Sofa So Not Done Yet

Of course It was only a matter of a day or so before I turned that panel into a cushion.

I’m gradually replacing all the scatter cushions that came with our big leather sofa as they’ve all got very tatty. I suppose they’ve done well to survive for 14 years really having been the plaything of two children (then teens), numerous puppies, dogs, kittens and cats, T.V. dinners and spilt wine.

The actual base of the sofa is still in good condition.Β  Mr. Tialys is supposed to be re-doing the seat cushions in leather.Β  I have only been waiting about 4 years for this to happen so far.

I salvaged the back of one of the original cushions and used it for the reverse of Lord Nelson.

Original tatty seat and scatter cushions still in place

With his red coat he fits in nicely doesn’t he?

Don’t worry, there will only be one cat.Β  The rest will be done like so –

Posed on a different leather sofa.

Still red so he’ll still fit in.

So, two of those done – only another twelve to go and then I can throw all the old ones out, having re-used all the feather inners first of course.

Apparently, I’m told the leather for the seat cushions has now been ordered but, considering I bought the Turkish woven fabric (as shown in the two cushions above) at least 4 years ago and have only made two so far, I suppose I’m in no position to criticise.

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  1. #1 by Lynda on September 27, 2019 - 08:57

    Lovely work! We all have a project that takes more time than we planned and you’ll get your couch done eventually. Looking forward to seeing these cushions with the leather seats!

    • #2 by tialys on September 27, 2019 - 13:37

      Not as much as I am! πŸ˜‰

  2. #3 by nanacathy2 on September 27, 2019 - 09:08

    Well doesn’t he look smart. The trouble with getting the sofa recovered will be that it makes somewhere else look in need of some t.l.c., but that’s life.

    • #4 by tialys on September 27, 2019 - 13:37

      Isn’t it just. Since our bathroom was finished I feel like the rest of the house looks tatty but I so hate decorating that I’m waiting (and hoping) for the feeling to pass. πŸ˜‰

  3. #5 by thecontentedcrafter on September 27, 2019 - 10:18

    We all have plans that go astray don’t we – I always enjoy visiting here and chuckle away in a knowing kind of fashion that is just my version of “Yep, yep, yep! Know that, had that, been there, done that” Sigh!! Lord Nelson looks very smart and those other new red cushions are just the ticket to make him look his best – good choosing. Clearly you had to wait for the cats to get this project really purring along πŸ˜€

    • #6 by tialys on September 27, 2019 - 13:35

      It did seem to spur Mr. T. into action – probably in case I covered the whole sofa in more cats in different guises – and the leather has now arrived.

  4. #7 by katechiconi on September 27, 2019 - 10:27

    Perhaps a few more cushions to make your point and pour encourager l’autre… After all, you will then have done your part, and as a side benefit, you’ll be helping to disguise the state of the sofa. Lord Nelson does make a good cushion, I must say; he has the look of a piece of elaborate needlepoint to reinforce the impression.

    • #8 by tialys on September 27, 2019 - 13:34

      The leather has arrived! He just ordered enough to do the end cushion in case we don’t like the effect. If we don’t love it, we’ll just leave the end cushion done as it’s sort of stand alone, not having a back to it (it’s a large L-shaped sofa), and do the rest differently. Otherwise, he’ll order more of the same and do it all. It would, of course, be easier (and possibly cheaper) to buy a new sofa but this one was expensive and there’s nothing wrong with the base.

      • #9 by katechiconi on September 27, 2019 - 14:55

        And besides, think of the kudos of saying “yes, I reupholstered that myself…” and having repaired something really well instead of chucking it out.

      • #10 by tialys on September 27, 2019 - 19:39

        Well, I did go through a reupholstery phase – I’ve got all the gear and everything – and I once reupholstered a chaise longue from springs and webbing to covering – but that phase has passed. Cushions I can manage.

  5. #11 by KerryCan on September 27, 2019 - 13:41

    Its always good to know that other people make big plans and take their own sweet time to follow thru! The cushions look grand, though!

    • #12 by tialys on September 27, 2019 - 19:40

      You make plans and, before you know it, years have gone by.

  6. #13 by Laurie Graves on September 27, 2019 - 15:48

    Oh, my gosh! Love that pillow. What a face. Lord Catson.

