27 Jan 2013

Napkin Pillow and Den Sneak Peek

  
This past weekend I finally got around to using my sewing machine again (yay!).  It hasn't had any use since Co-pilot was born.  I made a pillow cover for Tech Guy's den.  I think it was another procrastination from getting to all that paper organizing (you can read about my other procrastination here). :) 

The pillow I made is the orange, Marimekko lumimarja fabric one below.

The pillow was made using two napkins that I picked up from Crate and Barrel after Thanksgiving.
Crate and Barrel Lumimarja Orange Napkin
They were just the right size for a 20" x 20" pillow, which made this project easy peasy (no cutting).  I even had an invisible zipper in my sewing stash.  Tech Guy was SO happy that he didn't have to take me to the dreaded Fabricland.  I sewed my pillow cover with an invisible zipper closure.  There are many tutorials out there on how to do this.  If you're looking for a tutorial, this one is pretty good and detailed.                          

The new pillow sits on this brown vintage, mid century modern couch that we picked up from one of our neighbours when they were moving (technically from the side of the road since they were throwing it out).  It was in good condition and the perfect size for Tech Guy's small den.  I haven't really given a tour of his den yet mostly because it is largely undecorated.  We are working on it, but here you can have a small sneak peek of one wall of the room.  I am planning to incorporate lots of blues and some orange into the colour scheme.  I'm not sure if the Monet painting is going to stay or be replaced by something different.  We'll see.  The longer print on the back wall is a listing of the phonetic alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc.) which is great for our plane-loving family. :)  Sorry that the photo doesn't show the details that well (I needed to increase my depth of field/f-stop...I think).  We have plans for a mixed media gallery wall above the teak unit as well.

Here's another picture of the pillow.  The trellis pillow was purchased at HomeSense and is by Tommy Bahama (in case, anyone was wondering). :)

Has anyone else pulled out their sewing machine lately?  I'd love to see what you've created.  Have a great day!

sharing with:  home storiesatoz, sundayshowcase, 36th aveshabby nest, inspiration gallery, tatertots&jello

13 comments:

  1. I made some pillows a few weeks ago. I love the fabric (napkins) you used.

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    1. Your pillows look so sweet. Thanks for sharing and stopping by. :)

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  2. I can't believe that someone would throw that couch out. I love it...especially with that orange pillow. And my husband is totally with yours....he loathes Fabricland. Fabricland should make a men's lounge for the husbands.

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    1. I'm with you on the men's lounge. Maybe it should have an espresso bar and a big screen. :)

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  3. I'm with you on the men's lounge. Maybe it should have an espresso bar and a big screen. :)

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  4. Okay, that color and pattern combo is fantastic! Honestly, the overall vibe is!

    And napkins! Genius!!

    Stopping by from the A to Z link party!

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    1. Thanks so much! The weight of the napkin fabric was good which made a big difference in the overall result. I'm glad you stopped by. :)

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  5. The pillows look great the THAT COUCH! Um, seriously, that is an awesome couch.

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  6. These turned out gorgeous! Love the whole room holy moley I wish you could decorate my house! I hope you will add this and any other posts you're proud of to my link party!

    Marissa @ Rae Gun Ramblings

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  7. I picked up some easter napkins, at William Sonoma after the holiday. They look very vintage and I thought the would make nice pillows for spring. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Isn't it fun to shop for pillows in the table linens section? :) I'd love to see them when you're done!

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  8. Please share your source for the alphabet print!

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    1. The phonetic alphabet print was purchased from HomeSense in Canada (it is one of the TJMaxx companies). There doesn't seem to be a label on it that would give a clue as to who made it. :( This seems to be the same print: http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Phonetic-Alphabet-II-Posters_i8080821_.htm I hope that helps!

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