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Sunday, July 25, 2010


Okay, so now I need some pillows for my guest room! Remember that I was just trying to use what I already have or redo something else. I have soooo many pillows in my house that I wouldn't dare go and buy more. (just ask my husband!) So, I decided to redo some pillows that I already had, I pretty much just used the pillow forms that the pillow covers were in. My inspiration came when I got out some of the lace that I have had for centuries, well not exactly centuries, (I'm not that old.) I have had this lace for a long time, it was some that I bought when a fabric store was going out of business and I knew I could do something with it later. Well, it is later! When I saw it  rolled up on the fabric I had chosen it gave me an idea.

See, doesn't it look like a flower?
For the first 2 pillows I just ran a gathering stitch down the middle of the lace.
Then I just started sewing the gathered lace across the pillow, I didn't measure the lines but if you feel more comfortable measuring, measure out the lines and mark them before sewing.
Here are the 2 pillow tops with sewn lace.
For the next pillow I decided I wanted flowers so I did measure this time and made 9 circles and drew them lightly on the fabric with a pencil.
I gathered this lace at the bottom of the lace instead of the middle and then started the flower on the edge of the pencil line and worked my way in. When I got to the center I rolled the fabric into a tight coil for the center and I tacked the center down with a back and forth stitch to finish it.
Here is one of the flowers finished, only 8 more to go!
I could see that my lace was starting to run low so I thought I better work around the outside and because I didn't have enough to make all of them white another creative idea came and I decided to do the last one black! Sometimes improvisations are the best ideas because when I was finished I loved it!
I just used some black fabric because I didn't have any of the black lace to match.  I measured about 2 1/2 inches of the fabric and then fold in half and press with the iron and run a gathering stitch along the edge. I then made the flower  like I did the rest but found when I got to the center that it was easier to finish it by sewing with a needle and thread instead of with the sewing machine.
Here is the finished middle of the flower.
Sew it by hand.
Yes, the black really pops but I think that is what I like the best about it.
It turned out great for the comforter and matches just perfectly!

Here are the 3 finished pillows using what I had in my sewing room. The room is turning out great and can't wait to show you the big reveal!


Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Donene,
Love your pillows, they came out so pretty. I like the black flower in the center too, looks nice with what I can see of your comforter. Can't wait to see the rest. The other ruffled looking pillows are adorable as well.
Great work my friend,
blessings, Nellie

Unknown said...

I am loving it! Can't wait to see it in person in a couple of days!

Mandy England said...

These are SO cute! Thanks for sharing! :]

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Gorgeous! Love the way the three of them look and the black flower is just the right touch. Clever of you.

Unknown said...

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Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Wow, these are just beautiful!
Thank you for sharing!
Have a good evening!

Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block said...

Love your pillow! The black and white are so elegant - and perfect! Great job, Donene!

Anonymous said...

I love the white cotton material you used for your pillow base and also the white cotten ruffles. You do wonderful work but I absolutely love the fabric you used.


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KasiaJ said...

They look fabulous!

Staci J said...

Wow!! Those are gorgeous pillows! I LOVE the black flower accent in the center:)
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Anonymous said...

I love, love, love the ruffle pillows! So cute!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

Those are ADORABLE!! LOVE them!

La Maison Reid said...

Those are both cute as can be. I'm loving ruffles more and more and simply adore roses and rosettes (having used them on two of my last three projects!)
Your guests are going to feel very welcome and may not want to leave ;)


Unknown said...

Those pillows are so lovely!! That kind of style is not as "easy peasy" as you may make it seem!! :-) Thanks for sharing that with us!!

Unknown said...

The pillows are gorgeous, and the black flower goes to well with the bedspread. How pretty!

Unknown said...

Those look great!! And I love, love, love the black "pop" :)

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Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

What a pretty trio of pillows! I just love lace flowers.

Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you had fun and will join in again next Thursday!


KimMalk said...

These are just adorable, and I know from personal experience a little time consuming. I'd love if you linked these up with Fabric Fun Thursday :).

Unknown said...

These pillows look great! Thanks for linking up to Sister Sister Sunday!

Leslie said...

How freakin' cute! I love those adorable pillows! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

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Kirsten said...

LOVE IT!!! I have ooodles of eyelet lace I soo could use. Having three boys doesn't give me much reason to use eyelet, lol. But now on a pillow on my new black and white bedding. Thank you so much for the ispiration.

TidyMom said...

I LOVE these!! just adorable!!.....Stumble you post for you too!

Bella @ Bella before and after said...

I love how these turned out. The black and white really works for me, I love it.

I would be really happy if I had these, and thanks to you, I have the inspiration, and know how. THANK YOU!!!

You know what to do right?? Share this too, its amazing.

Bella :)

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