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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Presto-Chango Pillows

I've been helping a friend who built a new house with a few sewing projects.  Last month I made some draperies for her and she had a few other projects she wanted me to do.  They purchased a great new leather sectional, and you know those always come with not-so-pretty pillows.  

I brought her pillows home along with some of her fabric selections and we went from this

to this

using only this!

{Sorry for the poor night-time photos, couldn't be helped!}

The backs of the pillows were a solid tan and the fringe coordinated nicely with her new fabrics, so we decided to just replace the front.  But, that is really not an easy thing to do if you're hoping to reuse existing materials.  So, I went the quick and easy route, and hot glued new fabric on the fronts.

I simply cut the fabric leaving almost an inch "seam allowance", folded it under a few inches at a time, and glued right along the edge.  It helped to glue a few inches in the middle of each side first, and then work out towards the corners.  

When I got to within an inch or so of each corner, I just tucked in the corner of the fabric and shaped it into somewhat of a curve, and glued it down.  I only burned myself twice! 
(I know you feel my pain!)

Hot glue bonds fabric really well, but we'll see how well these hold up in a house full of kids.  I'm expecting it to be a good fix but I'll keep you posted if there are any problems.   

I also made a table runner for her dining room table.  The mix of fabrics that she chose looks really rich and warm together.  

Hopefully I'll get to snap a few photos to share with you the next time we're at their home.  

Would you like to comment?

  1. Wow, what a super friend. Drapes, pillows and table runner. All gorgeous fabrics. Can't wait to see the pics. Hugs, marty

  2. Wow, you have mad sewing (and gluing) skills! I love an easy and inexpensive project!

  3. I love that idea! I may have to try that one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Hot glue? Who'd a thunk? ;) That could work! As long as they're more "decorative" than "lets throw them around the room and sit on them" pillows. (Oh, kids.) Haha! She can always touch them up if needed.

    Smart girl! Good job!

  5. Your sewing skills, as well as your creativity, are off the chart! Can you please come to my house? :-)

    Seriously, this is a great idea. I can't wait to see all of it.


  6. I find this so ironic that I came across your blog and had to add to my favorites bc it's just too cute but then in this post from what I can see looks like your friend and I may have bought the same brown leather sectional bc it came with those same awful pillows. I should have saved and covered as you guys did, but donated and started new! Wonder why they always fcome w such....for lack of better word, grandma pillows?!

  7. So great, I am in love with my glue gun these functional in so many ways. Thank you so much for linking up. :)

  8. What a great idea to transform a so-so pillow into a one of a kind!

    Another great Cinch idea!


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