  7. #15 by kathyreeves on September 27, 2019 - 17:00

    If you do one cushion a week, he may have the first reupholstered so you can gauge the effect…πŸ˜‰ Hoping you are both inspired sooner rather than later!

    • #16 by tialys on September 27, 2019 - 19:41

      I might have one leather cushion done before he leaves for the U.K. again. I’m trying not to nag.

      • #17 by kathyreeves on September 27, 2019 - 21:20

        I will nominate you for sainthood if you don’t!😜

  8. #18 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 27, 2019 - 18:57

    Lovely work – but I swear I’d be less scared of a zombie than that cat – and I am REALLY scared of zombies.

    • #19 by tialys on September 27, 2019 - 19:43

      Honestly, what a girly wimp you are! You’re as bad as Mlle. T. the Elder with spiders. πŸ•·πŸ˜±

      • #20 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 28, 2019 - 22:10

        I don’t like Spiders either – sounds like I’d get on well with Mlle.T. the Elder.

  9. #21 by CurlsnSkirls on September 27, 2019 - 19:20

    Loved Lord Catson at first sight & am delighted he’s now officially in residence❣️😻 The other fabric is fab – hope a few more get mustered up in future. As for leatherβ€”being in-house is a good thing. Progress! 😘

    • #22 by tialys on September 27, 2019 - 19:49

      I like him too. I’m wondering if I should make the Napoleon one (it exists!) and put them at opposite ends of the sofa πŸ˜‚

      • #23 by CurlsnSkirls on September 29, 2019 - 01:44

        Sounds marvy – go ahead!

  10. #24 by magpiesue on September 27, 2019 - 19:24

    He looks like he belongs there, that’s for sure. He’ll both blend in and stand out from the lovely kilim cushions you’re making. And kudos to Mr. Tialys for being willing to recover the seats!

    • #25 by tialys on September 27, 2019 - 19:50

      He loves a bit of leather work so it was his idea. However, he’s almost as bad as me in that he likes thinking about a project and finding ‘just the right fabric’ before he actually does anything about it – hence the four years passing.

  11. #26 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on September 28, 2019 - 09:44

    Looks great. Is there a doggy commander coming next?

    • #27 by tialys on September 30, 2019 - 10:07

      I daren’t get into the dog theme in soft furnishings as I already have far too many vintage and hand made dog sculptures around the place. For some reason there appears to be more choice in the ‘cats in costume’ category although, in real life, they are much less amenable to letting you dress them up than dogs.

  12. #28 by Lindashee on September 28, 2019 - 17:18

    It looks great ! It is sometimes hard to motivate oneself for a project and we get used to worn out furniture/house stuff because its happened over time. Sometimes it’s still in a good enough shape that you can’t throw it away, not so much that it doesn’t feel nice and new. The new cushions look great, and I wish you both good luck (you and hubby) in finding the courage to give the sofa a new life, maybe you can do a “sofa along” to motivate each other ? πŸ˜›

    • #29 by tialys on September 30, 2019 - 10:02

      A sofa along sounds good – maybe I’ll make two fabric cushions to one leather seat cushion and we might even finish it eventually.

  13. #30 by Beads and Barnacles on October 1, 2019 - 18:12

    What a fantastic cushion. Goodness upholstery projects take so long to actually get done don’t they πŸ˜‚

    • #31 by tialys on October 3, 2019 - 19:16

      I suppose, if the sofa was literally falling to pieces or we didn’t have one at all we would have been quicker.

      • #32 by Beads and Barnacles on October 3, 2019 - 20:21

        Lol maybe. Although surviving with what we have is a well know trait for some of us. I think I survived with just one chair here for a whole winter. I now have a sofa thankfully, but it doesn’t have a cover yet πŸ˜‚

  14. #33 by claire93 on October 2, 2019 - 14:30

    cushions look fab, and “bon courage” with upholstering the sofa in leather!
    I can never seem to get up much enthusiasm when it comes to soft furnishings. Bought heaps of a green serge (2 years ago now) with the intention of making covers for our sofas, which cats have totally destroyed. Got as far as making a start on one, then it got complicated trying to make my paper pattern work, so I gave up and shoved everything in a cupboard.

    • #34 by tialys on October 3, 2019 - 19:15

      I did get very into upholstery a few years back – did a chaise longue and everything – but I grew out of it. 😊 My cushions will be easy – it’s Mr. T. who has all the box cushions to do.

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