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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Upcycled pillows

I wasn't liking the pillows on my couch in my family room so I decided it was time for some up cycling. Some of these pillow on the couch are not the ones that were on there, but I put them on to show you the ones I wanted to change.  I was thinking I needed something lighter to brighten up the room and to coax some springtime to start showing it's lovely head.
Before

I went to my favorite up cycling store and found this drapery panel that had never been used for $2.00 and it was light and had some texture that would be just perfect for the pillows I had in mind.

I measured the pillows and cut them out and used a fabric marker to sew on the branches.  I then used my sewing machine to make the branches on the markings I had made.

I got this new sewing machine before Christmas and I can't tell you how much I love it! It is an embroidery machine and has the most fun stitches that it just makes you want to sew all day!

I then punched out these flowers from some left over leather that I had.

I used  fabric glue to attach the flower buds and super glue to attach the bead in the center.

Then I decided to see what this new machine could do and started embroidering. It really isn't fair to use this machine after doing hand stitched embroidery.  It is amazing what it does and I just sit and watch it do all the work.

I then chose some designs to go on the pillow. This is the computer touch screen that makes everything so easy.  I have had the some sewing machine for 35 years and having this one makes me think wow! look how far technology has come.  It even cuts the thread and threads the needle automatically.  It is a Baby Lock Elageo and it is a very fun toy.

Here are the pillows! The one with the lettering was done with my machine and I love how it turned out!

See, every one's name is included on my family pillow.

Here is a close up of the leather flower pillow.

Here is the Home pillow.

Doesn't that look better! and all from a drapery panel from the DI!


Oh, the possibilities are endless, I am going to have so much fun with this new machine!

29 comments:

Mel said...

ooooo, I LOVE them! Especially the name one.

Christy--Southern Sassy Girl said...

Great job!!! The "Home" pillow is beautiful. :o)

Linda said...

Those are wonderful!!! I love them all, but especially the family name one---such a great idea!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh my gosh, Donene, these look great! What a bargain, too, after seeing similar at Home Goods. It would probably have been at least $100.00 in pillows to achieve the same look. Great sewing machine; I've had my same Singer for the past 25 years and have wondered if it would be worth getting something new with a few bells and whistles. I don't sew too often, but if I could do some of what you did, I think it would be well worth it!

Jamie said...

OMG!! Those look amazing. I love the ones with the little flowers. What a cute idea. I'm your newest follower. I would love it if you linked your project up to my link party.
More The Merrier Monday.

http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

Lori said...

Hi! Your pillows are awesome! I found you from I Made It! I'm a new follower. Come visit at http://www.lorihairston.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

Wow! They're gorgeous!
And I'm trying hard not to covet that machine... :)

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Coming at you from Tip Junkie-

love this project!

Krista @ While He Was Napping said...

Came over from Tip Junkie. Wow! These look great! I really love the Home and Family names pillows. They turned out great. Amazing steal for $2 fabric.

Amanda said...

They all look amazing, love the little flowers! I've been looking at sewing machines with similar abilities, I think you may have just convinced me to buy one! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations.

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

awesome! new follower after seeing you on link party at sugar bee. laura

Robin said...

Beautiful job. I just love the way each pillow is so very unique.

Comeca Jones said...

You do not have to guess why I love these pillows !! Great job!

Mel said...

wow! I sort of have a cushion (sorry, we don't call them pillows in Canada) obsession lately and these add to my obsession. Great work!

Hi, I'm Suz!! said...

I LOVE these pillows!!! I guess I'll be adding a new sewing/embroidery machine to the list.....

thanks........... :-)

Have a super day!

Hugs ~~ Suz
www.inspiringcreativeness.blogspot.com

Robin said...

So cute! I would love it if you would share this upcycle over at The T-Shirt Diaries (http://tinyurl.com/upcycled35).

Ruth said...

I love your pillows. I have a Brother embroidery machine and I have been to chicken to try it out. I know that sounds crazy. I'm just afraid I'll wreck it. I need to just give it a try.

I stopped by from Get Your Craft On at TCB.

Ruth

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

oh those pillows look great! Thank you so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. www.ladybug-blessings.com (p.s. did you enter my giveaway for handstamped jewelry? It ends the 4th :)

Meg said...

Wow, these are some fancy pillows! They turned out great!

Lynn Richards said...

Amazing!!!! These make the couches look brand new. You have a great eye.
xo
lynn

Christine @ craftygeordi.blogspot.com said...

How cool these are! The family pillow is darling and I really love how you did the one with the branches.

Humble Homemaker said...

They are gorgeous! I am so impressed and GREEN with envy because I want that machine!!! lol. Thanks for sharing.
Humble Homemaking

Brambleberry Cottage said...

WOW! Your pillows are wonderful, Donene! And I love that Christmas present of yours. My Baby Lock dates back to the dinosaurs, so it can't perform all those nifty tricks yours can.

Thanks for linking to the party. Do you ever make any mistakes in your wonderful creations? Maybe you can link up a sewing "blunder" next week. ;)

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Great project! Thanks for linking up at I Made It! Monday. I really liked the little leather flowers. Come link up at Ninth Street Notions again this week.

Jo said...

Love,Love,Love these new pillows, WOW!..I'm jealous, I would love a machine like that(and be able to actually operate it), these pillows makes me want to learn to sew,I've dabbled in it years ago, now looks like I need to get back to it.Love these pillows.

I'm visiting from BrambleBerry Cottage, come on over to LazyonLoblolly, I try and do some creating and do some re-purpose also.

~Jo
LazyonLoblolly

Robin said...

I sooooo love ALL of your projects! Wonderful pillows!!!
xo
Robin

AllieMakes! said...

Very sweet! Love the Name pillow!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie last week! I can't wait to see what you have for this week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Jen said...

Oh, I am so jealous! These are so beautiful. I have been wanting some pillows for my room, and I think I might have to copy some of these! Thanks for sharing at Fantastic Friday. I hope that you will join us again this week.

Wendy said...

these are fabulous, I love the one with the tiny little flowers!

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