...

It's beautiful; 7 hours, you have a great sewing gift. I wish I could whip something out. You'll only get better. Great work!

Karen said...

Awe, I was just going to tell you I have two chairs you can recover! Great job, it's gorgeous! No way would I tackle that! Karen

Faded Charm said...

Thanks for letting me know Karen. I totally understand and sometimes it can get stressful. Thanks for being one of the first to have faith in me.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Kathleen

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Fabulous! Just fabulous! Love the fabrics and loooooooove the flirty skirt!
Great job girlfriend!
bunny hugs,
shell

Hanne said...

This looks perfect! You did a great job!
Hanne

elsiee said...

GORGEOUS!!! and it only took you 7 hours!! I'm impressed!!

Gayla said...

I think you did an amazing job. It is wonderful. Very talented.

Barbara Jean said...

sweet!!

barbara jean

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