Archive for August, 2011

Square pillows done. On to the rectangles.

About rectangular pillows: are they for your lower back? Or are they for your elbow when the chair’s armrest is just too, too hard? Or is it another design conspiracy of form over function? “You know, dahling, what this chair really needs is a rectangle. Squares are soo last week.” Stupid.

Well, regardless (not irregardless because that is just stupid), the patio set has two rectangular pillows, and you can’t break up a set, so they get a new fabric slap-up. With a surprise twist, as promised.

Here is the (ugly) pillow. The fabric feels like the stuff that store shopping bags are made of. Cheap.

And the surprise? Well, I had to figure our how to make the pillow covers removable (and therefor washable). Birds fly over the patio and have been known to poop on things. It’s easy to make a removing flap thingee on a square pillow. Not so with a (stupid) rectangular pillow.

So I sewed envelope flaps into the top of the pillows.

My intention was to close the flap with a button. But this would require a button hole, and I could not remember how to make the Bernina’s button holer work. (Must go in for a refresher as the instruction manual was written by people who use the word irregardless.)

In to rescue me steps Rope Work Man with a suggestion for Chinese button fasteners. Clever, clever Rope Work Man.

Rope Work Man

Looks a bit like an over-pass nightmare at first.

But then…

The round part is a lanyard knot.Here are the two together. One side done.

Here is the other–nifty!

And here is the rectangular cushion on our patio, looking spiffy.

And what is this? A table made out of a Canada Dry pop bottle crate? Another project done! (Thank you, Chris and Nelson.)

I think I need to start a new book. My elbow will be very comfortable in that chair.


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Have I said how much I like our patio? (I really like our patio.) Now that I have improved the view a bit, the patio is more and more like an extra room for us. A comfy place to take a load off on the cushy chairs or couch. But don’t look at the cushions. They’re ugly.

Ok, look at the cushions. Two square, two rectangular:

Ugly, right? Well, if not ugly, boring maybe. Time for a little improvement.

I found this lovely tomato red fabric at Fabricland, and because of a sale and a flaw along the selvage, I got it for a steal. Enough for four pillows and a runner for under $10.

I didn’t want to mess with piping, but I wanted the pillows to be a bit tailored so I experimented with an alternative.

It was satisfying to spend some time reacquainting myself with my Bernina.

I’ll admit, I had no idea what the piping would turn out like. Looks like a little envelope corner.

These pillows sewed up quickly and they sure look cheery on the patio.

I made the cases removable because we slop drinks and such in this family.

I think I want to go sit in the sun and lean on this pillow.

The rectangular pillows are just about done. Little surprise coming with them.

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