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1  new life to my old sectional in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by iheartcooking on: April 27, 2014 10:10:53 AM
I just washed all the cushion slipcovers and they're a pain to put back on so no pic yet... but I have a big, sage green L-shaped sectional sofa that's about 6 years old.  It's good for our family because all 4 of us and the two dogs can all sit together to watch movies. 

My beagle is loving the couch sans covers:

We can't afford a new sofa, but there's a lot to like about this one.  It's got a nice profile, clean lines and angles rather than those awful 80's looking curvy round backs if you know what i mean. 

The back cushions have lost most of their shape because unlike the seat cushions which are foam, the backs are just filled with stuffing.  I'm looking into replacing the insides with foam but not sure if that will be affordable. 

I researched "upholstery paint" and "spray fabric paints" but most people reported their results as making the fabric stiff or shiny.  The upholstery is soft microfiber and I wouldn't want to lose that.  I can dye the slipcovers (maybe, I don't know if dye would take) but not the couch. 

I've changed out the pillows constantly it helps, but not enough. 

Now that I've given all the relevant background on my sofa, I'm hoping my fellow craftsters might have some ideas how I can give this sofa new life? It's been slept on, jumped on, peed on (my dog pees when she falls asleep) and abused but ultimately I'm trying to get a few more years out of it.  Not an unlimited budget but it's worth some investment. 

If you've seen a blogger out there that's done something like this, maybe a link? 

Anyone tried replacing cushions with foam? 

Non-stiff fabric paint? 


Thanks in advance. 

(MODs: I'm posting this in a couple different relevant threads to try to get more replies.)
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2  Avengers Silhouette wall art PIC HEAVY in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by iheartcooking on: September 23, 2012 05:44:02 PM
I don't know which thread this goes under.   Is it reconstructed?  I used torn-up magazine pages for the color, but the canvases and paint were all new materials.  Anyway, our house needs art, big time.  I wanted to make something that really reflects our family, instead of just buying something with flowers or whatever.  So, I give you: Avengers Wall Art! (mixed media)

I found silhouettes of four of our favorite Marvel heroes and printed them out onto contact paper, then cut out the silhouettes using an EXacto knife. 

On each canvas, I made a collage of colorful magazine paper, using one dominant color for each hero.  Hulk's is green with some purple, Iron Man's is red with some yellow, etc.  This was laid down using Paper Mod podge. 

Then, I lay the contact paper down onto the dried collage, and painted over them with a small roller.  The roller was my husband's idea, and a good one at that.  Some paint still seeped under the contact paper, making the edges a lot messier than I wanted.  However, this is not an issue when looking from a reasonable distance. 

I added some details my husband requested to make Cap, Spidey, and Iron Man look more like themselves.  They are just painted on with acrylic.

Here's what it looks like if your living room is really messy so you figure adding some art rather than cleaning up will help. 

Comments/critiques welcome.  This was a lot of fun to make!
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3  Photo "Canvases" made from cereal and snack boxes in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by iheartcooking on: September 22, 2012 03:29:08 PM

The bedroom was sorely low on artwork.  My house overall really needs some wall love.  So, here are some "canvases" I made to make our bedroom happy.  They are photos of my husband and me, lovin' on each other, to remind us to treat each other this way every day.  Seeing them makes us look in each others' eyes more often.  And I just wanted to make some cool art! 

Here's what I did: saved cereal and other shallow cardboard food boxes.  Painted over them with some white primer (after not doing so the first time and insuffficiently covering the logo) 

Then I printed pictures I liked on the laserjet.  The quality of our printer is just terrible.  But this was concealed when I mod-podged the pictures onto the boxes. 
Then, I painted the edges black, in a messy artistic sort of way, to cover the ends of the picture on all sides. 

The vignette you see below the pictures consists of some of our favorite books held up by bookends and a homemade vase that was a bottle with the inside spray-painted white. 
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4  Instagram-Inspired Family Photos Wall Art- pic heavy in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by iheartcooking on: July 30, 2012 10:43:27 PM

I've been wanting to make some cool wall art out of all these photos on my phone!  I'm a terrible photographer, but I'm the ony one we got.  I can't let all these mediocre photos go to waste, so I did what all my friends on the internet do, use all the filters built into Picasa (and some from Instagram) to make the photos look trendy and cool!  I cropped them all to squares of equal size and printed them out with my inkjet:

(My dog wanted to help cut the pictures out, but I explained to her that she could not because she had no thumbs)

I wanted to mount these on something cheap or free, and I scored!  The lady at JoAnn let me have a couple of the cardboard inserts that bolts of fabric come on.  I had my son paint them black. 

