Stripes are one of those universal motifs - available in many colors and widths. We decided to play with some stripes, turning and seaming them in clever ways in order to create a unique graphic effect. Our "spun stripes" allow simple triangles and squares to morph into pillow tops that seem almost three-dimensional. The designs are patterned after maritime flags, so we chose fun, primary colors. We love how the resulting trio works together as a bright blend of nautical flair.
Floral on the floor! Who says tables and counters get to have all the fun when it comes to gorgeous bouquets of blooms. We used nine prints from Amy Butler's new Violette collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics to create a beautiful patchwork floor cushion for your seat or feet, giving new meaning to "tiptoe through the tulips!" We offer pattern downloads for all the patchwork pieces so you don't have to blow a gasket trying to turn squares and rectangles into a perfect circle; we did all the math for you. Our thanks to Amy Butler, FreeSpirit, and Coats for providing us with the fabric to inspire this wonderful round riot of color and design.
Sitting pretty. That's what you'll be when you complete this lovely vanity chair pad. We took a simple center-tufted cushion design, then added deep double ruffles and long beautiful bows to attach the pad to the back of the chair. You'll also want to check out our "keep-it-from-slipping-and-ripping-out-the-ties" trick at the end of the article.
This happens. You're minding your own business, browsing with a particular project in mind, when a completely surprising fabric grabs your hand and yanks you over to the side, whispering, "You must have me; I'm so cool." That's exactly what happened with this wonderful pillow pair. The skeleton toile in a bright chartreuse with rich royal blue accents simply reached out and pulled us in.
These little bow-tie shaped neck pillows are super for proppin' up your noggin as you watch TV or read in bed, as well as for supporting your neck while sleeping. This is one of our original designs and remains a perennial favorite. They are simply the perfect shape and softness to cradle your head and neck in comfort. In fact, this project comes with a warning: once you make one and share it with friends and family, no one will want to give it up. You'll be on the hook to make many, many more. Good thing you can finish one in under an hour.
A horizontal pillow injects an interesting shape into the ordinary pile of pillows. This one features an envelope style opening on the front rather than the back, so we can show off a set of three beautiful cherry wood buttons. The buttons are not only fabulous, they are also keeping the pillow cover closed. Who says beauty and brains don't mix?
What does a throw pillow want to be when it grows up? Probably a super soft body pillow that offers four and a half feet of huggability. These tall pillows are popular for crashing on the family room floor, relaxing (I mean studying) in a dorm room, and are well known for providing sleep support for pregnant moms. We loved the blanket style fleece patterns we found at Fabric.com from Windham fabrics, which have the look of the famous Pendleton® wool blankets... but for a fraction of the price.
I still remember the first sewing machine I bought with a full compliment of decorative stitches. I was in seventh heaven. It felt like the same unbridled choice as when you open a fresh box of 64 crayons. Variety unleashed! But we often get so busy with the construction process, we forget about all those great stitches. Not today! Most machines have at least some decorative stitches, many of them, like our wonderful Janome studio machines, have hundreds! This pillow project gives you three different decorative stitching options to try, and we've included three template downloads to re-create our exact designs. There are random intersecting lines, which allow you to mix and match a variety of stitches. Our starburst showcases the option to program stitches, creating what appears to be individual dots. And finally, we give you the steps to stitch a spiral, using a padded satin stitch in variegated thread. It's all to encourage you to take advantage of your patiently-waiting decorative stitches... or maybe it's time to look for a new model with even more selection.
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.
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."