Am I allowed to show sewing on a knitting blog? Well I have to admit the knitting content has been sorely lacking recently.
I decided I wanted to try some sewing after looking at all the lovely creative things people make and sell on sites like Folksy and Etsy. Not that I am creative or original enough to sell things – I can follow someone else’s pattern and that’s just about where it stops. But our couch cushions are looking a bit sad so I thought I’d start with making some new covers.
We took a trip yesterday to the Lady Heyes Centre, which is a collection of little buildings all housing independent artsy and craftsy shops. I’d discovered there was a shop there called Sew Simple so headed in for some fabric. After a while I picked out two colours of cotton fabric and some matching sewing thread. It was quite expensive and looking back it was more of a patchwork material shop, so they were quite fancy cotton fabrics. Next time I’ll pop to Abakhan I think as they have all kinds of different fabrics, not just posh cotton.
Anyway, this morning I set about making cushion covers. Two and a half hours later I was very pleased with the ONE cover I had produced!
I didn’t know how to do zips or buttonholes so I did an internal flap thingy like you have on pillowcases, that you tuck the cushion under. This is the detail of the fabric….
This is a light brown and I also got some in a sagey green.
After lunch I started again and have cut out and tacked all the bits for two more covers. I’ll sew them together after I’ve taken the dog out in a minute. I’m pleased at my efforts so far considering I’m a novice sew-er and didn’t use a pattern!!