Hi everyone. A special house guest arrived this morning to spend some time with her parents. Jordan is in the house!!! Yeah!! She has to do a little work in Ohio, but we are planning to have some fun, too. Her husband will be joining us later in the week for a college football game and horse races at the famous Keeneland race track.
And speaking of horse races, we have an equestrian theme going on here today in the form of some sports coat pillows.
Regular readers of The 2 Seasons know I am a fan of the Ralph Lauren look and always stop by his store when I am in New York City. You can read about some of my visits here, here, here, here, and here. And next week I’ll be showing you what I loved on my latest visit.
I wanted some nice masculine pillows like the ones in the Lauren store. So, instead of paying hundreds of dollars for them, I decided to make my own. I bought two sports coats at Goodwill that were on sale for $2.00 each, reduced from $3.99. It was really a simple procedure.
This is all you need to do to make your own:
1. First, cut out a rectangular shape from the front of the sports coat, and then sew the opening shut so it won’t gap when it becomes a pillow.
2. Cut away the lining and any extra fabric on the inside. This step will cut down on the bulkiness.
3. Cut some plain fabric (I used part of a painter’s drop cloth) the same size as the sports coat section you already cut out.
4. Place the two right sides together, and sew them to each other. Leave a space large enough to insert the stuffing.
5. Turn the pillow right side out and fill the insides with pillow stuffing. This works better than a pillow form because the shape of the pillow will probably be an odd size since it is being constructed from a sports coat.
Along with a throw, I put them on a bench in the upstairs hallway. Then I put a pair of boots beside the bench. It all fits in nicely with some equestrian prints that hang on the wall in another part of the hall. Even though I didn’t buy these pillows from him, I’m sure Ralph would be pleased with the way they turned out.