Monday, October 5, 2009

Cut and Paste Pillow

I did not fall off the face of the earth! I've been tooling around doing stuff! Fun stuff! Going fun places and meeting with fun people! I took some time away from the computer :).
Two months ago, I lucked up on a great Wednesday yard sale and found this cutie chair for $8.00. It has been sitting in my study (the room which is a work in progress) ever since then looking quite sad! My friend Teresa and I went fabric shopping and FINALLY found some fun fabric to work with my color scheme--which I have finally decided upon! Y'all, take a look at this green zebra print! I love it!! It's going to be in a corner of the room that does not get noticed until now! I have another recycled chair in black and white zebra on the far side of the room. They are far apart enough that they look pretty cool and do not clash!

The chair still is in need of paint--after patching up a slew of nail holes, I'll get around to it. But it is raining here, and painting in the rain is not my idea of fun!! So, I leave you with these photos to tell the story.

The original pillow has been tossed into the trash. It was filled with goose down and quite expensive 20 years ago! It now had a musty smell that simply would not go away. And, I couldn't wash the thing--I'd have feathers all in my washing machine! So, I created a new pillow. Y'all, it is SOoo easy to make a new pillow....promise! I bought fiberfill stuffing this morning and was ready. All I did was measure an 18x18 square and cut it out. I did not actually paste the fabric together, but you could always glue gun it if you wanted to! Then I pulled out my handy dandy sewing machine, blew the dust bunnies away and plugged her up! Being the talented seamstress that I am (I took home-ec in 8th grade and made a beautiful apron!), I decided to use my favorite stitch...the straight stitch!! Only four sides and I was done!! Stuff that baby and sew up the little opening and fluff it and you are done! Finished! Then, I redid the bottom of the chair in the same fabric. I love that ginormous stapler! The original faded pink and red roses was not looking too swift! Gone!! Green zebra stripes instead! Can't wait to see the look on Hubby's face when he sees this manly study turning into Runner Mom's study!!
That's one of my rainy day projects that I completed today! I am quite excited! I'm getting there, slowly but surely! If you want to see more cool do it yourself projects, hop over to Kimba's blog for DIY Tuesday. There are some really darlin' ideas out there! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Sweet Blessings!

16 comments:

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

You are so talented! Such an eye for simple treasures. Love it.

Mary Singer Wick said...

Susan you are so cute and crafty! Guess with all those "men" in your household you need a creative outlet of the feminine kind.

Great job! I learn a lot from you on enjoying the simple things of life, and on finding great bargains!

Be continually blessed,

Mary

Joyful said...

You are so creative my friend. Your chair looks lovely!

Trust all is well,
Joy

Sheri said...

Love that green it's beautiful.


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Sassy Granny ... said...

Great job!

But I have to admit: the sight of a sewing machine gave me a case of anxiety. My only experience with one (35 years ago) proved how truly un-crafty I am. I could sew a straight line, sort of; but hubby refused to wear anything I whipped up. What was I thinking?

Blessings,
Kathleen

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Love the zebra print that you chose! Can't wait to see all that you are doing in your study. I have a chair that is sitting on the backy porch and it could use a little spiffing up. Maybe I will get to that when I return from Maine. It has been raining here all day yesterday and very overcast today, but I will have to get to packing today. Have a great week! Jackie

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Darling like you...

peace~elaine

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Way cool, Susan. Love it. You are so energic and talented.

I cracked up at your favorite stitch of "straight stitch". I too took home-ec. I made a tree skirt. I think I finally retrieved it back from my mom. I made it for her (our) tree but she changes her tree theme/colors so she gave it back to me.

I always enjoy seeing your projects. I would love to see this entire room now as is and then we could see some after photos. Did you post the zebra chair? Maybe I'm just forgeting waht it looks like.

Kelly Combs said...

I love the fabric and you did an awesome job! Wow! You are so crafty.

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

make the changes slowly and maybe Craig will not notice what you are really up to.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Love the chair! Your wreath sounds pretty. I cant wait to see it~

Dresser Girl said...

Great job!!

LisaShaw said...

So cute!

Love it!

Danielle said...

Great job, girl!!!

On Purpose said...

Very cute...you are one gifted girly! You take the ordinary and make it extraoridnary...kinda like our Jesus!

Lolli said...

Love your projects! What talent! :)