Monday, May 16, 2011

Made Do & Mend Mondays

This project was strictly a make-do on all counts.  First there has been my desire for a new summer coverlet or spread for my bed.  Between budget increases due to higher costs and the lack of things I thought suitable in the stores, I was left with a 'make-do'.  I flipped an old quilt over to the plain backing, which is a nice creamy color.  That suited me better than any of the patterned bedspreads and comforters and quilts I'd seen to date.

But it seemed a bit bland.  I wanted to put away the shams I'd used all winter, but we were right back to the two previous problems, lack of funds and not liking what I found.

Eventually I remembered some fabric I had.  Not enough though to do shams with.  Then I brought out another fabric. I tried a swatch against the quilt and loved it.

When I cut out the shams I made an error.  I forgot to cut the back fabric long enough to allow for an envelope type opening to slip the pillow into.  I had more fabric but didn't want to waste what I had.  So I 'made-do' yet again.  I chose to make just plain pillow slips.  This is the result of all my making do!
I think I'll buy new shades for my lamps and perhaps I might also make valances for my windows from the remaining fabric.  I'm very happy with my new pillow covers.  What do you think?

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Tracy said...

Looks lovely!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty

Tammy said...

I really like the red fabric - since you used a different fabric for the back, are they reversible?

Penny Ann said...

I reversed the quilt...The pillowslips are the same front and back. I am going to keep my eye open for a coordinating fabric to make another pair.

BelleDiabolique said...

They do look pretty together :-) The pillow slips have enough colors in them, they can go with more than the cream quilt back, and the cream quilt back can easily go with anything else that might strike your fancy, making it easy to change looks quick and on the cheap :-)