My DIY sofa – completed at last

Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2009 by KiM

My DIY sofa is finally complete! I had agonized over what to do about fabric for cushion covers, which proved to be a bit tough since I had a forest backdrop to work around. Having never had to plan such a fabric venture before (since I’m not an interior designer, I see why folks hire them for stuff like this) walking into a major fabric store was a tad daunting. But I think my choices worked out OK in the end. I had asked my mom to make the covers for me (I have no clue how to sew) and she opted to send the pillows to her seamstress instead. Which turned out to be a brilliant idea, because her seamstress made covers for 13 pillows, 12 of which she did piping, and it only cost about $100. Yes, that’s $100 CDN (!!!). I found a purple tie-dye-ish linen type fabric and knew I had to have it so I worked the other fabrics around it. I wanted all linens/linen blends because I love wrinkles. I’m considering dying the base cushion covers but will let them be for now (they get pretty dirty with 6 cats all over them constantly). I also switched rattan chairs and am using the white lime zebra print one in the living room now since it matches the green cushions. One project down, a zillion more to go (although I am trying to find a silver tray to replace that yellow one on my coffee table)…

Renate says:

Wow, this turned out fabulous! The fabrics you picked look great with the forest backdrop. I love how you've mixed different fabrics but still manage to have them 'fit together'. My favourite is the tye-dye purple fabric but hey – that's my inner hippy coming out.
I'd go for a moroccan tea-tray type tray. Yes, I know everyone has one (or two, like me 😉 but nonetheless there are some really pretty ones around. Try

kim. says:

Renate, a moroccan tray is exactly what I was looking for. I'd love one with a scalloped edge. They are next to impossible to find here, so I'm off to check out that link! Thx!

Anonymous says:

loooove the forest backdrop!!! could you please let me know where you got it. i'm in australia but perhaps its available on line….?

kim. says:

Thanks Anon – I found it here.

NewGirl says:

Clever girl (and boy)! That is absolutely brilliant! I love it, and am stealing the idea!

Courtney says:

The pillows look fantastic, Kim; they pull everything together so fabulously! And I love the purple tie-dye-ish one– it just adds the best burst of color to the space.

kim. says:

Thanks NewGirl and Courtney!

I love everything about this space!

Noree says:

So I just discovered your posts about your DIY sofa, and I am so ridiculously in love. I'm trying to convince my hubby to make one similar to yours with me, but he is convinced it will be to $$$.

Wish me luck! : )

Heather says:

This looks dynamite…your wall of forest looks like a huge wall of glass with the forest beyond and your couch and cushion are fabulous

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