Category Archives: Flea Market

DIY Slipcover for a Seventies Chair

DIY, Ikea hack, slipcover

Few weeks ago a friend of mine called me enthusiastically about a chair he found at Kontti, a chain of thrift stores owned and operated by Finnish Red Cross. He went on and on about its lines and how he was planning to re-upholster it with some Ikea-fabric.

You know where this is going, right?

So, the other week I visited him and he showed me the chair and the fabric. He was right, the chair has nice lines and the fabric he had picked up was nice too. I’m especially happy by the fact, that he is FINALLY introducing patterns in his home decor. It has been an uphill battle but I got him there. Only a decade or two and we might even see patterns with multiple colours in there.

As you can see, the original material is rather “interesting”. Certainly a product of its time. But it’s actually quite nice to sit on, so creating a slipcover would be a good way to bring it up to date.

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We began by laying the cover on the material. We discussed on how to go on about it and since I had to go and pick up my phone I had left elsewhere, I left my friend to his own devices. Meaning, I assumed he was going to do what I instructed him to do. Wrong. When I came back two hours later, he had decided to clean up his balcony instead and was planning to leave the “actual sewing and doing” for me.

I’d like to pretend I stood my ground with this. He was the one who sewed but it was me who did the thinking. In the end I didn’t get back home until very late that day. But I did get a good meal out of it, so it wasn’t entirely terrible experience. Plus the chair looks pretty bitchin’ too. Here’s how we (and I use the term we here very loosely) did it:

First we cut the material in half lengthwise and I had Niko finish off the short ends with a double fold, while I pondered how to put the cover together. I knew it had to be some kind of envelope pattern but as the top and bottom were to be of different widths, I had to do some figuring out to get it to look neat.

The original material is still underneath as there is no way the Ikea fabric would support the weight of a person. We (I) decided the best way to get a tight fit, was to pin the fabric directly on the chair frame. This way we could also be sure that none of the original material would be showing and that we could see/test right away, if the cover would be easy to remove and put back on.

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If you take second look at the prototype, you can see the shape of the finished cover. We left very wide seam allowances and used that to create nice edges on the narrow opening. The seam allowance isn’t of even width, but pressing it forces it to stay in shape. You can see the difference in the picture above.

ikea hack, slipcover

The little cut-offs on the original material are there to help to put the cover on the frame. We had to leave a gap on the new slipcover as well and it left a little of the orange fabric visible. I solved this by hand stitching small pieces of fabric on either sides of the frame as you can see here. Here’s how it looks when the slipcover is on:

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See, no ugliness in sight! The next step was the seat cushion…

seat cushion, ikea hack, slipcover

The original seat cushion was double-length, but my friend only wanted a cushion for the seat part. I cut it in half and crudely rolled the opening hem closed and stitched it up by hand. We then made another envelope cover for it:

envelope cover, ikea hack, slipcover

Very simple. First, finish off the short ends with a double fold. Then fold it around the cushion to see where you want to stitch, take it off and stitch the side seams closed. Here’s the finished cushion:

cushion, ikea hack, slipcover

And here’s the finished chair:

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I don’t know about you but I’m very pleased with myself. If you have any questions…Go ahead and ask!

-Thrifty Finn-

The Flea Market Season Is Open

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Today was my first day of outdoor flea market for this summer. The city of Espoo hosts a free park flea market few times every summer and this was my first time of participating. The weather was heaven!

I didn’t know what kind of stuff would sell, so I gathered a bunch of my better clothes as well as some vintage fabrics. Turns out I should have taken home decor and kids items with me. But my sales weren’t too terrible, plus on the bright side, I didn’t have to pay anything for the spot. Actually, that’s a huge plus. My name ain’t thrifty for nothing.

banana boxes, thrifty finn, flea market

As per usual, I got chatty with my co-sellers. Quite a few of them had attended these free flea markets before. Directly across from me, were a bunch of girlfriends, who came there with three cars (and 21 banana boxes) and they had a very nifty set-up. They had thought to bring rope with them and they strung it between trees and hung some of their better stuff on it. Next time I’m going there, I’m going to use that trick to display my vintage fabrics.

