An Old Feed Sack and Some Fabric Scraps

Hey friends! Here’s a quick little step-by-step to start your Monday morning! Again, I brought out my trusty little sewing machine, actually changed out my thread color (A year ago I would have never attempted this without a you tube video!) and used these little  “Fat Quarters” to recover two pillows from the kid’s playroom.

After recovering my outdoor pillows (Read that post here), and several of my living room pillows in glorious, blue ticking:

You can buy that compass pillow cover here.

I was inspired to recover the upstairs pillows to match an old feed sack my mom found for me in a closet.
You can find the little quarters scraps anywhere you buy your fabric. I found mine for $1 each at Walmart. I bought two gray, and two striped. Although not my favorite colors, I wanted the colors I chose to complement the colors found on the sack.

I slipped that old sack onto a pillow I already had. If you want to recreate this look, but don’t have a stash of old feed, or flour sacks, you can find flour sack fabric on Etsy. I really love this one.: grain sack fabric: blue stripe vintage. But there’s lots to choose from, if you’re not as into blue as I am.

The quarters are about 18 X 24 so there’s only enough to cover one side of one pillow. SO I covered mine so that they were reversible. Striped on one side, and gray on the other.


Lay out your scrap, and measure using your pillow insert.


Trim the excess, or fold it over. Be careful with this step! You want to make sure you are sewing the folded portion into the inside of the pillow.


Next, line up your back piece. You may also want to use an iron to ensure they are both straight, and flat. I didn’t do this, but I would if I were to do this again. They would have turned out better if I had, I think.

I sewed the edges together and voila! Again, I am remaining humble about my sewing skills. There were a few mistakes, but they’re playroom pillows so….grace.

I picked up this adventure/bicycle pillow at Wal-Mart too for less than $5. The perfect compliment with it’s gray and aqua color and it says “adventure” so that of course, spoke to me and our life, here on the ranch.

$9 and a little sewing for some new pillows that complement that feed sack. Which was the inspiration behind it all. Anybody use those quarter scraps for anything else? Maybe to make cloth napkins??  I’ll let you know if I try it!

Thanks for reading! -Steph

Outdoor Furniture Refresh!

If you know me, you know one of my love languages is throw pillows (also Twizzlers, in case you want to send me a gift 😉). Even as a young person, I have loved changing up my decor. I would re-arrange my room, re-organize my drawers, change up my posters -not you Ben Affleck from Armageddon. You’re not going anywhere. Wasn’t I cool? Yeesh.

Anyway, knowing me also means you know I really enjoy a good deal, and pillows cost about $25 a piece.  Ouch.

In the last two weeks, I have re-covered, as in used my sewing machine to re-cover,  5 outdoor pillows and 6 throw pillows. I have re bobbin-ed the bobbin thingy at least three times, re-threaded the needle many, many times (there are 5 steps. Do not forget a step. The whole thing will go funky and you will cry) and even changed my thread color completely more than once. I have gained lots of confidence with my sewing abilities and although I still have a very elementary understanding, and obvious lack of terminology, I love how I have been able to change the look of pretty much all my throw pillows and outdoor furniture for about $45. That includes ticking, and printed duck. If you know about fabric at all, those are two types that are never, or rarely on sale and are about 9.99 per yard.

Here’s the sewing machine I use. It’s a Singer Simple *, and as the name suggests, it actually is pretty simple, and intuitive to use. It is a pretty popular model as well, as I have found many you tube videos and blog posts out there about maintenance etc. So the information is available, should you need it.

When we bought this outdoor furniture it came with a good amount of pillows, which I liked, but they were….ugly. They just were. Anyway, obviously I got over it since I am just now recovering them.

Here’s the “before”:

sofa before

Also, I have had to flip over all the cushions since the frickin’ frackin’ squirrels pulled holes in them for their dadgum nests.

To recover the couch cushion, I got an indoor/outdoor tablecloth from Hobby Lobby for $15, with a 40% off coupon. It is a bright, light navy. It’s comfy enough to sit on, but durable enough to be on the porch.

To cover the couch cushion, which is one large cushion, I stretched the tablecloth over the cushion and then “gift-wrap” style folded the corners in.

close up wrap


I used safety pins to attach it to the corners, as well as at the back to prevent it slipping. I didn’t feel like sewing it was necessary, but you do you. Overachiever. 😏

I bought a yard of a blue ikat printed duck, and a half a yard of the yellow striped duck. That was exactly enough to cover two 18 x 18 inch pillows (in ikat) and one rectangular pillow.


The lemon pillow was from last year, at Target. If I were buying an outdoor pillow this year, it would be this precious bicycle pillow. But, I’m all about using what you have, and I still love this lemon pillow and I think it looks just right.

If we share the same taste, and you’re looking for outdoor pillows and/or cushions, Target really has so many cute ones. Lots of yellows and blues, florals AND they are 25% off this week.

Shopping there is what motivated me to finally re-cover my cushions. That, and the great weather we were having.

As always, I love all the questions and comments, so keep them coming! I have a post coming up Friday, so come back then to check it out!


Thank you for reading! XO, Steph


*Were you to purchase the sewing machine using my provided link to Amazon, I would receive a portion of your sale. This is at no extra cost to you.

The Little Curtain that Could

Exciting news! Construction has begun on my parent’s house! They will be on property about a mile away from us. They will be perfectly plopped right between us, and the ranchhouse. Can you say family. compound. “Hey mom, got a cup of sugar?” ” Hey mom, want the kids to stay the night?”  You know. 👍
Seriously though, we’re looking forward to them being here. Now, we just have to convince my sister and her husband to drink the country kool-aid. Just do it, sister. Don’t fight the inevitable.

Anyway, one of the things I LOVE about this house is the windows. I refused my right to window coverings, and kept them all naked. Why not?! I even have windows right next to my shower, and in my closet. SO what?! I have no neighbors. I do what I want.
I let in all the sunshine, moonlight, starlight, construction workers driving by….eeeeeeeeek.
Ok, maaaayyyybe I need to consider a curtain. Next to my shower.

The road isn’t exactly close to our house, but I had a lost construction employee ring my doorbell last week so we’ll just take the precautions. This house is BUILT, pal. You’re in the wrong place.

Here’s where the longest valance in history comes in. Welcome, longest valance in history. My mom passed this on to me from the ranchhouse they have in New Mexico. She found it, and some other treasures she found tucked back into a closet when cleaning last summer. I have no idea where they had this up, but it was clearly a continuous valance meant to cover 4, or more windows. I loved it’s tassels and it’s history-whatever that may have been. (Surely it didn’t “live” in the closet after all the sewing time they put in on it?!) I have been waiting for just the right inspiration, and the time is now. I’m inspired. To not be seen leaving my shower.

I measured my window, and cut the fabric into strips. I knew I didn’t have enough to cover the whole window, but I think the amount I had worked out just right. You’ll see….

          curtain left
                curtian right
Ok, so I do sew. kinda. I can cover pillows, hem things, I have made curtains. But, I cranked out this curtain with a hot glue gun. It was stupid easy and I didn’t even burn a fingertip.
I told you. Right. Next. to the shower.


I apologize for the poor photography skills on behalf of the person, whomever she is, taking these photos. She needs to take the advice of her well meaning friends who have suggested she take a photography class.
I really like the way this window treatment turned out and love that it combines several things that make my heart happy: old things (from family-bonus!), practical things, and cheap/free things….and a new one: Not awkwardly waving to your parent’s concrete guy in your birthday suit things.
Thank you, Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate everyone who reads. XO, Steph
(Originally Published April 6, 2017)