Oh plaid. I just love it. Can’t get enough of it. Several years ago, I stumbled upon a couple of kilts in
a thrift store. They were marked down to $1.25 and $2, respectively. Apparently these items were not in high demand. Loving the colors and authenticity of the skirts, I scooped them up, with no particular plan in mind for them. For years they sat in the basement until this year, when I found the perfect use for them.

My dining room is one of two rooms in the house that I’m not sure I’ll ever be satisfied with. I continue to tweak both the purpose and the look of the room. At present, I’m going for comfort. I want it to be the kind of room that you can linger in for one, two hours after a meal is done. Like a hybrid dining-sitting room. While throw cushions usually aren’t dining room material, I’m thinking that they might help me bridge the gap between dining and sitting rooms. Enter the kilts. The rich, traditional feel of the plaid kilt fabric is just what I needed to warm up and “cozify” my dining room.

Here’s how I did it. (In full disclosure, the pillows pictured were my first run at the project. I did the first set impulsively and didn’t take the time to take pictures. I’m recreating the project with this second kilt).

So, first, I harvested the fabric. I cut off the top band of the kilt and then washed the remaining fabric. Once it was washed and dried, I measured and cut two 21×21 squares out of the fabric. (I wanted to use a 20×20 pillow form so I allowed 1/2″ around the edge). I then ironed out the pleats  (if you’re expecting a picture of me ironing, keep waiting … if you’re not sure how to iron a rectangular piece of fabric, I’m afraid I can’t help you!)

Then I did a zig-zag stitch around the edge of each square to make sure the fabric didn’t fray.

 Now might be a good time to mention that I’m not much of a seamstress, so please forgive any improper terminology I may use. After the zig zag stitches were done, I then used a single stitch to sew the squares together, leaving an opening at the bottom to insert the pillow. 

I sewed a hem at the opening to hide the unfinished edge of the fabric

The finished pillow case:
IKEA is always a great source for pillow forms. 

The finished product: