Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pink Capris

Elizabeth requested a pair of Capri's since she outgrew all of the ones she wore last summer. While digging in my stash I found some pink fabric leftover from a poodle skirt I had made two years ago. This fabric was not only heavy enough for the Capri's but it was the perfect color as well.
I really love Capri's because they are modest as well as comfortable.
 Elizabeth has been asking me to add pockets to the clothes I make her and this time I remembered!
 Both the pockets and the hem have been trimmed in machine embroidery.
I really like how these came out and plan to make Elizabeth another pair or two.
Some of my fondest memories are of the clothes my mom made for us kids grown up; it's fun keeping this tradition alive :O)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Attempt at making a Seat Cover

Growing up I remember my grandma recovering the seats in her car. And I remember my mom recovering our living room couch. So when the cracks in my van seat began growing, and the foam became visible, I decided to take a deep breath and make my own seat cover. If mom and grandma could do it, then so could I.
I decided to quilt the cover so it would be thick and stout. The first layer was denim, then quilt batting and for the top layer I used a soft grey upholstery type fabric. For the actual quilting straight lines were used; this type of quilting feels wonderful and is quit heavy duty.
 The outer overhang was doubled and elastic inserted to help the cover fit snug.
Once the cover was on the seat I was very pleased with how well it fit.
The elastic worked very well keeping the overhang snug against the lower section of the seat.
 I added ties to several areas so the cushion wouldn't shift too much while getting in and out of the van.
Now that the bottom of my seat is finished I plan to make another cover for the top section. It was a little hard to begin this project, since I had never tried making a seat cover, but I'm glad I didn't let my fear and doubt stop me.

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