How to Upcycle an Old Sweater into a Cozy Knit Pillow

Now that the weather is getting cooler in most places, you may be pulling your sweaters from last year out of the back of your closet. And maybe there are a few that you decide won't be making it into your wardrobe rotation. Before you get rid of an unwanted sweater, consider whether it could have a new life as a sweater pillow. Here's how to add a bit of knit texture to your decor by sewing your own sweater pillow.     Continue Reading

Make It: Modern DIY Pillows — Three Ways!

created at: 06/19/2012

I’m what you might call a pillow freak. I have an entire board dedicated to modern cushions on Pinterest. It’s called “Pillow Power” because I’m a weirdo. So, spying not one but three awesome pillows that I can make myself, makes me very, very happy!    


The best part, aside from the sheer stylishness of each of these designs, is that no sewing machine is required! Ez from Creature Comforts created them with the intention of simply sprucing up pillows she already had. Continue Reading

The Ostrich: Weird or Wonderful?

created at: 05/31/2011

You might be able to guess what this is just by considering the name. If you can’t, take a look at the ‘Ostrich’ in action:   


The makers describe it as a sort of pillow/cushion/bed/garment hybrid. Besides a means to escape, it’s perfect for taking ‘power naps’ at our desks. Not for those prone to claustrophobia, I’m guessing. 




Fun and Colorful Hamburger Cushions.

Love the hamburger bed, but not quite up to the intensity? Get a taste of these hamburger scatter cushions, equally fun all stacked up or spread about.

hamburger cushions Fun and Colourful Hamburger Scatter Cushions

From NotToday’s Etsy shop:
“These fun and colourful hamburger scatter cushions are a great addition to any lounge room, or living are!
Each cushion is approx 75cm across the middle, and the two tomato cushions are approx 35cm across the middle.
This yummy centrepiece looks great scattered and used individually, and looks even better stacked neatly into a delicious hamburger. Continue Reading

Monday Night Upholstery: Slow and Steady

created at: 2009-07-29

Monday night Janet finished upholstering her salvaged bench. Talk about “student teaching the teacher”, she paid such close attention to every detail of her rehab, it was a good reminder for me to slow down a bit to experience the experience. Ha!

created at: 2009-07-29

Tearing off the top fabric.

A graphic artist by profession, Janet is interested in reusing as many materials as possible and keeping all new materials natural. She padded her bench in a 100% soft cotton batting and used as little spray adhesive as necessary, while researching the availability of natural spray glues. Continue Reading

MNU: Boxed and Corded Cushion at Home

created at: 2009-07-23

Viewing someone’s project out of context doesn’t always convey it’s fabulousness. In my Monday Night Upholstery post yesterday, there was no way to understand how the green cushion would look at home. This morning she sent me this photo of her handmade, three button boxed and corded bench cushion. She can now make boxed and corded cushions whenever she wants to.  Teaching to fish… 

How To: Make a No-Sew Fold and Glue Garden Bench Cushion

created at: 2009-06-10

If you’re planning to entertain this hot summer weekend and the thought of guests sitting on your bare garden bench makes you feel very un-Martha-like, don’t panic. Honestly, you can whip up this NO SEW fold and glue garden cushion in about 45 minutes to adorn your charming garden.

Here’s what you need:

fabric remnant to fit bench

two pieces of ribbon approximately 40 inches each, folded in two

Fabric Tac glue or my new favorite Liquid Nails Home Project glue


batting for the inside cushion (not shown)

iron and ironing board

created at: 2009-06-10

created at: 2009-06-10

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DIY: Replacing Foam in a Lounge Chair Cushion

  created at: 2009-05-08

There’s no question that down cushions are high-end and luxurious. The down side (ha! no pun intended) is that they lack resilience and don’t provide the springiness many folks want in their seat. The problem with foam cushions is that they get compacted and crumbly after years of use.  Many people ask me how to change out their down cushions to foam, or just replace their flattened out foam cushions. To see a very DIY friendly,

and quick lesson in cushion replacement, see this streamlined tutorial.  Continue Reading

Upholstered Toilet


Lineatre makes some seriously ornate bathroom furnishings. Their upholstered toilet seat pretty much sums up their esthetic. We’re not talking Kushy Tushy here. These seats are ‘punctuated with deep, diamante buttons’. Available in ‘glamorous gold’ or ‘gracious white’. 


If you’re worried that your upholstered seat would look out of place in your bathroom, you could put in a coordinating, upholstered bathtub.



Easy-To-Make Floor Cushions From Old Sofa Pillows.

The Associated Content circuit has published this useful how-to to make floor pillows from old couch cushions, perfect for on-the-floor dining, video games, or to seat a roomful of
little ones. The design is a variation on the envelope pillow, which
allows the cushions to be removed and the covers washed, or switched
out. The instructions include measurement and pattern making tips, as
well as pinning, cutting, and sewing suggestions. The photos need some
work (and there needs to be a lot more!), Continue Reading