Monday, November 16, 2009

Pillows for Fall Compliments

I’m sure many of us have purchased these nice suede-like giant leaves for placemats in the past. Over the years, I have changed approaches to how I dress the table for company and I became tired of using the leaves. They stayed tucked away for a couple of years in the bottom drawer, lying flat, to avoid being wrinkled and I made sure to place something heavy on them. Recently as I started fall decorating, I came across the leaves, still waiting and I decided to bring them out and present them in a new fashion. Why not make a pillow? Using a piece of beige linen fabric from my stash, I sewed the leaf on, carefully stitching on the existing lines which allowed me to evenly stitch the leaf to the pillow front. I made the back of the pillow as usual and wow – for hardly any money, I reused a previously purchased item. I make pillows with an opening to allow for reuse of pillow form for another theme. Recycle – that’s what it’s all about.


  1. Bettie,
    You have a talent for 'seeing' things and making them come alive.
    I have these very placemats.
    I am not ready to re invent them yet.
    But I love what you have done with yours!!

  2. I think these would be lovely bed pillows, as well...I'd love to feel the suede against my cheek!!

  3. I LOVE this idea! I'm still using my fall leaves for placemats but may give this a whirl when I tire of them!
    I would LOVE to be able to sew like you. I have a quilt topper and back that needs finishing and would love to just start sewing some crafts. I found some great ideas over our winter snowstorm, while stuck at home, I browsed through all my GBP books! Found some neat candy cane ornaments I would like to try. Right now I have to lug the sewing machine downstairs to the dining room and then I hate leaving it out so I am looking for a sturdier table for my craft room. I have a folding table and it's got alot of 'give' to it. Not the greatest for lots of different crafts! But, right now, I just feel like sewing and I need to do it before the feeling passes, haha!
    Victoria S.