Thursday, 10 February 2011

Recovered Toddler Couch

I hated the idea of buying a new toddler sofa for the Little Monster for $40, when I was SURE I could build one myself. I'd found this tutorial by ikatbag and so was continuously on the hunt while op-shopping for foam, since foam around these parts is NOT inexpensive. It's actually pretty ridiculous.

Then one day I found this, for $4 reduced from $8 at the local op-shop. Sadly, a week later that shop was one of the many businesses here that went completely underwater, so I guess I'm lucky I snapped this up when I did!

before. gross.
 Check it out though, ew. Stains everywhere and... Winnie the damn Pooh. The character I HATE the most! UGH I CAN'T STAND HIM. He's on par with me as that Elmo character, although Elmo truly creeps me out and Pooh just annoys the frell out of me.

So I cut the cover off, using the pieces as patterns and made a new cover for it! Surprisingly the foam was so clean and pristine underneath!

I used red tartan for the couch, an old Rancid tee I had scored at the thrift store as a patch for the front of it and I even added a blanket to the inside of it so he can snuggle in when he's watching Yo Gabba Gabba [the only thing that is allowed on tv when he is awake, even if he's not watching it]

The back even has an elasticised pocket to put things in. I'm yet to attach the base to it, I still have to go buy some big zips, but it's been holding up okay without a base for a good long month now!

In progress shot of the back pocket!

I will add a tutorial of sorts, and eventually I'll scan the pattern pieces and upload them for you. Let me tell you, if you're doing it the way I did, don't pull all the pieces apart straight away. Do it bit by bit, deconstructing and reconstructing as you go because otherwise you'll have a mass of pieces and have no idea how they go back together!!

I have all the tutorial photos ready, I'm just going to wait for a slow news day to put them up :)

Click below the cut for a happy baby modelling it!


Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Rock + Roll Sew-A-Long #3: Eyeball Skirt

Yeh like we need more skirts right? This month's Rock + Roll Sew-A-Long will be based on Mary Sew's "Have You Seen My Eyeball?" skirt.

I think I'm going to change mine up a bit, maybe make it into a slimmer fitting mini? The eyeball will still definitely be there and so will the blackness, I really need more black skirts in my wardrobe!

Click the link above for the tutorial on how to make this awesome skirt with Eyeball applique!

Don't forget to add your finished skirts to the Flickr Pool, so you can be featured here at the end of the month.


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Rock + Roll Sew-A-Long #2: Rock n Roll Ruffle Skirt

Tardy? Oh hells yes.

I better put up the bloomers you guys made from last time!

Stacey from Secret Life made these adorable black bloomers with spotty bows and buttons!

I taught my friend Elle how to sew, this was her second project. Cute hey! She used similar fabric to mine, but black polka dots. She used white lace on the hem and white and pink ribbon for the bows. She's now 20wks pregnant, I like to blame these adorable bloomers! ^_^

Now onto the Rock n Roll Ruffle Skirt! Using Thera's tutorial, we whipped up quite a few of these!


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Craftster best of 2010

So damn stoked! I didn't even know the Craftster Best of 2010 existed until I checked on there the other day for replies to a couch I'd recovered [more on that when I find the pics I took!] I was browsing through the best of when all of a sudden BAM right in the middle of the Reconstructed projects was my tutorial for bras!

So that made me feel all warm and fuzzy!

Craftster Best of 2010 Winner

Head over there now and check out all the otehr bests of! Quite a few are my friends so HURRAY FOR YOU GUYS!