28 November, 2016

Parakeet Pillows

 My friend in Japan received her Christmas present in eight days. Not only was I super on the ball, sewing these up,  but the postal service (& customs) gods were smiling too.

A month or so ago, I saw this Parakeet fabric at Fabric Depot. I immediately emailed my friend a photo and she loved the fabric. We settled on housewarming pillows for her new house she is building in kyoto.

 These are the perfect neutral color with just a hint of pizazz in the matte metallic blue budgee.
Her pillows are 15" square so I made these 14.5" square with a two-inch flange.

I added a zippered backing for easy laundering. The back fabric is the same as the front but it's not the same. The original fabric I found at Fabric Depot is a Waverly home dec fabric. When I was at Joann's Fabrics to purchase more interfacing, I was looking around and here was the same design printed onto burlap!

Instant design decision to do the fine waverly weave on the front and the coarser burlap weave on the backside. Two different looks.

I have it stuffed full with a 16" pillow form to take photos as we don't have 15" forms in the usa.

I still have one more gift to finish that needs to fly off to Singapore. We'll see how long it takes now that the Christmas mailing rush is on.


  1. What perfect pillows for your friend.. very classy looking. You are very generous and thoughtful. We planted the trees you gave us and so far so good!

    *H*A*P*P*Y* * *H*O*L*I*D*A*Y*S*!*!*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Your pillows are beautiful - you did a wonderful job on them! The prints are awesome - is burlap washable? I'll have to check out Joanns utility fabric the next time I go - I don't remember seeing awesome prints like that :D

    1. I'm not actually sure you could throw this into a washing machine with that burlap - it's the thought (zip) that counts! You could hand wash it. I rarely take covers off my pillows. By the time I look at them, they are beyond seasonal trends with spots (?)(hubby?)(grrrrrr!) that I just sew new ones.

  3. Love that fabric. Your friend will love them!


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