Friday, May 27, 2011

sewing for my sister

My sister came to visit yesterday and she mentioned that she was thinking of getting some new pillows for her couch. I'm sure she had NO idea that I would whip out some upholstery samples and pillow forms before she could even finish her sentence. It was merely a passing comment. Well, she should have known better. Ha!
I immediately started picking out suitable fabrics from my stash of sample squares that have been sitting in my closet for years. (thanks to my dear friend Amy.) Within about 30 minutes or less, I would say, she had 2 new couch pillows. Aren't they lovely???
For each pillow, I used 3 upholstery squares. No two squares are the same, but I love how well they coordinate and how much interest that adds! I made them with an envelope back so they could easily be washed. (She has 2 little boys, so this is a necessity!) And the icing on the cake? I had a few extra IKEA pillow forms on hand that are soooooo soft and smooshy and good. And they fit per-fect-ly. Sweet!

41 comments:

Impera_Magna said...

Uhm.... I'm thinking about some new pillows for my sofas! *lol*


Love the pillows you made... and sure your sister is thrilled!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You are a very sweet sister! Have a great weekend!

JHRME said...

Yay for sisters! An upholstery squares!

AMKreations said...

You're a great sister! I have to sew for my sister too! she never learned how. =( I think that's in her favor. =)

bunbear said...

great idea! i have some upholstery samples, too, but mine are too small to work for pillows. i have been cutting them into tumbler shapes with the thought that i will make a tumbler quilt to use as a car quilt. nothing fancy, just something to throw on the seat if needed. love your pillows!

Jayne said...

I, too, have been making pillows! Isn't it fun? It completely changes the look of a room with some fresh pillows tossed around. Yours look fabulous!

Timi said...

Wonderful pillows!!!
You are a fantastic sister :o))!!!

Stray Stitches said...

Beautiful pillows! What a great use of sample squares.

tarabu said...

you're awesom

Angie said...

They are WONDERFUL! I want some too :D.

Karen said...

These are gorgeous pillow covers! I'm sure your sister is glad she mentioned that she wanted some pillows! They are so easy to make and do make great gifts.

Karen

Mom of 3 said...

Sounds like you're not just a crazy mom that quilts, but a crazy sister!

syglad said...

Nice pillows..

susiloci said...

Unos cojines preciosos, pero es que esas telas son maravillosas.

Clair said...

Nice! I should have told you I need pillows! Actually, I don't need any pillows.

Annie said...

I've just made cushions for my sister too, for her birthday. So quick and easy to make,a real satisfaction starter.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Beautiful pillows. Lucky sister!

Suzanne said...

If you weren't you, I wouldn't believe it. I'm not surprised about the fabric stash but I am a little surprised about the pillow forms. I wish we had Ikea near us...

Rhonda said...

Very nice! Simple but effective!

carol said...

Well, aren't you the speedy one? (Like I didn't know that already???) Pretty! And I bet your sister is thrilled!

Momma Yen said...

Very cute! I always tell myself I'm going to make pillows, and pillow cases...but sadly I never get around to it. I'm going to take a cue from you and just do it. lol No thinking...just doing!

Have a great weekend, and enjoy your memorial day.

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Terri said...

Sweet is right! You are a good sister! She better be careful not to mention that she also needs a new couch!

Shannon said...

These pillows are beautiful and you are an awesome sister!

Busy Quilting Mama said...

What a great thing to do and the pillows are delightful!

KnightMare said...

Woop IKEA pillow forms, I cant help but buy these, I really need to get round to making some things with them :p

M-R said...

You are an awesome sister. The pillows are great. I love the coordinating colours idea. Very cool.

desipiche said...

I have been following your blog for quite awhile now...your quilts are beautiful! I'm a new blogger, and am learning. Check me out sometime!

Tessa said...

Need another sister?
Awesome pillows :)

quirky granola girl said...

you rock.

ELP said...

What a wonderful sister....nice looking pillows

AMD said...

I AM thrilled with the pillows. Thanks again. They look great on the couch. Adam has had a hard time keeping them there, though. He thinks they are throw pillows. Literally.

Greta said...

You are so clever! I love these pillows. Lucky sister.

JG said...

Oh WoW! I'm working on 2 envelope pillows and was so surprised to learn that you had sewn 2, also!

Your sis must be so happy!
~Judy

Annalia said...

Isn't it nice to be able to make something for someone! That's just the best part about sewing.

Amy Jo said...

I thought that fabric looked familiar!!! Glad you were able to put it to good use!!! Maybe someday I'll use up some of mine!

Quilter's Delight said...

Pillows are my weakness.....they look lovely. Good job.

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

What a cool use for old upholstery samples! What a neat thing to snag! :)

I made my first quilted pillow a couple of weeks ago and want to make like a bazillion more. So. Much. Fun.

Donna S. said...

I don't have a sister....:( Will you adopt me?

They are gorgeeeous.

josefinaball said...

Me gustan mucho tus trabajos ¡son preciosos!
Te felicito por ellos.
saludos
Josefina
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josefinaball said...

Tus trabajos me gustan mucho.¡Son preciosos!
Te felicito
Saludos
Josefina
tijerasycuchara.wordpress.com