All winter, we’ve been using our covered front porch as a safe place to visit with a few people at a time. We also sometimes use it just for ourselves – to sip coffee or cocktails and feel like we are getting out of the house. We fire up our small tabletop heat lamp and, if we have visitors, we bring out comfortable, appropriately distanced seating and a few small tables.
The bench is always on the porch, and during the holidays we had a couple of festive throw pillows on it.
The large pillow is actually from our sofa, so I didn’t want to keep it outside indefinitely. And it was time to change the look. I wanted comfy, warm-looking pillows that could transition from winter to early spring.
I wanted to make pillow covers that looked knitted. I’d been meaning to find a used sweater to repurpose, but I ended up using this sweater – which was on clearance for $12 at a local chain store.
In the title, I referred to it as ugly, but that wasn’t fair. It would look nice on the right person, it’s simply not my style.
But style is not why I bought it. I chose it for the texture and also for the blocks of color.
Creating The Pillow Covers
I started by ripping all the seams of the sweater apart and placing the fabric flat so I could see what I was working with.
I cut two 17-inch squares from the sweater pieces and stitched them on to cotton muslin squares cut to the same size. The muslin served as a lining for the sweater squares. It stabilized the knit fabric and gave it some heft and support.
Once the two sweater squares were lined with the muslin, I used them to sew a simple pillow cover for a 16-inch pillow.
Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned
I had enough scraps left to cover a small rectangular pillow, but this time I didn’t take the step of attaching the sweater fabric to a muslin lining first.
This was a mistake, and this pillow cover doesn’t look as good as the first one. I learned that the lining really does matter when working with a knit sweater fabric.
But what about the sleeves? I saved the sleeves of the sweater, and I’m going use them to make wine gift bags.
Snuggly Pillow Covers At Last
The pillows help my front porch decor make the leap from holiday to winter and early spring.
I have a variety of looks now – not only with color combinations but also with texture since I intentionally used some of the sweater fabric inside-out.
The Promise Of Spring
I’ve decided that paperwhites are not just for the holidays. The bulbs are sprouting well under the protection of our porch, so now they serve as an optimistic little reminder that spring is just around the corner.
A New Porch Goodie
One thing I gave Chris for Christmas is this little Sanag Portable Bluetooth Speaker.
It makes our porch visits more festive, and I’m looking forward to using it on our back patio and on camping trips as well.
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