Upcycled Dress turned Pillow

About 10 years ago my friend traveled to West Africa and he brought me a dress made from Bògòlanfini or bogolan (“mud cloth“). The dress was several sizes too large so it sat in my closet untouched. I absolutely love the fabric and wanted to display it in a prominent way – I decided to do what I do best – make pillows.

The Dress

I agonized about cutting up the dress, but my friend gave his blessing and I went for it. I was able to make two 22×22 pillows covers. I added a feather and down pillow insert and I am loving the result.

The Pillow

Notice the fringe detail at the bottom of the dress? I kept it – I think it adds interest.

Before and after

They made a great addition to my holiday decor – red, green, white. Now that the holidays are over, I think I will move them to the guest room or maybe to my bedroom.

They look great on my red couch.

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