Sewing To Hide an Eyesore
You’ve probably seen that meme that says something like, “A clean house is a sign of a broken sewing machine”.
My house is usually a bit of a mess, and my sewing machine works just fine, so perhaps there’s some truth in this! But I don’t believe that it’s all down to having a fully functioning sewing machine. It’s also due to the fact that there are 6 messy people living in quite a small house.
In an effort to get the mess under control, we have had several deliveries from Ikea and I am usually in the middle of a sort out.
One of the recent deliveries included a new shoe rack. 6 people means a lot of shoes, especially in my husband’s case. He seems to have 4 times as many as everybody else, me included!
The old shoe rack had 2 shelves and I was wedging the shoes into it, only to lose them under the piano.
The new one has 4 shelves, so a lot more room, but unfortunately it’s an eyesore.
When hubby put it together and put all the shoes on it, I wanted to cry. It was like we lived at a bowling alley with all the shoes in the shelves. I posted a picture in Instagram if you want to see how bad it was!
Anyway, I don’t like to feel defeated, and this kind of problem is usually solved by a little bit of ingenuity.
I used a shelf I found upstairs, bought ages ago but never used, some stick on velcro and a couple of metres of pretty fabric.
How to Hide an Eyesore
You Will Need
Fabric (something heavier is best, but you could always line it or use interfacing), a shelf, stick on velcro, paint (optional).
Making the Curtain
1. If you need to paint your shelf, do that first. I used some Annie Sloan chalk paint that I had left over from something else. It dries very quickly and doesn’t smell bad, but it will need waxing.
2. Cut your fabric to the right size. It will need to be wide enough to go around the shelf, plus seam allowance and a bit extra for pleats if you want them, and long enough to cover your eyesore.
You might need to sew several sections together. My fabric became the right size easily when I cut in half then sewed both halves together.
3. Hem the top, bottom and sides.
4. I added some pleats at the corners. You could miss out this stage if you don’t want pleats or don’t have time or enough fabric.
This fabric between where you marked the corners is the extra you have to make the pleats.
7. You’ll need to think about how you’re going to use your shelf. I thought about getting blocks of wood or square brackets and attaching them to the top of the shoe rack, but in the end I didn’t so the shelf is balanced on my trainers!
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