OUTDOOR CHAIR CUSHION COVER TUTORIAL

My favorite part of our new apartment is probably our red balcony! It's so nice to have a place at home where to go out and have some fresh air! Plus the weather couldn't be nicer these days! We have great plans for the balcony, we want to plant lots of flowers, herbs and buy/make nice outdoor lights! But as we just moved and there have been lots of things to buy and get ready first, I think we will have to wait until next summer because I guess that in less than we think, this balcony will be covered by snow! So, I don't think it would be worth to plant anything now...

Meanwhile, we wanted to enjoy a little bit of it and we recently bought a table, a couple of chairs and a grill! We have done some burgers already! :)

Last week I found a very pretty red striped fabric on sale that was just perfect for making a couple of outdoor chair cushion covers! I finished them on Friday and we've been enjoying our balcony even more this past weekend! They were super easy to make and I thought I would share a quick tutorial today! The process is practically the same you would follow to make an envelope cushion cover, the only difference is that I added four fabric strips that turned it into a chair cushion cover! 

Are your chairs in need of some chair cushion covers? If so, you are in the right place!

What do we need?





We need fabric, normal cushions, scissors, measure tape, straight pins, iron, sewing machine and thread. I used the cheapest cushions from IKEA, they were 14"x 14", a little bit smaller than my chair seats, but they looked fine at the end! They are just normal cushions which aren't meant to be chair cushions, but I wanted to try! 

Let's get started!



1. First, we need to know the dimensions of our cushions, in my case they were 14" x 14", a pretty small size! Then, we need to cut a piece of fabric that measures (the cushion width plus 1/2") x (the cushion height x 2 plus 8"). My piece measured 36" x 14 1/2". You also need to cut four fabric strips of 15" x 1 1/2" each (even if your cushion is bigger than mine, this size would work well. But you can always cut them larger if needed). 

2. Stitch a hem on each of the shortest sides (top & bottom). To stitch a hem, fold 1/2" to the wrong side of the fabric and press with an iron. Then, fold 1/2" again, press and stitch it.


Fold in half lengthwise your fabric strips with right sides of the fabric together. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the longest edge and also along one of the shorter edges. With the help of a screwdriver, turn the strips right side out and press them with an iron.

3. Lay out your fabric piece with right side of the fabric facing up. As shown in the illustration above, place two strips on each side of the fabric, leaving 6" of fabric above them (the raw edge of the strips must be left outside). Pin the strips in place.

4. Fold down, over the strips, the 6" of fabric left at the top. Pin in place.

5. Now, fold in half (wrong side of the fabric facing up) and pin in place. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the lateral edges as shown in the illustration above. Back stitch at the beginning and at the end.








6. Remove all the pins and turn the right side of the fabric out. Fill your cushion cover and place it on your chair. Use the fabric strips to tie the cushion to the chair. Enjoy!

If you just want to make envelope cushion covers, you can still use this method, just skip all the steps related to the fabric strips!

I can see the balcony from the kitchen windows and now I smile every time I see it! :) It's so awesome how we can improve the vibe of a place just by adding something so simple! I love it!

Have a great week!

Ingrid


WEEKEND SNAPSHOTS

Hello! It's been a quite crafty weekend over here! We have been mostly at home and I finally started cutting the beautiful denim and chambray fabrics you see above! I received them as a gift just before leaving California and I've been contemplating them since! They are so special for me that I wasn't able to cut them! But finally I am making a lap quilt and I think it's gonna be my favorite quilt of all times! I've already finished the top and hopefully I will quilt it next week! Looking forward to show it to you!



As you see I'm not the only crafty one here...:) Albert has a cool project going on too! A cork map to throw darts! He has already painted it white (the continents aren't painted) and it just requires some final touches!

We have been also painting the smallest room in our apartment...it still needs the second round, though. This room is going to be the Sewing Lab studio...hurrah!!:) It still needs a lot of work and we are taking it slowly! Meanwhile, I'm happily working in the living room!


Our red balcony has been our favorite spot to relax (thanks good weather!) and specially since I made on Friday these chair cushion covers! It's a quite comfy space now! :) Find the tutorial here.



Oh! and these past days we have seen the "night" again! I can't explain how well it feels to see the sunset  again once your day is almost over...beautiful colors!

OK, now let's get ready...Monday is here! Still a long way til the weekend!

Ingrid




HOME CURTAINS (PART 1/3): EASY MODE

Hello there! I'm a step closer to get the curtains of our apartment done. I've always had a terrible fear of making curtains! I really don't know why...does anyone here have the same fear? I've always seen my mom and mom in law making lots and lots of curtains and I always though, okay, I don't have to worry about curtains...they will help me out! But as I happen to be far from home, I didn't have a choice...I had their advice, though! Plus, I found a lot of white fabric on sale at IKEA.

I love white curtains, they look so clean!

I decided to start with the bathroom. I wanted to make the easiest and simplest curtain ever. As you see above, it isn't very fancy, but I think it's exactly what our bathroom needed. I plan to make more complicated curtains for the other rooms, but for now, I have to admit that it's been so fun to make this one, I am happy I did it this way. Now my fear is gone and I can plan the next ones.

So, if you are good at making curtains, the following won't be interesting at all! But I feel I need to explain how I did it, because there's so many people out there without curtains! (I spent 4 years while I was studying in an apartment without curtains...and I never bought or sewed ones, I know it's sad!). You just need to know how to sew a hem to make these easy curtains! (If you don't know how to sew a hem, don't worry! Find it below too!)

Let's get started!



1. First of all, you need to measure your window (height and width) and decide whether you want one or two panels (I made two panels because of our type of window). As a general rule you need to double the width of your window when making curtains. So, as I wanted two panels, both of them needed to have the same width as the window. For the height, just add 5 Inch to the height of the window. Remember to remove the selvage of your fabric!


2. To make the lateral hems, just fold 1/2" over and then fold 1/2" over again. Iron and pin in place. I didn't use pins and it worked fine, but this is up to you! Stitch the hems.

3. Repeat the same to make the top and bottom hems. Slow a bit the sewing speed when approaching to the corners, it may be a little bulky.

4. Finally, fold over again the top of your curtain (2") and stitch! TA-DA! Ready to hang!

It couldn't be easy, right?

I'm glad I tried, there's no reason to be afraid of making curtains! Well...at least for now! Hopefully next week I'll be sharing another type!

Have a great weekend!!

Ingrid


I LOVE WEEKENDS

Hey! How is your Sunday going? Our weekend has been really quiet around here, we have been resting, cooking, eating...obviously :) and enjoying the good weather.

Yesterday we went on a quick trip to IKEA in an attempt to pick up an outdoor table and a couple of chairs for our balcony, but unfortunately the model we wanted was out of stock...but, I found some interesting goodies to take with me home! :). I found the fabrics above on sale, I paid about 20$ for ALL (In Norway the yard of fabric costs more than 20$...I know, it's a lot!), I was happy to find big pieces of white fabric which will become curtains very soon... (I'm terrified, if never done curtains before!)



This fun cook book also came with us home! I love books, and I love cook books even more, so I couldn't resist! Plus...it will be a good exercise to practice Norwegian! Tomorrow I'm trying the first one :)

Let me introduce our first little cacti...because a home without a cacti isn't a home...(A friend just told me this is Aloe Vera which apparently isn't a cacti haha! Now I need to find a cacti, otherwise this isn't a home anymore xd) 

I've also spent some time envisioning a BIG PROJECT...but...more on that tomorrow...now someone is waiting me to watch a movie :)

Hugs!

Ingrid