vintage pillows green blue

These are some vintage pillows I made this week to go on the Padre Hotel chairs that Brian recently refinished. The fabric was a curtain at our family camp in New Hampshire. The curtain had been hanging on one of the windows for 30-40 years. When things were updated, I was the lucky recipient of the curtain. It was faded at the top and had holes in it, but I loved the fabric. It reminds me of Camp, one of my favorite places in the whole world. My mom said before the curtain was used at Camp, it was in our house. {I don’t remember it being in our house.} Anyway, I brought this curtain home with me this past summer. Here it is.

worn out curtain for vintage pillows

First I found some pillow forms in the shape I wanted. Then I played around with different ways to get the best part of the curtain onto the front pieces of the pillows. I cut out two rectangles for each pillow. The back sides of the pillows have the very faded pieces, and only one hole, which I patched by sewing another piece of fabric over the hole. It’s imperfect, but that just shows how much I wanted to use this fabric.

vintage pillow hole in fabric

vintage pillow patch for hole

I just sewed the right sides of the rectangles together, leaving openings to insert the pillows, flipped them right side out, inserted the pillows, then sewed up the opening by hand. Here they are on our new {old} chairs. The colors are just what I wanted and the fabric is perfectly sentimental. What lengths do you go to in order to preserve the past? My husband jokingly uses the term sentimental hogwash with me from time to time. I think that’s from It’s a Wonderful Life, which reminds me I need to watch that soon. I always love saving something from the past if I can make it useful for the present. Otherwise, I’m trying to get better about getting rid of things we don’t use or love. I’m thrilled that I figured out a way to save this fabric for a few more years.

vintage pillows blue green fabric

curtain fabric for vintage pillows

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7 Responses to Vintage Pillows

  1. Michele says:

    I love your vintage pillows!!! Great look in the retro chair:)Following your blog. Gonna stop into your etsy. I posted http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2012/12/impossibly-sweet-ikea-and-trujoy-gluten.html Merry Christmas!

  2. Tee says:

    Your pillows are sentimentally sensational! Love the retro pot in the middle of the chairs too!

  3. Carol says:

    Another great idea! Camp comes to MO.

  4. We love your crafty creation and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us in the Crafty Showcase. Stop back in to see who gets featured on Friday.

    Merry Christmas,
    Susie, Sandy, Sarah & the Bowdabra Designers
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