I didn’t write a blog post yesterday. I know many of you were holding your breath. You can suck in air now.
The truth is, after a show, I’m kinda drained. A little bit physically and a lot mentally. It’s hard to pick up where I left off creatively. I literally have a couple of days of “now what was I doing?” and “what was I gonna do next?”
So, I cleaned my house instead.
Top to bottom.
It felt great, but I still didn’t know what to do next. I still don’t. So, here’s a project from last week. Hey, at least I remembered to take pictures!
This is another chair for a client. I wasn’t given any instructions, just materials.
I laid a section of newspaper on the seat and tried to crease the edges to make a pattern. I know this seems relatively simple, but there was a teeny tiny bit of cursing and some ripping going on…not gonna lie.
I used the newspaper pattern to cut out my foam. I think I bought this foam at a garage sale or thrift store. It came in a package of two 1″ thick pieces. Nice and small for my chair project. Trace the pattern with a pen. Just know that half the time the pen won’t write, so you’ll be ripping the pen into the foam to create a trail.
Are you noticing a pattern in my projects, yet? Absolute perfection and ease, you say? Yeah, that’s it!
Now lay your foam on your doubled fabric and cut around it, leaving a 5/8″ seam allowance on all sides.
Next, I cut a strip of fabric for the edging of my foam seat. Foam thickness plus 5/8″ seam allowance on both sides. Now, this is where you “do as I say, not as I do.” Mmmmkay? Seriously. See all those corners on the foam pad. Yeah, cut tiny strips, sew them together and fit them in those corners so you have nice angles. I didn’t do that. I just used one long strip ‘cuz I think I’m clever enough to figure out how to do this the “easy” way. (Actually, it’s much harder to do it the way I did it…and it’s WRONG!) So, measure and cut each side and sew them. (This is also an experiment to see if you actually READ blogs or just look at the pictures.) Good for you, you actually read!
And here she is all finished with a new foam seat and as nice a wax job as a Brazilian supermodel. Yes, that is the end of the tutorial because I can’t show you the wrong way to do things, can I? I promise, one day I’ll do the seat correctly and then I’ll give you a step-by-step tutorial….the right way! BTW, the client was thrilled. She has no idea I didn’t do it “right” because it came out looking fine. (She said wiping sweat from her brow).
Don’t you love that detail?
And another finished picture just because I took it…not that you need to see it again. She’s cute, yes? Maybe I should have stenciled a crown on her seat. Nah, she’s too delicate for that. What say you?
Bye from the bungalow,