Monday, March 2, 2009

Springtime Pillows

It's time to change for spring. In springtime I get restless about changing things around. New furniture is out. The easiest and most inexpensive way to change and give a new look is to change pillows. I have been playing around with a few designs in my head for several weeks. I finally put it in cloth. I wanted to do something in wool. We think of wool for winter, for warming us up. So I wanted something with bright color, lots of punch, to give the look of spring, still keeping an organic feel. This is what I've done so far. This one with the white flowers is my favorite.
I cut the base for the pillow fronts, then cut the shapes for the flowers. I sewed the flowers on by hand with pearled cotton floss. I use a random length straight stitch. Some of the petal points lift slightly and help give the flowers a look of movement.
Then I made two tulip pillows. The tulip on the yellow is flat.
The tulip on the tweed is sewn on in pieces. The tips of the tulip lift away from the pillow for a 3d effect.
Each pillow is a different size. I cut the size and shape on a whim. The backs of the pillows are pieced together. One in pieces of one color and one in random colors. They are not the size of pre-made forms. I make a form by making a "bag" out of muslin, and stuff it with stuffing. I like my pillows plump and soft. I like the bold more modern look of these, still keeping an organic, traditional concept. It was fun and very quick to make. I have a few more designs taking shape in my head.

16 comments:

Old World Primitives said...

What a great idea to change up your decor for spring! I love them all - the one with the white flowers is my favorite too. :)

Stephanie

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Those are so cute - I really love the tulip ones! I agree, the easiest way to change a look of a room quickly is to change out the pillows.

Manuela

UPON A HILL said...

You are one talented lady! Stuffing the pillows is a chore in itself, makeing sure that you have enough fluffiness throughout the whole pillow. You are doing a great Job!!!!!!!

Carmen said...

Those are adorable pillows! Wish I could sew:(

Vickie said...

Those are so darn cute! I think your right it's time for a little spring to brighten things up. Take Care :)

Farm Chick Paula said...

Those are gorgeous, Debbie! I think I love the first one the best, but they are all so pretty!

By the way- thank you so much for all the extra goodies you sent with my feed sack!! You are so sweet for doing that! My Hubby even said "that package sure smells good..."
Thank you so much!!

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and Eggs In My Pocket said...

Oh, I just love these! Such a good job you did! Just lovely! blessings,Kathleen

Vickie said...

Hey, Come on by I have something for you. Take Care :)

Sharon/primthyme said...

just beautiful !!!

J and J Acres said...

I love those pillows!! I like the colors a lot.

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I am slowly getting back into visiting my favorite blogs. Love the pillows, nice way to bring some spring into the house!
I hope all is well.
denise

Farm Chick Paula said...

Hey there, Miss Debbie- just thought I'd drop in and say hello!
Hope you are well...

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Stopping by to say hi!
denise

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh yes! Those are right up my alley! Wooooool is my very favorite medium....It's wonderful that you gave a wintery fabric a totally summer look! I want it all year around.....Isn't it so much fun to work with? And, so forgiving.

Blessings,
Spencer

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Stopping by to say hi !
denise

manitoba stitches said...

I,too,love working with wool. these look great! I am so glad I found your blog, I am adding a link to my blog.