This is a photo of the unfortunate comforter I insist on placing on our marital bed each winter: (PLEASE– if you have a sensitive stomach, scroll on by– it’s REALLY REALLY ugly!!)
Why do I subject myself and my family to such ugliness? Because it is the perfect weight comforter– not too hot, not too cold. However, it is homely, falling apart, and makes me shudder every morning when I make the bed.
Which leads me to today’s ridiculous turn at the longarm. For those of you new to my blog, a longarm machine is a sewing machine on steroids. Mine is about the size of a 12 year old child, resting on a table that is 12′ x 4′– it takes up my 2 car garage-turned-studio.
Ok, so. Instead of buying new, I decided in my recycling/thrifty zeal to recover the oogly (or should I say, ooglier?!) side of the comforter. I have an enormous, expensive sewing machine, and it could be put to use saving the world from the effects of over-consuming.
So, I bought some yardage on sale (yup– I consumed. I did warn that this was a ridiculous idea!) I sewed 2 lengths together to get a piece of fabric approximately the same size as the comforter. I then pinned the comforter onto my longarm machine, and laid the nice new fabric on top of the comforter.
After gulping some Pepto-Bismol to quiet my stomach (which was turning from such close proximity to the ugliness), I proceeded to sew some straight lines which would hold the fabric to the comforter, re-covering the ugly. And for those of you smarter than me who are wondering: I didn’t make a “duvet cover” because I hate the way the comforter always slips and bunches inside one.
Okay, if this were a tutorial I’d say:
I’m pointing out where the old stitching was, and I’m going to re-stitch the new fabric along those lines.
And see, here I am showing you how I measured and marked with chalk so that I could stitch along the line. I have a handy “channel lock” which allows me to sew a straight line without any effort at all. (I do love my machine. Her name is Phoebe).
Alas, this is NOT a tutorial. For when I got to the bottom of the comforter/new fabric, I realized that there was no way on this earth I was going to be able to shove that puppy under my machine to stitch on a binding.
Plus, it’s still really ugly.
So, heed my tale of woe. Not every great idea is a great idea. Sometimes, ugly just gotta get gone. I have been avoiding my studio for the past 2 days, because I just don’t want to face the awfulness waiting for me on my machine. But I will square up my shoulders, go out there, rip out the stitching (to save the new fabric for another project), and take the ugly comforter to the thrift shop.
Maybe one of you, dear readers, would like to try your hand at re-covering?!!