achievement unlocked: sewing bench cover

my new sewing cabinet came with a lovely matching bench with a lid that lifts off to provide extra storage. the problem is that it‘s way ugly.


not only is the color hideous, but it also has a weird plasticky feel. i have no idea what it‘s made from. in any case, i knew i was going to cover it, & i decided to make some hexagons from various scrap fabrics, just to see how i felt about sewing hexagons.


much better! i guess this photo makes it look pretty loud, but it‘s such a small piece of furniture, i really feel it just brightens things up rather than overwhelming the eye.

i already wrote a lot about the construction in my last post…such as it is, anyway. i mean, i just sewed a bunch of hexagons together, gave it a pretty basic hem, & stapled it to the underside of the bench with a staple gun. i bought the staple gun this morning, which involved taking ramona to the hardware store. that was fun. nothing like taking your two-year-old to a giant dusty building full of loose nails & saws. (our local hardware store is over one hundred years old, & really looks it.) there was also a dog there for some reason. it was giant & elderly, but ramona was all, “puppy! i want to pet the puppy!” luckily, it was also pretty friendly.

now that i have a staple gun, i can also get moving on the giant pressing board. for a minute, i thought about piecing hexagons to make the cover for that too, but…nope. i really want the pressing board to be a quick & easy project, & piecing hexagons is a real time commitment. i’m still daydreaming about making a grandmother’s flower garden quilt, but it would have to be something i work on gradually, with the hope of maybe finishing it in 2016. if i’m lucky.

i thought about starting a new sewing project today…i’ve had a dress pattern & a few yards of catnap print fabric that a friend sent me for christmas sitting out, waiting to be cut, for weeks now. i’m just dragging my heels because i don’t want to make a muslin but i know i don’t really have a choice if i want to come away with a wearable garment. it‘s time for me to bite the bullet & learn how to do an FBA (full bust adjustment). i’ve just been fudging it because i’ve been scared to cut apart my pattern pieces, but…let‘s be real. there’s a seven-inch difference between my high bust measurement & my full bust measurement. (it might be worth mentioning that i lost twelve pounds while i had pneumonia. all my measurements except the full bust are smaller now. there probably wasn’t such a large discrepancy between high bust & full bust before.) once i master the FBA, i bet i will enjoy my self-made clothes a lot more.

but instead of sewing, i read “the new yorker” cover to cover while ramona napped. i was just tuckered out because we’re trying to get ramona into the idea of potty training, & that involves sitting next to her & reading her books for literally an hour at a time to convince her to sit on her potty. by the time she was asleep, i just needed to collapse for a while.

in other ramona news, today she sang her own version of the alphabet song: “A B C D E F G, H I J K elephant bat!” elephant bat instead of L M N O P! there was a weird genius to it.

& in a follow-up to the question of how we’re going to resolve the computer charger/iron issue…we actually already have an adapter with multiple outlets. my charger used to be plugged into that, but one time i moved the charger into the bedroom so i could watch netflix in bed, & then i was too lazy to plug it back into the adapter (which is stored inside one of those plastic boxes designed to hide all your unsightly cords & outlets, meaning there’s a whole lid that has to be taken off, etc etc….ugh, so much work!). so everyone that suggested that: you under-estimated our collective laziness. sorry!

Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

2 thoughts on “achievement unlocked: sewing bench cover

  1. Oh man, I have one of those childproof things that goes around a multi-outlet. It is such a pain in the ass to use, I would totally end up doing the same thing. Lucky for me, I can just barely jam my power cord in there. That thing is such a pain in the ass, I’m >< this close to just giving in and trusting LJ to not electrocute herself. The only thing holding me back is I know she's gonna play with the switch on that thing if she has access to it.

    The cover looks great! It makes me want to start working on the hexi table runner I got a free pattern for.

    1. ugh, it hadn’t even occurred to me that ramona would play with the switch on the multi-outlet! yeah, it’s staying in the box, & i will make a point of plugging my computer into it tomorrow.

      thanks for the compliments on the cover! these hexies are pretty small, only two inches across when finished. i’m sure the project would have gone MUCH faster if i’d used bigger hexies. i’m sure a table runner would look great! is it gross to admit that our table is where we change ramona? (on a blanket, so her naked butt is never actually touching the table surface.) so we have given up on table coverings for the time being, but i harbor dreams of someday outfitting us with a whole variety of runners, placemats, et al…

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