Boho Pillow

Is it time to refresh your pillows for Summer?  Sometimes taking an old pillow you love and dressing it up a bit is all you need.  Plus it’s fun to see how creative you can be.

I saw this fun pom-pom trim at Hobby Lobby, and thought how cute it would be to accent a bohemian pillow I made a while back. I was not quite sure how I was going to put it all together but I loved the colors.   

The large red pillow is what I had in mind to refresh.  This was our Bohemian inspired guest room in 2013.

I have always loved this fabric print by Richloom, called Cornwall Cadmium. 

Before I get into the how… let me just say I was really feeling funky the day I re-made/refreshed this pillow. 

Sometimes we just have bad days and this was one for me. I took my frown and turned it around into the energy of an artist.  I blasted the music, put on my baret and started the madness.  🙂   Let’s start the music……..

I whirled the pillow cover in the air and ripped opened all sides!

Squirted droplets of Gem Tac all over it!

Aimed and threw on the rhinestones!

  Slapped and Splattered  strokes of silver glitter!

Then twirled the fabric in the air and flung it over the easel and waited for the masterpiece to dry!  Whew!  Some days we just have to throw something!!

  

By then I was starting to look and be myself again, the calm was settling in …hmmm, hmmmm, hmmm 

 and creative thoughts began to blossom. 🙂

I had extra scraps leftover from the Boho Curtains (shown above).  I cut strips for side bands, but they still need something to connect to the center.  I attached a 1-1/2″ inset strip to the band and outlined it with the yellow leather studded trim.  The pom-pom trim and bands were then sewn to the pillow sides.

Let’s keep this creative groove going…

Made flange bands for the top and bottom with contrast corner squares. And attached batting to the flange.    

Applied red cord piping all around.  The back is solid red with a hidden velcro closure.  Measures 32″ x 22.” Using the same design it can be made any size you wish by simply framing an existing pillow with additional fabric and trims.  

Next were the tassels. Made with multi color and red sparkle yarn, crystal beads and the yellow trim.

The tassels measure 10″ long and 280 strands each.

 

 

 The Bohemian Pillow Refreshed!

A few days past and I decided to relax under the tree. 

This art print by Jane Evershed called “I would like my bed to be outside under a tree”  Summed up how I was feeling.

Yup, some days you just have to throw something then take a deep breath and relax……..Boho Style!

Hey, enjoy your week-end and Thanks for stopping by

Sew, create and enjoy loving your homeCheck out more bohemian ideas  and creative pillows on my Pinterest boards

Ok, you can turn the music off now if you want …or…. just groove on…

The Pouf. Floor Cushions for outdoor living

I am a true die-hard fan of floor cushions.  When I see floor cushions in a space it indicates to me a relaxed, care free atmosphere.  A laid-back style with a touch of fun releasing the formality of decorating.  That speaks volumes to me because I’m a closet Afrocentric Bohemian Hippie. 🙂 I’ll spare you the pictures….

With all that being said, When my daughter asked me to make her and the grands a few floor cushions….Whhhaaat!!  There is some of my blood running through her veins!  (too funny) And she wanted me to use scrap fabric too!! OMG, open the window and release the butterflies… I was in heaven! 🙂

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Pouf Inspiration from Pier1Imports

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Pouf from Pier1Imports $149.95

Her inspiration was this patchwork pouf from Pier1Imports. Cost $149.95 each.  With three beautiful grand-kiddies, each having one… that not happening.  So Mom/Grandmom to the rescue.

If you like to sew and fiddle with scrap fabric  this is one great way to make use of left over fabric. Or using old clothing from kids or loved ones. No formality here. Poufs has been around for a long time, and will never get old.

I had to make a pattern first. The Amy Butler honey bun pouf pattern that I used  here was not quite what she wanted.   I have always used medical paper purchased from Amazon for making first draft patterns. This paper is cheap less than $10 a roll and could be used for many projects.  By cutting out the diameter first and drawing the pattern directly on the paper then cutting it out worked best for me.  pouf patternI made two different patterns for two sizes.

The first size for the grandkiddies.  A 24″ diameter x 12″ height I felt was large enough for their little bottom. 🙂 poufsFor stuffing I recommend king or standard size bed sleeping pillows if you don’t want to use a ton of Poly-fil.  The sleeping pillows are light weight and easy to remove when washing the pouf cover.  Stuffing them with blankets makes it so heavy and you don’t get the soft round shape as you would when using the sleeping pillows.  I also sprayed them with Scotchguard Protector. (Just a little tidbit of what I do)kidspouf2collagepoufFor the larger pouf she wanted I must confess, I purchased a few prints of fabric from Hobby Lobby to better coordinate with what I had.  It’s just as funky with different prints, but….a totally different vibe.

