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Ercol Llama, no drama upholstery challenge.

Ercol Llama, no drama upholstery challenge.

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Elle Harris

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  • I have a feeling I'm going to wear this @sewcraftyshop shift dress hack EVERYDAY once it's complete. Been to hot to even look at my machines this week BUT I'm having a very VERY exciting delivery from @janomeuk today. 😬😬😬😬😬😬😬. There's going to be new machine spam... I apologize in advance πŸ˜†. Hope you're all having a positive day. My thoughts are still with London + Manchester. Also don't forget to check out account #makersforgrenfell to help support those affected by the fire. β€οΈπŸ˜”β€οΈ. Big hugs guys xxx
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Fabric from @sewcraftyshop. Pin badge @bloodynorapam (who've got a awesome breast feeding positive pin giveaway going on). .
@dashwoodstudio #dashwoodstudio #papermeadow #sewcialists #sewing #makersmovement #scdesignteam #makersforgrenfell
  • Here's a bit of waldo Spam. He's only allowed on the bed right before wash day, but he loves every minute of it. πŸ˜‚.
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#waldowilliams #sewcialists #sewist #pugsofinstagram bedding: @deborahpanesarillustration for @asda
  • The awesome @portialawrie has set up a makers page for sewists to sell their stash to support those affected in the London high rise fire. I'm currently sorting my fabrics out to help and it would be awesome if you could do the same! Head over to @makersforgrenfell to find out more. Xxx.
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#makersforgrenfell #sewists #sewing #sewingforgood #memade #destash
  • The lovely @roodles_runique + @mrs.f_72 both asked me what I was doing yesterday and the answer was fabric shopping in Goldhawk road with the girls from @newcrafthouse, @elisalex, @clairesews, @thumbleninja and @sabrinakilpatrick. I bought some cotton that reminded me of @marillawalker, the striped cotton we all fell in love with, and some super strong power mesh. My trip on the tube was delayed by a 'fire' which I assumed was a small fire like the one in the tube I experienced back in April. I spent the day listening to the others talk about donating without understanding the true extent of the disaster. Only when I got home and read the news did I get the full scale of the awfulness of the situation. Hearing that the residents had pleased with officials and been ignored breaks me.  @portialawrie has expressed a wish for us to come together to help those left with the aftermath and I absolutely support her. Yet another day where I'm left feeling that this countries leaders are  failing its humans, but I know that the humans in the country won't fail to lead. I send hugs to you all this sunny Thursday and I look forward to spending some positive time with @jennibobtaylor later this evening. .
  • My weekends Birmingham fabric trip was definitely more about the social side, but I did purchase this viscose. It reminds me of us. The sewing community. All different but all together. Something that makes me happy everyday. No idea what this will be, but it will be something that makes me smile. .
#sewcialists #sewing #sewcialist #memadeeveryday
  • What could be better on World gin day, but a delivery of gin from a fellow sewist? NOTHING! Also it's chocolate gin. Basically made for my period cravings then πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ A massive thank you to Ruby of  @roodles_runique ❀️ Girls really can do anything!!! Super hugs πŸ€— xxx.
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#sewcialists #hotelchocolat @hotelchocolat #gin #ginstagram #worldginday #ilovegin #sewcialists #girlguides #girlscandoanything
  • Doing a bit of the old fabric touching with @dinoprincesschar + @amilliondresses. Total fabric enablers πŸ˜‚πŸ’ͺ🏽❀️. .
#sewcialists #sewing #fabric
  • Today I'm going to sit down and sew myself something. It's going to be red ❀️🌹❀️. And I'm hacking a pattern to keep my mind occupied. Whilst the uncertainty continues I'm so proud we stood together. Let's continue to show love will out. Happy Friday friends. Xxxxx
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Pattern by @sewcraftyshop ❀️ cord fabric and @dashwoodstudio confetti πŸŽ‰ both from @sewcraftyshop.
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#scdesignteam #sewcialists #memade #sewing #dashwoodstudio #coverbuttons @uklabour #redfabric #sewingmendsmysoul #shiftdress
  • If you're voting Tory today please stop and think why. Is it because you earn over Β£80,000 a year and don't want taxes to support benefit wasters? I'm one of those wasters, and the tax payers support has meant I was able to stay in my small flat when I was diagnosed and needed critical care. I'm now off benefit support and paying taxes. Without Employment And Support allowance I'd of been homeless and unmediated. A danger to myself and others. Is it because you don't care if the NHS gets privatized? Without affordable access to my medications (I already pay for them because mental health isn't seen as life threatening) I'll be back to being a danger to myself, unable to work and therefore not paying taxes. Millions like me are being pushed into desperate situations as their benefits are cut or taken away.  Real humans. Not statistics, or the scum the papers tell you I am. Our grandparents fought wars on foreign soil so that fascism didn't reach the shores of Britain. Don't let the papers lie to you about The Conservative being for middle class people 'like you'. They are ruining working and middle class peoples lives and only the extremely rich will benefit from their continued rape of our political system. Fight hate, fight lies, fight fascism and vote for the many. If you think Corbyn is a joke, ask yourself why? Did the Daily Mail tell you this? Did the independent tell you you'll never guess what Jeremy did next? Did the sun remind you that he's scruffy and rides a bike? No party is perfect but don't support one who has major leaders who are against gay rights, human rights and have cut funding to our most needed services in order for you to believe we need 'tighter internet laws' and 'the NHS is failing'. The Conservatives have failed you. Let's stop this together ❀️ .
@uklabour @jeremy_corbynmp @robryanstudio #voteforbritian #voteforthemany #conservatives #theconservatives #teresamay @theresamay
Ercol Llama, no drama upholstery challenge.

