Breathing life back into a Sofa


I would like to start off by saying that I hate my sofa. There is nothing wrong with it per-say but it is boring, it looks worn out and I have had it since I was 19 moving into my condo. To do the math for you that was 7 years ago! Needless to say it needed a bit of love.


Originally I wanted to replace the big pillows with a single long cushion like this.


Then I looked into how expensive it would be.  I estimated that the cushion would be about $100 and the fabric and batting would easily be another $50-$100. New legs would be at least $50, although I couldn’t even find any that I liked. Worst case it would have cost me around $250-300 and a WHOLE lot of work. I have a little stash of cash in the bank that just needs to be spent and what better way to spend it than on a new beautiful sofa. After finding 3 sofas that I loved (I have a slight obsession with gray sofas) I couldn’t convince myself to spend that much on a new one.







Why oh why couldn’t my parents have been royalty? Or secretly wealthy? Or perhaps they are and they are still hiding it from me… okay day dream over!

Since buying a new sofa was out and I am too cheap frugal to do my original plan I had to rethink and come up with a new plan. I decided I would breathe some life back into the sofa.


The first step was the easiest one. I re-fluffed the big cushions on the back of the sofa. This was super simple. I bought 2 bags of fluff (aka cotton) at Joanns for a whopping $5 each piece. The cushions have a zipper on the bottom so it was easy to take out the bag of fluff.

I cut a smallish whole in the bag and stuffed in more fluff. For this step I didn’t even need the entire bag of cotton, which was great because it left enough to make pillows.

I just rolled the end of the bag back up and stuffed it back into the cushion case again.

The man usually grabs pillows off of our bed and uses them to get extra comfy on the couch. This drives me completely insane, for no really rational reason. My solution was to create extra pillows just for the sofa so our bed pillows would stay on our bed. See not pretty:
stealing pillows from the bed for couch

I wondered around my local joanns and found 4 fabric quarters that would both match the couch AND work well together. A fat quarter is 18”x21” which is basically a perfect size for a pillow! Score! I went over to the remnants section (most every fabric store has one of these sections and the fabric is always way cheaper because they are usually less than a yard.) I found a few different fabrics to use as the back of the pillows and picked one to take home with me.

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When I got home I got to work. I placed the fabric quarter over the fabric for the back and cut around it.

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While remembering to place both of the ‘fronts’ together I sewed the pieces together on 3 of the 4 sides.

As a random little thing I sewed each of the corners so that there wouldn’t be a super pointy corner.

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For the last side I sewed about 6 inches in towards the middle from both corner. This created a hole in the case. Using the hole I just created I flipped the case inside out (or rather rightside out) and stuffed the case to my hearts content.

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After the case was stuffed I pinned off the hole and sewed it shut.

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sealed pillow

After a half an hour 2 pillows were done! I continued the above steps for the other pillows.

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The whole refreshing cost me about $25 bucks and the sofa looks so much better. Don’t you think? I added on a throw blanket to dress it up a bit more.

Breathing life back into the sofa sofa3 don't be afraid to mix patterns Another view of the sofa

Things I would do differently next time: Iron the creases out of the fabric. It completely escaped my mind this time. I AM going to go get another paisley print because I love it and I am not digging the cream and tan fabrics I got.

Perhaps I should add buttons to the sofa cushions? What do you think?

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Money Breakdown

Cost for refluffing the cushions: Bag of cotton-$5 ($1.67 per cushion)

Cost for making simple pillows: Bag of cotton-$5, Fat Quarters (4)-$5.16, Remnants (1.5yds)-$6.43 (4.15 per pillow)

Total for this project less than $25!!



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