Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pillow...

I'm in the painting mode these days. It seems like whenever I get a paintbrush in my hand, it doesn't come out until all the rooms in my house have had a make-over. (That's a slight exaggeration.) My husband tells our friends that we have lost square footage in our home since we moved in because I have painted the walls so many times. He may be right. As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing like a freshly painted room. And, as I keep reminding my husband, paint is cheap! A bucket of paint and you can change the whole look of a room.

Where was I? Oh yeah, I was going to tell you about a pillow I made today. In between applications of paint, I made a pillow. I was totally inspired by these pillows at Jesse Kate Designs. Aren't they beautiful? I should have followed the instructions she included, but that would have been a first for me and would have made it far too easy. Instead I changed the dimensions a bit and added a couple more flowers. I think I like her dimensions better. Live and learn.

I've made flowers like this for my wristlets, but this time I used a chiffon fabric. The transparency of the petals remind me of poppies. Love them.

The floral fabric on the left {in the photo above} and the "art deco" fabric in the middle I bought a few weeks ago for a wristlet, but I decided to use them for this pillow instead. In fact I just ordered about 5 more yards, from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics, of the floral to make some draperies for the bedroom I started repainting today. This pillow will be in that room as well.

Instead of using burlap, like the pillow that inspired me, I used a natural colored muslin. I love the look of burlap, but the scratchy, fiberish feel of it drives me nutty. I think I'm allergic to the stuff. I love the look of this natural muslin. I used it on the front and back of the pillow.

Did you notice the little ruffle on the back of the pillow? It's strange when you like the back of the pillow as much as the front, but the back of this one has a lot of appeal for me. I love ruffles, but, as you might know, I often use a ruffle to hide something and this is no exception.

This ruffle hides the opening on the back of the pillow. I always try to incorporate an opening to my pillows so the cover can be laundered. Then I make a pillow and insert it in the cover. I use velcro for the closure.

I do love this little number.
Thank you Kris for sharing your idea with all of us!



FYI: Fabric selection, clockwise from top left

Deco Fans in blue, Dolce, by Tanya Whelan
Green & White Swirl @ Hobby Lobby
Marilyn in blue, Dolce, by Tanya Whelan
Natural muslin @ Hobby Lobby


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30 comments:

Julie said...

This pillow is stunning!!!!! WOW!!!

Bunny said...

Your work is always so beautiful. Love your pillows. Fantanstic job.

Shannon said...

cute! love it!

MiaKatia said...

I love it! I need to do some fabric shopping.

Andi said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I need some for my new house!

The Neglected Nest said...

Beautiful! I love using natural muslin too. I just finished two pillows with this as well. Although yours give mine a run for their money! Love it!

Kirsty said...

Oh.My. I want them. I want them all. Please?!?!?!? They look so fabulous. I am such a crap sewer. Can you put them in your etsy shop just for me????

Just kidding. Kind of.

Love them!

Kirsty

Lori said...

Beautiful pillow.

Tara said...

This is such a super cute pillow! I love it the colors are great too!

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness your pillows are so incredibly cute!!!

Elizabeth said...

I love it!

Frugal Home Design said...

I love how you mixed the patterns. They look wonderful together. I fing that pretty challenging.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

BEAUTIFUL! Love the fabric and the ruffle!

Lori said...

WOW!!! What more can I say???? It looks great...

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. at Life As Lori

Please join me next week for another great party!

Sonja @ Craft-Werk said...

I am looking for easy pillow designs at the mo and found your post via somewhat simple. Gorgeous! And I love the idea of putting those flowers onto the pillow - I know how to make them and that is a bonus ;-). The ruffle hiding the opening is a great idea. Almost too pretty to hide it on the back. I MUST, must, must recreate this. Thanks for posting - bookmarked!!!

Becolorful said...

These are BEA UTIFUL! I recently started doing a pillow of the week feature on my blog. I am definitely bookmarking there for a post. Thanks for sharing.

gina said...

OMGosh, I just fell ove when i followed your link from SYS... I put out an APB for someone who could sew me the pillow on the left in this video : http://hipchicdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/02/pillows-with-pizzaz.html


it looks almost like the one you made, different colors. Could I hire you to make one for me?! Like the one on the left in the video- with the flowers like this? I love the colors/print styles of the one in the video. It would match my living room PERFECTLY. *crossing my fingers*

Andy Porter said...

That is such a cool idea! I love both of those! Fantastic!
Thanks for linking up to Creative Cats!

Lisalulu said...

I just found your blog... and you can bet I'll be back. It's a great inspiration! Thanks. Lisa

trippingtiffies said...

oh my goodness, i am in love with this pillow. i wish i had one!

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Scrapity Anne said...

Just beautiful. And the color mix is simply gorgeous. I totally wish I had one!

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I love this pillow! I will be featuring it on crazydomestic.com on Tuesday, Aug 24th. Thanks for sharing!

Nikki said...

Wow, I love the green and white swirl fabric next to the turquoise. Looks fantastic! Visiting from the CSI Project link-up.

Josalyn said...

Those little poppies are soooo pretty.

Something Wilde said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE those turquoise flowers! I'm also visiting from CSI project!

Diane said...

What a beautiful pillow! :) I love it! And I really love the pillows on your side bar that are out on your lawn chairs. :) Thanks for sharing!

Following along!
from blank pages...

Cristie said...

So pretty, what beautiful work you do!

Chic Creations said...

The pillow is beautiful. Love the turquoise flowers. Very pretty. Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

You sure know how to make a great pillow. Saw you at CSI.

Janet said...

The fabrics you chose look so nice together. Beautiful!