Did anyone ever try to teach you origami? If so, a paper crane was likely your first, and maybe your only, project. So here's your little known fact for the day: origami is Japanese paper folding; its predecessor is the Chinese paper art called zhe zhi. The graceful crane is revered in China as the symbol for longevity. Although often depicted in flight, the cascading pleats on both the front and back of our Standing Crane Pillow simulate the beautiful folded wings of a crane at rest. Silk dupioni gives the pillow its shimmering finish.
Floral on the floor! Who says tables and counters get to have all the fun when it comes to gorgeous bouquets of blooms. We used nine floral prints from Amy Butler's Violette collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics to create a beautiful patchwork floor cushion for your seat or feet, giving new meaning to "tiptoe through the tulips!" We offer pattern downloads for all the patchwork pieces so you don't have to blow a gasket trying to turn squares and rectangles into a perfect circle; we did all the math for you.
We’re only about a month into 2017, but perhaps it’s already time for a little something to relieve the stress of the new year. Sew4Home has created a number of rice-filled pillows, from our famous microwaveable rice pads to our soothing eye pillows. Today’s treat is a longer, double-compartment pad inside a comfy terry cloth sleeve; it's just perfect to wrap around your neck and shoulders for a bit of welcome relief and relaxation.
Floor it! This generous 24" diameter floor cushion is a comfy 4" thick - perfect for sitting or as a little foot rest. Make several to use around a low table for casual dining. Place one on the patio for meditation at sunrise. Toss a few in the TV room for extra seating. The wedges that create the cushion's circles are fussy cut to take advantage of the strong vertical motif of our chosen fabric. By carefully cutting the twelve wedges that make up the top and bottom of the pillow, we turned that vertical motif into a unique horizontal pattern with radiating hexagons. A free wedge pattern download is offered below.
This finished pillow may look complex, but the steps are... as the name promises: Extra Easy. If you are learning to sew yourself or teaching someone else, this is a great first project. We spend extra time going over tools and techniques, and you'll find links to other articles that can move you further along the learning curve. In this one tutorial we explain topstitching, machine gathering, and how to make a skinny tie.
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. Our Fast Fridays series is all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all, and these pillows can stitch together in under an hour.
Like your favorite pair of lounging pants or comfy sweatshirt, sometimes you just gotta have a loose fit. Today's pillow follows suit with a relaxed and roomy cover over a soft, down alternative pillow insert. To complete the pillow, we chose two contrasting colors of super soft denim as the backdrop for fifteen lines of intersecting decorative stitches. Coordinating tassels finish off each of the corners (yep... we have a tutorial for them). Most machines today feature amazing packages of decorative stitches. This is a great way to sample and show-off some of your favorites.
Sometimes a project has a distinct front and back. Other times, you want it to be pretty from all sides. This set of elegant pillows features wraparound cording for a unique, all-around-gorgeous result. We selected two coordinated home décor prints within an indigo colorway to create a trio of pillows in three distinct shapes: hexagon, round, and square. Read on to find the patterns and instructions to make one or all three.
Turtles get a bad rap. They are the go-to metaphor for all things sluggish and slow. Cartoons depict them as dull-witted and sleepy. But as one of the animal kingdom's oldest species, they deserve a lot of respect. We're proud to introduce our favorite turtle, Toby. He's not only as cute as they come with his shy smile (made with darts!), he also has a job: holding his owner's PJs in a hidden pocket on his bottom shell. Thanks, Toby!
In today’s world of never-ending product disclaimers (I once bought a beach ball on which one quarter of the sphere was covered with warnings of everything I should not attempt with the ball), we feel compelled to tell you that this seatbelt pillow is not for the driver. However, your passengers are allowed to doze off, and this adjustable pillow lets them do that in comfort. No more banging their heads against the window or risking a neck cramp just to get a little shut-eye on the road.