Today's our last project day in the Deck The Halls with Fabric.com series, and we're moving from The Halls down to The Floors with our decorating inspiration. These boxed floor cushions, with their piping and tufted buttons, are a home décor classic. But many otherwise hearty sewists shy away from attempting the style because it's three-dimensional. Remember when people thought the earth was flat? Then, when they kept on sailing and didn't fall off the edge, they discovered all sorts of amazing things?! It's the same with sewing. If you're only willing to attempt flat projects, you're missing all kinds of fun. And... you're highly unlikely to fall off your sewing chair. Floor cushions make great extra seating for holiday gatherings and game nights, so we knew we had to make more than one. We selected big, bold and beautiful fabrics from Premier Prints to make a festive stack of four. Then, we added a clever harness out of nylon webbing to bundle them together, making it easy to carry the whole stack from room to room. The harness also works to keep the stack stable when used as a handy footstool.
Growing up, we had a very special Little Golden Book® that only appeared during the Christmas season. It was called Santa's Toy Shop. It had a thin plot line, but we loved it. Santa was sad because he never had time to play with the toys he made. So Mrs. Claus convinced him to stop at the last house on his route. There, he would take the time to sit down, have a cookie, and play with some toys before turning the reindeer back home. There was a question at the end of the book, one that kept us hanging on the edge of our pillows each Christmas Eve. Would our house be Santa's last stop this year? We never were able to stay awake long enough to find out! Today's Deck The Halls with Fabric.com project falls right in line with this holiday tradition. These adorable pillows are made from panel fabric. Normally used for quick and easy quilts, we knew there had to be some other fun ways to use these pretty panel blocks, like a Santa Letter Pocket Pillow, because surely he's stopping at our house this year!
Pillows of different shapes and sizes always make a lovely arrangement on a sofa, chair or bed. Although all three silhouettes are unique in today's trio of lovelies, there are also unifying elements: 1) the fabric used comes from within one collection so the blended colors work together marvelously, 2) all the pillows feature pretty piping, and 3) patchwork on the front of each unites the design style. They're certainly a group, yet each has its own personality.
It's always fun to buzz around on our Pinterest boards to discover which projects are trending as most-popular-repins. These three tiny toss pillows are today's winners. Like cherries on top of your favorite sundae, they add just the right dash of color and shape to a romantic bedroom retreat. Black velvet piping unites the two square and one round pillows. Using a consistent accent color like this is a great trick for bringing together a variety of fabrics. We used cuts from Tula Pink's The Birds & The Bees and Amy Butler's Cameo, proving there are no rules about using just one designer collection at a time! Both fabric selections have bold motifs that play off one another, and each contains hints of colors (blue, chartreuse and rose) that spotlight the same shades within the surrounding bed linens.
Oh! is for Ollie and Olivia Owl. This adorable stuffed pair is wondering, "Whoooooo wants a hug?" We provide all the pattern pieces you need to make one, two or an entire parliament. Yep... a group of owls is called a parliament. They must be wise indeed. Our thanks to the Soft Stuff Experts at Fairfield Processing for sponsoring today's cute owls. We used their Poly-Fil® 100% Premium Polyester FiberFill. You may be under the assumption that all fiber filling is created equal, and you just punch it in, like you're stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey. "Oh No!" says wise Olivia Owl. For a smooth, professional finish that's super soft and huggable, you must start with a quality filler. One that is resilient, washable, and will not bunch. Then, you need to take the time to fluff that quality filler and insert it, in small handfuls, into all the nooks and crannies. We have a good tutorial on Pillow Stuffing Tips & Tricks.
Wild Child! That's the name of the folk art inspired collection on which these exuberant Jane Sassaman ribbons are based. This is Jane's first collection with Renaissance Ribbons and it's a perfect fit. Intricate detail is a hallmark of all the Renaissance woven ribbons, and it's crucial to achieve the depth of color and design in this rich collection. Jane describes it as being, "Infused with 'Flower Power'." The folklore feeling immediately came through for us, and we were inspired to combine the bright ribbons with a festive red denim highlighted with white piping and white tufted buttons on each end. The finished bolster reminds us of a cozy Scandinavian sweater, and makes us want to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa. It's a great style for the holidays, but because the ribbon designs don't contain any specific Christmas motifs, you could keep it on display throughout the winter season... or until the cocoa runs out.
Like your favorite pair of lounging pants or comfy sweatshirt, sometimes you just gotta have a loose fit. Today's pillow follows suit with a relaxed and roomy cover, but the real hero is on the inside. The luxurious Home Elegance™ insert is what achieves that perfect designer slouch. Sew4Home sponsor, Fairfield Processing makes the Home Elegance™ line of pillow inserts. If you want a great finished pillow, you need to start with a quality insert or filler, and these are our personal favorites to get a high-end look in a down-alternative. Home Elegance™ inserts have a 100% cotton, 300-thread count jacquard cover filled with a special 100% polyester gel fiber. To complete the pillow, we chose super soft colored denim as the backdrop for fifteen lines of decorative stitching on each side and coordinating tassels at the corners (yep... we have a tutorial for them). Most machines today feature amazing packages of decorative stitches. This is a great way to sample some of your favorites. Wouldn't it make a great holiday gift?!
The third article in this week's Xtra EZ series is a bolster pillow. The finished product looks complex, but the steps are... as the name promises: extra easy. If you are learning to sew yourself or teaching someone else, the projects in our Xtra EZ series are for you. We spend extra time going over tools and techniques, and you'll find links to other articles that can move you further along the learning curve. Today's pillow explains topstitching, gathering and how to make a skinny tie. Our thanks to FreeSpirit Fabrics for providing the fabric for all three of our Xtra EZ pillows. We used three beauties from Dena Designs' Love & Joy collection. It's always more fun to learn when you can work with a wonderful fabric.
We're back for more Xtra EZ fun with today's happy pom pom pillow. This series is targeted at those of you just getting into the joy of sewing. But it's also for the experienced ones among you who are looking for great beginner projects to use to pass along your skills. All three of this week's pillows would be wonderful to make with children who are learning to sew, and the Love & Joy fabric by Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics is a marvelous kid-friendly choice. All our Xtra EZ articles have additional steps to shed light on cutting skills and other sewing basics. And, each teaches specific techniques that will be valuable for future projects. Today, you'll learn the tools and tricks to apply a simple trim and how to sew a center tufted button.
We're often asked for more projects that can be done by beginners or used as projects to help teach someone to sew - especially a child. This week, we're introducing a new series to answer those requests: Xtra EZ. We have three wonderful pillow projects in a delightful new fabric from Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics called Love & Joy. It's billed as a Christmas fabric, but a number of the prints work beautifully year 'round. We chose the red and aqua colorway, which is a can't miss combo in everyone's book. For each of our Xtra EZ projects not only are the steps themselves just that: extra easy, we've also made sure there are specific techniques to build a beginner's sewing tool box. Today's pillow shows the tools and tricks to create a simple patchwork design and illustrates the most basic of pillow closures: the envelope back.