Monday, October 20, 2008
Overlock (serger) the edges.
Draw a line 2cm from the bottom edge of your cover (the zip will go in this edge).
Put a mark 8cm from each edge. This will be where your zipper starts end ends.
Using your normal stitch length sew from the edge to the first mark 8cm along.
Stitch backwards for 3 or 4 stitches and then forwards to the mark again.
Change your stitch length to the longest you have and continue sewing to the next mark 8cm from the other edge.
Change your stitch length back to your usual setting and sew forwards 3 or 4 stitches then back to the marker and then forwards again to the end of the fabric.
Press the seam open. The better you press it at this point the better it'll look when it's finished.
Mark your fabric on the right side 8cm from each edge.
Starting at the first mark, sew down one side to the other mark. You should sew quite close to the zip but not super close.
Then pivot the fabric again and sew along the other side of the zip to the mark.
So, put the needle down and lift the foot and using your unpicker unpick some of the basting stitches and 5cm or so of the stitches that cover the zipper. (see note)
Press all the seams open. Go on, I know it's a pain but it'll give you a better finish.
Chop off the excess zip at both ends.
Here's how I get it nice and square.
Arrange your cover so it's in roughly this shape then stick a pin into the seam and check that it comes out right in the seam at the bottom. Push it back up through the seam again. This should line them up perfectly. If you have a cutting mat with a grid (or graph paper) you can check that it's all square by putting the point on the darker 5cm mark and then making sure the sides cross the 5cm intersections. Umm that's kinda hard to explain, see the notes on the photo.
Mark all the corners this way then stitch along the lines.
Give it a really good press and then put your cushion inside it!
I'm using the 50cm feather cushions from Ikea. They're only about $8 (AUD) each and very comfy.
Note that if you can get a zip with a zipper pull that sits really flat and which locks down into place it'll look even better.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
I stitched most of these blocks at the annual Amitie stitching weekend. Three days of hard stitching, chatting and eating lots! All meals were provided and they were very good and very generous serves so I feel like I might've put on 5 kilos. This week I'm going to have to be extra good, gym every day and no cake, chocolate, chips etc. I was good last night, I declined the apple pie and ice-cream I could've had.
It was a great weekend but I'm glad to be home too, I was exhausted yesterday! Strange given that I was sitting on my butt the whole time!
Friday, October 03, 2008
Gotta run, brekkie's ready.