Project Notes: Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend


Last week I found myself with a few extra minutes and so I dropped into our local Marshall’s.  There are a few things that I am currently on the hunt for, but when I saw this pillow I knew I had to get it.  It’s a little cutesy, but it was just too perfect to pass up.

Story Pillow | Storypiece.net

Awesome, right?!  I really like the saying and it’s the right colors for our home.

But then I got it home, added it to the window seat and I’m kinda feeling like the blue pillows are looking out of place now.

Window Seat Blue Pillows | Storypiece.net

They’re a transplant from the family room so back they’ll go.

And off to JoAnn’s I went.  I was looking for a new chocolate colored fabric for 20″ pillow forms that I already have.  This is what I found.

Chocolate Diamond Fabric | Storypiece.net

I like that the diamond design repeats the pattern in the window seat cushions.

Repeating Diamonds | Storypiece.net

Adding new pillows is one of the easiest updates to do.  I cut 4 – 20″ squares, paying close attention to capture the pattern exactly the same in each square.  Pattern matching is important to creating a quality look and especially so with a design like this.  If the pattern is off, your eye will catch it immediately.

Pattern Matching | Storypiece.net

I then pinned the fabric (right sides together) and stitched the perimeter leaving a 8″ gap to wrestle the form into the cover.  Also, before turning my new covers right-side out and adding the pillow forms, I snipped the corners to keep them from getting bulky.

Once the forms are inserted into the pillow covers, it’s just a matter of whip stitching them closed.

Diamond Print Pillows | Storypiece.net

I was really happy with how these came out and even more so when I added them to the window seat.

Updated Window Seat | Storypiece.net

I know it’s a small difference, but it was an easy change to make and I like the continuity in the final look.

Also, because I made sure to line up the pattern when I was cutting the fabric, the seams came out nicely too.

Seams Pretty Good | Storypiece.net

And the absolute best part is finishing a project and getting these pillow forms out of our guest room closet.  Yay for less clutter and better design!

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5 comments

  1. Stacey@aGh says:

    What a beautiful spot, Danielle. I love window seats and this one looks so comfy with all those gorgeous pillows!! Great job on the sewing and lining that pattern up so well. I’m always so careless when I sew something like this. No wonder your home looks flawless. But really… that story pillow was mean to be yours. Come on… it doesn’t get any better than that!
    P.S. What kind of tree is that in the yard? At first I thought Japanese maple.. but ?? is it? It’s so pretty.

    • Storypiece says:

      Isn’t that pillow the coolest?! I normally don’t go for that kind of thing, but it was just too perfect. The window seat is one of my favorite spots in the house and Tyson built it… which is a story I’ll have to tell one of these days. 🙂

      The tree out front is a cherry tree that gets the prettiest pink blossoms for about two weeks every year. We had a Japanese Maple which I loved and managed to kill… like it was great for many years and then one day shriveled up and died. Good times!

  2. Mindy says:

    That is one serious window seat! I could camp out there for sure!
    Great chatting with you the other night. I think we should do those meet ups once a month – give this mom an excuse to get out of the house and drink wine. 🙂

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