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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re-upholstered mystery chair on: July 05, 2009 08:27:14 AM
We were either going to send this chair to the dump or I was going to ruin it taking it apart, so it was a win-win scenario.  The foam was dientigrating.  But it's a very groovy chair, what with the mystery and all.




Before:





I had the upholstery samples (free) and spent about $60 in foam and batting from Hancock, who was having a foam sale the day I went shopping!

I took TONS of photos as I went and documented every part so I could figure out how to get it all back together.  Here are the results.  Please bear in mind I have never done any of this before, so my edges and piping are lumpy and bumpy and wonky, but I can accept it with the hodgey-podgyness of the chair.








The hardest part of this was removing a million staples and, surprisingly to me, the seat cushion.  I did that last, so maybe I was just burning out on the project.  It took about 10 days of fairly consistent work.  We also got a new tool out of this project, the pneumatic staple gun, which was absolutely necessary to penetrate the strange plastic frame.

Thanks for looking!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How to sew leather on: November 02, 2008 05:13:59 PM

I made off with 100+  5"x7" and 6"x8" leather samples from an interior decorator who is going out of business, all upholstery grade fabric.  I also have an old sewing machine from the 50's that I have sewn upholstery projects with, but is it leather-sturdy?

 Can anyone direct me to a place where I can find out how to join all these fabulous leather rectangles into a solid piece to make . . . . . ?   . . . . .the leather slipcover of my dreams? . . a funkadelic coat? . . . bedspread?

I hope someone can help!  Thanks so much!

Sarah
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / How to replace the sling in a sling chair cheap? on: April 19, 2008 07:30:14 AM
My husband and I just got a handed down patio set and two of the slings on the sling chairs are ripped.  Searching on line only found $60 replacement slings--too much.  Has anyone replaced a sling with something from the fabric store?

These chairs have aluminum frames and the slings are held in place with a spline.

Thanks!

Whamo
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Altering off the rack waistlines on: February 23, 2008 05:06:51 PM
Does anyone know a good site for a how-to on taking in waistbands?  If the pants fit my hips, they gap in the back.  I pretty much only buy thrift store clothes and I'm reluctant to pay to have it done.

Thanks!

Sarah
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Rainbow Bright and the color kids on: October 30, 2007 07:43:22 PM
Here's our band costume from last year.  I wanted both boys to be girls, but John insisted on being Red Butler.  Here we are, from left to right, Red Butler, Violet, Rainbow Bright (my hubby), and Patty O'Green (that's me).  I sewed Red's cape, Rainbow's skirt, the shoulder poof-straps, belts, sleeves and leggings (fabric store stuff) to altered thrift store finds, and Erin (Violet) made the yarn wigs, which really should be an entry all their own - they were hard.  I ironed on the rainbow from a printer thingy.

I missedout on posting it for the contest last year, and thought I'd do it just before the 31st this year.

Sarah, who had no costume this year
2006 - Patty O'Green
2005 - cereal character "Quisp"
2004 - we were all 4 Abraham Lincoln
2003 - biblical extras from the movies
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Arthritis pants for dog - need help on: July 11, 2006 08:00:14 AM
Has anyone made pants for dogs?

 I made a pair of pants last winter for our Leonberger (giant breed) who had cut the tip of his tail.  His enthusiastic wagging continued to reopen the cut, and at one point the vet mentioned 'amputation,' eek!  He told us that some boxer owners put tee shirts on the opposite way (back legs through sleeves, tail through neck) to keep them from chewing at a wound.  Maybe we could stick his tail through a sleeve and keep it from wagging?

The tee shirt didn't work on Whomper, so I bodged together some 'pants,' aka 'Whomper's Outfit', which he's very proud to wear, much to my surprise! I think it's because he gets a lot of attention in them.  His tail is bandaged in this picture - it was wrapped in gauze, then stuffed into a plastic syringe cover and wrapped with tape. He's all healed up now.



Now I would like to make him some tight fitting pants out of spandex with pockets that I can slip some cold packs into over his hip and knee joints.  He's 9 and has arthritis pains, even with the incredibly expensive dog food and pain medicine.  Whomper's outfit wound up stretching out of shape a lot, due to my lack of understanding about sewing with or against the bias of the fabric, so they can't be used for this purpose.  I need a snug fit on his legs.

Any suggestions? Sewing suggestions as to which way the bias should go (spandex) would be helpful.  Thanks!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES / Monkey Theresa of Calcutta on: July 06, 2006 07:51:25 PM


As I reflected on who an admirable person might be, someone no one could find anything bad to say about, Mother Theresa occurred to me.  It turns out a few people who have some complaints about her and discovered she'd been exorcised before her death.  At any rate, I was overcome with the vision of Monkey Theresa and the lepers of Calcutta



I probably spent way too much time on the lepers, and I may have disqualified myself by including them, but Monkey Theresa wouldn't have it any other way.



I also found out that lepers prefer crocheted cotton bandages.  I spent the 4th of July answering friends at a cookout that I was crocheting bandages for sock monkey lepers. The lighter colored leper has a little gangrene on his hand.

Sorry for the red background - I wanted to fool with the photos but ran out of time.

Here were most of my supplies. 


I really fixated on the blue stripes for Monkey Theresa's sari and found a terry cloth towel with the desired blue stripes at Wal-Mart.  I pulled the loops on a section of the towel so it would be flat on one side (this was very tedious and took a few hours).  I deeply regret not having a flesh colored sock for Monkey Theresa. My design changed from my original intention, but alas, it is late July 6 and there is no time left for revision.

Mother Theresa has been declared a saint based on a dubious medical miracle of a woman in India.  She claimed to have put a picture of Mother Theresa on her stomach tumor and was healed.  Her doctors, however, claim the treatments she received prior to this event may have something to do with it as well.

I hope to find my sock monkey lepers cured of their affliction in the morning.
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