Sunday, June 14, 2009

The solution to the pinch-y chair

So here's what I did for the chairs that caught and tore your clothes:

It's a seat cover that ties at four corners. It's not padded. It does work well, makes the chair a little more comfortable, and, oh miracle, didn't cost much since the indoor/outdoor fabric was on sale for 50% off.

This stuff is hard to sew. You can't iron it, you can hardly pin it, and it's stiff as a board. Hope it wears as well as it appears it will. After making several of these, I was definitely done with handling this fabric.

I thought I'd show you a picture of my balloon flower, also called Chinese bellflower (scientific name platycodon grandiflorus), which is just starting to bloom. It's just the most alien looking little thing! Below the flowers you can see a developing bud, which as it matures looks exactly like a hot air balloon. They're kind of a pain to grow because the flower stalks get 3 feet tall and must be staked. This plant started out a white flower, but crossed itself with another blue one, I believe, and turned this light purple color. Never had that happen before.


momtofatdogs said...

Love the seat covers! Nice choice of color!


Greenmare said...

very lovely seat covers!! and the flowers are gorgeous!