Part 2 Restoring a Victorian Fainting Couch – Tear Down Time

So you REALLY want to restore a fainting couch. Well welcome back! If you didn’t catch Part 1, read on. In Part 2, we’ll explore the rationale for my fabric choice, briefly explore the tear down process, and how I chose the fabric. Demo is the love-hate part for me, and you’ll soon discover why. Might be the same for you. Tell me some of your beastly tear downs in the comments. Love with no judgement here. On to the project, Her Majesty the fainting couch awaits!

Sham-WOW! Make a Pillow Sham in Under an Hour

It started with an Elsa event. Elsa, my Huskie mix, has many such “events” that usually involve tearing something up that is fluffy. This time, it was a pillow sham. Thankfully not the pillow, just the sham. Which didn’t really matter though. I just bought those shams for a staging. Now I had only one and no way to repair it since the machine was packed. Elsa is fortunate that she has cute going for her… So flash forward, I still have no matching shams. I could just repair the torn one. But to be honest, sometimes a repair job…

Ruffled Burlap Christmas Tree Skirt

What you will need: *One yard of Burlap *One yard of Unfinished Cloth *One yard of Lace *Hot Glue Gun   What you will do  *Click the question mark for a video on how to cut a tree skirt.  *Once your tree skirt is cut and ready, you then cut your unfinished cloth into 8″ wide strips and start gluing your strips around the edges of the burlap, pinching the tops of the unfinished cloth and turning it over every 3 inches to make your ruffles. *Add lace or trim around the top of the ruffles and you have a…

Appliqued pillows

These scrap-buster applique pillows really caught my eye when I saw them on Cluck Cluck Sew. I had plenty of black and white fabrics to play with, and the blue and white fabric was a leaf print to begin with, so I just had to cut out the leaves. Just iron your fabrics to some Heat N Bond and then cut out your leaves. Then iron those onto your fabric. I zigzag stitched mine to the pillow because I liked how it looked. I added piping to one of my pillows, and both have an envelope back so that you…

Draft dodgers

I was trying to think what these would be called. I did a Google picture search for “draft dodgers.” Sure enough, these came up. But so did a picture of a hippie, which made me laugh. Well, we don’t need to have a discussion about war, but chilly houses? Maybe so. My first draft dodgers I purchased online, I guess before I could sew. Now I feel like a fool, because they are really easy to do. I filled mine with cedar because it’s supposed to be a bug repellent. In order to be able to change the cedar or…

Comfy back rest

When you’re done monkeying around, you’re bound to be tired. So sit back and relax on a comfy pillow back rest. I thought making something like this would be complicated, but it came together quickly, and this fabric was really nice to work with – it’s sturdy but soft to the touch.

Quick-change booster seat

Babies start trying to emulate “big people” from the very beginning. My 5 month old desperately wants to drink water out of a cup just like I do. So, naturally, they want to sit at the big table on big chairs as they get older. This cute little booster seat props up your little one and is easy to clean because of the simple, envelope opening on the bottom. Just pop out the foam and wash! Plus, isn’t this ocean fabric adorable?

Soft and squishy doggie bed

I don’t have a dog. Truth be told, I was looking for an excuse to make something out of this cute doggie fabric. I paired the dog fabric with some polka dots and houndstooth (houndstooth, get it!?). It’s an easy project and can save you tons over buying a bed at the store. This one will find a home with my niece-doggie Lipcee, but I had no opportunity to show her in action, or lack of action, while using it.

Coordinating box pleat pillows

I’ve said it before: Throw pillows are a tremendous rip-off. They often run $20 or more a piece, and they are one of the easiest things to sew. So let’s just all protest by making our own! This project lets you have fun with box pleats and learn to do an envelope style back. Use coordinating or contrasting fabrics so that something special “peeks out” between the pleats. I found this project at Sew4Home.

Sewing machine cover

Call social services. I abuse my sewing machine. Poor thing works so hard for me, and I leave it in front of an open window, uncovered, for half of the year. Dust, rain (like it ever rains in New Mexico), sunlight (there’s plenty of that!)… It was high time for a cover for my sewing machine, something to offer it a little protection from its mean old mommy and the elements. I found a quick and easy cover tutorial on Sew4Home. It really does take just minutes to make this, and my sewing room looks much prettier for it!