Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Upcycled Denim Sofa Tissue Box Cover - A Tutorial

I'm a big fan of jeans and denim upcycles and have seen several sofas covered in old jeans that just look awesome. Since I don't have an old sofa lying around that needs covering, I thought I'd make a mini upcycled denim sofa for our living room - one that is very practical because it's also a tissue box cover!

I made it by adapting and adding to my own 

Here's how you can make your very own denim sofa tissue box cover:

First, collect some denim scraps of various colours and shades of denim from old jeans, shorts or skirts.

Since the measurements for the pieces needed for the tissue box cover are all a width of 12 cm (4.75") or less, I cut lots of rectangles 12 x 6 cm (4.75 x 2.5").
Then I arranged them in a pile making sure different colour shades were next to each other, then stitched them together along the long sides.

You will need a total length of 2 metres 13cm (84").That's about 36 rectangles in case you want to count!
Turn the strips over when you've sewed them together and press each seam open flat.

From these strips, cut the pieces needed for the sofa tissue box cover:

Top: 2 pieces 23 x 6.75cm (9 x 2.5")
Long sides:  2 pieces 23 x 12cm (9 x 4.75")
Short Sides: 2 pieces 12 x 12.5cm ( 4.75 x 5")
Sofa back and sides: 2 pieces 8 x 48cm (3.25" x 19")

First take the 2 thinner strips for the top of the tissue box.
Here the method is exactly the same as for the basic tissue box cover:

Take one top piece and turn over one long end a very small amount and stitch. Repeat with other top piece.

Now pin these two edges right side together. Place two pins where you want the opening for the tissues to be.

Then stitch together - leaving the opening between the pins.

Then open out and top stitch along either side of the seam:

Next the back and side arms of the sofa.
Take the two longest strips (8 x 48cm, 3.25 x 19")
Place them on top of each other right sides facing.
Pin up the two shorter sides and across the top. To make the top back of the sofa curved, I simply laid this piece next to one of the side pieces of the sofa and pinned, then stitched in an arch shape:

Then trip the seam close to your stitching and turn right sides out.
You can lay this on top of your cut pieces to see the sofa starting to take shape!

Now take one back and 2 side pieces and stitch together along the short (12cm  / 4.75") sides. Then lay your sofa back and arms down on top of this:

IMPORTANT: Leave a couple of gaps in your row of stitching here so you can stuff the sofa back and arms at the end.

Now pin and stitch the remaining top, and front pieces right sides together to form the box cover.
First lay the top part of the cover face down on the piece shown in the picture above. You have to kind of wrap the top sofa back and arms edges around 3 sides of the top. Pin and stitch.
Then the final front piece will fit into your remaining 3 edges to form the box cover.

Turn the cover right sides out, and stuff the sofa back and arms through the gaps you left in your stitching. You could use fibre fill stuffing, or simply cut up fabric scraps. I used filling from old cushions that had lost their shape and split!

Then hand-stitch the openings closed. You will need to stitch front, back and inside, so check carefully all holes have been sealed up!

To finish off the bottom of the cover, you can add a strip of denim for the 'skirt'. Either a simple denim strip with the edges turned under at the bottom to neaten, or you could use a jeans waistband cut off.  I happened to have a denim 'belt' from an old denim shirt that was the same width as a waistband. 
Pin and stitch this to the bottom of the box cover all the way around.

That's your sofa  tissue box cover finished.

I added a couple of simple cushions, sewing together some of the left over scraps of denim patchwork into rough rectangles and stuffing them.

So here is the finished sofa tissue box cover.

I didn't worry about matching up the patchwork piece seams - some did, some didn't. I liked the jumbled look!

I'm really pleased with my new denim sofa in our living room - even if it is just a small one!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

A Round Tuit 259

Yesterday I ran in the Cairns 2 Kuranda Train Race - an 18km run uphill to race the tourist train.
I did my best time ever and then afterwards won this cool pillow in the random prize draw!
The race is run by a local family chiropractor and each year they have these pillows to give away. Every year, this is the random draw prize I want to get, and finally after 4 years of waiting I got one!!!  
So it's true - good things come to those who wait! :)

But now it's time to start the week and find out what creative things everyone has been up to!


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Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
Here's my favourites from last week's party:
First of all, a gorgeously cute 
Denim Hippo from Sewing for Utange:

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cairns 2 Kuranda Train Race

Today I'm off up into the hills to join in the 

This will be my 3rd year running in this 18km race against the train, up that hill in the picture!

I'm looking forward to the challenge!
Will let you know tomorrow how I went!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Upcycled Jeans Pocket Organiser

I made this hanging organiser from jeans pockets and waistbands last week. I was inspired by similar organisers I'd seen on pinterest, but one was just a picture and the other was stuck together with hot glue.
I wanted to sew this one and I'm really pleased with how it turned out!

I simply patched together a selection of cut out pockets I had in my stash.

Then I pinned and carefully stitched a couple of cut waistbands around the 4 edges. 

This was the hardest part as the waistband is so thick to stitch through, particularly the corners, where I had to join 2 waistband parts together. On one of the corners I managed to join two waistband pieces using the buttons and buttonholes already there! Perfect.

Finally, I needed to add something to the back of the organiser, to help it hold its shape. 

I chose to use my scraps of buckram (a kind of really thick interfacing).  I stitched these together in strips until I had enough to cover the back. I then stitched this backing to the edge of the waistband, skipping the thick parts and belt loops. I chose just to leave the backing like this as it will just be hanging against the wall and nobody will see that side, so no need to make it look pretty!

To hang it up I simply pushed a small piece of dowel rod through the belt loops at the top and tied a piece of cording to this.

It's a neat organiser to have. Pockets of various sizes for notebooks, pens, rulers and notes. Plus the belt loops are handy for pens too!

It's also a great way to use up those jeans waistbands - and of course the pockets.

For lots more ways to upcycle jeans or other clothes - you can visit my ongoing linky which now has over 600 clothes upcycling ideas.

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