Posts Tagged ‘simple sew’

DIY Flanged Pillow Shams

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

One of the simple sew projects that never made it into the Lookbook from the spring fabric collection was this easy flanged pillow sham project, so I’m sharing it today. The flanged edge is a term used to describe the flap of fabric that borders a pillow sham. I love cotton flanged pillows shams after they come out of the wash and once they’re given a quick press with a hot iron, they add a nice detail to a bed whether they’re made of plain fabric or in a fun pattern like this.

simple sew flanged pillow shams

I like to make beds with the plain pillow cases hidden behind cotton pillow shams. Flanged shams like these hide the pillowcases you sleep on at night but are comfortable enough to prop yourself up against by day. Sewing your own is simple, all it takes is prewashed cotton fabric, matching thread, a measuring tape, some pins, and the ability to sew a straight line.

flanged pillow shams on bed

I use the same technique as I did for these envelope pillows, but allowed for extra fabric around the edges to create the flanged border. Here’s the basic step by step for a standard pillow sham with flanged edge: 

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Painted Peonies Print + Simplest Tote Bag Ever

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Today I’m featuring another print I created for the Spring Collection, I wanted a painterly mod floral to be a part of it. I’ve dubbed this pattern Painted Peonies and it was a lot of fun to create. I used multiple processes, it began with a rough sketch of a peony (several actually), they were combined to form a basic repeat then each print was colorized to form the petal outline.painted peonies fabrics kate riley

To create the four colorways, I digitally painted each pattern petal by petal and stroke by stroke with brushes so each of the four prints is subtly different.

sketch 4

sketch 2

In fabric form it’s an edgy floral and I love it mixed with the Splatter pattern I introduced yesterday.

black and white peonies and splatter pillows

I used the bright blue Marine colorway to create a washable lined tote bag and this truly is the simplest bag to make!

marine blue floral diy tote bag

I searched high and low across the internet for a simple tote bag tutorial, I came across a bunch of them and watched some videos but all of them involved a lot of steps and my brain started to get fuzzy reading about how to make them.

I wanted to make something SUPER simple so I came up with my own method. I like my bags a little wider and more shallow, I hate fishing around in the bottom of a deep bag for items so this design is what I wanted, plus it’s comfortable to carry in your hand or slung across your shoulder.

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