In November 2018 I was surfing online at etsy.com. I came across a shop called Tess World Designs offering beautiful African print fabrics. I purchased 2 yards of this red and gold metallic cowrie shell print fabric.
100% cotton. Only $7.00 a yard. Fits my budget and it’s my favorite color red.
First thought after receiving: Very light weight. I would need to line it. Not a heavy wax print like some African print fabrics. The vibrant red is very pretty.
I researched this print online for some ideas on fabrication. I found some ideas. But when I saw this set of pillow covers on sale for…..$162.00
it was no question, I decided to make a few pillows of my own. After all, pillows are my favorite DIY item. I change accent pillows more than what some may consider normal. When I make pillows with my own spin on design it’s fun and such an affordable way to refresh a space with little to no effort.
Moving right along………
As the saying goes: Measure twice before cutting. Well here’s another: Carefully inspect before cutting. AFTER cutting I noticed a flaw in the fabric #@!!! Since the flaw was in the center I decided to create an applique to cover it. I purchased another print from Tess World Designs and used for the applique. Same color palette of red and gold metallic. But I was not in favor of the mask design. So a modification was needed.
To make the applique I cut out the diamond design. Then cut a circle from the cowrie shells and applied it over the mask. Last, I applied gold cord trim around the diamond shape.
Only one was really needed for the flawed area but I made three for balance and eye appeal. After a finished hem of the excess fabric on the applique I applied them to the pillow front. Also applied gold cord trim around the perimeter of the pillow. (Disregard the white fur. That was another pillow laying on top)
It turned out nice but I was not completely satisfied. The pillow still needed more “flavor” more jazzy playfulness! (thanks Jamala “wink-wink”). My pillow creations are all about having a little fun with fabric and trims.
I found this eyelash yarn Haute Fur for that bit of whimsy and playfulness I was looking for. This yarn is so fun and super soft.
I simply wrapped it on a cardboard of the desired length. After removing the cardboard, I did a zig-zag stitch in the center to secure it. Then applied it to the center of the applique. Nice and secure and no fraying.
The eyelash yarn was also applied around the diamond border. I’m super happy with the results.
Finished measurement 24″ X 15″. Back zipper closure. The large pillow measures 24″X 24″ with self fabric piping and back zipper closure.
Time for another DIY fabric project.
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