Sewing Tutorial: Easy Steps to Recover Your Old Pillows

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This is my favorite time of year. The weather warms up, and we eat all of our meals outdoors. Cleaning and prepping the patio for the summer season was quite the endeavor, but well worth it!

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I’ve always loved this old trunk and milk can in our yard, but it’s always been buried or tucked away in a corner. And while the pillows look decent in this image, they are old and incredibly worn. In less than a couple of hours, I recovered both of these with bright, new fabric.  Here’s how you can easily do the same!

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Step 1

Measure your pillow.My approach isn’t exactly scientific, but it works. I lay the pillow on the fabric, mark the corners and cut.

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Step 2

With your two pieces cut out, pin the fabric right sides together and sew 3/4 sides.

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Step 3

On the 4th side, sew approximately 3″ in on each side, leaving an opening in the middle. You’ll use this opening to turn the fabric inside out and stuff your pillow into the new casing.

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Step 4

Now that you’ve stuffed your pillow into the casing, pin the raw edges to create a clean seam and stitch. Then stitch the clean edges together to close the pillow. This is the most challenging part.

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If you prefer not to close it off, you can add a zipper or try this approach with an open flap.

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Pinterest is now the third-most used social networking site. Amazing considering it hasn’t been around for too long, and it’s an invite-only  platform.

I frequently get asked (professionally and personally) -

  • What is Pinterest?
  • How do I use it? I don’t get it …
  • Should my brand be on it?
  • It’s probably not going very last long is it?

While no one can predict the latter, given how wildly successful it’s become in a short span of time, I can’t image it’ll go away anytime soon. In fact, if used correctly, it can become a powerful source of traffic to your blog or website. [We'll talk more about personal branding and social networks later this week.] 

The first thing I tell people (consumers) is go on Pinterest with a project in mind. Otherwise the site can be overwhelming and a total time suck. It’s a gold mine for collecting ideas and developing DIY projects. That’s what I’ve used it for. One of my current projects is the baby’s nursery. I created a (very specific) board on nursery dressers.

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Meanwhile, I scoured Craigslist and local used furniture stores for a cheap dresser. I scored one for $40.

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I shared my Pinterest board with Manfriend, we brainstormed a few ideas together and then he ran with it. Below is the work in progress. We’re reusing paint we have from the Child’s room from 3 years ago. I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

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To see how other people are using Pinterest to collect ideas and ultimately save big bucks on projects, check out the article on AOL Daily Finance. 

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Easy Steps to Reupholster Chairs

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This is my idea of a good night; jazz flute blaring from the radio as I work on arts and crafts. (And by blaring I mean quietly playing so as not to wake The Child.)

Weeks have gone by since I’ve touched my sewing machine. I’ve been too caught up in post-trip/new job chaos that I haven’t had time to truly miss it. Now that the house is once again clean and quiet, I’m itching to get my craft on.

I hadn’t realized how ugly our kitchen chairs were until I started reading Design Sponge regularly. There are so many neat DIY projects on this site, complete with before and after images, that I walk away wishing I could quit my day job to focus on such things. Alas, I don’t (yet) have that level of talent or skill, and I like my day job too much to quit. Continue reading