Monday, July 28, 2014

A Fast Refashion: The Tie Belt

As I mentioned before, I have not been getting as much sewing time as I would like lately but I have been trying to accomplish small projects when I can. This week's project involved two 69 cent ties that I had picked up from the thrift store.

This one was a fun refashion because I got to combine my favorite things; thrifting, re-fashioning and quilting! Using a piece of felt as a base, I crossed the ties over each other and did some straight lined quilting to help stabilize everything in place. I then cut away the overhanging felt.

Then I simply had to wrap the belt around my waist and tie it up! Or for photographing purposes; wrap the belt around the waist of the dress form and tie it up. Definitely a fun belt for adding shape to a cute tunic!

Until next time . . . happy sewing!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thrifty Furniture: My 69 Cent Coffee Table

I haven't gotten as much time as I would like at the sewing machine this past month. But I did get some time outside to work on re-finishing a piece of furniture! Last month I found a coffee table at the thrift store for 69 cents. Yes, you heard me right . . . 69 CENTS! I was so thrilled. Of course, it wasn't in the best shape. 

One leg was loose and there was some damage on the back side. I also am not a fan of the honey finish and I was hating the chunky wood handle. But I saw great potential in the size and I loved the little game drawer. 

So I got to work repairing the table, sanding it down and refinishing it. It took a while to accomplish since my only chance to work was during nap time but it was well worth the patience. 

I stained the top with Minwax's Early American stain and painted the bottom. I finished the top with 3 coats of polyurethane and then replaced the handle on the drawer. It is funny to say, but the handle cost more than the table did!

The coffee table ended up costing me less than 6 dollars to complete and it is just perfect in our living room. I hope to get back to sewing this next week.

Until next time . . . happy sewing!