One half is cool cotton, the other half soft faux fur. When placed side-by-side and back-to-back, you get a pillow with plenty of personality. Mixing textures like this is a fun way to create a unique look. We dare you not to smile at these happy polka dots. So fast and easy, these pillows can stitch together in under an hour.
The round bolster is a great way to add a new and interesting shape to your pile o' decorator pillows. We chose a 6" x 16" cylinder, which is a classic size to pair up with a 16" or 20" square pillow. Or, make a pair of bolsters as we did and display them on their own. Cording accents and gathered ends are elegant touches that add true designer style yet are so very easy to accomplish.
We’re always on the lookout for designer trends in retail shops, online, magazines, and more. It was during a recent search that we spotted a number of pillows with dense panels of decorative stitching, as well as many featuring embroidery accents and tassels. It was a style that had a bit of a boho feel but with a more elegant spin. Thanks to the power, precision, and flexibility of our Janome studio machines, we knew we could pull together all these trends into one fabulous pillow.
One easy way to use up odd-sized scraps of pretty fabric is to patchwork them together into an interesting pillow. This pretty pillow is an example of one made using a grid. The design is the same on both the front and back, however, we turned one grid panel 90º to create an interesting effect when the pillow is viewed from the side. We originally dove into our scrap stash and pulled out a Kate Spain layer cake bundle from her old Central Park collection for Moda Fabrics, because we loved the huge variety of bright colors and bold graphics, but the concept will work with any pile of scraps you think look good together. Just goes to show there is almost no cute little scrap without a future in one of your creations.
Sometimes it seems like invitations for baby showers come in waves, and continuing to come up with clever and popular gift ideas can be tough. This adorable pillow pair is one of our "Baby Shower Power Gifts." The basic piped pillow pattern is fast and simple and the animal appliqués are super cute. It's a design that will stay a favorite long past nursery days. With a nod to Laura Elizabeth Richards, we have to share the poem that inspired our cute appliqué shapes. It's one my sister and I have had firmly stuck in our heads for years: "Once there was an elephant, who tried to use the telephant. No! No! I mean an elephone, who tried to use the telephone." Click to read the full Eletelephony poem. HA! Now it will be stuck in your head for years.
One of the reasons Sew4Home came into existence was our desire to get new people interested in sewing. We wanted to prove sewing was within anyone's reach, even if you'd never even turned on a sewing machine before. It's why we're so focused on providing detailed instructions with helpful photos and make-no-assumptions steps. It's also why we make it a point to showcase the wonderful world of fabric, so you can see how easy it is to dip in and pull out one trendy look after another. You (and I do mean YOU) can create projects that are just as cool... if not more so, than what you find in those high end catalogs and über expensive stores. Just remember one word: confidence. These cute little ragged edge pillows are super easy and a guaranteed confidence builder. "Ragging" is seen most often in quilts and throws. In general, it means the fabric panels are sewn together so the seams show on the outside rather than being hidden on the inside. After washing and drying, the seams gently fray or rag, producing a softly distressed look and feel.
Looking for a Halloween pillow pal? How about a full-size body pillow with a nearly full size skeleton that glows in the dark?! Extra tall body pillows are popular for crashing on the family room floor, relaxing while texting… I mean studying, and are well known for providing sleep support for pregnant moms. And, if you could have one with great fabric that glows in dark, wouldn’t you want to keep it around for Halloween and beyond?! Bet you never thought a skeleton could be soft and cuddly.
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 toy pillow patterns.
English Paper Piecing was a new technique for us when we designed these pretty pillows, but we can now understand how it can quickly become rather addicting. We tested three sets of the Paper Piecing Shapes from Dritz® Quilting: two sizes of Diamonds, two sizes or Hexagons, and two sizes of Tumblers. If you too are new to paper piecing, the first thing to understand is that it's handwork, not machine stitching. Most people associate it with beautifully intricate quilt tops, but the precise, perfectly shaped pieces are wonderful for a variety of embellishing projects. We've used them as appliqués to create a pair of graphic pillows.
We love the simple clean lines of these microwavable neck and lap/back heating pads. After under a minute in the microwave, you'll get up to an hour of safe, warm heat without the dangers inherent in electric heating pads: burns, fires, and electrical shock. Electric heating pad cautions actually read: Never use in a situation where you could fall asleep. Hmmm... often falling asleep is my goal. These pads are not difficult to make and are a useful gift for most any adult. They're good for muscle aches or when you feel a chill and don't want to turn up the thermostat. You can also freeze them for a pleasant cooling effect. Although, just typing that made me shiver. Add a drop of essential oil if you'd like a little aromatherapy.