Our couch has a tag on it that says we should keep the arms protected with endcaps. We hadn't been doing that, though we were keeping the thing completly covered with all sorts of blankets...not very attractive. So since we got the couch we've been trying to sort out how to protect it attractively. (In the meantime, I think Lucy has become less and less interested in scratching it, but better safe than sorry.) Then one day I realized I had this Ikea fabric (which is actually supposed to have been a tablecloth or something, it already had sort of finished edges) that was pretty much the exact length it needs to be to cover the length of the couch with fabric leftover for endcaps. So this weekend I finally had time to play with it. Right now the endcaps are almost finished. I have a kinda bad habit of taking photos before things are finished, like all the loose ends tied and cut off, or in knitting woven in. I just wanted to see how things all looked, and I tend to feel like a photo give a sort of second opinion on the matter.
So anyway, the current coverage plans are the endcaps paired with a third piece of this fabric that runs the length of the couch. That piece is going to cover the frame, covering the fabric behind the cushions, and it may or may not continue under the cushions to protect the fabric at the front below the cushions (it's still a debate.) Which either way will leave the cushions themselves unprotected from kitty claws...That too is a concern since she loves to make herself comfortable there. But there was really no way to cover the cushions without having it look pretty strange. I think we will still protect the cushions with a blanket but it will have more of a place now, and not have the task of protecting every single part of the couch and hiding it. I'm thinking the blanket will be more transient in nature, we can tug it off the back when we're cold (and know the cat's not clawing at the couch.) And I might be on the lookout for something blue or yellow that coordinates with ikea fabric...or I might knit something eventually. Projects beget more projects....
I'm starting to feel a bit more confident about sewing, and I was pretty fearless about this project. I think it helped that this Ikea fabric was on sale and was super cheap, though it's a neat fabric and I don't think they have it anymore. But I just went with it, cut right into the fabric and just thought of it as an experiment. And it pretty much worked! I learned some stuff, and if I did it again I would probably do it better, but I'm pretty happy with the results. I feel excited to try more sewing projects when I get a chance...maybe actually tackle a piece of clothing soon? We'll see.
Oh, and Happy Easter. We're off for a day at the botanic garden with my parents! I'm sure there will pics up on my flickr by this evening.