Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Thanks to our recent trip to Ikea Atlanta, my husband is remodeling our master bedroom closet!  It was a relic from the 60's that far from fit our needs.  Ikea is great for affordable organizing solutions!  So, on Monday everything came OUT of our closet.  Now our things are in our bedroom, in the living room, everywhere.  Please don't stop by (wink).

As part of the mass exodus, that huge naked pillow form was plunked in our dining room, where it wouldn't stop shouting for attention.  Last night I set about choosing fabrics, but I couldn't land on a combination that didn't seem like "too much" with my Snip Snip Values pillow that currently resides on the couch.  Mr. Huge pillow was to go with Snip Snip, where Mr. Huge will provide ample support for lengthy handiwork sessions.  Ahem.

today I made....

All at once I remembered this ultra-cool Ikea fabric (circa 2005) that I bought a few years, way back before I could sew.  I had planned to have it made into a curtain.  But, obviously, it was destined for my couch.  I liked the bold, oversized print with our couch and with Snip Snip. And, best of all, my husband liked it too!

And then I pondered - what could I add to it?  If not patchwork, at least binding?  Or hand-stitched embellishments?  Something?!?!?! 

a workhorse pillow.

I fought it, but in the end I decided that some things are supposed to be easy.  Made it this morning.  And I love it!  Best of all, you can squish it or leave it on the floor or even walk on it - I won't even flinch!   So here's for workhorse pillows!

rather invisible zipper

I hadn't sewn an invisible zipper for a few months, so I referenced my Invisible Zipper tutorial.  Easy peasy. If you want to learn zippers, this is a great way to start.  All you need is a normal zipper foot (which probably came with your machine) and an "invisible" zipper from the store.  Let me know if you have any questions!

simple is good.

After all that, I did a little rearranging.  Don't these three look nice together?  Snip Snip is now residing on our big red chair.  I think he may be a loaner after all...


  1. Ooooo! LOVE that pillow! Great zipper tutorial too! :)

  2. Love all these pillows, just gorg! Glad you've made an invisible sip tute, I'll be putting it to use soon.

  3. Looks the bold print. It was good to let it stand on it's own...doesn't need any embellishments. Great job!

  4. I LOVE the way they look together! Some fabrics are just so great as is, they don't need anything -- that print is one of them!

    Still haven't braved the invisible zipper -- I'll be using your tut when I do! :)

  5. Love it! The pattern is fabulous! But the patchwork pillow beside it steals the show... ;) lol! I'm new to sewing, less than a month, but I'm hooked on your blog! You are SO talented & creative! I'm embarrassed by how much time I spent on it this morning! But that can be our little secret, right?! ;)

  6. love that print! so cute!

    ps--i LOVE easy!

  7. Beautiful! I am off to Ikea next week to check out some fabrics. Their fabrics are the best;

  8. Yep, sometimes simple is best! It's a very fun print!


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