diy chairs




So my best gal pal, RV, recently transformed a pair of old and dank dining room chairs into beauties. She's not even an expert in furniture repair or reupholstering.

A couple of weekends ago I was at her place and was totally gobsmacked by the updated seats. Naturally, it made me want to do the same. So here are some tips if you're planning on giving it a go:

  1. Buy a couple of old chairs - RV bought hers for $15 a piece.
  2. Give them a good wash and sanding - you really have to give them a smooth surface.
  3. Buy good, heavy weight fabric - don't go to Fabricland! I suggest the workroom, Designer Fabrics or macFab Fabrics.
  4. Gather your tools - staple gun, scissors, glue, foam, good quality interior paint.
  5. Check out this tutorial!

Happy updating!



quilt accomplished

My quilt is finally finished and I'm SO happy with how it turned out. Not bad for my first attempt!

I based my fabric selection off of one fat quarter and despite the mix match of patterns and colours they all fit together perfectly (at least I think so). There is something very nostalgic about one or two of the fabric choices and it makes me want to curl up with it on my lap. Next time I think I'll use a patterned fabric for the sashing, just for fun.

If you are interested in trying a nine patch quilt yourself I highly recommend the class at the workroom, if you're not into sewing/quilting but want one, drop me a line and commission one from me.

Here is a close up of my fave patch:

Stay tuned for more of my quilting adventures!



June 12, 2011 — AlannaB

quirky quilts

I think I've discovered my newest obsession - QUILTING! Now don't roll your eyes and lump me in the old maid category, quilting is cool (ha!) and if you use contemporary fabrics you can really create some real beauts.

Last night I started my first quilting class at the workroom and I LOVED it. It's an introduction to quilting so we're making a nine-patch quilt and it should be complete in three sessions. The photo above is my assortment of fabrics that I'll be using. I wanted to use fun colours so L'il E and I can roll around on it at the park this summer.

Stay tuned for the finished product and check out the other classes offered at the workroom. They're all really great!

what i made

Now that all of my homemade Christmas gifts have been unwrapped I can share all of my creations with you (my blood, sweat and tears actually).

As you know I had my very popular lavender eye pillows for sale on Etsy and sold several (even to complete strangers!). They're still on sale if your interested (double eyebrow) just send me an email or you can check them out on the fridaysoff Facebook page.

My nephew was the proud recipient of his very own LEGO sac (sorry forgot to take a photo). I followed this super easy tutorial .

My three nieces each received these (pic below) adorable Elodie the Elephants. So cute and cuddly, but not the easiest to make (I have no patience for handstitching!) Put it this way it was a skill building exercise (smiley face). The pattern was from one my fave books One Yard Wonders.

I also made several produce bags (I love a good free online patern) with gorge fabrics from the workroom as well as everyday tote bags from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing.

Now I'm craving new projects! Any suggestions?


she's crafty

If you've got a crafty person on your gift list this holiday season, pop over to the workroom tonight between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and check out the Sheridan Textile Studio Sale. The students from the Textile program will be selling printed fabric yardage, fat quarters, aprons, t-shirts, napkins and other textile gifts (and who doesn't love a homemade gift?). All proceeds go to the graduating class exhibit at the end of the year.

If you can't make it out tonight the workroom will be having a fabric sale all weekend. Buy two metres or more and get 10% off or buy 4 metres or more and get 20% off (now that's a deal!).

Still not doing it for you? Then why not buy that crafty person a gift cert or class at the workroom. The winter schedule can be found here under classes.

You're welcome!