The last time you dropped by, the back porch was looking pretty dicey. Junky and dirty, too!
But the makeover of our outdoor space is progressing quite nicely. We have a pretty and comfortable place to read and drink wine. And I have one person to thank for that.
The woman used to curl my hair every morning before school and who always encourages me to go blonder.
The woman who has provided nearly eight years of free babysitting, and who even drives 45 minutes each way to do it.
The woman who gives me all of her best antique treasures when I’m shameless enough to ask for them.
The woman who gives me her opinion and advice, whether I ask for it or not.
The woman who has dried my tears and been my cheerleader and defender more times than I could ever count.
The woman who once drove four hours to see me on Thanksgiving day, cooked a meal and refinished a huge piece of furniture for me.
The woman who never taught me to sew — until now.
You see, I had this idea to make custom outdoor chair cushions for my new patio set using a fun, fresh navy-and-white floral fabric from Premier Prints. But I’m strictly a no-sew gal.
But I don’t let little details like that get in the way of my design dreams.
I played the kid card and asked my mom to “help me” sew new covers for some ready-made outdoor chair cushions I picked up at World Market.
“It should be easy,” I told her.
And it’s true, this is an easy-sew project. If you can sew. Like my mom.
But my skills are improving.
We started with a stack of four plain ivory chair cushions and set about deconstructing them to make our pattern.
I chose this beautiful Premier Prints Outdoor Twirly Deep Blue fabric from OnlineFabricStore to complement the aqua blue patio chairs and table.
To make the new cushions, we used the old ones as our pattern…
…and used a rotary cutter to out the shapes. No need to leave a seam allowance, as that was already built into the pattern.
Now, in my dreams, this is the part where I tell you how I stitched up four chair cushions under my mom’s guidance, lickety split.
And because she’s my mom, she wouldn’t say a word. She would let me take credit.
But I’m not going to do that.
I tried my hand at sewing these cushions, I really did. But my sewing skills are best left to straight lines (although I’m not very good at that either).
I stitched up one side of one cushion, but we had to rip out all those seams out because I could not hold the line. Talk about blurred lines! Sewing is harder than it looks!
So, my mom took over at the machine while I cut and ironed and chatted away. I’m good at providing commentary while letting others do the hard work. (Just ask my pal, Suzy, who sewed the gorgeous cornice for my craft room while I talked her ear off!)
I’m not a total lost cause in the sewing department. I hand sewed the cushions closed.
And my mom gave me some pointers and left her machine so I could practice.
I’ve already made three pillows (for the front porch!) and I’m planning to make some coordinating pillows for the back porch, too. I’m pretty sure I can manage that on my own.
But if I can’t, I know who to call…