I still remember the first sewing machine I bought with a full compliment of decorative stitches. I was in seventh heaven. It felt like the same unbridled choice as when you open a fresh box of 64 crayons. Variety unleashed! But we often get so busy with the construction process, we forget about all those great stitches. Not today! Most machines have at least some decorative stitches, many of them, like our wonderful Janome studio machines, have hundreds! This pillow project gives you three different decorative stitching options to try, and we've included three template downloads to re-create our exact designs. There are random intersecting lines, which allow you to mix and match a variety of stitches. Our starburst showcases the option to program stitches, creating what appears to be individual dots. And finally, we give you the steps to stitch a spiral, using a padded satin stitch in variegated thread. It's all to encourage you to take advantage of your patiently-waiting decorative stitches... or maybe it's time to look for a new model with even more selection.
The final member of our French Pillow Trio is our bold Fleur-de-lis design. Although instances of this 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 cream color combination.
Pretty pillow numéro deux of our French Pillow Trio features a French word in its name: appliqué. Derived from the French verb "appliquér," meaning "to put on or apply," appliqué does exactly that, putting one fabric onto another as a decorative embellishment. We've created two appliqué templates you can download, one for either side of the pillow. Use them to display your mood: "Oui" -- "Yes! it's a great day." or "Non" -- "No, perhaps you should sit this one out."
As winter's storms blast rain, wind, snow and ice across the country, we're dreaming of sultry summer days on the balcony of a garden suite in the beautiful New Orleans French Quarter. To help bring these dreams to life, we've created a trio of shabby chic pillows in a French style. Pretty pillow numéro un features a lovely pleated front embellished with thin belted accents and a sweet bow.
You needn't be a cowboy or cowgirl to fall in love with this excellent accent pillow. The faux cowhide is 100% polyester with a heavy, velvety feel. Continuing our theme of imitation as the greatest (and humanest) form of flattery, we've paired it with a thick, rich faux wool, also 100% polyester. This combo is another marvelous example of the wide variety of fabric types and textures available from Fabric.com. The design is very chic yet super quick. You could whip out a whole herd of pillows in a single afternoon.
All your Christmas Cats and Holiday Hounds can have their own sweet dreams of sugar plums (or jerky treats) in our ultra comfy pet bed. We selected two cozy coordinates: a bright Christmas green and a rich leopard print. The design incorporates four bolster pillows sewn onto a flat base with a separate tufted pillow insert. We noodled on this one for quite awhile to come up with instructions that yielded a cool finished design that was also easy to assemble. So although any three-dimensional project is a bit more complex than a flat item, this cozy pet bed is something we know you can do!
This is a You Asked 4 It project that has been on our list for quite awhile. We finally found the perfect fabric to make it happen: Mod Pods in Mineral from the Home Décor Jacquard collection by Waverly Fabrics. It's soft yet stable in a great neutral with a subtle texture. The French Mattress Edge is actually a hand-stitching technique. It's not at all difficult, but you do need a longer, stronger needle and extra-strong upholstery thread for the best results.
Booster chairs are becoming more familiar in restaurants, but are still not commonplace. And if you and your kids like to visit friends and family who don't have children at home, you're unlikely to have many options other than the classic phone book to boost your child to table height. Make your own portable booster seat in cute, wipe-clean laminated cotton with a sturdy yet lightweight Project Foam core. We recently introduced you to this resilient, affordable new home décor foam option from Fairfield. We're using it, with great results, in this fun project for the little ones in your life.
When you think of patchwork, you traditionally think of quilting cottons. But there's no rule saying you have to use cotton. In fact, if you're a regular S4H visitor, you know we love to experiment with different fabric substrates. Today, we're adding luxury to the mix with silk dupioni. This type of silk is made from twin cocoons naturally bonded together. The bumps in the fabric, they're really called 'slubs', are the result of this bonding. Dupioni is often woven from two different colors of thread, giving it a shimmering, color-shifting appearance. We chose a jewel-box color blend of Tiffany blue, glittering silver, burnished gold and rich black. Our pillows work together as a pair, and our supply list is structured to allow you to buy the correct amounts to make both.
Patchwork is traditionally associated with small prints in a closely coordinated color palette. We're starting a new tradition during our Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com: Modern Print Patchwork Pillows. The designs are bold, the colors are bright and set against crisp, clean white. Then, just when you thought things couldn't get any more modern... we take a step back and soften the style with hand embroidery on the front and pretty tassels on the back. I think I just heard your sofa give a little shout of delight. Is it time for a little pillow therapy?