Monday, January 27, 2014

DIY Couch Re-Upholstery

Scripture to Live By:
Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lordyou know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

Psalms 139:1-6

Home Decorating Post:
Do you have a piece of furniture that you really like, but the fabric has worn thread bare?  Well I have!  I know that other people have reupholstered their furniture. I thought if they could do it, I would give it a try.

The first couch I reupholstered was a couch that had a bed that you pulled out.
 This couch was left in the house we bought.   I wanted to use it but it didn't match other furniture pieces I had in the room.  I decided I would try my skills and reupholstering it.  Just let me say, the first couch you reupholster  probably should not be a couch with a bed in it.  I am very happy to say that my daughter and I took the bed out and began the process of taking the material off one piece at a time.

 I have learned to write down each piece I take off and the order I took it off.  The pieces you are taking off is your pattern to use to cut the material to go back on the couch.

I don't know how professionals do it, but here is what I did and what I have learned in the process of recovering 5 couches.

What ever you take off first will probably go back on last.

I will use the last couch I reupholster as my example since it is the freshest in my mind.  The material I am using is just slightly different in design and just a shade different in color but I really like burgundy and it matches my decor.

As you can see the sun had faded the back of the couch, as it sat in front of a picture window.

The arms of the couch were dry rotten and were beginning to show their wear.

I had patched the couch using material from the ruffle that was on the back of the couch in several places.

To start your project of re-upholstering your couch.  Remove the material that is on the back of the couch.  You will need a pair of pliers to remove all the staples and nails. 

This will be expose how the front of the couch and the arms are attached.  

Remove the material from only one arm at a time, so you will have the other arm to show you how to put the material back on the couch.  

This picture isn't very clear, but it is the material that is on the bottom of the arm side view.
Remove it only on one side of the couch.

Now you will have the arm itself exposed to show you the nails or staples that are holding it on. 
Remove the staples and nails and use the material you take off as your pattern to cut the new material pieces.  Then put the new back on as you took it off.  Move to the next section.  Do the same there as well.  

I used the backing of the ruffle that goes around the bottom of the couch with the new material and sewed them together  as the new ruffle.  

Staple the under backing back on the couch before you staple the ruffle back on.

By using the lining with the new fabric and sewing it wrong side out and the matching up the un-sown edges it will pull the material up to form the hem.  The edge that is folded back will be the center of the front of the couch.  You will put one of the small panels behind it. 

Turn ruffle right side out and steam press your ruffle before putting it back on.

The small pieces are for each corner and the front middle.  

Staple the cording on before you put the ruffle on.

Next put the ruffle right side toward the couch and staple it to the cording bottom that will not show when the ruffle is put back down.  

This is the way the front ruffle will look when finished.  

The arm panel is covered separately and then hammer back on to finish off the arms of couch.  
Put the back material on.
You are finished.

Throw pillow add some more color to the couch.

Looks brand new.  I really like it.  Just saying, if I can do it so can you.  


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Easy Rainbow Cupcakes

Scripture to Live By: Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.  And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Genesis 8:20-22

And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you,  and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth.  I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”  And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:  I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,  I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis 9:1,8-16

I have been doing a study both in Awana and Kingdom Kids on Noah, the Flood and God keeping Noah and his family safe in the Ark, which God had told him to build.  God keep them safe in the Ark.  There were eight people and all the animals that went into the ark, two by two, as well as seven of the clean animals. God protected all that was in the ark.  God destroyed all mankind , animals, fowl, creeping thing that were upon the earth by water.  The flood waters covered the entire earth for 150 days, according to the scripture.  The account of the flood is found in book of Genesis chapters 6-9.  After the flood, God made a covenant with Adam and all future generations that He would not send a flood to destroy all flesh ever again.  The rainbow in the cloud is to remind Him and us of His everlasting covenant.  The ark represents all those who have trusted Jesus as their personal Savior.  They are safe from the judgment of God.  The Bible says in Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Recipe Post:
1 box of cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup of oil
1 cup of water
1 can of Vanilla frosting
3 packages of Air Nerds Xtreme candy bars
1 bag of miniature marshmallows
Blue food coloring
Makes 24 cupcakes.
Line cup cake tins with paper liners.  Make up cake mix according to package.  Put 1/4 cup of cake mixture in each cupcake tin.  Bake according to time on cake mix box, approximately 25-30 minutes, or until the cupcakes are golden brown and they spring back when lightly touched.  Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack.  

While cupcakes are cooling, empty the frosting into a bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon of blue Wilton paste coloring.

Blend well.

Using a large star tube and a pastry bag filled with frosting.  Frost your cup cakes as follows, if desired.

or using a spatula, smooth frosting onto cupcakes.  

Cut miniature marshmallow in half and cut approximately 1 inch off each piece of Xtreme candy strip, (so the rainbow will not sag but stand up more firm.) 
I put two slits in each cup cake, as seen below, to insert the candy strip into the cupcake. (I used a tooth pick to help push the strip into the cake, without messing up the cupcake.)
The strip will look like an arch on the cup cake. Put marshmallow on each side of the "rainbow".

How easy are these?!!!

I made these as a treat for the children in Kingdom Kids,  and for my grandchildren.  They are the perfect treat when telling the Biblical story of Noah and the Flood.  These cupcakes help them to remember God's covenant with us to never destroy the earth with a flood again.  The children were so excited about them.


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