Strappy Leather Seat Cover

19th century chair with leather seat cover diy

Back in 2013 I painted and upholstered this late 1800’s chair. Earlier this year I decided to make a seat cover for it using some old leather. Could be my weird fetish for everything black, shiny, leathery and strappy, but I’m completely in love with this chair now.

I only had smaller pieces of leather so I patched up a bunch of them with my sewing machine to make the cover.

19th century chair with leather seat cover diy

19th century chair with leather seat cover diy

I added straps that I tied around the legs of the chair to fasten the cover over the seat.

19th century chair with leather seat cover diy

Free Form Crochet Scarf

free form crochet diy tutorial

Free form crochet is great for all of us that are just too stupid to follow even the most basic crochet patterns. After looking at a number of beginner (yeah, right) patterns online for scarves, I gave up and decided to just improvise and follow absolutely no rules with my scarf. If you google “free form crochet” you get a lot of colorful and creative results, but for me using lots of colors in my scarf would’ve just been too cheerful and artistic and that does not suit my usual all-black outfits at all. Using one solid color, would make it wearable and not too crazy looking.

free form crochet

I started out by making a chain about as long as I wanted my scarf to be.

free form crochet

My initial plan was to crochet normal stitches on the first few rows to make a good base for the scarf. I scrapped that plan pretty quickly and just free-formed the crap out everything from the first row and on to the end.

free form crochet

I’m not sure how others do free form, but for me it was a lot of chain 4- skip 10, chain 10 -skip 3 and lots of completely made up stitches, but as you can see there are a couple of normal stitches in there for a more varied look.

free form crochet

I didn’t even finish the first row before I begun on the second. NO RUUUULEEESSS!!!!!

free form crochet

After a while of total craziness, ended up with this.

free form crochet

I like how the finished scarf has this waterfall quality to it. It’s warm too!

free form crochet

How to Turn a Bed into a Sofa

bed to sofa diy
I bought a new bed and decided to throw out my old sofa (that was almost new but seriously killed my neck and back, so screw that) and make my old bed into a new sofa. Not completely logical, but I’m so happy with the result and this DIY is definitely one of my favorites of all time.

So, what do you need to re-upholster a single bed?

  • A shitload of fabric (just over 8 meters in my case).
  • Strong arms (I have super weak arms but a strong will, and that works too).
  • A damn good staple gun.
  • Thread and needles. And preferably a thimble – your fingers will thank you.

I found this cheap mustard/gold/greenish fabric at a sale and decided it was super-beautiful mostly because it cost almost nothing. I had some doubts about the color in the beginning, but it really turned out great in the end.

So this is what I had to work with.

bed to sofa diy

bed to sofa diy

I was quite pleased to find out that the fabric I bought was wide enough to actually cover the entire mattress.

bed to sofa diy

I stapled it on.

bed to sofa diy

bed to sofa diy

I bought some new legs for the bed to make it lower and give it that bohemian feel that I wanted.

bed to sofa diy

bed to sofa diy

bed to sofa diy

I made some large pillows covered with the same fabric for the backrest.

bed to sofa diy

bed to sofa diy

Magazine Coasters

I recently inherited this antique chest, and I am now using it as a coffee table.

The lid of the chest features a cool looking star design and I decided to try and mimic the style on my coasters.

antique chest star design

At first I had the intention of making some of those rolled magazine strips coasters that have been floating around on DIY blogs for some time. Then I decided that I was waay too lazy to even start cutting the strips required to make them and figured, why not just glue a bunch of pages together with paper glue and then cut out round shapes and make coasters out of that? Yeah, seemed simple enough – and it was.

I let the coasters dry a bit before I slapped on some paint. I went with a grey background for the black stars.
Fun fact: Painting uneven stars is much harder than painting straight ones.

To seal the coasters and make them water proof, I put a few coats of varnish on top of the paint.

I cut out and glued on some black leather for the coasters backs.

I think they turned out pretty good!