So, I have a little confession to make before I get into trawling your wonderful makes! I haven’t completed my project :(. I feel like the worst host ever, but I was inadvertently left without a table on which to use my sewing machine for nearly three weeks, which has inevitably left me very little time to complete ANYTHING I need to. I’m behind with my sewing projects already BUT, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s my WIP so far…
The Scrappy Patchwork Chair
The purpose of ‘You Complete Me’, was to bring to light just how many WIPs us crafty lot have and really take the time to get ONE thing finished. I blame external incidents for my unfortunate half-finished masterpiece, that and a particularly nasty delivery driver. BUT, it has been fabulous to see so many of our #craftblogclub crew working so hard on projects they had near forgotten about, over the last few weeks – my Twitter feed has been littered with lovely WIP photos and posts and I can’t WAIT to see some finished projects. So please, do link up below and share your work!
For my ‘You Complete Me’ challenge, I decided to challenge myself with some new crafting ideas and creating something of a statement in my lounge. These old chairs were given to
us me by some relatives who had no use for them anymore. Though they were specifically ‘conservatory chairs’, at the time I really liked the shape of them and the comfort too – plus the footstool would be a great added extra for lazy knitting evenings sat in front of the TV. They did, however, need a lot of TLC and I thought our ‘You Complete Me’ challenge would be the perfect time for me to get to grips with covering them.
As I’m in the midst of painting and DIY-ing my house at the mo, I decided to try and make this chair a real statement in my lounge. I had already painted a red accent wall and decided to trawl through my fabric and see how little I could spend patchworking the chair. I had a lot of teals, turquoises and blues, which I felt would blend in really well with the red. To finish, I decided to contrast the footstool by knitting a stripy cover using the same colour palette. This would blend in with the blue hues on my sofa cushions and I even have a couple of knitted squares, ready for a sofa throw in the same palette too. What could go wrong, thought I? Well, to be honest, I’ve never patchworked a thing in my life.
Being the renegade crafter that I am, I thought starting off with big patches measured, ironed and sewn into place, couldn’t be too difficult – luckily I possess a lot of the ‘how hard can it be’ attitude, so the effect is already really starting to look great on the chair. Being quite the sewing novice still, I decided to sew each of the top cushion sections and leave an open end on both. I’m toying with the idea of hand-sewing press studs to secure the cover in place, but it does seem to fold and sit quite nicely without, which I’ll be thankful for when it comes to washing the covers! I’ll get there, just not this month. I did have to purchase a little more fabric, but the total spend on this project was just £11.98 – though I should replace the foam at a later date too.
I’m planning to get this baby finished as soon as I can, then I’ll post some finished photos and updates on my new lounge. It has been a great way of working with patchwork and I do feel I’ve created something really unique for my home too. I think it has a charm to it, the not-so-perfect patches, there is something quite fairytale-cottagey about it, which I think I quite like! Just nod and smile.
So what about you guys? What have you been up to and DID you manage to complete this project on time?? Stay tuned, I’ll be setting up a #CraftBlogClub makes board on Pinterest to showcase our wonderful work!
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