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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.

pressing, slipcover, Ikeahack

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:

ikea hack, slipcover

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.

Vintage Style Valentine Heart (With Video!)

valentine heart in vintage style

vintage valentine heart DIY, paper heart

 

Couple of weeks ago, I got inspired by these vintage Valentine-cards and came up with my own. Very simple to do, no need for fancy cutters or anything. Just some cardstock, glue, glitter, and a gel pen and you are good to go.

Just a note about the video….Editing a video is DIFFICULT. And it’s made even more difficult when you haven’t noticed that your camera has stopped filming at some point. There’s some music in the beginning and the rest of it is silent, so if you’re not from Finland, there’s no language problem. But I digress…Here’s the video, enjoy! And please, give me some feedback! I need it!

-Thrifty Finn-

 

Simple Stash Buster Card

The other night I decided to go through my paper stash and possibly organize them according colour/season. Guess twice did I manage to finish the organizing? Nope. It didn’t take long for me to get distracted by actual crafting.

All is not lost, though. I ended up using bunch of scraps from my Valentine’s Day Wall Art-project and came up with this:

simple stash busting Valentine's Day card

I should taken the pic in the daylight as the colours are really off but trust me, it’s very pretty in its pink hues. I’m participating in following challenges:

Inkspirational Challenge: #75 Rose Colours
My Sheri Craft Challenge: #149 Valentine’s Day
Papercreators Challenge: #35 Love Is In The Air
Shopping Your Stash: #186 Love Me Do
Digi Designs Challenge Goes: Include a Heart
Fun With Shapes & More: #175 Valentin
Kitty Bee Aloha Friday Challenge: #40 Valentines/Love
Natalie and Amy’s Challenge: #29 All About The Love
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #124 Love or Valentine Sentiment

-Thrifty Finn-

Valentine’s Day Wall Art

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valentine day wall art, before picture, thrifty finn

Couple of weeks ago I visited the local recycling center and found couple of wall art pieces I thought would be perfect for creating more of my Instagram- art work. When I got home, I realized that the ones I bought had flocking on them, so my flimsy photo prints wouldn’t work. A little pondering later, I decided to finally dig in my Valentine-themed scrapbook paper stash and set to work. What do you think of the result?

valentine day wall art, thrifty finn

VAvalmis1 valentine day wall art, thrifty finn, crate paper

The papers I used are mainly from Crate Paper’s Fourteen, apart from the blue floral one and the pink glitter papers. The chipboard-accents are from the Fourteen- collection too. The techniques used are basic distressing, inking and paint smudging. I first thought about adding pictures of my godchildren in the frames on the second piece but decided against it just in case I end up selling the set.

I’m very, very pleased with these. Love them, actually. These would make fantastic Valentine’s Day gifts. In Finland Valentine is celebrated as a day for friends, so there’s an excuse to make many. I’m participating in these challenges:

Natalie & Amy Challenge: #29  All About The Love
Craft Your Passion Challenges: #246 Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #44 Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments: Love, Valentine’s Day Challenge
Party Time Tuesdays: January Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge: #60 Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Challenge #18 Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #124 Valentine or Love Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: #296 Valentine’s Day
4 Crafty Chicks: #231 Anything Goes

Winter Wonderland: Lots of Layers

-Thrifty Finn-