I don't know why I waited so long to post this. I mean, I can't take a picture to include both chairs with new pillows on my porch so really I only needed a picture of the one that I finished at the beginning of the summer instead of waiting till I finished the second pillow last week. But, it would have been a lie. And I couldn't do that to you. Especially if you happened upon my North Van apartment porch and saw the pretty bunting, the pretty pillow and the 'other' pillow. Chances are.
Well, last week I happened upon some free time. Free time? I was kind of confused about it myself when it happened. I was sitting in the lazy boy, looking out the window at the one chair with completed pillow and the pretty sunshiny day outside. And thanks to my mom and dad's care package last week to little C, complete with two new toys that have been on the tops of C's wish list for months, C was happily content, playing and occupied. It was like the Twilight Zone.
So, I slowly got up and got out the sewing machine. All the fabric that was cut out was still sitting in the same place I left it over a month ago. It needed a little ironing (and to be unburied by new clutter) but it was there all the same and not much time was really required of me. The pillow case pattern I chose for our two pillows was from Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule (SouleMama). I added the ruffles myself. I simply basted long strips of fabric and ruffled them and then sewed them straight onto the top square of fabric along the basting. I like the worn frayed look that comes with just using a strip of fabric with no hems for embellishment.
And speaking of frayed, no hems projects, this bunting has also been completed for some time and gracing my porch for even longer than the lone pillow. This bunting is simply long strips of scraps tied onto a long piece of ric rac. Anyone can make it. No sewing required. I was inspired by the bunting here at A Beautiful Mess in the background of the BBQ. I love the colour combination that they used: grey, black and yellow. If only I had those colours I would have copied it completely! But, I went with what I had and one of my favourite colour combinations: turquoise and red. It's a pretty faithful summer colour combination in which I could not go wrong, if you ask me.
Now, with a pretty and complete decorated porch and plenty of summer sunny days left, perhaps next time I happen upon some free time, I'll be sitting on the porch chair outside instead of the lazy boy inside, enjoying the day and thinking of possibilities. XO. S