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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How To - Design A Special Custom Looking Pillow

As you all know, I change my pillows in my rooms about every two minutes.  Well not really, but it seems like I do.  I love to sew up some of the pretty fabrics that I see and it's so fun to see how I can change the look of my rooms with just a few fabric changes.  


I showed you some wonderful fabric that I found at the beginning of the year.  I finally got around to sewing a little.   I decided to start with a pillow out of the black/metallic gold dot.  I love this fabric.

I also had a small piece of a sheer gold metallic left over from a previous project, so I decided to use that to make the cording.  This added a little extra bling and character to the pillow.

The gold cording is subtle but does make the pillow stand out.  I found this gold dot fabric at Fabric.com.

Pretty enough on it's own, but I think it could be better.

I had been wanting to use a monogram on a pillow for a while, so when I found these on etsy .  I just had to order one large enough for the center of the pillow.  It came with really easy to follow iron on instructions.  


 That definitely gives this pillow character.

One thing to consider when you are making or buying pillows for your furniture is the size of the pillow.  I often see pillows that are too small or too big used and it throws the whole balance off.  My furniture is more on the small size so I use 18 inch pillows most of the time.  I can also use 20 inch and it still works, however using much larger seems to over power my furniture. I see some using the smaller 12 or 14 inch pillows.  One as an accent works great, but if that is all you use, then it looks out of balance to most furniture.  If you are using smaller ones, mix them with a couple of larger ones to balance the size out.   Look at how tall my pillows are in relation to the back of my sofa.  You want them to be approx. the same, not way bigger and taller or way smaller.  Try different sizes and see how they work on your furniture.  

If you missed it, I also made a couple of new table runners out of some of my new fabric.  You can see them here.


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25 comments:

  1. Oh it looks fabulous with the monogram Marty! Thanks for the info on where you got both, so so pretty!
    Jenna

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  2. Miss Marty I love this pillow! The monogram is the perfect touch. Here I am still struggling to find time to sew up the Schumacher fabric....ah well. :)

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  3. Lovely pillow, I was interested from your last post how this pillow will turn out and it looks really pretty. I like the monogram you've used it defnitely adds character and it's such a nice personalized piece. I do agree with you about the scale of the pillows. I think if the pillow is too big it looks overbearing on the furniture piece. Great tips!

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  4. Love the monogram, Marty! That black fabric with gold dots and cording looks absolutely stunning! Beautiful living room decor, love your elegant style:) Happy week!~hugs, Poppy

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  5. Your pillow looks fabulous Marty! Love the way you made gold cording, and that monogram, oh... beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Vesna

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  6. you always do such a great job decorating with pillows.love that fun fabric and how you embellished it.

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  7. WOW! The pillow is perfection, and you cannot beat a good monogram:)

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  8. Marty I love the monogrammed pillow! Your new touches look really sharp - the runner, the striped candles, the pillows.

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  9. Your new pillows look great, Marty! That gold cording is such a nice finishing touch and I love the custom look you got with the monogram.

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  10. They look great.... You are Blessed with such a talent to be able to make your own pillows... They have really gotten pricey in our area. Isn't it amazing how simply changing pillow coverings can change the entire look of a home. have a great day

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  11. Wow...I LOVE the pillow Marty!!!...so very glamorous!!!!

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  12. You are so talented and I love your decorating style, so elegant yet homey.

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  13. I love your pillows….BUT …here's my dilemma: To me, lots of pillows on a couch scream "DON't SIT HERE"….I always remove my pillows when I have company because of that very reason….How do you handle that?

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    1. First, I always use down pillow inserts, they are super soft and comfortable. Second, I don't fill the sofa with pillows, I leave room for seating. If you look at the above photo you also see that the scale of my pillows leave room on the cushion seat to sit. I also sometimes move pillows too, it just all depends, but most people feel comfortable sitting on my sofa. Maybe that's because I sit on it and lean back on the pillows, so they feel it is alright to do the same. I think what ever works for you is perfect.

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  14. I love the monogram Marty! But the LINK you added for your source is not working, could you send me the link to that etsy store? I would love to do some too! thanks a bunch!

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    1. Sorry, I corrected the link. I am emailing you. It is ll Magnolia Lane - - -https://www.etsy.com/shop/11MagnoliaLane

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  15. Marty. I loved the pillow fabric before but that monogram made it even better.

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  16. Love your pillow with the monogram!

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  17. Marty, thanks so much for sharing my gold monogram and the link to our Etsy shop. I just love black and gold together! I shared your post via our Facebook and Instagram so everyone can enjoy your creativity!

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  18. The new pillows looks amazing. I wish I had your talented hands!
    End of tenancy cleaning Surrey

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  19. Very pretty Marty! I am a sucker for polka dots and I love the black and gold together. It is perfect with the little sequined pillow too. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings, Deborah

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  20. Congrats for being featured for your great pillow tutorial over at DIY Design blog party. It really is a great accent pillow!

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  21. Your pillow is gorgeous Marty! The fabric is so pretty, but you nailed it by adding the cording and the monogram...they added the perfect finishing touch!

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  22. Marty you are inspiring me! I am just learning to sew and your pillows are so pretty - I have to get going and make myself some! Love the monogram, ironing is something I CAN do!

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