Sunday, February 24, 2013

New/Old Embroidered Pillow


Howdy friends! I hope you are all doing well on this Sunday afternoon. It's pouring here in New England and I've got the dryer going full blast today trying my best to catch up from a busy week.

 I don't usually post on Sundays, but I'm so excited about how this pillow turned out I couldn't wait until next week to share it!



This pillow was created from three separate vintage pillow cases. They came in a ' lot ' of vintage linens that I bought off of  EBay and were never actually finished with a crochet or lace hem which left them in perfect " UN-used condition ". Someone really spent some time on the embroidery and I just love how each design SCREAMS SPRING!

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 After cutting the decorated edges off of the pillow cases I sewed them together to form one piece.
Then I added strips of left over pillow case material on either side of the three panels to make a square measuring 21 1/2 inches x 21 1/2 inces.
I used the remainder of one pillow case for the back to complete the pillow.

 I suppose I could have finished the edges and put them to use as pillow cases, but I just loved how the three patterns look together so I made a 20 x 20 pillow to add to my booth space in the Antique Mall.

Maybe you have some embroidered pillow cases tucked away in your linen closet or under the bed someplace that could use a little make over too? Often times the case portion of vintage pillow cases has yellowed due to age or over use but the embroidered edges remain beautiful. It's such a shame to give your vintage linens a life sentence of being packed away.  Why not re- purpose them into pillows, edges for tote bags or add them to NEW pillow cases to be enjoyed for many more years to come?


I hope you're all having a nice easy Sunday afternoon too! 
Now, get to rummaging...And re purpose something lovely!
I've seen you do it! 

See more  of my up cycled vintage linen pillows here and here. 


19 comments:

Country Gal said...

I love it , great job ! My mum did Embroidery , she did table cloths, hankies and pillow cases . Something you don't see people doing any more is Embroidery ! Thanks for sharing with us ! Have a good evening !

Unknown said...

Thank you Elaine... I bet her things were great!
Have a nice night in the Cove!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. The result is wonderful. It's so very cheery !!
Have a wonderful day.

Unknown said...

Thank you Monique.. it is cheery isn't it? :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Deb~~~Cuteness!! Thanks for sharing & inspiring:0). Wishing I could visit your shop. You will post pics at the Grand Opening?
XoXo Linda Petersen Farmgirl sister #971

Lisa Lynn said...

Very pretty! I like how you combined the 3 pieces to make one gorgeous pillow :)

HIBISCUS HOUSE said...

Deb, I love that! My grandmother used to do that type of work, oh what I would do for some of it. Beautiful work and you have made a beautiful pillow.

Dicky Bird said...

Great idea.

Bonnie K said...

I love the orange in the middle! It is so vivid. It sure makes one think of spring. I sure like how you made something old new again.

Laurie said...

Your pillow looks wonderful and yes so Spring~y!!
Love your blog!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Hi Deb!
Love this embroidered pillow. I have several pieces of embroidery that my MIL fashioned; some pillow slips, etc. But like you said, they get dingy or yellow over time. This is the perfect project.

thanks for sharing! Pat

crazyquilter said...

So nice - I love to see vintage embroidery repurposed. Well done for a lovely job!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

You did such a nice job on this, combining them as I never would have thought to do~can't wait to see what else you come up with.

Old Time Cindy said...

Cute, cute, cute and so creative!
Farmhouse hugs,
Cindy

Greg and Donna said...

Its beautiful and I love how the 3 peices coordinated into one pillow top! And it does scream SPRING!

Candy C. said...

What a neat idea! Your "new" pillow is beautiful! :)

Libby said...

I really love this and these vintage linens. That's why I love thrift shopping. I'm always looking for embroidered pieces.

Kristi said...

What a wonderful idea!

daisy g said...

It's absolutely gorgeous!

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