* Rustic Throw Pillow

Posted on December 26th, 2008 by amy. Filed under Home and Garden, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Mom and I spent Christmas Day working on a throw pillow for her couch.

She’d initially planned to use buttons to spice it up, but after a big search across many states (!) we couldn’t find anything quite right. Instead, we decided to embellish it with embroidery. I sketched a number of options on black construction paper, and we chose this geometric.

Then, we copied it on the all-in-one scanner, and tried out the layout with the fabric.  Although we had initially planned to use the elements horizontally, we realized changing them to the vertical gave a nice contrast with the horizontal pattern of the fabric.  We transferred the design, and decided to add symmetry by making the side elements mirror images.

Fortunately, we had two embroidery hoops, so we each worked one of the outside motifs using random odds and ends from her knitting basket. What a fun way to spend Christmas afternoon, needleworking side by side! Once we were done with the two side motifs, we realized that the center motif needed to be more symmetric, so we leveled the horizontal elements. Then, there was a bit too much negative space, so we added a catch stitch in linen cord along the center and sides. Mom has a copper coffee table, so we decided to add brass buttons to unify the pillow with the room (after all the button search, these had been in her stash all along!) She finished it with homemade cording in black canvas.

One Response to “Rustic Throw Pillow”

  1. Debbie Says:

    Lovely! It’s definitely given me some ideas. Thanks for sharing.


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