Three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue Redo!

This is my postaweek 2011 remnant redo project of the week, a couple of couch pillows on the cheap!

I bought these two upholstery-like woven pieces of American flag-themed cloth on ebay last year some time. The transaction no longer shows up so I can’t tell you how cheap I got them, but I believed I got a bargain! We have lots of red, white, and blue in the house, and we recently painted the living room “accent wall” turquoise (it was dark red prior to that.) So I found a length of turquoise cotton or cotton-linen blend to make backs for the pillows. The pillow forms came from JoAnn’s Clearance Rack, at a cost of $5 each.  And the pillow cover zippers came from my recent hunting and gathering trip to the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, foraged from a bin at the Vogue Fabric booth at a cost of $.14 a piece.

Cut, sew zipper, sew seams, serge edges. I serged the edges because the flag fabric is very prone to unraveling. If you serge straight past the end of the seam, then start at the beginning of the perpendicular seam (rather than try to pivot when you get to the end to start on the next edge) your corners will be sharp.

And believe me, it didn’t take long to make these. Maybe an hour.


Cutting the backing to fit the flag panel



sewing on the zipper



Now Bob has something new to get cat hair on




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