30″ diameter x 16″height.  Wow!  I think I have lost my mind!!!! blkwhtpoufI was feeling “Liberace” with the candelabra….  blkwhtpoufsetting

blkwhtpoufoverheadWell now that I’ve had my fun with them, off in the mail they go.

If you have scrap fabric (or not) make something fun, functional and funky for your outdoor living space.

Made a little video of a few fun outdoor spaces using floor cushions, poufs and pillows….hope you enjoy. 🙂

signatureThanks for stopping by…Enjoy your week!

Raggedy Ann inspired

Remember Raggedy Ann?  I loved Raggedy Ann & Andy, with the bright red rope hair and poppy eyes.  🙂  Too cute!  Well, in the midst of editing and cleaning out, I came across a bag of yarn I was about to throw out or give to GoodWill.  (I have to eat my words because I told my niece, not too long ago, I was never going to throw anything out again!…Never know when you might need something. But the Tiny House Movement has put me in a minimalist frame of mind). Anyhoo,  when I saw this bag of yarn, Raggedy Ann came to mind.  What fun would this be to make something with this yarn.  Doll maker I’m not but pillow maker I am!

With remnant fabric left over from a earlier project and a spool of bright yellow yarn, the dreary weather outside…Well, hey Raggedy Ann inspired me to bring In the Sun!  IMG_4240RagPillow2 IMG_4195RagPillow4 IMG_4191Ragpillow5   IMG_4208RagPillow7 IMG_4211RagPillow6

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The ruffle pillow and bed scarf I made earlier. Decided to bring it out and feature with the Rag Pillow.

Have extra yarn and a little time…Let Raggedy Ann inspire you.   🙂 Thanks for stopping by.  signature71tV-kuGCeL__SL1001_rp10

Here’s the tutorial.

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Table Runner, golden chenille with ethnic appeal.

Hey there!!  How’s your New Year’s Resolutions going?  I already broke mine!! 🙂 Whatever!  Anyhoo…  In my Happy New Year post I featured this table runner.  So, I wanted to share the making of…. 🙂   I purchased this runner from Ross back in Nov. when I went there looking for the tables in my post Great Finds in Metal Accents.  Moseying  down the aisles  I also saw this table runner and couldn’t believe the price $5.99 for chenille, so I decided get it and save it for a January table runner. IMG_2541PicMonkey CollageGoldrunner

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I  like this soft chenille fabric, but it was only 13″ wide. The runners I create  are a minimum of 20″wide. and a minimum length of 72″. However, if you purchase  a runner you like that is not the desired width or length, do what I do;  add fabric and trims.  This not only gives you the size you desire but you design it with your creativity.  For this runner I added two additional fabrics.  A gold, green and yellow Brocade, which was a 1 yard remnant for $8.  A Cheetah Ultrasuede, I keep in stock. 🙂 (Love animal prints) and 2-1/3yds of accent gold tassel trim.  IMG_3667ETR

I wanted the runner to look as if a round tray was laying on top of the runner.  A mixture prints, textures and trims, is what I love to do.  And animal prints will always be somewhere in my sewing projects.  IMG_3659ETR IMG_3668ETR  I used the same tassel trim on Table runner makes wall art.  My tip: If you ever see designer trim on sale get as much as you can afford. Designer trim rarely go on sale at 50-75% off. When they do I take advantage of it. This bell tassel fringe with braided trim can sell up to $17+ a yard. I snatched 10 yards for $5.99 a yard at my fabric warehouse. I couldn’t resist.  My plan was to use a gold and black beaded trim which was not on sale, but this turned out ok.

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After drawing my design, I took the original chenille runner apart and cut all my fabric sections. For the center I had to sew two sections together since it was only 13″wide and I needed a 18″ diameter.  So do you think my $28(approx.) came to good use?

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Runners are one of my favorite home accent pieces to design, create and sew.  I love to design them using a mixture of  fabrics, prints and textures giving a ethnic appeal.  They  are  easy to create, versatile and easy on the budget therefore I change them often.  I also use them on my  buffet, over a chair, draped over an ottoman, coffee table, bench, an open door.

If you ever feel the need to create a table runner with a mixture of fabrics and textures, go for it. Explore your creative talents.  It’s only fabric. 🙂    Until next time…sew, create and enjoy loving your home.

