Hi lovely readers. It’s Jamie from So Much Better With Age back again to share with you a special sewing project.
I like to keep special items from special people in my life but I don’t like to hoard.
Meaning, I hate keeping a pile of stuff if I can’t use it.
Of course, not everything can be displayed or used but here is a good example of when to put something old to good use.
This used to be my grandmother’s tablecloth. She did all the needlepoint by hand and I’ve held on to it for years.
I dislike using it in fear of staining it so I had the idea of turning it into a pillow.
Let me show you how!
It wasn’t a very large tablecloth, just perfect for a side table or an overlay over a larger tablecloth.
There were some holes along the edges and a few stains by the time I received it.
I love the delicate flowers and stem details. It’s so darling.
- old tablecloth
- cotton fabric (I used another old tablecloth)
- sewing machine
- iron and ironing board
Following my own envelope pillow cover tutorial, I decided a square of the tablecloth stitched to the front of the pillow cover would be best.
1. I did the awful task of cutting the beautiful tablecloth. I cut out an 18 x 18″ square.
2. Cut two pieces 18 x 13″ each (I used another old tablecloth making sure one piece had a stripe).
3. Fold over an inch on all sides of the tablecloth square and iron down.
4. Pin the ironed piece to the 18 x 18″ square. Stitch into place.
By following the rest of my envelope pillow tutorial, you can complete the pillow cover.
Side note: when using a stripe fabric like I did, you’ll want to stitch that stripe side down first!
Now it’s time to look at all the pretty photos!
I’m off to find more old tablecloths, it turned out so lovely!