Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Hand Knit Bob The Builder

Remember This Little Guy?
Is anyone else fascinated by the talents of people who knit? Well I am. I cannot knit for nuts. And when Bob the Builder was all the range years ago My Auntie Claire didn't just run out and buy the plastic version  of him. Oh no - she made her very own hand knitted version of him for my son (who is now 16) so he's been in the attic all those years well over a decade now. Bob that is, not my son. Although we do have two imaginary people called Bridget and Mary who live in our attic and they're responsible for all the things that get lost or broken! But sin scĂ©al eile. So ya, this little guy gets my vote or at least the work that went into him. He even has his own ittle hammer and tool belt made separately! So cute..

Actually I just realised he even has a special little holder thingy on the back of his tool belt for his hammer. Really amazing details! So you can see why I couldn't part with him. Recently my Aunt offered to teach me how to knit so I might just take up knitting in my old age. And we all know what Bob the Builder would say...

Or was that Obama?

Monday, 7 December 2015

Super Easy DIY 'NO-SEW' - Recovered Bar Stools

The before looks really bad but these chairs were actually still so comfy to sit on and still very sturdy so I decided to recover them. 

So this a close up of the cat claw damage....  

And here's the after before the next battering from the cats of course. They're clawing as we speak. We gave up shooing them off stuff long ago. That's how it is if you have cats.

I use an old cushion to get a more plump seat
It was just meant to be a quick fix but I think they turned out really great and took so little time to do (approx one hour per chair).  Oh! and I stuck in an old cushion to each stool to make them a bit plumper as they had gotten a little deflated over the years.

One other thing I did was use the reverse side of the fabric.  Here's a photo of the 'right' side of the fabric and while it's really nice I just didn't think the white stripe would be suitable for kitchen use so I flipped it and luckily the reverse side had a black fleck of thread going through the white stripe which gives it a more grainier look and I think it looks just as great and will be easier to keep clean.

The flip side...

This is all you need. A good Staple gun and sissors.

Here's a close up of some stapling and tucking details. You can barely see that one staple unless you are up close and scrutinising! 

You can just see one staple there on the black stripe but I can magic marker over that. The other staples are either hidden or landed on the white stripes so they're almost invisible.

Kevin giving me a helping hand for this part..
And here's Kevin helping me take this next pic just to show you how to flake those staples in there good and strong. I'm even seeing some pug hair on there already!! Oh yeah did I mention - we have two pugs also:-)

Here's a closer look of the above photo. I thought I'd have to add some piping here to cover the staples but because I added an extra cushion under the fabric - the seat puffed up and covered all those staples saving me that extra step.  Horray! You can see also I didn't have to cut and match up my fabric for this part. It's all one long piece of fabric. Well now wasn't that just handy dandy as that police officer lady  would say in 'Fargo' What was her name... anyway great movie.. must watch that again.

And here's a shot of the underneath. Pretty ugly but who cares it's all stapled good and tight and no one gets to see this part only aforementioned cats:-)

I'm very happy with them.Now I need to decide what colour to paint the legs. Any suggestion?