Arts and craft projects
The pj pants bolster pillow2:16 PM
It's official, my dog finally decided to leave all throw cushions alone after a long 8 years war against them. She has paid zero attention to the orange refurbished ones, no longer really care about the purple one either and is content with the old lumpy guest no longer pillow we left for her.
Because of this, we can now enjoy the sofa with some added comfort and are already talking of adding more. But, before breaking the bank on any soft furnishings, I decided to continue working with what I had on hand.
I had quite a lot of stuffing left from my previous cushion rescue project, and an old pair of pj pants that could no longer be worn.
I loved these pants, I had them for 4 years, during which they kept me comfy and warm on cold Winter nights. Parting with them was hard, but thankfully, I didn't have to really mourn them forever. I saw the potential for a new life. And so, they became a nice mini bolster pillow.
One leg was totally torn and beyond any use for that project. The other was looking good, and all I had to do was cut a length in that leg to make my pillow.
I quickly ironed the cut leg before going any further. Then, I took some thread and a needle to close one end of the leg, like this :
This is a very simple stitch, that will allow you to close the end of the fabric sleeve into a neat little purse like looking bundle. And, because the fabric has a checked pattern, it was really easy to keep going straight. all I had to do was follow one of the line in the pattern.
Once you went all around the sleeve with the stich, simply pull the two extremities of the thread and tie together. I ended up redoing that end once I was done stuffing my pillow. I'll come back to that later though.
Once you have one end stitched close, you can start stuffing your trouser leg with poly fill cotton. In my case, this was the leftover material from an old cushion that got repurposed. For that reason, I took a bit more time fluffing it up than it would with brand new filling. Once my pillow was completely stuffed, I did the exact same easy draw string stitch on the other end to completely close and shape my bolster pillow.
This is where I realised I wanted bigger "rosettes" on both sides. The first stitched end was not cutting it and I opened the stitch again to redo it with more fabric left at the end.
How you finish the end of a bolster pillow is entirely your choice. There are no right or wrong ways. Some like to cut the rosette as close to the stitch as possible and then cover with a panel of fabric to hide it. Some use upholstered buttons, while others like to cover the purse stitch area with a big tassel. In my upholstery career, I did all of them and they all look great in their own special way.
For this bolster, I wanted simplicity, so I left more fabric in the rosette and used a little bit of black string I had leftover in my drawer to make pretty and simple bows on each side.
I might no longer have the comfort of my old favourite pj in the Winter. But, they are now making the sofa a bit cozier, so not all is lost.