Saturday, February 18, 2012

From Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan - A Pillow Makeover

Time for a little sprucing up around Purple Chocolat Home.

We did a little redecorating in the living room and these
large leather double wide chairs needed something.

I had some ugly striped pillows from the last model
home I decorated and decided to recover them.

I found this beautiful flocked damask on a burlap
type weave that I thought would be beautiful

Here is a before shot.  I had never used these pillow,
they just came with a couch we used and I was
actually getting ready to ship them off to a thrift

Recovering pillows is one of the easiest redecorating
projects.  If you haven't given it a try, you should.

I just cut open the fabric and then used it as a pattern
for the new fabric.  With the damask pattern, I had to
be careful to center the design.  I was going to try and
reuse the fringe, but it just fell apart when I dismantled
the pillow so I bought new instead.

After the two sides of the pillow were cut out, I sewed
the fringe on the right side of the pillow front.

Next I placed the two pieces right sides together, being sure not
to get the end of the fringe caught in the seam, I sewed
the two sides together with the fringe.

Trim the corners and turn right side out.
Stitch the opening closed and fluff the fringe.

To tuft the pillow you will need an upholstery needle.
You can buy these at almost any fabric store.  This one
is about 8 to 10 inches long.  This way the needle goes
all the way through the thickness of the pillow.  I used
the more expensive jeweled button for only one side
and this faux leather button for the opposite side.
I also used heavy duty upholstery thread and tied
each one off separately for extra security.

Throw on another purchased pillow and
pull up the ottoman and the project is done.

There are two of these chairs so I made two of 
the pillows and saved a fortune.

I will be posting this with

Fabric from Home Fabrics


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  1. You make it look and sound so easy. The new cushion covers are really lovely - well done!

  2. Much better! Don't you love how little changes can make such a difference?


  3. They are so beautiful...and I love the color of your leather chairs too! ;D

  4. Oh Jacqueline, these turned out beautiful, I love the gorgeous fabric you have chosen.......
    Have a great weekend....


  5. Great job! The fabric is so pretty & I love that jeweled button.

  6. Lovely pillows....and I like the pretty button in the middle!

  7. Beautiful, Jacqueline! You make it look easy! I don't sew, so I am completely impressed!

    Hope you are having a great weekend!


  8. Beautiful job and you made it look so easy.
    Have a blessed weekend..

  9. I love these sewing tutorials, thanks Jacqueline
    Hugs, Lisa

  10. Lovely pillows! So much better than the stripe!! Love the fabric!

  11. Bravo, Jacqueline...well done!

    I have some black & white Sunbrella fabric in a similar damask pattern...leftover from when I covered my front porch bench. I think I'll make a pillow with it!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. The new pillow is absolutely gorgeous, Jacqueline.

  13. What a difference! You have a knack for making everything beautiful, Jacqueline!

  14. You know, before I began blogging I had an OLD sewing machine that I never used as I can only sew a straight stitch. So, I gave it away. Now I wish I had it back to try something like this. I LOVE the fabric and you did a beautiful job. The chairs looks gorgeous. The purchased pillow is so pretty too. XO, Pinky

  15. I love pillows, and what you did with this one is lovely. You are a wonderful seamstress. I can design fabric but I failed bobbins in Home Economics. Love your blog.

  16. I love repurposing~

    they look great..My daughter has a very similar pillow to your little flower one..I have always liked it.

    Lovely cushion facelift:)

  17. I don't think there is anything you can't do. The fabric and fringe are gorgeous. Your new pillows turned out beautiful. You are so talented. Thanks for showing the steps to make a pillow.

  18. Your pillows turned out fabulous! I am so much of a fan of yours. You definitely have the touch and talent.

  19. Beautiful new cushions, but I don't think this is as easy as you make it seem. ;-) Love, love, love that fabric! ~ Sarah

  20. That chair looks like Jacqueline has been doing some more of her handywork. You made a big difference and yet made it look so easy!

  21. Beautiful! I'm glad you showed how to attach/sew on the fringe. It all looks so easy with your photos and instructions ~ thanks!



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