Tuesday, March 02, 2010

more pillows...

This is the latest new pillow for the living room.
There's something very satisfying about taking my favorite scraps of fabric and making something useful.
For this 20 inch square pillow I cut 16 -- 5 1/2 inch squares,
joined them using 1/4 inch seams,
used a piece of white linen for the back,
and added a zipper.
Had I been thinking ahead, I should have added 1/2 inch along the edges of the squares that would be sewn to the zipper
but,
I don't think you can notice...
I love feather/down pillows, so for most cushions I make, I take an inexpensive feather & down bed pillow {which is about 19 - 20 inches wide x whatever length},
draw a line across the pillow about 20 inches down from the short, 20-inch side,
shake all the feathers down to the part of the pillow that I will be using,
and sew across the marked line.
Then I cut off the excess fabric from the unneeded pillow end,
leaving a 20" by 20" square feather cushion.

Here are two other pillows that I made before Christmas
for the leather chairs...

I bought too much of this fabric way back when, so this was a great way to use some up.
The goal is to get one more patchwork done before Spring;
we'll see....

28 comments:

  1. Deb I love the look of these. We just got a new lounge after many years so I have some cushions to re-cover. I wonder if this beginning sewer could manage something patchwork like yours?

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  2. That is a very good idea for getting a feather pillow!! Smartness!

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  3. I had not thought of doing that to get feather pillows, Thanks for the idea. Your pillows look so pretty.

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  4. The colors in your scraps of fabric are beautiful and very French Cottage. Thanks for sharing the "how-to".
    Mary

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  5. All your pillows are lovely, but I adore the patchwork one the best! What a wonderful idea! I am a lover of homespun... I think I see a pillow in the neat future! Thank you for the idea and for the addition to my ever-growing project list! He he!

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  6. Such a great idea! And is that your finished scrap afghan? You inspired me to start my own:)

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  7. Very nice, It sure is fun to make pillows as they can change the decor so easily and it not expensive!

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  8. Love the new pillows! Using feather pillows is a fantastic idea! You are so clever!
    Debbie

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  9. I need to make some spring pillows. I have gold suede ones now... very warm and winter-like. You have inspired me to dig thru my scraps and leftovers and make new pillow covers... thank you!

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  10. I love the quilted pillow, how fun!

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  11. Adorable!

    Blessings!
    ~Nadine

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  12. love your new pillows. I love down pillows on the sofa as well, but didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for those inserts. I thought about using some down bed pillows I have, but hadn't thought through the process of using them like you did. thanks for sharing.

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  13. so very very pretty.

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  14. Pretty cushions - I love the red & white fabric.

    Jeanne

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  15. I just adore your blog and look forward to each new entry. Thanks for sharing and giving me some inspiration to sew a couple of pillows for our screen porch (wishful thinking---too cold now). I have the fabric, just need to get it done.

    Blessings to you and stay warm.

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  16. Oh your so smart. Beautiful fabrics by the way xoxox Clarice

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  17. Beautiful pillows! What a frugal way to use what you have to create something so pretty. I can't wait to make a pillow with my own scraps. You're blog is such an inspiration-I love your style!

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  18. Your pillows look so good, I just love the red!

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  19. Great pillows! I love the patchwork as the colors are soft and it makes the pillow look like a really soft NAP pillow! And I love the look of that red/white against the black chair. Good job. Now I'll have to dig through some of my fabric....

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  20. What a great idea doing that to feather pillows! Thanks for that tid bit. I love the patchwork pillow. Zippers are not my friend...but I just may have to try this one. :)

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  21. i have lots of fabric (look on my blog)i might have a go at some cushions...please enter my GIVEAWAY you could be lucky!!hugs jackanne xx

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  22. Lovely pillows, I like the squishyness of feather too!

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  23. Your pillows look so great. I love the idea for using the feather pillows!

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  24. These are beautiful. It almost makes me want to dust off my sewing machine. The pillows I especially like.

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  25. You and your ideas....fabulous! I've had two feather pillows washed and waiting for re-purposing but I've been to chicken to make the chop. Doh! Why didn't I think of that...sew across the pillow! Genius xxx

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  26. Those are lovely cushions and I love your idea of using a feather pillow to make cusions. Fab. :-)

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  27. Oh my goodness that's a brilliant idea for inexpensive down throw pillows! I sewed two (regular) ones for my boys' window seat today, and now I'm kicking myself for not reading this post before I bought the inserts!! Thanks for the great tip!

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