Nesting: Recovering Pillows


I’m sick of all of my pillow covers. At least all of them from the last apartment. We’re going for a more cohesive, grown up look in our new place (while still keeping things funky & fun), so I’m focusing on a simpler color palette. For now, my main colors are brown, tan, black & white. I haven’t quite figured out what accent color I want in the room to really make the whole place pop, but I’m sure I’ll find something that inspires me soon.

The pressure is definitely on to get this room (and as many rooms in our house as possible) finalized, since the baby really could come any time in the next 3 weeks. AH! I can’t believe how fast these last 9 months have just flown by.

The fabulous Proud Mary sent me a yard of their beautiful fish scale fabric months ago & I’ve been meaning to do something cool & awesome with it. Yesterday it was time to make things happen. I had had this elaborate plan to hand sew tan & white leather scales intermittently on one of the pillows, but as I cut out the scales & arranged (& rearranged!) none of my compositions looked quite right. By the way, scales are the new bow and bows are the new ruffle. Not kidding. So for my first pillow, I let the gold & black scale fabric shine all by itself & for the second one, it was like this pillow & my first scale pillow had a baby. I’m incredibly happy with how the two turned out.

With both of the new pillows, I took a different approach to the zipper. I installed the zipper similar to the pillow I made back in December, but I didn’t leave the zipper exposed. Instead, I sewed a large flap over the zipper in order to protect the leather on the couch. Chris definitely appreciates my thoughtfulness. We’re still in the over-protective phase with our new couch.

I just want to give my sponsorĀ Proud Mary a huge shout out for sending this fabric to me! I love it. It’s high-quality, hand-printed & supports a great cause.

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  1. Katie says:

    I love that pattern:) Looking forward to seeing the finished room– though I know it might be a while if a certain someone decides to come early…

  2. Shaela says:

    beautiful!! I can’t wait to move into our new place and do some fun decorating :)

  3. Libby says:

    That fabric rules! I was sad to see the new style hierarchy. I do love me some girly ruffles…sigh. Not much of a bow girl. I guess that leaves scales for me. I guess I can do that.

  4. Diana Smith says:

    Your pillows look great! Love what you did.

  5. tara says:

    I love the “baby” pillow! I’ve been wanting to recover some of mine so I’ll have to experiment with your zipper technique.

  6. Maryalice says:

    Impressive message, I watch for messages by you.

  7. The pillows look awesome! I am really loving the gold accents in the entire room. (pillows included)

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