Like a fresh coat of paint, new fabric treatments are a fast and dramatic way to transform a room. Designed to coordinate with our furnishings, pillow covers and window treatments, Pottery Barn Fabrics by the Yard offer endless possibilities for quick style updates.
Style Updates Made EasyWithout ever threading a needle, you can recover the seats of dining chairs, then create a matching table runner or table topper by simply cutting a length of fabric and creasing the edges with an iron. Create roman shades, swags or wide tiebacks to lend drama to window treatments.
More Style IdeasIf you like to sew (or know someone who does), you can customize our Montgomery Headboard with a headboard cover of your own design that can be updated as often as you like. Make bright, comfortable cushion covers for our Queen Anne or Meyer Chairs (see Style Recipes below). Whip up your own slipcovers for our Megan Chairs, or covered cushions for the Brady Entryway Bench or the Swivel Desk Chair. Create cozy pillows with mitered corners in a classic stripe or European–inspired toile (see Style Recipes below). With Pottery Barn fabrics and furnishings and your ideas, great rooms come together with style.
recipe one: Dining Chair Cushions & Headboard CoversYOU'LL NEED: Screwdriver
Pottery Barn Fabric by the Yard (Five yards is ample for covering six seats or one headboard) 1) Turn chair over and unscrew seat from frame (some seats in older chairs simply pop out). If the padding is in good condition and there's only one layer of fabric over it, proceed to Step 3. 2) If there are multiple layers of fabric, remove all but the last one. If the padding has become flat or lumpy, remove all the fabric and cut a sheet of batting 3 inches bigger than the seat all around. 3) Cut a square of fabric using the seat shape as a guide, but make your fabric 5–6 inches larger on all sides. Lay the seat upside–down on the fabric (with the batting layered in between, if you are re–padding). 4) Wrap fabric (and batting, if any) around seat and staple to the bottom, beginning with the front center, then back center, then a center point on each side. As you work, pull the fabric firmly but gently, smoothing out wrinkles and checking the front periodically to be sure the pattern placement is correct. 5) Continue to wrap and staple, from your center points out, stopping about two inches from the corner on each side. Then gather or pleat the fabric at each corner before wrapping and stapling, to ensure smooth, neat coverage. 6) Trim excess fabric, re–attach the cushion to the chair, and have a seat. Tip: Consider pattern placement before you cut your fabric. For instance, you might want a stripe to run down the center of each seat, or you might want some seats to be striped vertically and some horizontally.
recipe two: Mitered Stripe PillowYOU'LL NEED: Tailor's chalk
18" sq. pillow insert
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Pre–made cording or other edge trim (optional)
Pottery Barn Fabric by the Yard (Five yards is ample for 2–3 pillows) Intermediate sewing skills recommended. 1) Lay the fabric face–down with the stripes running vertically. Chalk a straight line 18" across the bottom of the stripes, positioning one bold stripe at the very center. Draw a second line, perpendicular to the first, running for 9" up the center stripe, then use the end points of these lines to create a triangle. Now add a 1/2" seam allowance on each side. Your chalk triangle should now be 19" wide at the base and 9 1/2" high. Cut this piece, then use the cut triangle as your template to draw and cut three more, taking care to place the same bold stripe at the center of each triangle. 2) Place two triangles, front sides together and pin along one of the shorter sides (making sure the stripes line up on the front), and sew 1/2" from the edge. Press seam allowance flat. Do the same with the remaining pair of triangles and then join the two halves of the pillow front in the same manner, along one long diagonal seam. Your bold center stripes should now line up in a cross pattern on the pillow front, with the other stripes lining up at right angles on all sides. 3) To edge your pillow, you can use pre–made cording, fringe or other trim, or you can make your own. Ours is simply a strip of contrasting fabric, 1 3/4" wide, cut on the bias (which means diagonally across the weave of the fabric). Fold the strip in half and sew it along the outside edge of the pillow front, with the folded edge toward the middle of the pillow. 4) Our pillow has a simple envelope closure, no zipper required. To make it, cut two pieces of fabric, each 19" x 13". Sew a narrow hem on one of the 19" edges of each piece. Pin one piece to the pillow front, right sides together, with the hemmed edge at the center of the pillow. Do the same with the other piece, allowing the two pieces to overlap. Sew around the outside edge of the pillow, 1/2" from the edge, and reinforce the area where the two back pieces overlap. Now, turn your pillow cover right side out, stuff with the insert, and enjoy!