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…

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