Showing posts with label pillow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pillow. Show all posts

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Extra Credit: good night

Today I’m sharing something that’s priceless… a good night’s sleep. In today’s world, the pace is hectic. Schedules are jam packed, whether you’re a parent, career person, married or single. Our day’s are filled with kid’s activities, school meetings, work meetings, business travel –  it’s often hard to get a good night’s sleep.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sew and Tell: rag rug pillow

This rag rug pillow was so easy to make and it turned out so bright and cheery!

Before you get too impressed, I didn’t make the rag rugs. I bought them at the dollar store. But I did put them together to make the pillow.

The colors are bright and vibrant and the fabric is soft t-shirt material. I’m not sure how long these would hold up if they were actually used as a rug but they should be fine for pillows.

I bought two rugs and with the wrong sides together (right sides out) I hand stitched the top and bottom together. The fringed edges were very loosely stitched and needed reinforcement. I used my sewing machine to close up one side and left the other side open to stuff the pillow. Once stuffed, I pinned the final edge and sewed it closed. Super easy!

My teenage son has decided that a whole bunch of these would look good on his bed. He has a daybed and piles of these pillows would be great for reclining. Teenagers love to recline on unmade beds with piles of pillows.

OB-Teen Bedroom
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to redecorate his room on a mood board. Navy blue bedding with piles of the rag rug pillows and a few accent pieces. Fun!

It would be nice to be able to just go out and buy all new things whenever the urge to redecorate hit. It’s also fun and challenging to recreate these looks on a budget.
  • The rag rug pillows will only cost a few dollars each.
  • The clock can easily be made with an existing clock and spray painted paint sticks or dowels or even craft paper rolled into a cone.
  • The pendant lamp can be made with an upcycled lamp and spray paint or fabric.
  • The blue table – a thrift store or existing piece spray painted.
  • The yellow ottoman can be made from a thrift store purchase and new fabric and stuffing.
  • The orange frame is an easy project using a dollar store frame and craft paint or spray paint.
  • Baskets, vases and other knick knacks can be found on clearance at big chain stores or at dollar stores.

The first step is to start making that pile of pillows.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Sew and Tell: stamped fabric pillow

Last week, I posted about some fun stamps I tried out. 

On one of the projects, I used craft paint and stamped some plain white canvas fabric. I mentioned that I planned on making a pillow out of the stamped fabric. Since I received some requests to see the finished pillow, I thought I’d better bust out the sewing machine.

For some reason, I couldn’t decide how I wanted to make this pillow. The stamped fabric was very bright and cheery and since my projects usually have more of neutral or pastel palette I may have been on sensory overload. I should have stepped away and stared at a beige wall or something but I persevered!

I ended up choosing some pink coordinating fabrics to use as a top and bottom border for the pillow.

And since I was working outside my usual color box, I decided to go crazy and add a bright green ribbon to the pillow.

Not at all what I first intended to make but it was fun creating something so bright and cheerful. 
{ Watch for that pretty pink bird in the photos to make a starring appearance in a future craft }

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sew & Tell: vintage tea towel pillow

Did I tell you I got a new sewing machine for Christmas? My old machine was super old and not working very well. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t posted any sewing projects lately. I finally had some time to try out my new machine and I love it. It has ninety-nine stitches… so far I’ve mastered one – the straight stitch.

I dug through my fabric stash and found this vintage tea towel that I had forgotten about. It’s so bright and cheery.

My favorite part are these little curtain valances that came on the tea towel. 

The tea towel was the perfect size to make a pillow and making a pillow was an easy way to try out my new sewing machine.

I decided to make the pillow with a flange edge so I wouldn’t lose any of the cute floral pattern that runs along the edge of the towel.

Super cute and easy. Honestly, it took me longer to figure out how to thread my new sewing machine than to make this pillow.

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