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.
Fussy. Cut. We love to have our way with fabric, manipulating it to best showcase motifs and colors. Clever fussy cutting allows you to tell a story with your project. And when you’re working with fabric as amazingly detailed as De La Luna by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics, the options are endless. We’ve created a trio of patchwork pillows that bring the Halloween spirit of this collection to life. Full cutting and piecing instructions are given below for our square, rectangle, and hexagonal set. We worked with fat quarters, but you could also easily start with regular yardage cuts.
Update your pillow-scape with three pretty pillows in a cornucopia of color and pattern. We started with a full Fat Quarter Bundle, selecting 13 pieces to blend together into three different pillow shapes: one square, one rectangle, and one bolster. That means we still had 27 fat quarters left to play with when done. Combining different sizes and shapes is a great way to add instant interest to your décor. And with so many beautiful quilting cotton collections out there, this trio gives you a wonderful way to use some of your favorites in one easy patchworking project.
We’ve all seen those long foam pool noodles. They’re the fun and colorful floats in the world of water. We’ve invited them inside with our exclusive Land Noodles™. Thin, soft, and flexible, they're made with rolled batting wrapped in cozy Cuddle luxury plush fleece from Shannon Fabrics. We picked five combinations in a variety of prints and textures. With Land Noodles™, you’ll still be floating, but it will be on a cloud of softness.
Oilcloth, that classic shiny fabric from grandma’s kitchen, is back in a big way. The bold designs and super bright colors are a perfect combo to add a blast o' happy to any room. How could you look at giant red chili peppers against a field of sunshine yellow and not smile?! Plus, because oilcloth is water resistant with a wipe-clean surface, it’s ideal for patio living. With a few of our helpful tips and techniques, you’ll find that sewing with oilcloth is easier than you might think. For one thing, there’s no edge finishing because it doesn’t ravel (yay!). Turn up the fun-o-meter to 10, and add a little happiness to your outdoor décor with these reversible pillows.
Around these parts, Summer and early Fall are prime time for outdoor concerts. Seating for these events is usually just the grassy slopes of a natural amphitheater. You gotta have something to sit on. A blanket is often too big and rather bulky to pack in. Instead, try this lightly padded, roll-up cushion in two great outdoor fabrics. It's filled with foam, which your bottom will like, and the outdoor fabric is weather and water resistant, which your pretty white summer pants will like.
The classic bean bag chair has always been round, kind of like sinking into a giant squishy beachball. But if you wanted to make your own, it really demanded a pattern (a very large pattern) in order to get a true spherical shape. Never ones to be daunted by geometry, we turned instead to the latest trend in slouchy sitting: the pyramid bean bag chair. This little lounger is made from simple rectangles – no pattern needed. We shopped to find a print and solid in tough outdoor fabric so the chair could be used outside on the patio as well as inside in a bedroom or family room. Our sample is sized for kids, but we also give you dimensions to up-size for adults.
Round things that make me smile: baby thighs, ice scream scoops, rolling hills, tufted cushions. Creating undulating curves across a flat surface is a wonderful way to add dimensional interest to a plain cushion. For our tufting projects, we prefer the home décor tools from Dritz® to make the job easier and provide the most professional finish. We have a full tutorial to take you through the three most common options: stitch tufting, button tufting, and bolster tufting. This pretty patchwork cushion provides a bit of tufting inspiration to make you smile.
We are always a little startled by how expensive simple pillows can be to purchase. Browsing online or in stores for style and embellishment options is a great way to grab an idea you can make your own! For this bold beauty, we delved into the category of Word Pillows... a perennial favorite at the trendiest boutiques; it's a style we saw multiple times in our high-end searching. The first order of business is to find a typeface that lends itself to the appliqué process, then to come up with a single word or a very short phrase that can be large and in charge on your pillow front. We provide a free downloadable template for our nautical-themed "Ahoy!" script, but there are a few billion other words out there to use. For fonts, you can check what's available within your own computer's word processing program or search online for free and paid font options. And, just as you'd need a smooth, clean surface for handwritten calligraphy, your Word Pillow also needs a good foundation. We're using a 20" x 20" Home Elegance™ insert from Fairfield. It has a dense softness that provides the perfect finish for what we want our pillow to say. Your fun fact for the day: Alexander Graham Bell preferred those answering his invention do so with the word, "Ahoy." The first telephone operators actually used this term.