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French Pillow Trio: Fleur-de-lis Appliqué

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 1:00

The final member of our French Pillow Trio is our bold Fleur-de-lis design. Although instances of this floral emblem have been found as far back as the third millennium BC, it is most strongly connected to French royalty as of about the 12th century, and is said to signify perfection, light and life. We use it on our pillow as a grand appliqué in a warm charcoal and cream color combination. 

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French Pillow Trio: Oui/Non (Yes/No) Appliqué with Poms

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 1:00

Pretty pillow numéro deux of our French Pillow Trio features a French word in its name: appliqué. Derived from the French verb "appliquér," meaning "to put on or apply," appliqué does exactly that, putting one fabric onto another as a decorative embellishment. We've created two appliqué templates you can download, one for either side of the pillow. Use them to display your mood: "Oui" -- "Yes! it's a great day." or "Non" -- "No, perhaps you should sit this one out.

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French Pillow Trio: Pleated with Belted Bow

Monday, 15 December 2014 1:00

As winter's storms blast rain, wind, snow and ice across the country, we're dreaming of sultry summer days on the balcony of a garden suite in the beautiful New Orleans French Quarter. To help bring these dreams to life, we've created a trio of shabby chic pillows in a French style. Pretty pillow numéro un features a lovely pleated front embellished with thin belted accents and a sweet bow. 

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Faux Cowhide Pillow is Casual Chic: Gifts in a Jiff with Fabric.com

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 1:00

You needn't be a cowboy or cowgirl to fall in love with this excellent accent pillow. The faux cowhide is 100% polyester with a heavy, velvety feel. Continuing our theme of imitation as the greatest (and humanest) form of flattery, we've paired it with a thick, rich faux wool, also 100% polyester. This combo is another marvelous example of the wide variety of fabric types and textures available from Fabric.com. The design is very chic yet super quick. You could whip out a whole herd of pillows in a single afternoon. 

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Comfy Pet Bed with Bolster Sides

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 1:00

All your Christmas Cats and Holiday Hounds can have their own sweet dreams of sugar plums (or jerky treats) in our ultra comfy pet bed. We selected two cozy coordinates: a bright Christmas green and a rich leopard print. The design incorporates four bolster pillows sewn onto a flat base with a separate tufted pillow insert. We noodled on this one for quite awhile to come up with instructions that yielded a cool finished design that was also easy to assemble. So although any three-dimensional project is a bit more complex than a flat item, this cozy pet bed is something we know you can do! 

French Mattress Edge Floor Cushions: Waverly World

Monday, 17 November 2014 1:00

This is a You Asked 4 It project that has been on our list for quite awhile. We finally found the perfect fabric to make it happen: Mod Pods in Mineral from the Home Décor Jacquard collection by Waverly Fabrics. It's soft yet stable in a great neutral with a subtle texture. The French Mattress Edge is actually a hand-stitching technique. It's not at all difficult, but you do need a longer, stronger needle and extra-strong upholstery thread for the best results. 

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On-The-Go Booster Seat with Carry Handle

Monday, 27 October 2014 1:00

Booster chairs are becoming more familiar in restaurants, but are still not commonplace. And if you and your kids like to visit friends and family who don't have children at home, you're unlikely to have many options other than the classic phone book to boost your child to table height. Make your own portable booster seat in cute, wipe-clean laminated cotton with a sturdy yet lightweight Project Foam core. We recently introduced you to this resilient, affordable new home décor foam option from Fairfield. We're using it, with great results, in this fun project for the little ones in your life. 

Jewel Box Pillow Pair in Silk Patchwork

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 1:00

When you think of patchwork, you traditionally think of quilting cottons. But there's no rule saying you have to use cotton. In fact, if you're a regular S4H visitor, you know we love to experiment with different fabric substrates. Today, we're adding luxury to the mix with silk dupioni. This type of silk is made from twin cocoons naturally bonded together. The bumps in the fabric, they're really called 'slubs', are the result of this bonding. Dupioni is often woven from two different colors of thread, giving it a shimmering, color-shifting appearance. We chose a jewel-box color blend of Tiffany blue, glittering silver, burnished gold and rich black. Our pillows work together as a pair, and our supply list is structured to allow you to buy the correct amounts to make both.

Modern Print Patchwork Pillows with Hand Embroidered Accents: Fabulous Fall with Fabric.com

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 1:00

Patchwork is traditionally associated with small prints in a closely coordinated color palette. We're starting a new tradition during our Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com: Modern Print Patchwork Pillows. The designs are bold, the colors are bright and set against crisp, clean white. Then, just when you thought things couldn't get any more modern... we take a step back and soften the style with hand embroidery on the front and pretty tassels on the back. I think I just heard your sofa give a little shout of delight. Is it time for a little pillow therapy?

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Wave Tuck Pillow

Friday, 05 September 2014 1:00

Pleats and tucks are one of the most versatile sewing embellishments. Sew4Home offers several step-by-step tutorials on some of our favorites: Box Pleats, Knife Pleats, and today's Wave Tucks. Clever folding and stitching with two contrasting fabrics creates a wonderfully textural effect. We've added it to a pillow front but bet you can think of lots of other projects that need some rippling waves. 

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