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.
We all have them: those "special" T-shirts from events, vacations or sports teams. Kids have more of them than most! You don't wear them anymore, but you also can't seem to part with them. Let's make them into some cute keepsake pillows! Carefully cut out the motif, stitch and stuff! It really is as easy as that. We created a pattern for cool knotted corners that can be done in the same or a contrasting color (a way to get rid of yet another shirt). One or more of these pillows would be a great gift for someone heading off to college: a little bit of home on which to lay your head.
A bench cushion is one of the top projects new sewers list as the decorating puzzle that finally got them thinking about making something on their own rather than buying. Standard bench cushions are certainly available in stores, but I think we can all agree that they never, ever, ever fit right. The piping and buttons are optional, but they add the professional finishing touches that make all the difference... and impress all those who will soon be sitting on your new bench cushion.
What's the project everyone suggests when you start sewing? "Make a pillow!" What's the number one way to quickly freshen your home décor? "Make a pillow!!" And, what's the best way to get chic designer style for a fraction of the price? "Make a pillow!!!" We put together a series awhile back with our friends from Fairfield Processing to show how easy it is to create the top pillow looks for less. They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when you can imitate for less plus add your own special spin... all the better. We searched the web to find trend-setting luxury pillows from a range of high-end outlets, such as Anthropologie®, Neiman Marcus® and Horchow Home®. The options ran from $150 to $2000! And not a single one of them couldn't have been made by you! The cool grommets and bold stripes of this nautical style pillow was one of our favorites.
Sometimes a project has a distinct front and back. Other times, you want it to be pretty from all sides. We welcome you back to Waverly World with a set of elegant pillows that feature wraparound cording for a unique, all-around-gorgeous result. Our newest S4H sponsor, Waverly is a lifestyle brand you know from your favorite home store; encompassing window treatments, wall coverings, bedding, bath and table linens, storage accessories, and more. But what started it all is the Waverly fabric line, which dates back to 1923 and is still an industry trendsetter. We selected two coordinated prints from the Indigo colorway within their home décor fabric collection to create a trio of pillows in three distinct shapes: hexagon, round and square.
If you need to instantly perk-up your Outdoor Living space, nothing is faster or easier than a set of pretty pillows. The focal pillow in our patio trio uses faux fur. Faux fur for summer?! Yep! We chose a great shaggy fur that looks like a pillow made of fresh green grass. It's paired with a classic piped square and a tufted bolster. Both of these are in a tough indoor/outdoor fabric. Today's modern outdoor fabrics come in a huge array of wonderful colors and prints, and Fabric.com has one of the very best selections online!
Outdoor living means outdoor events, which mean outdoor sittin' – often on "non-chair surfaces." From summer concerts to Shakespeare in the park, when the weather turns wonderful, activities move to more natural venues. These beautiful, wide open spaces offer an auditorium made from a soft green meadow. Actually, they're more likely to offer a lumpy field of damp grass. For portable comfort, bring along your own stylin' set of round seat cushions. We use water-resistant rip stop nylon on the back and pretty polyester prints on the front, and they come with their own handy nylon drawstring duffle. Toss them on the lawn to keep your pants dry and your bum comfy.
Alfresco. Literally, it means "in the open air." And doesn't that sound wonderful this time of year?! Bring some beauty into your backyard with our cheery chair cushions complete with brightly colored poms on the ties that bounce in the summer breeze. Much of the beauty lies in our Waverly Sun N Shade fabric combo. The options from Waverly are wide and varied: from traditional florals to bold geometrics. And they are available in such great color palettes, like the fiery orange of a spicy summer barbecue or greens as cool as an iced mint julep.
Floor it! This generous 24" diameter floor cushion is a comfy 4" thick - perfect for sitting or as a little foot rest. Make several to use around a low table for casual dining. Place one on the patio for meditation at sunrise. Toss a few in the TV room for extra seating. Our wedges are fussy cut to take advantage of the strong vertical motif of our chosen fabric. By carefully cutting the twelve wedges that make up the top and bottom of the pillow, we turned that vertical motif into a unique horizontal pattern with radiating hexagons. A wedge pattern download is offered below.
This project is based on the Nurture Nest pillow insert by Fairfield. This specialized U-shaped insert comes with a pattern and simple instructions printed right on the packaging. We've followed these basic steps with just a few changes. Rather than a standard cotton fabric, we selected a cozy fleece. Then, we added jumbo piping for dimension as well as to give baby an extra "ridge" to grab onto during tummy time.