Friday, July 6, 2012

Sew It Then Throw It

Last month I replaced the duvet cover and pillow shams in my bedroom.  The finished product looked nice, but I knew I wanted some throw pillow to accent it.

I started hunting in the thrift shops for decorative pillows to recover.  It took me a couple of weeks to find what I was looking for, but I finally hit the jackpot; two perfectly new pillow forms.  My find was a win all around.  Since they were just forms with no "pretty" cover they cost less, and because the form was covered with a cheap poly/cotton material, I didn't have to worry about any background colors bleeding though.

I made my covers from part of a vintage white cotton sheet I found last time I cleaned out the linen closet.  The old material was sturdy, and soft from years of use.  Since I'd cut the original king-sized cover down to fit my full-sized bed there were scraps of leftover material, which I used to cut strips.  I folded in the raw edges and formed the finished strips into squares, which I sewed onto the pillows like a frame.

I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out.


Jackson had to get in on the action

13 comments:

  1. You should be happy. It all looks very nice, even the kitty.

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    1. Thanks...and Jackson thanks you too :-)

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  2. looks lovely, wish I sewed like you!

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    1. I'm by no means a great sewer, but I've managed to hang onto the basics from my junior high school Home Ec classes.

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  3. Very nice, very cottagy feel.

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    1. THAT'S the adjective I was looking for! Thanks for supplying it for me.

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  4. Good job! I never throw anything away and always feel noble when I find a use for scraps!

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    1. My pile of material is getting too big; I either need to find more projects to do or get rid of some of it!

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  5. Oh my goodness! You are so talented! They are absolutely perfect and look like they came with the set.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. When you look up close you can see a couple of imperfections, but I think (as Joanne says) that makes them look "cottage-y".

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  6. Very pretty! And the soft, light colors are perfect for summer, too!

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  7. Very clever use of excess fabric!

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