Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Plaid

 
I found this dinner napkin at the Pottery Barn outlet.  We looked high and low in the store to find another to match it, but it was a "loner".  I would have loved to have had two of them so I could use the plaid on the backside too, but had to settle for using a solid green fabric for the back of the pillow.
 
 
They had pillow covers in this plaid "ready made" to buy, but they were $29.50 each.  They also had a different red plaid dinner napkin (set of 4) for $17.50, but I liked this plaid the best.  What I really wanted was a set of 4 napkins in this plaid so I could make two pillows, but had to settle for just this one.
 
 
These napkins were 20 inches square and had a very generous 1-inch hem on the backside.  I carefully removed the hem and cut off the excess on each side, which I then used to make self-cording.  If you did not want to cord your pillows, you could very easily just sew two napkins together and create a straight-edge pillow.  You could then either sew the pillow closed or insert a zipper for easy removal.
 
 
The advantage to buying a single "lone" napkin was that they sold it to me for $.97.  The only other thing I had to purchase to complete this project was the zipper, so the pillow came in under $3, making it a real deal.
The pillow fits perfectly on my dining room bench, tucked in the corner with a throw, berries, and bowl of fruit, giving me a touch of Christmas in the corner.
 
 
 

8 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

BRAVO- it is perfect there in that colourful little corner, love it.

You are such the seamstress, Cindy!

Liz said...

What a great find! The pillow turned out wonderful. I am in love with plaid!! Just ordered a couch in the same colors!

A New England Life said...

Well my gosh, you can't beat that price! The pillow is a perfect addition to your bench, Cindy. I used to sew all the time but zippers and cording ... not my favorite thing. Good for you!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE that pillow...you did a fabulous job on it!

Kathy Moreland said...

It's beautiful! I love your little Christmas corner!!

My Garden Diaries said...

I just love that Christmas corner in your house! And that pillow...you are blowing me away! SO amazing friend! What a steal!!!!! Seriously...you need to open a shop! A very merry week to you!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

It truly is the perfect plaid!

June said...

You are amazing Cindy!!! When I saw this pillow and then went back to read the posts I had missed here and saw the other embroidered pillow I thought WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also adore that green throw and awesome little green bench the plaid pillow is sitting on. What a beautiful Christmas corner this is!
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