* piped pillow

Posted on June 28th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Amazing, I actually sewed something.  When we moved to our new apartment, we finally got rid of our old Ikea couch that we’d been dragging back and forth across the country since I was in grad school.  The new apartment is small, so we gave the couch to some friends and got a new smaller couch* (also Ikea) that we’ve been calling the pocket couch.  It’s dark gray and even folds out into a twin bed, which is very useful since we no longer have an extra bedroom for when people visit.  The new apartment place also let us choose a color to paint an accent wall, and we chose mustard.  Clearly this calls for new throw pillows.

I’ve been wanting to redecorate the living room in gray and mustard for a while now, inspired by a bag that I bought from Zaum a few years ago (sorry, can’t find a picture atm).  Anyway, the bag is lined with this awesome geometric print from Ikea, and I was lucky to find a yard of it on clearance.  The backing is the mustard deco weight that it’s laying on in the photo, which I got at the Joann’s that I can now walk to.   It’s just a simple envelope pillowcase, but it’s the first time I’ve used piping (which is an olive color).  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  Of course I ran out of piping before I finished the second pillow, which is super annoying.  At least everything is cut out and ready to go for the second one once I make a Joann’s run this week.


*One bad thing about the couch is that it contains a bad fire-proofing chemical that is probably what gave our older cat Beckett hyperthyroid disease. :(  We were hoping to find a new couch that wouldn’t be poisonous, but we caved and went for the cheaper cuter one instead.  Yes, I feel guilty.

4 Responses to “piped pillow”

  1. Kate Says:

    I read the referenced kitty article. I am not so convinced. I do not live in California, and hyperthyroidism in kitties who live a long time is SOOO common that I think if they live long enough it is mostly a result of just being an domesticated cat who is old… And the medication for it seems to control it pretty well if caught early enough. Nice pillow by the way!

  2. Julie Says:

    Great pillow! I have some of that fabric languishing in my stash (originally meant for reusable grocery bags) and your pillow is inspiring. Sorry about your kitty. I live in IL and my cat has hyperthyroid disease too. While that chemical may be contributing, I think it’s a bigger problem. When my cat was diagnosed, I heard from tons of people around the country who were all dealing with it. (We use the ear gel, btw, and it works great!)

  3. maitreya Says:

    Yeah, there’s obviously lots of uncertainly about why hyperthyroidism in cats is increasing, so who knows. I’m usually pretty skeptical about zomg chemicals are evil stories, but there’s some reasonably good data on these ones. (Oh, and minor point, but just because you’re not in CA doesn’t mean your couch doesn’t adhere to CA laws. It’s often easier for the companies to just make one couch to sell everywhere.)

  4. carole Says:

    we have a allerease cover on our bed. it’s made of woven polypropylene and polyethylene plastics, so no off-gassing/smells from vinyl. it’s supposed to be waterproof on top of being a barrier to most allergens… so maybe it’d keep the fire-retardant chemicals in. bleh.


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