Friday, September 21, 2012

For the Marrieds

Daughter Elaine and her husband Chris are new homeowners and are ready to move into their place this weekend.  They have been renting a small one bedroom in a 1920's Spanish style bungalow duplex with no yard or garage, and are moving into a late 1970's era, 1700 square foot, 3 bedroom plus den, 2 bath unit with a two car garage, and a nice sized yard with pool and jacuzzi, in a complex not too far away from us.  They have been working so hard--especially Chris--to get it all beautifully fixed up and we are so excited for them! 

In anticipation of their move, they made a Craigslist score of a patio table and four chairs for $50. The woven fabric of the chairs was stained, so they asked me to make some thin cushions to cover them up--I showed cutting the foam for those earlier in the week.
 
I love the fabric they picked out.  The background is really a bright citron/chartreuse and the birds and flowers so pretty, but very modern looking in their neutral tones.

If you can believe it, making eight straps to hold the cushions onto the seats took three hours!  Well, nearly 2.5 hours were spent on the first set, trying to get the measurements right, fiddling, cutting, folding, pinning, ripping and resewing.  The rest of these were easy after the prototype trials.  These will be completed today and ready to set out on their patio and enjoy tomorrow--after all the furniture and boxes are moved in :).  We know where our weekend is going to be spent!

7 comments:

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great idea! Love these cushions! I should make a set, but I likely won't...I'll just always wish I would!

Libby said...

Sounds like a wonderful new home for the newlyweds . . . though I am a SUCKER for a bungalow *s* 700 sqf doesn't do much even for those just starting out.

carol fun said...

Great looking cushions! and isn't it fun helping them feather their new nest? Have a great weekend!

Kate said...

Beautiful cushions! Making the prototypes can be fun, just so long as you don't have to go back to the drawing board too often!

Patrica said...

Those look great. It's so much fun helping the kids move in to their new place, they're lucky to have your support.

Ellen in Oregon said...

The newlyweds sure are lucky to receive 4 custom made cusions for their Craigslist steal. The cushions are worth several times over what they paid for the entire set. Your hardwork/talent gives the entire set a contemporary high-end look I am sure they will appreciate and get many positive comments from their friends. I would have taken the easy way out and just replaced the mesh material and called it good. What a difference some fabric, hard work and determination make.

Denise :) said...

It's the prototypes that get us every time, isn't it?! I love the fabric -- and that was a great score on the furniture! :)