Musings on Re-purposing My Sofa Fabric

October 31st, 2012 at 10:11 pm . Posted in Life at Sew Alluring, Thoughts on Sewing .

First of all, I have to say, I’m sorry—I’ve totally been that girl who starts a blog and then goes on an extra-long hiatus. I could give a whole string of excuses, but let’s skip that and get to the good stuff: sewing and decorating!

Hubby and I have now moved into our house and started getting settled. The whole process has involved needing tons of new furniture, including our biggest item yet: a new sofa.

As much as I LOVE my old sofa—the one my mom reupholstered in a gorgeous light turquoise fabric—its bones were old and worn. The cushions were caving in and misshapen, and the lowness of the seating was hurting our backs. It was not a good situation, but I really didn’t want to part with that lovely fabric—it’s just so me, and I got every last yard that was left.

So before getting rid of the old sofa to make room for the new, my mom helped take the light turquoise fabric back off so we could re-purpose it elsewhere. I already have a couple ideas about what to use it for:

1. Barstools. Our kitchen has an amazing island, but it’s begging for barstools. I think the fabric would make a perfect seat cover that would tie them in with the adjacent den.

2. Ottoman. We have a very old, ugly ottoman that I’ve saved because it has so much potential. Recover it with the blue-green fabric and paint the legs, and voila—it would be adorable.

Happily, we have kept the turquoise sofa’s matching reupholstered love seat, and it works really well in our den. This room is still a HUGE work in progress, but this gives you the idea:

The new sofa is in our living room, and since it’s a neutral tone, I can sew fun, colorful throw pillows to my heart’s content.

What do you think I should use the old sofa’s soft turquoise fabric for?

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