Tulips + Table Runner Pillows
March 3, 2013
This year, I’m challenging myself to bring more color into my home beyond my favorite blues which are everywhere around the house. Coral is my latest color crush and a natural complement to blue so it’s showing up in doses, most recently the living room.
The local stores have had several varieties of tulips in recent weeks, and these beauties were impossible to resist. I collect blue glass vessels, so it made sense to gather them up in a group on the mantel this season and fill them with the tulips.
Several of the aqua glass vases are from Threshold line at Target – we used them in the January photo shoot on the dining room table, the hobnail candle is from Anthropologie. The others I’ve had for years.
I spied a coral table runner at Pier One last week and just like with napkins years ago I thought I would refashion it into some accent pillows for a fun dose of color and this was a perfect way to indulge my coral color crush.
These are the four simple steps to make pillows out of a table runner: 1) use your pillow form as a guide for where you want your pattern to start and stop and pin the edges; 2) cut table runner where you’ve marked edges with your pin (include ½” seam allowance); 3) flip fabric inside out and sew together on one side, and halfway on the other; 4) flip right side out, insert pillow form, and hand stitch the opening closed with a needle and thread.
With this method, I was able to make two embroidered crewel pillow covers for $16 each. What do you think of this colorful brushstrokes fabric? It’s one of my painterly designs, I’m a lover of abstract art and random strokes of paint and this pattern is inspired by that.
I’m hoping to have this pattern and many others available for sale soon, probably early summer, but still more work to do, I’ll keep you posted on my progress!
For now I’m loving the simple doses of color brought into the room with just fresh flowers and accent pillows.
How was your weekend? Any of you spruce up your home with a little spring color?