Monday, September 12, 2011

Family Room Makeover {Sort-of} & A Linky

This week I'm working on a major family room makeover. Ok, maybe not a major one, but it is a makeover. I'm changing everything up in one of the easiest ways possible: I'm switching out our sofa throw pillows.

I, for one, have always loved the fact that you can change the entire personality of a sofa & even a room, just by changing out the pillows.

This week I'll be sharing my different designs with you, starting with these freezer paper stenciled ones...

If you missed the tutorial I posted last year with the details of how to make a freezer paper stencil, click here.

For my new pillows, I started with some inspiration fabric I found at a local fabric store. {It's called Dahlia by Thomas Paul & the color is Slate. Here's one online source I found that sells it.}

I planned to make a couple pillows out of this fabric, & I wanted some others to coordinate. So, I decided to make a freezer paper stencil by tracing the actual design of my inspiration fabric.

So, I measured out the freezer paper to the size of my pillow tops, traced, & cut out the stencils.

Then, I just ironed them onto some unbleached muslin & painted them in a coordinating blue craft paint.

After the paint was dry, I just sewed up the pillow covers.

I love to use down inserts for my throw pillows because of their look and feel. Here's a helpful tip for you: rather than spend top dollar at fabric stores for down inserts, shop around for good deals on pre-made throw pillows at discount stores & use the inserts from those. I found these great down pillows in the exact size I wanted at Ross for only $8.99 each. I just zipped off the covers & had two great down inserts.

I am loving how my new pillows look on my love seat!

Aren't they way better than my old ones?

And they go great with the pillows made from the Thomas Paul fabric.

I've still got a few more pillows to make for the big makeover, so stay tuned & I'll share them with you this week.

I'm also sharing this project with some of these sites.

And if you've done a post about throw pillows you'd like to share, link it up here for the rest of us to see! I'll be leaving this link party open all week, so show us what you've got.


  1. I just found your blog and I LOVE it! Thanks so much for inspiring me.
    Those pillows look so much better than before. What a great idea to trace the design for other pillows to match.

  2. Love that you made your own design. The new pillows look great!

  3. I love your new pillow. What a great idea to make a stencil from your rug. Love freezer paper!

  4. I love those pillows! Great idea! Yvette @AquaSeventy6

  5. LOVELY!!!! Hello there.. I'm following ya officially from made by you monday blog hop today..Lovely blog you have here.Can't wait to read more.. Hope you can stop by & visit me sometime / follow back.. TY So much.. Have a great week.Marilyn from . Great creativity here. :))

  6. The pillows are beautiful... definitely better than before. I love the shape, design, and colors. I would love it if you would stop by and share this at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    I hope to see you soon,

  7. Love your pillows! Wish I could find freezer paper so I could give it a try. Found you through Tip Junkie and linked up my Canvas Leaf Pillows.

  8. Great job!
    I love the pillows you made.
    You are so creative!

    By the way, I'm your newest follower via GFC from Tuesday Blog Hop.
    Please feel free to visit my blog. Looking forward to seeing you there, and hope you follow me back. Thanks!

  9. Love the more rectangular shape to these instead of square! Thanks so much for sharing these tips!

  10. your pillows are so elegant and look like you bought them in an expensive boutique! Wonderful!

  11. So pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  12. Love your pillows. You did such a great job. I would be thrilled if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    carolyn | homework

  13. Love the new pillows! I like you said "I just sewed it up..." Because for me, that is MAJOR. :) Great job!

    PS - thanks for linking up to the roomspiration party!

  14. Oh fun! I need some pillows for both my living room and family room....I see a new pillow project in my future! Thanks for inspiring!

  15. How fun! I have some pillows I made a while back that now I just have to link up! :)

  16. Love how they turned out! I pinned them!


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