I let the paint on the boards and the ink on the photos dry for a full day before moving on. 
After cutting out the photos, I arranged them on the boards to make sure the different colors were spread out and made a tile effect, then drew lines onto the boards to guide me where to place the pictures.  I then carefully Mod-Podged them on.

they took about a day to dry, and then I mounted them with some poster strips (command?  3M? Eh I don't remember.)

There was some measuring and messing around with the computer to make these fit nicely, which would be too boring to read, and too much of a pain to go into.  It did take some math to make this happen.  But it was fun, and now that I have some practice, I'd like to make a nicer one with better materials. 

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5  Finn Hat for my boy in Costumes: Completed Projects by iheartcooking on: July 30, 2012 10:15:49 PM
My stepson told me the other day he is so glad I can sew because he loves cosplay!  We have taught him to be proud of his nerdy side, especially since we a re a huge family of nerds.  Anyway, on to the good stuff. 

I made him his Finn hat per his most recent request.

Finn is the hero of our favorite show, Adventure time. 

 I found a pattern here: http://www.gallerynucleus.com/pop/1280

Measured his head and then adjusted the pattern to fit.  Bought some fleece, and basically made two of everything, carefully sewed the two hats together and turned righside-out through a small hole on the inside.  He wears it all the time even though it's almost 80 degrees these days. 

I'm proud, this is the most professional looking thing I've ever made, and he loves it, which makes me happy.
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6  High Waisted Vinage inpired Bikini from Tankini in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by iheartcooking on: April 23, 2012 02:32:01 PM
It started with a pretty boring Land's End tankini that I actually sort of liked, it was conservative and simple, but I don't like those high thighs and I've been wanting a vintage-inspired hi-waisted swimsuit, so I thought I'd chop this one up!  Here's the before:

So I started by adding some leg coverage.  I wanted to use some hot pink fabric I had from a skirt whose waistband I'd used to make my space skirt: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402724.msg4736186#msg4736186
I wasn't sure how to go about attaching them but the technique worked well, I just patched on some rectangles, pinned them on, trimmed and sewed!

I then tucked the pink panels under and tried to make it as even as possible while getting some butt coverage.  

To embellish the top, I added some tucks to create a sweetheart neckline and added a pink button I found:

I cut the bottom off the top, and added it to the bottoms to create a high-waist, then addded a couple more buttons for cuteness!  

The finished Product:

The photos would look better if I cleaned the smudges off the mirror instead of crafting! Oh well...
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7  Adventure Time canvas sneakers- lotsa pics in Shoes: Completed Projects by iheartcooking on: March 07, 2012 09:28:57 AM
These were some old Airwalks that look like classic slip-on Vans basically.  I've been looking everywhere for white canvas shoes I could color on, but I got impatient so I painted these old black ones white with soft fabric paint and then went to town!

Our whole family loves Adventure Time, so I wanted to make shoes to show some love to Finn, Jake, and the Princesses! 

The Shoes


Lumpy Space Princess & Bemo (to whom I added a face after this was taken, oops!)

Lady Rainicorn, Finn & Jake

Marceline the Vampire Queen, and Princess Bubblegum

You can now get plain white canvas shoes at Forever 21 for $6.50.  They're only available this time of year!
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8  Space Skirt from kids' bedsheets in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by iheartcooking on: January 25, 2012 11:41:12 PM
I hung on to these bed sheets from the thrift store for months, wanting to make a dress, but way too unsure of myself to make one... So finally I decided to make a trendy maxi skirt, using the elastic waistband from a skirt I didn't love.  It was my first time installing a zipper, and gathering.  Two new skills, learned!

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9  My First Recon Post in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by iheartcooking on: June 28, 2011 09:55:13 AM
First of all, thanks to everyone on this board- for several years I've been deriving inspiration and giving nothing back!  So here are my recons, nothing amazing but I'm pretty proud of them, and without Craftsters I never would have tried!

Sorry, these are low-res iphone photos. Still, hope you get some inspiration! No before pict, just imagine everything boy-shaped!

Here is the skirt I made from my 8-yr old stepson's outgrown cargo shorts.  Girl clothes never have these awesome cargo pockets! 

A halter top I made from my husband's superhero shirt that got a hole in it.  (I was coveting the shirt for a long time wanting to do something to it, waiting for it to die!)

Yep that's my toilet in the background. 

Finally, a giant pullover white hoodie, reconned into a fitted, open front jacket.  This was my first time adding darts and it wasn't too hard at all!

Haha my butt is really lumpy in this picture!
Oh well...

Thanks again for the inspiration! 
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