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A Sassy Pillow for the Armchair With Serious Attitude

Remember last Thursday when I shared the armchair makeover with serious attitude?  At the bottom of that post I mentioned that I should make a pillow with the leftover fabric and embroider the words, For Looks Only. Well, I made that pillow and I'm sharing it with you today.

A Sassy Pillow For The Armchair Makeover From Hell


If you missed that hair pulling, cuss word spewing, wine drinking saga you can catch it here at The Armchair Makeover From Hell.

Sassy DIY Pillow for armchair with attitude

Materials Used To Make the Sassy Pillow

Materials to make a Sassy pillow for a chair with attitude

Making and Printing the Sassy Pillow Graphic

The first thing I did was make a graphic in PicMonkey and reversed the image so I had a mirror image. Several months ago I bought some Lesley Riley TAP (Transfer Art Paper). What I didn't realize is that you need to use it with an inkjet printer and mine is a color laser.
Graphic designed in PicMonkey for a Sassy Pillow
Santa a.k.a. Mr. Frugalista bought me an inkjet printer for Christmas. I asked for a Cameo Silhouette so you can imagine my inner excitement when I saw the wrapped box under the tree. You can imagine my inner disappointment when I unwrapped that said box.

Thanks to this pillow, I finally set up that new inkjet printer and got to play with my package of TAP. Let's just say, Lesley Riley is my new best friend.

Transfer Artist Paper to print graphic on Sassy Pillow

Transferring the Sassy Pillow Graphic onto fabric

Cut the fabric the same size as the pillow form (for a full pillow I recommend you don't add a seam allowance). Iron the TAP paper (image side down) onto the good side of the pillow with the Dry (no steam) High Heat setting. If the fabric has a sheen, place a 100% cotton dish cloth over the fabric and added extra ironing time to ensure a good bond.

Sassy graphic ironed onto a pillow for chair with attitude

I keep a table top ironing board and travel iron handy in my sewing room. The paper will be hot to the touch so I recommend using tweezers to remove the Transfer Art Paper.

Graphic transferred onto fabric for Sassy Pillow

Sewing Piping for the Sassy Pillow 

I saved the oops piping from the armchair to reuse on the pillow, or rather I thought I did. When I happily trotted downstairs to my fabric bin, I gasped when it wasn't there. A quick text to Mr. Frugalista confirmed that he threw it out. HE THREW IT OUT people - perfectly good and reusable piping went to the landfill. Don't tell the recycle police because he brings me flowers...and he cooks most of the meals...and he cleans toilets.

So I calmed myself down and got to the task of making new piping with the one piece of fabric I had left along with clothesline cord. To make piping you fold the 1 1/4-inch wide strip of fabric in half (good side facing out) over the clothesline cord and using a zipper foot on the sewing machine, stitch as close as you can to the cording.

Sewing Piping onto the Sassy Pillow

If you have more advanced sewing skills you can skip this step and move onto the next one. Otherwise, for those with novice sewing skills like myself, we are going to sew the piping onto the pillow back first before stitching the pillow together.

With the good side of the fabric facing you, pin the piping with the raw edges of the seam allowance lined up to the raw edge of the pillow fabric. Sew the piping onto the pillow back going over the same stitch on the piping. I apologize for not having pictures of this step.

Materials used to make piping for a Sassy Pillow

Stitching the Sassy Pillow together

Pin the good sides of the front and back pieces together. Sew them together, leaving a 6-inch opening on the bottom to insert the pillow form. Turn the pillow right side out and use the end of a wooden spoon to push the corners out. Slip the pillow form into the 6-inch opening and pin closed. Hand stitch the opening closed or if you're brave, stitch it closed with the sewing machine.

Voila, a Sassy Pillow for the Armchair with serious attitude.

Sassy Pillow made for armchair makeover from hell

When I don't want a sassy vibe on the chair, I'll flip the pillow over.

Back side of Sassy Pillow made for chair with attitude

Who am I kidding, I'm a sassy kinda gal so it won't be flipped often - only when serious guests come to visit.

If you enjoyed this Sassy Pillow, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Sassy pillow for armchair makeover from hell

If you ever come over for coffee or a glass of wine, you've been forewarned about the armchair from hell.


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