Monday, July 28, 2008

Dyeing the sofacover

The all-white sofa-cover was looking really dirty after less than 24 hours. LOL! And I just couldn't find a way to make it work. Nomatter what I did, I thought the whole room was pale and sorry-looking :-(

So this morning I went out to get some purple dye. But purple was sold out everywhere!! I went all over Copenhagen trying to find it, but it turns out the company has not been delivering purple to the stores for a while, so they are all out.

Instead, I bought turquoise...
I thought about hot pink for a while, but thought Charles probably wouldn't be too happy with that. While I waited for the machine to do all the work for me, I finished most of the binding on Violas I SPY...
Now all I had to do was wait for it to dry.... It is looking good to me!
I finally finished the binding! Hooray! You must all be happy not to have to hear about this project again. It seems like it has taken forever!
Here is the sofa, new and improved. I like it so much better than the white!And here is the finished I SPY! Viola was so excited when I showed her, and started spying things right away. Oh was I ever pleased about that :-)
I made mitered corners using this tutorial! It was not as hard as I thought it would be, I'll be using this method in future projects!
I also got some fabrics -a lot of the stores I went to in search of dye had fabric too- but I'll show you that next time!

For a great giveaway, go visit Crafty Giveaways. This weeks giveaway is a started quilt!!

21 comments:

Emily said...

That eye-spy quilt is FANTASTIC! I would love it if I were a kid, too! You did a nice job. And the couch cover dyed looks great, also. A bold, but beautiful color choice.

anne from finland said...

You succeeded indeed! Both the quilt and sofa look so great!!!

mathea said...

Turquoise is my kind of colour ;-) I find myself coveting that sofa now... But I suppose I will live with my black one with a couple of turquoise cushions for a while yet...
The I Spy quilt is gorgeous! I really like the effect of the darker squares creating a border, making the centre glow. And your mitred corners are just perfect!

mathea said...

Turquoise is my kind of colour ;-) I find myself coveting that sofa now... But I suppose I will live with my black one with a couple of turquoise cushions for a while yet...
The I Spy quilt is gorgeous! I really like the effect of the darker squares creating a border, making the centre glow. And your mitred corners are just perfect!

jellybelly*jellybrain said...

I love the turquoise covers but you sure were brave to do it!

I once dyed some sofa covers purple. I had to use cold-water dye as the covers were too big and heavy to put in the washing machine. The covers turned out fine, but my enamel bath still has dots of purple in it ... 7 years later!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a transformation!! Looks amazing. The I Spy Quilt turned out really well - what a fun project.

ladydi said...

You are a get-it-done kind of gal! Good for you - I love the turquoise sofa, and the ISpy is a masterpiece.

Marie said...

I agree, that turquoise on your couch is fabulous! I'm glad you went with that instead of purple...and the quilt is just beautiful. I can see my kids loving something like that, if only I could quilt!

nclangs said...

I love the I SPY quilt!! I want to make one for my son. Did you get the pattern from somewhere special, or just make it up??

TLC said...

I love what you did with your sofa cover. I was wondering how that was going to turn out. And your quilt is wonderful!

Jen said...

I love the turquiose! Great I spy too. Isn't it so satisfying to make something for your little one and have them just love it? Thanks for mentioning my blog. You've got 3 entries now.

Suzanne said...

Oh I like the colour of the couch cover. I can understand white getting dirty. You really are clever to finish such an amazing quilt. Well done.

Charles said...

All in a days work for super mom :-D

thriftymrs said...

Great colour!

Jacquie said...

Wow...I'm amazed at how the sofa turned out...i love a white sofa, but we could never have one. This is so nice, vibrant and fun. I didn't know this was even possible! Gotta love an I spy quilt too. Wish my kids were still little!

amandajean said...

your eye spy quilt is beautiful. how fun that your daughter was using it right away!

the turquoise slip cover is great!

Arkerchi said...

I absolutely love the new sofa cover... it is such a lovely lovely colour.
and I am totally head over heals overthe I Spy quilt... oh.. it is so precious.
Maybe, I should embark a small version just for fun :)

Tonya said...

I LOVE the aqua!!! My favorite color LOL definitely much better than the white. White couches and children DO NOT mix, trust me, I learned this the hard way LOL

And the quilt is beautiful, one day your grandchildren will play I Spy with it : )

Heidi Ann said...

Hello Tine, It is such a pleasure to meet you! And may I say you have a wonderful blog!...and your teal slipcovers just look great!!!...I too have tried the white ones, but with all the people in our family & 3 cats & 3 large dogs I don't stand a chance keeping it clean! Anyway, I am so glad you found my blog ( I just love Tonya!!) & left a message! I have entered you in the "giveaway" too!...Good Luck to you!...Heidi XO

Marie' said...

I love what you did to your couch cover. I have some white bar stool covers I am trying to dye. you are giving me lots of energy to get it done.
My kids would love that quilt. So cute.

calamitykim said...

Now, that is a beautiful picture! The couch cover is lovely and the quilt just SINGS!!!!!!!! I bet you are so proud of yourself- I know I would be if I ever finished a quilt as lovely (and large!!!) as that!!!! I love it! That's wonderful!
xxxooo kim