Friday, May 25, 2007

Revamping a Cushion

Inspired by the new polish of my sitting room, I madeover an old friend that has been residing on my green couch for several years. A needlepoint pillow of purple violets on a soft grey-green background, this pillow was flat and lifeless and backed in neutral-colored linen.


I cut the front and back apart, then made some fantastic piping from an irridescent green silk (a Jane Seymour "designer" shirt from Goodwill, the most fantastic green apple color).

I made a new back from another old shirt, this one purple cotton (you know it from stuffed elephants). I didn't have a new pillow form in the house, so I just wrapped my limp pillow in several layers of batting before stuffing it in the new cover.


As icing on the cake, I dug out a crocheted flower from another Goodwill bag, appliqued it on the back, then cut out green silk leaves which I tacked on to the back as well, trying to allow them some dimensionality, with some gathers and pleats. I was going for the look of the foliage on cheap fake flowers. Isn't that a great look, one that's always right on?



My new purple and green!

10 comments:

Emma said...

Absolutly gorgeous, Anna!

mary said...

love those colors together. i have recently discovered your blog and find it so inspiring and lovely. your family is quite talented and it's a pleasure to peek into your world.

Storybook Woods said...

Looks wonderfu and how good of you to make the most of what you already have. Clarice

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

That is a great idea.

I need to start looking closer at the half-price shirts at Goodwill. :)

Jana said...

That's AMAZING! You have such a gift for seeing the potential in something and transforming it with materials you already have. I'm just so impressed.

Leslie said...

Thanks for sharing. I love "scrap" crafts too. It is so delightful to repurpose things.

Heather said...

Just lovely! Recycling at it's finest! Thank you for sharing your inspiration!

Lisa said...

Beautiful color combination.

Kristy said...

That really looks good. Great job!

Lisateresa said...

How clever you are...

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