Menswear in the House!! Houndstooth Pillows from a Wool Sportscoat

Posted in DECOR, DIY, SEWING
on January 19, 2014
If you’ve been following me on Facebook (if you haven’t been, I’d love it if you would!), you’ll know that I’ve been fooling around on Polyvore as of late, playing designer. I’ve also been working on my living room.. it’s a slow progression, but we’re getting there. What we haven’t been doing very well is blogging about our progress in this room at ALL, but I hope to rectify that this upcoming week. ANYWAY. 
While on Polyvore, I came across a contest asking participants “how they would accessorize this leather sofa”. Being that I have a leather sofa, and that I am working on accessories in my own living room, I entered on a whim. I don’t expect to win, but it was a great way to get a front eye view and perspective on my own room.. here is what I came up with. 
See my room here
Although it’s hard to see them in the above picture, one of my favorite accessories were the houndstooth throw pillows. 
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We all know about my love for pillows, as is evident here and here.. What’s not to love? I like the black and white houndstooth, and although I do have some black in the room acting as a really strong contrast, I really wanted to stay with browns to soften it up a bit. ISo began my search for chocolate brown houndstooth fabric. I found black and white everywhere in Richmond, but no chocolate brown, and I’m too cheap impatient to order online – the cheapest I found was $30/yard. 
What I could find was an over-abundance of thrift store wool sports coats in brown houndstooth, at $2.00  pop. They’re not exactly a straight shot to a throw pillow.. but nothing is easy that ends well! 
I searched around and found only one other post, at The 2 Seasons on using men’s sportscoats to make pillows.. They are different, and a little more equestrian than I was going for, but I really thought they deserved a mention here, because they are super cute. 
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Like theirs, I decided to embrace the seams and accents of the sport coat in mine, rather than trying to get away from them. I skipped the pockets and buttons, although, I have considered adding the buttons on as a fun accent. 
To create mine, I did the following:
1. Measure your pillow insert, adding 1 inch on either side for hem allowance.
2. Disassemble your jacket as completely as you can. Discard lining. Align pieces of fabric, ensuring pattern follows the same direction,  to construct a square the size of your pillow insert, plus the hem allowance.
3. Measure your front pieces, adding 3” to the length. Cut two pieces from a coordinating fabric for the back “envelope” using these new measurements. My pillow inserts were 18 x 18. My measurements originally were 20 x 20. My envelope pieces measured 20 x 23.
4. Next, pin, iron and sew the hem on your back panels, turning over 1” on top.

5. Pin your front and back panels together and sew.

6. Insert your pillow insert and Ooo and Ahhh! 
I love my new pillows – I think they bring a nice contrast to the patterns I already had, and tone down the brown, while adding a bit of softness to the leather. There is a certain coziness in menswear that is unmistakeable, and I feel that the added seams give them a bit of character as well.. Love them! 
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4 Comments

  • Lisa at Mabey She Made It

    Hooray for upcycling! And houndstooth is so classic. 🙂 I'd love it if you came and linked up at Do Tell Tuesday (it's live now)!

    January 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

    this came out so cute.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

    January 21, 2014 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Allie Bobe

    Love it!!!

    January 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm Reply
  • Karin Chudy

    That turned out great!
    Thanks so much for linking up to the TWIRL AND TAKE A BOW link Party!
    Hugs,
    Karin
    http://arttisbeauty.blogspot.com/2014/01/twirl-and-take-bow-link-party-and_21.html

    January 27, 2014 at 12:32 am Reply
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