I have so many baby/newborn “backdrops” that I have used over the years. Now that I have done an overhaul, I have a lot of blankets/throws (that were used as backdrops) that I just don’t need anymore. I could sell them, but we all know, the newborn photography market is so oversaturated with photographers selling to other photographers, I may as well see if I can make some use out of the old throws – by upcycling.
These big pillows that sat on either side of my family room fireplace were annoying me for a long time. They are old. The faux leather (or whatever it is) on the front of them were getting worn and old looking.
I love to add warm textures to rooms (or the “unexpected” – will share what that means in future posts), so I had this idea while sipping coffee Saturday morning to grab a throw from my pile of “no longer used for newborns” and make two big pillows.
I did not want to deal with cutting the throw as it is a sweater material. Once you open an unfinished end of a knitted material like that, well, things could go bad very quickly. I looked for ways of avoiding that.
I started by folding the throw in half longways, leaving the fringe at each long end – I wasn’t going to leave the fringe originally but as I started, I realized that would add more texture. I quickly sewed the long side, essentially making one large tube.
Next, I folded the throw again exactly in half, putting the two fringe ends together. I sewed the folded end. I could have cut here to make two halves out of that long tube, but I didn’t want to deal with the ends. I could have also ran two hems down the middle, but I was too lazy to get measuring tape and mark where the half mark was – it was easier for me just to run a hem on the folded part.
I opened the “tube” up again and sewed one line on each side of that folded part, then cut that “folded hem” out of the center. Now I have two pockets with fringe at the opening of both pockets.
Realize here is where I had to take this pillow back from Penny who was watching every move I made… I felt so bad taking it from her, she looked way too cozy.
I stuffed the pillows down inside of the ‘sweater pocket’ and left the fringe to fold over on its own at the top. I could have run a seam at the base of the fringe, but these pillows aren’t used much, they just kind of soften the areas on either side of the fireplace. I really like how they turned out.
Cost: $0.00. You can’t beat that!
While I was in the family room, I thought I would share how the family portrait (from this post) looks above the fireplace mantle. I absolutely LOVE IT! It matches the room perfectly and is exactly what we needed.