Apr 21, 2012

Two Throw Pillow Ideas


Dear Chicago House,

There is nothing like a throw pillow for a pop of color in a room and does it surprise you that I like making my own. No thought not.

So here are a couple of ideas to rustle up a pair of unique throw pillows.

First We have a fun "dotty" pillow.


sew it yourself dotty pillow

I made a pair of these for the "Teenage penthouse" in the basement.

I started with a nice thick cotton in fushia ( two 19"x 19" pieces) and cut circles of various sizes from the old curtain lining I salvaged when I ripped down the disgusting drapes originally on all of your windows.

I used the zigzag stitch on my machine to sew on the circles. When that was down I sewed the two squares of fushia fabric together...remembering to leave a gap so I could turn it inside out and stuff it with a pillow form.

sew it yourself dotty pillow

Next we have a little more ambitious pillow.

This one is made using home made stenciled fabric

stenciled fabric pillow

Like an idiot I was so engrossed while making this I completely forgot to photograph the process (how many of you blogger ladies do this!).

The swirl idea was born from my recent discovery of a bundle of long lost painting in a closet. ( see my pinspiration)

I sketched out my swirl design, transferred it to a piece of thick acetate then with an X-acto knife cut out the image area.

Guess what the white fabric is ...yes more curtain lining! I cut out two 19" square pieces and gave them a really good iron. I stuck my stencil down with blue painters tape and using a short bristled stencil brush and pot of fabric stencil paint got to work. Each time I moved the stencil I gave it a quick wipe as the  paint tends to build up along the edges on the stencil resulting in not such a sharp look.

When the fabric was dry I ironed it to fix the color. The color was a little deep so I gave it a wash and was much happier with the softer look.


stenciled fabric pillow
I sewed the two squares together even adding some piping to give it a little more pop.

And here they are posing in the garden!


Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX


5 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about the camera! I hate it when a am almost done and forgot to take a before pic!

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  2. These pillows are going to look fabulous at the party tomorrow! And the LinkWithin tool sent me to your ugly couch post and pillows ... love them too!

    :)

    Linda

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  3. Love fun colorful pillows! The stenciled one is fabulous!

    What a fun teen penthouse - my girls would go crazy in there!
    Kelly

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    1. Yes the penthouse is often a place for teenage craziness. It is filled with balloons at the moment. They don't like to admit is but 14 year olds still love playing with balloons!

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