In case you didn't know...I love the colors Yellow & Gray together! They make me so happy! I think they are so classy and just work well!
After moving into our new home in August I really wanted to redo my room in yellow and gray. Right now it has a blue and brown pattern. Then I realized it was too early in our marriage to redo our room....since we had only recently been married, all of our bedding and decorations were pretty much new. So I had to put aside my desire to have a yellow and gray themed room for a while.
Instead, I chose to put those colors into another project! At our new house we had a Pergola in the corner of our backyard and we saw so much potential for it! Starting with patio furniture. My husband and I decided we wanted to build our own furniture. Meaning, he builds the couch and chair, and I sew pillows and cushions.
I got a sewing machine and learned how to use it back in April or May of 2011, and through the summer I sewed some pretty generic long skirts to take on our trip to Africa. So I had a little practice doing it, and I knew pillows weren't too hard....plus I'm a very ambitious person, so I had full confidence that I could do this project and it turn out great! The problem is, sometimes I think it will be great but it actually turns out pretty mediocre, so in the back of my mind I was a little afraid of that.
Anyways, I took the first step and went to Hancock's Fabric to scope out what I wanted. After about three trips I finally made a buy. I was going to buy outdoor material, but found some on clearance (which saved a ton of money) and decided to coat it with scotch guard after I was finished. I ended up saving over $100 on all of the materials because of the deals that I got. Later I went back and got the pre-made cushion foam for all 4 cushions and 4 pillows. I also got a deal on those during a holiday sale, saving even more money. You can read more about my first endeavors on this blog, Crafting is Consuming My Life & I Love It!
As I said before I am very ambitious, so realizing these pillows would probably get dirty, I understood that it would be smart to make the cases removable so that they could be washed....so I decided to put zippers on them. So using You Tube videos, I learned to sew zippers and they turned out fabulously! If you want to know more about the videos I watched just ask me in the comments below!
All was well with the pillows, then came the cushions and I realized what a challenge they would be since they were actually box like, meaning I had to sew the sides on them. NOT quite as easy as the pillows, I went back to You Tube and watched a lot of videos with tips helping me. Finally I dove in and they turned out pretty great! It definitely wasn't a project that I looked at and felt mediocre joy! When I see my furniture sitting outside in my backyard, I am filled with joy and pride at the job that my husband and I did! I cannot believe we were able to do that!
Now I pretty much feel like I can do anything!! Can't wait for more projects in 2012!
Shoutout to my husband! He did a wonderful job making the couch and chair. He made that from raw wood, no furniture kit used at all! He did a wonderful job and finished his part of the project an entire month before I finished mine. Thanks babe, I am so proud of us!
Check Out my inspired Yellow & Gray pinboard here!
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