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!