Cottage Pillows

A Fresh Accent For Spring

A Fresh Accent For Spring

I am creating a white outdoor room on our back porch for summer. Pillows are a quick way to add color and charm but they can be expensive. Try re-cycling faded patio pillows by covering them in cottage fabrics. Scrounging in my own stash of linens produced a red and white gingham table cloth I rarely used but that is ideal for the white furniture with red accents I want for our porch. It took little time one evening to sew the pillow shams to cover two faded pillows from two seasons ago transforming them into cottage charming.

Worn quilts or interesting worn bed spreads are another source of inexpensive fabric to cover pillows. The blue and rose pillow is made from a quilt that had just enough wear to make it interesting but still serviceable.

My husband, who knows me well, brought in the empty bag from his grass seed. It was the perfect size to recover another faded scatter pillow. I sew my pillows by hand. They are a relaxing project when watching movies or TV. I finish the final edge of the pillows in a blanket stitch for a vintage look. The red stitch on the “grass seed” pillow makes it look like the stitching used to seal old feed sacks. Look for burlap or cotton bags and vintage linen at auctions or garage sales…or buy seed in bags at feed stores or garden stores.

Happy Spring!

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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