One thing to know about me, I buy almost nothing new. I redo, revamp, thrift, skimp and get by on everything. In fact, the only thing I see in this picture that I bought brand new is the serger (Baby Lock). I bought the Baby Lock sewing machine/embroidery machine used on eBay. The sewing table is a fold-out plastic table from COSTCO, like the one leaning against the wall in the pictures below. I used a paisley sheet from the thrift store for the top of the table cloth and the top of the "bench". I buy a large majority of my fabric from thrift stores, as other items and reuse it for my purposes. So all this gorgeous fabric probably cost me less than $10. Maybe I'll try to keep up with what fabrics costed me for future project posts, so I can really rub it in....just kidding.
The "bench" is a storage tote covered with two padded cushions and the topper. I store fabric in it and sit on it to use the sewing machine....and this is maybe only 1/10th of my fabric. Oh yes, the table skirt is hiding at least 4 bins of fabric. Did I mention that I am a fabric hoarder...more on that later. The bottom green portion of the table cloth (and tote topper) is a velvety fabric reused from thrift store tab top curtains...believe that they were Target brand.
Along with the chair cover.
So about this chair. I would have preferred a fuller skirt, more gathered like the tablecloth but that is another thing that you'll learn about me. I work with what I have. I was down to the last panel of curtains that I had bought from the thrift store. So I just made it work, with less gathering. I had the same issue on the tablecloth. See how nice and even the gathering is on that....well the back corner isn't quite so evenly gathered for about 5 inches as I saw I was running out of panel. Was I going to rip it out and start over? Heck no, not when I would never see that portion anyway. And was I going to use a piece of that last panel to add to it to make it perfect? Heck no. Not when that ugly black office chair was looking at me begging to be made a matching set. And I was already out of the paisley topper fabric. I'd have better photos of the handiwork if I'd known I would be blogging this but notice the embroidery at the bottom of the chair skirt. You can barely see it because it is white. I actually used a fancy sewing machine stitch for that.
Also notice some unfinished projects in the background....one of the major purposes of this blog. So I'll mention them in passing but I will not focus on them because they will be gone soon....I just know it.