I have new furniture in my living room. New to me, at least. It all came from Grandma Jean's house. There's a cream with light grey and tan sofa sleeper, a rocking chair and this chair.
It is a very comfortable old chair that no one ever really sat in. And I love the lines - the wood peeking out, the soft squishiness of the cushions. Grandma had it reupolstered some years ago in a rather girlie pattern. Perhaps that is why no one else laid claim to it.
I am a rather big fan of pillows on chairs and couches. And I really like the calm, neutral vibe in the living room right now, especially as it is flooded with light. So I wanted a neutral pillow for this chair, that coordinated, but didn't make the whole room too pink and blue.
Then I ran across this table runner/dresser scarf. I picked up this bit of vintage goodness at the antique mall years ago. It was so beautifully stitched and all the hems were finished by hand. Perfect except for two holes smack in the middle of the embroidery pattern at one end and a few small holes in the middle. Hmmm... and it was exactly 14 inches wide, which also was the size of my pillow form.
It was destined to be a pillow.
Of course I wanted to make it RIGHT NOW, and was without any piping except white or any cord to put inside piping, so I twisted some yarn together and sewed it inside some bias tape. The runner was long enough that I was able to make an envelope back, which I finished with the same bias tape. To cover the wee holes in part of the center section, I cut up the embroidery on the other end (where there were also holes) and fused on as a patch. Then I added my own bit of embroidery around the edges in a floss that matched the background.
I think it looks right at home there, don't you?