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Quick & Cool Holiday Gift: 30-Minute Neck Pillows in Super Soft Minky

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 9:00

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When the weather outside is frightful, minky is sooo delightful. Our neck pillows have been a year 'round favorite project since we first posted the pattern two years ago. We've made them in quilting cottons, and flannel, but never in minky. Combining the comfort of the neck pillow with the buttery, silky softness of minky has to be the ultimate gift for the neck. 

Butterscotch & Rose Pretty Piped Pillow #3 - Framed 'n' Fabulous

Friday, 28 October 2011 9:00

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The final entry in our Pretty Piped Pillow Series is a gorgeous octagon, which features a double framed square and clever corner triangles. As with the other pillows in this series, the patchworking looks much more complex than it really is. Make sure your initial cuts are precise, and assembly will be a snap. We show you how to add the piping and how to alter your pillow form to fit the unique shape.

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Butterscotch & Rose Pretty Piped Pillow #2 - Diamonds 'n' Tufting

Monday, 24 October 2011 9:00

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I call this our "jewel box pillow" because it features three rows of diamonds. But in the world of patchwork, a diamond is really just a square turned on point. So the complex-looking front of this pretty pillow is actually six simple rows stitched together on the diagonal. Fooled ya, didn't we?! We add piping and covered buttons to soften the angles of the diamonds and triangles. Joanna Figueroa's lovely Butterscotch & Rose collection is the perfect fabric choice. The colors are rich and creamy and the patterns elegant. But in true Joanna fashion, nothing ever feels stuffy or dated.

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Butterscotch & Rose Pretty Piped Pillow #1 - Round 'n' Round

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 9:00

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We got a sneak peek at Joanna Figueroa's lovely Butterscotch & Rose collection awhile back and had been noodlin' on how we wanted to use it. The colors are rich and creamy and the patterns elegant. But in true Joanna fashion, nothing ever feels stuffy or dated. Instead, she injects a modern energy into the charm of a nostalgic color palette. Like a cashmere sweater worn over your favorite jeans; it's comfortable and stylish in one fell swoop. We decided a trio of patchworked pillows answered our creative question. Today, download our free wedge pattern to make a pretty round pinwheel pillow.

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Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Tufted Floor Cushion

Monday, 12 September 2011 9:00

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Down on the ground is where all the cool stuff happens. It's where cars race and roll, where balls bounce best, and where building blocks can spread far and wide. At 25" square, our tufted floor pillow tutorial is just the right size for a lil' sittin' or snoozin'. And, there's a handy carry handle so you can take it along on your next adventure. This is just one of the eight projects in our new Storybook Lil' Boy's Room Series sponsored by Moda Fabrics and featuring the nostalgic Lil' Rascals collection by Chloe's Closet.

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Moda Fabrics' Lil' Rascals Storybook Bedroom: Ukulele Pillow

Thursday, 08 September 2011 9:00

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Cute toss pillows in interesting shapes are a great way to interject a bit of playful zest into children's décor (although, we will allow you to make this for grown-up types as well). Our ukulele pillow tutorial certainly qualifies as an interesting shape, and we include a free downloadable pattern for it. The finished ukulele is also the perfect size and shape to bonk unsuspecting siblings over the head. Not that we would ever encourage bonking (or would we?). This soft and silent ukulele pillow is just one of the eight projects in our new Storybook Lil' Boy's Room Series sponsored by Moda Fabrics and featuring the nostalgic Lil' Rascals collection by Chloe's Closet .

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'Found Fabric' Tutorial: Vintage Handkerchief Pillows

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 9:00

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This 'Found Fabric' tutorial is for all our S4H friends out there who, like me, have a hankerin' for hankies. Although I haven't used one lately to blow my nose, mop my brow or bestow as a favor on my knight in shining armor, I still love them. They're little squares of highly-concentrated beauty, like miniature works of art. Dig out your collection and turn them into a set of one-of-a-kind vintage pillows.

Michael Miller Fabrics' Citron-Gray Nursery: Animal Appliqué Pillows

Friday, 12 August 2011 9:00

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Our pretty piped pillow tutorial offers free downloadable patterns for a friendly elephant and a graceful giraffe. If you are clever with paper and pen, you can draw additional shapes and expand your zoo. For easiest appliquéing, keep curves large and smooth and avoid tiny points. These animal appliqué pillows are just one of eight projects in our new nursery series sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics, and are created using their new Color Story concept. We love the Citron and Gray 'Huevos' fabric we chose for the pillow backs and the elephant appliqué. Repeating circles that are chubby and sweet, like little soap bubbles.

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Summer Fun: Outdoor Padded Roll-up Cushion

Friday, 22 July 2011 9:00

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Around these parts, Summer is prime time for outdoor concerts. Seating for these events is usually just the grassy slopes of a natural amphitheater. You gotta bring 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 white summer pants will like.

Happy Mother's Day: Big & Little Pillow Pair With Ruffly Ribbon Ties

Wednesday, 27 April 2011 9:00

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Give Mom a pillow duo that will add an instant splash of spring to her favorite sofa, chair or bed. Our side-by-side design sets off the the pretty Parisville prints with bold designer linen colors. And we love these double-ruffle ribbons from The Ribbon Retreat, which remind us a bit of lasagna. We used them as a lovely embellishment that not only ties into ruffly bow accents, it also ties the two pillows together into a perfect pair.

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