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March 2, 2010

I showed off our living room a few weeks ago.  It’s okay.  I mean, it’s comfortable and big and we spend lots of our time here.  But it could use some color…  (and some curtains!)

A few weeks ago, we went on a (very unsuccessful) shower-curtain finding mission.  As I became more desperate to find ANYTHING that MIGHT work in our full bath (more on this later this week), I got more and more creative about my approach.  Basically, anything that was 70″ x 84″ was good enough.  Which brought me to the tableware section of World Market, where I didn’t find anything shower curtain worthy, but I did find this napkin:

I loved the color, cheery design, and $1.50 price tag, and decided this would be (one of many) pops of color that our drab living room needs.

I used a 12″ x 12″ pillow form that I already had, and some neutral fabric leftover from my bedroom curtains made the perfect pillow back.  I cut the napkin to a 12″ x 12″ square, and the cut two neutral rectangles that were 12″ long and had a combined width of ~15″.  I laid out the two neutral rectangles so that they’d overlap by about 3″ like so:

Then, I laid the napkin on top of the neutral fabric, making sure the front sides of the fabric met, and pinned.

After sewing and turning the fabric inside out, I put the pillow form in its new case.  The new pillow has an overlapping fabric on the back side that I could attach velcro to if I desired, but the pillow fits nicely without the fabric gaping, so I’ll skip it for now.

I should say that this is the first time I’ve put a pillow together like this – with the opening in the back, but I’m kind of thrilled with how well it turned out.  I’ll be able to remove the pillow case and wash it easily… or I can switch it out when I’m ready to look at something new.

But I don’t think I’ll be ready to look at anything new for a while.  I’m pretty pleased with this little pop of color!  (Also? Am totally pleased with its $1.50 price tag!)

PS Can you spot the Barley ears in 2 of the above photos?

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2010 9:29 am

    I LOVE this! It came out great, and what a creative use for a napkin.

    I’ll be showing my shower curtain solution later this week; maybe it will be helpful to you. I used a flat twin-sized white sheet (I found a very nice high thread count sheet at Goodwill!) and sewed two panels on either side (with that Amy Butler fabric).

    • March 2, 2010 9:32 am

      Ohh! Yay! Maybe that will give me an idea or two… I’m totally stuck with the shower curtain solution at the moment…

  2. March 2, 2010 10:22 am

    love your pillow –
    I really should get my sewing machine out –
    it’s just so intimidating and I don’t know why!!

  3. Janna permalink
    March 2, 2010 12:32 pm

    The pillow is perfect!!!

    I wish I could sew…

  4. March 2, 2010 12:47 pm

    Your pillow is great! I found the doggy ears too!

  5. March 2, 2010 1:33 pm

    Ooh, I love “Where’s Waldo?” (I mean Where’s Barley?) games! I really like the pillow, I have to admit I was a bit worried how that color was going to look on the sofas but I am pleasantly surprised!

  6. March 2, 2010 2:34 pm

    HAHAH! I spotted the ears! Very cute pillow idea at an even better price! Has a great vintage feel!

  7. March 2, 2010 2:48 pm

    1ST. Love your sidebard so fun!!!

    2nd. – what a great pillow the color adds so much warmth and fun to your room, and great directions

  8. Tami permalink
    March 3, 2010 10:25 am

    The pillow is great. It has a bit of an Asian flair with some contemporary fun tossed in for good measure! It ties in nicely with the hydrangea/silver dollar arrangement behind it.

    Are those Barley’s ears in the first and last photo???? Do I win? Do I win? 🙂

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