Thursday, March 03, 2011

New Pillow Design...

These last several weeks paint has been my medium of choice as I've worked on projects in the bathroom we are refinishing. I'm at a standstill in that project while I wait for the flooring to arrive, so the last few days I've been able to sew a few projects that I've had percolating in the back of my mind. I love making pillows. They are such a fun, simple way to add color and change to a room. I've needed a little pick-me-up in my family room, so I decided to create and add a couple of new pillows...


I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let's start at the beginning. About a month ago I created an iPad Case...


I used a technique for the iPad Case from a fabulous tutorial I found on the blog Sew Mama Sew. I loved how that case turned out, so I decided to use that same piecing technique on a couple of pillows for my family room. Here's the first of two of those pillows...

My family room has lots of color -- bright orange, rusty red, moss green, golden hues, a pinch of turquoise and a lot of dark chocolate brown in the form of two leather sofas. You're probably wondering how all those colors could go together. It's easy when you have this 5'x8' rug nestled between the sofas...

I found some coordinating fabrics in my stash and went to work sewing alternating strips of colorful fabric and muslin. I then used my rotary cutter to cut across the sewn strips to produce a colorful band of fabric! 


Those bands of fabric were framed with a soft white flannel and more muslin. I love how the white flannel plays against the earthy muslin and bright colors of the cotton fabrics. Delicious!


I finished off the back of the pillows with more muslin and a zipper...


(Side note: If you've never been to Colorado, you've missed out on the bluest of blue skies. It's 60 degrees today. Gorgeous! The only thing missing is green leaves. Those will arrive in the next couple of months.)


Love this perky pillow and its counterpart that I'll be posting about next week...


Hope you're having a sun-filled day!

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26 comments:

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Ahh...I absolutely LOVE this pillow!!

salmagundi said...

Great pillow! I never would have thought to use the white flannel, but it sure is wonderful. You are right - the weather and blue skies here in Colorado are glorious right now. Sally

Lynn said...

Great pillow, I love the colorful inserts. Glad you are having warm weather, we are stuck in a cold front that seems to keep coming back over and over:-)

Kim said...

Beautiful! It is so fresh and crisp and your workmanship is wonderful!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Love that pillow!!! I will do a copy of it.
We have son who lives in Co. & just yesterday they sent pics of the fabulous blue sky. We will be there sometime this month.... Season passes in Summit county : )

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I love how your seams are so precise, and clean. Your designs are always so professional.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Carolynn said...

So beautiful!

Nice Kindle case, too, btw. *smile*

annemarie said...

Lovely pillows - you always amaze me!

Terrie said...

So neat, so nice, the pattern just lovely and your works are prefect. Loving all.

Maggie said...

I could never sew this neat. Your work is beautiful !

Mia said...

People love my iPad cover! It looks great on the pillow too. Such a pretty technique.

whipperberry.com said...

Oh my stars...I am soooo in love with this!!! This is Heather stopping by from WhipperBerry. First off, I grew-up in Littleton so when I saw you were a Denver Gal I know we had a connection. Second I LOVE your stuff. I would love to do a product review and feature of your shop on WhipperBerry sometime. Email me if you are interested!

heather{at}whipperberry{dot}com

kisses
heather

Natalli said...

Wow this is super cut and classy looking! Love the idea for a laptop cover too.

Jane@Little House of Projects said...

I love how this came out!

Humble Homemaker said...

This came out beautifully! I love it. So stylish and smart. Thanks for sharing. :)
Humble Homemaking

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Gorgeous colour combo! I love this pillow and your spring bunny one!

Megan said...

This pillow is so modern looking. I love it.

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

This pillow is beautiful! Thanks for linking up!

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Stunning! You are truly talented!! The color palettes in each are wonderful in their own ways. I'm off to check out your etsy shop!

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Will you be listing these or similar items in your etsy shop?

Suzanne said...

I don't think I will be listing these pillows (or like ones) in my Etsy. They are actually pretty time consuming, so I think I would have to list them at too high a price for them to sell well. Thanks for asking. -Suzanne

Ruth H. said...

Gorgeous! I love the colors that you chose. I have many of the same in my front room. I think maybe I'll have to come and steal that pillow!

Catherine said...

I really like how this pillow has just a little color, but is still very interesting to look at. Lovely construction, too. Saw you on CSI Project - - thanks for sharing!

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

Gorgeous pillow! (I'm a new follower!)
Jo-Anna

sewkatiedid said...

I did one just like this for a Sew Mama Sew tutorial. The flannel and natural colors are made for each other. Super cute with the fall colors!

le petit monde d'Azelys said...

un très beau résultat. Merci à toi de partager tes belles réalisations coutures.