Tuesday, 28 August 2012

A cheap, and reasonably quick, pillow revamp!

I have changed a few bits an pieces in the lounge and the pillows suddenly didn't look quite right. I had a look at getting new ones but the cost of such things is just incredible these days. So, I bought some material with the thought of recovering them and then realised I could just add to what I had as the colours were more or less ok

I decided to do a re-vamp rather than a re-place of my cushion covers.

Here's what I did...


I pulled all of the pillows out of their covers and put them in the sun to air.

I gave the current covers a wash

And then got out the materials to check the colours.

I cut a square about 3cm smaller than the actual cushion cover for each pillow.
I used a different material on each side so that I can have them all stripy or all flowers or any combination as I please when they are on the couches!

Then I ironed a hem on each square,

and pinned it to the pillow being careful to get it pinned to one side only

The I sewed each one as close the centre as possible


And this is what I ended up with,

Pillows with stripes and flowers and changeable to boot!

This is a nice cheap easy way to get a new look for your cushions. By doing a different pattern on each side, I have the opportunity to change them all to the same pattern or to have different patterns on different chairs if I want to. I'm enjoying the flexibility and the punch of colour that they put onto the couch!

Score card:
Green-ness: 4/5 I used new material - probably greener to repurpose something else or to buy some second hand material.
Frugal-ness: 4/5 much cheaper than new cushions or even new covers!
Time cost: Maybe a couple of hours. I had seven pillows, each with a panel on both sides so there were fourteen panels to sew on.
Skill level: Just straight line stitching!
Fun -ness: Great fun to have a new accessory to play with!

3 comments:

africanaussie said...

clever - and it is amazing how a change in the cushions will change the look of the room! I have a few different sets of cushion covers and will change them out on occasion.

livingsimplyfree said...

I love this, what a great idea to update a pillow. To save space I have pillow covers that I can just slip on for different seasons. It was cheaper than making new pillows and saves me figuring out where to store off season items like pillows.

Practical Frog said...

Its working really well. I love having the two sides being different - when Im in a floral flowery mood i have the flowers showing. When Im in a formal stripy mood - I have the stripes showing - when Im feeling eclectic - I have a combination showing. Its quicker and easier than changing the covers physically and they can still come off and be washed if neccersary. Its defintely working for me! - K xx

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