Slipcovered Pillow and Playhouse

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in backyard, boxwoods, pillows, playhouse | 7 comments

I continue to work on the playhouse.  She has come a long way!  She has gotten new paint, banners, front door bucket, lanterns with burlap bows, door mat, watering can, and a “relax” sign and shutters.  Wow!  I am working on the inside also.  I will reveal that in the next couple of weeks.

I had big plans for what to do in front of the “relax” sign.  It involved a great yard sale find.  But, it did not work there!!!  Oh well, I added a new wicker rocker to the front porch which caused this great bench to longer have a home.  My dad made this bench for me last year.  (He is an amazingly talented wood-worker!)

And, the great yard sale find will have to wait.  I think I have found the perfect home for it, but it still needs a little work.

The front of the playhouse is finished and now the side is also done.

Here is the finished product.

This is what I started with.

The pillow was in great shape, just a little faded.  I liked the idea of a slipcover.  I can easily take the cover off and wash it.

The pillow measures 17 x 17.   I cut one long piece of fabric that was about 8″wide and  35″ long.  (17 + 17 + 1)

Then, I added 2 strips of fabric down the side.  I cut them about 6″ wide and 35″ long.  I folded the edge over twice and ironed it down.

I sewed both edges down.

I pinned the right sides together and sewed the 3 pieces of fabric together.

I ironed the seams open.

Next, I finished the ends of the fabric.  Folding them over and sewing them down.

Then, I pinned the right sides together (the long ends) and sewed them together.  This created a circle of fabric.

Now, it was time to add the ribbon ties.  I cut 12 pieces of ribbon and burned the edges to keep them from fraying.

Then, I pinned 3 onto each side making sure to match the 2 pieces up so that they could be tied together.

I sewed them with a zig-zag stitch several times.

I slipped the pillow through the cover and tied the ribbons closed.

I potted a couple more boxwoods.

I have had the old wheelbarrow for years!

I just found the grapevine wreath this weekend at a yard sale.  For 25 cents, I could not pass it up!  I tied it onto a tall candleholder.

I actually moved those pavers from another part of my yard.

I found the other pillows today at Old Time Pottery.  I was going to make some more, but at $7 each, I could not pass these up.  I do  not think that I could make them for that!

Now, I need a little time to sit here and relax!

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  1. You are amazingly gifted.

  2. Love the arrangement, and that playhouse is perfect! I want one. 😀 Thank you so much for participating in the “Cowgirl Up!” link party.

  3. Very cute! I love the names of your girls … so Southern, so sweet. I have a Lila as well – Lila Tara. I think Lila Mae is just the cutest name!

    • I love the name Lila! I only know 1 more! It is a pretty old name! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Your “relax” sign says it all! The bench looks so inviting with those pretty pillows … and I love the idea of the ribbon ties on the side!

    Thank you so much for linking up all your pretty pillows to Pillowpalooza!



    • Thanks for hosting such a fun party! And, I hope you get some time to “relax” soon!


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