Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I would like you to meet my other two dogs - Jasmine and Dusky. Strider was previously introduced in an earlier post. Please note where these dogs enjoy spending all their spare time lounging.

Jasmine (isn't she pretty) is a Whippet. Dusky is only 8 pounds. He is a Toy Manchester Terrier. We don't see many of this breed in my area.

Jasmine and Dusky have always been allowed to be up on the furniture. And really, why not ..... they are very important parts of our family. And they have been taking advantage of that luxury for over a decade now.

Unfortunately, as a result of this, my lovely couch cushions are starting to look like this!

This is one of the reasons I have been so motivated to learn to sew. I could make myself slipcovers for the cushions. It would be easier to go out and buy new furniture but why??? We have always loved this furniture and it is oh, so comfy. And how about simply being conservative? Reduce, Recycle, Reuse.

This is the fabric I decided to use. The strip I already had in my fabric collection. Yes, I have a large fabric collection. I adore fabric so I think I was destined to learn to sew.

This is all the fabric together. The original green, which will still be the back and arms of the loveseat and couch plus the 2 new fabrics that will make up the seat cushion slipcovers.

This is where women create (okay, I'm really attempting to create with a lot of assistance from Ms. Brenda).

I have now been to 3 sewing classes and I have learned much. This is my invisible zipper (which I could never duplicate again on my own).

I sewed like a maniac to ensure I would finish my first cushion during my last lesson. I had the foot petal to the metal!
And this is what I accomplished! My very first cushion slipcover. And I am PROUD!!!

I think the colours blend nicely with the rest of the floral cushions.

One down and three more to go!

When you have a moment please go visit my friend Chris at Red Gate Farm ( to enter a terrific giveaway!
Have a great weekend - Cheers ~ Lisa ~


  1. Thanks for stopping back by! I try to post 2 - 3 times per week...keyword...try....However, I have had no internet ALL WEEK. aparently lightning killed my modem on Sunday. I am loving the sofa project...

  2. Way to go Lisa! Great job on the cushion cover! You're going to get hooked on them. As far as I'm concerned, when you have pets, slipcovers are the ONLY way to go. Your little furry family is just beautiful!

  3. Congrats!! I need to learn how one of these days!

  4. Great job Lisa. I have 3 dogs, a husband and a son... I hear you about what that does to your furniture over the years. I just replaced my couch and loveseat with a new couch and chair that are both slipcovered so I can wash them.

    I actually don't know who is worse though, the animals or the men:)

    The first cushion looks great. I really enjoy sewing and never took lessons or classes, my mother-in-law taught me quite a bit when I was younger. The best piece of advice she gave me was that when you find a great way to do something (such as sewing in a zipper, a collar, a pleat... whatever) to use that method every time. I learned an easy way to sew a zipper in pants/shorts/skirts with a fly sytle and have used that method ever since.

    Good luck on the rest of your project!

    PS - thanks for the heads up about my GIVEAWAY!

  5. Great job on the cushion cover...I would love to make a slipcover...a white denim one. Perhaps one day!

  6. Hi Lisa, great job on the slip cover. You certainly should be proud! I can't wait to see the final result. The new title picture on my blog is actually from the old camera, but edited with the new camera's program. Thanks for your faithful visits!! Have a great week.

  7. Hi Lisa,
    Wow! For a newbie sewer, you ROCK!! That cushion looks fabulous!! Good for you!!! There will be no holding you back now!! I predict that you will become a sewing addict!!!
    Hugs, Laura

  8. I'm glad you're learning to sew! It is so rewarding.
    You did a great job on your cushion cover! I must admit I cheat when it comes to zippers and use velcro to close up the cushion covers I've made.
    Have a great weekend!
    ~ Julie


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