On Saturday night I spent quality time with my sewing machine, Adele, and a big ol’ jug of mulled wine (read more here). The blizzard had me stuck inside, and that was juuuuuust fine with me because I have a ton of half-baked craft projects aching need to be finished. Over a year ago I got back into embroidery and began embroidering the face of — what would eventually be — a pillow. I chose a quote from one of my favorite actresses, Lucille Ball. Her original quote reads, “I would rather regret the things I have done than the things I haven’t done.” I try to live by that … when I can.
The photo above is where I left off over a year ago. Yeah, I had a whole two words left and I couldn’t even finish that. But, that’s not all. I bought both the yellow fabric at the Los Angeles fabric district (learn more about my happy place here) and the floral fabric at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics over a year ago. It’s all just been sitting there taking up space! Oh, Nichole.
Pillows are pretty simple to sew and if you’re interested in sewing your own pillow check out a really good tutorial here. The tricky part is properly closing the pillow. That’ll take some practice, but it’s totally worth it when you’ve finally made a pillow that is EXACTLY what you want. You cut the fabric in the exact shape and size you want, and you picked the exact fabric you want. Sometimes it’s easier to go to a fabric store and make your own pillow than shop around for hours and hours and hours for the perfect pillow, just to settle for something that’s close enough.
So here are my pillows! Five new glorious handmade pillows. The embroidery above is just eh. It was my first try after years. I loved the mixture of lettering, so I kept it anyway. The bright colors and floral design on the pillows really give my living room a pop of color, which had more of a muted tone before.
And there I am in my living room, deciding whether or not I want more sugar in my coffee. Ultimately, I was too comfy to get up.