Monday, October 21, 2013

Laurie + Denyse = New Pillows


Do you love Laurie Wisbrun’s fun and preppy designs?  Of course I had to get some of her bee and cardinal fabrics.  I didn’t have a plan in mind when I got the fabric, which is nice sometimes, but other times can be frustrating not to have enough fabric once a decision has been made to finally use it.


The horizontal lines of cardinals made it easy to make fast 2.5” strip pillow covers.  I just cut all my strips 2.5” and then spent a lot of time arranging and rearranging all the strips into different combinations.  In the end I settled on green & blue for one, and red & blue for the other.


I’ve always made envelope closures for the back, but this time I thought I’d give zippers a try.  I only had two on hand, one red and one cream, but I kind of like the way the red really pops on the back. It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.  I think the zippers add a professional touch, but next time I’ll try to make them hidden zippers.  Now that I’ve given zippers a try I’m not as intimidated. 


Here’s a pic of how I fashioned the front of the pillows.  I just cut 2.5” strips from my fabric and pieced them together, pressing all the seams open.  I used the seam lines for a guide and I straight-line quilted evenly through each strip to finish the fronts before sewing the back to the pillow.


The pillows are so refreshing in my living room, I thought it was time for a couch facelift, so I got a slipcover for it!  I think the lighter color, after 13 years of a green couch, has brightened up the room considerably.  While I’m not a fan of the slipcover fit or quality of fabric, it is the third one we tried and we are going to live with it until the kids are a little older.  The nice thing is I can just pop it in the washing machine when needed.

So, I’m {finally!!!!} on my way to having my own handmade pillow collection.  Have a wonderful day!


  1. Your pillows are gorgeous, and I love the way the zippers look! I need to try zippers the next time I make one, I've been too lazy (and chicken) to try up til now. :)

  2. "Do you love Laurie Wisbrun’s fun and preppy designs?"
    YESSS! ;)

    Yay for handmade pillow collections! ;) Yours is looking so good! Also the sofa slipcover looks very nice, a color I would pick, too.

    The last picture is a real "put a bird on it" moment, love it!

  3. Love your fun pillows!! Good on you for using zipper enclosures, I haven't been brave enough yet. By the time you're ready for a new couch cover you might be able to make a big patchwork one!!

  4. Great fabric and great pillows and what a good idea to put in a zipper.

  5. Now that is my kind of pillow collection! They are all very eye catching,as are the quilts in the background. I have not previously seen the Lori Wisburn's prints,but I like them,and you can't go wrong with D S prints :) The pillows and quilts alike really pop out from the slipcover.

    It looks like Bea's Cockatiel is getting acquainted with the new birds in town ;)

  6. Jamie, your pillows look so pretty. Your pillow collection will be wonderful.

  7. They look great on your couch! We're having our new living room set delivered tomorrow and I can't wait to make some pillows.

  8. I don't think you can loose with those fabrics!!! They are beautiful and the zippers look great. I like that red line on the back. The nice thing about pillows on a neutral couch is that you can change for the season.


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