Thursday, March 10, 2011

Perfect Patchwork Furniture

I have been enthralled with patchwork furniture for quite some time.
I have finally come up with a few places I could use some patchwork on furniture in my house.

I have a few pieces of furniture that are hard and not as comfortable to sit on as I would like them to be. I will be adding more padding to the cushions and then making new patchwork covers for the cushions.

This sofa is very bold and would only work for a certain style of decorating.
The sofa I intend to use patchwork on is a loose cushion Scandinavian sofa. I had new cushions made for it, and they were thinner and harder than what I wanted. I had them covered with black Ultrasuede. I will remove the covers from these cushions and add a lot more padding to them. I most likely will reuse the black Ultrasuede in the patchwork either combined with more Ultrasuede in other colors or other fabrics. The other options would be to cover each cushion with a different color of Ultrasuede.

I have a chair that is similar to this one. I will not cover the entire chair with patchwork. I will just use a tasteful assortment of fabrics to make patchwork to cover the cushions.

I also have an antique chair in quite a state of disrepair that is similar to this. It could be only used as a decorative accessory, maybe hung on a wall or from the ceiling. I intend to paint it and then use some fun patchwork on it. I haven't decided what room I will use it in yet, so that will affect the decision on what colors I will use.

This is not something I'll be doing soon. I just wanted to share some of my inspirations with you, and perhaps give you some ideas you could use.

Now I know at least a few of my friends who are reading this are rolling their eyes and saying, what is she doing now. You know who you are! Well, they will have to wait and see. They may just love the finished products!


GerryART said...

I can well imagine those eye rolls.
I am betting that we'd not be able to stop with just one piece of patchwork furniture.

Sherryl said...

I am not rolling my eyes.. I am thinking, hmmmm, wonder if I could get away with something like that!

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

I was right.
I heard at least one friend's eyes rolled so far back in their head they could see behind them!

Eva said...

These are just gorgeous. And they are better the more daring the designer gets. So being half-hearted about the project might spoil the pun. And fun. Come on, make their eyes roll!

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

I agree with Eva! YOu just have to go for it.

Anonymous said...

This furniture is amazing. Absolutely stunning. I have some chairs that are in serious need of refurbishing. They are currently being used as dogs chairs...I think I will make them into patchwork chairs......

Feather on a Wire said...

Afew upholsterers are selling sofas like this on Ebay, some are wonderful. Even our local TK Max has an armchair upholstered in old Indian quilts cut and pieced as patchwork in fabulous colous. I would have bought it had it not been so low. Love the look.
Sadly I didn't want to buy one of the Ebay sofas without sitting on one to test for comfort, so we have ordered a couple of mushroom/taupe ones which (I hope) will behave as a neutral for bright cushions and throws.... We shall see.

Miss Sews-it-all said...

I never thought of using patchwork for upholstery, and these pictures are very inspiring! Speaking of inspiration, have you found all the great quilting links at

Kathy said...

I was an eye-roller when my friend started re-covering her sofa and chair...but they came out amazingly great looking, so I'm sure you would have some fabulous pieces of furniture when you are done. Laugh at all of us eye-rollers!!!!