We 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 just 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.
This dramatic pillow with its bold fleur-de-lis design is what is traditionally called a "statement" pillow; it's the member of a pillow grouping with the strongest flair, the one that anchors the collection. Although instances of the fleur-de-lis floral emblem have been found as far back as the third millennium BC, it is most strongly connected to French royalty as of about the 12th century and is said to signify perfection, light, and life. We use it on our pillow as a grand appliqué in a warm charcoal and milk white color combination.
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 recently added a full tutorial to take you through the three most common options: stitch tufting, button tufting, and bolster tufting. Today we have a bit of tufting inspiration to make you smile.
The popular R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is our way to show you how combining different fabrics in a project can produce an almost unlimited number of beautiful end results. These pretty round pillows were originally done it a bright floral that completely lived up to the collection’s name: Happy Land by Jennifer Paganelli for FreeSpirit Fabric. We switched the palette to a deep navy, wedgwood blue, and cream with gold metallic accents to give this new R&R version a more sleek and elegant styling.
It’s Day Three of Moda Moms Week, so of course we must have three pretty pillows. Thia is absolutely no problem when we’re designing with the latest cornucopia of color and pattern from French General: Ville Fleurie, which landed in-store and on virtual shelves this month. Here at Sew4Home, we’ve been French General fans for years. Their rich tones and intricate motifs are like opening a vintage treasure chest. In fact, much of the fabric inspiration is based on the unique French document collection, which French General founder, Kaari Meng and her husband JZ have been accumulating for over 20 years.
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 of 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. Our friends at Fabric Depot have one of the largest and best selections of oilcloth we’ve found on their retail floor! They are now adding many options online, so check back often as they add new links to the selection. 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.
Words are wonderful, aren't they? I especially love it when one word has lots of different uses. Take "weave" for example. In general, it simply means to go in and out. But it can be a verb or a noun or even an adjective. You weave a tale of mystery and intrigue; you can weave dangerously through speeding traffic; you can weave fibers into fabric. Today, we've put the word to work to describe the intricate woven braid pattern on our patchwork pillow.
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 with our friends at Fabric Depot 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.
Alfresco. Literally, it means "in the open air." And doesn't that sound wonderful this time of year?! Bring some beauty into your backyard with our cheery chair cushions complete with brightly colored poms on the ties that bounce in the warm breeze. Much of the beauty lies in our Waverly Sun N Shade fabric combo. The options in today's outdoor fabrics are wide and varied: from traditional florals to bold geometrics. And they are available in such great color palettes, like the fiery orange of a spicy summer barbecue or greens as cool as an iced mint julep.
Stripes are one of those universal motifs - available in many colors and widths. We decided to play with some stripes, turning and seaming them in clever ways in order to create a unique graphic effect. Our "spun stripes" allow simple triangles and squares to morph into pillow tops that seem almost three-dimensional. The designs are patterned after maritime flags, so we chose fun, primary colors. We love how the resulting trio works together as a bright blend of nautical flair.