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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New kitchen chair covers from repurposed jeans on: February 03, 2013 09:30:58 AM
I used three pairs of old jeans to recover these kitchen chairs.  One was standard pale blue fade, one was a pair of silver jeans that I used to wear clubbing (!) and one was a dull blue with a brown-ish wash.  I cut them into strips and sewed them together into various sized stripes with my sewing machine (this was also my first sewing machine project, I've always sewn by hand before).

I'm pleased with the results, although they're a bit wavy here and there where I had to pull them tight to staple them onto the seats.  I was on a deadline as someone needed to borrow the chairs, what I might do is take them off and make them into fitted covers that can just slip over the seat pads without having to staple.  Happy with them though, they look cool in my kitchen.  The silver denim is a lot shinier in real life than in the pics!

(Disclaimer: floor needs cleaning!)

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 1st cross stitch attempt, phonetic alphabet & a nod to Adam Ant on: February 03, 2013 09:17:27 AM
My first ever cross stitch and my second:

I really enjoyed doing these, totally addictive. I can't wait to do some more, just have to find a cool pattern for the next one!
13  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Another lurker on: January 25, 2013 08:01:17 AM
I've been lurking a long time and finally joined up in the hope that it'll motivate me to use up some of my ever expanding stash and maybe join some swaps.  I've loved this site for ages but haven't had the time to craft much, I like all crafts and love trying new ones Smiley
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