Pillows are always the perfect fast and easy project, and outdoor pillows are no exception. For the second project in our Weekend Wonders with Fabric.com series, we designed a great trio of pillows in easy care outdoor fabric selections: there's a 24" x 24" jumbo pillow, an all-around 20" x 20" pillow and a comfy 12" x 20" lumbar pillow. By choosing an indoor/outdoor pillow form, polyester cording for the piping, outdoor thread, and plastic buttons for the back closure; you'll have a set of great-looking, long-wearing pillows that can live outside for the entire season. Quality indoor/outdoor fabric (like you'll find at Fabric.com!) is mildew, stain and water resistant, which makes it perfect for outdoor settings as well as to use indoors in sunny rooms. It's fade resistant for up to 500 hours of direct sun exposure.
A bolster pillow is the number one decorative choice for bed linens. Its long, rolled shape creates a distinct horizontal line, like a cushy fence holding in place all the pillows behind it. Bolsters can be any size, but we decided it would be wonderful to create one that spanned the entire width of a queen bed. This beauty is 60" wide! It's the second project in our Cotton Couture series for Michael Miller Fabrics, and is a perfect coordinate to the upcoming color block duvet. We used cool aqua blues and soft grass greens to create our dream worthy bed-width bolster. With 90 colors of 100% quality cotton, the MMF Cotton Couture collection has a rainbow of choices from which to create a color block blend to perfectly match your own décor.
In January of this year, we kicked off a new series called, "R&R." It wasn't about the traditional meaning: "Rest & Relaxation." At Sew4Home, "R&R" stands for: "Re-imagine & Renovate." It's about putting a new spin on a favorite design, picking new fabrics, trims and notions to create a unique look. We're back this month with four new twists and a special focus: Spring's hottest color trend – Indigo. Today, we use it to transform our original set of perky Valentine's Day pillows into a rich trio of indigo indulgence.
Welcome to the latest and greatest series from the fine folks at Fabric.com. Everything Old Is New Again will show you terrific and trendy ways to use some classic fabrics. In the whirlwind of today's designer quilting cottons with their amazing coordinated collections of prints and solids, it's easy to forget about the old standards of the fabric world: candy colored seersucker, delicate eyelet, rich linen, traditional toile, flirty little floral prints, crisp white cottons; as well as some of the vintage sewing techniques used to put all the pretty pieces together, like shirring and hemstitching. We looked through these "forgotten fabrics" then unleashed our imaginations to apply their old-fashioned goodness in a new way. The series kicks off this week with a set of bed linens wrapped in the Southern charm of seersucker. Today's square ruffled pillows, with their rick rack trim and button placket back closures, look best as a big, cushy, colorful pile. All that's missing is a straw boater, a bouquet of jonquils and the honey glow of a lazy afternoon (ya'll can add that as soon as you're done making the pillows).
$300 to $500 and up! That's the price range we found for similar pillows to this one at the fancy home décor companies in-store and online. And, we don't mind sayin'... we think ours is actually nicer and more interesting than the ones we saw for sale. This project is a great lesson in the right combination of fabric and trim. The drama of the pillow depends on a strong motif isolated with precise cutting to be the feature on one side of the pillow. The opposite side is created from, believe it or not, strips of soft jute webbing. The final touch: rich tasseled fringe. Eat your heart out Horchow!
It's Day Two of our 2012 quest to "Re-imagine & Renovate" some of our most popular projects. One project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims and notions. Sometimes it's fun to not worry about learning a whole new project; instead, take a fave design and twist it into a brand new look. Today we're featuring our super simple box-pleat pillow pair, which we originally did in softly serene tones of organic fabric in 2010. Now, graphic fabric from Robert Kaufman in vibrant hues moves them from a whisper to a shout-out of color and vibe.
You know what's cool about pillows? You can take one design, and by simply changing up the fabric, get a completely different look. That's what we've done with our stunning hexagonal pillow. We've used this style of pillow a couple times before, but you'd never know it. Our black and white version features Extreme Fussy Cutting (similar to what those daring skateboarders do, but you're less likely to fall) to create the beautiful flower on the front. The back is a coordinating solid linen. A covered button pops the flower's center and six pretty tassels are the finishing touch.
When the weather outside is frightful, minky is sooo delightful. Our neck pillows have been a year 'round favorite project since we first posted the pattern two years ago. We've made them in quilting cottons, and flannel, but never in minky. Combining the comfort of the neck pillow with the buttery, silky softness of minky has to be the ultimate gift for the neck.
The final entry in our Pretty Piped Pillow Series is a gorgeous octagon, which features a double framed square and clever corner triangles. As with the other pillows in this series, the patchworking looks much more complex than it really is. Make sure your initial cuts are precise, and assembly will be a snap. We show you how to add the piping and how to alter your pillow form to fit the unique shape.