Last Week in the Workroom!

Last week in the workroom had a lot of variety in some ways and a lot of the same thing in others.  Is that a confusing statement or what?  So last week I did a lot of cushions to start out with.  One job had these cute blue kitchen seat cushions.

Kitchen Seat Cushions

They are your standard 1″ cushion with welt or cording in the center, there were 2 different types of chairs so I had to make 2 different templates.  I used a firm foam with a batting wrap.

Kitchen Seat Cushions with long ties

This customer wanted long skinny ties to tie in to big bow ties. This is when my bias tape maker comes in handy!


The next set of cushions were a 2″ boxed cushion with welting.

Cording, or welting

So there was a lot of welt making this week, this batch was approx. 21 yds.  But I  love making welt, because it is an easy non thinking job that I can whip right thru.

Black and White Kitchen Cushions

These cushions were made with an indoor/outdoor fabric, should be an easy care cushion.  This set also had 2 different sizes chairs, 2 of them with arms and 4 without, so again 2 different templates.  On these I used a medium firm foam wrapped in batting.

Kitchen Seat Cushions with Velcro Loops

This customer requested Velcro loop tabs.  When I delivered them the husband sat on them and his first concern was if the tabs would pull out of the cushion.  I assured him that they shouldn’t since they had been sewn 3 times with upholstery weight thread.  This is one of the differences between custom and buying cushions from a big box store! Another one is that templates are made for each type of chair, so they fit the chair perfectly.


Micro Suede Tablecloths

I also made some easy table cloths for a customer who all they wanted was the cloths cut and gimp applied to the bottom hem to cover the rough cut edge.  Since this was a micro suede fabric and wouldn’t ravel I could easily do that.

Carolina Valance

Along with the blue cushions, goes this cute little valance for the Kitchen window.  It is the Carolina Valance from M’Fay’s patterns with a couple of alterations.  I will hopefully have pictures of it installed in a couple of weeks.


Drapery Swags

Drapery Swags were made the week before to go with drapes that I started this week.  This is not how they go up, but how I am storing them until they are installed.  I have to give a big thank you to my friend and workroom buddy Sue Griffin for making the swag pattern for me, which made making these so much easier!

Long Drapery Panel in progress

And these long panels are what is on the table (or tables) this week, I got the face fabric and lining cut and hemmed and now they are ready to be put together.  They are 177″ long.  These are the panels that go with the above swags.  And Mark gets to install them.  Will try to get pictures of that to share also!


Foam Scraps

So to wrap up the week in the workroom, I have a lot of foam scraps leftover and I hate to fill up the trash with them, so was wondering if anyone knew how I could recycle, or reuse these scraps?  Or if anyone would want them they are welcome to them.



As far as my life at home this last week, lots of changes.  Ian went back to school, he is a Senior this year, so this is our last year at Orchard Farm.  That seems hard to believe, that we have been in our home for 17 years!  Time has really flown by.

First Day of School

Ian and his big sister Sydney seeing him off to his first day of his last year of school!


First Day of School


The girls moved back to college,  Sydney moved into the dorm at Missouri Baptist University Sunday afternoon, and Hannah moved to an apartment at Mizzou friday.

Hannah and Becca (her roommate) moving into their kitchen.

All moved into her room.

So the house is a lot more quieter and empty.  But hopefully I will keep busy working.

Thanks for taking another peek into my workroom and life!

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2 Responses to “Last Week in the Workroom!”

  1. Jann Newton Says:

    Lots of nice work this week. I really like the tablecloth idea with the gimp.

  2. Chrystal Says:

    Thanks Jann, can’t take credit for it, the designer wanted to use as much of the fabric as possible, so didn’t want to take up any of it for a hem.

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