Thursday, August 20, 2009

a few fabrics, a new look!

our backyard patio has taken on a new look which i will elaborate on in another blog, but with this new look, new pillow covers were a must. i am sure my husband would agree (said with much sarcasm!) i purchased fabric that, in my viewpoint, coordinated with the burnt orange seat covers that are on the furniture, as well as with the blue theme that seems to be present throughout our house. so blues, browns and oranges it was! using the excellent tutorial on,(, i refreshed my memory of how to make these basic slipcovers for pillows - ones that can be quickly replaced once i get that itch for a new color scheme. i had various sized pillows to cover so i jotted down some measurements. little did i know that i had an apprentice carefully watching me. my daughter, mia took her own measurments and recorded them for me (see picture for her inventive letter and numbers). the navy and white pinstriped pillows were the 4 that i received from a friend - she purchased a couch off of craigslist that came with these pillows - she didn't end up using them so i had myself a deal at our joint garage sale that we held when she sold all 4 to me at a garage sale for $5. I took the zipper covers off, freecycled them, laundered the actual pillows, and went to work on my new fabrics. i purchased 4 yards for 6 pillows, with all fabrics being 30% off at JoAnnes Fabrics. the finished look was just what i had hoped for - casual, comfy and eclectic.

the iz gets cozy!

happy last few days of august everyone!


  1. thanks nancy! my sewing skills don't go much beyond the pillow squares! it's still fun to try and pretend that i am good at it - ha!

  2. Hi Jen,
    I love these, plus baby is so sweet and adorable!!
    With all of my artwork, I really dislike sewing, maybe you would like more pillow sewing jobs. HeHe!!
    Will miss you at the shower next week.
    Have a great weekend, and say hi to all your little princesses!!
    Rosemary (Amanda's Mom)

  3. Hi again Jen,
    I just added you to my blog roll!!
    Hope you don't mind.

  4. Once we know if I'm having a girl or a boy, maybe you and I can take a trip to JoAnn's and get some fabric for curtains...which you and Carol can then help me sew!!

  5. Found you through if Eveloution really works..
    Those pillows are so cute! (oh and so is that babe of yours) I wish I had some kind of artistic talent.

  6. thanks for all the comments -- any ideas of how to keep the dog off of these pillows? -- they must just be THAT comfortable!


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