Monday, September 10, 2012

AMH/Toile Cushion Cover & Buttons

I've kind of been redoing our entry area lately--it has a new little bench, that came with a white canvas cushion that has small tufts sewn in, but no buttons.  You just see the thread.

Since I LOVE red toile, and Joanns had all of their home deco fabrics half off, I decided to get some and make some covered buttons. 

In retrospect, I wish I had gotten some bigger buttons to cover, they seem a little small, but I like them alright.

Well, I ended up getting a yard of the toile, just in case I might want to make a cushion cover... Then I had an idea..

I had found this fabric in the sidewalk bin at my LQS for half off..$5/yd!  It is a heavier weight AMH print.

I couldn't stop thinking about mixing it with the toile. I had it all pictured in my head.. either it would clash horribly or.. turn out just like I had pictured it.  Clashing PERFECTLY.

It could've turned out a total disaster, but I had to try it.  So I cut out 9" wide strips of the AMH print, sewed them end to end, folded them in half and proceeded to put a gathering stitch into the miles and miles of would be ruffle for the edge.  Except the fabric is too stiff, and my thread kept breaking when I was trying to gather it up. :(  So I ended up pinning it in small pleats all the way around.  Which took a LONG time. :/

Then I basted it in place.

Then sewed the backing on.

It took me most of the afternoon and evening, but it turned out just like I pictured it in my head!  I love when that happens. I just love it!  It is going to live here, on the bench with it's matching covered buttons, and this cow print cushion, or should I say faux animal hide. ;)

I'm so happy to say that it cost less than $20 to make!  And reminds me of the cushions I drool over sometimes at a posh gift shop in town--that cost $60-$80! *gasp*  I could never.

Gonna link up with Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story, and Tuesday Treasures over at Melody's House on the Side of the Hill. This week, my treasure is my sewing machine.  I don't know what'd I'd do without it.  Being able to create is one of life's greatest gifts!

(also Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog, and Sew Cute Tuesday at The Creative Itch, and Turning the Daunting into Doable at Project Queen. ..and oh yah..Make it Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House.  So many fun links to check out!)  

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Tuesday!


I follow you already and also saw your link at Quilt Story. Cute project! I had that same toile in my dining room in a previous house, and still love it so much - glad it's still around. Your pillows are awesome!

Cath said...

You are so patient doing all that gathering but it turned out great. Worth it, I would say!. I also like the addition of the covered buttons.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

I love toile de jouy (and have these fabrics in blue as curtains in our office/sewing room) It´s so lovely what you made with it! You are so right: being able to create is really a gift! I got some toile de jouy on our summer holiday in France lately(but this time I bought the funny 'modern' kind with a bright green background) and I´m still thinking about a project with it. ;-)

Wow! It is wonderful when your vision is realized. Lovely.

Great job! I have done skirts and bags with pleats, they're designed to drive you batty I swear!

Remington said...

How do you do it? You are SO creative, my friend!

Carla said...

Your little bench and pillows look inviting. Great job ; )

Maria said...

You did a great job of making the pillow and redoing the cover on your little bench...

Oh yes, I am ALL ABOUT toile!!!

Your little pillow is sweet as sweet can did a great job!!

Melody said...

Thank you so much for linking up to TTthis week. Your entrance way looks very inviting with your lovely bench and cushions. I treasure my sewing machine too.

What a wonderful job you did! So pretty! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Project Queen. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Hi Kelli, I LOVE toile and the red is that. Wow! You've done a great job. Hope you visit me also on The Dedicated Home party.
Thanks, Helen

You did an amazing job with that pillow cover. It turned out beautifully!! Love the little covered buttons on the cushion.

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