Thursday, November 24, 2011

Patchwork Pillow

When I shop in thrift stores, I keep my eye out for furniture and decorative objects but another thing I love to hunt for is fabrics. There are always interesting finds like sheets, tablecloths, curtains etc. Sometimes there are even leftovers from fabric stores.

There are so many beautiful pillows all over decorating stores and websites these days and I wanted to try my hand at creating one. A gray and teal color combination was what I decided on, and I wanted to use different weights and types of fabrics. I bought a 16" x 16" pillow form at a craft store but you can also use stuffing and create whatever size you want. The middle panel was created first by sewing the right sides of several fabrics together.

I made two crumpled satin pieces of fabric by cutting them twice as long as the others, doing a loose hand stitch, pulling on the thread to crumple it then sewing it to another piece as usual. I saved my favorite fabric, the gray wool blend for the largest area which gives it a cozy feeling.

Now these orphaned fabrics have been given a new life!

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