‘My hart se punt’ cushions

Nowadays many shops are selling cushions with words or sayings on them. These can be quite expensive, so I decided to take some material I didn’t know what to do with, and make two of these ‘words’ cushions.

I used an Afrikaans description that is quite fitting for bedroom cushions: “Jy is my hart se punt” – which just means that you have a special place in my life! I used satin ribbon which I first sew onto the material, and then used some embroidery thread to add blanket stitches around the edges.

'Hart se punt' cushions

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Hearts all around

I’ve always wanted to have one of those long rectangular cushions for our bed. After browsing some pictures, I got the idea of making a white cushion with 4 different hearts on it. Using different colours of material, embroidery thread and buttons this is the end result:

Rectangular cushion with hearts applique

Rectangular cushion with hearts applique

A beautiful loving addition to our bedroom!

Damask napkins repurposed into scatter cushions

I inherited four of my mother’s damask napkins that my grandmother gave to her when she and my dad were just married. These napkins have been in my cupboard for a while and I never quite knew what to do with them. They are quite old and I did not really want to use them for everyday use, I wanted to do something special. That is when I thought of making pillowcases out of them.

Each napkin is approximately 45x45cm, so they are just the right size for a pillowcase. Before sewing the napkins together, I hand-stitched some pretty beads to the front of the pillowcase, just to add some life to the white. I only had to buy two zippers, the rest of the items I already had. If you don’t have beads, some ribbon or embroidery thread could also be used to decorate.

This is what the end products looked like…a nice addition to our bedroom!

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If you would like some more ideas on what to do with unused napkins, visit my Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/bohemianchix/napkin-ideas-repurpose-and-reuse/