I vow to not purchase new furniture until my daughters are double digits in age.
So in the meantime, we are left with this not-so-pretty, hand-me-down couch that is, fortunately, very comfortable. To make it lively, all it took was my sewing machine, some scrap fabric, and a bit of Pinterest inspiration.
|You can't see the true "before" because we'd already covered it with a slipcover I'd won from Ugly Sofa, but the entire couch is the same dark mossy drab green as the all the pillows you see here. By the way, the slip cover is a dream! Goes on pretty easy, comes off easy, and cleans easy. We just dip an old toothbrush in bleach and scrub to spot clean. Then the entire thing goes in the washer and dryer. Simple and perfect for our home.|
|The first pillow cover I made was super simple. I just used a remnant of pretty fabric from Joann because I loved the colors - bright, summery, and can coordinate with most things in my home. I used this envelope backing technique for all of the pillows.|
The one, lone finished pillow.
The next pillow required a bit of math. I used this pattern but had to alter the measurements. For this former English teacher, trying to figure out this should-be-simple math took forever. I ended up laughing at myself but finally finished it out.
And this one definitely ended up being my favorite.
I used my machine to embroider a cute lil' "K" in the center to a bit of personalization.
Here are the two finished ones together.
Oh...I forgot to mention I sewed these INSIDE-OUT!!! I didn't feel like hanging out with my seam ripper, so I got creative and used pinking shears around the edge. That wasn't quite enough to keep it from fraying from everyday wear, so I ended up stitching a decorative edge all around.
Okay, the 3rd pillow took forever, but it's one I'd wanted to try for awhile. I got the idea from here.
The brown needed to be broken up some, so I hand-stitched a quick A+G inside a heart. (The hubs's name is Grant. I'm Amy.)
Three down. One to go.
I loved these little quilt squares and wondered how it'd look on a larger scale. Well, here's how it looks.
It makes me kind of dizzy and isn't my favorite. But I'm over it for now and will work on another another time...
So here they are all together.
Bright. Clean. Cheery. And I got to use up some Pinterest ideas I've had hanging around for awhile.