Cheap pillow make-over

Karlstad Blad cushion from Ikea

When it comes to patterns, the largest thing I can pick out is wrapping paper.  If I have to cover anything larger (or more permanent) than a wrapped box, I freak out.  I have to take a friend with me when picking out fabric for clothing and get multiple opinions on even a solid-colored sofa.  I enlisted my mom at consumer disneyland (Ikea) to help me with pillows.  It was really funny to hear her say, “You’re being too safe!” in response to my reluctance.  We settled on this pattern, in the hopes that the dark lines could serve as a color-by-number design.  She suggested I focus on putting a little color on the round, seed-like objects (hard to see in this picture).

Aforementioned seed-like objects

The fabric has a pile to it, so painting it was out of the picture.  I took it out of its case and attached an embroidery hoop around the seed part of the fabric.  Using an embroidery needle and orange floss, I did a simple satin stitch within the lines to add some accents onto this monotone pillow.

The great thing about embroidery is that I could easily take this out if I started to hate it.  The pile of the fabric would probably cover up any visible holes, also.   To add just a hint of color, you could also do a running stitch, while would take much less time.

For those with an Ikea nearby, did you know they also sell fabric by the yard?  I had no idea until someone pointed it out (I thought it was more curtains, another thing I can’t pick out by myself).  I’m on craft-purchasing lock-down right now, so I had steer clear.  Cute stuff, though.


How to fill a BRÅN lamp from Ikea



I’m embarrassed at how much I love Ikea.  Yesterday, my mom helped me pick out a rug for our new apartment, since I am inept at choosing items larger than a lampshade.  We also bought a lamp, since San Jose apartments don’t believe in overhead lighting.  Ikea has a million lamps, so we got the BRÅN, a small lamp with a mouth-blown glass base.  We assumed it could be filled with stuff, but we were wrong!



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