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!


Debbiedoos 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 @ Healthy House on the Block said...

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

Lori said...

Very nice! The fabric looks awesome with the couch.

decorating diva {aka deanna} 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 @ Keeping it Simple said...

Cute! Love the fabric!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva 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 Marie 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.