Sunday, July 25, 2010

Upholstery Pillows

First off this week I wanted to thank Kim at seven thirty three blog for featuring me during Creativity Week. I was so excited and honored!

In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to recover some pillows that came with my couch; well we had company in town again this week so unfortunately I didn't get around to it. But one of my readers, MalPal, was telling me about some pillows that she had recovered with fabric from a chair she got from the thrift store. So I thought I would invite her to be my first guest poster!

Hello Rachelle, 

 I have a simple easy craft that anyone with a sewing machine can make.  My daughter found a chair cover at the Good Will a few years ago.  It was in her car trunk while she was at college for about a year, then ended up at the bottom of her closet.   She recently got married and moved out leaving her closet for me to clean out.  I picked it up and was going to re-donate it back to the Good Will but had second thoughts.   I wasn’t sure why she picked it up, why she liked it or even what she wanted to do with it.   As I looked at it I realized what a pretty fabric it was.  

The texture is really a nice weight and the flowers have a beautiful stitch.   So I decided to make pillows for her hand me down couch to try and spruce it up.   I was quite surprised that the fabric as ugly as it looked as a huge piece when cut down to pillow size was quite nice.

I lay the fabric out on the floor to see what size pillows I could make with it.  I found that I could make the pillows 16 ½ “ with the fabric on the front and back.   I cut the pillows then stay stitched all around so that they would not fray.   

Then I put right sides together and sewed a ½ “ seem all around (I was trying to make them as large as I could).   I left one side of the pillow with an opening about 4” wide.   Just enough of an opening for my hand to go in and out with the stuffing.   I used 100% Polyester Fiberfill I got from Wal Mart (you can also use shredded foam).  I pulled the fabric through the opening and ironed the seams flat.  

I stuffed the pillow using a little poly fill at a time.  It is easier to adjust it so that it doesn’t clump and become lumpy.   I really stuffed the pillow full so that when you start sitting or leaning on it the pillow will keep its shape.  I used pins to close the opening so I could sew it shut on the machine.   You can also stitch it closed by hand if you like.   Pillows are so easy to make and don’t take up much time.  I liked the pillows so much I am going to see if there is enough fabric left to make me some.   I will most likely have to back the pillow with a matching fabric since there is not much left.   This is another way to stretch your fabric.

Thanks Mal Pal    

Wow! Those turned out great! What a good idea to reuse old fabric. Anyone else score some GoodWill deals lately? I'd love to hear about great ideas from other readers as well!


Debbie said...

I love your fabric choice...totally something I would choose! Fun and funky....thanks for popping over and your nice comment on my guestroom. Debbie

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

I LOVE that fabric! The pillows look great on your couch!! :)

Lori @ Nitty Gritty Pretty said...

Very nice! The fabric looks awesome with the couch.

decdiva1 said...

rachelle, thanks for visiting me at cottage romance today! thanks for your nice comment on my foot board project!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I am a new follower from Follow Me Back Tuesday. I will be back. Nice blog! Love the pillows.

Kaysi said...

Cute! Love the fabric!

Kimberlee said...

What a great guest tutorial you have here. You trully can find wonderful fabrics at Goodwill by looking around. Visiting from Take A Look Tuesday.

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I've really got to make some pillows! There is so many amazing tutorials out there all of a sudden. Pillows are IN! Thank you for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays, they turned out just great~

Anonymous said...

You might be interested to know that this fabric pattern dates from at least 1976 when I used it to recover the seat cushion on an old (even at that time!) desk chair.