One thing leads to another…

I spent 12 years with an admittedly fine sofa from Crate and Barrel. I loved the chocolate brown color, until I didn’t. CandB announced their annual sofa sale 2 weeks ago and I did a happy dance. Our new Petrie sofa is exactly the same as the old sofa except that it’s a little shorter, charcoal gray, firmer, and cleaner.

I have 2 midcentury modern arm chairs whose cushions were covered with a lovely brown print that I had also grown very tired of. They looked so bad with the gray sofa that I couldn’t put off recovering them.

Why is it that there are so few choices in upholstery fabric, especially if you don’t live in a big city? I could have shopped online but I wanted to see and feel the fabric. I was amazed that I found the perfect fabric at Hobby Lobby — and it was even on sale!

You know me and dots…

Just so you know, recovering cushions is not hard. You have the skills to do this. Use the old cushions as a guide and go for it!

I made the brown the cushions years ago and it wasn’t hard to use them as patterns for the new covers. The foam inserts did not need to be replaced. I spent a few hours carefully cutting all the pieces for 2 seat cushions and 2 chair backs.

And then I sewed. It took longer than I thought it would, partly because I made the covered cording too. My trusty BERNINA 1140 handled the many thicknesses of this thick fabric just fine. I love that machine!

I finished the last cushion just before the eclipse which, when you look at the fabric, felt perfect.

I bought more of this fabric than I needed. There’s probably at least a yard, but there are diagonal cuts from where I cut the bias for the cording. If you would like what I have left and are will to pay the postage, it’s yours :-). Email me at becky.pieceocake@gmail.com. The first person I hear from gets it. I’ll send you a PayPal invoice for the shipping.

12 thoughts on “One thing leads to another…

  1. I don’t need the fabric – I am just commenting on how . much I love circles! /what is it about circles?

    On Sat, Aug 26, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Piece O Cake Blog wrote:

    > Becky Goldsmith posted: “I spent 12 years with an admittedly fine sofa > from Crate and Barrel. I loved the chocolate brown color, until I didn’t. > CandB announced their annual sofa sale 2 weeks ago and I did a happy dance. > Our new Petrie sofa is exactly the same as the old sofa exc” >

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  2. Your Crate and Barrel Danish Modern is a lot nicer than my old stuff… but My old “This End Up” Cargo furniture’s cushions were just soo worn. I replaced them with a damask weave denim, and they are good as new! Yes, cushions are easy. Just like quilting – but in 3D… A Piece O’ Cake!!
    😉

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  3. I’ve had my sofa for 21 years (C&B) and am in the process of getting a new one – probably through Casco Bay furniture https://www.houzz.com/projects/786567/slipcovered-sofas-loveseats-and-chairs. So I’ve been doing a ton of upholstery shopping online, as well as sofa shopping online. I want a modern feel, bright colors. I found some great what I would call mid-century modern fabrics on Etsy and Spoonflower – Spoonflower is a gem (both sites are) and if you have the patience to scroll through tons of fabrics, you can find some stunning designs. I also uncovered, just in the last day or so, mid-century modern furniture in some hot colors at joybird.com – ready to go! Casco Bay lets you send your own fabric or use their choices, they are great on customer service and seem very willing to do whatever you want… reasonable prices, too. Just thought I’d share for others who are thinking about getting a new sofa and maybe exploring some daring fabric choices… if I can afford it, I’m really thinking of covering the sofa with this fabric… https://www.etsy.com/listing/251467323/red-purple-green-linen-upholstery-fabric?ref=shop_home_active_1 Woo!

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  4. Should have started my reply with “Love, love, love” your new couch and chair recover. You’re all set for the coming eclipse! I’m not sure I have the patience to recover even a simple cushion (did you say bias piping? woo…) but I surely love your “look!” My mid-century modern fave!

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