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Clumsy Crafter: From Slipcover to Purse

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

From Slipcover to Purse

I love IKEA.

The thing I love most about IKEA is their "As Is" section that is basically returned or broken items that are extremely cheap and great for crafts.  It really is the only reason I go anymore.

A few months ago I was digging through the bins in the "As Is" section where all the fabric items get tossed. I usually have good luck finding ottoman slip covers in funky colors and things such as this but this time I pulled out a full sized sofa slip cover in tan. It was priced at $5. That's about 5 yards of heavy weight fabric for $5. I think I heard angels singing.

The man working that area must have seen the stars in my eyes because without saying a word, he took it out of my hands and marked it down to $3. Then he handed it back to me and said, "have a nice day", with a wink. I told you there was angels! I think I got a little weak in the knees.

I had planned to cut it up and make slipcovers for our dinning room chairs but then some of the chairs fell apart beyond repair (we have kids) and so we bought new(er) chairs off of craigslist. So the slipcover has just been sitting in my fabric stash waiting for someone to love it.

It finally got the love it deserves....

Don't you agree?

P.S. I entered this purse into Purse week on A Lemon Squeezy Home

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Blogger suzannah {so much shouting, so much laughter} said...

trying not to covet: your purse, your deal, your craftiness, your proximity to ikea;)

great job! it looks amazing.

October 5, 2010 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

please make one for me :-)
I heart Ikea's "As Is" section too!!!!

:-) ~Kimberly

October 5, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

You aRe my hero and I want one too.

October 6, 2010 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

i love this fabric!!! where do you get a lot of your adorable fabric?

October 12, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

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