Dots On The Couch

Remember that fun orange spotted fabric that I LOVED and Hubby more than hated? Well he said “anywhere but the bedroom” after rejecting it as a pop of fun in our master bedroom (which I don’t disagree with… We were going for a sanctuary feel and the spots are far from it). With his veto I decided I would put it not just “anywhere but the bedroom” but I made a mission to put it everywhere but the bedroom.

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Hubby was happy to help by ironing (Psst- He does all the laundry and I fix most things around here so he was concerned when I asked him to “preheat” the iron. Apparently only ovens preheat).

The first installment is the family room. I love this room. It’s calm with tons of natural light, soft gray and cream tones, wooden topped coffee table and (dare I say?) sexy stripes and it’s tv-less to boot! So far it’s been mostly white, gray and cream in here. Hubby says it reminds him of California. I’ve worked in a couple of subtle blue and teal ikat pillows and a gray and yellow pixel painting I had made but other than that we lack much accent color. I thought the orange will be a fun layer if color to add so I whipped up a pillow from the fabric.

I had an unused throw pillow hiding in the guest room and figured I could use the fabric to make a new cover for it. One problem: I don’t own a sewing machine. I’d be doing this by hand.

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I used the pillow I would be covering to loosely guesstimate and trace a template for the squares I’d be sewing together.

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Then I pinned about an inch outside of the square to allow for the volume that the pillow would take up. I quickly sewed three sides of the square with thread. I mean… I sewed so simply that this could easily be a kids first sewing lesson. Nothing fancy here and I only need the pillow for decor. It’s not like it will be used in a pillow fight or anything.

After I sewed the three sides I slid the pillow inside the envelope I had created. Perfect fit. But what to do about my fourth side? Surely my remedial stitch job couldn’t be hidden. I haven’t the slightest idea on how to do that.

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In true Hilda fashion, I decided to embrace it. Not only would my stitch show but I would make it bright blue and hope for it to become a fun accent detail. I pinned the raw edges of the fabric inward and did a “whip stitch” (at least that’s what I’m calling it) with the bright blue thread. Here’s how it turned out.

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And here is the happy dotted pillow in its new home. I’m loving how playful and contrasting it is. Are dots my new stripes?

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I think this is a much more livable quantity of orange and dots for Hubby πŸ˜‰

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