My 3 Monsters: Porch Pillows and Finishing Touches

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6.21.2013

Porch Pillows and Finishing Touches

I have liked all the recent additions to my front porch decor -- the book page wreath and the family name sign -- but it was looking a little flat.  It needed a good pop of color to bring it all to life.  And some softness.  Something to make it feel homey and welcoming.  It was time to dig into my fabric stash and whip up a few fun pillows for my bench and recycle a few accent pieces to warm the whole thing up.


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I made a few really simple envelope-closure pillow covers and then embellished them to make them more interesting.  {Martha Stewart has a good explanation of how to make an envelope-closure pillow cover if you're not sure how.} The first pillow was really easy.  Whenever I cut out fabric for a project and there is just a little strip or small piece of fabric left over at the end, I can hardly bear to throw even those small scraps away so I save them in a bag in my craft closet.  They always come in handy when I want to make a quick rolled rosette to embellish something.  For this project I took a bunch of my favorite scraps and made a little garland to swag across that pretty blue pillow cover.


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I cut a piece of twine as wide as my pillow plus several inches so it would have room to drape and leave short ends to attach it to the pillow cover.  Then I cut scraps of fabric approximately 1 inch wide by 6-9 inched long and tied them to the twine randomly.


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To attach it to the pillow I sewed the twine into the side seams of the pillow cover, about 2 inches from the top.  I LOVE the bright combination of colors and patterns.  Plus, since the fabrics were all scraps from other projects they are all inside our home as well so the porch becomes a nice little preview of what you'll see when you come in.

For the white pillow I cut long strips of the white fabric I used to make the base and sewed them all together end-to-end to create one super-long strip of fabric about 1 inch wide and several yards long.  To finish the long edges, sew a zig-zag stitch down each side of the strip. Stitch right down the center of the strip and gathered it into a ruffle.  Once my ruffle was created,  I marked 3 concentric squares onto the front of my pillow cover, pinned the ruffles along the lines I had marked and stitched them in place.


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It's a nice contrast to the busy-ness of the blue pillow and just looks crisp and clean on the turquoise bench.  The yellow and white polka dot pillow I left plain to serve as a colorful backdrop for the other two.  The pillows were great and added a lot of hominess to the porch, but I wanted to bring in a few more things to round out the design.


Adding some warmth to your front porch with pillows and accessories at my3monsters.com
I love the metal bucket right next to the front door for kicking off flip-flops before coming in the house after a trip to the pool and the tall basket of decorative sticks adds some visual weight to the bench.  It's so much more welcoming now than when I started at the beginning of the week:


Adding some warmth to your front porch with pillows and accessories at my3monsters.com

Remember that?!  So much better now!!  I think it's a much better reflection of who we are as a family and gives a much better first impression.  What do you think?  Do you make an effort to tie your front porch into your home decor or am I just crazy?  Have a great weekend, friends!


2 comments:

  1. Love the pillows. Seriously... adorable. I pinned it!
    Carrie

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  2. super cute! I Love that pillow!

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