As part of Sew Crafty’s design team, once a month I get to choose some beautiful goodies from the site to make a personal project of dreams. Although this seems very very simple the truth is with so many fantastic fabrics available to choose from, it can leave you with too many ideas! I knew from first browse that I needed thisΒ  Llama fabric by Robert Kaufman, but what to make with it? It would look excellent as a shirt (as made by Michelle Walsh) or I was contemplating trusty old Simplicity 2226, but many months ago before my partner and I had even found our first home I made a massive trek across the country to pick up a chair I’d successfully bid on eBay.

 

 

Mid-century style furniture has always had a special place in my heart and I’ve longed for an Ercol rocking chair because of how much it reminds me of my Gran’s tall backed rocker. It took some time to succeed, but when I did it was a mini jackpot. Although not a 1960’s original it is a 1990’s Ercol re-release with its gold insignia and Ercol covers.

 

 

Those covers. My partner only grudgingly agreed to the rocker, with the proviso that I’d quickly change the covers. The ReCover service from Ercol costs in the region of Β£300. Completely understandable but massively out of my budget and as the foam pads were in good condition and I can sew, this may be one of those rare projects that may actually end up costing me less to sew it myself! The challange? Make up to date covers that can be washed, because pug feet are smelly and always getting up on the furniture.

 

 

I decided Llama’s and grey cotton mash up would be an excellent addition to the house, but I’ve NEVER taken on a project like this before. I have made the odd 50 x 50cm scatter cushion but both pads were odd shapes and there is no available pattern for them. MMmmm. Drafting my own patterns secretly fills me with dread and the underlying fear that I’ll fail, but as this year’s mantra is ‘no fail, only learning’ I committed to some Llama drama.

I opted for a very simple pattern design and used the old covers as my starting point, seam ripped the basic shapes apart and then ironed the seam allowances INWARDS. I kept the seam tapes and zips to reuse.

 

 

I then ironed the pieces in half, drew a center fold line on pattern paper and lined up the fold of the covers on the line. I then drew around them on pattern paper, marking where the seam tape popper things needed to be and zippers.

 

 

I added 1.5cm seams allowance around the pattern piece and cut them out ready to use as normal. I used this technique on both the bottom and back covers. It actually turned out to be quite simple! After so much panic and concern, the pattern pieces sewed together without issue. Who knew I could sew, hey?

The only tricky parts are the popper tapes which I made sure I marked lines on before removing them so they could reach the fixed poppers on the bottom of the rocker, and the top of the back pad. I definitely recommend doing this and making sure you have them the right way round before reinforce stitching them in.Β  I also added heavy weight interfacing on the back pad fabric where the poppers are reinforced to stop the fabric from being stretched when used.

