Our dining room is probably the most often used room in our house. The dining room table is where we eat (we have a tiny kitchen) and where my daughters do their art projects, decorate cupcakes, build forts - I am actually sitting in here right now using the table as a desk for my laptop. Not surprisingly, the cushions on the chairs in there have been looking - well, less than beautiful! I actually haven't recovered the cushions since before I had kids - and since my oldest daughter is 10, it has been awhile. What - were you expecting a before photo? Oops, I forgot to take some!
I finally bought some beautiful fabric to recover the chairs (Stamped from Kokka) and with the help of my visiting mother-in-law, my husband, and my older two daughters, we got all six chairs covered. And I LOVED them - yes LOVED them --- until it was time for us to sit down to dinner. What was I thinking using light colors for these chairs - and linen?!?!?! I immediately covered all the chairs with dishtowels before we ate but needed to find a more permanent solution and re-covering was not an option.
The next morning with everyone back to work and school and my littlest in for her nap, I started pulling all the dark fabrics from my stash (and scrap pile) and assembly-style, made four patchwork chair covers - that is four removable, washable covers! I basically made four mini quilts and then hand-sewed fabric straps on the back to attach them to the chairs (and yes, I plan on making 2 more - after working on these for the week, I needed to switch projects for a while.)
So, yes, I know I am totally ridiculous but what can I say?!?!? Oh, and I used this opportunity to practice some new FMQ techniques (well, after I did the straight line quilting on the quilt in the above photo!) They actually didn't take too long to make since I strip pieced - I didn't take any photos of the process but I will when I make the last two cushion covers and then I'll share how I made them.
Linking to Finish It Friday
and Really Random Thursday