Saturday, December 4, 2010

Reusing Old Couch Cushions

I mentioned in another post that I saved some old couch cushions to recover.  I thought I could use one for meditation and just have them around for floor cushions.  They turned out to be more difficult than I thought because my traditional "take the old cushions apart for a pattern and to reuse the zipper and the cording" did not quite work this time.  The material covering the edge cording (which has another name I have forgotten at the moment) was incorporated into the side material.  That sounded like such a great idea!  A real time-saver! As it turned out, it was very difficult for me to figure out how to sew this all together. I gave up twice.  The cushions made their to the garbage area on two frustrating occasions.

Then, I was going through the Feisty Stitcher and noticed that she had a cushion that was sewn to the outside--very simple.  I was using denim that matched the furniture I covered in the four seasons room:


Denim would fray nicely--the perfect look for a rustic kind of fabric!  Here they are!  I'm still working on the edges.  I've been picking out the edges for that frayed look.  It's a nice boring job to do while watching television.

I'm glad they survived two near trips to the garbage.  I'm really pleased with how they turned out and the many uses I'm finding for them.  I love that I can just stack them up in a corner and grab one or two or three to use as needed.   I use one to make meditation time more comfortable and for some yoga things.  My book club is going to be watching Babette's Feast next week.  (Don't you just love a book club that will watch movies, too?)  These cushions are going to help provide the extra seating in the man cave, too. 

16 comments:

  1. Hi from Elke. I love your living room. My hotmail is not letting me reply to my incoming emails that's why i haven't responded to your recent one. Your mom always had a full house now it's your turn.j/k

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  2. Just realized it's your four-seasons room. It's awesome!

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  3. I love this room! I thinks it's the main reason we bought the house. You will have to see it when you come up for the holidays. OMG! You, Nancy, and me! That will be fun. How many years has it been?

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  4. brilliant idea, it's always nice to have extra seating available! :)

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  5. Probably 40 years +/- a few. That sounds awesome Nancy, you and I.My daughter already has me scheduled to babysit. I think I have the 27th off. I'm ready to throw this computer out the window. If it dies, I'll give you a call. Take Care!

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  6. Your cushions came out perfect!! They look great! I love that you took them back from the garbage area...such determination!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog too. It's so nice to know that other bloggy friends are there and supportive. The comments and emails I received really did help make the whole situation so much better.

    Thanks again!

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  7. I really like how these turned out! I did something similar once, I used the sofa back cushions and used old pant legs (halved lengthwise and seams taken out) and put them together to make very large pillows for my futon. Then the dogs stole them. Now, they're dog beds.....I sure hope your pretty cushions don't suffer the same fate!

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