So, as the title suggests I am going to share some DIY pillows I created for the living room. Before you assume there will be a tutorial, let me tell you now there will not be. I am no seamstress, but I know enough to sew items for myself, so I just wanted to share the updates to our space!
I am still marching along working on the living room and guest room updates, and hope to have photos to share soon. But I have much to do yet!
Once we put the new to me navy velvet vintage sofa in the living room, it was clear it needed new pillows. I opted for blues and creams, and grainsack pillows as well. The sort of paisley print was a pillow I won a while back from Amber Interiors, and it fit in perfectly. And the grainsack pillow on the right with “S E” on it was a Country Living Fair purchase (my mom actually bought it for me- Thanks, Mom!).
Now to get to the pillows I created….
I can’t say where I originally saw this idea, but I have since seen so many people make pillows out of Ikea $3 rugs. I purchased a couple navy striped rugs on my last visit there, as well as lumbar pillow inserts that looked to be the right size. All I did was sew the pillow into the rug by folding the rug in half. It was a perfect fit and a great price and look! And I love the fringe on the one side… gives it a casual boho vibe.
On the other side of the sofa, I created a large 26″ square pillow using a Manhattan Laundry bag I scored a while back for just $10. I thought about selling it time after time, but I am glad I held onto it because it was the exact thing this sofa needed to bring in a bit of black. The sack was 26″ wide, so I simply stuffed it with the pillow insert (from Ikea) and sewed the top and bottom closed, folding in the seam.
So the navy sofa was taken care of, but I needed to balance out the color and create cohesion on the gray West Elm sofa that sits across from it. A friend had given me some indigo pillow covers last year, and I wanted to bring in more indigo. I bought fabric a couple years ago from an etsy shop that carries a lot of hand blocked prints, Yardwork, with the intention to make pillows then. Well, I took my time… but they are done! The two inner indigo pillows are the ones I made!
Now for the best part about these pillows…. I didn’t have enough fabric to back them with the same, nor did I have any white canvas. I had a drop cloth, but didn’t care for the color with the blue. So what did I use? I had an old stained linen tablecloth that I had already cut for another project, so I put it to good use, and used the pretty edges to create the envelope closure. I actually love how these turned out and feel like it lends to that bohemian look I am going for.
And while we are in the living room I thought I’d share a couple more updates. I had been on the hint for a leather reading chair, and a friend decided to pass this one on to me! YAY! We added a grainsack to the seat for added texture and interest.
And now that we had the reading chair, we needed a reading light. We headed off to Ikea yesterday for some necessities and saw this new floor lamp they are carrying and fell in love! I love the oversized look of the head, and also love that it has a stage light sort of look to it. And the price…. only $50! Sold!
So there you have it! I sewed! I always feel quite proud of myself when I sew because it often frustrates me and tests my patience. But I did it, and I only broke one needle in the process.