Thursday, March 1, 2012

outdoor pillows

spoiler: I put the finished product right here at the top of this post.
Guys, I sewed. On a sewing machine. Pressed the peddle, moved the fabric, and actually sewed something! I have been eyeing this fabric from JoAnns for a while, and finally, with coupon in hand, brought it home. I thought about using my trusty method of iron-on hem tape, but then decided, why the heck not, I'll try to do this all professional-like.
(I only brought my iPhone, so the pictures are in Hipstamatic, making the colors look pretty dark, hopefully you can see the goodness that we call navy in the photos at the bottom)

So we started by laying the BEAUTIFUL navy and white trellis printed fabric out to cut. We decided on making the back an envelope-type enclosure for an easy pillow insert and removal. I had no idea how this was going to pan out, enter my great friend Hope.
(she also made us wear sewing hats, please notice beanie + tank top = hello Dallas in February)
She owns this, and a ton of knowledge regarding all things, especially sewing.

Here's some pinning... that part was really fun to me, don't know why.
She let me use her beautiful red thread to make this gorgeous fabric come to life!
Look at that first line!!!
Then we flipped it around - or inside out - to make the side stitches.
Look at that, look at that! This is when the giggles started, can you see? It's starting to look like a real pillow case!

move forward one day, and...

Here they are in real life. Please excuse the standing shutters, it's starting to look pretty "canton-y" out there, maybe when summer rolls around I can get crafty and figure out what I really want to do with those. I digress, back to the pillows.
here's a prettier depiction of the navy.OK, whoa, stop you pillows, I'm beginning to blush at just how awesome you turned out!

A great big THANK YOU to all of those involved in this pillow odyssey, Mimi Johnson for the initial direction, Marty Johnson for going shopping with me to pick these out, Hope for teaching me everything you know, and Blake for always being optimistic about all my creations. And, Dakota, just because I love you dearly.


  1. Woah great job! I love the fabric and might have to steal your "envelope" idea. Isn't sewing the best? Now you can change pillow fabrics as often as you want to change things up without having to buy all new pillows! Love it.

  2. Look at you!! They turned out wonderful!!! I can hardly wait to come see them for real!

  3. My favorite part is the acceptance speech. Well..tied with the pillows obvi.