A Couple More Pillows

I found some old cotton curtains that my mother had stashed away. Made of green cotton with a moiré texture, they have miles of brush fringe which she was clearly in the process of removing.  Since these curtains were not at all Mother’s style I’m sure she acquired them for the trim and 4-inch gathering tape at the top.

Deep grey-green brush fringe.
Deep grey-green brush fringe.

Fortunately for me this fabric will look great with the blue floral fabric in the conservatory so I decided to made a couple of pillow covers.

The green fabric is picked up in the leaves of the loveseat covers.
The green fabric is picked up in the leaves of the loveseat covers.

Since this fabric is fairly plain I thought the pillows should have cording around the perimeter. In order to made good cording (welt as my grandmother would have said) upholstery cord and a continuous bias cut strip of fabric are necessary.

Spool of bias strip, cording, finished welt
Spool of bias strip, cording, finished welt

Happily I had scads of bias fabric on a spool from the slipcovers which I made in the early 90s.

The flowered fabric is a bias strip wrapped around a piece of upholstery cord.
The flowered fabric is a bias strip wrapped around a piece of upholstery cord.

First item: wrap the cord with the bias strip and sew it wrong side together using a zipper foot.

Clip the cording at the corners of the pillow to ease it into place.
Clip the cording at the corners of the pillow to ease it into place.

Then pin the cord to the right side of one of the pillow cover matching the edges and sew.

The form of the pillow becomes evident after the welt is sewn in place.
The form of the pillow becomes evident after the welt is sewn in place.

Finally sew around the pillow leaving an opening to insert the pillow form.

Homemade pillows
Homemade pillows

If I would have had to cut bias tape from scratch this project would have been much longer in the making which is why I save things like that.

What are you hanging on to for 30 years? Would love suggestions how or where I might use the salvaged fringe.

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “A Couple More Pillows”

    1. I love the fringe, too. It’s a subtle, funny color so I might need to use it on just the perfect project. Row upon row is good; how about concentric squares? Jo

    1. Great suggestions. I might have to use it on the windowseat cushions since mice gnawed at the matching piping during the renovation when we were infested. I haven’t seen any evidence lately that we still have mice. Phew! Jo

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