Since my love affair with the vintage crazy quilt began, I have been thinking about how to bring more of that same fallish warmth to our living room. The other day I stumbled upon my stash of felted wools, packed away in the top of my closet. Since I don't have a craft or sewing room in our litle cottage, things sort of get stashed away and relegated to awkward storage places. But it's always a nice suprise to find something I had forgotten about.
These felted wools have been gathered from all kinds of places, mostly yard sales and thrift stores. Most of them were acquired for mere pennies, and were nice quality sweaters in their day. Lots of them have designer labels, and are lovely wools, cashmeres and angoras. I guess if you're not a crafter, the uses for a shrunken sweater are somewhat limited. How lucky for those of us who delight in repurposing cast-off, forgotten items.
I picked my favorite fall colors to use, cut squares measuring 5-3/4 inches, and sewed them together in 1/2 inch seams. You can see that I added in a few plaids too, from vintage Pendelton wool skirts that I have picked up here and there. These were not as thick as the felted wools, so I backed them with a piece of craft felt. The finished pillow is the perfect size for a 20 inch down pillow form.
I also wanted to bring in touches of red, just like the crazy quilt. Although I have multiple mason jars full of buttons, a large cookie tin full, and even a couple of gallon ziploc bags full, I couldn't come up with 18 red ones. But oddly, I did have 3 different half-used cans of red spray paint. So yes, I painted 18 odd assorted buttons with spray paint! It only took a few minutes, and worked out great. Buttons this size are 2/$3 at the fabric store, so I saved a bundle, too. But best of all, I used some of my stash! See, there is a reason that I keep all of this stuff.
I have been eyeing the jute-trimmed pillows at Pottery Barn, but haven't been able to find any trims like that here locally. So once again, I made use of some of the yardage of burlap that I had on hand. I cut a 4 inch strip, ironed it in half lengthwise, then ironed the cut edges in half to meet the center crease. It was a little challenging to sew through so many thicknesses of wool and burlap, so I switched to a heavier machine needle and just sewed slowly. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!
Here's a tip: when I find a good quality felted sweater, or one that has the potential to become one, I use this method for felting from Craft Stylish. And my secret to storing all of these sweaters? Space bags! It's amazing how many can be stuffed into one, and how small it becomes once the bag is sealed up.
I'm working on a BIG project in my living room! Yes, I'm finally making a new sofa slipcover. Wish me luck, and hopefully I'll have photos for you soon!
Love to all, Andrea
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