Pillow Talk

What’s your take on sofa pillows?  Are you for them or against them?  If you’re for them, do you want them to be just for looks or do you really use them?

I’m totally for them, and like many things in my house…if you’re not going to use them why bother.  In that vain, several years ago I changed out my poly-fill decorative throw pillows for down filled ones.  And I’m so glad I did.  They scrunch and shape better when you fluff them on the couch and they are SO much more comfortable when the occasional nap strikes.

 

This weekend, instead of raking leaves and picking up pecans like I should have been doing, I made some new pillows for the family room.  I got all four down inserts awhile back at my favorite fabric store, Fabric & Fringe Warehouse in Marietta, GA.  I wanted the pillows to all be different, but in similar neutrals.

 

For the pillow in the back, above, I started with a pillowcase I purchased at Ikea a few months ago.  It didn’t fit the size insert I had, so I cut it up and put it back together to accommodate the pillow.  I embellished it with some vintage lace trim shaped into a rosette and topped it off with big brown button.

The front pillow, above, is made out of a linen look fabric.  I used some leftover piping I had from making the Toile bedroom comforter to trim the edge and some black buttons I had in my stash.  The buttons are 1) for the closure and 2) to add a little decorative interest.

On the other side of the sofa I have two more pillows.

This first one is made out of that same linen look fabric.  I trimmed it out with some jute embellishment.  I crocheted a long strand of jute string then just sewed it on with a zig-zag stitch in random swirls to secure it well.

This last pillow is made of burlap.

My original intent with this pillow was to just have the “J” on the pillow then sew on buttons all over the “J”.  Once I started laying them all out, I figured it would have taken f.or.e.v.e.r., so on to plan B.  I’m a quick results, instant gratification kind of gal.  I printed up the letters for our monogram on the computer, cut them out, traced them onto the pillow, then painted them in with regular old craft paint.  Because the burlap is so flimsy, this pillow cover is lined with muslin.  I also used some of that same black piping leftover from the Toile bedroom comforter.

So even though my yard is still over-run with leaves and pecans I did have a somewhat productive weekend.  And just in case you were wondering, the new pillows work great for napping.  :)

I’d love to hear your take on throw pillows.

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