Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Temporary No-Sew Table Runner

...or the "I'm lazy 
and I don't want to sew this right now",
table runner.

Last week I was sharing with you all my love/hate relationship with my sewing machine. That I'm not too fond of sewing, but I find myself frequently needing a change-up in decor with pillows, table runners, curtains etc. And actually, my sewing machine is (a) over at the storage unit(s), (b) it's too cold to go hunting for it, (c) I'd have to bribe my hubby to go spend an hour or so messing with it. (Do any of these excuses sound reasonable?)

I had another runner that I had made a few years ago on the Dining Room table last week, but the background of the fabric was too creamy/yellow. So I put it away, hoping I could find something that would work better with my new taupe/gray walls and busy black area rug. I thought that I might try a more trendy design like a bold damask, (and I think I WILL go back for it)

But when I saw this subtle Toile print in a brownish/taupe with off white pattern I grabbed it instead. You know, I've been feeling a little "Toile-ish" lately. I felt the need to go slow with "pattern" sitting on top of my area rugs, but the more I think about it, the more I think the damask will work also.

Maybe I'll get crazy and do something like this for Spring...

And the whole thing about "no-sew" is that I need to make do for a while until I can get Hubbs to round up the machine in question. I wanted the main pattern to be in the middle, so I just measured things out and ironed it accordingly. There are raw edges at the end, but no one can see them right now, so please don't tell anyone...

I just have them neatly folded on the chair, and because these end chairs have "arms" and the linen slips you can't tell what unsightly things might be hiding there. Honestly though, you could use fabric hem tape or fusible binding to make it look professional. No need to drag out the beast.

After Christmas I needed something for a centerpiece and I thought of this urn. I had used it on the coffee table before, with a live ivy. My living room here doesn't have alot of direct light, so I thought I'd try it out here on the DR table with a faux moss orb...with a base of faux twig garland... and some faux ivy which needs to straightened out...

maybe this looks a little more presentable.

Here's a close up of the Toile fabric. Once I get it sewn properly, (is sewn a word?) the lumpy bumpy ridge in the middle should go away...

This Dining Room (area/space) is growing on me.
 It's awfully small, and not very functional.

But I like how it all came together. I just have to avoid the urge to put too much stuff in here. I also need to style the top of the china cabinet a little better. I don't have all my things unpacked and it's looking a little off balance and haphazard. This also requires Hubbs on a ladder juggling breakables.

I love these slipcovered chairs, but we were laughing the other day as we pulled out of the driveway that through the blinds on the window it looks like a bunch of pointy headed people are sitting at the table. hilarious. oh well, either that or they're "cardboard" chairs. (just imagine a pointy bump on top)

So now you know all my secrets...
I have tacky table runners and cardboard chairs.

Let's face it.
I'm not a perfectionist.

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