Fancy Fringe Pillow

By Eleah

This week I designed a little decorative pillow.  I am going to leave the measurements open, so you can make a custom pillow in a size that best suits your room.  I wanted something neutral with a touch of femininity.  I chose a textured brown and cream-colored fabric for the body of the pillow and ribbon fringe in sand for the trim.  The ribbon fringe has a criss-cross pattern that leads to a shower of thin ribbons in various shades from the same color family.  It’s the perfect little accent for a room that needs something soft and inviting.

 

Supplies:

  • Fabric: Decide on the dimensions you want your pillow to be and add ½ inch for seam allowance.  Cut out two pieces of fabric in said measurements.
  • Ribbon Fringe: measure the perimeter of one of the pieces of fabric you have cut out for the body of the pillow and add about 4 inches for good measure. No pun intended.
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine + thread
  • Stuffing
  • Straight pins

 

Making the Pillow:

  1. Pin the two identical pieces of fabric together using straight pins with the right side facing in.
  2. Sew the two pieces of fabric together with a half-inch seam allowance.  Remember to remove the straight pins as you go…if your needle hits one it could break.  Leave about 5 inches unhemmed. You will need this to turn the pillow right side out and to insert the stuffing. 
  3. Turn the pillow inside out (see I told you not to hem the whole way around! Now look at what you’ve done!)
  4. Fold over one end of the Ribbon Fringe about ½ inch and quickly hand stitch the fold in place.  Lay the fringe along the parameter of one side of the pillow and begin to hand sew it in place.  The only part you should be securing down to the fabric is the gimp trim.  The criss-cross and loose ribbons should hang free from the pillows surface.  The more time you put into securing the trim, the longer it will last without need for repair.  When you come around to where you started, cut off all but 1 inch of extra fringe.  Fold that end and hand stitch it in place and up against or even slightly overlapping the beginning. 
  5. You’re done!

Storage Box

By Eleah

 

Fabric covered storage help keep your little odds and ends in order while simultaneously adding a splash of color to your space.  It’s a pretty quick and inexpensive project to undergo.  The supplies are minimal and the usefulness factor is high. 

 NOTE: The decorating method described below is merely a suggestion that happens to mimic the common design of storage boxes seen in home décor magazines.  Remember, you can also use buttons, rhinestones, Appliqués, fringe and tassels to decorate your box.  This can also be a fun project to do with a kid to help encourage putting away toys although I would suggest doing the fabric wrapping of the box yourself if your child is under the age of 12.

Supplies:

  • ½ yard of medium weight opaque non-stretchy fabric in a color of your choice
  • 2 yards of ¼ inch grosgrain ribbon in a color that compliments your fabric or ties into the boxes designated setting
  • 1 yard of 2-¼ inch grosgrain ribbon for the inside of the box
  • 1 old shoebox

Making the box:

  1. Lay the main compartment of the shoebox on your fabric and estimate how much you will need to wrap the entire outside of the box, adding an extra inch and a half to fold into the inside of the box.  Cut a square/rectangle from your fabric that will accomplish this.
  2. Repeat with the lid of the shoebox, except measure the depth of your shoebox lid to determine how much overhang you will need to pull and glue down the fabric.
  3. Lay the shoebox in the middle of the first piece of cut fabric and begin to fold into the center of the box.  Put down a strip of fabric glue on the inside rim of the box and seal down the first edge.  Go around the box wrapping in snuggly.  With the excess fabric, fold in a similar fashion as you would if you were making your bed… Consult 1950’s housewife if you don’t know how to do this. You want this to be pretty flawless or your box will look messy.  Make sure to apply glue in areas needed to hold fabric in place.
  4. Repeat steps with shoebox lid.
  5. Now you should have a wrapped shoebox that sort of resembles one of those TV show presents that doesn’t require actual tearing of the wrapping paper.
  6. Wrap your ¼ inch ribbon around the lid of the box applying fabric glue to the ribbon as you go.  You only need a thin spread otherwise the glue will push out from behind the ribbon and look messy.
  7. With the remaining ¼ inch ribbon, glue down along the raw edge of the fabric on the inside of the shoebox lid for a more professional finish
  8. Repeat on the shoebox/raw fabric edge with your 2-¼ inch ribbon
  9. Use any access ribbon to make bows or extra lines on the outside of your box.  This is especially useful if you are making multiple boxes and want to be able to differentiate them from one another