I recently made a new antimacassar (headrest cover) for an armchair which belongs to my mother.
The original concept of these linens dates from the Victorian era and you can read more about them here. They were draped over the headrest of a chair or sofa but I chose to use some elastic to hold my handiwork in place.
I cut up a brand new pillowcase which had some promotional printing on either end. It was in Mum’s stash of new linen but was unlikely to ever be used as a pillowcase and it was perfect for making this. In fact, this is only half of the story as there were 2 pillowcases and I made another for a second chair.
It is easy to forget how much wear and tear the headrest of an armchair takes. The other chair is also leather and the ptch at the centre of the headrest had actually worn right through some time ago. Mum had made an antimacassar for that chair using a small linen table runner but that had subsequently worn to the point where it was almost worn out.
Now the two chairs have new antimacassars, there are two less pillowcases stashed away and I did not have to buy anything new for this simple but effective sewing project.