Upcycled Computer Chairs

In the process of upcycling the Craft room/homework room for my girls and I.  One thing I dislike about computer chairs is how itchy they are.  I don’t know if it is just me but I don’t like it.  We have had these for a little while and I finally decided to upcycle the computer chairs for the girls.  I found this really cute print in the outdoor fabric area.

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The first one was fairly easy.  There are a few screws to take off the backing and it comes apart.  This one had plastic to cover the back and underneath part of the computer chair.  I used a staple gun t upholster the fabric.

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This second chair I had to use almost a full yard because there was no plastic covering underneath or in the back.  I had a really hard time trying to take off the back of the chair.  In the end I had to make it like a slip cover and hand sewed the bottom part of the back rest.  I still came out beautiful.

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Library “Books” Basket

This summer my family has been going to the library a lot.  Sometimes 3 times a week.  It’s amazing what they have there.  But with a family of four borrowing library books, videos and games.  It is hard to keep track of them all.  The basket is placed next to the door so it is easy to grab on our way out.

I found a basket laying around the house unused.  It was the perfect size.  Only the color was red and reminded me of Valentine’s Day or Christmas.  I wanted to make a new cover for the basket.  I used the old lining that came with the basket for the pattern.  I decided I wanted to make the lining reversible for when I no longer want to use it for books or to put it in another room.  I also made an extra pattern because I wanted to make more than one liner for the holidays.  Just change the linings.

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With right sides together, sew the sides.
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Next, sew the bottom.
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My girls picked out the lettering that they wanted on the liner.  I did it the old school way.  Printed up the word then used transfer paper and traced the letters onto the fabric.  I used embroidery thread and stitched  over the letters. I was originally going to use a 3 mm satin ribbon for the words but was worried it would be to thick.
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Make sure to sew the letters upside down so that when you fold the liner over the basket the letters will be facing the right direction.DSC_0058 copy

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I used a Blind Stitch to close up the hole.blind stitch copy white side basket

Also, with a white board and some extra fabric I hanged the board over the basket.  This is used to write down the books that they have checked out and the date that they are due.  This was actually my daughters idea.  So smart of her.white side basket with board books basket inside books basket with board

Circle Skirt

I got this fabric for my birthday and I thought of Fireworks and 4th of July.  I wanted to make a skirt out of it but I wasn’t sure what kind of skirt I wanted to make.  When I came across Made Circle skirt tutorial I thought that is perfect!  She shows how to make it for kids and adults.

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Upcycle Floral pants

I found these floral pants at my local thrift store.  They were a little to big for me but I loved the pattern.  The pants cost me just $2 and about an hour of my day.

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I used a pair of pants that I wear as my pattern and added extra for seam allowance.

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The pants had a side zipper and a small section of elastic on each side of the waistband.  I liked the elastic so I moved my pattern over so I could keep that part as well as the pockets that were there too.  This made it so I didn’t have to sew a zipper on.

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The pants didn’t have belt loops so I made some using some leftover fabric.  I made the belt loops about 1″ x 3″.  And I fold them under about 1/2″ to sew them to the pants leaving the belt loops about 1/2″x 2″.

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Craft Corner

My sister was moving into a smaller place and she gave me some great things.  Being that she is a crafter too most was for making things.  When I got home I realized I needed to reorganize to make room.

I was able to clean out a corner to call my craft corner.  It was an awesome day!  She gave me the peg board she made. She framed it and painted a saying on the board.  I have enough room for my sewing machine and serger and even enough to put my kids sewing machine there too!

I found a shelf and some old jars I painted years ago that were perfect for my buttons in our storage.  Some baskets from the Dollar Store.  I got a slacks hanger and some boxes from the clearance section at TJMaxx.

I found this Tutorial on how to make your own bolts for fabrics. I already had the boards but you can get them at the Dollar Store as well.  One board makes 8 bolts.

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