Tackle it Tuesday! | Oilcloth Kitchen Slipcover

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The web is crawling with people tackling life’s messes on Tuesday, BUT who knows tackling more than The Football Wife?  Each Tuesday I encourage you to work on a project in your house… whether it’s hanging new photo frames, sewing a dress, or organizing your recipes, I want to see what you’ve accomplished!

Today on Tackle it Tuesday, I’m showing off the dirtiest little secret in our house:  the fabric kitchen bench.  We bought this little piece of furniture with wedding money from Ballard Designs which once had an adorable red slipcover.  Once Ellie outgrew her highchair, this became her seat of choice.  When the slipcover got ruined, we took it off and then this happened to it:

Its destruction was inevitable.  I asked Ellie, “Who made this mess?”

The honest girl that she is replied, “I did!  Ta-da!”

I’ve been wanting to make a slipcover for a long time.  The easiest thing to do is to tear apart an existing slipcover to use as a pattern, but I sent it away in hopes that a new cover would be made by someone who I will remain unmentioned.  So, I consulted this sewing book for a little help.

Basically, you just cut fabric and pin the right sides together.  Then there’s some clipping, marking, and eventually sewing.  The needle in my machine *could* have been stronger, so I struggled a little bit sewing through the oilcloth.  BUT, here is the end result:

Goodbye marker, chocolate ice cream, & pee stains.

Hello, liquid proof slipcover!

Just remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Just get busy! I’m nosy & want to see what you’re up to, so let’s link up!

 

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10 Comments

  1. Ooh, love the oilcloth slipcover; that’s talent *and* genius right there, baby! We always have a million projects going on but the most pressing one right now is the backyard/deck. We may have bitten off more than we can chew. Just sayin’.

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    • How much did you bite off? Sounds like a big undertaking!! :)

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  2. You did a great job. It looks wonderful.

    I made some slip covers for the bench seats in our camper. I used an old drape from the thrift store. It was huge with pinch pleats. I spent hours ‘unsewing’ it and pressing it but when I was done that one drape gave me about 12 yards of wonderful fabric. It was lined too so I used the fabric from the liner to be 2 quilt backs. Made a real nice seat cover, curtains for our camper and 2 quilts from 1 drape from a thrift store. I think that is my best DEAL yet.

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    • What a great way to recycle!!

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    • Thanks, Sara. I want to be more like you and just GET THINGS DONE. I just may paint a little mini-mural in Ellie’s bathroom next. :)

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  3. love the beautiful blue material looks great

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    • Thanks, Angel!

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  4. Wow, great job! I really need to get on some upholstering projects around here but they’re totally on the back-burner.

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  5. WOW! That looks great! It’s so fresh and Eleanorproof, tougher than any magic marker, able to bear small children in a great bounces, and stand tall. Congratulations Sara, ” You are a clever girl.” ~ Jean Miller

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