Pillow Remakes


I don’t have “before” photos but here are the remakes. I did the needlework about 40 years ago. I was going to toss them out and look for new ones, but when I took a closer look I thought the needlework had held up well even if the velvet backing fabric was definitely showing its age. 

So I very carefully unpicked the seams, discarded the old backing fabric. This time I installed zippers, new backing fabric (on two of the pillows I used some of the leftover upholstery fabric from the sofa), and the pillows look like new – definitely refreshed.

What I find so interesting is that the colours I used 40 years ago are still the colours that draw me today! The pillows go fine with the new sofa and daybed fabrics. Didn’t take long to do, either.

4 thoughts on “Pillow Remakes

  1. I have some old needlework pillows also that I have been thinking of replacing the backing and the cording around them. I am the same way with color. I think it is part of our personality.

    • Go for it – the hard part was carefully taking the old pillow covering apart without damaging the handwork. I did a small stitch zigzag around the entire edge of the handwork to stabilize the underlying canvas so I could sew on the new backing without worrying about the canvas fraying.

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