Friday, February 26, 2010

playful pillows

those of us in the northeast have gotten slammed with snow this winter and this week was no exception! despite watching way too much on bravo i still managed to get some crafting done. and when i say done that means i actually completed the project i set out to do. might not sound like a big deal but for some reason i have trouble finishing projects. did i just admit that? yikes. it's true though. i'm great on the initial start but then i tend to get bored or tired and put it away. but not this!

last weekend i took a trip to ikea with some of my siblings and my nieces. my sister-in-law kesh is in the process of turning her dining room into a playroom for her 2 little girls. so we went to ikea to pick up some storage. along the way she grabbed some pillows. as we were browsing the pillow covers, nothing caught our eye. i daringly offered to make the covers if she bought the fabric. so on wednesday we headed to joann's (with coupon in hand) and she got all the fabric for about $23. we were covering 5 pillows so $23 split 5 ways... well i'm no mathematician but i know that's cheap.

yesterday i started and sewed the covers for the 2 small pillows and the 1 medium sized one. i did a cute flower applique that mimics the rug she picked up at ikea. they turned out super cute! i did the flap style pillows which make it ideal for her with 2 little ones. if they get dirty she can just pop them off and spot-clean or throw it in the wash. and if she ever decides to change up the look of the playroom we can make new ones.


today i tackled the 2 big pillows. they're 26"x26" but they'll be perfect for cozying up with a good book. i decided to do a little stripe action on the big pillows... you know for visual interest. haha! i'm pretty happy with the way they turned out, too. and again, it's the flap style so they're really easy to get on/off.

i can't wait to see the playroom when it gets painted and all the finishing touches get put in. i'm so glad i got to add a little flare to the room and contribute something. sewing is a new outlet for me, but i'm really enjoying the freedom to create and especially seeing others get joy from the things i make for them!

i can't believe i managed to get this project done so quick. i tend to procrastinate so knowing this is complete makes me so happy!

oh and ps- i won an awesome giveaway today! i am so excited! i'll post about it soon! all i have to say is that the recipient of the goodies hasn't been born yet, but i know she'll love them when she makes her appearance into this world. :)




ps- sorry for the bad photos... they were taken with my iphone.

11 comments:

Gina said...

I can't even sew a button on, so I am super impressed with your pillows. (I'd be impressed even if I was a seamstress, but I am extra impressed!) I won a giveaway today too. Congrats to you!

Katie said...

You won a giveaway for my daughter?!?!?! hahahahha...!! seriously??? thats awesome!!!

Sarah said...

They look great!!! One great thing with these snow days...is the time to be crafty!!!

the weldons said...

adorable! way to go! i have 3 pillows i've been meaning to cover for A YEAR but can't ever seem to get them done! nicely done!

oh, and thank you so much for your sweet comment about the family you saw when you were out to dinner...i got all teary reading it :)

Kishah said...

They're so cute!
The girls will love them! :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Those pillows look awesome!!!

The Kid said...

Neat job...

I have needed pillows for a long time now... You inspired me to make them :-)

Brittany Ann said...

I saw these on Twitter, too! They are beautiful! Nice work!

Kat said...

Those pillows are super cute!

Stephanie said...

So cute! Nice job :)

Keshet said...

You did do an amazing job and I was so surprised you finished them SO FAST! I just wish you could see the girls lounge on them every day like I get to. :)