Like my lovely business partner it's been a long time between posts. The shop has been pretty much all consuming and it's been such a long time since I've been back here. Days off have been spent working on fun shop stuff, sewing, printing, interwebbing... It's been almost four months now since we threw open the doors and it feels like we've got into our rhythm and time off is starting to feel like time off (well sort of). I've realised how important it is to try and stay away from the shop, at least one day a week and to spend that day on projects to make our little house a bit more liveable and a place I'm happy to come home too after a day surrounded by handmade goodness. Last week it was a bit of gardening and this week it was this:
Jazzing up of some daggy old bar stools.
I picked up these stools at my favourite second hand shop in Ipswich. They were in good condition, no tears on the seats, just a bit rusty. So... I removed the seats, removed all the rust with sandpaper and coated them with ocean blue kill rust (all instructions are on the spray can).
To make the covers I used some old jeans. I cut open the legs then traced around each of the seats with tailors chalk. I measured around the seats and worked out the width for the side pieces to give me plenty of material to roll under.
First I sewed up the seam on the side piece then attached the seat piece all with double stitching plus a top stitch to hold the seam down.
I was originally going to use the magic staple gun to attach the denim covers to the seats but then I decided that a better option would be elastic (things need to be washable with a toddler around). I made a casing for the elastic and threaded it through, zigzag stitched the ends of the elastic together and closed up the seam.
I pulled the elastic pretty tight as I wanted to make sure it pulled the cover round the seat nice and tight (it was a little tricky getting the seat in but with a little bit of wiggling it was ok).
To finish them off I screwed the seats back on to the legs and now we've got somewhere to sit when we eat our breakfast. YAY