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Friday, January 27, 2012
Say it isn't Sew!
I'm about as good of a seamstress as our wonderful pup, Canyon (note, she doesn't have THUMBS!), so when Joe bought me a sewing machine a few years ago it was like buying Helen Keller a pair of reading glasses; a lovely thought but not terribly useful! While I channel Betsy Ross with high hopes and big expectations of transferring my creative thoughts to fabric someday, today I need a quick solution for recovering some throw pillows for a client. While rummaging through her basement looking for extra lighting, I came across spools and spools of vintage fabric. If I hired the local upholsterer to make a few throw pillows, the cost could sky rocket beyond our budget (quotes ranged from $75-100 per pillow), so I flew down to Michael's Arts and Crafts store and picked up a few packages of sewing tape for $3.99/each. I grabbed her old throw pillows, wrapped them with the retro fabric find from the basement and with a few strips of sassy tape, created fabulous pillows without lifting a stitch! TIME TO COMPLETE TASK: Ten minutes each pillow COST: $3.99 for tape. Fabric was a sweet find in the basement for FREE QUICK TIP: Before tossing out old fabric think of interesting ways to re purpose it like creating new pillow covers, drapery, recovering dining chairs or even framing pieces of it in a cool frame. Getting creative is easier and CHEAPER than you might think!