Woe is me being someone who actually cut into a Pottery Barn tablecloth! But alas, this was requested of me by my sister so i’m off the hook.
This project really came together like it was meant to be. Here are some details.
My sister around last September or so gave me this very large Pottery Barn tablecloth made of a heavy weight material to make chair pillows for her outside chairs with.
With pen and paper (and a per chance finding of a pattern that used striped fabric, piping and the exact size i needed to make) I was set!
Yes you heard that right…Piping! This is my first attempt at piping but as best efforts go, I think it’s a good first one!
First step was to cut 6 squares for the 18 inch pillows.
Out of the remaining material, I cut 2 inch strips making sure to cut with horizontal stripes to see more of the stripes on the piping pieces.
I figured out after some trial and error where to cross my fabric strips together to create the piping binding…
…so that the stripes still lined up in the pattern. No this didn’t happen everytime to be honest…i had to grab the seam ripper a few times…but i’m glad i did for the final result.
Piping cable I anticipated would be ridiculously expensive, so I thought…why can’t i use clothesline for piping? To walmart I went. It’s also made for outdoor so with these outdoor pillows i didn’t see a downside. So I proceeded to cut it a few inches longer than the circumference that I needed to go around the pillow.
After I finished connecting my strips, I held the clothesline in the center and and folded the material over it to sew.
I changed to my zipper foot, and sewed the piping inside the strips.
Next…find inexpensive foam for the pillows. Do you know how ridiculously expensive this stuff is! That is until I found Nu-Foam on Amazon which was WAY less for same product on other big box craft shops. ALWAYS search for the best price people! You won’t regret it! 🙂 Incidentally, I went to get the link to the Nu Foam on Amazon and it isn’t $15 dollars anymore…they must have been trying to get rid of it being that low.
I rolled out the foam, and started measuring and cutting…and cutting …and cutting! 18 times…hand hurt but worth it.
Then with the finished sewn pillows, I stuffed the foam inside.
Then just handstitched them together at the opening.
I hope to get a photo of my sisters porch with these sitting on them to get the full effect. These ended up being her Christmas present from me this year!
What is on YOUR craft table right now?