Friday, April 23, 2010

Sew Excited

Today I went shopping for upholstery fabric. I had picked it out a few weeks ago with my mother-in-law and as the sale ended this weekend, I thought I'd better get it purchased. We have a very comfortable well-worn armchair that has seen better days and she offered to help me recover it. But that's a project for another day. I guess that means a blog post for another day too.

As is often the case, I go into a crafting store for one project and get sidetracked into purchasing supplies for another. My daughter and I have been eying all those cute trendy aprons out there and I thought I'd pick up some fabric so that we could create one together. After finding some very cute fabric, I thought it just might make a cute table runner as well.

Isn't it darling? I love the fresh colors for spring and summer.

So in my usual creative mode, I had to get right to work. Never mind the dishes, I was on a mission. I tore strips of fabric in varying widths and then cut them all 17" wide. I actually have no idea how long it is. Just pieced it together in strips until I reached the right length. I knew I had some leftover white cotton for the backing. I was totally shocked that I had a piece leftover from a white smocked dress I had created ten years ago. The unbelievable part was that it was EXACTLY (no kidding!) the right length and one inch too wide.

Seriously. What are the odds?

So here's my super easy sewing project. It felt so good to sew again. I think I'm going to have to get back to more stitching.

While I was at it, I rearranged some of the stuff on the dresser. This was the old dresser I picked up and painted and am using as a sideboard in my eating area.

This is what it looked like late fall. I had just been thrifty and folded an old tablecloth into a tablerunner type thing. I loved the warm color addition then...

But I'm totally lovin' the fresh look of these prints now for spring and summer. Best of all, the project took me less than an hour. That's something to be excited about.

This post links up with Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special...

Have a great weekend!



  1. LOVE it!! You are so creative!

  2. Julia! It's adorable. I love it and yes, it's perfect for spring.

  3. I really love the colors of the fabric you chose! I'm addicted to fabric so when I go to the store for some I usually end up with fabric for the unknown project to. I need to organize it so I know what I have though!

  4. I love the fabric it looks great and fun for spring!

  5. Very nice. I love fabric so much and I can't sew a lick:(

  6. Love those spring fabrics! My daughter bought some of the same ones for a baby quilt... I forgot that the sale ended yesterday - oh well, my hubby would probably insist I have too much fabric already.
    Can't wait to see the pics of the armchair!

  7. Hi Julia! You are creative, girl!

    Happy to find your blog today!

  8. It looks great and I love that piece of furniture! It has so much character.

  9. I love this table runner, Julia! You're so creative!!

  10. Oh Julia...what a wonderful table runner you've created. Love the multiple patterns and it looks stunning on your buffet table. Well done!

  11. Hi Julia, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Much appreciated.
    I like your side board and it's new apron.


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