Before I get back to replying to the many comments that have accumulated over the last couple of days – many thanks for taking the time to respond, everyone; I appreciate your thoughts and replies very much – I want to catch up with Flat Richie. I had promised to go through the log book, tracing Flat Richie’s journey and sharing the lovely messages that have been left in the book. Even though Flat Richie nowadays lives on my desk, right in front of my eyes, the whole state of pandemia basically distracted me from the task at hand. So I am catching up today with two entries – from May and June 2019.
In May 2019 Flat Richie spent a long holiday with Jholland in Oklahoma. 6 tornados!!! No wonder he stayed longer than envisaged 😉
Neat 🙂 We’ll return to Flat Richie later in July to catch up with his travels after he had crossed the Atlantic once again.
As a little OT PS here is an answer to a question that Besotted left in the comments on Sunday. She was wondering what had become of the cut-up denims that I showed prior to the round-up. I managed to finish that project on Sunday (part of the reason why I did not reply to all comments right then but went awol). Since repainting my kitchen the other day, my bright red seat pads on my kitchen chairs felt like a real eyesore, exacerbated by the fact that the pads were manky and stained.
Granted, these were the cheapest seat cushions you can buy in Ikea. But it always irked me that the chair cushions did not have removable covers. Over time, they became dirty, and I could not wash them. So I decided to go matchy-matchy with my kitchen wall and sew up a few new covers. Thankfully, a batch of about 10 pairs of old denims had survived my recent declutter and tidying.
Initially the plan was to create some simple geometric colour-blocked cushion covers. But since I am a lazy crafter, I did not want to invest the time to hem the fraying fabric for the removable cover. I also wasn’t sure whether I had enough plain denim fabric (from the trouser legs) to cover five cushions. Improvisation is usually the challenge that creates the best results for me, so I decided instead to make use of the existing waistbands of the trousers and somehow also incorporate the pockets into the design. So where you see a waistband in the following photos, that is actually the opening through which you insert the cushion into the cover. No zip or buttons needed; the overlapping fabrics hold the cushion inside the cover. I even used the inside-leg seams as the ties to fasten the pads to the chairs, so this was a complete upcycle with zero cost. It actually turned out quite fun, I think.
The old red cushions are hidden away now, and the new seat covers are not only removable but also reversible. Plus: Since it was a bit of a squeeze to get the old cushions into the new covers, the pads now feel a bit squishier and more comfortable. Win.
There. Aren’t you sorry now, you asked, Besotted? 😁 When it comes to crafty stuff, I get all excited and overboard. 😬
Anyway, next step: I have to repaint those chair legs. I want
an Instagram moment in my kitchen them to match with the colours. The project continues…
And on I go now to the comment section.