Friday, October 19, 2012

{31 Days to a Brand New Room}
Day 19: Scrappy Rosette Accent Pillow

If you're joining us for the first time today, welcome!  This is day 19 of a 31-day series about how to give a room in your home a brand new look, from top to bottom, completely DIY. 


Like I said yesterday, I'm showing you some of the smaller decorative projects in this space to buy myself time to get the duvet cover and wing-back chair slipcover done.  Those aren't necessarily difficult projects, but they are a little labor-intensive and time consuming.  And, seriously, I'm running out of time!!  It's already the 19th!  Where is this month going in such a hurry?!  *deep breath*

Pillow covers.  For the next few days let's just talk about pillow covers.  You may remember a while back I made these scrappy rosette pillow covers for my living room couches:


I really liked the way they turned out so I decided to make one for Sydney's room.  What I love about these pillows is that you can tie in a bunch of different colors and fabrics, making one little pillow something that will make the whole room feel complete.  Many of the colors you will find here and there around the room are seen all together in this pillow so you can see the overall color scheme.  Love that!

I explained the process in my previous post, but I'll share a tip with you here that makes it so much easier:  You don't have to hand sew the rosettes!!  Before I sewed the pillow cover, I cut my canvas fabric to size.  Then I laid out my rosettes one at a time, rolling them up and pinning them to the white canvas base fabric as I went.  Using my my sewing machine I just sewed a spiral, starting by going around the outside edge of the rosette, circling in smaller and smaller until I reached the center.  Once I had one finished I would lay out another and sew each one on, one at a time.  I like how the stitching adds to the scrappy look and feel of it.

 I finished off my pillow with a zipper on the bottom edge and a pleated ruffle around the other three sides. Here's a really great tutorial on Design Sponge to follow if you've never made a zippered pillow cover before.  It's not as difficult as it may seem and really gives you a professional-looking finished product.  I found the down insert at Goodwill for just $1, but you can also get inexpensive feather and down pillow inserts at Crate and Barrel.


I know I've said it before, but this REALLY is my favorite thing in this room.  At least for today . . . Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to enter to win the Artful Halloween craft book I told you about yesterday.  Come back tomorrow for a cool embroidered pillow cover!

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