Showing posts with label pillows. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pillows. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sew & Tell: freshening the patio for spring

It’s definitely spring in my neck of the woods. The weather went from gloomy to fresh and sunny recently. Although I was ready for the change in seasons, my patio wasn’t. The cushions and pillows on my patio furniture have had it. They were old, faded and dingy. I would show you a picture but honestly, they were so bad it’s horrifying.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sew and Tell: mother’s day memory pillow



I recently received these aprons among other things from a friend who lost her mother. She gave them to me to use as crafting supplies knowing I wasn’t the type to wear an apron.

For the longest time I didn’t want to cut them up but with Mother’s Day approaching, I had an inspiration. I would cut them but the first thing that I made would be something for my friend so she could have a part of her mother’s aprons.



I made her this mini pillow with rosettes.
I hope she likes it.


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Monday, February 21, 2011

Sew and Tell: bleach pen pillow

I’ve seen the bleach pen technique done before but when I happened upon a cute t-shirt over at KraftyKat, I was inspired to give it a try.

The technique uses a bleach pen on fabric to create a batik type design. I wanted to practice on scrap fabric first and liked how this green fabric took the bleach.

Bleach on the fabric

To make a bleach pen project, you simply draw your design on the fabric and let it sit. The longer you wait - the lighter the area will be. Then rinse under cold water.
Crafty Tip: Wear old clothes and cover your work area or work at your kitchen counter.


I made a pillow out my bleach pen design. I felt it was a little plain and couldn’t resist adding a piece of torn fabric and tying a bow.

I still have plenty of bleach in my pen so I’ll either be making more bleach pen projects…or cleaning the tile grout.





 
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sew and Tell: vintage scrappy pillow

It’s hard for me to throw away little scraps of fabric, especially when it’s vintage fabric. I have quite a few scraps of pretty fabrics from table clothes, runners and aprons that I’ve been saving.

  
You can use up some of the smaller pieces of fabric by making a scrappy pillow. 

Simply trim the scraps and pin them onto a piece of plain fabric. Sew across all the pieces vertically and then horizontally.

Sew on the back of the pillow and stuff with fiber fill.


I love the designs of vintage fabrics and this pillow is now like a scrap book page of some of favorites.





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Monday, July 12, 2010

Sew and Tell: Vintage Pillows

I love vintage fabrics and linens. I made these sweet pillows out of vintage tablecloths and scraps found on Ebay years ago. Here’s a tip – purchase scraps or cutters which are sold for far less money than perfect vintage linens and piece together a pillow, table runner or whatever you’re inspired to make.



Tablecloths are often sold as cutters because of stains or imperfections (we all have THAT one relative that spills something at Thanksgiving dinner). You can also find vintage notions, like buttons or ric rac to make your project even more charming.


These pillows make me smile and inspire thoughts of a cup of tea, a good book and a fluffy cat. Happy sewing!




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