Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall Pillow & A Table Runner

Okay, I swear this is the last fall pillow post.  This is the pillow I gave you a sneak peek of in my last post and I didn't want to leave you hanging.  I'm sure you were all waiting on the edge of your seat for this one.

This pillow is just a simple patchwork of 2.5" squares sewn in rows and then one row of plain fabric that I embroidered the saying onto.  The back is again another simple envelope close.  I didn't quilt any of the pillows because I didn't want them looking too country-ish.

Here's the whole collection all together.  I like that they coordinate but are all different from each other.

So now I have one fall pillow for each loveseat and the chair in our living room.  Our living room has two loveseats instead of a large couch because that's what fit in our old house.  I would really like to get a sectional for this house but I would also really like it to be free and you don't see too many sectionals that are free.  At least you don't see too many usable, not gross, not 1977, not slept on by a fraternity, etc that are free:).

While I still had the fall fabric out I decided to make one more item.  I thought a table runner would be nice way to use up just a bit more of my fabric.

Plus table runners are super easy to whip out in a few hours or less if you don't have 3 children and 2 of their friends and an old cranky dog interrupting you.

I made this one from strips of fabric sewn together and then sewed white muslin on the back as a lining.  Again, no quilting just a simple topstitch around the outside edge.  To figure out what size to make it I just looked up a table runner on pottery barn and used one of their standard dimensions.  This one is 13" wide by 72" long.  I knew I had 12 different fabrics so I used two 3.5" strips of each to make the pattern.  

This is a great example of something you can make yourself without having to spend money on a pattern or buying an expensive version from a store.  Using my dimensions above you would need about 2 yards of fabric which you can pick up with a coupon for less than $10.  The average table runner at pottery barn is $59!!!  

I put it on my kitchen island for the pictures but I think I am going to move it to the sofa table in my living room because it competes a little too much with the curtains in the kitchen.  By the way, you can see just a peek of the almost finished cabinets in the background.  Just a few more doors and then we're done.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~


  1. These items are beautiful! Was the fabric you used cotton or a thicker texture? I'm wanting to make some table runners but am not sure what weight to use.

    1. I used quilt cotton to make everything above. You could go with something thinner but it probably wouldn't hold up to being washed.


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