This small sofa sits at the far end of our kitchen.
It’s old…really old, I think my mom bought it when I was eleven. Granted, it led a fairly easy life for most of its days, tucked away in the library at home. But in it’s later life it’s taken some abuse, it’s been passed around from house to house, I think it might have even gone to college with someone.
It’s been sitting here in our kitchen for the last eleven years, and between the two hyenas I gave birth to, and the pack they run with, it’s suffered some catastrophic injuries.
It was either time to fix the old girl up, or put her out of her misery. Not wanting to spend a lot of money on a 300 year old sofa, I decided to see just what I could do on a shoe-string budget.
So with no further ado….
Our new…..old sofa.
I love it!!
I bought the slip-cover at Biglots for $29.00
The transfer paper and fabric to cover the 3 white pillows and the 2 burlap pillows came from Wal-Mart and cost $16.00
The big splurge was the two faux sheep skin pillows. Buy one get one 1/2 off from Target $36.00
Total = $81.00 so worth it!
The 5 large pillows are simply the original 5 large green pillows, with the gathered trim cut off, recovered.
I wanted the burlap feed bag pillows to have a little different look to them, so my mom suggested, while the pillow case was still in-side-out, coming in a couple of inches from the corners and using a piece of string to tie the corners.
When you turn it right-side-out and stuff it, you’ll have soft corners.
I saved the best for last.
I had my heart set on French pillows, but the ones I liked were $92.00 each.
So, instead I bought some soft cotton to cover the old pillows with, and some fabric transfer sheets.
You load the 8 1/2″x 11″ transfer sheets into your ink jet printer, go to my new favorite best friends (she just doesn’t know it yet) web-site and print some of the thousands of free graphics she’s got just waiting on you there.
You might ask, “what is this magical web-site,” and I’d say, “why Graphics Fairy of course.” Let’s face it, without Graphics Fairy, I’d have a white sofa with white pillows…oh, and two burlap pillows….but none the less, boring.
Just print the reverse image on to the transfer sheet and iron on your fabric. So easy.
I wanted more surface area covered on this center pillow, so I printed two images on two sheets of paper. Next I cut them and ironed them on. I love the bee!
It took me about 2 hours to complete this project from beginning to end, but remember I’m not good with a sewing machine. Even if all I have to do is sew a straight line to make square pillow covers, it takes me a while.
Walking by last night, I thought about curling up with a good book, then I decided to go to bed instead…..just thought I’d share.
Thanks for coming by!
the wanna be country girl ~ Caroline