Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Pillows for Spring

We are seeing signs of spring and me likey!

It's been time for new pillows for our living room for a while. I ordered a bunch of fabric that I liked, but really wasn't sure how it was all going to come together. And I have to say i'm liking the results! Our couches are dark leather brown, so we really needed something light and colorful!

Here is the result...
So...Two fantastic blogs are both hosting pillow contests this month. Stitched in Color and Sew Mama Sew (both must reads)!

Blogger's Pillow Party

For Stitched in Color's Blogger's Pillow Party, i'm entering the linen pillow with the vine applique. And for the SMS pillow contest, i'm entering both in the 'Pieced Pillow' category.

I started with the blue pillow with the strip of yellow fabric, and wanted to coordinate the other pillow with that.

I used mostly coordinating Heather Bailey fabrics from her Nicey Jane collection. Love the cutesy modern feel of these fabrics!

And because I think linen is the cat's pajamas, had to use it. Couple books that I've been reading lately (Applique Your Way and Sew Liberated) helped with the inspiration of the applique and the chain stitch embroidery of the vine. I used fusable web in where I sewed the leaves in placed, but wanted to keep the edges natural and loose from the pillow, to add more texture.

I made both pillows as slip covers, so I can easily switch them off when fall and winter roll around. And so I can wash them easily, since I know Louie sneaks up on the couch when we aren't home!

Oh Lou.


  1. I so love the applique! Makes we start thinking of how I can add that idea into mu baby hats!

  2. Gorgeous! Love the pattern, the fabrics you've chosen go so well

  3. I love your pillow, the design is wonderful!

  4. Love the applique and the stripe of colour on one end - it's fab!

  5. Great idea to keep the leaves free on the applique. I'm going to have to try that sometime!