Summer WindowScape Pillow
Nothing says Summer like laying in a hammock, whether at the beach or in your very own backyard. Our backyard hammock has honestly seen better days as our yard is filled with trees and all that comes with that type of landscape. The covers quickly become sun worn and just plain dirty from yard debri. I’ve tried scrubbing and pressure washing them and frankly just got tired of buying new covers so decided to make my own ‘slipcover’ for our existing hammock. This way I can take it inside when not in use as well as throw it in the wash when the need arises. Stay tuned for the hammock post coming soon on the Fairfield World site. Back to the Summer WindowScape Pillow. Once I finished the slip cover I knew I needed a new pillow so this post is about that pillow. I love birds and I love window panes and frankly with the heat index so high lately I just might do the bird watching from my air conditioned house. Anyway when I found this fun ‘bird on a twig’ fabric I decided to combine it with my love of window panes and create this fun addition to my hammock makeover. Full step by step diagrams and measurements as well as a detailed list of supplies will have you up and sewing in no time at all. Good Luck dear friends and be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post as this project is part of the Designer Crafts Connection BlogHop and you won’t want to miss my fellow designer’s posts as you hop back and forth.
½ yard Outdoor Fabric – Pillow Front
1/8 yard Outdoor Fabric – Window Framing
½ yard Outdoor Fabric – Backing & Ties
Velcro® Sew On tape – 12 inches
Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring & Pressing Tools/Supplies
Cut the following:
- Window Panels: Two 10 ½ (w) x 13 ½ (h) rectangles from print fabric. Note: take the time to space the design within the window framing. ie: In example the birds are spaced within the window panes.
- Framing Strips: One 1 ½ inch strip x width of the fabric and one 4 ½ inch x width of the fabric from the framing fabric.
- Backing & Ties: One 16 ½ inch (w) x 17 ½ (h) and one 10 ½ inch (w) x 17 ½ inch from the backing fabric. Additionally cut four 1 ½ inch x 20 inch strips for the ties.
- Cut a 13 ½ length from the 1 ½ framing strip cut earlier. With right sides together stitch it between the two window panels. Press the seams towards the window panels. Diagram A Note: All seams are ½ inch wide.
- With right sides together and pressing after each seam, pressing the seam towards the inside of the window panel; sew a framing strip along the top edge of the pillow front, then the two sides. Trim excess materials before adding the next strip. With right sides together, sew a 4 ½ inch strip along the bottom edge of the pillow. Press the seam towards the inside of the window panel. Trim excess material even with the edges of the pillow front. Diagrams B & C
- Top stitch along the inside edges of the window panel, stitching 3/8 of an inch in from the framing strips. Diagram D
- Fold each of the 1 ½ inch strips cut for the ties in half lengthwise, right sides out and press. Open the fold and bring each of the raw edges in towards the fold line, refold and press well. Top stitch each of the folded strips to secure folds. Diagram E
- Pin two strips side by side with the first strip placed 4 inches in from the center framing strip on the right side of the pillow front. Pin well. Repeat using the remaining two strips and pinning them to the opposite side of the pillow front. Diagram F
- Using the 16 ½ inch x 17 ½ inch backing piece, turn under the left side 1 inch. Repeat turning it under a second time. Press well. Center the hook side of the Velcro® on top of the seam, on the wrong side of the pillow backing and top stitch along either side, catching the edges of the Velcro® as you sew. Using the 10 ½ inch x 17 ½ inch backing piece, turn under the right side 1 inch. Repeat turning it under a second time. Press well. Center the loop side of the Velcro® on top of the seam, on the right side of the pillow backing and top stitch along either side, catching the edges of the Velcro® as you sew. Diagrams G & H
- With right sides together, pin the pillow front to the pillow back. Stitch around the outside edge using a ½ inch seam. To reinforce, stitch a second row ¼ out from the first row. Clip corners. Diagram I
- Turn the pillow right side out and press well. Insert Pillow.
This post is part of the Designer Crafts Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Crafts Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational projects using Fairfield World’s wonderful pillow inserts.