Friday, February 26, 2016

Bringing In Spring-Sewing New Pillows and Curtains To Brighten up Spaces

New pillows
I should be outside working in the gardens, but I have just had this urge to sew to brighten up and add color to a few of the rooms in the house.
It all started when I took the grand kids shopping at Toys R Us for a little treat.  After they picked out a little something from Grandma and Grandpa, I spied the new Joann's store in the same shopping center.  They were willing and so very good, so off I went to look at yarns for knitting and passed by the fabric.  I love upholstery weight fabrics.  Without even thinking I picked out about 6 different prints that were all mixed and matching in similar colors-my favorite colors, aqua blue, yellows, golds. (I am sorry to say all my photos came out dark.  The dining room and living room are both very bright rooms with lots of windows so it was hard to get my phone to adjust to the bring light.  So colors aren't showing their best-sorry)
Old pillows on windowseat

Miss Mash of colors and styles

Annie Seeing What I Am Dowing
 On my phone I have the Joann's app, so I quickly checked it out and I had a 50% and a 40% coupon AND the fabric was on sale anyways.
Sewing the Pillow
I didn't really have a specific plan, I just knew that the pillows in the dining room were looking a little worn from use.  And I roughly knew how much I would need to make pillows.  There was one yellow print fabric I really liked, it was already 50% off, so I asked for whatever was left on the bolt, about 11 yards.  I figured I would use it someplace, sometime.  Isn't that what all crafters think???
It was a week or so later, that I pulled them all out and placed them on the window seat to assess colors.  I remembered I had originally wanted to use this gold/greenish linen fabric for the main seat cushion so I dug that out of my fabrics to mix into the assortment.  I had purchased that linen fabric about a year ago and never got around to doing the project.
Old Pillows
I pulled off all the old pillow covers; washed and dried the pillow forms and started to work.  Several different shapes and sizes of the pillow forms helped to fit the amounts of fabrics I had purchased.  Since I know myself, and that I would not keep these pillow cases for eternity, I decided against putting in zippers.  For about 3 days, I would sew a few hours in the morning, pin up the openings at the end to hand sew them closed while watching TV in the evening.

Before I knew it, they were all sewn and finished.

Should I tell you a secret?  Family knows.  The window seat is used primarily by - Bella, my long haired German Shepard.  She started going up there since she was a puppy to gaze out the window to see who is in her driveway.  Annie will go there only when they are left at home in the house so I know they both end up there to look out the window waiting for us to return.  How do I know?  Smashed pillows and nose mess on the windows!!!  OMG, what we all think is OK with our animals.  Years and years ago, when our dogs, were-well, dogs, left mainly outside to be guard dogs and because they wanted to be outside.  Hard to imagine that now.   Not that way for the last 15+ years though.  So instead of training them NOT to sit on the window seat, I thought it actually fairly cute of Bella, she looked so comfortable all 96 pounds of her, with her head propped up on the pillows and her nose pressed against the window.
Well, now the truth is out, I needed to change the pillows not only to get away from blacks, golds, solids; but to get rid of the "dog smell" and dirt from Bella.  
After I finished up with all the pillows, I still had this special yellow floral print that I ended up buying to actually make the 6' cushion out of, but left the original cushion in place..
I walked into the living room and noticed that the front windows could use some color and change also.  I wasn't sure if I had enough, but knew it might be close.  I got finished with making the 3rd panel and measured out the 4th one and it is 3 feet short!!!  The exact size I used on the pillows I made out of it for the window seat.  I should have done the panels first, but oh well.  It will mean another trip to Joann's and who knows, I just may see some other fabric I like.
I forgot to mention, while at Joann's I ended up purchasing some cotton yarn in great colors to crochet some mess market bags.  These will be used as examples for my next Windmill Farm class.  I want to make up several shapes and sizes for people to see what can be done with a ball of cotton yarn.  

Interested in that class?  Facebook, email or call us here at Windmill Farm, I hope to schedule the class real soon.


Becka Silva said...

I really love the colors of your new pillows. That soft yellow and gray say Summer all over them. Isn't it amazing what just a little fabric will do to change the look of a room. I hope you go back and get enough to complete the 4th panel you need for your curtians.

I think hosting the yarn class to make the bags is such a wonderful idea. Just in time for all the Farmers Markets to get going, and then you'll have a nice bag for produce and flowers.

Are you doing CSA again this year?
Oh- and are you doing the flower CSA too?

Take care dear....
Becka :)

Dante Storey said...

My partner showed me this blog because we have a child with severe allergies. I had to reupholster furniture with latex based cushions for him. I found pillows at a healthy sleep store and my wife wants to try out your ideas with bamboo fabric. I thought I could pass this on to your readers who suffer from allergies.

Windmill Farm said...

Thank you Dante for commenting. It is amazing how everything changes with good pillow forms and new fabrics. Come back again and visit us here at our Windmill Farm blog and also check out our Facebook page-Windmill Farm AND Paula Carli.