Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sew in Love with the Fleur de Lis

I took a break from my kitchen update this week and completed a small sewing project.  I spied this adorable burlap fabric with the fleur de lis print at Hobby Lobby and bought it on the spot.  I thought it would be perfect for the outdoor chairs on my porch.
I chose the black and tan cotton plaid to use as a complementary fabric for the pillow backs. 
I cut the burlap and plaid into 12" x 20" rectangles and thought it would be fun to add a fringe for trim (this was new to me and I kind of made it up as I went along:)  For the fringe, I used the burlap and cut 2 strips into 3" x 20" and 2 strips into 3" x 12".  It was easy to pull out the burlap weave to create a fringe effect.  I only pulled half of the strips so that I would have solid fabric to stitch into pillow.
 When I finished making my homemade fringe, I pinned the trim to the burlap (right side to right side) and then placed the pillow back (plaid fabric) on top sandwiching the fringe trim between the pillow front and back.  I stitched the pieces together leaving a 4" gap in stitching on the pillow bottom so that I could stuff it.  
After turning the pillow right side out, I used a straight pin to gently pull the remaining threads from the burlap trim though I stayed clear of the portion left open for stuffing.  This helped ease the corners and made the fiber fill easier to push into the edges of the pillow.  
After stuffing, I hand stitched the bottom closed and... voila
one of two of my new pillows.


  1. Cindy, I love your pillows! You did a fabulous job. I love the burlap with the fleur de lis! I haven't seen that fabric yet, but you've inspired me to visit Hobby Lobby today. LOL My hubby will be so thrilled to hear that. :)

    I am featuring your awesome pillows today at Pick of the Bunch. I hope to have it up soon. I have been so behind the past few weeks. We are now waiting on my mother's biopsy on a lymph node, and the doctor seems to be in no hurry.

    Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. We need to get together this summer and craft!! :)


  2. So cute! I saw this on Kathy's blog. Love the frayed edges!

  3. Thanks Jann for your kind words and for stopping by and thank you Kathy for featuring my project.