Set this pretty kitty on your sofa to keep watch over the rest of your pillows. The bold silhouette with its sweet dimensional bow is truly the Cat’s Meow. Our original design was created to show off the amazing appliqué capabilities of the Janome machines. We used the Janome Skyline S7, but the same precision stitch quality is available on all their models, from the top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery powerhouses to the entry level compacts. We’re an exclusive Janome studio at Sew4Home, and it’s one of the top reasons our finished samples turn out so beautifully. Your sewing machine is the tool at the center of the process; it better have your back! That means a machine you can rely on to do what it needs to do easily and without any unnecessary frustration on your part. When you’re confident in your machine’s performance, it frees you to concentrate on your creativity.
Real starfish belong in tide pools. Our starfish pillow belongs on your sofa! This quick and easy project is the perfect way to add a splash of nautical fun to freshen-up your décor for Summer and beyond. There are dozens of great fabric collections out there with delightful seaside themes. We selected a print from Michael Miller's Sea Buddies collection in a coral-times-two design: a beautiful coral motif in a rich coral color.
These little bow-tie shaped neck pillows are super for proppin' up your noggin as you watch TV or read in bed... or finish a last minute term paper on your laptop. They're also great for supporting your neck while sleeping. This is one of our original designs and remains a perennial favorite. They have the perfect contour and softness to cradle your head and neck in comfort. In fact, this project comes with a warning: once you make one and share it with friends and family, you'll be on the hook to make many, many more. Good thing you can finish one in under an hour.
Star Light, Star Bright. Wish upon these first stars of the holiday season. We’re celebrating Christmas in July with Fabric Depot, introducing a set of brand new star pillows in three sizes and three mix-and-match styles. Summertime is when fabric manufacturers traditionally unveil their holiday collections. As limited runs, these fabrics often melt away long before the snowflakes start to fall. For the best selection, shop and buy now.
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.