Some of you know that I'm undertaking a slow-but-sure master bedroom redecorating project. I'm working with a neutral palette and sort of a "burlap and ruffles" mentality, so I threw together these pillowcases for the bed last night. I absolutely love them -- this may be one of my favorite projects ever.
They'll look much cuter on the bed, but the bed is not in show-able condition, quite yet. Here's a shot of them together:
Do you love them? This is a great motivator to get the room done, so I can throw these little finishing touches around. The ampersand pillow is actually a throw pillow that came with our old couches, which we have since sold but still had a few of the extra pillows lying around. It was the perfect size and gave the set some variety, even with that mute color scheme.
I wish I could say I just whipped these up in no time at all, but honestly, this setup took me most of the afternoon, mostly because of my severely lacking sewing skills. Here's how I did it:
Step 1: Used my trusty Cricut to cut cardstock stencils in the font I wanted on the pillowcases.
Step 2: Used a permanent fabric marker to trace stencils and fill in the black letters.
Step 3: Heat set the lettering by ironing with a press cloth.
Step 4: Cut linen fabric & burlap pieces.
Step 5: Made ruffles and gathered them.
Step 6: Sewed the burlap, then the ruffles on to each pillowcase. Voila!
I wish I could say that Mr. Smitten just adores them as much as I do, but he gave me a sideways look and asked, "How long until you think I throw that pillow out the window? Once my ear finds that burlap, it's all over."
Ok, so they're really more throw/decor pillows than ones we'll actually lay our heads on, but I still love the look and think it will be the perfect touch on our as-yet-to-be-completed neutral master project.
In case you need some color after all that beige, here's a look at my just-finished Valentine's "mantle"(which is really a thrift store sideboard and a dining room window, but it'll have to do).
Happy Super Bowl Sunday, for those of you sports fans... and I hope the rest of you get a nice, long nap, instead.
Have Fun and Get Smitten!
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