Finally! Some couch pillows!

I finally made some couch pillows, after deciding to switch up my current ones sometime in February.  I still have a few to make but here's a good start.
First off, I decided I wanted brightly colored pillows for spring.  I've been seeing some great cheerful pillows in classy houses... here's some of my faves:
From Design Sponge:
From Bolig Magasinet:
From Itsgreattobehome on Flickr:
 From Taking Notes:
From Apartment Therapy:
 And from Project Nursery:
So, with all this inspiration to fuel me, I raided my fabric and vintage linens stash and made some pillows!  Want to see...?
This was a tea towel, not very absorbent at all but very cute, by Atelier LZC.  I snatched it up at the Goodwill Outlet for $0.89/lb.
The next one is a ruffly thing inspired by this pillow from Dixie DIY.  Here's hers, in fleece:
I'm not a huge fleece fan, but I loved the simple ruffle and bright color!  I had a couple yards of cheap hot pink poly taffeta that I bought when I was feeling girly.  It was either $1/yard or $2/yard on clearance at JoAnn.  I hemmed my ruffles, but it's pretty much the same idea:
This next one was a refashion from a Billabong purse I got at the Goodwill Outlet.  I could have sworn I took a "before" pic of this but I can't find it!!!  Aaah, what is wrong with me?!  Just trust me that it was once a small cotton-lined crocheted purse with a fake leather handle.
I wish I could have made it bigger but this was all I could do if I wanted it round.  I still have some of the excess crocheted parts and I think I'll decorate a tee with them or something!
This next pillow was also a refashion (again I swore I took a before pic!) of a cotton ruffled miniskirt from the Goodwill Outlet.  It was like an XL and kind of dated (probably circa 2005) but I loved the color and envisioned a ruffly thing like some of my inspiration images:
Inspiration:
From Country Living:
From Linda Rodin's house, NYT:
From Design Sponge:
And from Ruche:
So.  I have several couch pillows and I have a feeling there's more to come...

15 comments

  1. I LOVE the tea towel pillow, and the eyelet ruffle- what a great idea! Just yesterday I was ogling some vintage tea towels on etsy that would look fantastic with my living room, but I couldn't figure out how to put towels in my living room without it being obvious that they were towels! I'm def gonna try this, thanks!

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  2. So pretty! I love them all--great inspiration because my current project is also pillows!! Thanks for the good ideas!

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  3. If you crocheted it'd be pretty simple to make some additional motifs so the round pillow can be a bit larger. It's really not so scary :)

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  4. Love that crochet flower in yellow!

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  5. You are so talented. Love the lamp from your last post too.

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  6. A great selection of inspiration pillows and I love yours too.
    Kathy

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  7. the pink pillow is great -- perhaps im drawn to it because i just bought a similar shirt at the BCBG outlet!

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  9. ahh! and somehow i missed those pillows from country living on first scan. out of control frilly-frills, in all the best ways.

    and those paper cut outs behind the design sponge pillows are also amazing...lovely finds.

    www.keepfashion.wordpress.com

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  10. I LOVE the yellow ruffly round one! I also love the hot pink taffeta one (I adore anything made in hot pink really!)

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  11. well done. maybe you should start a little side business...

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  12. the pillows turned out great. i love the yellow one especially!

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  13. very cute and love all the inspiring pillow photos!

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  14. hey, what do you stuff pillows with?

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  15. Thanks!
    Ruth, I usually use polyfill pillow forms from JoAnn's (I wait till they're 40 or 50% off or use a coupon). Sometimes I reuse down pillow fillers from other pillows I'm tired of =)

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