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?