 

Here is the tutorial .

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2016 note:  In 2016 Center Circle Table runner was donated to GoodWill

 

Exotic Sentiments

Going to the fabric warehouse is a very disciplined undertaking for me.  But I’m weak when it comes to buying fabric. Especially the fabric remnants! I went in to purchase the rest of the fabrics  needed for another project.  So this purchase was a total impulse reaction.  Tommy Bahama Fabric on clearance for $4 a yard. Usually sales for $12++ a yard.  I only purchased 1-1/2 yards because I had no idea what I would do with it. But I was drawn to it.  That night while sewing (another project)  I was watching Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. This episode he travels to Tanzania for an African safari adventure.  My question was solved….inspiration found….The Tommy Bahama Bahamian Breeze Fabric united with Exotic Wild Animal prints!!  (Silly me)

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The fringe was also in the remnant bin and it complimented the Tommy Bahama Print. The soft suede cheetah print I already had. Since it was only a small amount of TB fabric, pillows was the best choice. I decided to make left and right banded pillow covers with contrast lining.

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Of course I could not stop there with only pillow covers,  I still had fabric left!  The rest of the cheetah print I made into a valance with the Tommy Bahama fabric as a contrast band and ascot. Also, tie backs for the mock canopy.  The fringe was used on the lamp shades.  My excuse to change the décor:  This seems more accommodating for the colder months ahead, with warmer natural hues.  00a IMG_2339ExoticSentiments

This was the before: From Bohemian Playfulness to Exotic Sentiments:   Bohmenian to ExoticThe changes made:

  1. Pillows, Bolster and Bed Scarf
  2. Window Treatment Valance
  3. Canopy and tie backs
  4. Added glass top and table skirt to side table
  5. Vignettes modified on bedside tables
  6. Lamps and pictures
  7. Added chair under window
  8. Crystal Pull cords for fan
  9. Faux fur bedside rug
  10. Bamboo silk plant in corner

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To think it started with 1-1/2 yards of  $4 clearance fabric.  Most of all, I went shopping around the house, garage and closets.   Here is the tutorial on the pillow cover.  Click to enlarge.  The bolster and coordinating bed scarf was made years ago, so a tutorial on the bolster I’ll have to do, soon to come. PillowCoverContrast

Here are the other colors in the same Tommy Bahama print found on Fabric.com

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Now then; I guess I can get back to the project I was doing before all of this impulse got the best of me.

Cozy up for the chill and why not try some exotic sentiments here and there while you sew, create and enjoy loving your home.  See ya soon.

Check out Fabric.com for beautiful fabrics and Houzz.com for creative inspiration.

 

Dressing The Round Table

Round table cloths are another favorite. They gracefully fall to the floor like an elegant evening gown.

The round table gracefully greeting you in a foyer 

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In a corner of a library:

A Living room:  

Elegant dinner table:  

 

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Outdoor garden event.   Feeling Pastoral: Toile and checks:Redtoilewithchecks

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I created this little resersible round topper years ago and still use it for many purposes:

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I could go on and on.   Each round cloth has a different design and feel.  With the contrast banding,  lavish trims,  bold welt piping, these round cloths can be statement pieces.  If purchased retail, they can be pricey.  But easy to sew, easy to create with a little time.

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This tropical Waverly print has a contrast band; double piping; and  reversible.

I have made  many over the years so I decided to do a tutorial on how to add a contrast band. Click each page for a full view.

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It may seem overwhelming to read the instructions, if you have any questions feel free to email me.

The round table….. Quite rounderful don’t you think? 🙂  Until next time….Sew, create and enjoy loving your home.

Visit fabric.com for beautiful fabric selections and Houzz.com for more creative ideas.

Bohemian Bed Scarf

A Bed Scarf.  One of my favorite things to sew and create. This one is in my Bohemian designed guest room.

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This bed scarf fits a queen size bed and is 24″wide.  The fringe is made with yarn picking up all the colors of the cotton fabric. I chose a completely different print for the reverse side, smaller in width so the top fabric shows as a trim when flipped over to the reverse side. The inter-lining is basic soft batting used for quilts.  The Fringe is 12″ long and very, very full. I used 2-1/2 packages of yarn per side. So that is has a nice weight.  A perfect finishing touch for a Bohemian Bedroom.  This bedroom is also featured on http://www.Houzz.com search Bohemian Bedroom Home Design Photos.Bohemianbedroombs2

Visit http://www.fabric.com for beautiful fabric selections.

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