3/7/10

Bedroom Crafting

was inspired by Lori after seeing her beautiful bed adorned with pretty pillows and spent Saturday working up these accent pillows. 


I used left over poly/wool fabric together with my trusty pillow templates, monogrammed them and for the roll pillow used a design from Embroidery Library


 Before learning to sew garments, I would spend my time sewing pillow cases, duvet covers, curtains for my home mainly because of the abundance of windows and the need for paritculars colors.  One room has 8 windows and I quickly realized that if I wanted the right length and/or color I was better off making them.  Of late the curtains that  I have made have been rotated  from room to room, I really need to make curtains for that room since I do not have any red or gray curtains to go with the new comforter.   Hopefully, this week I will make a trip to Fulton Fabrics to score several yards of red or gray fabric.    Thank You Lori.




Also, Adrienne has inspired me to return to making duvet covers after seeing her beautiful duvet set.  In the past I would purchase king size flat sheets and sew them together to make duvet covers to coordinate with curtains.   Once I started sewing garments I veered away from home dec projects.   I enjoyed working up the accent pillows and looking forward to getting back into home dec sewing.  A week ago I purchased pillow forms from Joann's and plan to make some for my chiase.

(pic circa 2008..lol)


Also, I have a few yards of faux leather that was initially earmarked for a handbag, but will be used for pillows for the livingroom sofa.  With Spring approaching the room needs to be lightened up and also need to make new curtains for the livingrooom 


The curtains in the livingroom have been washed and rotated several times, in that they were in a bedroom, then another bedroom and back to the livingroom... a change is definitely needed.


 

I remember in the past, it was hard to find bathroom window curtains to match shower curtains and if there was a coordinating curtain it was poly/nylon fabric.  With that I started making my own coordinating bathroom sets and again would buy flat sheets and make bathroom curtains and shower curtains and use a shower liner under the shower curtains to keep the fabric from getting wet.  Again, I have been in rotation mode since garment sewing and these curtains have made their way back to the bathroom too...lol

(pic circa 2007)

Sheesh, now that I think about it, the kitchen needs new curtains too.Years ago I'd purchased peel and stick frosting for the lower panes to avoid having to use bottom panels that were constanly in the way.  Just having to use valances I never had any problems finding kitchen curtains, which were inexpensive.  However, these valances have seen better days.  I've never made valances and think I will try my hand at making them this year.





A questions for my dear bloggers what home dec projects do you enjoy!

13 comments:

Cas... said...

Lovely pillows! I went to an art gallery and there were many pillow sets there and they were absolutely gorgeous. They gave me plenty of inspiration.

Lori said...

Wonderful pillows, Sheila. I like your rod pillow, too. Also, I enjoyed the tour of your home. Good luck on all the curtains and pillows.

Faye Lewis said...

Your pillows are so classy chic. I haven't delved into home decor yet, but it is on my list for this year. I'm in desperate need of curtains. You are making that embroidery machine look more and more tempting.

Opal said...

You did a beautiful job on the pillows....

Shari said...

Your pillows look wonderful! Thanks for showing all your home decor projects...love the idea of taking flat sheets and making a duvet cover.

Handmade said...

Oh my goodness ..... you have alot of plans for big projects. I rarely sew my own curtains - when I did for my first baby - the hem line wasn't straight and they never really looked any good - I'm happy to leave that job to the professionals. However, I do sew alot of great big cushions for birthday presents - I print a collage of photographs onto fabric and sew them up - they are usually very well received!

Mary Sarah said...

Hi Sheila! Love the monogram and rod pillows. Great colors! I like sewing home dec projects. I've always made valances, curtains, pillows and bed skirts. They're pretty easy and I'm usually happy with how they turn out. I'm not usually happy with clothes I make. That may be why I like home dec. LOL! BTW, I love the plaid jumper you made! Later! Mary

Carol said...

I love your pillows. I have no need for curtains as I live in the country with only the cows and the wallabies to see in, but I have recovered whole sofas. I did two small two seaters a few years ago, even stapling the fabric at the bottom to get a nice crisp finish. I make pillows all the time because they are a quick fix to add colour to a room. I have fabric set aside to recover the sofa in my sewing room (in fact I think I will redecorate the whole room). I ordered some fabric last week to make my own sheets. Your blog is the second one I've looked at today with great use of an embroidery machine. I keep thinking I don't need one and then I keep seeing fantastic work like yours and I really want one!

Tanya said...

So cute, I'm definitely getting inspired to do some home decor. My favorite would be outdoor accessories, after making a new canvas cover for my porch swing I was hooked.

NGLaLALa said...

Great job on the embroidery! I have made a throw pillow, which was fun, and need to make some curtains. This is great inspiration!

You won the Simplicity pattern on my blog. Please send me an email at ang.m.so@gmail.com. :)

Angelia said...

Great looking pillows! I'm in the process of re doing a few of our rooms here so your post was a nice inspiration to me. I have never liked home dec sewing, but I made curtains for our breakfest nook and kinda liked it... so I'm looking forward to doing more. Keep us updated on your re-dos!

Liana said...

All your home dec stuff looks so good! I have to say I don't like any home-dec sewing until it's done. I've done lots of curtains, and a ton of Warm Windows shades, duvets, etc. I need to recover my kitchen chairs and do some shades and curtains to match. Oh joy. Not really, but I know it will be nice to have it finished. I just always feel like I'm "wasting" my time on home-dec, although it's such a great value; probably the best return on home sewing there is.

Adrienne said...

You have been BUSY! Love everything you've done. I might have to try some pillows!