Monday, August 11, 2008

FROM NAPKINS TO PILLOWS

I love pretty cloth napkins and I also love throw pillows. I don't think you can have too many of either (except when you are trying to make your bed and put all the pillows back on). Each time I shop I find myself looking at napkins. My daughter, Amy, is just as bad. Last Saturday after we had been to yard sales & the thrift store, we stopped by Old Time Pottery. We weren't shopping together but eventually met up at the linens. She showed me the cutest napkins that she had found. I had already told her that I was going to take cute napkins and cover old pillows. She found some that would be great for fall and I found some for Christmas also. Several weeks ago I bought throw pillows at a yard sale for just this purpose! When I got home from work today I started on the fall pillows.
I decided to applique a pumpkin on one of the napkins....I didn't put the jack-o-lantern face because I wanted to use it in November & not just October. Then I sewed three sides of the napkins together (put the right sides together to do this). I wanted to be able to change the pillows for the seasons so I left one side open. Then I turned the napkins so the right sides of the fabric would be showing & put the pillow in to measure just how much room would be needed to fold over. I then removed the pillow and made a buttonhole and sewed a button. Remember I want to be able to remove the pillow and use it again when it's time to put my Christmas creation in. You could use velcro but I didn't have any at home so I just used the button.
This is the front side. I think the pumpkin is cute. You could put an intial or leave it with just the design of the napkin.
This is the back of the pillow so you can see my button....I'm not a real good seamstress but this works.

The FINISHED PROJECT!!!! I can't wait until September to actually put these on the sofa.
Also.....Today is my daughter, Amy's, birthday. Happy 32nd Birthday to a very special person.

7 comments:

tricia said...

Did Mrs. Sharbutt teach you how to sew? I love the napkin idea. I guess I'll be giving you another heads up like I did tonight for the Quick Strawberry dessert idea.

DaNella Auten said...

Awww, that is cute, I love it. I also like that you can change it, I find I like some variety.

Picket said...

I love the napkin pillows and I have been looking for that exact napkin!!!! We don't have one of those stores here..I want an checker napkin for my Fall table! Is that store on line so I could order those? lol Happy birthday to AMY!!!!

Picket said...

Oh girl that is so sweet of you...I only need 4 of the checkered ones...as long as they are not an arm and a leg! lol E-mail me @ perryspride_1969@yahoo.com and let me know! Thanks!

Melissa Wertz said...

I like those pillows!. Very nice.

Sweetie said...

Picket mentioned your blog and I had to see it for myself. The napkin pillow idea is great. I love napkins and, just because I like them, I bought several that were on sale. Sounds like a good fall project.

sharon said...

The pillows are so cute, I also love pillows