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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