 

 

I busted open the seams to create the parallel seam stitch which reinforces the seams that will come under stress, which was an original feature in the old covers.Β  I also used mega fat piping on the bottom which the original design included and basically made the bottom covers more sturdy and give a professional finish.

 

 

Llama’s back and front to complete the look. I was super careful with my 2.5m of Llama goodness and managed to get front and back Llama’s on both sides of the foam pads. No matter where this open-backed chair is placed, this beautiful print will be visible.

 

 

The finished result is literally my favorite project to date. After so much self-doubt, procrastination and making excuses I proved to myself that I actually know what I’m doing. Those little Llama’s work so well with the piping and grey shot cotton. From afar they look like a traditional dogtooth but closer inspection shows the happy pink-cheeked cuties ready to comfort your bum. This chair is perfect for knitting, cross stitiching and if you have a baby, breast feeding, and hugging.

 

 

Of course now I’ll spend most of my time telling waldo off for trying to commandeer it, but who could blame him? Hope you join me for next months sew crafty design team make.

 

 

Fabric:

Suzy’s Minis Llamas Cotton Grey

Sevenberry Yarn Dyed Cotton

Both supplied by Sew Crafty

 

 

 

 

 

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  • I have a feeling I'm going to wear this @sewcraftyshop shift dress hack EVERYDAY once it's complete. Been to hot to even look at my machines this week BUT I'm having a very VERY exciting delivery from @janomeuk today. 😬😬😬😬😬😬😬. There's going to be new machine spam... I apologize in advance πŸ˜†. Hope you're all having a positive day. My thoughts are still with London + Manchester. Also don't forget to check out account #makersforgrenfell to help support those affected by the fire. β€οΈπŸ˜”β€οΈ. Big hugs guys xxx
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Fabric from @sewcraftyshop. Pin badge @bloodynorapam (who've got a awesome breast feeding positive pin giveaway going on). .
@dashwoodstudio #dashwoodstudio #papermeadow #sewcialists #sewing #makersmovement #scdesignteam #makersforgrenfell
  • Here's a bit of waldo Spam. He's only allowed on the bed right before wash day, but he loves every minute of it. πŸ˜‚.
.
#waldowilliams #sewcialists #sewist #pugsofinstagram bedding: @deborahpanesarillustration for @asda
  • The awesome @portialawrie has set up a makers page for sewists to sell their stash to support those affected in the London high rise fire. I'm currently sorting my fabrics out to help and it would be awesome if you could do the same! Head over to @makersforgrenfell to find out more. Xxx.
.
#makersforgrenfell #sewists #sewing #sewingforgood #memade #destash
  • The lovely @roodles_runique + @mrs.f_72 both asked me what I was doing yesterday and the answer was fabric shopping in Goldhawk road with the girls from @newcrafthouse, @elisalex, @clairesews, @thumbleninja and @sabrinakilpatrick. I bought some cotton that reminded me of @marillawalker, the striped cotton we all fell in love with, and some super strong power mesh. My trip on the tube was delayed by a 'fire' which I assumed was a small fire like the one in the tube I experienced back in April. I spent the day listening to the others talk about donating without understanding the true extent of the disaster. Only when I got home and read the news did I get the full scale of the awfulness of the situation. Hearing that the residents had pleased with officials and been ignored breaks me.  @portialawrie has expressed a wish for us to come together to help those left with the aftermath and I absolutely support her. Yet another day where I'm left feeling that this countries leaders are  failing its humans, but I know that the humans in the country won't fail to lead. I send hugs to you all this sunny Thursday and I look forward to spending some positive time with @jennibobtaylor later this evening. .
  • My weekends Birmingham fabric trip was definitely more about the social side, but I did purchase this viscose. It reminds me of us. The sewing community. All different but all together. Something that makes me happy everyday. No idea what this will be, but it will be something that makes me smile. .
#sewcialists #sewing #sewcialist #memadeeveryday
  • What could be better on World gin day, but a delivery of gin from a fellow sewist? NOTHING! Also it's chocolate gin. Basically made for my period cravings then πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ A massive thank you to Ruby of  @roodles_runique ❀️ Girls really can do anything!!! Super hugs πŸ€— xxx.
.
#sewcialists #hotelchocolat @hotelchocolat #gin #ginstagram #worldginday #ilovegin #sewcialists #girlguides #girlscandoanything
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