vila, lacy top, thrifty finn, flea market

Naturally I did some shopping myself. I bought this top in the hopes it would fit me and usually  size L from Vila does. Well, it DID fit me but just, and it didn’t hang prettily like this kind of top is supposed to. It wasn’t too bad as I managed to sell it almost right away to someone else. My other finds included Vans-sneakers (not in a perfect condition, but they were 2 euros and I can get one summer of use out of them) and a faux Tommy Hilfiger-purse. Personally, I’m not too keen on rip-off purses but it’s a perfect bag for the summer and will go with tons of my clothes, so I couldn’t possibly pass it up.

leppävaara, bulevardi, Alberga, thrifty finn, flea market, summer

The location was just perfect. This view is looking up on the boulevard park of Leppävaara and behind me here is the Sello-mall. The next flea market here is on 3rd of July. You can just show up and pick your spot, but you have to bring your own racks, tables or whatever you want to use to display your stuff.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I was in a doggy heaven. I lost the count of how many doggies I gave cuddles to.

Recently Thrifted

Last Saturday was event called Siivouspäivä. That’s when you can set up your own little flea market stall anywhere you want (rather like Queens’ Day King’s Day in Holland). It’s purpose is to encourage people to re- and upcycle things. Me and my sister decided to sell our goodies in Kallio, Helsinki as we figured that it would be packed with people and thus we would have bigger chance on good sales.

We were right. I managed to get rid of bunch of fabrics I wasn’t so keen on anymore and managed to make profit. Well done me! I kept getting complimented on my selling skills all day long.

*waves like a Miss Universum-contestant, weeps and whispers I love you to the audience*

BUT it wouldn’t be a good market if I didn’t make some scores myself. Well, actually I went to Hietalahden Kirpputori too on Sunday and continued my shopping there, so not all these finds are from Saturday.

Left out a skirt (of which I will blog about another time), a vintage Christmas tray and some random bits and bobs. I splurged 5 euros on the Sanna Annukka-piece. It’s actually XS sized tube top and the pattern is one she designed for the candy company Fazer to promote their Marianne-candy. I’m a fan of Sanna Annukka and few years ago I wrote about her HERE. Iäm such a fan of this pattern. When they launched it, they had a Metro-magazine covered in the pattern. I hoarded three copies. Should have taken more so I would have plenty for Christmas-related crafts. Now they just sit in my bookshelf to be carefully admired once in a while.

Did you go thrifting? What did you find?

-Thrifty Finn-

Recently Thrifted…

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Some frames I may or may not use for framing my favourite vintage fabrics, some more :D vintage fabric, and yet another silkscreen. The dark fabric is yardage, there’s about 6-7 meters of it. The mustard coloured fabric is a pair of curtains. I paid about 25€ for all of these.

-Thrifty Finn-

My New Crib

wall collage, home decor, posters, in frames

As you hopefully remember, I moved into a new apartment in December. Well, actually it’s a semi-houseshare but I don’t care as I get to live in a cute red house with tons of space! With a price I can afford! This place also has tons of light (which makes me so happy after living many years in a place that got direct sunlight only 4 weeks a year) and it has plenty of potential for home decor and DIY-projects.

See where I’m going with this?

The first project wasn’t actually my own doing. I asked my friend to come and help with unpacking and he cherry-picked the funnest thing to do, which was the art wall. I admit he did a good job but as he then left and I was stuck with moving boxes with recently operated knee, I wasn’t too happy about it then. (I may have used the word asshat).

posters, framed, art wall, home decor

This is my staircase. The frames are from various places and in true Thrifty Finn-fashion, I didn’t pay full price for any of them. In the frames sit two vintage ads, an old alphabet education poster, a piece of scrapbook paper, vintage shelf paper, my own freebie printable and what is left over of Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Almond Tree’-poster. There is still room to grow the collection but I like the way it looks now. Here you can see it better in context:

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Nice, eh? Cheers me up every morning. As soon as I find nice ones, I’m going to add some hooks on the wall on the left to hold my cutest purses and such. I’m slightly tempted to go with coastal/sea/captains cabin theme because the panelling but I think it’s better to stick with what I know; Spinster in the attic/grandma/crazy cat lady-vibe. Hah. To achieve that, my next project is:

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Painting the frame white. Again in Thrifty Finn-fashion, I made a major saving…The paint was free from my landlord. And yes, in Finland paint is expensive so this IS a big deal.

Thrifty Finn- Your crafty semi-goddess truly