Yesterday I whipped up some pillows for my living room. The area rug in that room is green, and so I wanted to carry that through to the accent pillows for the sectional.
I started with some feather-filled pillow forms, a shower curtain, and a silk skirt, all picked up for a buck or two at thrift or consignment stores in the last year.
When I was originally planning this out in my head, I knew I wanted to use a button closure for the shower curtain pillows, but was not excited at the prospect of making button holes (my sewing machine has become very temperamental of late). But guess what? Fabric shower curtains have a row of button holes along the top edge for the hooks. It was brilliant!
Basically, I just cut the shower curtain into strips, folded them over envelope-style with the button-hole edge positioned as the top flap, and sewed up the sides. I made two of these.
For buttons, I went through my old button jar and picked six, all of them pearly white, but different designs.
I cut the skirt into front and back panels and sewed up three sides, and used a zipper from one of the original pillow covers for the fourth side. I kept the skirt's contrasting edge for interest.
The polka dot pillow (there are two of them) came from Target. A few weeks ago they were selling just pillow covers for $4.99. I decided not to worry about whether or not all the different greens work together, and instead think of it as fresh and fun.
Because it's also about pillows, and doesn't warrant its own post, I'm going to show you my other couch as well. I had gone back to Target to get one more of the green polka dot pillow covers, and they were out, but what was left of the other colors was on clearance for $3.49. Thinking of my red accents in the family room, which is now back in its warm weather furniture arrangement, I got a few covers to add a bright summery punch. I think that does the trick!