Today in our 10 Designers & 10 Collections series, we are taking a walk on the wild side with our good friend, Anna Maria Horner. We’ve created three incredible throw pillows in Anna’s Field Study collection. Anna is always ahead of the curve when it comes to producing collections in a fun variety of substrates. Field Study is available now in quilting cotton, laminate, velveteen and voile, and will be coming soon in a linen. For our pillows, we chose amazing animal print velveteens paired with lush quilting cottons. Each pillow is framed with a gorgeous brush fringe. By using the same fringe on each along with one matching print (the animal print velveteen) in multiple colorways, all three pillows coordinate beautifully, yet all three are different.

If you’re a regular S4H visitor, you know we’ve done projects in a number of Anna Maria’s fabric collections. They’re always gorgeous and have such a great depth of color and design. Field Study is no exception. It’s like wrapping yourself in a botanical garden of delights. With such an amazing variety of colors, motifs and substrates, you have an unending supply of combination options. Experiment! Prints and substrates you might not traditionally put together, may look smashing side by side! For our pillow set, it was super fun to flip them from one side to the other, turning a couple one way with the third another. For more information on this, take a look at the article we did during our Romantic Bedroom Retreat Series with FreeSpirit & Rowan: How To Mix and Match Designer Fabric Collections

Anna’s Field Study debuted in August of 2012 in the quilting cotton and cotton laminate. The voile hit in November and the velveteen in December. The linen should be out in April of this year. We found a good selection at Sew4Home Marketplace Vendor,

Our thanks to the great folks at FreeSpirit and Rowan Fabrics for sponsoring these four weeks of Resolution Inspiration from ten of their amazing designers. What’s Anna’s resolution? I love it so much, it’s going on my own list:

“My resolution is to try to take care of myself as well as I do everyone else!”

Check out the Westminster Fibers Retail Locator for shopping options near you; we will be continuing to add shops throughout this first week of the series, so if you don’t see your fave right away, check back in a day or two. Remember, not all shops take delivery and/or display fabrics on the same schedule, so actual in-stock dates may vary. Also, you can always ask your favorite local independent fabric retailer to special order fabric for you.

Sewing Tools You Need

  • Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome DC2013)
  • Walking foot (optional, but very helpful for sewing the thick brush trim

Fabric and Other Supplies

Ingredients shown below are for ONE 16″ x 16″ pillow, but the more you make, the more you get to mix and match. Yardage shown allows for fussy cutting and is shown as a range because the exact size needed depends on the size of your fabric’s motif and repeat. The Field Study motifs are big and bold; we wanted enough fabric to precisely place our designs and so opted for ¾ yard; ½ yard is enough for more petite prints.

NOTE: If you are new to fussy cutting, check out our tutorial

Getting Started

  1. From the fabric for Side A (Field Study Spotted in the Crowd cotton velveteens in our samples), fussy cut ONE 16¼” x 16¼” square.
  2. From the fabric for Side B (various Field Study quilting cottons in our samples), fussy cut ONE 16¼” x 16¼” square.
    NOTE: As mentioned above, take your time to create a really beautifully positioned motif for each side.
  3. Trim the fringe to a 67″ length (16¼” x 4 + 2″ extra to “futz” with; you’ll trim the excess as needed after all is pinned in place). Wrap the ends of the fringe with a tiny piece of tape to hold the fringe threads in place. The bottom edge of the fringe is sewn in place to hold the ends of the strands together. Do not remove this stitching yet; it’s easier to work with the fringe as a more solid unit during construction.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

  1. Place the side to which you’ll attach the fringe right side up on work surface. We chose the velveteen side because it is a heavier substrate and this increased stability works well with the heavy fringe.
  2. Starting at the middle of one side, align the top edge of the fringe with the raw edge of the fabric. Pin in place around all four sides. 
  3. At the corners, curve the trim rather than attempting a 90˚ turn.
  4. This type of fringe requires just a tiny overlap; it is dense enough to disguise this type of simple finish.
  5. Bring the ends together enough so there is no gap in the fringe, but don’t create a thick overlap “bump.” Trim away the excess fringe as needed.
  6. Machine baste the fringe in place, staying within the ½” seam allowance. We used our Walking foot for this step. 

Stitch front to back 

  1. Place the fringed side right side up on your work surface. Smooth out the fringe to make sure none of the threads will be in the way of the final seam
  2. Place the plain side right sides together with the fringed side, sandwiching the fringe between the layers. 
  3. Align all the raw edges and pin in place all around, leaving a 6-8″ opening along one side for turning.
  4. Stitch together through all layers around all four sides, using a ½” seam allowance. Go slowly and make sure your layers stay flat. 
  5. We are still using our Walking foot to keep the layers from shifting. 
  6. Follow the basting seam to curve around the corners.
  7. Trim away the excess fabric at the corners to create a smooth curve.
  8. Turn right side out through the opening.
  9. Gently round out the corners from the inside using a long, blunt-end tool, such as a knitting needle or chopstick.
  10. Gently pull out the fringe all around. If needed, pick out any stray basting stitches with your seam ripper. Remove the thread(s) holding the bottom of the fringe together.
  11. Insert your pillow form through the opening and fluff it out into the corners.
  12. Fold in the raw edges of the opening so they are flush with the sewn seam. Pin in place. 
  13. Thread the hand sewing needle and slip stitch the opening closed.


Project Design: Alicia Thommas  
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild

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