As a lifestyle/diy blogger, I love it when I can share large projects like my craft room makeover or AirStone kitchen island update, but truth be told, I love it even more when I can do small, super quick projects like sewing up a few pillows or adding some interest to an otherwise boring vase.
Last week I headed up to the cabin on Tuesday and spent the next five days challenging myself to use some of the fabrics and ribbons I had lying around. A few months ago I picked up some fabric samples at Joanne’s for $2.00.
*Tip* You know the samples some stores have of the ‘special order’ fabrics? Well, every so often they put them in a large bin and sell them for $2.00 each. I think most of them are around 18″ square which is a nice size for a pillow. (You could use a contrasting or complimentary piece of fabric for the back of the pillow if you don’t have enough.)
I’ve decided to ‘go green’ on the deck to make use of some of the fabric I already had on hand, plus I think it’s a nice look for an outdoor space. I just purchased an umbrella and two chaise cushions on line and I hope they’ll get delivered no later than Friday so we can bring them up to the cabin and we can start enjoying the deck.
Back to the projects…
This was my first attempt at creating a patchwork pillow and I’m very happy with how it turned out. It’s hard to tell, but the seams line up almost perfectly which is the most challenging part.
It’s funny, but here I am sewing brightly colored things when in a couple of weeks I’ll have to start all over and start sewing for Fall! I’ll show you how to do the patchwork pillow the next time I make one which should be fairly soon. I was sewing this one at 1 in the morning so the light wasn’t the best, plus I wasn’t sure what I was doing ;).
If you’re just starting to sew, there’s no better project than envelope pillows. They’re fast and super easy, requiring no zippers or fancy closures of any kind.
I picked up this vase at Ikea a while back and lately started thinking it needed a little ooomphh. I had some burlap ribbons and some buttons, and a few minutes later with the help of some hot glue…
turned it into this. I had a lot more ribbon, but sometimes less is more.
Keep in mind these projects take practically no time to complete, use up materials you may already have and add personality to your home.
Next up on the project agenda are some curtains for the enclosed porch and staining the framing portion of the deck and finishing up the landing at the bottom of the deck stairs. We’re thinking maybe some stone topped off with slate.