Finish 3 of 2020

Not crochet, you may be glad to know…

A while back, I wrote about making a porch swing from an old seat. At the time, I had every intention of getting straight on with re-covering the cushions and making everything lovely out there. But like so many good intentions, it failed to materialise. The porch was cluttered with my huge table, leaving not much space. I was de-motivated…

Then, yesterday, we moved the big table back inside, to the sewing room, where it is now extremely handy. Out went the small table I’d been (not) using as a desk. It’s just large enough for 6 people to eat around, which is the usual number of small family gatherings. I rearranged furniture. It looked nice, but the cushions on the swing were decidedly tatty. Enter my budget makeover. Towards the end of last year, I’d gone shopping in BigW (think Target, if you’re in the US) and spotted this:

I loved the dark green and white tropical print, but not for my bed. For the porch swing! The quilt cover and two pillowcases cost the astronomical sum of $9.

I chopped the end off the two pillowcases to make squares, serged the seams and behold! Two cushion covers. I chopped either side and the top off the duvet cover (saving the press studs along the bottom edge), serged the seams and voilà! Seat cover! I had enough fabric over (and more) to make a tablecloth. I think this must be the best, cheapest (and perhaps quickest) budget makeover I’ve ever done. I’m still wondering what to make with the quite generous pieces I have left…

And it’s (start and) Finish No. 3.

54 thoughts on “Finish 3 of 2020

  1. cazinatutu says:

    Thanks – now I know where to go looking for a tablecloth.

  2. Wow! they look amazing!

  3. Sharon says:

    Your creativity is amazing – Looking quite lovely and very professional. Love the print too 🙂

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That is a very clever idea. Hmmm…. I am going shopping on Monday!

    • katechiconi says:

      You could probably get a few napkins out of the remainders too… or ties, if you wanted to make flat seat pads, to hold them on the chairs. I thought of a small curtain to hang on one side of the porch (instead of the tablecloth), but the Husband thought that would be too fancy.

  5. Dayphoto says:

    WOW! They look amazing and just perfect for your porch. And a budget make over at that. Well done!

  6. tialys says:

    That set definitely had your name on it.

  7. Elaine says:

    Came out super! And they look perfect on your porch 🙂

  8. craftycreeky says:

    Gosh, you’re on a roll this year! They look great 🙂

  9. Brilliant & the print is totally apt for the surroundings… looks like I need to visit 🥰

  10. I love it!!! Perfect for the porch and so thrifty! It’s funny how something stumbles into your path when you are ready to move forward on a project. I love the FINISH part. Have plenty of my own to finish. Sigh.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d been looking at various special ‘outdoor’ fabrics for doing the job, but they were all $25 a metre and above, and as I take these things inside when the weather is bad and the porch is in shade, I didn’t think that was necessary. This bedding set just came along, as you say, at just the right moment. Good luck with your own finishes 🙂

  11. magpiesue says:

    Wow, what a deal! And the print is so perfect for the porch! I don’t think this could have been a better project in any way!

  12. WOW! That certainly jazzed things up! 🙂

  13. I love it… very clever and budget savvy. I had to laugh at yet another instance of our collisions of taste, courtesy of the end of year sales 4 director chair covers in a tropical leaf design somewhat similar have brightened up our verandah space.

    • katechiconi says:

      No! How funny 🙂 I don’t think these have a tremendously long life as the fabric is intended for bedding, not outdoors, but for now, they do the job very well.

  14. nanacathy2 says:

    Wow, it looks so glamourous. You are on a roll.

  15. claire93 says:

    I’m always on the lookout for ideas to repurpose other items, and this is truly a job well done!

  16. Moira says:

    such a great way to repurpose to do what you needed. It all looks great! and what a wonderful price to boot.

  17. kathyreeves says:

    Bed linens can be such a great fabric source for certain things! What a fabulous find, and in the clearance aisle too! The final reveal looks so inviting, brilliant work, Kate.

    • katechiconi says:

      They certainly can – I wish we had an Ikea closer than a 2 day drive away! Some of their bedding is gorgeous. In any case, the porch is now a much more ‘together’ place than it was before.

  18. cedar51 says:

    great “think out of the box” and snap up the print when you saw it and as you’ve said for $9 it’s a deal that actually worked when you put your A into G….

  19. modflowers says:

    Looks great! I’ve bought bargain duvet covers before – and vintage ones – with the intention of cutting them up, but I often find that I don’t end up wanting to cut them! I bought an Orla Kiely cover planning to use it as backing for a quilt, but instead it’s now on the bed in the spare room!

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s something about bedding, isn’t there? Luckily the hand of this fabric was a bit too toothy to make me want to sleep under it, even if I thought the Husband would enjoy such a hectic print!

  20. rutigt says:

    Love it! It´s perfect for your porch! And I wish I had a swing like yours!!!!!

  21. Joanne S says:

    These are all lovely! I am impressed: 3 for 2020!

  22. In love with this. It looks like something out of House and Home ❤

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