Monday, February 15, 2010

I can do that!

Aren't these pillows cute?  Pottery Barn charges $25-30 just for the covers themselves!  Enter the mossy green jacquard fabric I found at JoAnn Fabrics - I think I paid about $5 for a couple of yards of it.  Pretty, yes?
I say yes. I had two old cushions from our circa 1988 sectional that I have sewn covers for every time I change up the den's decor. For some reason I cannot part with them. Awww...look! Stripey ugly blue fabric...sniff...reminds me of the good old days...besides, you can always find a use for old cushions.  Big wooden buttons were $1.29 ( less 40% off on sale - go, me!)
  OK, Rustown Mom, get sewing!  (Try to ignore that the tension on your machine is off and the whole thing needs to be serviced, you don't have the funds for that right now)   I laid the pillows out on the fabric, allowing extra fabric to create an envelope closure.  Sewed the sides "right sides together".
I centered a loop on the bottom flap (which was too easy to make by folding a strip of fabric twice and sewing it flat), ironed a patch onto the underside just where the button would go (for reinforcement), and sewed the button on with thread to match it.  Sorry if my sewing tutorial is lacking.  But most folks can make a pillow cover, I figure.  Also, the lighting is waaayyy off...this is actually a very pretty fabric.

I like the leafy pattern on these and that cool button.  And I think they will look great on either the new couch or the brown leather one in the den!  At a cost of about $3 I think my knock offs are a great bargain!


Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

You done extremely good! Love the pillow! That button really makes it. You're a girl after my own heart. Slipcovering seems to be my fix-all solution these days.

The Bearded Lady (Laura) said...

Great work!! I would love to learn how to sew!!

I found you through Holly's Linky Party. Thanks for sharing!!!

Tricia said...

You did a great job! I love the button closure.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Nice job -- that fabric is gorgeous!!

Holly said...

Your pillow turned out beautifully! I like the textured fabric.
Thanks for linking up :)

Christina said...


Great pillow re-do. I love, love, love the button closure. That really makes them more special than plain front pillows. You can't beat pillows for $3.00 either.

Great job.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love your button closure!! I'd like to try some envelope closure pillows when I get a chance. Not sure exactly how I'd get the mechanics down, but I can try. ;)

I'm visiting from Holly's PB Knock-Off Party. Here's my link:

Amber said...

I love the button pillow! I have been envying those for a while now. I guess I need to head to JoAnn's :)

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Cuteness! The button makes them just right.


too Blessed to Stress said...

I love the Button idea! Totally great with the sublte pattern in the fabric.

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Heidi said...

I love it! The button closure looks great and really adds a nice detail. Good tip about putting a patch on the back for reinforcement under the button--wish I'd done that on the pillows I made for my couch. oops!

Anna said...

very nice, I so wish I could sew! I have to settle for the occasional PB pillow cover on clearnance, or IKEA, I like their pillow covers too :)


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