Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Repurposed

Living Color Pillow w/Colorbrick Quilt

Once upon a time, I made a pillow.  And it was a dear pillow, bringing much cheer and earning many admiring glances.  But it was one of those pillows that made me shrink inside when someone (cue clueless male visitor) casually squashed it.  All that crewel embroidery had been soooo time consuming, and wasn't all that durable.

lumpy, bumpy pillow

I guess the pillow survived because my family gave it a wide berth.  Still, it has seen better days.  I had recycled an old pillow for the stuffing and not even made the cover removable.  Ah, yes, back in the day!  Now I always buy down pillow forms, which don't become lumpy and bumpy over time like synthetics. 

It was time.

deconstruct

Snippity, snip, snip.

wrapping + stapling

Stretch and staple.

repurposed

Ta da! 

repurposed pillow

Repurposed wall art in just the size I needed to fit my space.  I used an affordable canvas from Dick Blick and my husband's staple gun.  Pow!

this corner

And now it's out of reach of visiting behinds, he he!


50 comments:

  1. Looked great as a cushion, but I love it as wall art. Thanks for sharing a snippet of your colourful home with us.

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  2. Great idea. I think I'll do this for a special pillow I have.

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  3. It looks more fantastic as art on the wall, really!!! And no one can squish it now!

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  4. Wonderful as a pillow or on the wall. Now you can relax.

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  5. i loved it as a cushion but i think it was made to be wall art. Gorgeous!!! Did you make up the block design?

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    1. Thanks, all! I did not make up the embroidery design, which is from The New Crewel. But, I did make up the triangle surround. I think I figured it out from trial and error. That may have been my first time sewing triangles!

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  6. Oh that was a good solution Rachel, it looks so pretty on your wall!

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  7. very nice. I actually like it better as art :)

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  8. I laughed a little when I read this. Has it really been four years since you first made this pillow? I have been reading daily, almost since you first began. Anyway, I remember the pillow post and how much I loved it. But, I remember specifically worrying a little about you not using a pillow form. I'm glad you were able to turn the pillow into a beautiful piece of wall art.

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  9. This is a fabulous transformation! It looks great stretched on the frame!

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    1. I agree with Caitlin, what a transformation from a pillow to artwork!
      I love your embroidered tree surrounded by triangular quilting pieces . . . now a treasure on the wall grouped with other cherished artwork. BRAVO for repurposing and THANKS for sharing. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

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  10. I love your pillow and now I am loving it as art on your wall - sure does brighten it up!!!

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  11. Wow! It's actually even more amazing as wall art! Great transformation, and something to keep in mind when I just want a new small piece for the wall.

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  12. It looks perfectly "at home" on your lovely wall. Just that finishing touch. I'm also loving the wonderful color of your wall there, and noticing all the light spilling in through your amazing curtains. Drooling - that would be me! Also interesting is that your intuitive love for mixing up colors so beautifully was so evident waaaay back then! Lovely re-purposing..

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    1. Thanks, Andrea. I am actually strongly considering repainting the walls white, but can't quite decide to pull the trigger...

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    2. I love my white walls, they are the perfect blank canvas. Colors just POP off them. And it seems to let so much more light in.

      I love this idea. My mother has some old tea towels that my grandmother stitched. This may be the perfect way to reuse them. Thank you!

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  13. Great idea! I just finished an embroidered pillow that was originally planned as a picture just like that. But I went for the pillow instead and now I am doing some cringing of my own every time anyone touches it. :) I might just have a do-over over here.

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  14. Really good idea. Definitely too nice to get damaged.

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  15. What a lovely, colorful accent to your picture wall!

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  16. What a great tie in to your equally colorful curtains. Looks like it's been hanging there forever, which according to my MIL is the biggest compliment you can give a piece of artwork. :)

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  17. Brilliant! I think I like it even better as wall art.

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  18. That looks SEW much nicer than on a pillow - much too pretty to be "just a pillow" - thanks for sharing

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  19. Very smart to 'preserve' your great hand work. I loved the triangular border, i may have to try that.

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  20. It was lovely as a pillow, but I think it looks even better as wall art. I'm going to keep that trick in my back pocket!

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    1. I like it better this way too. And it seems so much easier than finishing as a mini quilt.

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  21. Love it! I'll have to remember this, such a good idea!

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  22. Hi Rachael, Now that's the perfect placement and you've given your work the best chances of survival. What's even better is everytime you look at your wall it will be there to look at and enjoy!!!!

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  23. It looks beautiful on your wall. I always think it's good to get rid of any extra worry where possible. Now your beautiful crewel work won't have to go anywhere near a behind!

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  24. A wonderful make-over! Love it even better as wall-art!

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  25. Looks good and works well in that little spot.

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  26. Its really pretty-love what you did.

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  27. Really perks up the wall and looks fabulous in the room with the curtains and other art.

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  28. Oh, Rachel, great idea!!! Lovely recycling :)
    Jolana

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  29. perfect idea!!! I love how you repurposed it, it's fantastic.

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  30. Wow...that is brilliant! The hand stitching was lovely in the pillow, but seems to stand out more framed. It should be safer hanging on the wall!

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  31. Brilliant! Love a bit of staple gun therapy :)

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  32. Love your repurposing! And I giggled at the "clueless male visitor" comment… Reminds me of someone I know! :)

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  33. Funny! I feel the same way about the tree pillow I made with your curves class tree on the front of it! I should put it on the wall!!!

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  34. So cute. Thanks for sharing the Pillow to Art Journey.

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  35. I love that idea. I have some old linens that I need to do something with and that might just be the idea that I need.

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  36. I am likewise making a pillow using a design from Modern Crewel! I'll be sure to put it somewhere it doesn't get too much usage - thanks for the warning...

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