Friday, May 9, 2008

Consumed by Sewing

So I haven’t sewn anything in years. Except for Halloween costumes, but even then it’s been a couple of years since I’ve really pulled together some hum-dingers.

Anyway I’m now torturing myself thinking that we will save Bu-Co Bucks if I reupholster the seats on my husband’s boat. Last year we priced out someone else doing the job and it came in a $2,000 for just having half of the cushions re-covered. Or $4,000 for the whole thing. No Way!
I thought it would be something I could contribute since I have some buried skills in the sewing category. That and my mom is the world best sewer. So I’m expecting I’ll do o.k. if I even inherited just a smidgeon of her sewing prowess.
How hard could it be?

Let me tell you that upholster material isn’t cheap and I felt lucky to come away with some at $19 per yard.

So I pulled out my ancient and cheap sewing machine and got to work. Well so far I’ve spent two whole days unpicking, cutting out and sewing together just two of the boat cushions. Of course I chose the most difficult ones to do first – that way I could get them out of the way.

Cushion 1 = 5 ½ hours for one cushion - are you kidding me? Piping is a pain and I've never liked zippers and these cushions even have internal zippers.

Cushion 2 = 12 hours. Because I had a lot more distractions like babysitting, pausing to take kids to and fro etc. Chasing Itchy the Dog down 2 days in a row as he tries to make a break for it. Chasing Hope down probably 4 different times as she tried to make a run for it to the neighbor’s house. I swear she’s trying to run away. My friend Smiley picked up her son from having me watch him today and as she was walking away and waving good-bye. She said, ‘Have a nice day.’ Well little Hope followed her right out the door and turned and waved to me and said, ‘Have a nice day.’ She then proceeded to try and climb into Smiley’s car. She has also emptied my pin cushion all over the floor a couple of different times today.

Can I say that I’m really dreading the other 5 cushions? Fortunately I have until Tuesday to finish them. That’s when my husband is taking the boat up to the beautiful San Juan’s to help out with a class field trip for Evo-man’s school.

Big Projects like this mean an extremely messy house. And judging by my pace it’s going to look like a war zone before I’m through. Hopefully it and the kids will survive.

And if the cushions look anything like they should of course I’ll post before and after pictures.

My hidden motive for all this pain-in the-patushie sewing. The boat will look even more presentable to potential buyers.


Trena Doll said...

When you take something on, you really take it on!

There's a great little home fabrics store here that has some wonderful markdowns on uphostery and drapery fabrics...I wish I could talk them into opening a branch in your neighborhood. I picked up the fabric for my (highly unprofessional, home-made in the worst sense of the word) curtains on a 20% off clearance sale for about $3/yard. It was the one time in my life I actually felt like I'd found one of those amazing bargains that other women rave about all the time. I should probably point out that my lack of skill in turning yards of formless cloth into actual curtains really shouldn't minimize the fact that it really is quite lovely material.

Wow, long comment. Don't mind me, I'm just trying to make up for lost time.

Susanne said...

Sewing prowess... you crack me up!!!

Faith said...

Kudos for finding time to blog! I am a firm believer that projects always take longer than expected. Good luck!