My mother has a business meeting in New York this week, and she's going to stay with me in CT for a quick overnight visit tomorrow. This spurred me to do some of those housekeeping projects that we've been putting off - like re-arranging rugs, dusting heating boards, re-caulking the shower - and... sewing a few decent throw pillows to replace these nasty, old ones:
I don't remember where they even came from. So today I made these!:
Instead of doing all plain, square pillows, I learned how to do piping today using this tutorial from Sew, Mama, Sew. It was so easy! (Though a bit time-consuming the first go-around.)
The lime zebra fabric is a 100% cotton remnant from JoAnn's. I also did a little rectangular stripey pillow. That fabric is from a fabulous local store: it's an old 19th century textile mill that today makes high-end designer upholstery fabrics, and sells the leftovers and mistakes in a small shop below the factory.
Are you a garment sewer who also sews items for your home? I actually began sewing by doing home dec items - curtains, pillows - and I think it's a great way to start sewing: it's mostly straight stitching, no complicated darts or zippers, relatively fast projects. I realized today that it can even be a good way for the apparel sewer to learn a new skill: today I made bias strips for the first time and learned how to make piping.
I'm not trading in my dress patterns for quilting projects, but it was a fun change today to sew pieces to spruce up the apartment. How do you feel about home dec sewing? Do you appreciate it as another fabric craft? Or are you firmly a Home Dec Hata?