My mother taught me to sew at a young age... I still so clearly remember her patiently standing behind me, reminding me to go slow, to keep everything lined up right, to pull my pins... and then handing me a seam ripper to take it out and try again.
I love to sew. Sometimes I'm hell bent on getting everything perfect, and other times, I just want to churn it out quick. Today was a "quick" day, and that's OK. Not everything, not every day, needs to be perfect.
Today was about quick and easy solutions. And what problem can't be solved by sewing? Well, a lot of them, I'm sure, but a jumbo wire dog crate in the living room is one that sewing can solve. It hides the ugly and contains the dirt.
It's not hidden. It doesn't blend in... but it's huge... there's no way... so, make it fun. Measure all the sides, leaving one open. I had 56" fabric so I cut one long piece to drape/cover the sides and top. I hemmed the front edge with a wide 2" hem. Make sure to cut it long enough to account for the bottom hem on both sides too. For the back, I cut a piece 2 inches wider and taller than the measured crate end (for seam allowances and the hem). Sew the back square to long, unfinished side of the larger top and sides piece. The corners are tricky when doing it as one continuous seam, but hey, do your best. Today is not about perfection. Then, hem the whole bottom at once.... and viola! It's a dog crate cover.
Not perfect. Not totally tailored. Not ironed.... but it's done. It does the job and it adds color and fun to the room.
With the left over dog crate fabric and some super fun lime and navy fabric I picked up, I recovered the sofa cushions. Some of the old cushions were made by me over 15 years ago. Time for a change. They were sad and didn't match our current style or furnishings. And, then there are the 2 standard cushions that came with our new sofa. I hated them. Easy-peasy fix. New covers.
If you have a table with 90 degree corners, you're set. Keep the fabric folded, lay the folded edge along the long side of the table, make sure everything is nice and square. Lay your pillow form on top, an inch or two off the fold. Cut as neatly as possible a couple inches off to the other 3 sides of the pillow form. The fold takes the place of one seam, with right sides together, sew two sides closed, and turn the right side out. Shove in your pillow form. Fold the remaining edges under and top stitch it closed.
Is this the "proper" way to sew a pillow cover? No. Is is perfect? No. Would my mother cringe if she saw the finishing? Yes. But it's all good. 5 pillows took about an hour. Awesome.
Now, to address the bare white walls in our house...
A work in progress