This Spring I wanted to spruce up our patio by making new cushions for the patio furniture. I was hunting for a tropical Sunbrella (outdoor) fabric until I came across this Richloom designer fabric for $4.00 a yard (normally sells for $20.00 ++ a yard). Needless to say my hunt for outdoor fabric just went out the door. Eureka, so I thought. Until I inspected all 11 yards that I purchased. Sometimes things are too good to be true. Four of the yards looked liked this:
You can see the background has areas that are discolored. I knew all sales were final, no returns or exchanges. Heartbroken. Now what! I was able to complete the curtains with the 7 good yards, but the pillows and runner will have the discoloration. Maybe a little bling will divert the attention away from the background. I needed inspiration. My favorite designer when it comes to bling inspiration is none other than…..
Jay Strongwater !
With crystals and rhinestones, a Hot fix gun, Gem tac, thread and needle….
- After cutting the front section of the pillow fabric I applied interfacing to the fabric back before applying the crystals.
- For the larger sew-in gems I applied gem tac to the back of each crystal before sewing them on.
- For the stick on rhinestones I peeled off the sticky back and used the gem tac for application.
- For the Hot fix crystals each crystal took approx. 7-10 sec to adhere. I purchased my hot-fix gun from Michaels Craft Store for approx. $12.00. And the crystals on-line from http://www.Firemountaingems.com
For the pillow sides used 2 trims and made 3″ inverted pleats. Lined the pillow with a zipper closure.
Adding a little bling isn’t all bad… Using crystals and rhinestones is nothing new, but it is a great way to update a pillow you already have. If you love home accents with crystals, gems and rhinestones like I do, check out www.jaystrongwater.com you will be amazed. Until next time….