Friday, July 1, 2011

Stars and Stripes Pillows

I wanted to do some kind of patriot inspired pillows for my front bench (yes I know I'm a little late) and I wanted them to have some texture to them.  I played around w/ several ideas, but finally settled on knots.  I just cut some scrap white cotton into 1 1/2 inch strips and then tied a knot. 

Repeat 49 times. That was the easy part then I sewed on all 50 knots (which honestly was a little tedious and boring) to a simple blue pillow I had made. I considered busting out the glue gun, but since it's so hot here, I was worried that they'd melt off.
I'm fine w/ how it turned out, but I'm not doing cartwheels. If I did it again, I would use thicker fabric strips.

 I also wanted to make something w/ stripes on it.  I thought it would be fun to sew on rows of white and red ruffles, but all the knot sewing burnt me out and by this point I was just ready to be finished.  I made another pillow out of some neutral colored cotton.

I taped it off and painted red between the lines.
(Note: If you paint on the floor, you have the added fun of removing paint off the carpet)
Then I removed the tape and painted in white stripes.  I didn't want the lines to look precise.  I loved how it turned it out (almost cartwheel worthy) I don't think it took longer than 5 minutes.  I want to paint another pillow!

16 comments:

  1. I like the blue tape idea! They turned out very festive! Happy 4th!

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  2. regular old craft paint (actually the white is gesso, b/c I was out of white paint)

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  3. I love your post and all of your holiday spirit! I'm visiting from Be Different Act Normal! I’m hosting my first ever blog party and its all 4th of July-all Red, White, and Blue! I’d love for you to link up and share with me!
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/4th-of-july-link-party.html

    Hope to see you over at my place soon!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh my goodness these look amazing! I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and would love for you to stop by and join in!
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2011/07/red-white-and-blue-linky-party.html

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  5. These look so cute sitting on your bench. What a great way to celebrate America. Happy 4th!

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  6. That is such a cool idea! They look amazing!

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  7. How neat. Glad you shared at my newbie party. Happy 4th!~

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  8. Hi Tara! Came over from the Weekend Warrior party... I love how you just went along where this project took you... it turned out great! Especially like the striped pillow! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. this is perfect for a porch...
    Don't forget to add it to our weekly party for our readers to discover.
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/07/weekly-talent-search-with-linking-party.html
    Thanks
    Maggie

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  10. Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!

    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  11. These pillows are adorable! And they're unlike any of the other patriotic pillows I've seen! I'd love to link up to your project from my site: www.AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com.

    Let me know if that's okay with you!

    Thanks!
    Rachel@AllFreeHolidayCrafts

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  12. These turned out really cute!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I can't wait to see more from you on Sunday!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  13. Thank you so much for linking this up! I love it! So cute! Perfect for my first blog party celebrating the 4th of July!

    I'm hosting my first ever weekly blog party and it starts today! It is called {re}create into something new! So please link up anything that you have reinvented, repurposed, recycled, revamped, reused, reorganized or redone! http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/recreate-into-something-new-blog-party.html

    Thanks again!
    Kaitlin--The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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  14. Who doesn't love a cartwheel worthy project? Especially when it turns out so very fun!

    And the knots as stars idea is brilliant!

    :)

    Linda

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