Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ya-Hoo! The Coatroom Bench is Finished!

The finishing touches are now in place on my bench.  I can mark it off my list!  Today, I completed the slipcover for the seat and I hung a wreath on the window above the bench. The bench had been painted last week.  It just needed the slipcover.

I began sewing the slipcover yesterday.  I took my time and machine-basted the piping in place so it would have nice corners.  Everything went well, except I ran out of time.

Today, I was eager to finish up, 
not knowing how much *fun* I was going to have.  
Let's just say things didn't go as smoothly today.

I sewed the top to the sides and that went pretty well, other than the fabric being a nightmare to work with.  Note to self:  Do not try to use piping with thick, heavy, stretchy fabric.  When I finished the top, I felt all smug.  It looked pretty darned good.

The bottom half, which was the exact same size as the top half, refused to be pinned in place so that it lined up.  I pinned and re-pinned and re-pinned... at least a dozen times.  I finally resorted to sewing it together in bits and pieces and taking it up here and there to make it meet.  Foul language was involved.  Luckily, it looks fine, except for the fold bumps in the piping, which should settle down soon. No one but me will be aware of how I cheated to make it go together.  Well, I guess if you read my blog, you'll know.  :-)

I put the slipcover on.  It was far easier putting it on than putting the under-slipcover over the raw foam.  It looked good, but the vignette needed something more.  

How about a wreath?  A cute, small, natural wreath.  I don't have one and am not patient enough to wait and find the perfect thing.   I pulled down a spare wreath, hot glued small pinecones, finished it out with yard sale ribbon that just happened to look nice with all the colors in the slipcover and pillows.

By the way, this is the inspiration photo that I've had in my files for several years. I'm one step closer to the look I have in mind.  I've had this photo so long, I can't remember where it came from.  If you know, please tell me!  I like to give credit where it's due!

Oh, yes.  Much better.  So here it is.  Not perfect, but pretty enough to make me very happy.

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  1. you did a great job! I don't like no one looking on the back side of my sewing projects either. :) The bench is adorable, along with the wreath.

  2. From one bench lover to another, you not only did good, you did fabulous!!! I love it and now want to copy cat you and make a big cushion for one of my benches :)

  3. Beautiful! What a cozy little spot to sit as I can see someone has already figured out! :)

  4. Very pretty! Stopping by from MetMonday. It looks as pretty as your inspiration photo. I love the details of the fabulous cushions too.

  5. Beautiful job!! No one will ever notice.. : )
    I do upholstery & I can tell you that as you sew on piping, it tends to gather the fabric a little, so the bottom will not fit as well. It will be bigger than the top, as the top has been gathered... I tend to pin both sides before I sew. Now the upholstery shop I worked for did not like that I took that much time, but I was pretty fussy... you want corners to atleast come together...for me, it pays, rather than taking the top off & trying again... : )
    BUT again.... it looks marvelous!

  6. Oh my! It's just fabulous! I gotta tell you, my sewing machine is now in retirement, which makes me appreciate projects like yours even more;)

    Thanks so much for linking up to Passion for Paint!



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