Monday, July 26, 2010

Kind of Not Really Impressed with Myself

A long time ago (actually much longer ago than I realized before I started writing this post), my mother-in-law "hired" me to sew new covers for her couch cushions.  Given my skill level for such things at the time (non-existent), I cannot believe myself that I told her I was capable of doing this.

Then again, I've always had gumption.

You can read all about my trial run at my first cushion in a post I wrote with the cheeky title "Kind of Really Impressed with Myself" (I, like a dork, kind of really was).  As I dug back into the archives of this blog to reference that first posting, I realized a few things:
  1. I posted some atrociously poor photos back in the day.  Just awful.
  2. It's been almost 2 years TO THE DAY of when I first came to own my first sewing machine (!)
  3. It's been almost 2 years TO THE DAY of when I told my mother-in-law I would sew her new covers for her couch cushions (!!)
Hence why I'm kind of NOT really impressed with myself.  Sigh.

To be at least a teensy bit fair to myself, I have asked her about them several times over the past few years . . . asking her for a deadline or at least a goal line (have I always been a procrastinator?  Um . . . yes).  She is so laid back none was ever given.  I was pregnant for 10 months out of the last 2 years and I'm pretty sure she didn't want to bother me during that whole time either.  And then there was the actual fact that the fabric itself was not in my possession at any point past the initial trial run. 

It may not surprise you that recovering a whole couch (and a chair) requires a lot of fabric.  She wanted the covers to be washable so that meant that all the fabric needed to be washed prior to sewing.  AND then ironed.  (Still haven't made a decision about the whole ironing thing yet, by the way.)  I remember her telling me many times over that I had better things to do with my time than iron her fabric.  But don't we all?  It really wasn't that big of a deal.  She insisted that she would take care of the washing and ironing and get it back to me.  The thing is, I think she has even less time than I do.  Every time I asked her about it she told me she hadn't gotten around to it yet and not to worry.  I wasn't worried.  But I DID want to get it done for her!

This has become utterly long-winded (sorry!) but I felt that I needed to clarify what was happening for those of you that think I am a terrible person for taking 2 years to make some simple cushion covers.

Suffice it to say there were many factors standing in the way of NOT getting them done . . . none of which were actually GOOD reasons for not getting them done.

For the past month, my in-laws have been out of the country visiting relatives.  My brother and sister-in-law are house-sitting.  I'm not a snooper, but I did entreat my brother-in-law to scout around the house to find the fabric for me so I could take care of just getting them done already.  As a surprise.  I have the best in-laws in the world and they deserve better than a 2 year time line for a favor from me.


I have 8 cushion covers to make.
  • 1 seat cushion - DONE
  • 1 back cushion - DONE
  • The 3 remaining back cushions are sewn up but need zippers installed.
  • Of the 3 remaining seat cushions:
    • 1 is sewn and waiting for a zipper
    • 1 is cut out but not yet sewn
    • 1 is not even cut out yet
It has just been brought to my attention that my in-laws are due home Wednesday night.

Guess I finally got that deadline!  (I'll share pics when I finish.)


Unknown July 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM  

jeez.. I wouldnt have agreed to that!! Not at all!! I decided in November i would make new cushion covers for my sofa... 16"x16"....

and now its July.... and my cushions are still naked...

Candace October 26, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

I LOVE my steamer. I rarely pull out my iron anymore.

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