Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Drawer Tower Cart Slipcover {Part 2}



I've been hard at work finishing revamping my drawer tower cart and I'm finally ready to show you the FINAL results! If you haven't seen part 1 where I revamped the drawers, I suggest you do that first ;)

This was actually my very first sewing project with my very own sewing machine I got 2 Christmas' ago. Yeah, I know, about time I took that baby out for a spin hehe.

You ready to see the finished product? Here it is:

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I'm so happy about the outcome! I love the added color and texture from the slipcover. Makes everything look so much cleaner, don't you think?

The slipcover itself is really easy to make. It's just 3 pieces sewn together: 1 top and 2 sides.

I got the fabric on sale 3 meters for the price of 1! I paid 14$ for that, and didn't even use 1/3, so it would have cost me about 4$ for this slipcover.



Have I ever mentioned I'm a slow crafter? Well, I am. And I'm also quite lazy. I took one night to cut the pieces out (took 20 minutes maybe). I did it on the floor since it's the biggest flat surface I have cleanup up at all times.



I pinned the sides on the next evening, that took an other half hour. This is thick upholstery fabric, and I'm not confident enough in my sewing skills to fold as I go, even if I'm doing a straight line, so I pin. Really wish I had the magnetic pin dish I made for my grand-ma at that time! Or that I had made one for myself.

Also, since it was the first time using my sewing machine, I wanted to read the entire manual first. Which took longer than I thought.

Once I did start sewing, it took less than 2 hours to finish everything. I had to start over a couple of sides because they were too long. Oops! At least they were too long and not too short, right?!

I found the best way to do it was to sew the 3 pieces together side by side, and then sew their combine lengths. That way I didn't have trouble making sure they were the exact same width in the end. And it made the seams where they are attached look nicer. If that makes any sense... haha!

For the top of the drawer cart, I had to put a cardboard piece since there are little cubbies on the top which made the fabric pucker and not smooth.



(Side note, I hate my camera! See how the same fabric comes out differently based on... I have no idea. How the camera feels like taking the shot. Exact same position, 2 minutes apart. It was sunny outside, too. Grr. This is why I photoshop, to bring the colors closer to real life, and the same throughtout a post, just didn't notice this before posting)

Then I had to stick the sides to the cart with double sided tape since they curled and didn't lay flat. This double sided tape is the leftover from the tape provided in the window sealing kit we put up this year, and it's really sticky!! I pulled the second side nice and tight so that it was as smooth as possible.




Repeat on all sides and bottom if needed, and that's it!





Covers pretty well I think!



Ok, to be honest, there's one side that I sewed pretty crookedly :S Not too proud of that. (It's the left seem below).


But it's ok, because that side is pretty much hidden by my desk there.



The side that does show lies nice and flat, and is straight ;)






My mom gave me this super cute basket that I've put on top! It's glittery and ORANGE!! Did you know orange is my favorite color? Well now you do ;)


This particular shade of orange, burnt orange, I adore. My parents actually bought the burnt orange Sunfire many years ago just for me, I was so happy! No, it wasn't mine, but that's ok, I got to drive it and that's all that mattered!

Now I'm gonna try REALLY hard not to clutter the top of the cart! Because it's usually a dumping ground...


My next craft that I will post will be something St-Patrick's day related, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!



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15 comments:

  1. Gen, you did a great job on covering that cart. Very creative and it looks much better with all the pretty colors. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects. Glad you finally busted out that sewing machine!

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  2. This is a great idea! Looks so much better. I'd love for you to share this over at the Make it Great Linky party at Etcetorize. (http://etcetorize.blogspot.com). The party starts tonight!

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  3. I have drawers just like this that I could make over.

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  4. This is awesome and exactly what I am looking for. I have several of these and they work great for my crafting supplies but I wanted to update my craft room but don't really have any money to spend on new cabinets. This is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing this.. Now I can't wait to go get some fabric and also to update the front. I saw that post of yours as well..

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  5. Awesome idea! You can really customize the look .

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  6. Cute! You've really dressed up a simple plastic storage container. Awesome! Thanks for sharing at Cutesy Monday!

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

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  7. What a neat idea! Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week! Can't wait to see what you are up to next week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  8. It looks so classy now! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  9. Great idea, I love the completed look!

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  10. AWESOME!!! It went from great to FABULOUS!!

    Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

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  11. It looks great, and we all need more cute storage.

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  12. Hey thanks so much for linking up!! This is super cute! I have a few of these plastic drawer towers that I use that this would look so good on! I may have to try it!

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  13. Hey I just wanted to let you know that we are featuring you on our Naturally-Nifty Linky Party today!! Stop by and check it out!

    Also be sure to pick up a featured button, and also follow us on pinterest! As part of being featured we pinned this to our boards! Thanks so much for linking up! I love this drawer idea and really want to do this! Makes things so much cuter!

    www.natural-nester.blogspot.com

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  14. "Wow, these look great. I've only ever seen sofa covers before. What a great idea to give your drawers a new look."

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