We’ve had a few glimpses of the sun lately and it has us excited to start planning spring and summer sewing projects. This fast and easy pillow is perfect for the outdoor fabrics beginning to make their appearance in stores and online. Our cute criss-cross lacing along the front closure has a fun nautical spin.
Here at S4H, we believe one of the best ways to be happier is to surround yourself with home décor that makes you smile. Why are you smiling? Because you made it yourself! This colorful mini bolster is a great start to your happiness project. It looks quite fancy with its ruched center panel, piping accents, and pony tail ends, but it's easier than you might think... and easy makes us all happy!
This custom felt appliqué pillow features more twists and turns than a James Patterson mystery. We created a beautiful abstract flower design with a bit of a whimsical feel – perfect to render in the soft texture of a quality wool blend felt. If you are a beginner when it comes to appliqué, felt is the most forgiving of substrates. It’s easier to cut out, easier to place and fuse, and easier to stitch in place. So even with all those curves, you can do it!
Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Our huggable ladybug pillow is so cute, you won't want her to fly away. Rather than traditional round spots on her wings, Louise the Ladybug sports ten pretty appliquéd white hearts. We also amped up the color by switching out the standard ladybug red for a jazzy hot pink. And, there's a hidden heart on her chest, proving she's filled with love through and through. Actually, she's filled with a 12 oz bag of Poly-Fil® Ultra Plush Polyester Fiber Fill, making her squeezably soft. You'll love our trick for making cord-filled tubes to create her sweet pom-tipped antennae. Louise originally appeared on Sew4Home in January 2014, and she continues to be one of our most popular stuffed toy patterns.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa. We are welcoming 2020 with a gorgeous set of Peace Pillows. Our custom embroidery designs highlight the amazing stitch precision of the new Janome Memory Craft 550E embroidery-only machine, and they are offered below as free downloads thanks to our sponsorship from Janome America.
These little bow-tie shaped neck pillows are super for proppin' up your noggin as you watch TV or read in bed... or do a little browsing on your favorite device. They're also great for supporting your neck while sleeping. This is one of our original designs and remains a perennial favorite. They have the perfect contour 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, you'll be on the hook to make many, many more. Good thing you can finish one in under an hour.
Star Light, Star Bright. Make your wish upon these pretty stars of the holiday season. Our decorative pillows come in three sizes and three mix-and-match styles. Each size comes with a free pattern download. They look great as a set but would also be striking as the featured "shaped" pillow against more traditional squares and rectangles.
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. But if you're only willing to attempt flat projects, you're missing all kinds of fun. 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 prints in non-traditional colors and patterns to make a festive stack of four so they work great through the holidays and beyond. Then, we added a clever harness 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 foot rest.
The humble bow is actually a clever kind of knot. We learn about it early in order to keep our shoes on our feet. From there, it begins to shed its utilitarian beginnings, becoming fashionable as a hair ornament or impressive as a package topper. Today, we’ve kicked it up another notch, creating a luxurious bow pillow in faux fur to pretty up your bed or glamorize your sofa. This is Sew4Home, so you can be confident this elegant accent is also easy.