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September 10, 2010

Finally this project is finished.  I’ve been telling myself (and every single person that has sat on my couch for at least a year) that I was going to make some new throw pillows.  And finally they are finished.  Look, the old one’s had grown eye’s and had started eating things.  Thankfully no small children were lost.  Cheerio’s and small toys?  Well I’m afraid they have suffered a very high casualty rate at the mouths of the couch monsters.

the couch monsters
A few weeks ago Hancock’s had all of their linen on sale for 75% off.  And that was just the kick in the pants I needed to get myself started.  I took in a couch cushion as a very large color sample, and I picked out 5 different colors.  Old pillows?  Blahs-ville.  New pillows?  Awesome!  And it only cost me $8.63.   Not bad for five new linen pillows.

pile of new pillows
Since my old pillows were absolutely done for, I decided that this time around I wanted to make pillows AND removable covers.  I do have a one year old and the more things that I can throw in the wash, the better.   So a few nights ago I pulled out my stash of plain muslin and cut out five new pillows, stuffed them with polyfill and sewed them shut.  (The stuffing from the old pillows is going to get new life in another project.)  And last night I finished all five covers.   They just have an envelope closure on the back, because I’m cheap and didn’t want to buy zippers.  (Not to mention I still have not faced my fear of putting a zipper in any project.

all lined up
They aren’t perfect by any stretch,  but at least they aren’t going to eat anyone.  And that’s something I can live with.  I am thinking that the pillow on the far right above needs a little something extra.  Maybe I’ll add some argyle loveliness in the orange and blue?  I’m adding these to Sew+Tell at Amy’s.  Thanks to the Friday deadline I have a good reason each week to keep pushing myself to finish something instead of surf the interwebs for new projects and eat hot fudge sauce.  Of course, there’s a great deal of that going on too.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2010 2:13 pm

    I suddenly have a renewed love for your old pillows. Can I give them a snack?


  2. betsy permalink
    September 10, 2010 2:24 pm

    love them. & you.

  3. September 10, 2010 2:25 pm

    What a fun picture of before. You did a great job. I won’t forget this project for a long time. Thanks for making me smile.

  4. sara permalink
    September 10, 2010 2:28 pm

    love the new pillows! dang, I wish I could sew… I really want slip covers for these two chairs in our living area that I LOVE but hate how they look. My MIL is scared to try and no one else knows what they are doing! 😉 MOVE NEXT DOOR PRONTO, MISSY.

    I thought about you and Creamie while the boys and I were out back doing a little yard clean-up. It’s getting fallish in the air here; the leaves are starting to turn. I LOVE it and can’t wait… but I know myself all too well. Come January, I’ll be cursing the seasons and ready for warm again. So fickle!

    I need a buddy to talk to – hopefully you won’t mind if I continue our old email conversation. Just need to get it out there to someone who understands and has been there. (Have I mentioned lately that I am grateful for you?) Happy Friday, E.

  5. September 10, 2010 2:30 pm

    So at first, just as I was glancing at the photo (and having only read the title) I thought the old pillows were your new pillows and that you had gone all crazy and made CRAZY pillows. I’m relieved to see that your real new pillows are less frightening.

    Although, let’s be honest, I would totally put pillows with eyes and mouths on my couch. But I’m not as cute as you. 🙂

  6. September 10, 2010 3:30 pm

    oooh these look great…i love all of the colors and patterns together.

  7. September 10, 2010 4:04 pm


    pretty pillow redo, by the way. My husband is jealous.

  8. September 10, 2010 5:11 pm

    A great makeover! I’m sure glad you got to it before any children were lost. That would have been hard to explain. 😀

  9. September 10, 2010 5:38 pm

    Love these colors on your couch!

  10. September 10, 2010 10:06 pm

    They look great. Linen adds such nice texture. I always use buttons on the back of my cushions but that’s only because I have mastered the buttonhole contraption on my machine.

  11. September 11, 2010 12:47 am

    I LOVE the colors you used. I have the same project on my list… now it’s a must, these are great!

  12. September 12, 2010 1:59 pm

    Nice touches of color to your room! Much better:)

  13. Annie permalink
    September 12, 2010 8:57 pm

    I love the new look!!

  14. September 13, 2010 9:35 pm

    The pillows look great!

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