Pug Pillow Makeover!

OK, I’ll be honest… there’s almost nothing I’d rather not do than sew home dec stuff. I’m just not into it! And I’m really not good at interior design or picking out things that go together in my apartment- it’s a pretty basic setup chez Ginger! So when Julie at Mood asked if I’d like to do a special project to celebrate the opening of Mood’s new home dec showroom, I was like, “No, thanks!”. Not my cup ‘o’ tea! Fast forward a few days, and I get a rare, unprompted sewing request from Man Friend to make some curtains for our bedroom (we have blinds, but they’re looking pretty rough these days). How can I say no to him? So, I emailed Julie to say I was in and headed for Mood!

The new showroom is bright, spacious, and located in the lobby of the building Mood occupies (they’re on the second floor). It’s such a great space for inspiration! I was immediately drawn to these two fabrics, annnnnnnnd the second I saw them, I put the thought of curtains right out of my mind and decided to make some pillows for the living room.

These are both Waverly fabrics, and they’re 100% cotton. The blue one with the animal print is called “Mexicali”, and the red floral is called “Mayan Medallion” (here are some great Waverly prints on the site). They feel like canvas, and have a nice heft.

I used a simple envelope-style closure for these so I can easily slip them off to clean them. Although I’m never motivated to sew home dec items, these are probably the easiest things I’ve ever sewn. EVER. So easy. So fast. Why don’t I do this more often, people?

Before…

The pillows we had on the couch previously were a gift and have seen a fair amount of wear and tear, thanks to the pugs co-opting them to use as beds. So this is an awesome upgrade! They add a great burst of color to the living room without overpowering a small space that doesn’t get much natural light. Plus, they pick up on the colors in the framed prints we have hanging throughout the living room. Hopefully now things look a little less hodge-podge and a bit more intentional!

After!

Don’t worry- the pugs have already adopted the new pillows! And I’m even energized to make the curtains for Man Friend after this painless sewing experience, so it’s a happy ending all around! Home dec for the win!

OK, guys- honest truth… do you sew things that your partner/roommate/kid/parent requests? And how do you feel about sewing home dec? What are some easy projects that can revamp your home?

 

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  • Tammy
    August 15, 2014

    I despise home Dec sewing. It is boring. But nothing perks up a room quicker than new curtains. Also pillows, shower curtains, and duvet covers! But getting started on it is the hardest. Your pillows are fantastic. They really spark up that area. And very glad to hear your dogs approve.

    • Ginger Makes
      August 15, 2014

      Ooh, a new shower curtain is a good idea- I always hate the ones in stores!

  • Ann T.
    August 15, 2014

    I love the two fabrics you selected, and the way they look together. I am new to sewing clothing, but have been sewing for my home for a few years. Making pillows and cushions is infinitely easier than sewing clothing, and fitting a square pillow insert is nothing, compared to a human body. For these reasons, I encourage you, next time, to add welting cord in the same or a contrasting fabric around the perimeter, and a zipper near the bottom edge of the pillow back. You can also make a fabulous duvet cover the same way; it’s just bigger than a pillow. It will so transform your decor, that you will end up loving it. I promise.

    • Ginger Makes
      August 15, 2014

      I’ll have to give that a try! Thanks, Ann! :)

  • Cheryl
    August 15, 2014

    As it happens, I love home dec sewing and if you check out Male Pattern Boldness today you will see my contribution to Peter’s apartment. I don’t even wait to be asked! Curtains and drapes can be a pain, though. Too much yardage to measure and drag around.

    • Ginger Makes
      August 15, 2014

      Ohhh, Cheryl, those pillows look awesome! How cool!

  • Amy W
    August 15, 2014

    Those fabrics are great!! I love making pillow covers for my throw pillows. It gives me the chance to change things up without buying new pillows. I’m starting on round 4 of pillow covers. I have several sets of cloth napkins I made on my serger.

    • Ginger Makes
      August 15, 2014

      Ooh, cloth napkins are a great idea! I need to make some!

  • Bella
    August 16, 2014

    I need to get on to sewing curtains for our place, I think new ones would make such a huge difference. That’s the thing with home dec stuff, it’s no fun to think about sewing it but once it’s done it’s usually a revelation. Your cushions look great.

    • Ginger Makes
      August 16, 2014

      Curtains really do make a big difference! You can do it! :)

  • Mae Wilson
    August 16, 2014

    Pugs forevvah! If they like the cushions, enough said. They look like venerable experienced and wise pugs. Young and chewy pugs might have a different response.

    • Ginger Makes
      August 16, 2014

      Heeheehee… you’re so right… young pugs might have a different response! I got these two as adults so they’ve always been slugs! :)

  • Peter
    August 16, 2014

    Those pillows look wonderful — I love your fabric choices. And those pug pics are priceless!

    • Ginger Makes
      August 16, 2014

      Thanks, Peter! I love your curtains! :)

  • Sallie
    August 16, 2014

    Ooh those little Puglets!!
    These pillows look great! I love the fabric, and it’s amazing how such a little addition makes such a big statement. I’ll have to remember that if I ever get up the cajones to tackle home dec sewing. I have no interior decorating drive. Honestly, Nick takes care of that and the results are… interesting! But all these posts are making me rethink my ‘Hell NO!’ response to home dec sewing! Maybe. Just a little.

    • Ginger Makes
      August 16, 2014

      It’s funny, I always think of interior dec stuff as being really expensive and time-consuming, but this was a quick and easy thing to do (you can get two pillows out of a yard of fabric, score!).

  • Kathryn
    August 16, 2014

    Lovely fabric, and nice to see the pugs approve! I’ve done some home dec recently – though the ‘simple’ curtains I made for my baby’s nursery weren’t so simple – so much fabric, so many straight lines ugh! Ach well they look good so that’s what matters.

    • Ginger Makes
      August 16, 2014

      I bet your nursery is extra special with your handmade details! :)

  • Fiona
    August 16, 2014

    These are so fun Sonja! Excellent fabric choice. I’m really bad at saying yes to every request family/friends have for me and then seriously regretting it when I end up all stressed out with no time. I’m trying to only say yes now if they’re happy with the fact that it might be a few months wait for anything to come of it! P.S. I have very much enjoyed the pictures of your pugs!

    • Ginger Makes
      August 16, 2014

      I hear that- I’m seriously terrible at estimating how long it will take to do something so I say yes to too many people and then can’t get things done! It’s so tricky!

  • Lauren
    August 18, 2014

    Yay pillows! It’s so funny how much we (present company definitely included) hate/put off home dec sewing when it seriously is soo easy and gratifying and you end up with pillows that look like that! (Aka, awesome). Also, Peggy is WORKING that pose! She’s such a diva (in obviously the best way!).

  • Lori
    August 18, 2014

    Your pillows looks great and isn’t it amazing what those small squares of color and fabric do for a couch. Great job.

  • DebB
    August 18, 2014

    Those pillows really perked up your room! They look wonderful – love all the colors. The pugs seem to approve – they are precious!

    • Ginger
      August 19, 2014

      Thanks, Deb! They’ve fully embraced the pillows- yesterday I found Peggy sleeping on two of them at the same time!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    August 25, 2014

    I confess I’ve sewn a few dog cushions myself – the bony whippet appears to require them for sitting, lounging, sleeping and more. He’s a right sook – and he goes through them like nobody’s business!

  • Diana
    August 25, 2014

    I despise sewing home dec but I’ve made stuff like bedspreads ,valances, many cushions, (I don’t mind making cushion. Yours are beautiful!), and a set of curtains here and there but I’ve taken the pledge, No more home dec for me!